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Following an April 2010 arrest for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and leaving the scene of an accident, a Colgate Campus Safety and Hamilton Police Officer pled guilty to a lesser offense as part of an apparent plea deal with the local district attorney. According to Madison County District Attorney Bill Gabor, on August 2, Daniel Furner, 38, pled guilty to driving while ability impaired (DWAI), a much less serious charge than the original DWI charge. Furner was fined $500 and had his driver’s license suspended for 90 days. Furner had also been charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, but Gabor said the DWAI “satisfied” that charge. WSYR-Syracuse (Channel 9) had reported that, on the morning
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of April 30, Furner was arrested for driving while intoxicated after he crashed his 2005 Dodge pickup truck and fled the scene of the accident. According to the report, at about 4:47 a.m., Furner was driv-
ing southeast on Hamilton Street when he left the west side of the road, striking a tree. The police said he fled the scene of the accident and was found by a patrol car nearby. Hamilton Police, Colgate
CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Former Colgate Campus Safety officer Daniel Furner caught on camera drinking with an unidentified Colgate student. The picture, snapped the same night Furner was arrested for driving while intoxicated andleaving the scene of an accident, was confirmed by the student under condition of anonymity.
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Campus Safety Officers, the Hamilton Fire Department and SOMAC assisted the New York State Police in responding to the incident. Furner was taken to Community Memorial Hospital with a fractured arm, broken nose and other facial injuries. The Maroon-News recently obtained a photograph of Furner, taken on the night of his arrest, apparently drinking with a Colgate student. The student, who provided the photograph of Furner under the condition of anonymity, confirmed it was taken the night of Furner’s arrest. Furner had a reputation for aggressive enforcement of campus alcohol policies. District Attorney Gabor explained to the Maroon-News that Furner’s charge was reduced from DWI misdemeanor (felony on a second offence) to a DWAI violation which he said is considered on a “case-by-case basis.” Gabor estimates that between “a third to 50 percent” of DWI defendants do not get their charges reduced. Continued on page A-4
13 Student Jhumpa Hospital Lahiri Speaks Visits Trigger for Living New Initative Writers Series By Ryan Smith
September 23, 2010
Former Campus Safety Officer Furner Faces Reduced Charges By Harry Raymond
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The administration is scrambling to respond to an unprecedented spike in student hospitalizations. As of September 20, 13 students have been hospitalized for drug and alcohol abuse this semester. Although the cause of the spike is unclear, a new popular drink called Four Loko, currently under investigation by Attorney Generals offices in several states as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has been found to cause similar spikes in alcohol-related injuries among college students. “Two students faced life or death situations and actually stopped breathing, their cases were so severe,” one Student Government Association (SGA) member who asked to remain anonymous said.
The height of the hospitalizations came in a three-hour span early in the morning on Sunday, September 5 when five students were rushed to Community Memorial Hospital. Colgate’s administration is working with the SGA to find a solution to the problem. They have not found a common denominator as of yet. Those hospitalized span multiple class years and were admitted for a variety of drug and alcohol related conditions. In response, the University has launched a “Do the Right Thing” campaign “designed to encourage students to contact Campus Safety when their friends need help,” according to an e-mail sent out by SGA. Sources say SGA and the University are working on a way to clearly convey the University’s alcohol policy to students. The “Do the Right Thing” campaign, however, is not a change to Continued on page A-2
By Colin Sheridan Class of 2014
On Thursday, September 16, Colgate hosted Jhumpa Lahiri, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, as part of this year’s Living Writers series. Living Writers, or English 360, is a course offered to upperclassmen. Started over 25 years ago by the novelist and professor Fred Busch, the class gives students the exciting opportunity to meet and speak with the authors whose works they read. Living Writers was the first course of its kind in the United States and has since been replicated at many other universities. The course took a ten-year hiatus and was started up again last fall by Thomas A. Bartlett Chair and English Professor Jane Pinchin and Associate English Professor Jennifer Brice. Last year’s line-up included ten writers, three of which were Pulitzer Prize winners (Junot Diaz, Jeffrey Eugenides
and Elizabeth Strout). “This year our focus is on the international and again we have ten superb writers on our roster including the Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul,” Pinchin said. Lahiri was the second author on this year’s noteworthy line-up, which began September 8 with Julia Alvarez. “Jhumpa Lahiri was chosen because she is, by any and all measures, a wonderful writer, winner of numerous prizes including the Pulitzer,” Pinchin said. Lahiri was also an appropriate choice for this year’s international theme. Born in London to Indian parents, Lahiri was raised in Rhode Island. In addition to the Pulitzer, Lahiri has received the Guggenheim Fellowship as well as the Pen/ Hemingway Award and the New Yorker Debut of the Year for her Continued on page A-3
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5:42 p.m.: Two students were injured while playing flag football on Whitnall Field and transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety. 6:22 p.m.: Two students were injured while playing flag football on Whitnall Field and one student was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety. 8:13 p.m.: A student reported his unsecured bike taken from Parker Apartments. 9:57 p.m.: Students at Drake Hall were cited for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, smoking in a residence hall and having covered a smoke detector. Case referred for disciplinary process.
3:39 a.m.: A student on Conant House Road was cited for underage intoxication. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:28 p.m.: A fire alarm at 100 Hamilton Street (Sigma Chi fraternity) was caused by a maliciously activated pull station.
10:30 a.m.: A staff member reported finding drug paraphernalia outside of 100 Hamilton Street (Sigma Chi fraternity). Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:00 p.m.: Received a report of a one car property damage accident at 110 Broad Street. 11:16 p.m.: A student at Andrews Hall was cited for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and smoking in a residence hall. Case referred for disciplinary process. 11:54 p.m.: A student at Andrews Hall reported receiving a strange text message. Investigation revealed a chain text message had been forwarded without consideration of what the message was.
2:30 a.m.: A student at Parker Apartments was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Case referred for disciplinary process. 6:21 p.m.: A student was injured while playing flag football on Whitnall Field and transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety. 10:31 p.m.: A student at Gate House was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Case referred for disciplinary process.
11:49 a.m.: An ill student at Persson Hall was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance. 2:45 p.m.: A student reported hearing a disorderly individual at the Townhouse Apartments at 2:30 a.m. 6:37 p.m.: A staff member reported athletic equipment missing from Tyler’s Field locker room. 11:30 p.m.: An underage intoxicated student outside of J. C. Colgate Hall was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance. Case referred for disciplinary process. 11:32 p.m.: A student near the Memorial Chapel was cited for underage intoxication and left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process.
12:26 a.m.: Campus Safety assisted the Hamilton Police with an underage intoxicated student on Broad Street. Citation was issued and case referred for disciplinary process. 12:58 a.m.: A student at West Hall was cited for underage intoxication and left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 1:16 a.m.: An underage intoxicated student at the Frank Dining Hall Round-A-Bout was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance. Case referred for disciplinary process. 2:23 a.m.: A student near the Bookstore was cited for disorderly conduct and failure to comply with a university official after being observed urinating in public. Case referred for disciplinary process. 12:05 p.m.: A staff member reported a broken window at 100 Hamilton Street (Sigma Chi fraternity).
12:00 a.m.: A student at the Utica Street Cafe was cited for underage intoxication and left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 12:25 a.m.: Campus Safety assisted the Hamilton Police Department with an underage intoxicated student at Maple Avenue and Lebanon Street. Student was trans-
ported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance. Case referred for disciplinary process. 12:48 a.m.: Campus Safety assisted the Hamilton Police Department with an underage intoxicated student on Lebanon Street. Student was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance. Case referred for disciplinary process. 1:32 a.m.: A resident of 66 Broad Street (Delta Upsilon fraternity) reported unknown individuals broke a window. 3:20 a.m.: A student reported being injured after cutting himself on broken glass at 66 Broad Street (Delta Upsilon fraternity).
8:08 a.m.: A staff member reported damage to a door at 110 Broad Street. 6:19 p.m.: A staff member reported a vehicle being driven in a reckless manner on College Street. 9:52 p.m.: A staff member reported his unsecured bike taken from the Case Library bike rack. The bike was later recovered.
12:54 a.m.: A student was injured after fainting and hitting his head at Curtis Hall and was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety. 4:50 p.m.: Received a report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident in the Human Resources parking lot.
11:11 p.m.: Students at the Townhouse Apartments were cited for possession of alcohol underage and playing drinking games. Case referred for disciplinary process. 11:55 p.m.: Students at Drake Hall were cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Case referred for disciplinary process.
2:17 a.m.: A fire alarm at Lathrop Hall was caused by a burnt out compressor motor. 6:00 a.m.: A student was cited for leaving the scene of a property damage accident at the Townhouse Apartments. Case referred for disciplinary process. 9:40 p.m.: A student at West Hall was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Case referred for disciplinary process.
1:27 a.m.: A student at 84 Broad Street (Delta Delta Delta sorority) reported individuals on the fire escape. 2:23 a.m.: A fire alarm at East Hall was caused by unknown individual holding a lighter to a smoke detector. 8:00 p.m.: Two students at Andy Kerr Stadium were cited for urinating in public. Case was referred for disciplinary action. 9:36 p.m.: A student reported being injured after stepping on uneven pavement near the bookstore. 10:00 p.m.: A student reported his secured bike taken from the bike rack Case Library. 11:30 p.m.: An underage intoxicated student on Whitnall Field was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety. Case referred for disciplinary process.
12:44 a.m.: A fire alarm at West hall was caused by a maliciously discharged fire extinguisher. 2:00 a.m.: Underage students at Gate House were cited for possession of marijuana and alcohol. Case referred for disciplinary process. 9:51 p.m.: An underage intoxicated student on Broad Street was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:03 p.m.: Received a concern for welfare of a visitor at Tyler’s Field who was left in the care of his parents. 10:07 p.m.: A student at O’Connor Campus Center was cited for underage intoxication. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:09 p.m.: A student at 88 Broad Street (Beta Theta Pi fraternity) was cited for underage intoxication. Case referred for disciplinary process. 11:36 p.m.: A student at Beta Theta Pi fraternity was cited for underage intoxication and failure to comply with a university official after being advised to leave a registered event. Case referred for disciplinary process.
2:02 a.m.: Received a report of a physical altercation between two visitors at West Hall. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:00 a.m.: A student was found in possession of a fraudulent driver’s license. Case referred for disciplinary process. 12:27 p.m.: A student reported her secured bike taken from Parker Apartments.
SGA Examines Alcohol Policy after Hospitalizations Continued from page A-1
the University’s drug and alcohol policy. For example, students who take their excessively inebriated friends to the hospital for care may face disciplinary action themselves. This aspect of the policy has become a matter of contention among SGA members who feel parts of the policy are counterproductive to ensuring the safety of students. Policy changes are a major priority of the SGA and have become a hot topic at recent meetings. “There was a strong feeling in the room that we, as an SGA, need to work on getting an amnesty, or a Good Samaritan, program in place now instead of waiting until the new alcohol and drug policy is passed, so we will be working on a resolution among other things
to present to the administration” President of SGA senior Liz Brodsky said. One SGA member articulated this sentiment during the SGA meeting by saying: “Isn’t the administration being hypocritical because they want us to do the right thing, and yet they are not doing the right thing by [not] providing amnesty to students that go to the hospital?” Not much has changed in the drinking culture on campus. However, there has been one major addition to the social scene this year: Four Loko. One can goes down like a soft drink but hits like a brick wall. That fact has made Four Loko one of the most popular drinks on campus. Four Loko contains caffeine, 12 percent alcohol by volume, guarana, taurine and
wormwood (a major ingredient in Absinthe). The unique buzz packs a jolt of energy while intoxicating the drinker. One 24 ounce can is the equivalent of four beers and eight cups of coffee. Once a student has become “eight loko,” or consumed two cans of the alcoholic energy drink, they are not only drunk but also energized for a night downtown. Health officials believe the drink provides a dangerous combination of substances: caffeine which speeds up the heart and alcohol which simultaneously counteracts the caffeine and tries to slow the heart down. A Wake Forest University study last year concluded that university students who consume alcohol mixed with caffeine are more likely to suffer from alcohol-related injuries than students
who stick to alcohol alone. The dangers of the drink have led to hospitals nationwide to call the drink “liquid cocaine,” according to CBS News. This summer, New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) began a campaign to stop manufacturers from marketing the popular drink. “The manufacturers are deliberately trying to get young people to drink,” Schumer said. Schumer later sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Four Loko and its marketing ethics. In 2008, both MillerCoors and AnheuserBusch removed the caffeine from each of their alcoholic energy drinks after complaints were filed with the FDA regarding the harmful effects of the drinks on the human heart. Contact Ryan Smith at email@example.com.
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Five-Year Fundraising Campaign Set to Surpass $400 Million Goal By Hannah Fuchs Class of 2014
After almost three and a half years, Colgate’s fundraising initiative “Passion for the Climb” is about to reach its $400 million goal. Created in March of 2007 by former President Rebecca Chopp, “Passion for the Climb” is Colgate’s largest fundraising campaign in history. With the intention of preparing Colgate students for the challenges of the twentyfirst century, the project, also known as the “Campaign for Colgate,” focuses on enriching the well-rounded liberal arts experience for which Colgate is known. According to Vice President for Institutional Advancement and the Director of the Campaign Murray Decock, the campaign has recently crossed the $360 million mark, which will be discussed in the next campaign newsletter. The original target-date for the final fundraising goal was, and continues to be, May 31, 2012. The campaign will likely surpass its goal by the end of this fiscal year, which concludes on May 31, 2011. In comparison, the University’s last fundraising campaign ended in 1997 and had a
goal of $130 million. The campaign raised $158 million total. “I am so impressed with how Colgate parents contribute to projects, sports teams and activities, in addition to writing serious checks for tuition,” Decock said. “In the end it is all about people giving to people.” Decock serves as organizer and coordinator, effectively overseeing the whole operation. He is aided by a team of supporters. Besides the generous donations from alumni and parents of students, he attributes the campaign’s success to the team working on the campaign which brought together President Herbst, key faculty, senior staff and hundreds of additional volunteers. The campaign has outlined four main subsections of the campaign as a whole: Liberal Arts and Academic Excellence ($119 million); Financial Aid and Access ($87.5 million); Residential Education and the Campus Community ($30 million); and General Endowment and Annual Fund ($163.5 million). In the campaign video that kicked off the monumental project, Former President Chopp explained that solutions to the problems of the twenty-first century would depend on thought-
ful integration of various academic fields. She stressed the vitality of interdisciplinary study in this age of interconnectedness. “An educated person must have the tools to understand the depth of culture,” Chopp said in the promotional video. The capital projects all spawn new levels of interpretation, analysis and creativity. Much of what students observe around campus today is attributed to the efforts of “Passion for the Climb.” Some of the capital projects to date include the Robert H.N. Ho Science Center, the Blackmore Media Center (located in the O’Connor Campus Center which houses the student-run radio station WCRU, previously located in Drake), Case-Geyer Library ($57.5 million dollar facility), the Center for Learning, Teaching and Research, the new Trudy Fitness Center, the Glendening Boathouse and the lights and new turf at Andy Kerr Stadium. “What has also been important about this campaign is that we have been able to successfully attract endowment for operations of these facilities,” Decock said. “In opening these buildings, we don’t burden the existing operating budget with additional expenses.”
The effects of this project go far beyond what the eye can see. More than $90 million has been set aside for financial aid, above the estimated goal of $87.5 million. President Herbst will soon be announcing to the trustees that financial aid will be the main focus for the remaining 21 months of the campaign. Herbst believes that aid plays a central role in enhancing the classroom experience. Other projects that are not physically visible include $14 million for seven newly endowed professorial chairs, $5 million for three endowed coaching positions, $5 million each for the Picker Science Institute and the Upstate Institute, $3 million for the Global Leaders Series, $1 million for the Institute for Philosophy, Politics and Economics, $1 million for a Wellness Initiative, as well as vital funds for the Debate program, the Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (COVE) and the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization. As students listen to Bill Clinton speak during Family Weekend in October and utilize the new fitness center on Broad Street in the spring, they will be reaping the benefits of “Passion for the Climb.” Contact Hannah Fuchs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York Essayists Publish Anthology By Nate Lynch Maroon-News Staff
The Colgate Humanities Colloquium delivered its second presentation of the academic year Tuesday, September 21 with a discussion by several local essayists on their recently published anthology: Why We’re Here: New York Essayists on Living Upstate. The event was well attended by students, faculty and local residents, who came to learn more about the latest release by the Colgate University Press. Bob Cowser, an English professor at St. Lawrence University, conceived of the idea for the anthology while visiting a colleague at Le Moyne University. “As I was driving home … [my friend and I] both remarked on how many great essayists live in upstate New York,” Cowser said. “And that led to the idea of an anthology, but it needed to have a theme. I thought back to when I first moved here … I had a hard time grafting on to the place, so I thought the best way to deal with it was to think long and hard about it. So I told [the essayists] to just write about why you live in New York. And what you see is their responses.” Four other contributors to the book were present at the lecture and read selections from their respective essays: William Bradley, professor at Chowan University; Anne Panning, professor of creative writing at SUNY-Rockport; Dan Ryan, professor of creative non-fiction at Le Moyne University and Ned Stuckey-French, assistant professor at Florida State University. The authors each had very different interpretations of what living “upstate” means to them. For Bradley, growing up in nearby Gloversville, New York left him with a consciousness of poverty and the effects of the boom-and-bust economic cycle. “The leather industry had collapsed in Gloversville and all the jobs were gone … but the huge mansions remained. I mean, you can see the opulence and it sort of rubs your face in it,” Bradley said. Bradley’s summer job when he was 18 also reinforced his awareness of the situation many
of the town’s residents were in. “I wound up working at a Shop-N-Save in town after high school … and seeing these people who worked two or three jobs … made me realized I had lived a sheltered life. I don’t think I could have learned empathy without this job,” Bradley said. Panning had a very different approach to life in upstate New York. Graduate school at the University of Hawaii at Honolulu had left her longing for someplace “normal.” “I hated every minute of it,” Panning said about living in Hawaii. “I never truly understood the idea of island fever until I lived in Honolulu for three years.” A job at SUNY-Rockport led Panning to move upstate, a disconcerting experience at first. “Everything seemed cramped, close to the road and spooky. I didn’t know how to feel. I was nervous to live in a Sinclair Lewis-y Main Street,” Panning said. However, Panning ultimately came to love rural New York. “I now live and teach up by Lake Ontario. The harshness of the landscape creates this alienating force and I like it because it is difficult,” Panning said. A common theme among the contributors was a perception of the unique personality and character of the Upstate New York resident, and the parallels between New York’s harsh environment and resilient people. “[To me] Upstate New York is always about the relationships between the people and the place,” Stuckey-French said. Student attendees reacted positively to the discussion. First-year Cynthia Kumar pointed in particular to the connection the presentation made between Colgate and the rest of Upstate New York. “I definitely would say [Colgate] is a bubble, because the college and surrounding town have such a very small population. You can only interact with a certain kind of people,” Kumar said. Contact Nate Lynch at email@example.com.
CROSS-CULTURAL COMPOSITIONS: Novelist Jhumpa Lahiri was the second author to come to campus as part of the Living Writers series. At her lecture in Love Auditorium, Lahiri read a selction from her latest collection of stories, Unaccustomed Earth. Seth Greene
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first collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies. The Namesake, a novel, was chosen as one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly as well as USA Today and was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist and a New York Times notable book. Lahiri was recently selected as one of the The New Yorker’s “20 Writers for the 21st Century.” Last Thursday, Lahiri read a portion of “HellHeaven,” taken from her newest collection, Unaccustomed Earth. The story is about a BengaliAmerican woman who recounts her mother’s and her own close relationship with a family friend. Lahiri took questions afterwards, followed by a book signing. The lecture took place in a crowded Olin Hall, and was attended by faculty and students alike. This year, “thanks to a wonderful team in Alumni Affairs and ITS, we will broadcast the public readings live to alumni all over the world,” Pinchin said. Most of Lahiri’s works are centered around Indian immigrants, though when asked if she would ever consider writing a story about a different sort of individual, she remarked, “my impulse behind my writing is not to portray a particular cultural experience or population, but I
try to make sense of the human condition.” “Hell-Heaven” certainly achieves this understanding. The story was published in The New Yorker. The New York Times commented that in the story Lahiri uses “her lapidary eye for detail to conjure their daily lives with extraordinary precision.” Lahiri began her lecture by saying that she had, at one point, come extremely close to becoming a professor at Colgate, saying that her decision against it was “as close as I have ever come to leaving someone at the altar.” Lahiri mentioned that she felt that she was simply not ready to teach writing to others. When asked if she selects her stories or if they select her, Lahiri said, “both. There’s a part of me that’s active and seeking in terms of what I write about and wants deliberately to write about something and then there are also elements of stories that are given to me, already inside of me, that need to be written about.” Later, when asked how she determines whether one of her stories should be a novel or a short story, she said, “I love what short stories can do in such a small amount of space. I usually try to write a short story, and if I can’t I write a novel.” Contact Colin Sheridan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 23, 2010
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Eagle Visits Phi Delta Theta
AN UNEXPECTED PLEDGE: An impressive bald eagle spent some time, apparently eating a squirrel, last Thursday afternoon in the large tree in front of the Phi Delta Theta chapter house. We hope the brothers decided to offer it a bid. Lyle Roelofs
Sub-Free Options Explored By David Esber Maroon News-Staff
Former President Rebbeca Chopp turned heads when she signed onto the Amethyst Initiative, a compact of 139 college chancellors and presidents who support a reasonable discussion about drinking laws in America. Now that President Jeffrey Herbst has taken office, students are questioning whether he might sign on as well. “I’ve followed the Amethyst Initiative,” Herbst said, “but I have not signed yet.” Herbst did say he is open to public discussion of the matter. “I’m all in favor of public debate, as with any public issue, but there are very complex issues, some of which include, but are not limited to, the [problems] of private drinking and drunken driving,” Herbst said. Students and administrators alike were concerned when the Campus Climate Life Survey (CCLS) was released just before Fall Break last school year. The survey revealed students might not be as happy in the “Colgate Bubble” as previously thought. In the months following the survey, there has been a noticeable shift in administrative policies regarding alcohol and substance free options across campus to counter what one student called Colgate’s “repetitive” social life. Despite marked successes in creating new, unique events, the climate on Colgate’s campus has not responded as positively to new endeavors as administrators may have hoped. Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson chalks it up to new students on a new campus testing their new freedoms. “There’s always that kind of experimentation that goes on,” Johnson said. First-year Carlie Wetzel said she has been satisfied with the sub-free options available. “I have not had to look far to find something both fun and substance-free on Colgate weekends,” Wetzel said. “The CAB Take Two movies are always a solid option and I’ve also had a blast at Games Afoot events such as game nights and capture the lighthouse.” One student wrote in the 2009 CCLS that “Colgate students are over-stimulated
with the amount of events to attend and stuff going on campus.” The student added, “Ever wonder why a lot of events aren’t successful? It’s because they are done too often…” The University implemented a new online calendar this year, which Johnson said she hopes will increase students’ ability to pick and choose interesting substance-free events to attend – though ultimately the choice is in the hands of students. “My suggestion is for students to filter,” Johnson said. “At some point, students have to say: ‘look, this is my social life, my cocurricular education, and I want to figure out what I want that to be.” Herbst shares a similar philosophy – after officially taking up office about two months ago, Herbst said he met with various groups across campus to try and get to the root of the campus social scene. “The issue of alcohol-free programming is actually something I’ve talked to a fair number of student groups about … and obviously there is a palpable desire on the part of a significant number of students for more events that do not revolve around alcohol,” Herbst said. “The problem has been in determining what those should be.” Qualitative responses to the CCLS – which 61percent of the on-campus population completed in 2009 – seemed to echo this sentiment. “I could complain about the awful drinking culture on campus,” one student wrote, “but I think you already know about that.” From both administrative and student standpoints there is a desire to promote new and exciting alternatives to the Colgate party scene, but actually coming up with new programming is where members of the community are hitting a wall, despite abundant funding from the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement, as well as other sources. “We’re still waiting and listening and asking,” Herbst said. “Adults will think up all kinds of events [that] the students will think of as lame,” adding the real solution will not come from the administration but the students themselves. Contact David Esber at email@example.com
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“Obviously, I would not treat Mr. Furner harsher or give him extra consideration,” Gabor added. While Gabor would not disclose Furner’s blood alcohol content level the morning of his arrest, he said that it was below .18, which would have required a charge of aggravated DWI in Madison County. The Maroon-News has not been able to locate any statistics concerning plea arrangements for students or public safety officers charged with alcohol-related offenses. On August 22, the Maroon-News formally requested a copy of the incident’s arrest report, which is a publicly available document. Despite several follow-up calls, the Maroon-News has yet to receive the report from the New York State Central Record Bureau. Both the Hamilton Police and Hamilton Village Court declined to provide a copy. Hamilton Police Chief Gary Mlasgar told the Maroon-News that Furner has been taken off the active roster (without pay because of his part-time status), but has not been permanently dismissed. He declined to comment further on the incident or Furner’s future with the local police department. Colgate students reported that Furner had a reputation among many students for often acting in ways that were aggressive and confrontational. While students were generally reluctant to speak for attribution, a Colgate faculty member was more candid. “I don’t think Furner should have been on this campus,” Associate Professor of Political Science Barry Shain said. In a 2006 incident, Shain was pulled over by Furner for making an illegal left turn out of Persson Hall. In a 2007 op-ed piece in the Maroon-News, Shain described Furner as having acted in a “dangerous, punitive and abusive matter.” In that 2007 article he wrote, “the Dean seems to be unconcerned or unwilling to confront what appears to be an entrenched network of unseemly cooperation between the village justice, local lawyers and the campus police force that, when viewed in an ungenerous light, seems to border on a legal-
ized means by which to shake-down affluent Colgate students.” In a recent interview with the MaroonNews, Professor Shain said, “The incident with me, a professor who had been here almost 20 years, should have been sufficient to remove him. The school didn’t care.” He added, “I was very disappointed with the administration so when I saw what happened to Furner, there was a sense of vindication.” “The guy has a serious attitude problem,” Michael Carini ’10 said. “He always went out of his way to be as difficult as possible. I remember one party got busted and while the other [Campus Safety] officers were being respectful and rational, Furner started screaming and cursing at us. It was totally inappropriate.” On April 30, Colgate reported that Furner would be put on administrative leave but did not disclose whether he would be eligible for reinstatement to his part-time position with Campus Safety. Vice President and Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson recently confirmed that Furner was no longer an employee of Colgate, but declined comment on the conditions of his departure. “We take DUI very seriously,” Johnson said. “We have had none among the students this year and we plan to keep it that way.” When asked whether Colgate gave employees and faculty preferential treatment when it came to their DWI policies, Johnson said, “We are consistent in our standards.” In an earlier interview, Director of Campus Safety Bill Ferguson confirmed earlier reports that Campus Safety responded to the scene and was involved in the investigation but he declined any comment on Furner’s employment status or details of the night in question. The Maroon-News was referred to the Office of Human Resources. The Office of Human Resources and the Office of Accounting also declined comment on whether Furner was still an employee at Colgate. Furner did not respond to a request for an interview. Contact Harry Raymond at firstname.lastname@example.org
Colgate University’s Board of Trustees sets aside time during one of its meetings each year to allow members of the community to address the board. Time will be available for that purpose on the morning of Saturday, October 2. If you are interested in addressing the board please contact Bob Tyburski, board secretary (email@example.com, 228-7445) for details of time and location.
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Volume CXLIII, Number 5 September 23, 2010
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Editor’s Column The Situation in New Jersey By Jenn Carey Arts & Features Editor
These days, growing up in the Garden State comes with its fair share of problems – and I’m not just talking about sharing a state with someone named “Snooki.” Recently, New Jersey’s governor made headlines after proposing extreme budget cuts for schools. For weeks, education was at the forefront of every local discussion, with teachers protesting on the side of highways with signs reading “Cuts Hurt Kids” and students participating in a statewide “walk-out” organized through Facebook. However, as I listen to these teachers’ laments and read about the programs that will fall by the wayside, I cannot help but think that budget cuts are not the problem. The fact of the matter is that schools, whether public or private, do not spend their money efficiently. I think the clearest example of this callous spending comes from a fourth grade classroom in my hometown. Instead of having the students sit in desk chairs, the standard seats have been replaced with giant exercise balls, based on a study that claims that doing so improves students’ concentration. Now, I’ll admit I’m no education expert. However, I’m pretty sure that any rational person who hasn’t recently taken hallucinogens will support me when I say that giving a bunch of ten-year-olds giant exercise balls with the hopes of helping them “focus” is a ludicrous idea. Kids, quite literally, will be bouncing off the walls. However, these gross abuses in spending are not limited to my tiny town and its “progressive” elementary school. I’ve encountered similarly poor budgeting decisions throughout my schooling years. The State of New Jersey’s Department of Education website reveals that the average amount spent per high school student in 2008-2009 was $13,536. While $13,000 could fund a college education’s worth of textbooks, a modestly priced used car or a Colgate student’s four-year alcohol tab, this money seems to be channeled inappropriately within New Jersey schools. In my high school, the trend was technology. Anytime a new “toy” came out, my school had to have it. It seemed as if teachers were traded for SMART Boards, making sure that every classroom was equipped with the most cutting edge technology for watching movies during instructional time. While many SMART Boards sat untouched, my high school also invested in a small cavalry of COWS (computers on wheels, that is). Rather than going old school and using pen and paper, students enjoyed a fleet of Dell laptops that were wheeled around from classroom to classroom. While it became readily apparent exactly where the $13,000 per pupil was going, it seems as if no one ever questions why. Teachers often claim that tools like SMART Boards aid them in the classroom, but from what I’ve observed, these tools just make it easier for teachers to put in less effort. Why have students write out answers to the math homework on the board when you can just post the answer manual on a computer screen? Call me a purist, but that opening scene in “The Simpsons” just wouldn’t be the same if Bart was writing lines on a SMART Board. When schools complain that the budget cuts will result in the loss of programs like “Gifted and Talented,” or those in the arts, these institutions only further cement their status as ineffective finance administrators. While the “Gifted and Talented” program in my high school met infrequently, everyday, there were at least three secretaries in the main office, one in particular who treated impoliteness as her full time job. Further, the school budget never seemed to allow for an increase in the quality of coursework offered. While my school ensured that students were provided with ample opportunity to take ceramics, there was never an economics course to be found. As the fifth graders one town over learned Mandarin Chinese, I could not even take a basic statistics course to prepare me for my college years. So, rather than standing outside and protesting the budget cuts, I think a more rational approach is to question just how schools are spending their money – or rather, your tax dollars. Instead, students and teachers alike should be protesting the frivolous expenditures that so often occur in New Jersey schools. And while I’d love to start by protesting those bouncy exercise balls, I doubt that “Cut Big Balls” will prove to be an effective picketing slogan. Contact Jenn Carey at email@example.com.
September 23, 2010
THE COLGATE MAROON-NEWS
By James Bourne
By Brian Reid
Class of 2013
A Burning Cup of Tea
This Week’s Topic: The Tea Party
Let me start off by saying that as a Republican who holds a myriad of views ranging from Shortly after President Obama’s speech on healthcare to a joint session of Congress, I wrote the party line to some ideals that are more commonly associated with the Democrats, I have an opinion for this very column that expressed my concern with the “You lie!” incident, the been largely ignorant of the Tea Party phenomena. Mainly coming into focus during 2009, infamous town hall summer of ’09 and the general collapse of civility and reason in politics (if the Tea Party movement seems to be an outgrowth of libertarian conservatism. Disenfranthey ever existed). These things and more, I wrote, were attributable to the so-called Tea Party. chised with the current administration and what they perceive to be “big government,” the One year later, in mid-September, I am writing about the Tea Party once again. To put it in the Tea Party vernacular, the movement that I described one year ago was a T-PINO (Tea vocal members of the Tea Party are becoming hard to ignore any longer. Recent victories Party In Name Only) compared to what it is now. This is no longer about a horde of grumpy by self-identified tea partiers such as Christine O’Donnell and Joe Miller show that the Tea growlers ruining tourists’ days at the National Mall. The Tea Party is real. Party, while not a traditional third party in the common sense, is a growing force on the In the last year, scattered flames of Tea Party anger have merged into a roaring wildfire that American political scene. has burned establishment Republicans right out of A growing force that I greet with growing skeptitheir seats. The flames, fanned by Glenn Beck (who cism. Due to general unhappiness with the current seems intent on solving the global water crisis solely administration (apparently hope doesn’t magically with his tear ducts) and Sarah Palin (RELOAD!) fix the economy), Republicans are in a position to might just burn across the aisle and unseat Demomake gains in Congress. I fear, however, that the Tea crats on November 2. It all comes down to whether Party movement might jeopardize those gains. Now or not the heat of Tea Party extremism will send usually I wouldn’t be skeptical about the election of moderates running for cooler-minded candidates. conservative nominees – but Tea Party nominees My hunch is that it will. That’s not to say that will have to appeal to a broader base, something I Republicans won’t come out of November with seriously doubt they can do. big smiles on their white, older than average, male The current administration and the Democratic faces. I am simply arguing that Tea Party victories party are sure to label Tea Party nominees as extremin primaries increase the chance of Democratic ists, and seeing as how the Tea Party movement convictories in their general elections. sists overwhelmingly of whites, and nearly half the As an apathetic know-nothing liberal, I can members identify as Evangelical Christians, its a line imagine few things that would make me want to get people will probably buy. It’s true that the Tea Party out and vote more than a Tea Party candidate threatis based on economic conservatism – the reduction ening my beloved Democratic lawmaker. Whether of taxes and big government – but membership or it’s part of my socialist agenda to vote against canidentification with the movement does not make didates that would do away with the Department one an extremist. of Education or my crusade to kill the Constitution Some high profile Democrats, like Bill Clinby standing up for the rights of Muslims to build SEARCHING FOR THE FUTURE IN TEA LEAVES: The growing strength of ton, while concerned over the rise of the Tea Party, community centers wherever zoning laws permit, I the Tea Party presents an uncertain fate for the Republican Party and for acknowledge that the movement’s grievances are assure anyone still reading this column that I would the American electorate. founded in reality. In a poor economy, people get msnbcmedia4.msn.com fed up with what they perceive to be an ineffective make extra effort to vote against a Tea Partier, and I’m not alone. Many liberals fear the Tea Party for its extreme views, its political power or both. administration concerned with expanding the scope of government and adding to the already The self-titled and hilariously misnamed “Tea Party Patriots” point to their “stunning” (not considerable tax burden of the American people. really) victories in GOP primaries across the nation to “refudiate” claims like mine. Yet one Even so, as a fairly moderate Republican I am concerned over the electability of Tea Party must remember the remarkably small number of primary voters in Delaware, Alaska, Flori- candidates. The movement as a whole seems too much a like a knee jerk shift to the right at a da, Utah and other upset states. With such low voter turnout, as few as 30,000 (Delaware) time when moderation is needed. Add to the mix the endorsement of polarizing figures like nutcases could and did put whoever they want in the hot seat for the November election. Sarah Palin, whose name alone is enough to make many moderate and independent voters But could Tea Party candidates, for the reasons I mentioned above, drive liberals en masse shudder and I think the Tea Party movement has a real chance of jeopardizing Republican to the polls? Combine that possibility with the recently disenfranchised moderate Republi- chances at winning Congressional seats. By nominating unappealing nominees who are unable can, who might stay home or in some cases, vote for the moderate liberal to avoid the hor- to bring in votes outside the Tea Party itself, the party as a whole could suffer. ror of a Tea Partier “representing” him. Together, these two scenarios could send incumbent The original Boston Tea Party was a message to the king – no doubt the members of Democrats back to Capitol Hill. the current Tea Party movement see themselves as sending the same message – that AmeriIt’s certainly going to be an interesting wait-and-see election season concerning the cans are being crushed under the burden of taxation. It’s growing membership and recent question of Tea Party vs. Democrat. For the sake of my political preferences and personal nomination wins clearly show that the movement is striking a chord with at least some of the pride, I hope that the latter is victorious. But who knows? Can anyone recommend a good American people – whether or not those nominees can appeal to moderate Republicans and tea leaf reader? Independents remains to be seen. Contact James Bourne at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Brian Reid at email@example.com.
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September 23, 2010
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Queer Corner Letter to the Editor Read the You Can Only Label Yourself Constitution By Benae Beamon Class of 2011
I’ve never been one to try to live outside the box. In fact, it seems like those who attempt to live outside of the box are the most trapped by it. There is something to be said about the ability to identify yourself and fully admit to being all that you are. It’s kind of like if Harry Potter refused to wear his invisibility cloak, or when Tina stopped allowing Ike to dominate her. I hate to sound like Oprah (though I would freely accept her money), but authenticity is key. There’s a real honesty and power within people who live uninhibited by the margins in which society and biology have placed them. But just like peanut butter and chocolate, it’s easy for society to impose their invisibility all up in someone else’s visibility. You may be asking yourself what I mean by that unseemly and dated pop culture reference. Don’t worry because I’m going to tell you, and I’m not going to use political references because you’re not the United States government but a Colgate student (and a good looking one at that). I have watched the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning/Queer (LGBTQ) community on this campus throw event after event working to avoid compromising what they feel is right and honest, while also trying to make it appealing enough for the rest of the student body to take notice. There is consistently low attendance – not because the events aren’t noteworthy, or of interest to students, but because “those events” are labeled before they’re even advertised. I’m not going to lecture anyone on how they should attend every event that may inspire you to open your mind, or that has the potential to move you and challenge your worldview. However, if you choose not to go to an event because of the box that another person may put you in, then you’re probably already in it. Not only that, but it can be really uncomfortable to learn that you’re living your life by someone else’s rules. There are so many out students on campus who make their voices heard inside and outside of the classroom, and yet even when they put themselves out there, events, interesting speakers and significant LGBTQ awareness dates go unnoticed because of the fears of this supposed societal stereotype. No matter how “out” someone is, they cannot force you to see them. So, open your eyes to the differences – and I don’t mean sing “True Colors” every five minutes as an effort to showcase your eagerness to welcome the light that is life. Broaden your thinking to the reality that Colgate is full of students, faculty and staff with rich backgrounds and experiences. I digress. Let’s say that’s not you and that you don’t shy away from events on campus because of silly social stigmas. In fact, you go to every event on campus because you can teleport (which would be necessary to attend every event on this campus). We’ll talk simpler. I would venture to guess that most times that you or your friends have referenced the LGBTQ community, you’ve mentioned the “gay community.” I’m bisexual and have been out for almost two years, so when people use the term “gay community,” I’m immediately excluded from a community to which I am very much connected. Although I understand how cumbersome acronyms or changing one word in your vocabulary can be, it still must be less awkward than unintentionally alienating individuals from one of their identities and from conversations on issues they are also facing. The reality is that we are totally incapable of judging one another because we all live by and expect the same inconsistencies from one another. We’ve gotten to a place where authenticity and vulnerability is shocking and rare. The answer isn’t that everyone should wear their hearts on their sleeves and cry all day, but the fact that vulnerability is always seen as weakness, and only by means of its extreme, is a problem. As Paul Laurence Dunbar would say, “We wear the mask that grins and lies. It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes.” We allow perceptions, assumptions and conceptions to become our own masks. Letting those around us determine our behavior and who we are. The reason that monikers, categories and classifications exist is to help us order the world in which we live, but the most striking feature of names is the power that they hold. So, why not empower yourself by naming yourself? It’s the indefinable that is intersectionality. Name not only your sexuality, but also your gender, race, ethnicity and every other aspect of self that defines you. Take back the false presumptions and preconceived notions imposed upon you and replace them solely with all that you are. It takes introspection and self-recognition, but no one said that it would be as simple as finding Dora the Explorer’s parents (who apparently don’t exist). This naming and self-acceptance is part of what “coming out” is all about – a reclaiming of self and self-liberation. There’s more to visibility than the sincerity of one person; it relies also on receptivity of others. Don’t allow your own fears and discomfort to negate another person’s personal enlightenment, growth and honesty. Each person is more than a porcelain veneer, and true visibility requires candidness from the whole of the community. So, take action and accept accountability for your community. As evidenced by the eminent Betty White, it’s never too late to realize your full “Golden” potential (or wear velour track suits). Contact Benae Beamon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Samantha Steinfeld Class of 2011
The only reason I am writing this piece – a quasi-response to Ryan Holliday’s article “Constitutional Freedoms and the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’,” which appeared in last week’s issue of the Maroon-News – is because of the Constitution. I was dismayed, but not at all surprised, when I read the opening line of Mr. Holliday’s article. After all, the so-called threat that opponents and protestors of the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” are apparently posing to the “freedom of religion” has been the central issue in almost every news story and debate regarding this issue for the past several months. Indeed, pundits, politicians, and even the President have weighed in on the supposed constitutional issues presented by the opposition to the Islamic community center, with the latter remarking in August that, “Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country,” implicitly equating the construction of Park51 with the free exercise of religion protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Clearly, Mr. Holliday is in good company with his understanding of the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy as one that centers around the question of religious freedom, but there is just one problem: the “freedom to build” is not the third religion clause. That is, whether or not the community center and the mosque it will house ends up being built in its current location, a new location, or even if it is not built at all, no one’s “religious freedoms” are at risk. Before you throw the paper down in a state of outrage and righteous indignation, let me explain exactly what it is that I mean when I say that the question of whether or not the “Ground Zero Mosque” gets built has no bearing on the question of anyone’s constitutional rights. As I understand it, the “Ground Zero Mosque”-as-a-constitutionalissue rhetoric centers around a concern that if those who oppose and protest its construction are able to get enough support and influence, the building would not be built at all, thereby denying this specific downtown Manhattan Muslim community that Park51 was intended to serve a place in which to worship, discuss, and practice their faith. The lack of this space and its accompanying ramifications would thus amount to a restriction on their ability to freely exercise their religion, hence violating their constitutional rights as Americans. On the surface, that does sound pretty horrible – American citizens should not be denied the rights and protections to which they are entitled by the Constitution just because other Americans feel a certain way or hold certain prejudices. Thankfully, that is not the situation in which we find ourselves.
I have a sneaking suspicion that most people who frame this debate in constitutional terms have not recently read the actual text of the First Amendment’s “Religion Clauses,” which state that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Stop for a second, and read that quotation again; the First Amendment explicitly prohibits Congress (i.e. the government) from making laws establishing, or impeding on people’s free exercise of, religion. So, for the “religious freedoms” of Park51’s future patrons to be under siege, the government would have to somehow be impeding its construction, either through legislation or some other type of action. If the federal or state government were to, for example, exercise eminent domain and claim the land on which Park51 is to be built as federal property, or declare that while a mosque cannot be built, a church or synagogue must be put up in its stead, we would most certainly have an egregious constitutional violation on our hands. However, nothing of that sort is happening here. One would hope that an intelligent and learned constitutional scholar like Barack Obama would recognize the difference between a brewing constitutional issue and widespread public opposition, but alas that is not the case. No matter what your feelings are on the “Ground Zero Mosque” issue, if you support its construction, vehemently oppose it or cannot quite make up your mind, what everyone must realize is that a significant amount of public opposition to its construction – whether or not you believe it to be based purely on ignorance and prejudice – does not a constitutional violation make. The simple fact that you may not agree with the opposition’s reasons for opposing the “Ground Zero Mosque” does not mean that they are violating the religious rights and freedoms of those whom they oppose simply by dint of their opposition. In fact, if anyone’s freedoms are to be considered here, they should be those of the very people who are speaking out against Park51, for they are being asked, and in many cases told, to censor themselves, in at least one case by our nation’s Commander in Chief. Along with the religious freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment is the freedom of speech, which the constitution explicitly forbids the federal government from “abridging.” While the “freedom to build a mosque/ community center” is not protected in the Constitution, the “freedom of speech” is, and before mislabeling the “Ground Zero Mosque” issue as a “religious freedom” issue, we should stop to consider the significance of doing so for the other rights and freedoms that the First Amendment and the rest of the Constitution guarantee to all Americans. Contact Samantha Steinfeld at email@example.com.
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September 23, 2010
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Minus the City Will and Jill By Will Hazzard Assistant Editor
Finding love is hard sometimes. I can go out on a Friday night and meet someone, have a little fun, but sometimes that’s just not very satisfying. You know, like you wake up in the morning and you look over to whoever is next to you and think, “Well that was fine I guess. So … when are they going to leave?” It’s times like that that make me want to forgo hooking up and just give finding someone to have a relationship with a shot. Then I remember that’s way too hard and just go back to nights of debauched sex with semi-strangers in a stupor. But despite all my troubles, despite all my doubts, I’ll always have Jill. Everyone has a Jill and she never gives up on you. Whenever you’re just alone or bored, Jill is always there for me and I couldn’t be more thankful. We first met when I was probably 11 years old. She had caught my eye when I was just starting to discover girls and we kind of just hit it off. We started fooling around at first, nothing too serious. We’d just hang out after everyone had gone to bed and it was quiet in the house. After a few weeks of this, I decided it was finally time to go all the way. I was really scared. It’s really awkward the first time. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, so I just went with what felt natural. It didn’t go as well, but Jill certainly satisfied my budding sexual desires. From then on, we were a match made in heaven. After that things really started to pick up. We started doing it a few times a week at first, but that quickly grew to practically every day. Sometimes several times in a day. Sometimes we’d do it in the shower. Sometimes we’d do it with porn on. I hated family vacations ’cause I had to go long periods of time without seeing Jill, and that sucked. But once I got back, it picked up right where it left off. Things weren’t always so great. Like any adolescent male, I had a wandering eye. Jill just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore so I decided to explore my options. I had a few girlfriends in high school and, don’t get me wrong, they were great. A lot of the time, though, I found myself coming back to Jill. I guess I wasn’t the most faithful person. I mean, I caught her a couple times being unfaithful, mainly with girls though, so I guess that’s okay. At this point, it’s water under the bridge. Now, in the last year of being a teenager, Jill and I finally have reached an understanding. I only see her if I really need to, and not much else. People like to tell us that it’s wrong. What I do is unnatural and dirty. I then tell them that they should really get to know Jill and I bet they would be a lot happier. No matter what people think, though, at the end of the day, at least it’s sex with someone I love. Contact Will at firstname.lastname@example.org
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September 23, 2010
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Sand and Sounds: Beta Beach
Ying Yang Twins Perform at Annual Concert By Cambria Litsey
the music industry. For his final song, he performed “You Just Like My Car,” from his soon-to-be-released album. Most students, however, were anxiously waiting to hear the On Saturday, September 18, members of the Colgate commu- Atlanta-based rap duo, Ying Yang Twins. So eager, in fact, that nity braved the cool weather for a summery escape at the an- multiple students got up on stage just to have the opportunity to nual Beta Beach concert, hosted touch one of the twins. by the fraternity Beta Theta Pi “I have never been so squished in (Beta). The event was much-anmy life,” first-years Athena Feldshon ticipated by many Colgate stuand Emily Kress said. “But touching dents and a lot of effort was put a Ying Yang Twin’s shoe was totally into preparing for the concert. worth all the elbows in my face.” Every year, Beta books big-name The Ying Yang Twins’s last alperformers and manages to fill bum, Ying Yang Forever, was released their 700 square-foot backyard in 2009. During their performance, with sand to accommodate the they stuck to most of their hits from tropical theme. Not only was the earlier in the decade. Among these event an opportunity for the new were the crowd-pleasers “Shake,” Greek recruits to celebrate after “Get Low,” “Salt Shaker” and a nerve-wracking week waiting “Badd.” Near the end of the concert, for bids, but it also provided however, students became upset as the Colgate community with a the duo seemed to have stopped chance to experience some big performing, barely using their miname performers. crophones and instead resorted to Although the event was set to playing short clips from current start at 8:00 p.m. most students songs on the Top 40. didn’t arrive until around 9:30 “I thought [Beta Beach] was a p.m., leaving a few first-years and lot of fun, but it would have been eager concert-goers with little to BEACH BUMS: The Ying Yang Twins performed at this more fun if [the Ying Yang Twins] do for that time. The actual perfor- year’s Beta Beach this past weekend. The group played a had stuck to one song at the end [of mance began around 10:00 p.m. number of their popular songs but, overall, received only the performance],” first-year Caitlin with the Ying Yang Twins taking mixed reviews. Whittemore said. colgate.edu the stage around 11:00 p.m. BeNot only did it seem as though fore then, students danced to Bob Marley and treated themselves to they weren’t putting a lot of effort into their performance, it also free sandwiches and soda; alcoholic beverages were available to those made dancing difficult. above the legal drinking age. Overall, the concert was a great time to dance and hear music. This year was especially exciting as Beta managed to book the Ying Once again, Beta managed to pull off a great event. However, the Yang Twins, with an opening by Jamie Drastik of Making the Band Ying Yang Twins’s much anticipated performance was below par and fame. Drastik’s act began with some remixes that held up well. He hopefully their future shows will hold up better. gave a shout out to Pitbull who has been helping guide him through Contact Cambria Litsey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maroon-News Staff
In The Light Eugene Riordan
By Katherine Kollitides Maroon-News Staff
It’s nearly impossible to be a Colgate student and not know senior Eugene Riordan. Riordan, a Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations double major, is more than just an enthusiastic and friendly face. When asked what campus activities he’s involved in, he paused. “Let me check my resume – I’m probably going to leave something out by accident,” he laughed. Indeed, when you’re a Link, the drum major in pep band, a saxophone player in the wind ensemble, the chair of Lambda, a commentary writer for the Maroon-News, a leader of Ballroom Dancers, a CHOP volunteer at the Hamilton Food Cupboard and a member of the Curling Club, it’s easy to forget an activity here or there. However, Riordan thrives on being part of so many diverse aspects of campus life. “Every student should make their Colgate experience an adventure,” Riordan said. “You should take advantage of everything. There is so much to learn and uncover.” Choosing to attend Colgate proved to be an adventure itself for Riordan, who hails from Butte, Montana. “Most of my family members and my classmates from high school went to school instate, so it was hard for me to think of going anywhere else,” Riordan said. “But I wanted to travel. I had heard so many good things about Colgate that I decided to apply. The first day I saw the school was move-in day.” This leap of faith proved to be a success for Riordan, who enthusiastically voices his love for Colgate. He says his studyabroad trip to Geneva, Switzerland last semester was the most pivotal moment in his Colgate career, though. “I went with the most phenomenal group of people,” Riordan said. “We visited 17 different countries all across Europe. It was a lot of work and a lot of play. [Associate Professor of Political Science] Barry Shain is incredible and very intelligent – I learned so much from him.” Riordan hopes to continue his world travels after graduation. He is currently applying for a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Thailand and a Watson grant to study the international queer rights movement. However, despite his worldly aspirations, Riordan still emphasizes that Colgate has been his home and has allowed him to grow in many ways. “Attending Colgate has made me challenge myself and those around me,” Riordan said. “May it be the random friendships with the people you meet, or discovering what we can do for ourselves and others, no day at Colgate turns out as you think it will. There’s always something waiting to surprise you.” To nominate a senior for In The Light, e-mail email@example.com.
Hollywood on the Hill Boardwalk Empire, HBO and America’s Love for Gangsters
By Josh Glick
culture? To me, it means the demise of standard programming. A network like ABC or FOX could never creWhen a network decides to ate a show like Boardwalk Emspend $50 million on a pilot, pire, as there are just too many the show better be damn good. FCC regulations. Imagine a show And, in the case of HBO’s new about gangsters where no blood, hit Boardwalk Empire, it is. Writnudity, foul language or drugs ten by Terence Winter, the writer could be shown. It would be terof The Sopranos, and produced by rible. Imagine if Entourage was on Mark Wahlberg and Martin ScorsFOX. You could never see Turtle ese, Boardwalk Empire looks like ripping a bong, Ari cursing every it not only will be HBO’s newest two seconds and Vince having hit, but also a sure contender for sex with porn stars. It would suck Emmy wins and Monday morning (sorry, but I’m not sorry about coffee break discussions. that comment, Mom). The setting for the show is As anyone who flipped on outstanding – HBO has had HBO at two in the morning would an exact replica of the Atlantic know, HBO can show whatever City Boardwalk reconstructed in they want. People love nudity, Brooklyn. The cast, led by Steve drugs, blood and foul language. Buscemi (who is the ugliest man How great would Fox’s 24 have in Hollywood, closely followed been on Showtime? Jack Bauer by Mickey Rourke) is first class. A SHOW YOU CAN’T REFUSE : HBO’s new series Boardwalk could have been twice as legendary It’s HBO, so obviously the direc- Empire brings back Prohibition-era gangsters. as he was. Even a show like Gossip watchbroadwalkempire.com tion, writing, costumes, music Girl would be way sexier, more beand cinematography are all excellent. How- is what we will love about HBO’s new show. lievable and more entertaining if it were on ever, what will make this show a classic is Politicians, policemen and businessmen all Cinemax and not standard cable. You can’t simply the premise. selling booze during prohibition and killing try to tell me that you wouldn’t like to actuAmericans love gangsters in our pop cul- anyone who gets in their way. Furthermore, ally see the doctors in Grey’s Anatomy havture. They give us a sense of “badassness” that Boardwalk Empire also gives us the classy ing sex, or hear McDreamy drop the f-bomb we do not get out of every day life. The De- feeling that many mafia movies don’t, as it is every once in awhile. parted, The Godfathers, Casino, Scarface, The thought of as a period piece. Essentially, it’s a Boardwalk Empire, on the HBO network Town (it’s very good) and The Sopranos are all much cooler Mad Men. where it belongs, promises not to similarly fixtures in our entertainment culture. All of So what does HBO’s new phenomenon disappoint – nothing will be left out. these have excellent acting and directing, but mean for the future of our entertainment Contact Josh Glick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maroon-News Staff
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September 23, 2010
THE COLGATE MAROON-NEWS
This Week at the Movies
By Will Hazzard
By Srikar Gullapalli
Remember high school? It wasn’t too long ago. Remember all the drama, the feelings of isolation and confusion that plagued our adolescent years? Most of us probably remember the movies we watched, too. We all loved the iconic John Hughes films that helped us understand the fact that we’re growing up and deal with that fact. But that was our parent generation. What about us? That is where Easy A, directed by Will Gluck and written by Bert V. Royal, comes in. Take all the charm and love from a classic 80s teen drama and give it 2010 twist and that’s exactly what you get. Easy A is fun, light-hearted and never takes itself too seriously, but leaves a lasting impression. Olive (Emma Stone) is your average high school girl. She is smart, witty and a complete nobody. She is troubled by that same feeling of being invisible like any 17-year-old. One day though, as an excuse to get out of a camping trip, Olive lies to her friend about losing her virginity to a college guy. This, however, is heard by one of the school’s gossip queens (Amanda Bynes) and a little lie spreads very quickly. After hearing this, a gay friend of hers asks to fake having sex with him at a party to deter the torments from their classmates. It works, and soon other desperate boys begin to ask Olive for the same thing. She obliges all the awkward boys, but things soon take a turn for the worse. The rumor mill turns nasty, but instead of outwardly denying the claims, Olive embraces her new sexually liberated persona. She continues this only until her lies really start to hurt people and she becomes consumed by it. She tells the truth. Happy ending for everyone. The story isn’t the most complicated or deepest one out there, but it sure is fun. Between Olive’s onlinemovieshut.com snarky dialogue, her odd but loving parents and just the complete ridiculousness of the situation, the movie takes a good vibe and runs with it. When it comes to the production, Easy A is pretty standard. Nothing too interesting when it comes to the cinematography or lighting. The most interesting aspect, however, is the use of technology as a major aspect of the film. Olive tells her story and confessions through a webcam. The high school communicates and the rumor spreads through texting, Twitter and Facebook. While often a clichéd tactic used when portraying our generation, it works surprisingly well and is never too overbearing here. Plus, the movie boasts a pretty excellent soundtrack, including many songs we recognize from those 80s movies. It’s a brilliant homage. There’s very little reason to not see Easy A. It’s got just about anything you could ever want when you’re looking for a good time at the movies: a good story, good music and hot lead actors. It’s a movie that all of us can relate to on some level, and who doesn’t want to laugh at how stupid and ridiculous high school was? Go out and see this movie. If you don’t, then you’re seriously missing out. Contact Will Hazzard at email@example.com.
Get Low is not a complete movie. It does not offer us a glorious spectacle of fireworks and satisfying clichés. It follows a very personal search; it exposes us to very personal demons; it guides us through the very personal past of this troubled old man. It is so personal that it distances us. This is the movie’s strongest point (in terms of beauty) and its weakest point (in terms of box office receipts). The cinematography and the old western-style acoustic guitar music gives somewhat of a personable touch to this movie, but overall, this beautifully acted movie is almost ignorant of the existence of an audience. Get Low follows the last few days in the life of a crabby old man, Felix Bush (Robert Duvall), who has lived in self-imposed exile for the last 40 years in the middle of his 300 acres of property. Due to his extreme isolation, there are countless stories floating around about him. Some think of him as the devil, some think of him as a murderer, etc. He’s almost like Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird. When a friend of his dies, it strikes him that his time will be coming soon, too. Bush wants to have a lasting catharsis before he dies, and he decides to have a public funeral party for himself before he actually dies. He wishes for people to come over and tell all the stories and rumors they have heard about him. When the local priest refuses his offer for a funeral party, he enlists the help of a local funeral home. This funeral home is run by Frank Quinn (Bill Murray) and Buddy Robinson (Lucas Black) who see an opportunity to finally turn their flagging profits around in this sleepy little town where “no one seems to die.” Quinn especially pursues the funeral party idea aggressively even when Bush starts to have doubts. All the while, we are wondering about Bush’s real past. Things start to get messy when we encounter Charlie Jackson impawards.com (Bill Cobbs) and Mattie Darrow (Sissy Spacek), two people from Bush’s past. Bush reflects on how the 40 years that he spent in his own isolated prison might not have helped him and he realizes that this funeral party could be his only and final chance for forgiveness, catharsis and satisfaction. At the funeral party, he reveals his demons to us. Get Low doesn’t have a psychopathic incarnation of Satan as its protagonist. It does not have a war veteran who killed a bunch of civilians as its protagonist. Get Low has a protagonist who experiences such a personal search, drive and pain that it makes it almost impossible for the viewer to relate to it. The range of emotion, justification and action that Duvall indulges in is almost confusing for the viewer. But that’s what makes it beautiful. Get Low is not looking for any sort of empathy from the viewer. It is just a manifestation of how incredibly personal a man’s life really is to said man, and how unimportant or nonsensical it might seem to other people. This is not a movie. This is not art. This is something so personal to Felix Bush that no one but Felix Bush can really put a label on it. This is why this movie is going to do terribly at the box office. But it really shouldn’t. I want to scream from the rooftops for people to watch Get Low without being judgmental. So, yes, I’m screaming right now. Contact Srikar Gullapalli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
for the Week By Jackson Leeds
us back to the Dipset days. 7. “Short and Entertaining” – Jamaica “Short and Entertaining” is a great cross between a newer electronic sound and 80s pop, with production by Xavier de Rosnay (from Justice). 8. “Big Dipper” – Delorean With summer ending, lyrics that tell listeners to “run away up into the sun” may feel a bit outdated, but the catchy hooks and guitar riffs will never go out of style.
1. “Barbara Streisand (Original Mix)” – Duck Sauce A-Trak and Arman Van Helden will get your weekend started right with this club friendly banger. If the funky beat and sample aren’t enough, maybe the synthesized voice repeating “Barbara Streisand” throughout the song will do the trick. 2. “Runaway (feat. Pusha T)” – Kanye West Kanye introduced this song at the VMAs to great praise. It features a well-executed guest verse by Pusha T from Clipse. Listen to the dark, repetitive piano beat as Mr. West requests a toast for society’s less favored stereotypes. 3. “Makin’ Love to the Money” – Gucci Mane Gucci Mane has been on fire lately, releasing mix tapes seemingly every week. “Makin’ love to the money like a sex tape / I’m talkin’ Kim K / I’m talkin’ Ray J,” the Atlanta native proclaims. 4. “Baptism” – Crystal Castles Lead singer Alice Glass has a mental breakdown once again; this time the synthesizers and drum machines create electronic perfection. “Baptism” is one of the better tracks from Crystal Castles II. 5. “California Gurls (Arman Van Helden Remix)” – Katy Perry Arman Van Helden adds a techno-house spin to everyone’s favorite summer anthem. 6. “Speakin’ Tongues” – Cam’ron and Vado Cam’ron and Vado talk about Harlem, lobster and expensive cars over a beat that takes
9. “Babylon (feat. Mr. Lexx)” – Congorock The Fool’s Gold DJ Congorock grabs Mr. Lexx for this electronic epic, which was named the “hottest record out there” by Dutch DJ Chuckie. 10. “Fly Jets Over Boston (feat. Curren$y)” – Sam Adams Normally not a big fan of Sam Adams, but Curren$y and the Boston boy rhyme more than their fair share over this laid-back beat. 11. “B.M.F. (feat. Styles P)” – Rick Ross “I think I’m Big Meech, Larry Hoover,” the self-proclaimed boss shouts. Styles P makes a notable guest appearance on the Lex Luger produced track. 12. “Take Over Control (ft. Eva Simmons)” – Afrojack The Dirty Dutch movement is in full effect as Afrojack features Eva Simmons on this track with smooth hooks and pounding beats. 13. “Black Billionaires” – Carte Blanche Carte Blanche is a collaborative effort by two of the more groundbreaking DJs of the past ten years: DJ Medhi and DJ Riton. With a well-timed sample from the song “Bang” by Rye Rye and a pounding synth, this song is sure to please. Contact Jackson Leeds at email@example.com.
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September 16, 2010
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Event Horizons Blending Art and Science By Annette Shantur Maroon-News Staff
“Event Horizons,” opening Saturday, September 25 at the Earlville Opera House, is a series of dynamic pieces that lead the eye through dizzying spaces that confuse the perspective – a micro-world of atoms or the macro-world of planets? We’ve lost the grounded up-and-down and leftand-right assurance of the landscape mode to enter the realm of the abstract and atmospheric. “With a nod to the Romantics and Abstract Expressionism, my work rests on the energy of the gesture, the visible trace of the process and the coherence of carefully controlled elements, with textures and density ranging from thickly layered to ephemeral,” Ithacan painter Barbara Mink comments on her work, alluding to its interdisciplinary qualities. Mink began painting about ten years ago. She started with still-life and landscape but transitioned to a looser, “brushy” form that remind us of nineteenth century painters J.M.W Turner and James Whistler. Her earlier works, described as “lush and immediate,” may seem incompatible with the im- PAINT THE SKY : Barbara Mink opened her personal and detached nature show “Event Horizons” at the Earlville Opera of the scientific. However, as House last Saturday. Her abstract art focuses on the founder and artistic direc- atoms, planets and everything in between. tor of Ithaca’s Light in Winter, Annette Shantur an annual festival bringing together art, music and science, this is perhaps a natural and important progression in Mink’s work. With influences of artists and styles spanning centuries and an unusual, adventurous flavor of the abstract and scientific, Mink’s “Event Horizons” will certainly appeal to a broad group, bringing their diverse interests together, as it does art and science. Mink’s work is featured in collections all over the country and she has studied with artists Stan Taft, Bill Benson, Bente King and Thomas Buechner. “Event Horizons” will be shown in the Earlville Opera House’s West Gallery from September 25 to November 6. Viewers may enjoy a reception and attend an artist’s talk on Saturday, September 25, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Contact Annette Shantur at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Everyone is invited to help build a roof for the Mud Oven at Common Thread Farm. Head over to the Common Thread Community Farm, located at 3424, Lake Moraine Road, on Saturday morning between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this community project! For any questions, Contact Leigh Yardley at 315-263-0957.
Your Week in Preview
Join Grammy winning pianist Bill Cunliffe and Colgate’s own Chair and Associate Professor of Music Glenn Cashman for a fresh take on Jazz standards this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the Colgate Memorial Chapel. Come get pumped up for the school week with original compositions from this fantastic duo!
By Krutika Ravi Maroon-News Staff
MEETING STUDENT LEADERS The NY6 Student Leadership Conference is slated to take place starting at 9 a.m. this Friday, September 24 at the ALANA Cultural Center. Come meet students from Hamilton, Hobart and William Smith, St. Lawrence, Skidmore and Union, and engage in this wonderful opportunity to interact and discuss student empowerment. For more information, contact Elise Bronzo at 315-228-7752.
SCHOOL OF ROCK Check out the Friday Night 35mm Film Series at 7 p.m. in Golden Auditorium on September 24. This week features Gimme Shelter, a “rockumentary” following the 1969 U.S. tour of the Rolling Stones, including footage from the December 1969 show at the Altamont Speedway in northern California. Dont’ miss this chance to rock out!
FIESTA EN PALACE At 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, the Palace Theater is hosting Latino performers Ernie G and La Krema. Join this comedy and dance fest, which will be followed by free lessons from the dancers of LA Krema and an open dance floor at 10:00. Admission is $10. Contact Patricia von Mechow at 315-824-1420 with any questions.
CELEBRATION ON THE QUAD Africana and Latin American Studies (ALST) brings you their annual W.E.B. DuBois lecture and celebrates African, African American, Caribbean and Latin American cultures with free T-shirts and soup on the Academic Quad. Events on the quad begin at 11 a.m. on Monday September 27. The lecture will follow at the end of the day at 7 p.m. in Love Auditorium. All students are welcome to join in this celebration!
BOYCOTT THE BAN The Colgate Bookstore and the Hamilton Public Library invite all to their reading of banned books at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28. Come and celebrate your freedom to read at Hamilton Public Library. For further information, contact Kelly Thomas at 315-228-7481.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Looking for an alternative to the usual Saturday night shenanigans? Come hear electronic music band EPT, better known as Joel Feitzinger, perform at the Barge Canal Coffee Co. on Saturday, September 25 at 8 p.m. As a veteran of the Barge’s Saturday night music series, the event is sure to be entertaining. Be sure to watch for future Saturday night performances at the Barge throughout the semester! Contact Krutika Ravi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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September 16, 2010
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Fashion’s Time to Shine By Lisa Mischianti Maroon-News Staff
I know you just came to terms with the fact that the days of beaches and barbeques are a thing of the past, and that you are finally getting cozy in your fall-favorite chunky sweaters and leather boots. Even the calendar has made it official with the coming and going of September 21, the technical end of summer and beginning of the autumn season. So, sorry about this, but I want to talk about spring/summer 2011. Now, why would I do this to you? Because right now the fashion world is abuzz with excitement over Fashion Week, which just took place September 9 through the 16, and showcased the incumbent season’s designs. For all of you out there like me who would have loved to have been in New York City at that time but instead were stuck here in Hamilton reading seventeenth century British literature, I have all of the updates and recaps. Since the first signs of springtime seem an eternity away, we will stick to a few salient points to remember. One trend that appeared on the Marc Jacobs runway in particular was the return of retro-70s chic. His designs feature a sunny color palette, showy prints, floral appendages and satiny dresses that numerous on-site bloggers harkened back to the days of Studio 54. Yet another trend that appeared on the runways, a look that has been a while in the making, is that of print mixing, namely the combination of springy floral patterns. Chris Benz adopted it masterfully in his show, sticking to colors in the same family to avoid making his models appear disheveled or plain crazy. Interestingly, alongside these louder looks a contrasting trend came to the forefront: minimalism in nudes, neutrals and rust-tones. Calvin Klein’s line is a prime example: sparse, clean, sexy and structured, using a lot of silk and ivory as the basis of its color palette. The rare forms of embellishment are restricted to a drawstring or a touch of pleating. One piece that seems to be a neutral minimalist must-have for spring/summer 2011 is the camel-colored trench dress, a star piece on the DKNY runway. Finally, one more trend that stole the scene during Fashion Week
was the use of sheer, gauzy fabrics for layering. Clearly, this involves balancing with solid pieces over or under to avoid being simply naked. Done up properly à la 3.1 Phillip Lim, the effect is quite pretty. And, of course, I must mention the hotly anticipated Fashion’s Night Out, which took place on the evening of Friday, September 10 during Fashion Week. The brainchild of longtime Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) debuted just last year as a response to the economic recession, in an attempt to get people excited about fashion and shopping again. In an interview, Wintour described the concept as something of a giant fashion block party. That is, the idea is for retailers and designers large and small to open their doors to the public after hours and host special events that include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, music, celebrity/designer appearances, giveaways, activities, limited edition commemorative merchandise for charity and most of all some serious shopping. The streets flood with excited party-goers as they hop from site to site sampling the settings and styles. While FNO was a tremendous success in its first year, this year it was without a doubt bigger and better. The 2010 edition marked a transformation from a nascent trial to a global phenomenon, with more than 100 cities around the world taking stylecaster.com part. At its epicenter, New York City, the event made history as it kicked off the largest public fashion show Manhattan has ever seen at the Lincoln Center. A virtual army of almost 200 models dressed in fall designs. Led by supermodel Gisele Bündchen, the models stormed the scene and surrounded the audience followed by musical guest Pharrell Williams. And the night continued to make fashion fun and accessible for everyone. The famous and the fans intermingled with Halle Berry who hung out at Rag and Bone, and Jennifer Lopez who was at Macy’s. Alexander Wang danced with his fans at his store and Oscar de la Renta sang along with the live Latin music at his boutique. So, with Fashion Week come and gone, we can return to all that is autumn. But keep my tips in the back of your mind because time flies and spring will be upon us before you know it. Contact Lisa Mischianti at email@example.com.
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Mélange à Trois By Amy Gould, Sophie Greene and Leslie Kessinger Maroon-News Staff
So, we know what you’re thinking when you read “Mélange à Trois,” but just hold on, we swear it actually has something to do with cooking. The word “mélange” means a mixture in French, and in the context of cooking, it refers to a blend of spices. We found this name (thanks to a hint from Amy’s mom) rather appropriate for our cooking column. The three of us (hence the “trois”) each bring an interesting mix of flavors and cooking concepts to the table, resulting in a true “mélange.” For our second recipe, we took a type of food that appeals to all three of us and blended our favorite spices into one fantastic dish. We don’t know if everyone else has noticed, but it has already started getting cold at Colgate. To make matters worse, everyone seems to be sick as well. Cold weather along with a cold usually means one thing when it comes to eating: comfort food. Leslie and Amy both love eating chili at times like these, so, in the spirit of the season, we decided to bust out our favorite chili recipes and make our own. For Sophie, growing up in the tropics, chili was never the first thing that popped into her head when thinking about comfort food. However, after moving to what is basically Antarctica in her mind, she has learned to appreciate a hot cup of hearty soup. So here’s our recipe for “Sweet and Smokey Chili” with a whole lot of love and a good kick of heat as we embark on the journey that is a Colgate winter.
SWEET AND SMOKEY CHILI (SERVES 6-8) 1 lb ground turkey 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into half-circles 1 large white onion 5 cloves of garlic Approximately 4 cups of beans of your choice (we used a mixture of black, kidney and pinto) 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes (drained) 8 oz. can of plain tomato sauce ½ cup of brown sugar 2 ½ tsp chili powder 1 tbsp cumin 1 tsp chipotle chili powder 1 bay leaf 1 tsp black pepper Salt* Sauté the onions in olive oil until they are almost translucent (approximately two minutes) over medium high heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for approximately 30 seconds. Then add one pound ground turkey and cook until browned. Add a desired amount of salt* and ground pepper. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the meat and onion mixture into a large stew pot. Add the remaining ingredients into the pot and simmer on low heat for one hour. Remove the bay leaf. Serve it up with a spoonful of sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese (we also like a nice slice of cornbread). We loved this dish and it completely satisfied every-
thing we were looking for. We each had second servings and our entire house wanted a bowl. The spices that we used blended together perfectly and the smoky chipotle was awesome accompanied by the sweet brown sugar. If you’re feeling under the weather or even just a little bit down, we highly suggest you try this easy recipe to spice up your day and lift your spirits. *A note from the kitchen: while browning the meat, we used Amy’s faAmy Gould, Sophie Greene, Leslie Kessinger vorite “Lawry’s Salt.” This is a great seasoned salt that adds good flavor when cooking meats and vegetables. Indeed, Amy doesn’t think that any kitchen is complete without it. Contact Amy Gould at firstname.lastname@example.org, Sophie Greene at email@example.com and Leslie Kessinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 23, 2010
THE COLGATE MAROON-NEWS
Haters’ Ball: Life as a Sports Fan
By Charlie Balk Maroon-News Staff
Hate: it’s a word that often evokes the response of, “Woah, that’s a strong word. You should just say, ‘strongly dislike.’” Personally, I love the word. Hate my teachers. Hate my roommates. Hate tennis. And I hate the Jug. Then again, I’ve been to the Jug at least twice so far this year. And I hated it, of course, because it’s terrible. Last night, two girls told me that they also hate the Jug. I asked them why, and one explained that it’s because of “what it stands for,” the explanation of someone too drunk to form a coherent explanation. Shortly thereafter, I was told by one of the girls that they are going to the Jug soon and I should be there. When questioned as to why she’s going a place she hates, she acknowledged that the Jug does have a specific purpose. If I was to guess, I would say that purpose would be desperation sex. There are a lot of pro athletes hated by mainstream America. However, in many ways we still like and need these objects of our disdain. While some of society’s hatred undeniably has racist undertones to it, the main purpose of this hatred is to rationalize and legitimize fans’ love of their favorite players and teams. Recently, ESPN reported that the Q Score company, which judges the popularity of products, brands and public figures, took a poll of the U.S. regarding the most popular and unpopular professional athletes. The results were not surprising, but ESPN sold the story on the fact that it’s somewhat startling how quickly LeBron James fell out of favor. ‘Bron comes in as sixth-most hated, behind Michael Vick, Tiger Woods, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and Kobe Bryant. Knowledgeable sports fans should not be too shocked by these results. But, what’s more interesting is not what this says about the athletes; rather, what interests me is what this poll
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CAN’T SPELL HEAT WITHOUT HATE: LeBron James has quickly become one of the most hated athletes in sports, but why do we really hate pro athletes?
says about sports fans and society-at-large. Sports-fandom, for the most part, is an undeniably silly pursuit. We pretend that our favorite athletes have the same loyalty to their respective teams as we fans have to our favorite teams. We pretend that athletes are heroes, with superhuman bravery, courage and persistence. We are completely delusional. We idolize them. Therefore, when certain athletes act in ways that go against this warped (but also, necessary for pro sports to exist) perspective, we turn on them for making it clear that they do not respect the traditional, sacred codes of sport. LeBron James, just like you or me, cares most about his happiness and the happiness
of his friends and family. His happiness demanded a move from his home state of Ohio to the sunny shores of South Beach. No one will ever know to what degree the decision was influenced by the prospect of winning, by the appeal of playing with two friends of his or by the attraction of living in a warm, sunny, beautiful city. But, from a fan perspective, he showed that he did not care about a natural competitiveness that would indicate to us that Wade and Bosh should be his competition, and therefore his enemies. It also showed a lack of loyalty to the place he was born, raised and paid to play for for seven years. On top of all that, I don’t think that the way he broke the news to the world helped either.
This move was in some ways insulting to sports fans’ intelligence. In the same way that fans were forced to turn on LeBron in order to maintain their traditional beliefs about sports, hatred for TO and Ochocinco serves a similar purpose. My favorite athlete is Paul Pierce. I consider him to be loyal, hard-working, team-oriented and, most importantly, a good all-around person. However, there is a great deal of evidence that indicates otherwise. Personally, I don’t know what he is. I’ve never met the guy. Regardless of how decent Paul is as a person, I can always say, “Hey, at least he’s not an attentionhungry egomaniac like that Terrell Owens or Ochocinco.” So, as long as I hate those two (which I don’t), I have rationalized my love of Pierce. Also, interestingly enough, Paul Pierce was once pulled over in Vegas on suspicion of drunk driving about two years ago, but let off because the cops decided that he was not “drunk enough”; ironically, drunk driving is far more dangerous to human life than anything Kobe, Tiger or Vick has ever done. Their crimes, respectively, include: adultery and alleged rape, adultery and alleged drug use, and running a dog-fighting ring. While none of these people’s personal lives should be up for our judgment, they are; and we do just that: judge. But, ultimately, we sports fans have to judge. In order to legitimize the undeserved love that we give to our favorite athletes, fans must create arbitrary criteria for exactly which icons receive this undying love and support. Those who violate the criteria thus have to fall victim to fans’ hate. Whether it is because of the athletes’ perceived lack of competitiveness, lack of loyalty, hubris or run-ins with the law, we must hate them to reaffirm our love of terrific people like Paul Pierce. Or, maybe, White America just hates all of the best Black athletes. I don’t know. Don’t ask me. After all, I’m just a delusional sports fan. Contact Charlie Balk at email@example.com.
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“I’ll make a man out of you!” That’s what Sports Editor Gillian Scherz humiliated the boys with this week as she now sits atop the Beat the Experts pool. After an impressive week, Scherz’s trash talk knew no bounds. Approaching last place losers Harry and Elisabeth, Gillian showed no mercy. “I hope you didn’t put any money on this Raymond, you’re going down. Tone, I have nothing to say to you.” Interestingly, Gillian’s brazen confidence comes without significant accomplishment. Leading the staff, she sports only a 7-5 record. So the question remains, why does this year’s staff such so much? “It’s because they lack committment,” senior Copy Editor Caitlin Holbrook said. “Mike especially just does not care. I heard Mike often drinks beer while watching football. How can he expect to pick winners while drinking beer?” Sitting at 5-7, Harry shook his head as he listened to Caitlin’s comment. When she stormed out of the office in a fury, Harry said only, “Women just don’t understand sports.” Commenting on his own mediocrity, Mike apologized for what he considers to be an exceedingly poor start. “It’s a big problem picking games in New York,” Mike said, “I refuse to pick the Cowboys or the Jets, and I always pick the Giants.” With the same record, Jaime said Mike’s comment was, “a lame excuse.”
September 23, 2010
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Floyd Mayweather Takes a Hit By Jaime Heilbron Assistant Sports Editor
On my list of favorite superstar athletes, Floyd Mayweather is at the bottom. In my opinion, he is everything that is wrong with sports nowadays, especially boxing. While it is obvious that many other boxers have the same faults he does, none of them are in the limelight the way he is, except maybe Mike Tyson. Mayweather should be the type of athlete that inspires the younger generations in the capacity of a role model. Instead, he flaunts his wealth and at the same time abuses his strength by allegedly using it on the fairer sex. In the past few weeks, Mayweather’s exgirlfriend Josie Harris has come out and accused him of domestic battery. Mayweather is facing felony theft charges, two felony coercion charges, one felony robbery charge, one misdemeanor domestic battery charge and three misdemeanor harassment charges. If he were to be found guilty of all those charges, he could potentially serve a lengthy sentence of up to 34 years in prison. One should note that the same woman accused him of domestic battery charges in 2005 only to later confess that she had been lying, but Mayweather has a long-standing reputation as a person who is difficult to handle. The best example of this is his relationship with his father, which has always been rocky. When Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya back in 2007, his father was originally going to be De La Hoya’s main corner man, but since he demanded too much money - $2 million - De La Hoya chose someone else. Floyd Mayweather Sr.
joined his son’s training camp, but left it a month before the fight, after not being chosen as Floyd Jr.’s main coach and due to comments made by “Money” and his uncle and main trainer, Roger Mayweather. While Michael Jordan is the athlete every kid should want to emulate, Mayweather is the one every kid should avoid becoming. His nickname itself reflects where his priorities are. “Money” has been criticized in recent months for his cancellation of the mega-fight he was supposed to have against Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao in March. The reasons given for the cancellation were that Pacquiao refused to submit himself to Olympic-style drug tests, in which the fighter can be drug tested at any time from the moment the fight is signed to the day of the fight. Later reports have said that Pacquiao refused because he felt being drug tested too close to the fight might weaken him, but that he would be willing to get tested up to 14 days before the fight. Mayweather’s camp refused his offer, thus cancelling the fight. According to Mayweather’s people, two weeks would still give Pacquiao enough time to cheat through the use of performance-enhancing drugs. These allegations by Mayweather and his crew have raised a significant amount of criticism towards him, including from more than a few boxing experts who believe that he is using those excuses because he does not want to risk putting his legacy in jeopardy. To this point in his career, Mayweather is undefeated, and a fight with Pacquiao would certainly be a huge challenge to that record. It is hard to blame him, given the Pac-Man’s
recent track record against common opponents. While it took Mayweather a split decision to defeat a tired and aging Oscar De La Hoya, Pacquiao did it in dominant fashion, knocking him out in nine rounds. It took “Money” 10 rounds to dispatch British fighter Ricky Hatton. On the other hand, it only took Pacquiao two. The boxing styles of the two fighters are so different, as Pacquiao’s offensive-minded approach has given him his reputation of demolisher, while Mayweather goes for the more defensive, punch-eluding tactic that ends up wearing out his opponents until he beats them with either a late-round knockout or a unanimous decision. The clash of styles would make this a very interesting fight and experts are having a hard time
predicting a winner. I just hope that the two come to an agreement soon and decide to produce the fight. Not only would the fight be every boxing fan’s dream matchup, but it could also arguably be one of the biggest fights in the history of the sport, right up there with the Duran-Leonard trilogy or the “Rumble in the Jungle” fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. It would also be the biggest payday either boxer has ever had, and probably make more revenue than any other fight in history. My wish is that the fight happens and Pacquiao knocks Mayweather out in eight, but if it does happen, I have a feeling the fight will go the distance. Contact Jaime Heilbron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THROW IN THE TOWEL: Floyd Mayweather has shown himself to be a less-thanideal role model through his conduct over the past 12 months.
Trent Richardson Keeps Tide Rolling
By Chris Dell’Amore Maroon-News Staff
The minute that Alabama fans heard that Heisman Trophy winner and standout running back Mark Ingram would be undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery right before the start of the 2010 season, questions arose over the Crimson Tide’s ability to repeat as national champions. In the SEC East, there is no such thing as an easy win with the likes of LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss breathing down the necks of the Tide. Sophomore running back Trent Richardson quickly stepped in to fill the shoes of Ingram, arguably the best running back to ever come through Tuscaloosa. However, the scary thing is that Richardson’s freakish ability to run
over and past defenders raises enough eyebrows to entertain the notion that Ingram was only marginally the best running back on last season’s championship squad. Despite being the third-string running back for that great Alabama team, Richardson ran for 751 yards and 8 touchdowns on 145 carries. In case you haven’t gotten the picture yet, Trent Richardson isn’t your average college sophomore. “The Freak” power cleans 365 lbs., squats 650 lbs. and bench presses 460 lbs. Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran recalls Richardson’s first max-out lifting day with the Tide. “We were doing power cleans,” said Cochran, “and most of the time I don’t let the freshmen go up that high. He does
FROM RAGS TO RICHES: Trent Richardson showed some potential as Mark Ingram’s backup last year. This year, T-Rich is proving that he is the real deal.
365 and I’m like – he picked it up like it was a toothpick.” Aside from his innate strength, Richardson possesses a rare combination of speed and skill that very few running backs possess. The Escambia High School graduate has been said to be as good if not better than Escambia alum and Hall-of-Fame running back, Emmitt Smith. Richardson’s hunger to be better than all of his competition can be traced back to his humble roots in an impoverished neighborhood in Pensacola, Florida, where he knew that by keeping his nose clean he would eventually repay his mother for all the hard times she endured while raising him. As a high school student headed to Alabama on a full scholarship, the only thing that Richardson was concerned with was helping his high school teammates earn scholarships as well by winning a Florida 5A State Championship. His selflessness and ambition have made him a favorite of Coach Nick Saban who loves the sophomore’s work ethic and drive. As a result of Saban’s confidence in Richardson, the temporary loss of Ingram isn’t as concerning as the Tide tries to secure its second consecutive national championship. In the first true challenge of the season, Alabama faced Penn State. Richardson ran over and through the Nittany Lions for 144 yards and a touchdown en route to a 24-3 victory. As the season progresses, Ingram will ease his way back into his starting role to propel the Crimson Tide to a successful campaign in the SEC, but Richardson will still be vital to Alabama’s success. The tandem of Ingram and Richardson has already been compared to some of the best college running back tandems of all-time including Felix Jones and Darren McFadden (Arkansas - 2007), Clinton Portis and
Willis McGahee (Miami - 2001), Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams (Auburn - 2003) and Ricky Williams and Priest Holmes (Texas - 2004). The two running backs will have to shoulder the load for an Alabama team that lost the majority of its exceptional defense to the NFL Draft. It really shouldn’t be a problem as long as Richardson adheres to his pre-season goal, as he told ESPN: “I’m never going to be taken down by the first person, that’s my goal, that’s my mindset. Richardson is going to have to be adamant about that claim of his if Alabama hopes to successfully handle a ridiculously hard schedule this season. The Tide are facing six top-25 teams this season with notable games against #10 Florida, #12 Arkansas and #13 South Carolina. The hopes of the Alabama faithful will come down to November 6 when the Tide takes on #15 LSU in Baton Rouge in a game that should decide the winner of the SEC East. The LSU game should be a very exciting game considering Nick Saban’s background as former head coach of the Tigers and the fact that Richardson was extremely close to signing with them rather than Alabama. Clearly, it will take time for Richardson to earn a starting role once Ingram is back and it probably won’t happen until Ingram is playing for some NFL team next season. All the while, the gracious and hardworking Pensacola native will patiently wait for Saban to call his number, as the one-two punch will definitely catch defenses off guard. Richardson’s tenacity, focus and vision are imperative if the underclassman is to will the Crimson Tide to the upper echelons of college football history by winning back-to-back national championships. Contact Chris Dell’Amore at email@example.com.
September 23, 2010
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Galaxy - Red Bulls Highlight of MLS Season By Michael LeClair Sports Editor
Major League Soccer has long been a league fueled by events. In a country filled with soccer enthusiasts who shun their domestic league, it often takes a big-name club or player to get fans out to the stadium. While a mid-week league match between Kansas City and San Jose might only draw 10,000 fans, a friendly between Barcelona and the Los Angeles Galaxy will sell out the Rose Bowl. This week, the stars have aligned to create perhaps the biggest event in MLS history. Sure, past championship games have been important, but the anticipation is typically limited to the fans of the participating clubs. This Friday’s match between the Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls is one that has long been circled on the calendars of fans from all around the globe. Starting with the arrival of David Beckham in 2007, MLS has seen a steady influx of star players from around the world, best highlighted by New York’s recent summer signings, Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez. While Henry will miss the match on Friday with an MCL sprain, the storylines emanating from training grounds and the media are captivating. It is an easy sell for both the league and soccer journalists, no matter how it’s spun. On one hand, there is Landon Donovan, the United States’ World Cup hero, suiting up for the Galaxy, against the Mexican national team captain in Marquez. On the other, there will be a battle of former English Premier League stars in New York captain Juan Pablo Angel and Beckham,
who is currently in line to make his first start of the season in his return from a devastating Achilles injury. And those are simply the head-to-head matchups on the field. More importantly, this match will set the tone for the remainder of the MLS season, adding drama to the race for the Supporters’ Shield and providing boundless hope for the fans of the victor. Through 25 matches, the Galaxy are at the top of the league standings, in large part due to a blistering start to the season that saw them go 12 games unbeaten. Since that torrid start, however, the Galaxy have cooled down considerably. Recent wins against the Columbus Crew and D.C. United have re-ignited the belief that Los Angeles is an MLS Cup contender, but the same victories have also prominently displayed their weaknesses. Last weekend’s win over United, far-andaway the worst team in MLS this year, was the product of Landon Donovan throwing the team on his back and refusing to lose, a la the U.S. – Algeria match at the World Cup this summer. The Galaxy fell behind in the 60th minute to an Andy Najar goal, before Donovan put his talents on display, bagging both the equalizer and game-winner, the latter on a precision header he lofted just out of the reach of the D.C. goalkeeper. Throughout the match, Galaxy defensive deficiencies were very apparent, with Najar constantly causing turmoil in the LA backline. It was the fifth consecutive match in which the Galaxy had allowed a goal, a stark contrast to the defense that gave up just two goals in the first 11 matches of the season.
EYES ON THE PRIZE: This Friday’s match between New York and Los Angeles will make a huge statement about the Major League Soccer hierarchy. The Red Bulls sit deceptively low in the standings, in fifth place with 41 points through 25 matches. They possess more firepower and talent than any other team in the league, but their point total is handicapped by the fact that their major acquisitions did not join the team until late in the summer. Still, New York has quietly been a top team since the end of May, having lost just three league matches over that span. Henry’s injury certainly puts a damper on both the day’s festivities and the New York attack, but recent acquisition Mehdi Ballouchy has shown a nose for goal already, scoring in his Red Bull debut last week. He will likely start up
top with Angel, the two providing a dynamic attacking threat against a suddenly decrepit Galaxy defense. The game will almost certainly be won or lost, however, in midfield, where the Marquez–Donovan matchup will take center stage. As an optimistic Red Bulls fan, I say that the Bulls will win, 2-1, with Angel and Dane Richards scoring for New York, and Beckham electrifying the home crowd with a stunning free kick. No matter the result, Friday’s winner will be the consensus favorite to lift the Alan Rothenberg Trophy at MLS Cup in November. Contact Michael LeClair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Does the controversy surrounding Reggie Bush tarnish his
reputation and the legitimacy of college football?
By Mike McMaster Editor-in-Chief
As the dust settles around the Reggie Bush catastrophe, media outlets across the country have taken the easy road and allowed themselves to be pulled along with the frenzied fanaticism of the Heisman committee. After issuing an apology and voluntarily surrendering his Heisman, Bush continued to be berated by the national media. Meanwhile, boasting a 1-1 record in Seattle, Pete Carroll, who conveniently fled USC right before sanctions were put on his team, has been held blameless. Carroll’s retreat from USC this past spring was shameless and selfish, but his reputation remains unblemished
and he remains unconcerned. To think that Reggie Bush was the only USC player accepting gifts, or that Carroll was unaware that wealthy alumni were bribing his players is naïve and foolish. Carroll, a man who has always claimed that he cares about the wellbeing of his players, is really only concerned with his own reputation. He was willing to put his athletes in dangerous situations for his own personal gain and unfortunately for everyone else, it worked. By Jordan Plaut Assistant Sports Editor
Now that it is a near certainty that Reggie Bush received improper benefits during his time at USC, his reputation will undoubtedly be tainted, but not to the point where it matters. Bush’s recent forfeiture of his 2005 Heisman Trophy is a clear admittance of guilt
on his part, even if he still claims his actions are only meant to remove his own controversy from the legacy of the award. However, Bush is a professional player who makes legitimate money and New Orleans Saints fans don’t care what he did in college as long as he delivers for their team. He performed better than anyone else on the field in ‘05 when he won the Heisman and what happened off of it, while unfortunate, had no bearing on his game performance. In the NCAA’s two most popular sports, football and basketball, a large number of athletes are recruited for big name schools with the intent to leave for the pros before they graduate. They are, in a very real sense, semi-professionals without the benefit of pay. But, when someone does get paid prematurely, people freak out. Still, college football is too large of an institution to be affected by any sort of single-player controversy. Bush’s issues have negatively impacted USC but people will still watch that team play football despite what goes on off the field. Sports are entertaining and things like this just add a bit of intrigue to the experience. By Rebecca Silberman Maroon-News Staff
BURNING BUSH: Reggie Bush has been blasted for his scandals at USC. The Maroon-News staff debates the effect this will have on Bush and college football.
As far as I’m concerned, there is no legitimate way that Reggie Bush doesn’t end up losing a few notches of respectability. He messed up, plain and simple. And sure, USC is probably going to look pretty shameful for a while (and be treated like the naughty puppy who piddled on the rug that it is). But, that being said, I feel that this is a Reggie Bush issue; not a college football issue. Having relinquished his Heisman, which was probably going to be taken away anyway, Bush actually did the NCAA a huge favor. Not only did he keep the Heisman trust from having to set a precedent by taking it away, he very clearly highlight-
ed the fact that he deceived the NCAA and that accordingly, he is the one who will be punished. Through all of this, Reggie Bush remains a rich, famous guy. This irks me somewhat. Although his talents and successes are his own, I would love to see Bush offer a national apology not only to the USC players who, no matter how virtuous, won’t see a bowl game for two years, and to all the other Heisman winners whose accomplishments he’s contaminated. By Ed Boulat Maroon-News Staff
Let’s all get this straight: Reggie Bush is not the first, and surely won’t be the last, to violate NCAA regulations for accepting gifts/ cash/favors/whatever else constitutes a violation. So my answer is no, Reggie’s Heisman “scandal” does not tarnish his reputation or the legitimacy of college football. As far as his reputation, I honestly could not care less. If you’re not smart enough to realize Reggie Bush (along with 99.9% of professional athletes – see Braylon Edwards) isn’t the type of person you want as a role model, that’s your problem. I’m far more worried about how long this knee injury is going to keep him from playing for my fantasy football team than about a couple of hundred bucks he borrowed back in college. Now to the legitimacy of college sports; I say sports because I think this issue goes far beyond just football. Last time I checked, OJ Mayo was driving around in BMWs and wearing Rolexes back in his USC days, and I’m pretty sure he didn’t buy those with his allowance money, so the tarnishing is kind of old news to me in that respect. Maybe Reggie and OJ just wanted a piece of the roughly $5 billion USC makes in TV contracts every year. Can’t say I really blame them.
September 16, 2010
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SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS Patriot League Standings Men’s Soccer
Field Hockey Team League Overall American 0-0 5-2 Colgate 0-0 3-6 Lafayette 0-0 2-4 Bucknell 0-0 2-5 Lehigh 0-0 1-7 Holy Cross 0-0 0-6
Team Georgetown Lehigh Fordham Colgate Holy Cross Lafayette Bucknell
League Overall 1-0 2-1 0-0 2-1 ---- 2-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-2 0-1 0-2 0-0 0-3
Team Navy Colgate Lafayette American Lehigh Holy Cross Bucknell 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 4-1-0 3-0-3 3-2-2 3-3-0 3-3-1 2-3-1 2-4-0 0-6-0
Team Army Navy Lafayette Lehigh Colgate Holy Cross American Bucknell
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 7-2-0 4-5-1 4-4-0 3-1-1 3-6-0 2-3-1 2-8-0 1-8-0
Team American Colgate Army Lehigh Holy Cross Lafayette Navy Bucknell
League 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Overall 10-2 7-6 7-8 6-6 5-11 4-8 4-10 2-10
Field Hockey: Lock Haven 6, Colgate 1; Colgate 2, Saint Francis (PA) 1 Golf: 5th of 9 @ Bucknell Men’s Fall Invite Men’s Soccer: Vermont 0, Colgate 0; Binghamton 1, Colgate 1 Women’s Soccer: Colgate 2, Vermont 0 Volleyball: Akron 3, Colgate 2; Colgate 3, Connecticut 0; Colgate 3, Cornell 2
Friday: Golf @ Cornell Invitational thru Sunday 6:00 p.m. Volleyball vs.. Navy 7:00 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Lehigh Saturday:3:00 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Bryant 3:30 p.m. Football @ Syracuse 4:00 p.m. Volleyball vs. American Sunday: 12:00 p.m. Women’s Soccer @ Canisius 1:00 p.m. Men’s Soccer @ Long Island
* denotes Patriot League opponent
Sports Spotlights Olivia Nabhan ’14 Sport: Field Hockey Hometown: Rye, NY Major: Undecided Why Olivia? Olivia scored her second collegiate goal this past weekend, saving the Raiders from being shutout by Lock Haven. Although the team fell to Lock Haven, you did tally the lone score of the day and your second career goal. Can you take any solace in that? “Field hockey is the ultimate team sport – the individual performance doesn’t matter as long we win as a team. We know we are making tremendous strides from last season and that is what is important to us.” After a tough loss to start the road trip, Colgate was able to bounce back with a hard-fought overtime win against St. Francis. What did the team do differently in that game to come out with the victorious result? “We went out for Sunday’s game with a mindset of being the more aggressive team and we didn’t want to leave the field with any regrets. With a 2-to-1 finish it was a highly defensive game; our defense stepped up and had an outstanding game. Kirsten [Lalli] had so may crucial saves which helped keep us in the game. And Halle [Biggar] as usual playing with her intensity never stopped hustling until we came out with the win. This is the type of playing we need to keep up as we continue into Patriot League games.” As a first-year on the team has it been challenging getting used to your new surroundings? “My coaches and teammates have been an incredible support system. I am so pleased with how easy it has been to integrate into the Athletic Communications Colgate community.” What can you guys take from these preseason games to get you ready for the start of the Patriot League? “These preseason games have been tough competition similar to what we will see in the Patriot League. Having these games outside our conference braces us for the core challenge of our Patriot League schedule. With hard work we know we will play our best and achieve our objectives.” This Saturday you come back home to battle Bryant. What will the game plan be for that contest? “We will come ready to play as a team and to play as hard as we can for the entire 70 minutes. We hope to leave Tyler field with our fourth win of the season.” Interview by Mitch Waxman
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September 23, 2010
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Women’s Soccer Wins Two in a Row Shuts Out Vermont 2-0 at Van Doren Field By Jaime Heilbron Assistant Sports Editor
Four days after returning to its winning ways by defeating the Albany Great Danes at Van Doren Field, the Colgate women’s soccer team traveled to Burlington, VT to take on the University of Vermont Catamounts. The Raiders defeated the Catamounts 2-0, with goals by sophomore forward Alyssa Manoogian and junior forward Danielle Wessler. Sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Walsh completed her third shutout of the season, stopping seven shots. Colgate improved to 3-6 in a contest that marked the halfway point of its regular season campaign, putting the team back on the upswing. “It is very important to head into Patriot League play with momentum,” senior co-captain Kiki Koroshetz said. “It is always nice to win, but it’s also exciting and encouraging that we are playing good soccer and will be entering the Patriot League season with a good amount of confidence, ready to compete for the league title.” The first half of the game did not start well for the Raiders. Vermont took advantage of Colgate’s tired legs and seized control of the ball for the majority of the first 45 minutes. Both teams were able to create scoring chances, however neither teams’ opportunities snuck past the two alert goalkeepers or the sturdy defenses. The score remained blank at the half. The second frame was completely
different from the first. This time around, the Raiders that took the field and did so with the intention to dominate. Colgate took control of the ball and inched closer to the Vermont net. After 12 minutes, the Raiders came through as Manoogian scored her second goal of the season, taking a shot from the top of the box that deflected off a Catamount defender. It took only two more minutes for Colgate to put the game away further away from its opponent’s reach. Wessler managed to convert a pass from senior forward Anna Baldwin and put it past the goalkeeper for her first goal of the year at the 59th minute. Throughout the rest of the contest, the Raiders worked on closing any spaces that would allow Vermont to score and get back in the game, and the game ended 2-0 in Colgate’s favor. “In the second half of the Vermont game, we attacked as a team and we were really a threat offensively,” Koroshetz said. “We capitalized on two of our chances fairly early in the half, which kind of put the game away for us. On the other end of the field, we defended as a team and held off Vermont’s attack. As always, Ashley kept us in the game by saving anything that got in behind our field players.” Colgate, will next take the field on Sunday when they travel to Buffalo, NY to take on Western New York rivals, the Canisius College Golden Griffins. Canisius women’s soccer is 4-4 on the season thus far.
ENGINE STARTING: After dropping six of its first seven games, the Colgate women’s soccer team is turning over a new leaf as they beat Albany and Vermont in their last two contests. The will be back on the road this weekend. “This week, we have a lot of positive things to build on from our past two games,” Koroshetz said. “Our focus now is on finding a way to win the Canisius game and to play our best soccer before Patriot League play begins. We are fortunate to have a full week of practice to
continue to work on moving the ball quickly as a team, finding ways to go to goal when the opportunity is on and denying other teams chances to shoot.” The contest is slated for a 1 p.m. start. Contact Jaime Heilbron email@example.com.
Elise DeRoo Breaks Record Golf Places Fifth at Bucknell By Anthony Chang Maroon-News Staff
The Colgate men’s and women’s cross-country teams were very productive this past weekend, with the women’s team finishing third overall and the men placing second at their own Colgate Invitational. For the women, Junior Elise DeRoo won the individual title and also broke a new school record with a time of 21:07, which is also the fastest recorded time ever for the meet. Her time last Saturday shattered her own previous record of 22:24 posted at the Colgate Invitational last year. Junior Chelsea Burns finished with a time of 21:54 for sixth overall, while junior Kendall Lyons and seniors Julie Tarallo and Caroline Prins rounded out the top five of Colgate’s runners. The Raiders placed four runners in the top15 on their way to third place overall. Syracuse University won the meet with the low score of
23 points and Cornell finished second with 48. On the men’s side, senior Ed Sheridan set a personal record with a time of 25:38, good enough for sixth place overall. Sophomore Chris Johnson was right behind Sheridan, finishing with a time of 25:59, which is also a personal best. With those two leading the way, the men’s cross country team finished second in the invitational. Senior Dan Gleason finished the race with a time of 26:54, while junior Thomas Hedges and sophomore Tim Phelps rounded out the Raiders’ top five with times of 26:56 and 27:46, respectively. The Syracuse men’s team paralled their women’s squad, winning the invitational. Both the women’s and men’s team will resume their schedule on October 1 at the Paul Short Invitational. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Contact Anthony Chang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Matt Flannery Maroon-News Staff
This past weekend, the Colgate golf team traveled to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to compete in the Bucknell Invitational. The team looked to continue its strong performance of just a week earlier, when it took home first place at the Colgate Invitational. At the end of the first day, the tournament was led by Robert Morris, followed by host Bucknell. The Raiders were in third place heading into Sunday’s final two rounds, primarily aided by a second round of 293 shots. The team’s score was the sixth-best round in school history. On the second day of the two-day tourney, Colgate shot solid scores all around, but was unable to overcome its deficit after Saturday’s rounds. The Raiders shot a final round of 305, pushing their twoday total to a solid 898. The score was good enough for sixth place out of twelve teams. Bucknell mimicked Colgate’s finish last weekend, as the host team took home first place in the tournament with a three-round total of 888. Robert Morris slipped in the final round, shooting a 25-over-par 305. The less-than-desirable round put the Colonials one shot behind the Bison at 889. Fordham continued its strong performance, shooting a final-round 300 for an overall score of 894. On the individual level, the Raiders did not have quite the same success
as they did at the Colgate Invitational, yet there were still several bright spots. Junior Josh Spellman and sophomore Hunter Hanson both shot well across the board this weekend, tying for 16th place. Spellman did not have any eye-opening scores, but shot consistently and scored 75-74-75. Hanson opened the tournament with a mediocre 78, but finished the weekend strong with a 72 in the second round and a 74 on Sunday. Sophomore Will Delano, who finished first overall at the Colgate Invitational, finished the Bucknell Invitational tied for 25th. Delano came out firing with an opening round of 70, the best single round score for any Raider at the invitational. He followed up his phenomenal round with a solid second round of 76. In the final round, Delano slipped a bit with an 80. Despite the troublesome final round, Delano finished just two strokes behind his fellow teammates. Colgate will return to competition next weekend, when it heads down to Ithaca to compete in the Cornell Invitational. “The guys have been playing Seven Oaks every day to simulate next week’s course at Cornell,” Head Coach Keith Tyburski said. “They were both designed by the same architect and have similar features.” The Cornell Invitational is the team’s last tournament this fall before the ECAC Championship in October. Contact Matt Flannery at email@example.com.
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September 23, 2010
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Field Hockey Splits Weekend Decisions Loses 6-1 to Lock Haven; Defeats St. Francis 2-1 By Rebecca Silberman Maroon-News Staff
After the Wednesday night win at home over Siena, the Colgate field hockey team went 1-1 on the road this weekend, losing 6-1 to Lock Haven before beating St. Francis of Pennsylvania 2-1 in overtime. The team improved its record to 3-6 on the season. On Saturday, Colgate’s only goal of the day was scored by first-year Olivia Nabhan, her second collegiate goal. Although senior captain Kirsten Lalli played the majority of the game in goal, first-year Caitlin Zolet also had the opportunity to play keeper as she took over for the final ten minutes of the game. Lock Haven began their scoring drive only 2:24 into the game, but Nabhan soon evened the score at 1-1. Lock Haven’s offense, however, was not slowed, scoring two more goals in the first half. In the second half, another quick goal – this one just 33 seconds in – continued to build on Lock Haven’s lead. The game ended with Lock Haven taking the victory, 6-1. “Unfortunately for us, junior Peyton Hawkins sustained a season-ending injury during the Siena game,” Head Coach Foto said. “She was hit in the face by a ball that came off a defenders stick. She was immediately taken to the hospital where she was evaluated and then sent to Basset Hospital Trauma Center in Cooperstown for further evaluation. Peyton was released that night but has headed home for surgery that will take place this week. Peyton is a huge loss for the team. She has started every game of her Colgate career and was having an outstanding season. During the game with Lock Haven this weekend we tried to make some adjustments without her in the lineup and we struggled.”
The next day, the Raiders played a great PULLING FOR THE WIN: Colgate women’s field hockey team rebounded from a tough loss on Friday, coming back to conquer St. Francis 2-1 in an intense overtime battle. Carly Keller
game, earning a victory over St. Francis. Colgate secured an early lead on a goal scored by senior Laura Denenga, with first-year Halle Biggar capturing the assist. This was Denenga’s By Emma Barge sixth of the season. Maroon-News Staff In the second half, St. Francis tied the game at one with a goal less than three minutes in. The Colgate women’s volleyball team hosted During overtime, the victory came down to the Colgate Invitational this past weekend at Biggar and Denenga again, though this time it Cotterell Court. The Raiders competed against was Biggar who scored the goal and Denenga Akron, Connecticut and Cornell, and finished the tournament 2-1. The Raiders fell short in their first match against the Akron Zips, 3-2, with a tough 15-7 loss in the final set. Support Your Raiders at Home this Weekend! Colgate and Akron traded the lead several times throughout set one with notable kills by Volleyball on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and 4 p.m. left-handed junior setter Blaire Safir, sophomore Michelle McCarthy and junior outside MauMen’s Soccer on Friday at 7 p.m. reen Colligan, who would continue swinging to rack up a team-leading 14 overall kills in the match. In an unfortunate ending, however, the Field Hockey on Saturday at 3 p.m. Zips claimed a 25-22 win over the Raiders. After fighting back in the second set to post a winning score of 25-22 and another victory in the third set with a score of 25-21, Colgate dropped the fourth set. The Zips continued their momentum from this win into the final set of the match, and walked away with the win. “We completely dropped the Friday game after it was over, which allowed us to move on and focus on Connecticut and then Cornell,” senior tri-captain Devon Applegate said. “We played a lot more consistently on Saturday and were able to finish both games, which we struggled with the night before.” Defeated but not discouraged, the Raiders picked up their first win of the home tournament against the University of Connecticut Huskies on Saturday afternoon. The match was a close one, with the Raiders winning by a two-point margin in the final set, 15-13, after a 25-22 win in the second and a 25-15 win in the first. The first set of the match set an aggressive tone that would continue for the Raiders in sets two and three, where the team would out-hit the Huskies 39 to 33 by the end of the match. McCarthy came up big with 10 kills posted in the contest. Working with first-year setter Kaylee Fifer, McCarthy as well as senior tri-captain middle blocker Casey Ritt and her opposite, first-year Lindsay Young, were most successful when hitting the quick backset for kills that ricocheted off the Huskies’ block. UConn, however, would not give the Raiders
who took the assist. “Everyone was tired – we have had five games in the past 9 days – but we knew that if we were going to win we still had to be aggressive and decisive with our actions,” Lalli said. “In field hockey, overtime is sudden death, so we knew that if we could put high pressure on St Francis that we’d be in a better position to end the game sooner rather than later.” “The St. Francis game was another adjustment, not only to not having Peyton but also to playing on field turf which is much slower than astro turf,” Coach Foto said. In looking at the week overall, Lalli was pleased with her team’s improvements, noting their toughness and focus throughout the games. “We had to make sure we set the tone that we wanted at the beginning of each half,” Lalli said. “Once we put pressure on and are able to maintain that intensity during the first ten minutes it becomes a lot easier to carry the momentum to generate more offense than if we find ourselves down a goal early on.” The Raiders will take the field again on Saturday at home. They will face the Bryant University Bulldogs, who are currently 0-7. Contact Rebecca Silberman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volleyball Goes 2-1 at Home
an easy win. In the final set, the Raiders secured an 11-8 lead after a run of points, but the Huskies fought back after a timeout with a series of tough serves aided by a couple of Raider errors to regain the lead at 11-13. The lead was traded between the two teams after every few points, with long rallies and scrappy, out of system plays saving each team under pressure. After the Raiders’ own timeout, senior tricaptain Logan Keala scored a first-ball kill from first-year Caitlin Cremin’s perfect pass off the UConn serve. Junior Kaylee Dougherty followed up to tie the set at 16-16 with a quick set out of the hands of Fifer. A few errors on the part of the Huskies and an ace by Cremin that shot through the hands of the UConn passer lead the Raiders to game point, where Safir ended the match with a left-handed cut cross-court. The final set ended at 25-23 to complete the Raiders’ sweep. At the beginning of the second match of the day against the Cornell Big Red, it seemed as though the Raiders had exhausted themselves in the afternoon’s win. Losing the first two sets of the match 20-25 and 21-25, Colgate needed three consecutive set wins in order to secure the victory. Despite the difficulty of the task, ’Gate worked well under pressure for a huge comeback to win the match. Turning the game around with a crushing 25-12 win in the third set, the Raiders continued to push forward against the Big Red. The fourth game saw a pushback on the part of Cornell, but the Raiders maintained their lead throughout the set. The match ended with the Colgate team outhitting Cornell 61-49 thanks to Dougherty, Ritt and Colligan with support from Applegate, who posted 14 digs, and Fifer’s 24 assists. The Raiders will take the court this upcoming weekend as they host Navy on Friday and American on Saturday for their first weekend of Patriot League play. “This week will take a lot of focus,” Applegate said. “We won’t be making any huge changes but we will be focusing on the small part of our game, which will allow us to beat Navy and American.” Friday’s contest is slated for a 6 p.m. start, while Saturday’s is expected to begin at 4 p.m. Contact Emma Barge at email@example.com.
September 23, 2010
ALL TIED UP
Men’s Soccer Extends Unbeaten Streak to Six By Mitch Waxman Maroon-News Staff
The Colgate men’s soccer team continued its impressive play to start the season, drawing in both of its contests at the Colgate Invitational to bring its record on the season to 3-0-3. The first game, against Vermont, doubled as the Raiders’ home opener as well. Sure enough, Colgate came out fired up and dominated position early in the contest, pestering the Catamounts’ goal with shots. Unfortunately, as has seemingly been the case throughout the early season, the Raiders could not score. After not cashing in on their early chances, Vermont seemed to gain its footing and dominated
the rest of the first half, forcing Colgate keeper Chris Miller to come up with some big stops to keep the game scoreless. The second half began much like the first for the Raiders, with the ball on the Vermont side for nearly all of the 45 minutes. This time the Colgate chances were more dangerous, one even hitting a post. However the Vermont goalkeeper, Xan Rouselle, came up with a couple of his biggest saves on the night. For the fourth time on the season Colgate went into overtime, but both periods produced no goals and the teams would be forced to settle for a scoreless tie. Colgate returned to Van Doren Field on Sunday afternoon for a 2:30 p.m. matinee contest against the Binghamton Bearcats.
The start of this battle could not have been more different from the Raiders’ previous game, as Binghamton dominated possession and controlled the tempo of the game. As the half moved on the intensity picked up, with two yellow cards being dished out, yet Colgate still found itself playing right into Binghamton’s hands. Fortunately for the Raiders, as has been the case all year, the defense was solid and the game went into half at 0-0. Colgate picked up its play in the start of the second half, and in the 66th minute they were rewarded, as sophomore Mike Reidy lasered one in from the top of the box to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead. The Raiders’ defense uncharacteristically faltered right after taking the lead, however,
and an impressive scissor-kick goal off a Bearcats’ corner tied the game at 1-1. The remainder of the contest, including the overtime periods, played out scorelessly, and the Raiders recorded their third tie of the season. After an impressive undefeated run in non-conference play, Colgate now gets ready to take on Lehigh at Van Doren Field this Friday at 7 p.m. After a disappointing year in 2009 where the Raiders failed to qualify for the Patriot League Tournament, Colgate has big plans this season, and their contest against Lehigh will be a good barometer of just how much we can expect out of the boys. Contact Mitch Waxman at firstname.lastname@example.org.