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Campus Responds to Egyptian Unrest WNBA

TAHRIR SQUARE: Egypt has been in a state of chaos since January 25, when Egyptians took to the streets protesting the rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

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By Selina Koller Maroon-News Staff

Inundated with academic, athletic and social stresses, it’s sometimes difficult to see past the realm of the Colgate campus. However, as we complete lab reports and thesis papers, millions of Egyptians

– some barely older than 18 – are protesting the 30-year regime of President Hosni Mubarak, largely organizing and gathering support through Facebook and Twitter. Two recent events on campus have attempted to offer information and understanding of this faraway, yet pivotal, event.

Mark Murphy ’77 Wins Second Super Bowl

On Thursday, February 3, the Heretics Club hosted Nady AbdalGhaffar, Lecturer in Arabic, and Noor Khan, Assistant Professor of History, to educate attendees on the events of the past ten days of revolution, specifically focusing on the role religion has played. According to Associate University

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On-Campus Civil Rights Protests Remembered By Kelly Cattano Maroon-News Staff

On Tuesday February 8, African American Studies and Women’s Study hosted a panel in the ALANA (African, Latin, Asian, & Native American) Cultural Center to discuss the international impact of the Civil Rights Movement and its relevance to Colgate University. Russell Colgate Distinguished

RAIDERS TO PACKERS: Mark Murphy ‘77 played football at Colgate before playing for the Redskings and winning the Superbowl.

Chaplain Mark Shiner, the Heretics Club was created about five years ago for people who do not necessarily identify with a certain religion. “We wanted to create a way to address matters involving faith or religion, at a more practical level,” he said. “Our purpose is to provide an opportunity to talk about faith, spirituality, meaning and purpose in a way that isn’t attached to a certain religion.” Addressing the revolution in Egypt seemed a logical topic for the February 3 meeting. “It’s an urgent issue with a religious role,” Chaplain Shiner said. “We invited Professors Khan and Abdal-Ghaffar because, firstly, they’re both Muslim, secondly, they’re very knowledgeable on the matter, thirdly, they’re sensitive to and committed to a multi-faith perspective and, lastly, they truly understand what’s going on.” Ann Zinsmeister, Office Manager for the Office of the Chaplains, said that Heretics Club topics are student-inspired. “It’s good for students to know what’s going on,” she said. “We have experts here who are intimately involved with [the events in Egypt], so it was logical to have them speak.”

University Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology and Native American Studies Toni Aveni began the panel by illustrating Colgate’s atmosphere during the Civil Rights Movement. He emphasized Colgate’s significant progress in a mere 50-something years. “Wave after wave of issues of social change washed upon campus,” Aveni said.

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MVP Sheryl Swoopes Speaks

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By Rebekah Ward Maroon-News Staff

When celebrities like Bill Clinton come to Colgate, venues are packed. Tickets are bought far in advance, security is tight, college students even show up on time – if not early. But despite this enthusiasm for the upper tier of promotion, there is a whole range of celebrity speakers that come to campus but seem to pass just under the radar. Sheryl Swoopes, a dedicated mother, world-class basketball player and best-selling author, came to speak on Thursday, February 3. First, Swoopes attended a small dinner at 110 Broad Street where she answered questions from about 40 representative students and faculty. At 7:00 p.m., she was driven up to Love Auditorium where she gave a talk on success. As she spoke, she delved deep into her own life story, challenges and accomplishments to inspire the audience. Continued on A-5

Debate Team Ranked 13th in World

By Mike McMaster Editor-in-Chief

In 1992, Colgate alumnus Mark Murphy ’77 was beginning to get the feeling that it was time to slow down. Already at the age of 37, Murphy had played safety for eight years with the Washington Redskins while earning degrees from the Kogod School of Business at American University and the Georgetown University Law Center at night. In 1983, he co-captained Joe Gibbs’ Super Bowl XVII champion team. After his playing career, he served a brief stint with the NFL Players Union before taking a job at the

United States Department of Justice. “I was in my mid-30s, I had four young children and I didn’t think the lifestyle of being an attorney in D.C. would be great in terms of raising a family,” Murphy said in an interview with the Maroon-News in 2008. Putting his legal career on hold, Murphy returned to Hamilton with his family and assumed the role of Athletic Director at Colgate from 1992-2003. He left Colgate in 2003 and became Athletic Director at Northwestern University. In 2008, Murphy was appointed President and CEO of the Green Continued on A-3

By Taylor Fleming Maroon-News Staff

For the Colgate University Debate Society, this past winter break marked one of their most exciting and rewarding tournaments. From December 27 to January 4, Colgate’s Society traveled to Botswana to compete in the World University Debate Championships (WUDC). The WUDC is an annual competition hosted by a different country each year. Hundreds of teams from institutions all over the world compete over a series of rounds of debates to DEBATE ME, I DARE YOU: The Colgate Debate team placed lucky Continued on A-5 number 13 at the World University Debate Championships.

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February 10, 2011

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6:40 a.m.: Received a report of a one-car property damage accident on Oak Drive.

Tuesday, 2/1 8:10 p.m.: A student was found in possession of a fake or forged driver’s license at 88 Hamilton Street (Campus Safety Department). Case referred for disciplinary process.

Wednesday, 2/2 No case activity reported.

Thursday, 2/3 2:38 a.m.: A staff member reported a stop sign missing from the Frank Round-A-Bout. 3:21 a.m.: A student was injured after falling at University Court Apartments and transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety. 4:00 p.m.: On 1/22/11, at 10:30 p.m., a student on Broad Street was charged with possession of a

fake or forged driver’s license by the Hamilton Police. Case referred for disciplinary process. 4:00 p.m.: On 1/11/11, a student on Oak Drive was charged with possession of an open container of alcohol and possession of a fake or forged driver’s license by the Hamilton Police. Case referred for disciplinary process. 4:00 p.m.: On 1/23/11, at 12:35 a.m., a student on Broad Street was charged with possession of an open container of alcohol and possession of a forged instrument, a fake or forged driver’s license by the Hamilton Police. Case referred for disciplinary process. 4:00 p.m.: On 1/22/11, at 10:30 p.m., a student on Broad Street was charged with possession of an open container of alcohol and possession of a forged instrument, a fake or forged driver’s license by the Hamilton Police. Case referred for disciplinary process. 4:00 p.m.: On 1/22/11, at 10:30 p.m., a student on Broad Street was charged with possession of an open container of alcohol and possession of a forged instrument, a fake or forged driver’s license by

the Hamilton Police. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:26 p.m.: An underage student at East Hall was cited for possession of alcohol. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Friday, 2/4 10:20 p.m.: A student was found to have accumulated an excessive amount of parking fines. Case referred for disciplinary process. 1:05 p.m.: A student was injured after falling at University Court Apartments and transported to Community Memorial Hospital by private vehicle. 1:36 p.m.: A student reported falling on 2/3/11 near Wynn Hall and sought medical attention at Community Memorial Hospital. 2:33 p.m.: A staff member reported her purse taken from her unsecured vehicle while parked in the Alumni lot on 2/2/2011. 3:00 p.m.: A student was found to have violated the University’s van licensing agreement and student employment contract on 1/29/2011. Case referred for

disciplinary process. 7:20 p.m.: A student reported a broken window at University Court Apartments. 9:15 p.m.: A spectator at Starr Rink was injured after falling on stairs and her parents declined medical assistance. 11:25 p.m.: Two underage students at East Hall were found in possession of alcohol. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Saturday, 2/5 12:09 a.m.: Underage students at Gate House were found in possession of alcohol. Case referred for disciplinary process. 4:06 a.m.: An officer on routine patrol of 88 Broad Street (Beta Theta Pi Fraternity) found a beer keg in violation of University rules and regulations. Case referred for disciplinary process. 6:15 a.m.: Received a report of a two car, property damage, accident at Base Camp. 8:02 p.m.: A student was found in possession of a fictitious driver’s license at 88 Hamilton Street (Campus

Safety Department). Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:24 p.m.: Underage residents of the Townhouse Apartments were found in possession of alcohol, playing drinking games and smoking in a residence hall in violation of University rules and regulations. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:29 p.m.: A student at East Hall was found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:35 p.m.: An underage student at East Hall was found in possession of an open container of alcohol. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Sunday, 2/6 1:01 a.m.: Received a report of an underage intoxicated student at the Barge Canal Coffee Co. who was left with a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 9:00 a.m.: A student was found in possession of a fictitious driver’s license at 88 Hamilton Street (Campus Safety Department). Case referred for disciplinary process.

Office Hours.. Nancy Ries

Professor Explores New Perspective on Poverty in Russia

LIFE AFTER COMMUNISM: Nancy Ries explores the potato and its relation to poverty and survival in post-Soviet Russia. Nate Lynch

By Nate Lynch Assistant News Editor

Nancy Ries was recently awarded the Cultural Horizons Prize for her article “Potato Ontology: Survival in Post-Socialist Russia.” Awarded annually for the best article published in the Journal for Cultural Anthropology, the Cultural Horizons prize is given by the Society for Cultural Anthropology and judged by graduate students from top

anthropology programs across North America. Ries’ involvement in studying Russia from an anthropological perspective goes back several decades to the Perestroika-era policy changes that Mikhail Gorbachev enacted near the end of the Soviet Union. “I’ve been doing ethnographic field work in Russia since the 80s,” Ries said. “My dissertation field work took place from 19891990. I wanted to study percep-

tions of the Cold War from the Russian side. But within two months of being there, the Berlin Wall came down. Nobody in Russia was interested in talking about the Cold War and nuclear weapons. Although there was a good sense of things opening up in positive and exciting ways, there was also a sense of foreboding … I stayed and listened while people talked about the political world shifting in dramatic ways around them. That was the basis of my book, Russian Talk: Culture and Conversation during Perestroika.” Returning to Russia in the mid-1990s, Ries began taking stock of the attitudes emerging toward post-socialist life. In particular, Ries found that newly-formed and reorganized power structures – such as the Mafia and military – were involved in a drastic shift of resource control, and had become very prevalent in the daily life of everyday Russians. “I spent three summers and a year in Russia in the 90s,” Ries said. “I wrote and thought about people interpreting the transformations. I was interested in particular tropes, key symbols, metaphors and narratives that emerge in a particular moment in time where everyone seems to be talking about the same kinds

of things. I found that the key concept was the Mafia. Everyone had stories to tell about the Mafia-ization of their world. I took Mafia to be a critical concept that people used to describe these changes.” During those years of fieldwork, Ries became interested in understanding the concept of survival and how the Russian people portrayed it. “Millions of people were dealing with significant poverty,” Ries said. “I wanted to know not just how did people survive, but also how did they talk about surviving? When I would ask people about this, they’d said they survive on Kartoshka “potato”. The idea of the potato opened up the most amazing stories and many questions about history and historical experience. Ultimately, Ries found that the story of the potato was intimately connected to the story of survival for many Russians, and provided an important way of understanding the social revolution occurring in the past 25 years in Russia. “Potato Ontology” documents both the impoverishment of the Russian people and their survival. “‘Potato’ is the sense that no matter what happens in this world, we can survive,” Ries said. “‘Potato’ is about the politics and emotionality

of struggling to survive.” The jury that awarded Ries the Cultural Horizons prize praised her creative use of potato as a trope for understanding post-Soviet Russia, and the level of detail she uses in chronicling the potato as it relates to survival. “Ries embarks upon an ambitious project with unusual clarity and creativity, and succeeds not only in revealing the irreducible significance of the potato in Russian survival narratives, but in destabilizing the classical distinction between materialities and their representations,” wrote the jurists from the Society for Cultural Anthropology. Ries is currently working on a book related to her work in “Potato” and the field work she conducted on the place of violence in Russian politics and society. “Now that ‘Potato’ is done, I’m working on a book called Power and Potato,” Ries said. “Right now I’m working on chapters about political violence in the past 20 years, specifically about political assassination and the way that the Mafia-ization of society in the 90s has blunted and repressed the development of civil society.” Contact Nate Lynch at

February 10, 2011

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Colgate Entrepreneurs Andy Greenfield ’74 explains how a janitor and dishwasher saved his $500 million company By Harry Raymond Managing Editor

Serial entrepreneur Andy Greenfield ’74 has started several uber-successful companies including Greenfield Online, a market research company that was sold to Microsoft for $486 million in 2008. Greenfield sat down with the Maroon-News for two hours to talk about his tendency to party in college, his rocky road to business success and his new goal to foster entrepreneurship on the Colgate campus. This is part two of the interview. To read part one, visit or gateentrepreneur. In 1983, Andy Greenfield woke up from a business nightmare. Two years earlier, he had started Essex Limousine Company, but a New York City crime family had taken notice of his initial success and started smashing his cars. Greenfield was forced to sell the company to Patty Testa, the leading enforcer for the Luchese crime family. Testa would later be assassinated in a mafia loyalty struggle. Greenfield’s first major business venture had failed and he was $250,000 in debt. “The limousine company was my business school with a very expensive tuition,” Greenfield said. “I had no cash reserves and a big hole with no prospects of paying it off.” He escaped to Vermont for a two month break.

“I rebuilt myself emotionally and re-captured my drive and passion,” Greenfield said. “Passion is the fuel for action. That’s all you need.” The same year he was forced to close Essex Limousines, Greenfield emerged from his Vermont hiatus to start Greenfield Consulting Group, a qualitative marketing research firm. “I liked the [consulting] industry because it remained cottage-like, dominated by mom-and-pop type operations.” Greenfield said. “No one had started anything of size yet and I was determined to crack the code.” Over the next 25 years, Greenfield built Greenfield Consulting into the largest and most profitable qualitative research company on the planet with 25 years of back-to-back growth. Greenfield attributes his success in the marketing business to his success in compensating his researchers. “I never lost sight that my revenue was attached to people, not plant and equipment.” Greenfield said. “In the qualitative world, if you lose people, you lose revenue.” Greenfield adopted a unique compensation strategy that enabled him to steal high-end talent from the advertising industry. He paid his researchers two or three times the amount they would make elsewhere by implementing an incentive compensation program in which his researchers were paid a percentage of the revenue they generated. This type of incentive-compensation is common in

sales but had never been done in market research. “The lesson here is critical: the biggest breakthroughs in any category are made not by stealing from within the category but by stealing from other industries. If you want to innovate, don’t look within your own industry,” Greenfield said. In the spring of 1993, a dishwasher who worked at one of Greenfield Consulting’s focus group facilities approached Greenfield with an idea. Nineteen-year old Hugh Davis told Greenfield that he could use something called the “Internet” to conduct market research without ever talking to the market in person. While Greenfield knew nothing about the fledgling World Wide Web, Davis convinced him it was something to investigate. Greenfield quickly realized that Davis was right. If he was able to build a large enough panel of online consumers, market research would be more efficient and cost effective online than by the conventional methods of mail, phone or in-person. Despite having no tech experience, Greenfield spent the next three years building the first software for conducting online surveys. By 1996, the revolutionary Greenfield Online was ready for market but he had one problem: no one wanted to buy it. None of Greenfield’s clients thought the Web would ever be a mass medium.

“Regardless of how great I thought this idea was and how much I believed in it, I could only swim up stream against nay-saying clients for so long,” Greenfield said. After another failed sales trip in April 1996, Greenfield returned to his office at 8 p.m. to prune his bonsai tree, a form of therapy. He had decided to cut his losses, shutdown Greenfield Online and return to his safer qualitative research firm. Greenfield continued to prune when Tom Kruger, the building’s 35-year old janitor walked into Greenfield’s office. The friendly Kruger gave Greenfield some tips on raising bonsai telling him that his 11-year old daughter picked up the hobby from German, Korean and Japanese friends she had met online. “The light bulb went off,” Greenfield said. “The nay-saying clients were wrong and I was going to stay the course with Greenfield Online.” In May 1999, Greenfield called Kruger into his office and gave him a check for the equivalent of a year’s salary. It was Greenfield’s way of saying “thank you” and he had a lot to be thankful for. That month he had sold Greenfield Online to a group of investors that included Michael Dell and the United Bank of Switzerland. The company was subsequently taken public and then, in 2008, Greenfield Online (which also included Ciao, Europe’s leading price comparison site) was sold to Microsoft for $486 million. In 2002, Greenfield sold his consulting group to Millward Brown,

one of the world’s largest market research firms. “It was ultimately about identifying an unmet client need which was for true marketing brain power and experience brought to the research table,” Greenfield said. He continues to advise the consulting group’s management. Since then, Greenfield has started a year-long entrepreneurship seminar at Colgate called “Thought into Action.” In it’s second year, the seminar teaches practical entrepreneurship. “It’s not about required reading, papers or exams. It’s about making something happen.” He said, “If you believe the role of a liberal arts college is to produce people that make a difference in the world, the only way you make a difference is by making something happen and, historically, that is a skill set that colleges and universities have not been focused on.” That’s why Greenfield is focused on expanding the opportunities for entrepreneurship at Colgate. Then, Greenfield leans in and takes a softer tone as if he is revealing a secret. “Listen, 99 percent of the people I’ve met on earth have good ideas but only a tiny fraction of them make those ideas happen.” He leans back and returns to his louder and confident voice, “Just get out of your chair and go for it.” Contact Harry at hraymond@colgate. edu. Continue the conversation or nominate an entrepreneur for the column at the new Colgate Entrepreneurship Blog at

Former Colgate A.D. Wins Super Bowl

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Bay Packers. This past Sunday, after a 31-25 Packer victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, he became the first man in the history of the NFL to win a Super Bowl as both a player and an executive. When asked in an interview with the Maroon-News this week whether he thought he would ever have a chance to win another Super Bowl after returning to Colgate in 1992, Murphy could not help but laugh. “No,” he chuckled “I didn’t think that would ever happen.” Although he was more than 25 years removed from the league in 2008, the urge to return to the NFL was unrelenting. Upon accepting his position with the Packers, Murphy counted himself fortunate and called the offer a “unique opportunity to get back into the NFL.” In 2008, Murphy had no way to know just how unique that opportunity would prove to be. At the beginning of his tenure, the drama concerning Brett Favre’s retirement, which would captivate the nation for nearly three years, was just beginning to unfold. Just two months after Murphy was introduced as President of the Packers, Favre announced his retirement on March 5, 2008. After intense negotiations with the Packers which lasted through the summer, Favre came out of retirement and was traded to the New York Jets on August 7. “It was a challenging time for the

organization,” Murphy said. “For me, it was fairly early on in my tenure. Within my first six months, I had to deal with a pretty major issue.” Murphy described the situation as exceptional in the history of the NFL because Favre’s impressive career had earned him a place as one of the NFL’s fan favorites. “It was difficult,” Murphy said. “It split our fan base. The dividing line was fans who supported the Packers versus Favre fans.” Looking back though, Murphy said that he believes the experience was largely a positive one for the long-term success of the organization because the situation necessitated close cooperation between himself, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy and Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson. That cooperation fostered a partnership that would help the trio to hoist the Lombardi trophy in Dallas just three years later. Although he was no stranger to the trophy himself, Murphy found himself in a far different position on Sunday than in his first Super Bowl 28 years earlier. His shoulder pads and helmet had long since been replaced by a jacket and tie, but his smile was just as wide. Speaking about his second Super Bowl, Murphy said, “Well, it’s obviously tremendously exciting and very gratifying as a player and now in my position. But I think because of the po-

sition I’m in now I’m older and more mature. I think I have a greater appreciation for what a great accomplishment it is to win a Super Bowl.” Asked what the keys to Sunday’s thrilling contest were, Murphy pointed to the excellent play of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the play of Green Bay’s stifling defense. “I was talking with our defensive coordinator, Dom Capers, and he noted that we have had pick sixes [interceptions returned for touchdowns] in each of our last three playoff games. When you return an interception for a touchdown, the odds of you winning go up dramatically. It’s such a big play.” Although that Nick Collins’ 37yard interception returned for a touchdown came in the first quarter, Murphy admitted that he was not entirely comfortable until the game was over. When asked how he felt when Ben got the ball back Murphy said simply, “I was nervous.” He credited the Steelers for their competitiveness and praised Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for his toughness and late game heroics, which victimized the Packers in a 37-36 loss in Week 15 of the 2009 season. In the end though, Murphy said that this year’s Super Bowl represented a “microcosm of how the season turned out” for the Packers. Having been hampered by injuries all season, the Packers lost several key players during the game in Dallas on Sunday. After suffering injuries to wide

receiver Donald Driver and defensive backs Charles Woodson and James Shields during the game, Murphy said the Packers, “overcame adversity and did not use injuries as excuses.” Although he conceded that the NFL is extremely competitive and each year stands on its own, Murphy believes the Packers’ future is bright.

“The real keys in the NFL are the quarterback and how you defend the pass; and we’re pretty good in both of those areas,” Murphy said. In 2011, Murphy will begin his fourth campaign with the Packers, on the hunt for his third Super Bowl ring. Contact Mike McMaster at

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Environmental Column By Cassidy Holahan Maroon-News Staff

Colgate only recycles 14 percent of recyclable materials disposed of on campus. This semester, student organizations are determined to not only increase recycling, but also change the way the student body thinks about trash, energy use and sustainability. February will mark the start of two environmental initiatives on campus: the school-wide annual RecycleMania campaign and the Eco-Olympics, a “green” competition between first-year dorms. From February 6 to April 2, 603 schools across the nation will participate in RecycleMania: a competition focused on minimizing waste and promoting recycling. Weekly data about the school’s weighed recyclables and trash will determine Colgate’s placement among all participating schools. Sophomore and Colgate’s Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Taylor, who helped organize RecycleMania at Colgate, says she hopes the school can increase their recycling rate from 14 percent last year to 20 percent this year. The winner last year was California State University, who held a recycling rate of 72 percent. “Recycling is a huge issue at Colgate, especially considering our recycling waste rate from last year,” Taylor said. Taylor also noted that Colgate has come a long way, especially with the distribution of recycling bins this year. “It’s important for our generation to realize the benefits of recycling. Changing our habits now to become more conscious consumers and recyclers will help preserve the world’s limited resources,” Taylor said. RecycleMania events will include signing a “Recycling Pledge” in the O’Connor Campus Center (the Coop) all week, a waste audit and many green lectures and events in the future in hopes of elevating Colgate’s recycling ranking. Incorporated with RecycleMania is a new campus initiative, Eco-Olympics, a competition between first-year dorms to reduce waste and energy use, increase recycling and promote sustainability. From February 7 to 28, all seven of the first-year dorms will be competing for both weekly prizes and overall Eco-Olympic champion. Each dorm is now sub-metered, and energy use will be measured to determine the dorm with the least per capita energy usage per week. The weekly and overall winners of the Eco-Olympics will be determined by these energy audits, as well as a waste audit and attendance at “green” events throughout the three weeks. The trash audit, which will be done in conjunction with RecycleMania, will measure the amount of recyclable materials that were thrown in the trash, as well as the overall waste on one randomly selected floor of each dormitory. In addition, points will be given to each dorm when a member of that living space attends any of the EcoOlympic events. These will include an eco-trivia night at Donavon’s Pub, a three-part documentary shown every Thursday, and an eco-scavenger hunt coordinated with Colgate’s student club Green Gates. Attendance points will also be awarded individually, and the students with the most points will be rewarded with gift baskets donated from local businesses. Senior Meghan Kiernan, who is heading RecycleMania this year, says that the program focuses on first-years because she hopes they can affect Colgate’s green initiatives the most. “The first-years can have the biggest impact on Colgate because they have all four years ahead of them,” Kiernal said. “Our goal is to bring them up in a culture where recycling and sustainability are the norm, so they can follow up these ideas in their years at Colgate.” Eco-Olympics aims to make recycling and energy conservation a standard at Colgate, and hopes the initiative of wining dorm-wide treats and prizes throughout the Olympics will kick start that process. “Recycling isn’t new age stuff, but we’re trying to bring it onto campus as the cultural norm,” Kiernal said. “Sustainability is something that’s up-and-coming. It’s all-encompassing – there are lots of different avenues of sustainability to explore and it’s a way to get the most people together to create the most change.” Although the Class of 2014 seems to demonstrate overall support for recycling, some unrest did arise from the distribution of individual recycling bins to each first-year dorm room. “I think that the campus has made good attempts to help make recycling more convenient, however, the recycling bins take up too much room in our small dorms, making it really inconvenient. They should focus more on having recycling bins outside of buildings,” first-year and Curtis resident Juliana Schilsky said. “I think the Eco-Olympics are a great idea,” first-year Alex Coffin said. “It gives students a fun incentive to recycle.” Kiernal said she hopes that the Eco-Olympics will become a long-standing tradition at Colgate. “Colgate has made leaps and bounds in terms of sustainability, but there’s still a long way to go, and there’s always more ways to improve,” Kiernal said. Contact Cassidy Holahan at

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Professors Host Panel on Egyptian Revolution Continued from A-1

Additionally, on Tuesday, February 8, the Institute of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics hosted a panel discussion, with Professor of Political Science Bruce Rutherford as the primary speaker. Associate Professor of Political Science Doug Macdonald and Ghaffar, served as commentators. Professor Stanley Brubaker moderated the panel. Rutherford’s portion of the discussion offered an explanation of the causes of the demonstrations, attributing Tunisia’s successful revolution to economic and political problems, and the role of the social media. He gave an overview of the demonstrators, stressing that a difference in these protests is that young people are bringing their parents, not vice versa. The response of the government has been the use of plainclothes policemen, hired thugs and governmental appeals for calm. Rutherford also stressed that his biggest concern for the demonstrators is their lack of leadership. For reform to happen, the protesters require some leaders to articulate and negotiate their wants with the government. Both of these events allowed the situation in Egypt to become more tangible and comprehensible. “I think it’s great to hear a firsthand source, not through the filter of the U.S. media,” senior Shannon Greulich said, following the Heretics Club event. Though revolution was unexpected, Egyptian society has major problems that make protest logical. “Of the 80 million people in Egypt, about 30 million live below the poverty line,” Abdal-Ghaffar said. “The people in Egypt are most concerned about their daily needs. At the end of the day, the most important issue is how they’re going to

get food on the table.” Another issue, with which Colgate students may conceivably identify, is a lack of jobs. “Young graduates want jobs, and that’s why they’re protesting,” Professor Abdal-Ghaffar said. “But a new system isn’t going to have enough jobs to satisfy the people protesting now.” Khan emphasized that simply reading an American newspaper or watching a newscast would not provide a full or accurate portrayal of the occurrences in Egypt. “News about Egypt is seen through the lens of U.S. interest, and the U.S. wants stability,” Khan said. “This would require Egypt to allow quick and easy passage through the Suez Canal, peace with Israel as dictated by the Camp David Accords, for electoral politics to be accepted by the Muslim Brotherhood, and for a parliamentary democracy based on a Constitution, with a plurality of parties.” It’s important to note that the culture of Egypt doesn’t foster as much political interest as in the U.S. “People don’t care about the government nearly as much as Americans. There is now debate in Egyptian households, which is something completely new to Egyptian society,” Abdal-Ghaffar said. “I don’t recall ever meeting an Egyptian from the city who had voted before. In the country, voting is more common, because you want to support a member of your family, or someone whom your family supports.” AbdalGhaffar has never voted in an Egyptian election. Another aspect of Egyptian culture that is predominant in American media coverage of the revolution is the negative portrayl of the Muslim Brotherhood. However, this representation is

inaccurate. “The Muslim Brotherhood is ill-represented by the American media: they are in no way connected to al-Qaeda; in fact, they completely denounce violence,” Abdal-Ghaffar said. “The Muslim Brotherhood isn’t considered Islamist by groups like al-Qaeda, because of their willingness to negotiate.” The Obama Administration must decide if they will honor the longtime alliance with Egypt, and support President Mubarak, or comply with the wishes of protesters, and force him to step down. “I feel badly for the Obama Administration, because they’re in a really bad situation,” AbdalGhaffar said. “There’s no right answer, and a very fine line that they can’t cross.” Khan agreed. “An Egyptian tweeted something along the lines of ‘tell the Americans we don’t hate them,’” she said. “Hate is too strong a word right now, but it could become appropriate if the U.S. screws this up.” Without doubt, unrest and uncertainty will continue in Egypt. But, because of the opportunities Colgate has presented, students can understand what has occurred in Egypt, and hopefully be able to comprehend its ramifications for the future. “If the protesting youth lose now, it’s just going to get worse. They have high hopes for achieving what they want, and they don’t want to feel like someone broke them,” Abdal-Ghaffar said. “I fear if that were to happen, they would go to the extreme of extremes. We’re risking sending the entire generation in the extreme direction.”

closing down certain fraternities. Junior and current member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity Kyle Deombeleg was especially struck by Avini’s story. “This sit-in has shaped the mold for a more diverse Greek Life community today with members coming from all racial and socio-economic backgrounds,” Deombeleg said. Professor of Sociology Rhonda Levine pointed out how the Alana Cultural Center serves as an especially symbolic setting for this brown bag, as its foundation was an effect of the ’68 sit-in. “Part of the student demands that followed from the ’68 sit-in was for curricular change including African American Studies and the need for a cultural center,” Levine said. She supported the propertied rumor of Colgate University being the first out of the “Three C’s” (Colgate, Cornell, Columbia) to demonstrate radical social action. “It is a great legacy you all have and you should all embrace it,” Levine said.

She continued the discussion with how she was particularly moved by personally meeting Robert F. Williams, an activist famous for being the president of the Monroe, North Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons (NAACP) chapter in the 1950’s and 60s. Serving as the moderator, Associate Professor of History and Africana & Latin American Studies Pete Banner-Haley briefly shared his favorite activists of this time, one being a Colgate Alumnus, Adam Clayton Powell ’30. Above all, he conveyed his faith in President Barack Obama’s confidence that “change is coming.” As it is the beginning of Black History Month, the panelists invited participants to embrace Colgate’s history in the Civil Rights Movement and to take action. “I don’t care how you feel, I want to see you do something,” Levine said.

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Focusing on “the transformative years,” 1963 through 1968, Aveni highlighted outstanding demonstrations of change at Colgate University, an institution that was dominated by a 98 percent white male population. Upon mentioning his active involvement in the one hundred-hour sit-in at the Administration’s Office and spending three nights under the Dean of Students’ desk, the packed audience was immediately intrigued. “I was impressed that a professor could take such interest in something that the students cared about so much. I was also surprised that an event like this happened at Colgate, and I’m proud that it did,” Junior Ali Atkinson said. Aveni described the sit-in as a “gentlemanly sitting, unlike Berkeley or Columbia,” where 350 students and members of the faculty discussed the issue of alleged discrimination in selecting fraternity members. The administration responded by revoking charters and

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The Colgate Maroon-News

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Basketball All-Star Overcomes Adversity leged childhood to becoming the first woman ever signed by the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), was a three-time MVP of the league and was popularly known as the female Michael Jordan. As she put it, every time her brothers or her peers told her she wasn’t good enough, or that as a girl she should not be playing, she responded by working harder to prove them all wrong. Even with all her drive, “I got to a point in my life when I wasn’t sure I wanted to live any more. People look at me and my accomplishments and say, could it really be that bad? But I really got off track, I forgot what I stood for and believed in. At the age of 31, I really didn’t know if I could deal with the scrutiny of the public eye,” Swoopes said. This rough period followed the devastating public reaction to her decision to tell the world that she wanted to be with another woman. “It took me about three or four

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“How many of you know exactly what you want to do after college?” Swoopes asked the 250some wide-eyed audience members. “Now, of those people who raised their hands, how many of you know what it’s going to take to get you there?” In a smooth, discursive and captivating style, Swoopes challenged the audience to consider their own goals and how hard they are working to get there. She brought the same message to the table that many of us dismiss daily: “As long as you believe in yourself, you can do anything you set your mind to.” “I like that she emphasized how you sometimes have to go through struggle in order to reach success,” senior Kendra Brim said after attending both the dinner and the lecture. Swoopes truly has a story of unprecedented success: she went from experiencing a relatively underprivi-

years to get back on track [after my life fell apart],” Swoopes said. But her living message to the audience was that experiences like this can not only make you stronger, if you really believe in yourself you can deflect and overcome even malicious public scorn. Although her message was heartfelt and honest, it was her approachable demeanor that captured the crowd. “She was very personable. She was relatable, and did not let her celebrity status get in the way of us knowing who she was,” Brim said. Outreach and program coordinator of ALANA (African, Latin, Asian, & Native American) Cultural Center Elise Bronzo, who was the woman responsible for making Swoopes’ visit a reality, agreed. “I thought it was wonderful that she was so interactive with the crowd. I was really impressed that she was so open to answering

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plished black woman, single mother and student athlete who is also LGBTQ,” Bronzo said. The effort to appeal to a wide audience was clear from the impressive range of financial contributors to the event: CLSI, ALANA Cultural Center, The Wellness Initiative, Dean of the Faculty, Dean of the College, First-Year Experience, Sophomore Year Experience, Dean of Diversity, The 1934 House, Women’s Studies and The LGBTQ Department. The diversity of the Love Auditorium crowd was a testament to the success of this effort. Faculty and staff, many members of the Hamilton community and a student population ranging across demographic groups came out to hear Swoopes’ message. But after signing a slew of autographs and posing for pictures, she was well ready to go back to a warmer climate and leave us to grapple with our snowy winter. Contact Rebekah Ward at

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Conine who moves on to the octofinals, quarterfinals, semis and finals. These most competitive and highly prestigious rounds are known as “break rounds.” This year Colgate finished the British Parliamentary style tournament only a few points shy from the “break” and ranked holistically in thirteenth place with 264 points, a technical tie for twelfth with Melbourne (Australia). Lucky thirteenth place is an incredible accomplishment for the Society, who placed sixteenth at the WUDC last year in Turkey. The WUDC is rigorous and requires vast global knowledge. President of the Colgate Debate Society Margaret Bower said, “we are left to our own wit,” even though the debaters spend weeks reading the news and training. Debaters are given only 15 minutes after the topic is introduced to prepare their position. This is because the WUDC is designed so that debaters are challenged to be well rounded, knowledgeable and at the top of their game. Each round involves four teams of two people, with two teams arguing for and the other two arguing against a motion. The motion selected can come from a mass array of different issues including, but not limited to, the economy, education, international and local policy. Every year at the WUDC, one motion deals with the local issues of the area in which the competition takes place. This year, the motion that the Colgate Debate Society was required to debate regarded the belief that the South African Development Community (SADC), a 20-year-old organization of fifteen African states, should pursue a political union. Brower admitted that she learned about the depth of the organization during the debate itself. Because of the chance the championship

gives its competitors to explore the location of the competition, however, the next day she and the rest of the society visited the buildings that house the operation of the SADC. Brower never gets tired of the incredible experiences the WUDC offers. “You hear perspectives you would never imagine and you have to debate against them.” The Colgate University Debate Society is one of the oldest clubs on campus, founded in 1960. As Sophomore and Vice President Lucas Luttmann said, “A lot of people preceding us have worked very hard to make the team what it is.” Behind that statement, however, is the fact that, with the support of their advisor, and Coordinator of the Colgate Speaking Union John Adams, the club is entirely student-run, and a major success. They are now ranked thirteenth in the world and third in the nation. They will compete again for the national title in April. During the last weekend in March the Colgate University Debate Society is hosting their own second annual tournament. With funding from President Herbst, Dean Johnson and an anonymous donor, the Debate Society has reached new heights. “The traveling that we get to do is really just amazing, we literally get to go to Botswana, England, other places at virtually no cost,” Luttmann said. The expansion and achievement of the debate society is incredible, but for members like Margaret Brower the real growth is in the strength and ability of their teammates. She loves watching newer debaters, like the two first-years that the society brought to WUDC this past year, “molding together” skills they learn from others and their own individual strength at the competition. Contact Taylor Fleming at



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The Colgate Maroon-News Volume CXLIII, Number 17 February 10, 2011

Geoff Guenther • Mike McMaster

Editor’s Column

Executive Editor

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Sometimes I like to be disconnected. I get excited for the week I spend on the beach each summer, knowing that I’ll have a whole week away from the Internet. I’m glad that I don’t have a data plan on my cell phone, because it means that I have to spend at least a little time each day away from my e-mail. But I need those factors forcing me to be disconnected because, relieved as I am to get away from the Internet for a while, I’m also completely addicted to it. I scan through my Facebook newsfeed every morning, and then keep the tab open on the browser for the rest of the day, so that I can turn to it in moments of boredom or procrastination. My email is always open, and I’m a bit OCD about needing to open every email I get. It stresses me out to see thousands of unread emails in other people’s inboxes. And I’ve gone through periods of addiction to other things on the Internet, like certain games that, even at the time, I was embarrassed to admit I played. So my reaction to hearing about other websites that I should check out is that I don’t need to go looking for more sites on the Internet to add to my addiction. One social networking site that I’ve been hearing more and more about over the past few years is Twitter. I’d never been the least bit tempted to join Twitter. It sounded like it was full of the kind of Facebook statuses that I hate: “Shoveling the driveway, then off to work!” And I don’t have much interest in “following” celebrities. But over the past few months, as I’ve begun seriously looking into my future after Colgate, Twitter and other websites have continually been presented to me as communities that would provide me with valuable skills in the eyes of the modern employer. After Real World emphasized this same thing, I gave in. In a big way. That same weekend I joined Twitter and LinkedIn. A week later, I started a blog, which was recommended to me because of my interest in writing and editing. LinkedIn is a very different kind of network than Facebook or Twitter, and I don’t think I’ll really start utilizing it until I’m searching for a job. I can update my blog as frequently or infrequently as I want. But I still worried that by joining Twitter I would get sucked into another Facebook. In a way, my fears have come true: I like Twitter. I’m mostly following news sources, so adding Twitter to my morning routine has actually made me more informed than I would be otherwise. But I don’t feel the kind of addiction to it that I do with Facebook, which I find myself going back to several times in the course of a day – at least not yet. The Internet and social networking sites are rapidly becoming a necessary evil. I judge myself a little for immediately responding to an email but, at the same time, to not respond in a timely manner would be irresponsible in this day and age. The more connected we can be, the more connected we are expected to be. And the more social networking options there are on the Internet, the more those sites become a part of the world of business. To remain unacquainted with those sites could put a person at a disadvantage when applying for a job in many fields today. So, as much as I might not have wanted to give in to my urge to explore the innumerable options out there in the World Wide Web, I think I’ve given in to the inevitable. And while joining Twitter is certainly not helping me get any more work done, in the long run it might be valuable to be able to say “Yes, I tweet.” Contact Jaime Coyne at

February 10, 2011

The Colgate Maroon-News

What’s Left

Being Right

By Noah Merksamer

By Kate Hicks

Class of 2013

Class of 2011

Misguided Goals

Commentary B-2

Constitutional Contradiction

This Week’s Topic: The Health Care Repeal The Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act was not only I couldn’t have picked a better time to take a class on constitutional law. Just over a week ago, embarrassing, it was wrong. Judge Roger Vinson struck down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known colloquiThe GOP has been fighting the Democratic health care reform bill ever since it was ally as “the healthcare law” or “Obamacare.” Better yet, he cited the commerce clause as his reason introduced a year and a half ago with no clearly defined and well-supported argument, for its unconstitutionality, at the exact same time we were studying the commerce clause, the very which speaks to the idea that Republicans seem to care more about ruining anything Demo- week I was assigned to write a column on the repeal of the healthcare law. Hello, serendipity. cratic than about passing legislation that could actually help the country, like job creation So having read the entirety of “State of Florida, et al vs. United States Department of Health or education. and Human Services, et al” for class, I can tell you this: Republicans are shooting themselves In the Senate last Wednesday, Republicans ignored the Federal Aviation Authoriza- in the feet by trying to be bipartisan and “fix” the law, rather than repeal it. Senators Lindsey tion bill which will create and save up to 280,000 jobs, and instead decided to focus on a Graham and John Barasso have expressed their willingness to redraw the healthcare legislation, repeal effort. this time including an “opt-out” provision for states as regards the individual mandate. What makes the Republican actions even worse is that Senate Minority Leader Mitch Sounds nice, doesn’t it? States in which citizens vehemently oppose the government orMcConnell (R-KY) admitted beforehand that the vote was done strictly for political rea- dering them to purchase federally approved health insurance can pass on that provision, efsons, claiming that the fectively voiding the legislation within exercise was intended to their state. States in which the citizens force Democrats to take are cool with being told what to do with a position on the contheir money can keep the individual troversial health care bill mandate, and purportedly their citizens which would be used as will all have stellar healthcare and go for a political wedge in the acupuncture every week. Or something upcoming 2012 elections. like that. But it’s great! Everyone’s happy. For those that don’t Except this opt-out clause is the kiss of know, the Affordable death for individual rights and freedoms. Health Care Act is one of Hey, I heard that, and I am not a the most ambitious pieces melodramatic conservative psycho. I simof legislation in history. ply understand the implications of the The law expands health recent ruling down in Florida, and its insurance coverage to 32 relation to the opt-out clause. million more people by Of note, Judge Vinson is a man with a making it illegal for insoft spot for health care reform. He digs surance companies to the concept of “positive improvements deny someone coverage that will reduce costs, improve the qualbecause of a pre-existing ity of care, and expand availability in a condition, allowing young way the nation can afford.” So to all you adults to stay on their liberals reading this, don’t go telling me parents’ health insurance this judge is a right-leaning Tea Party until age 26 and makes it “terrorist plant” or other such nonsense. illegal for insurance comHe gave his opinion on the law based panies to drop someone on its constitutionality, and not personal when they get sick, giving distaste for healthcare legislation. small businesses tax credits The defendants – HHS et al – tried for providing health insur- THE CALL FOR CHANGE?: The landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act was passed to claim that the individual manance for their employees, last year by President Obama and the Democractic majority in Congress. However both conservative leg- date is constitutional under the right expanding Medicare and islators and judges are voicing concerns over the constitutinality of the act. A movement has emerged Congress possesses to “Regulate comMedicaid coverage and within the newly elected Congress to repeal healthcare reform. merce … among the several states” (Article I, Section 8). bringing down the cost of premiums which have Congress has passed a number of legskyrocketed over the last decade. islative measures using this power, and subsequent testing in the courts has resulted in a generThe non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the bill would reduce the al understanding of what that power allows Congress to do. Judge Vinson noted that the comdeficit by $138 billion over the next ten years, and have a “small” effect on the number of merce clause allows Congress to regulate activity pertaining to trade – not simply “economic jobs, in the sense that it will reduce the size of the available labor force, it will not actually activity,” a very loose term that would encompass all purchases a person could consider. Not impede job creation. purchasing something, as he said, is inactivity. The commerce clause only applies to activity. More importantly, American people support the new law, a fact to which Republicans Thus, peace out individual mandate. should pay attention. According to a recent New York Times/CBS News Poll, 48 percent The next step in determining the law’s fate rested on the concept of severability, which asks: of Americans support the law, while 40 percent want it repealed. In addition, 43 percent Can the law still function as Congress intended it to function without the unconstitutional of Americans want Congress to focus on job creation, while health care is a distant second bit? Judicial precedent tends to allow the rest of the statute in question to stand, and often laws priority, supported by only 18 percent of the population. will include a severability clause that allows for a law’s other provisions to remain, even if one It’s about time we need to get past the hyperbolic Republican anti-healthcare reform element is unconstitutional. Interestingly, the healthcare law had no such clause. Gosh, it’s like rhetoric and focus on the consequences of their actions, the true effect that a total repeal of they were expecting this or something! the Affordable Health Care Act will have on the nation. Indeed, the absence of a severability clause indicates that Congress knew that without the Apparently, Republicans don’t believe that 32 million people who now have health in- individual mandate, the law wouldn’t do what they wanted it to do – namely, make health surance because of the new law actually deserve it, despite the fact that 45,000 Ameri- insurance more affordable. In fact, in its motion to dismiss the case, the government referred cans die every year because they lack sufficient health coverage, according to the Harvard to the individual mandate as “essential” to the law no less than 14 times. By the defendants’ Medical School. own admission, the individual mandate is what made the entire law effective. Therefore Some Republicans refuse to believe that providing health insurance to people with Judge Vinson concluded that the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act was enpre-existing conditions is important, although the Department of Health and Human Ser- tirely unconstitutional, because the rest of the law’s provisions were inextricable from the vices has found that up to 50 percent of Americans under the age of 65 may have pre-existing unconstitutional part. conditions that without healthcare reform would give insurance companies the right to deny And now we find ourselves staring at the problem Republicans create for themselves if they them coverage. agree to the opt-out clause. Republicans don’t seem to care that over twice as many Americans want Congress to By “fixing” healthcare instead of repealing it, the GOP concedes the individual mandate, focus on job creation rather than on health care. Of the small minority of people that concedes reforming healthcare on terms more palatable to conservatives, and, most of all, want Congress to focus on health care as the main issue, less than half want the law concedes freedom. fully repealed. Granting states the ability to opt out ties the hands of the folks in places where the mandate Nevertheless, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, acting as somewhat of a spokes- is accepted. They can no longer contest the constitutionality of the government forcing them man for the Republican Party, said that the party’s top goals are making President Obama to purchase health insurance. Hey, if they don’t like it, they can move somewhere else. a one term president and overturning the Affordable Health Care Act. So to the American But that’s not how we work in the United States. All the good intentions in the universe people, expect the GOP to continue to fight health care reform and ignore more pressing don’t grant the government the right to force citizens to make a purchase, and Republicans issues such as the economy, whether you like it or not. would do well to remember what it once took to reclaim lost freedom. Contact Noah Merksamer at Contact Kate Hicks at

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B-3 Commentary

February 10, 2011

Queer Corner

Beware of the Queer Love By Eugene Riordan

While it might be the queer community which talks about it most often, the entirety of society has had to deal with regulation of sexual unions. The terms “heterosexual” and “homosexual” were both developed as terms for abnormal sexual desires; medical This is definitely the season when everyone goes a little bit kooky: Valentine’s Day. To dictionaries at the turn of the twentieth century describe both terms in reference to “sexme it seems that there are two very different ideas surrounding the day: one of love and ual appetites” outside of reproduction or marriage. The origins of both terms are very one of sex. much clinical. They might not be mutually exclusive, but there are those who expect a red heart So the next time you are adamant that you are, in fact, totally hetero, it definitely card as opposed to a cherry-flavored condom or dental dam. What does the difference means that there is something abnormal about you. mean, other than you should buy dinner either way? It means that your focus of the Since the national focus on LGBTQ rights has publically hinged on marriage for a long day determines what you’ll be time, most people probably think expecting for yourself and for that is all that queer people want. others, and this perspective of Yes, we want to destroy your ineither/or can take us to some very stitutions, bring about some apocainteresting places. lypses and whatever else you can I would never consider myself think of. much of a hippie, but sometimes I don’t even know how I have it seems like our country is further time to go to class with all of this away from the era of “free love” planning that has to get done! than it should be. Yet what society misses is Abortion, sexuality studies, what necessitates the want for homosexuality, greater marriage marriages: love. equality – the acceptance of these The care that is between two ideas and more from that period are people, the desire for a family, for still prominent today. children, the recognition and acThere are groups of people naceptance of them as a monogamous tion-wide who work to roll back couple for life – these things are lost the work of the past half-century by a societal fixation of men puton these subjects, seeing them ting unspeakable things in unspeakas going too far for any number able places, or women pleasuring of reasons. Until this week when WILL YOU BE MY QUEER VALENTINE?: When Valentine’s day comes around, people tend to think each other without the oversight of the wording was finally changed, about the subject of love. However, when it comes to queer issues there is a tendency to think ex- a male. the H.R. 3, “No Taxpayer Fund- clusively about the sexual aspects of their relationships. For many, the topic of love never come up The cognitive jump right to the ing for Abortion Act,” included in conversation. This boundary between love and sex impedes upon the queer rights movement. sexual act invalidates what queer a clause which would have re- People need to move past the limitations of homo and heterosexual. people go through, who we are Rene Flores defined rape as “forcible rape,” and the types of relationships we excluding instances where the woman (raped men aren’t included) was unconscious, experience that are just as boring, exciting, deep, shallow, sexual and loving as those who drugged, under 18 (statutory), or if she had a mental illness. No more free love, only are not queer. questionable sex. I suppose it does go both ways: proponents of “free love” were talking about love, Turning to queer things, most of the focus of the discourse on LGBTQ issues is about but they also were talking about lots and lots of shagging. This example could beg the sex. Sad, but true. Our society is concerned, wondering who is having sexytimes with question: what is love? Equally as interesting: what is sex? whom, and how they are doing it. This comes to fruition through abstinence educaOne might be easier to define than the other, but good luck with both. tion, safe-sex discussions and institutions of marriage, among others. Simply think about Maybe neither can be adequately explained without a manual, but my thoughts sex and you’ll reach some point where you discover some kind of sex that is weird and for both are that if you think you’re doing it, then you’re doing it. Just hope that your that is where your line gets drawn, where relationships between people are defined by partner(s) in love or in lust feel the same way. what kind of sexual act they could do together, whether it is a possibility or a reality. Happy Valentine’s Weekend, then! It is as good of an excuse as any to get close and Regarding the LGBTQ community, the focus of people is on the act of sex rather than cuddle on these chilly nights. Just make sure you get the right presents for your honeys, anything else. I think our society forgets that there is ever anything more involved in because if you don’t, you might not be getting any love no matter how you look at it. any relationship. Contact Eugene Riordan at Class of 2011

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February 10, 2011

Commentary B-4

Overprotected: Don’t Censor the Internet By Geoff Guenther

And SparkNotes can actually be used to undermine the educational experience, as can sites for essay-writing services and I am definitely way behind the times here. I automatic translators. only found out about Colgate blocking student College ACB can still be accessed through access to the College ACB website when the Mathe Colgate network through proxy servers, roon-News covered it last week, and it has been which is why Dean Johnson said that, “the going on since October! block was largely symbolic.” So, if not to In my defense, many members of the senior practically stop students from accessing the class are put off by the site due to a panic that site, the block was intended to send a mesoccurred on campus during our first year, which sage: the Colgate community will not accept was caused by a Colgate student’s post on Juicylibelous attacks on its own students by its Campus (College ACB’s predecessor) saying that own students. he might be able to get the school shut down if It is, then, a form of protection. But prohe threatened to shoot everyone in his second tection and censorship often have a muddled class the next day. relationship. In admittedly extreme examJuicyCampus was horrible. College ACB is ples: there were times when students were horrible. On its Colgate board there are subject “protected” from learning about safe sex or threads ranging from “whose ass looks the best FREE THE INTERNET: Last October, College ACB, a popular gossip website about communism. As students, don’t we in leggings” to “rank the pledge classes” to “who was blocked from Colgate’s network by Administration, on the grounds that have the duty to decline protection when it the site was offensive and hurtful to students. Despite this reality, the question comes to information or opinions? bangs the most girls.” There are entire threads about individual stu- must be asked whether the university has the right to block this website, while The university has declared that it can dents. It is filth. It often exemplifies the worst it turns a blind eye to other “offensive” sites. unilaterally decide what students can and of human nature, and people who use the site’s Chief Information Officer David Gregory responded at the cannot (or practically, should and should anonymity to harrass others by name (especially in light time that, “We don’t do that; if we tried to block access to not) view on the Internet. of recent bullying-related events at other universities) are offensive sites on the Internet, that’s all we’d ever do.” Now, I am not a conspiracy theorist. I am sure the adcowards. In my opinion, the site contains virtually nothing Which is why Deans Johnson and Roelofs are not opti- ministration will probably never block another website, of value. mistic that a plan will ever be put in place for determining unless JuicyCampus comes out with yet another incarnaBut the same could be said about a great deal of the what sites should be blocked – it is unfeasible. How could tion. However, the fact of the matter is that there is a part Internet. Certainly pornography is objectionable to some, you possibly draw a line in the sand of the Internet? Where of the Internet that someone has (symbolically) decided as are the sites for the Ku Klux Klan and NAMBLA, yet could you start? that I cannot access. There is information out there that the university makes no effort to block these sites from Dean Roelofs argued that the ban prevents someone else has decided that I cannot see. Please, do me a its network. Colgate resources (read: bandwidth) from being used favor and stop protecting me. I have no wish to spend any After the JuicyCampus incident, many students called in an inappropriate manner. Which is all well and time on College ACB, but my argument is simple: Let me not only for a boycott of the site, but also for the univer- good; it is their network. But surely sites like Facebook, choose for myself. sity to block JuicyCampus from the school’s computers. Netflix and Hulu are of questionable educational value. Contact Geoff Guenther at Editor-in-Cheif

A Funny Story By Eliza Graham Class of 2014

Ever since I can remember, I have loved comedy. At the ripe old age of three years old, I sat between my parents in their bed (these things became ritualistic for one who had been an only child for the first five and a half years of her life) and watched Seinfeld with them every week. The day after, I would skip merrily into my Pre-K class and teach all the other girls such phrases as “Yada, yada, yada.” In addition, I would engage in a discussion with my teachers (Mrs. Holohan and I, in particular, were “mad tight”) about last night’s episode next to them on the playground bench, while all the other children played on the jungle gym, or the swings. Yeah, I was that kid. My most intense experience of my love of comedy, however, has been my near obsession with 30 Rock. From the first episodes I watched, I knew the sarcastic and witty humor matched perfectly with my own. Not only that, I related with Liz Lemon, Tina Fey’s TV counterpart, all too well … Let’s just say we share some of the same socially awkward tendencies. As a result of this, Tina Fey has become more than just my favorite actress in Hollywood: she is a role model; a perfect example of what I strive to be when I am older; a principled woman; not afraid to be herself and armed with enough talent and wit to take on anyone, or thing, in her path. On September 9, 2009 (yes, folks, 9-9-09… believe in the magic!), as I sat at the window of a lovely prepared food market in my infamous neighborhood, New York City’s Upper East Side, my friend Annie uttered a sentence that shook me to my core. “Eliza, do not freak out, but I think that’s Tina Fey crossing the street.” I immediately dropped the brownie I was devouring (that’s a big deal – I love food just as much as Liz Lemon) and sprinted out the door and around the corner, practically knocking over any and everyone in my path to follow her. However, when I turned the corner, she was nowhere to be found. I began to feel my heart break, but then I spotted her! She had crossed the street and was headed back in the direction she had come from, but on the other side of the street. Yes, I do believe she may have been running away from me. I ran parallel to her and crossed over to her side of the street, heading her off. To my surprise, I heard my own voice say, with particular confidence, “Hi.” As her head turned to look at me, with a pretty confused look on her face, I might add, I realized that this was one of the coolest moments of my life. I proceeded to tell her, with a huge grin on my face, “The last thing I would ever want to do is bother you, but I wanted to let you know that I’m a huge fan. 30 Rock is my favorite show and I love all your work.” She laughed and said thank you, with a slightly embarrassed and humble smile on her face. She shook my hand and told me, “It’s nice to meet you!” and we parted ways. I enjoy telling stories; friends of mine have told me I have a talent for it. I like to think I’m funny, and that I can be a sort of Tina in my own right some day. Until then, I can face the world knowing that she thinks it was nice to meet me. Contact Eliza Graham at

The Colgate Maroon-News

B-5 Commentary

February 10, 2011

Breaking the Bubble The Riots in Egypt

By Rebecca Friedland

as they are, they are a result of a build up of frustrations, which, in large part, are supported by the U.S. standing behind Mubarak. The The riots in Egypt have rocked headlines U.S. has failed at spreading democracy in the worldwide for over two weeks now. Though Middle East. what started as a peaceful protest has slowly esSo in the end, it has settled with supportcalated to a more violent and angry organizing ing dictators who, though are bad to their of the Egyptian people, the farther-reaching people, are stable and can be counted upon for implications of this incident are impressive. support when the U.S. needs it, and to keep On some level, it probably doesn’t matter a peaceful relationship with Israel (a major if Prime Minister Hosni Mubarak leaves office U.S. ally). tomorrow or in September; the people have No wonder it took so long for President spoken. Like in Tunisia before them, the Arab Barack Obama to say anything about the issue; world is rising up against its tyrannical leaders where does a country like the U.S. stand when with strength and great courage. When the proEgyptians are protesting a government that optests first began, the first question I asked mypresses them when the U.S. has been supporting self is why didn’t this happen sooner? After all, them politically and financially for years? Talk it isn’t breaking news that the Egyptian people about being between a rock and a hard place! have been oppressed by a dictatorship for over FROM HAMILTON TO CAIRO: Recently Egyptians have been rioting in the The point of this conversation is not to critistreets of Cairo, demanding their president, Hosni Mubarak, step down from of- cize the U.S. any further than necessary. Democ30 years. Though I don’t completely have an answer, fice. Although this has brought a lot of attention to the issues in Egypt, there has racy doesn’t work everywhere, and I would be there is no way to deny that there is a connec- been a genral ignorance by Americans to the problems in the region. the first person to stand up and say we have no tion between the ability for such a thing to go right to try and force it upon countries that are unnoticed by most people and the policy that the United I believe that, thanks to the protests in Egypt, this key plain uninterested. States uses in the Middle East. issue is finally gaining steam in the media. The important point to walk away with here is this: more I believe that the more obvious day-to-day issues plaguI can only hope that the attention that Egypt is re- attention needs to be paid to the oppressive acts and human ing many of the countries in the Middle East gets overshad- ceiving now will shed light on the way in which rights violations of governments like the Egyptian one; and owed by a fixation on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war so many Arab governments deny the basic hu- it is important to keep our eye on the relationship that the in Iraq and nuclear armament in Iran. Though these issues man rights of its citizens, oppressing women and U.S. has with countries like Egypt. We should expect more are important and not to be undermined, they distract us homosexuals particularly. from our country than it’s ability to turn a blind eye to these from the fact that, according to Freedom House, the Middle If the U.S. spent half as much time worrying about oil violations for the sake of a continued stable relationship and East has some of the lowest levels of democracy and highest and its own self-interests in the region, there might not have “moderate” Egypt. levels of oppressive regimes in the world. been need for the protests that we see today. As inspiring Contact Rebecca Friedland at Class of 2013

Taglit-Birthright Reflections By Samuel Spitz Class of 2013

Two weeks ago the Israeli Government announced a $100 million pledge to the Taglit-Birthright program, money that will provide thousands of Jewish youth the opportunity to tour Israel for “free.” Having recently returned from a Taglit-Birthright trip, it is imperative that I share the following reflection with trip alumni and those considering taking advantage of this opportunity. During my time on Birthright I went through a range of emotions that I’ve since been trying to understand. At times I was proud and at others ashamed. I was elated at the sight of beautiful Jerusalem, but frightened, angry and ashamed to see checkpoints, fences and walls imprison those with whom we share the land. I think that this conflict of emotion is reflective of Israel’s tumultuous nature. It is a place of great meaning and hope for the Jewish people, but also of tremendous pain and suffering. Though Israel’s flaws are hidden from Birthright participants during their tours, I assure you that they do exist as in any other country. Regardless of whether or not one agrees with Israel’s politics, it is important that my generation understand that there exists another facet of Israel to which Americans are seldom exposed: the Arab perspective. Allowing young people access to both sides of this complex issue is requisite for progress and the only hope for a future peace. A fair judge cannot reach a verdict before he hears the defense, so how can my generation expect to understand this conflict if we know only half the story? I do not write this piece for the purpose of persuading anybody to adopt my personal beliefs. Rather, I send this as encouragement for all of us to seek out a divergent opinion, left or right, so that we may open ourselves to the concerns of our ideological adversaries. Closed-mindedness creates misunderstanding, which in turn breeds the hatred that nurtures violence. I urge you to examine an objective history of the conflict, to speak about Israel’s troubles with friends, family and teachers, and to reflect on these issues so that they may remain fresh in your mind. Let us all generate meaningful dialogue with like-minded people, but also with those who will challenge us. If Israel is

to be the “home” of the Jewish people and America’s greatest ally in the Middle East then we must give it the attention that it deserves. We must act to ensure that it is a land of justice and prosperity for all of its inhabitants, so that it may endure peacefully. In order to make my generation capable of fighting for a better Israel, programs such as Taglit-Birthright must change. They need to respectfully acknowledge alternative perspectives, nurture hope for peace, and speak of Arabs as human beings, not as callous barbarians and worse. On my tour, speakers, guides and soldiers made abhorrent, Islamophobic claims such as “peace in Israel will happen when the Arabs learn to love their children more than they hate the Jews.” “The Lebanese are a s--- people.” “Muslims cannot accept a Jewish state because Islam preaches that Jews are an inferior race.” Messages like these hamper open-mindedness and receptivity. Birthright’s dissemination of malicious fictions to a largely uninformed audience is irresponsible because it nurtures dangerous misconceptions that sow the seeds of hatred. This is unacceptable. As young leaders we cannot afford to maintain a position of indifference. We cannot remain on the sidelines while our Jewish and Palestinian brothers and sisters tear each other apart. Peace in Israel will not arise from any nation’s military might. This conflict will not disappear with the construction or destruction of walls. It will not come to an end by tightening sieges or removing ethnic populations. And most importantly, it will not be resolved by any one of us individually, but by a generation of proud Jews and Arabs collectively. To those who see peace in Israel as naïve, I ask you to remember Martin Luther King, Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. I ask you to open your mind to a better tomorrow for the people of Israel: Jewish, Muslim and Christian. I ask you to contemplate the other side of the story, not for myself, but for the children who suffer on both sides of the settlement walls, so that they too may one day live in peace. A better Israel begins with us. Contact Samuel Spitz at

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The Private Lives of Vietnam Dark War Comedy at the Palace By Bridget Sheppard

lationships with each other, Galusky, Preuninger and Schluter all conveyed a blend of the troubled thoughts of the veterans and the jokes that helped them cope with life. The actors managed to portray the The Palace Theater production of the 1979 play Private Wars, by tension between their characters—as Silvio frequently targets Natwick James McLure, examined three war veterans during their recovery with his practical jokes, such as gluing cups to his hand—but also demin a hospital and, even though onstrated how the veterans, since they the men have emerged from the understood what the others had gone Vietnam War, their tales remind through, relied on one another and us of those of soldiers in our curdid not wish for the others to leave rent wars. The performances on the hospital. February 4 and 5 starred Wyatt The play relates the stories of Galusky as Natwick, Nick Preunthese veterans during their stay in inger as Gately and Tio Schluter the hospital through brief scenes IV as Silvio; all three actors were and conversations, separated by recently in the Palace’s fall play blackouts. The audience senses Judevine together. Directed by how time seems to be one continAlessandro Trinca, the dark comuous line for these characters with edy interspersed moments of nothing to anticipate beyond the light humor throughout the vetweekly movies Natwick selects for erans’ conversations about their the patients. The episodic nature war experiences, inability to reof the work illustrates the lack of turn to the outside world and distinction between days or weeks contemplation of suicide. for these men until Silvio finally Throughout the play, Gately, has a date set for his departure. who seems to suffer from am- SAVING PRIVATE’S SANITY: This weekend, the Palace Theater As the veterans discuss the nesia, attempts to repair a ra- featured a production of James Mclure’s play Private Wars, a story Vietnam War, the audience can dio, believing that once he acdraw parallels to the wars in the about three war veterans and their experiences. complishes this task he will be Middle East, especially as the topallowed to leave the hospital. ic of dissent is mentioned. Beyond Meanwhile, Silvio and Natwick continue to pilfer the parts from the similar controversy surrounding the Vietnam and Iraq Wars his radio to prevent him from finishing. Meanwhile, Silvio contends though, the struggles that the soldiers and veterans of both wars with an emasculating war wound that compels him to constantly as- battle display their likeness even more. The Palace recognized this sert his masculinity—often by exposing himself to the nurses—and connection, beginning the night with an introduction followed by Natwick considers suicide often. Despite their separate issues, the a moment of silence for our soldiers—both those who fought in three veterans bond together, all knowing that they can leave the the past and those still fighting now. Private Wars reminds us that, hospital whenever they wish, though none of them is ever quite past all of the politics of war, we must remember the men and ready to face the real world again. women fighting. With a minimalist set that emphasized the characters and their reContact Bridget Sheppard at Maroon-News Staff

In The Light Mike Newberg

By Stephanie Jenks Assistant Editor

For the past four years, senior Mike Newberg has had a significant impact on the Colgate campus. The political science and anthropology double major described himself as “a go-getter, responsible and involved,” and he has certainly lived up to these terms at Colgate. Currently, the senior is the Vice President of the Student Government Association. The senior also balances his time as the Manager of Annual Funds Student Calling Program, a member of Konosioni, Colgate’s Honor Society and a member of the fraternity Theta Chi. Newberg knew he was meant to be at Colgate during his April Visit Day. “I met a lot of good people on my April Visit Day and I could see myself on the campus,” he said. Similar to many other students, the Buffalo, New York native’s favorite aspect of Colgate is the campus itself. “The isolation at Colgate is actually a good thing. It’s nice to not be distracted at a residential college where everyone is trying to learn,” the senior explained. The senior’s favorite moment at Colgate was having the honor of speaking at President Jeffrey Herbst’s inauguration. “There were Presidents from all different colleges at the inauguration and it was nice to be able to represent Colgate students,” the senior said. After graduation, Newberg would like to go into television production. In fact, he spent last summer as an intern at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta. During his internship, Newberg was able to produce two pieces that aired on CNN. “With television production you get instant gratification by seeing your work right in front of you. There aren’t many fields like that. Everyday is something different in television production,” the senior said. For his senior thesis, Newberg is following his interest in television production by working on a documentary for anthropology on the local Hamilton Movie Theater. When asked about how it felt to be in his last semester at Colgate, Newberg described it as “bittersweet.” “I loved every minute at Colgate and I really tried to do everything here. It’s been the best four years of my life,” the senior reflected. Newberg encourages other students to follow in his footsteps at Colgate. “Get involved in everything. There are so many opportunities to get involved and it’s important to make the most of it.” To nominate a senior for In The Light, e-mail

Beyond Sensationalism

Writer Discusses Holocaust Literature By Kat Kollitides

the critic who puts “these books outside the bounds of criticism.” “Many critics say that they must be respectIn her soft-spoken voice, writer and editor ful towards Holocaust literature. However, is Ruth Franklin commanded, and oftentimes this not just laziness?” Franklin posited. challenged, the minds of a large “I believe it is not an act audience who came to hear her of disrespect to say Holocaust lecture in Persson Auditorium books are inseparable from on February 3. The late-afothers. In fact, not doing so ternoon talk, which was sponwould be dangerous because sored by Jewish Studies with it opens up the opportunities assistance from the Humanities for fraud,” she said. Department and University Franklin then explained Studies, focused on the writer’s numerous instances where Horecently published novel, A locaust authors, such as BinjaThousand Darknesses: Lies and min Wilkomirski the author of Truth in Holocaust Fiction. Fragments, who were renowned “The subtitle is a provoand respected by critics, turned cation,” Franklin explained. out to have fabricated part of “There’s a difference between or the entirety of their story. writing a work of fiction about While Franklin ardently emthe Holocaust and recording phasized her belief that Holoevents as they exactly happened.” caust exceptionalism is at fault The Senior Editor of the for these incidences, some auNew Republic and frequent con- IMAGINING THE UNIMAGINABLE: Writer and editor Ruth Franklin dience members wondered in tributor to the New Yorker went spoke at Persson Auditorium on Thursday about Holocaust literature. the Q & A period if Franklin on to argue that many of the The event was sponsored by the Jewish Studies Department. believed all Holocaust novels Carly Keller were in fact fabricated. “heavy hitters” in Holocaust fiction, such as the works of Anne Frank and Elie the line between fiction and reality.” “It’s a mistake to see these few texts as a Wiesel, were products of gradual revision that “From the very moment, it is imagina- direct transmission of the Holocaust,” she essentially changed their nature. tion at work,” explained the writer. “There’s answered patiently. “They are not purely “Many people know that Anne Frank’s di- this myth that Holocaust texts emerged ful- holy. But they are as true as any memoir ary was edited by Otto Frank,” said Franklin. ly-formed from their creators. However, so is true. “However, Anne also edited her diary … she much rewriting was done to tell the story in a “It takes a million works to represent the wanted an audience [for it]. She cut, clarified more effective, memorable way.” voices of the Holocaust.” and expanded her entries. She revised up to Franklin’s main problem with this rewritContact Kat Kollitides at 11 pages a day. It was then not a mere diary; ing lies not with the actual author, but with Maroon-News Staff

it was a memoir in diary form.” While Franklin was careful to emphasize her belief that these are genuine works recounting real events, she equally stressed her belief that “every canonical work of the Holocaust blurs

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Hollywood on the Hill

The Man About to Take Over Hollywood By Josh Glick

Night Stalker, a film about the serial killer Richard Rodriguez and his rampage in James Franco is an animal. James Franthe 1980s. Lastly, Franco has co, in the same year, starred in the Oscarnow begun contract negotiawinning drama Milk as a gay lover, and tions to star in Sam Ramii’s in the stoner comedy Pineapple Express as blockbuster Oz, The Great Sol the drug dealer. James Franco is taking and the Powerful, in which classes at Yale and studying for a doctorate. he will play the lead role of James Franco sells paintings he paints for the Wizard of Oz. The film thousands of dollars. James Franco starred is a prequel to the original this year in the soap opera General Hospiclassic and IMDb writes that tal. James Franco owns his own production the film is about “a young ilcompany. James Franco won “best smile” lusionist with a grandiose atat Palo Alto High School. James Franco is titude who is forced to flee set to star and direct in two films. James a traveling circus.” His hot Franco is up for an Academy Award for air balloon is swept up by a his role is 127 Hours. James Franco doesn’t tornado to the land of Oz, sleep. Three years from now, James Franco which is run by two magical will be the biggest star in Hollywood. wicked witches.” THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND: James Franco has created a reputation for himself as The previous statement is not a guess; it So what does all this Hollywood’s Renaissance man. He has appeared in multiple films, starred in soap operas and on is a fact. Franco is the perfect Hollywood mean for Franco’s role in February 27, he will host the 83rd annual Academy Awards. star. He is handsome, extremely talented, Hollywood? With so many a workaholic and, most importantly, a gediverse projects, Franco has nius. His upcoming films are the most impressive of any star will star in the prequel to the Hollywood classic Planet of the opportunity to transcend a typical role and be one of in Hollywood, with only Leonardo DiCaprio coming close the Apes. The film will be a sure-fire blockbuster as Franco the few actors who can star in a comedy, drama and big (the next Jay Gatsby and the next star of Clint Eastwood’s stars alongside Tom Felton aka Draco Malfoy. Next up for budget action film. What is more impressive is that Franfilm Hoover). Franco will be two films he is both directing and starring in. co is directing and producing a percentage of these films. First, Franco will star in the medieval comedy Your High- First is The Broken Tower, which is a “biography of American We will be seeing that “best smile” for years to come. ness, along with Danny McBride and Natalie Portman. Early poet Hart Crane, who committed suicide at the age of 32 Contact Josh Glick at buzz on the film is that it is hysterical. Soon after, Franco by jumping off the steamship SS Orizaba.” Next will be The Maroon-News Staff

Williams Road Brings Outlaw Country By Rebecca Raudabaugh Maroon-News Staff

This past Saturday, the band Williams Road appeared at The Barge Canal for a fantastic performance. They played contemporary American folk, outlaw, alternative country and Irish roots. I must admit I was a little hesitant at first because folk music is not my favorite genre, but I was quite surprised. Williams Road, formed in 2009, consists of lead vocals and guitar players Scott Krueger and Mike Craven, violinist Clare Pellerin and backup vocals and guitar player Brad Jewett. The four created an outstanding atmosphere for the listeners. All of the band members are middle-aged, and this was reflected in the audience. While there were some Colgate students present, the majority of people at the Barge were Hamiltonians and professors with their children. The weather outside might have been a contributor to keeping people away from downtown. The band members had a great connec-

tion with each other, making eye contact at appropriate times and knowing when the key changes, and solos came in perfectly. The country music they played was beautiful and very mellow. It reminded me of James Taylor with Irish roots. Many of their songs were more solemn and relaxed, although they did play upbeat country as well, consisting of toetappers and violin solos. They also played a more traditional Irish song, something that I was not familiar with. It was very interesting and quite enjoyable. The music that Williams Road played was a great way to unwind after a stressful week of work. The emotion that the group put into each song reverberated throughout the Barge and was felt by everyone who attended. I was extremely happy that I had witnessed such a unique blend of cultures, and hopefully more Colgate students will venture down to the Barge in the future to further their musical education. Williams Road is in the process of recording a CD that they hope to have out this spring. Contact Rebecca Raudabuagh at

Step Up to the Mic:

Open Mic Night at the Barge By Krutika Ravi Maroon-News Staff

Music and poetry rocked the house as the Barge hosted their monthly Open Mic Night on Friday, February 4. Hosted by sophomore Will Hazzard and first-year Domi Burek, Open Mic Night was a huge success from start to finish as many Hamilton residents and Colgate students showcased their talents. First-year Sammi Leroy got the crowd pumped with a rendition of “Forget You.” There was barely any place to stand in the Barge as students and residents enjoyed a variety of music offerings. Following Sammi’s power-packed, quirky performance, rookie Amy Mcbeth crooned to Taylor Swift’s “Last Kiss.” Amy’s performance came with a warning label: at the beginning, she said, “You don’t have to audition for open mic night, which is good for me but not great for you guys.” Her warning proved to be useless as the crowd loved her performance. After Amy, a crowd favorite Dagan Rossini took the stage as he performed “Blackbird” by the Beatles and “Follow Me,” his own piece. All three of the aforementioned performers accompanied their song with a guitar. The next performer, Hamilton resident Daryl Wilson, chose to perform with the piano instead. He set a soulful mood with “Diving for Pearls” and a couple other songs. Daryl’s turn on the piano enraptured the audience. First-year Priya Agarwal exclaimed “Wow!” after his performance. Daryl’s performance as followed by Will Betz on his guitar. Betz performed his

“hot pink Oasis set” including “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova.” Betz was followed by Gus Hobbs and Kevin Blank on the guitar, accompanying Caitlin McGonagle as she sang “Breakeven.” Not to be outdone by all the music, the night featured its share of poets. April Bailey performed two of her slam poems as fans cheered in the background. Visiting professor Andre Lopez gave quite an interesting speech on poems and vaudeville in his performance. He followed it up with a recitation of two collective poems and two of his own poems on the Red Sox. Casey Schmidt performed an “angsty” piece followed by a “not-so-angsty” one in her first impromptu poem-reading at the Barge. Schmidt’s poetry was followed by Arielle Sperling singing “Torn” and “Someone Like You” as Dan Matz strummed an acoustic guitar in the background. Sadly, Open Mic Night drew to a close with Kevin Blank’s attempt at performing on his guitar. The night ended with witty banter between the hosts after which Hazzard performed “California Summertime” with an acoustic guitar strum-a-long. Even on the coldest month of the year, the Barge was heartily warm, filled with the smell of hot chocolate and echoing with talented musicians and poet: so gather all your friends and make sure to catch the next open mic night! Contact Krutika Ravi at

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Four Albums to Look Forward to in 2011

February 3, 2011

We Do It Better:

Underground Alternatives

By Brad Anglum

By Alanna Weissman

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1. Dr. Dre-Detox Finally, its here. We have been putting together clue after clue and now we have indisputable, concrete evidence that Detox does in fact exist and will be released this year. While I may eat my words, there is, in fact, the release date of April 1 to back me up, which will more than likely be pushed back to April 20 for umm… aesthetic purposes. Regardless, we already have the Snoop Dogg and Akon featured “Kush” released last year and with the Eminem featured “I Need a Doctor” released this past month, the album is shaping up nicely. Rarely can we say an album is a decade in the making, and while this may produce lofty expectations, a buzz of this magnitude is hard to ignore. 2. Justice-Untitled While this one may just be wishful thinking on my part, let’s just call it “unconfirmed” for now. This would be the follow-up to the electro-house band’s first album Cross. It has been well documented that the Grammy award-winning duo is working on new material, and while this may mean absolutely nothing regarding a specific release date (see above). I, however, remain optimistic. According to manager and label head Busy P, aka Peter Winters, the duo has been working on new tracks for a while now and he would be pleased with a 2011 release. In the world of house one can go from acclaim to irrelevance in the matter of seconds. Justice transcends this feeling of impending doom and when the album is inevitably released, whether it is this year or five years from now, people will listen. 3. The Strokes-Angles After headlining many a festival in 2010 and subsequently not playing any new material, plenty of people, me among them, figured that the New York band had nothing left in the tank, gone the way of unfulfilled solo albums. But like frontman Julian Casablancas’ leather jacket, The Strokes will never go out of style. 2001’s Is This It was revolutionary and while the follow-ups have been anything but, there is always that lingering feeling of greatness that orbits the band. Having just released the lead single “Under Cover of Darkness” from their upcoming album, as well as the tracklist, it would appear that the band has returned, back to basics, with a stripped down and polished sound. 4. Kanye West- Untitled If it’s in the vein of his most recent album than we will most certainly be in for a treat. Worst-case scenario: we get the b-sides from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but knowing Kanye, the creative juices are flowing plenty, enough to provide for countless “visionary” albums. What makes this intended sixth studio album even more incredible is the collaboration album with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne, also set to release this year. Kanye is clearly at his prime and while 2010 saw the rapper finish at the top of his field, he certainly has no intentions to slow his output in the New Year. Contact Brad Anglum at

The modern mainstream is a curious thing, and one comprised almost entirely of mass-produced, unimpressive pop. At the other end of the spectrum, there are once-respectable underground bands who have “sold out” (that is, changed their style of music to appeal to the masses and make more money rather than stay true to their initial artistic vision, even if it means sustaining a smaller fan base) or mysteriously exploded onto the popular scene with a catchy radio-friendly single or the like. Some bands of the latter two categories, once deep in the underground, are now household names: Fall Out Boy, Paramore, My Chemical Romance. Meanwhile, pure-pop albums, the likes of which are churned out by artists like Ke$ha, almost exclusively exist in the mainstream, as they are primarily created for the nation’s airwaves. Mainstream bands—particularly ones that got their start in the underground—are something of a conundrum in terms of the music world; while they achieve success, a myriad of other artists with a similar style and (often) better execution remain trapped in the underground, more often than not due simply to lack of discovery. Here I list some underground artists with one or more stylistic elements (either musical or lyrical, or both) in common with some current mainstream artists. For the purposes of this article, I have expanded the definition of “underground” beyond the commonly-held standard of alternative subgenres and into a compendium of all genres, the sole standard being that the artist is not as well-known as the mainstream artist and, as such, cannot be viewed as “popular.” If you like Deadmau5, then you may also like: Blaqk Audio, μ-ziq, Breathe Carolina, Alice in Videoland, William Control If you like Lady GaGa, then you may also like: Emilie Autumn, Jeffree Star If you like Nickelback, then you may also like: Three Days Grace, Hinder, Saving Abel, Papa Roach, Skillet, Shinedown, Evans Blue, Stone Sour, Decyfer Down, Living Syndication If you like Evanescence, then you may also like: We Are the Fallen, Within Temptation, Oridium, Amoric, Nightwish, Halestorm, Adastreia, Plumb If you like Justin Bieber, then you may also like: Mercy Mercedes, Lights Out Dancing, Stereos If you like Muse, then you may also like: Biffy Clyro, Lostprophets, Black Suit Youth, Deas Vail If you like Kid Cudi, then you may also like: Mod Sun If you like Vampire Weekend, then you may also like: The Airborne Toxic Event, MewithoutYou If you like Green Day, then you may also like: Foxboro Hot Tubs, Sum 41, Pinhead Gunpowder, Asphalt Valentine, The Frustrators If you like Taylor Swift, then you may also like: Hot Chelle Rae, Nevershoutnever, the Follow Through, Mindy Smith If you like All Time Low, then you may also like: You Me at Six, Barely Blind, the Promise Hero If you like Paramore, then you may also like: Hey Monday, Mayday Parade, New Found Glory If you like 30 Seconds to Mars, then you may also like: LoveHateHero, Balance & Composure, It’s Alive, Ivoryline, Polar Bear Club, Envy on the Coast If you like Lily Allen, then you may also like: Kate Nash, Mindy Dillard Contact Alanna Weissman at

13 Beats

for the Week

6. “I Can Change” by LCD Soundsystem On April 2, LCD Soundsystem will play their final show at Madison Square Garden. Tickets go on sale today (2/11). I will tell my kids, “I was there.” 7. “Hallowed Be Thy Name” by Iron Maiden Epic.

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8. “What’s Happenin’ Brother?” by Marvin Gaye A truly beautiful song to match that beautiful voice. If you only know Marvin Gaye from “Let’s Get It On,” you’re missing out on his album What’s Goin’ On.

1. “My Love” by Justin Timberlake ft. TI and Timbaland Last week, one of my fellow writers insinuated that this song could be improved upon. False. All three are in top form and create a ridiculously infectious pop song.

9. “St. Louie” by Nelly Nelly is the only thing that has ever made me want to visit St. Louis. In reality, I think I just want to hang out with Nelly and his friends; this song explains why.

2. “Tuff Luff” by The Unicorns The Unicorns were the demented, but brilliant brothers of the Shins. Lightning could only be caught in a bottle for one album, but it is a flawless album.

10. “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” by Tom Petty Everyone loves this song, and scrolling through my iTunes I realized it had been too long since I had listened to it. Just thought I’d share.

3. “Express Yourself ” by N.W.A. An NWA song without any cursing, misogyny or violence? Off of their best album, this song proves that these guys were so talented they could break out of their comfort zone and make a completely clean song.

11. “Genius of Love” by Tom Tom Club (Stop Making Sense live version) As great a song as the Talking Heads ever wrote, this is a true gem of the 80s. If you haven’t seen Stop Making Sense, I can’t recommend it enough (and I typically don’t like concert films).

By Brad Ramsdell

4. “When I Pull Up at the Club” by Three 6 Mafia While I could have done 13 of my favorite Three-6-Mafia songs, I chose a quintessential example. Features a beat that is not only catchy, but uses a sample from their own “Slob on My Knob.” (Also features Crunchy Black’s best verse.) 5. “Like Dylan in the Movies” by Belle and Sebastian For my money, the album this song comes from is of Pet Sounds pop-caliber. So sweet, so happy, so sad. A perfect voice for its music, this isn’t even the best song on the album.

12. “Atlas” by Battles If you’ve ever heard this song, you will never forget it. YouTube this immediately (either the fourish-minute music video or the seven-minute full version). It will blow your socks off. 13. “Two Headed Boy Pt. 2” by Neutral Milk Hotel Best album closer of all time. Contact Brad Ramsdell at


February 3, 2011

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Colgate Couture:

Blogs: Fashion of the Future By Lisa Mischianti Maroon-News Staff

The fashion industry is one of many things that has been profoundly altered by the age of technology. In fact, with the arrival of the Internet came the birth of an entirely novel genre of fashion “journalism”: the personal style blog. Suddenly, fashion-loving laypeople could “publish” and broadcast their ideas and photos to the public. And indeed, lots of bloggers have become something of celebrities with sizeable followings and even positive reception from the established fashion publications and designers. Of course there have been some wary holdouts. Vogue Italia editorin-chief Franca Sozzani recently made waves with some feisty critiques of bloggers written, somewhat ironically, on her own blog. She says, “Why are they so credited? ... [They] only talk about themselves, take their own pictures wearing absurd outfits...They are like moths. [Their fame will] live only one night.” Ouch. It does, however, seem that Franca is in the minority. The overall verdict has already been passed: most people love blogs and the characters who write them. I, for one, think blogs are great; it is not only about democratizing fashion, it is also about the wonderful inspiration such a multiplicity of voices creates. Below I have compiled a diversified roundup of a few of my favorite blogs for those of you looking for a stylish distraction. If you are new to the world of fashion blogs you may be unfamiliar with it, but one of the finest and most famous fashion blogs out there is The Sartorialist ( Written by Scott Schuman, a 15 year veteran of the fashion industry who one day closed his showroom to pursue his love of photography, this blog is a wonderful compilation of pictures and commentary on street style. Scott snaps photos of normal

people in their everyday lives whose looks inspire him. The photos are striking in their simultaneous genuine realism and editorial-esque aestheticism; his words are honest and insightful. Scott’s success in blogging has landed him a regular column in GQ, as well as gotten his work a place on the walls of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. For those who like the street style concept, another blog to check out is StreetPeeper ( The blog is written by a guy who simply introduces himself as “Phil.” He sets a casual, quirky cool tone for the site by explaining, “I started Street Peeper like late 2006, early 2007’ish after a variety of odd-jobs: failed internet startup, co-author of a trashy novel, fired from 12 restaurants in NYC, occasional party promoter, and I sold beanie babies out of my NYU dorm room...” Along this vein, the blog is pleasantly bare bones, broken down by city and populated by snapshots of super-chic regular folk with credits detailing who makes each piece of their outfit. Yet another attention worthy blog is The Glamouri (theglamouri. com). Written by New Yorker Kelly Framel, self-proclaimed stylist, jewelry maker and photographer, this blog feels almost like a digital scrapbook. Alongside the clothes, it features shots of “inspiration boards” filled with fabrics, materials, trinkets and baubles; none of the text uses capitalization to create a familiar feel. One more great blog, which like The Sartorialist has received a lot of press and notoriety, is Sea of Shoes ( The blogger is 19-year-old Jane Aldridge, who began her blog at the young age of 15. She lives in Dallas, Texas and has a wonderful affinity for vintage finds along with, as the name of the blog implies, couture-quality shoes. The photography is lovely and takes good advantage of natural surroundings. Jane’s commentary is incredibly readable and knowledgeable. Finally, one last blog that deserves mention is Leandra Medine’s The Man Repeller ( This site is notable because it is quite different from most of what is out there. In her blog, Medine uses her intelligent, ironic, semi-sarcastic and undeniably hilarious voice to explore the haute-couture, funky and over-the-top looks that women love regardless of whether or not it is appealing to the male sex. Medine advocates “outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include (but are not limited to) harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls, shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.” The blog can get a bit raunchy and risqué at times, so be prepared. But it is refreshingly unrefined and dangerous. So, begin your foray into the fashion blogosphere. You are sure to enjoy it. Contact Lisa Mischianti at

Mélange á...Deux

By Amy Gould and Sophie Greene Maroon-News Staff

Packers fans out there, rejoice. The Super Bowl is over and the Green Bay Packers walked away with big shiny rings to brag about and the Lombardi trophy is going “home.” Just don’t bring it up with Amy, as her love for the Bears requires a deep disdain for the Packers. No, this has nothing to do with what happened two weeks ago at Soldier Field, as Sophie assumed; it runs much, much deeper than that. Sophie could not have cared less about the Super Bowl, except for the fact that it is the perfect excuse to eat chips, dip, wings and drink beer. Nevertheless, she decided upon the Green Bay Packers for her choice in championship. Her justification (which upset every guy she watched with) was that they are cheeseheads, which seems cool to her. But before the big game began, on a quiet Saturday night, Sophie and Amy decided to create a dessert that would be able to “root” for either team. Enter: Black and Yellow, Marble Cream Cheese Brownies. The cream cheese was dyed yellow for the Steelers and the cheese was used to represent good old Wisconsin. Before you get scared of the color, we promise it was beautiful. And delicious, of course. Obviously you can use any color dye, or be boring and keep it white. Your choice. Super Bowl Brownies Brownies (From Ghirardelli’s Classic Brownie Recipe) 4 ounce(s) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bar 1/2 cup(s) (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut

into pieces 1 cup(s) firmly packed light or dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract 2 large eggs 3/4 cup(s) plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon(s) baking powder 3/8 teaspoon(s) salt Preheat the oven to 350˚. Butter and flour an 8 x 8 inch cooking pan to help prevent any sticking. Break the chocolate into smaller pieces and place in a medium saucepan along with the pieces of butter. On medium heat, stirring consistently to prevent the chocolate from sticking to the bottom of the pan, melt the chocolate with the butter until smooth. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Stir in the brown sugar and vanilla extract until incorporated, followed by the eggs, being sure to mix well. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture. Set mixture aside and make the cream cheese filling. Cream Cheese Filling 2 tablespoons softened butter 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon flour 5 oz Philly Cream Cheese 1 egg Yellow Food Coloring (or any other color … or else omit this) With a mixer, cream together butter, sugar and flour. Add cream cheese and mix until creamy and smooth. Incorporate the egg. Mix in food coloring until desired color is achieved.

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Entertainment Update Your Week in Preview By Emma Whiting Maroon-News Staff

ECO-OLYMPIC ATHLETES WELCOME On Thursday, February 10, the film Blind Spot will be shown in Golden Auditorium from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It is a documentary about the current oil and energy crisis. It discusses how our lifestyle has put us on a path of destruction, either by continuing to burn fossil fuels and thus killing off all life on earth, or by ceasing to burn fossil fuels, thus drastically altering our way of life. WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT Have you every wondered what exactly astronauts do in preparation of their extraterrestrial missions? Then head down to the Ho Tung Visualization Lab on Friday, February 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to find out what it takes to be part of the expedition. EPIC FILM David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, as part of the Friday Night Film Series, will screen in Golden Auditorium on February 11 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. At the 1962 Oscars, the movie came away with awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Photography, Best Score, Best Editing, Best Art Direction and Best Sound. This film is sure to please.


Pour half of the brownie mixture into the buttered and floured pan and spread out to insure it is covering the entire bottom. Pour the entire cream cheese filling, trying to cover the brownie mixture. Pour the remaining half of the brownie mixture on top. Using a fork, swirl the brownie into the cream cheese until incorporated. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Recommended to be eaten fresh from the oven. These proved to be very popular during the nail biter of a game that went down on Sunday night. A bunch of girls were around the house watching the game and whether they were there to see some football or watch the commercials, they all approved of our brownies. They were especially necessary during the second half when the game was getting really exciting and everyone felt the need to eat in order to calm their nerves. So whether you’re a Steelers Fan, a Packers fan, or a Steelers fan because the Packers are your rival, or if you simply don’t care, enjoy these wonderfully rich and festive brownies! Contact Amy Gould and Sophie Greene at and

The Barge Canal will host two live performers on February 11 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Bruce Ward will perform a set titled “Songs of Caring” from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Ryan Hoopes will perform Americana music from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Make sure you don’t miss this double performance!

TRY YOUR HAND AT PARLOUR GAMES On Saturday, February 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Jane Austen Society of North America, Syracuse Region and the Bookstore’s Jane Austen Book Club will come together at the Colgate Bookstore to discuss Regency card games and then attempt to play Speculation. There will be a prize for the winner. A ONE-MAN CIRCUS The Barge Canal will host CornMo on Saturday, February 12 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. CornMo has been in a jazz band, a country band, a rock band and two separate metal bands. Now he plays the accordion. Come witness the comedy of CornMo!

CINEMATIC OPERA The Hamilton Movie Theater will screen The Abduction from the Seraglio on Sunday, February 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The opera features romance, imprisonment and compassion. The price of admission is $20. Contact Emma Whiting at Amy Goule and Sophie Greene

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Mets Meltdown By Chris Dell’Amore Maroon-News Staff

When trying to figure out where my case of apathy for baseball in recent years has come from I really have to sit down and think. Then I realize that, as a Mets fan, I cannot pinpoint a certain event but have to analyze a string of complete disasters. Perhaps I should start with 2006. Carlos Beltran approaches the plate in game seven of the 2006 NLCS. The Mets have mounted a tremendous comeback to possibly knock the Cardinals out and advance to the World Series for the first time since the 2000 Subway Series. Endy Chavez managed to make one of the most spectacular homerun robberies of all time to keep the Mets in the game when it was 1-1. With a chance to save the day and the Mets down 3-1 with the bases loaded, Beltran gets frozen by an Adam Wainright curveball. He literally does not swing his bat. In a Malcolm Gladwell-esque analysis, I would have to say that this would be the tipping point for the New York Mets. The Mets followed this season with the historic Meltdown of 2007. With a seven-game lead in the division on September 12, the Mets managed to drop 12 of their last 17 games and miss the postseason. Mets fans around the world (or at least Queens, Long Island and Northern New Jersey) had to actually pause and ask themselves if what they had just witnessed actually happened. Then came the unthinkable. I would have believed that a comet was about to destroy the world before I would have believed that the Mets would collapse in the same fashion for a second consecutive season. No one could have prepared themselves for what was about to happen in 2008. With a 3.5 game lead in the NL East heading into September, the Mets failed to even get a Wild

Card bid. The irrelevant Marlins hit back-to-back homeruns in the eighth inning to prevent the Mets (89-73) from entering the playoffs by one game and allowing the Pillsbury dough boy that is Prince Fielder to rally his Milwaukee Brewers into the first round with a 90-72 record. While the Mets proved their utter incompetence on the field, ownership wanted to prove their own failure on their very own to demonstrate that their efforts could rival and even surpass this level of ineptitude. In this ceaseless battle of the idiots, the Mets front office managed to outperform the seemingly flawless plan that management had of signing every single free-agent star regardless of age or previous injuries as well as hiring anyone born in the Dominican Republic. Omar Minaya relentlessly reminded us that every single one of his prospects could be the next Jose Reyes. Needless to say, Minaya is now unemployed. Then the front office made one key acquisition that sealed the victory in the battle of the halfwits: Bernie Madoff. The Mets owners and chief executives, Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and Jeff Wilpon are on the receiving end of a suit from the trustee of the victims of Madoff for over $1 billion. The suit claims that the Mets used $300 million as “fictitious profits.” The Mets withdrew over $90 million from over 100 accounts they opened with Madoff to fund day-to-day operations. You mean to tell me that the Mets did not make enough money off of the $869 that they charged for each worthless seat in Shea before demolishing it? Perhaps the reliance on the creation of sushi bars to increase revenue and attendance at Mets game was also part of Wilpon’s brilliance that I’m missing. The Madoff suit was actually comical to me until the actual repercussions of the suit were stated. Should the Mets be found liable for all of the allegations, the organization will lose one billion dollars which is looking very likely. As

METROPOLITAN MISERY: Carlos Beltran and the New York Mets have not had a lot to be happy about in the past few years. a result of this calamity, the Mets may lose Jose Reyes to free-agency at the end of the season. Now fans can have mixed opinions on Jose Reyes for his persona, injuries and overall inability to live up to the promise he demonstrated as a dynamic 18-year-old. However, what I find completely incomprehensible is the fact that the Mets, the team with the third-highest payroll in the MLB, may not be financially able to sign Reyes if a bidding war ensues. Perhaps the only benefit of this situation is that the Wilpons will have to sell 20 to 25 percent stakes in the organization to fund the cost of liabilities incurred. Now, when reflecting on why the prized off-season signings of the Mets this year were two pitchers recovering from Tommy John surgery, the conservative fiscal approach makes sense.

The good news of this fiasco is that the Mets have hit rock bottom. Go to a Mets game so you can personally witness people wearing gear from 1986 right along with guys wearing David Wright jerseys. The fact that Mets fans consider clothing from 1986 contemporary clothing whereas every other team in sports would consider it a throwback is rather depressing. Part of being a sports fan is sticking by your team through thick and thin and I intend on doing so. You’ll still find me at Citi Field this season; I’ll be the guy sitting between an overweight Italian guy from Long Island wearing a Mike Piazza jersey and a balding, middle-aged man from Queens in a Lenny Dykstra commemorative t-shirt. Contact Chris Dell’Amore at

Coming Home To “Titletown” By Jordan Plaut National Sports Editor

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.” These are the words of one Vince Lombardi, legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers and namesake behind the trophy awarded to the Super Bowl Champion each year. Though Lombardi last coached the Packers in 1967 en route to his second consecutive title, before passing away in 1970, he has been the continuous standard for Green Bay football. Now, for

the first time since 1997 and fouth time in team history, the Lombardi Trophy is coming home. Green Bay, Wisconsin is like a city frozen in time. Sure, it has modernized like any other city, but the importance of its lone professional sports team is just as it would have been nearly a century ago; meatpacking and paper plants still dominate the local economy. Founded in 1919 by Earl “Curly” Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun, The Green Bay Packers franchise has long since defined the Wisconsin city. Named for the Indian Packing Company that originally provided jerseys for the team, the Packers have maintained their small-town allegiance since their creation. They remain the only non-profit,

LAMBEAU LOVE: Aaron Rodgers’ success has made Green Bay Packers fans completely forget about Brett Favre (almost).

community-owned team in a major sport. No other major professional sports team can make that claim. Likewise, Packers fans have stayed true to the team in the city unofficially dubbed “Titletown” and for good reason. With 13 NFL titles, including Super Bowl XLV, the Packers have been champions more than any other franchise. With all of this success, one would think the team would move to a bigger market but in Green Bay? Never. So loyal are these fans that “Titletown” is written on the city seal. Season tickets are impossible to buy; you literally have to inherit them or purchase them privately. That being said, good luck trying to get a Packers fan to sell you his or her season tickets. Green Bay’s stadium, Lambeau Field, holds about 75 percent of the city’s population. I don’t have to tell you that it’s packed for every game. It was even full for the Super Bowl champs’ return trip following their victory. Even with all of this Packers love going around, something remains unclear. What does this title really mean for Titletown? I think more than anything, the answer lies in the diminishing legacy of Brett Favre and subsequent rise of Aaron Rodgers. For 16 seasons, Packers fans reveled in the glory of the god-like figure that was Favre (I still don’t get the pronounciation). He started every game in that span, from Week three of the 1992 season until a playoff loss in January of 2008. Though he only brought Green Bay one Super Bowl victory, the Pack was always in contention under Favre’s direction. Finally, after a long and successful career, Favre announced his retirement. It was a fitting time to go out for a man who had become as vital to Green Bay football as Lombardi had been. Then, shockingly, he returned, but not with his beloved Packers. Cheeseheads everywhere were stunned. But

hey, it was only one season with the Jets and he would retire. Again, Favre hung ‘em up, only to come back with the division rival Vikings and then retire. Then he came back. Now, as Favre finally seems to be retired for good, his reverance in Green Bay has faded. He is but a shadow of his former self to the Packers faithful. Football fans, especially in Green Bay, have been quick to compare Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers to Favre. Their throwing motions and style are fairly similar, though Rodgers seems to make fewer questionable decisions. Rodgers is 27, the same age Favre was when he won his title in Green Bay. In spite of these comparisons, I believe that Green Bay fans understand the difference between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Though Rodgers undoubtedly learned immensely from Favre as his backup, he seems to have moved beyond his predecessor; no team or city believes in their quarterback as much as the Packers and their fans believe in number 12. Aaron Rodgers is not Brett Favre. He is not even Brett Favre 2.0. He is simply Aaron Rodgers and that is exactly what Green Bay needed to recover from the physical and personal loss of their hero. I’m almost positive Rodgers will eclipse number four as King of the Cheeseheads if he hasn’t done so already. Rodgers certainly knows that his career will be forever linked to Favre’s in one way or another, especially with this title. Still, I don’t believe that the quarterback was thinking about Brett Favre when he took the final kneel-down. In fact, I have a funny feeling that the only thing Rodgers cared about at that moment was the joy he had just brought to the city of Green Bay. Somewhere, a guy named Lombardi was smiling. Contact Jordan Plaut at

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Premier League Play Unparalleled By Radoslav Ivanov Maroon-News Staff

If you are like me and decided last semester that it was time to become a diehard soccer fan and religious follower of the English Premier League, then all I have to say my friend is, “Well played.” If you are still on the fence, you are in luck. There is still time, although you might have already missed one of the most exciting weekends of EPL soccer in recent memory. The truth is, as exhilarating and unpredictable as the Premiership season has been so far, this past Saturday and Sunday’s slate of games may have been the best to date. They included everything from huge upsets and improbable comebacks to outstanding individual performances. Perhaps the best part about last weekend, however, was that it left the teams at the top of the table just that much closer to each other, meaning the good stuff is still very much to come. Without a doubt, the highlight of the weekend was an instant classic between Arsenal and Newcastle United that featured one of the most improbable finishes in EPL history. Arsenal had been playing some great soccer going into the game and were not showing any signs of letting up against Newcastle. The Gunners raced out to an early and dominating 4-0 lead inside of 25 minutes behind goals by Theo Walcott, Johan Djourou and two by striker Robin Van Persie. Arsenal were well on their way to a comfortable win and remained in control of the game, even after going a man down on an Abou Diaby red card. However, just as the fat lady was warming up to sing, Newcastle got on track and decided to make a game of it. Shortly after a Joey Barton penalty made it 4-1 in the 67th minute, Newcastle’s Leon Best cut Arsenal’s lead in half with a shot from close range in the 75th

MAN U WHO?: In one of many exciting games last weeked, Manchester United’s quest for an undefeated season ended with a surprising loss to Wolverhampton. minute. Just seven minutes later, Barton converted from the penalty spot again and the comeback was fully on. The best was saved for last, however, as with time ticking away, Newcastle’s Ismael Chiek Tioté hit a beauty of a volley after Arsenal failed to clear following a corner, tying the score at 4-4 in the 87th and completing one of the most improbable comeback’s in league history. It was Tioté’s first goal in English football since the Ivory Coast international came to Newcastle from Dutch team FC Twente. The tie left Arsenal players and fans gut-wrenched and heartbroken, especially when they would later find out that they had missed out on a great opportunity to close in on their fellow title contenders. The draw provided some much needed energy and excitement to the Newcastle camp after the team saw the departure of star striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool earlier in the week. The weekend’s drama was far from over, however, as Manchester United, who came into it with a record of 15

wins, nine draws and no losses, would suffer their first defeat of the season. What was perhaps most surprising, however, was how United lost, falling 2-1 to the Wolverhampton Wanderers. Prior to facing Manchester, the Wolves had only managed six wins this season and remain very much in the relegation battle. Like Arsenal, United found themselves up 1-0 only four minutes into the contest behind a goal from Portuguese winger Nani, but failed to hit the back of the net again in the match. Wolverhampton on the other hand would equalize just seven minutes later thanks to a headed goal by defender George Elokobi before Kevin Doyle scored what proved to be the deciding goal in the 40th minute, flicking on a Nenad Milijas free-kick. Manchester United’s loss on Saturday ensures that the 2003/2004 squad from Arsenal, nicknamed “The Untouchables,” remains the only team to ever go undefeated through their entire league campaign. On the other side of town, Manchester City fans witnessed one of two great

individual performances from the weekend as striker Carlos Tevez hit a first half hatrick on his 27th birthday to lead City over lowly West Brom by a final score of 3-0. Perhaps the weekend’s most impressive individual feat came courtesy of Everton forward Louis Saha, however, as the ex-Manchester United player found the back of the net on four different occasions, leading his team past Blackpool, 5-3. After a slow start to the season, Saha has been in outstanding scoring form of late, netting eight goals in his last six games. The weekend’s last fireworks came Sunday afternoon from Chelsea and Liverpool’s much awaited matchup, which saw the highly anticipated Blues debut of former Liverpool striker and wonder boy Fernando Torres. It was Liverpool’s Raul Meireles that stole the show from Torres, however, scoring the game’s only goal from close range in the 69th minute after a questionable play by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. The loss all but knocks Chelsea, a team that has failed to find their rhythm all season long, out of the title race. Liverpool’s victory only adds to their already impressive second half resurgence, which sees them back in the top six of the table after a disastrous start to the year. Now before you lock yourself in your room and cry all day because you missed all of these great games, let me repeat myself and say that the best is still very much to come. In fact, this coming Saturday has a few pretty decent games on tap, including one a few of my friends and I like to call – wait for it – The Manchester Derby (Manchester United vs. Manchester City). Probably a good place to start if you feel like making up for lost time. Of course the best part about English soccer is that the games are on ESPN at 7:45 a.m., so make sure you get lots of sleep Friday night, and I’ll see you out there. Contact Radoslav Ivanov at

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Who is the best team in the NBA right now and why?

By Rebecca Silberman Maroon-News Staff

There is a reason why Miami is currently leading in the Southeast division – they’re the best team in the NBA. Sitting pretty after winning six straight games, the team is on a hot streak (that was witty – you should laugh) and shows no signs of slowing. Lebron James and Dwayne Wade continue to dominate offensively, despite a few pre-season cynics’ predictions. Indeed, James leads the team in points per game with an average of 26.1. This year, the Heat has moved beyond any of their past seasons. With a current win percentage of .725, the team has far outpaced last year’s meager .573. Although there is a great deal of basketball to be played, my money and my confidence rest on the mantle of King James and the Heat. By Adam Settle Maroon-News Staff

Any team that wins 43 of its first 51 games seems like a pretty easy choice

to me. San Antonio has been a rock of a franchise over the past decade and the notion that they are over the hill is outrageous. The Spurs are tops in the West in point-differential (7.1 per game) and are 14-5 against the seven other current playoff qualifiers in a much deeper Western Conference. What differentiates the Spurs from their elite competition is their depth in scoring. San Antonio has five players who average double figures in points, including the two-headed European monster of Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. The wide range of scoring options as well as a solid bench has allowed Tim Duncan’s legs to stay fresh heading into the second half. Despite a nine-game winning streak from division rival Dallas, the Spurs as of Tuesday held a seven game lead on its closest contender. The Lakers are still the defending champs, but no team is in better shape to take them down than the Spurs. By Scott Blumenfeld Maroon-News Staff

When they are healthy, the Boston Celtics are the best team in the NBA. The only team capable of hanging with them for a best-of-seven series last season was the Lakers, and right now Kobe and Company are showing signs of breaking

down. Coach Doc Rivers has argued that game series. They don’t have enough of when the Celtics’ current starting five is an inside presence to deal with Boston, healthy they have never lost a playoff se- and they don’t have a point guard who ries. The Celtics have four players, Ron- can play with Rondo. Orlando is playing do, Garnett, Pierce and Allen who are ca- well, but overhauling your roster midpable of taking over a game for extended season is never a good sign. San Antonio stretches. They play great defense, and would pose a greater threat if they had have reliable role players in Perkins, Big the 2008 version of Tim Duncan. As for Baby and Shaq. The clock is beginning to the last two contenders, I can’t imagine tick for several of the Celtics’ key players, any scenario where Chicago makes it past and after last year’s Finals this team is ex- any combination of Orlando, Miami, and tremely motivated to win another cham- Boston, and Dallas is still Dallas so I’m pionship while they still have the legs to going to anticipate a playoff meltdown. COLGATE MAROON do so. As good as the Heat are, I still don’t So,NEWSPAPER Boston it is. THU 2/103.75" think they can beat Boston in a sevenx 2.5”1/16 PAGE




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Packers Victorious In Super Bowl XLV By Matthew Kurtz Maroon-News Staff

“We feel very good about our chances. We’ll play anybody, anytime, anywhere. That’s been our motto and we’re well-oiled. We’ve been challenged and we’ve learned from those challenges.” These were Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy’s words heading into the wild card round prior to Green Bay’s tilt with the Philadelphia Eagles. As their title run has shown, there is a lot more to these words, and the Packers, than meets the eye. In week one of the regular season, Green Bay lost their star running back Ryan Grant to injured reserve and never capably filled the void that was left in their backfield. The team also lost one of the great upcoming tight ends in the league in Jermichael Finley when he suffered a season-ending injury in Week five. These injuries, added on to an injury to the Packers’ best possession receiver Donald Driver during the second quarter of the Super Bowl, played a huge factor in this past Sunday’s game when considering the plan of attack that the Packers implemented offensively against the Steelers and how they had to adapt and be innovative during the course of the regular season and the championship game. The Packers also set an NFL record for the least amount of rushing attempts by a winning team in the history of the Super Bowl. This can be attributed to two factors. One is the lack of depth and trust that the Packers had in their running game against the staunch Steelers front seven. The other is undoubtedly the immense trust that head coach Mike McCarthy has in Aaron Rodgers. McCarthy calls the offensive plays for the Packers, and he called all of 39 passing plays in the Super Bowl compared with 11 rushing plays, which solely put the burden on Aaron Rodger’s to make the necessary plays to move the chains on the Steelers’ top ranked defense. By intentionally forsaking balance, McCarthy subsequently allowed the Steelers’ pro bowl caliber linebackers in Lamar Woodley and James Harrison to relinquish their abilities to stop the run and concentrate their efforts on bringing down Rodgers. This is usually a losing proposition for opposing of-

fenses and can be traced directly back to the AFC championship game. The Steelers were dominant in the first half of that game as the defense stifled the Jets offense led by Mark Sanchez. His team totaled zero rushing yards in the first half, which allowed the Steelers to score 21 unanswered points and take control. Fortunately for cheeseheads, Aaron Rodgers would validate this unparalleled trust that Mike McCarthy has in his quarterback, bringing home the Super Bowl MVP trophy. I’d like to point out that Brett Favre never accomplished this feat in his 20 years in the NFL for three different teams, whereas Rodgers nabbed it in only his third year starting. If there was a second MVP trophy to be awarded for Super Bowl XLV, it would most likely go to Jordy Nelson rather than Nick Collins or even Tramon Williams, both of whom played tremendous roles in the Packers victory over the Steelers. This fact is astonishing when considering the fact that Nelson, who was the Packers fourth receiver on their depth chart coming into the game, would play such a vital role in Rodgers’ consistent first-down conversions and success on the Steelers’ secondary. Nelson consistently won his matchups in single coverage and would go on to have nine catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns during the game, none bigger than a clutch 38-yard catch to set the Packers up inside the five-yard line. The play would lead to the second of Greg Jennings’ two touchdown catches on the evening when Troy Polamalu guessed wrong on an inside post route, leaving Jennings wide open in the corner of the end zone for what would be the deciding score of the game. Rodgers’ ability to be dynamic and inventive when the circumstances become more daunting is what allowed the team to consistently maneuver through difficult situations and put the Packers in a position to win on Super Bowl Sunday. The Packers also experienced turbulence on the defensive side of the ball during Super Bowl XLV. In the second quarter of the game, one of the Packers’ most important defensive players, Charles Woodson, suffered a broken collarbone and was unable to return to the game. Other than an injury to

FULL “NELSON”: Green Bay wide receiver Jordy Nelson played a big role in the Packers victory, collecting nine receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers, this is the greatest injury the Packers could have suffered during the course of the game, considering the multifaceted and diverse role that Woodson plays for Dom Capers’ blitz oriented and disguise based defense. Woodson sometimes plays as a safety, a back in the nickel package in coverage or as a blitzer, on the outside as a corner and can cover any receiver. When he went down in the second quarter, not only did the Packers defense lose their most important chess piece, it also became more predictable. They did not have this issue earlier in the game when the Packers were stifling Ben Roethlisberger en route to two first half interceptions. Big Ben threw this first pick while getting pressured and unsuccessfully trying to confuse Nick Collins with a pump fake, consequently putting Collins in the position to make the easy interception and return it for a Packer touchdown. It’s not a coincidence that all of the Steelers’ touchdowns came after Woodson left the game for good. Despite the injury to their most important defensive player, Clay Matthews would come up with an absolutely game changing, fumble-inducing tackle on Steelers’ running back Rashard Mendenhall in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Just as the Steelers were building momentum and looking to take over the

lead after cutting the deficit to four points, Matthews’ play brought the momentum right back to the Pack. The Packers offense would feed off of this third turnover by the Steelers’ offense and subsequently marched down the field for a touchdown that would prove to be too much for the error prone Steelers’ to overcome. Twenty-one of the Packers’ 31 points came off of turnovers. Clearly, this victory over the Steelers was an ultimate team effort by the Aaron Rodgers-led offense and a great defense who despite losing their captain would make enough plays to leave Dallas and return the Lombardi Trophy to Green Bay. Mike McCarthy said his team is well oiled, but I like to say this bunch in green and yellow epitomizes resiliency. With their combination of youth and veteran leadership, this team can legitimately envision capturing a second title for Aaron Rodgers and further put to bed the myth that Rodgers is playing in the shadow of he who must be not be named. Perhaps then, football fans can further appreciate the bona fide star that Rodgers is as well as the team of the now and the future in Ted Thomson’s youthful and exuberant Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers. Contact Matthew Kurtz at

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SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS Patriot League and ECAC Hockey Standings

Men’s Basketball Team Bucknell American Lafayette Colgate Navy Lehigh Holy Cross Army

League 7-1 6-2 4-4 3-5 3-5 3-5 3-5 3-5

Overall 16-8 16-7 9-14 6-17 8-16 12-11 4-18 11-12

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Women’s Hockey

Team League Overall Yale 13-3-0 19-4-0 Union 12-3-1 20-7-3 Rensselaer 10-5-1 18-6-4 Dartmouth 9-5-2 13-7-3 Cornell 9-5-2 11-9-3 Princeton 9-6-1 14-8-1 Quinnipiac 6-7-4 13-11-5 Clarkson 6-8-1 12-13-2 Brown 5-9-1 7-11-4 St. Lawrence 4-10-1 8-14-5 Harvard 3-13-0 4-18-0 Colgate 1-13-2 4-22-2

Team League Overall Cornell 17-0-1 23-1-1 Harvard 12-4-2 13-8-3 Dartmouth 11-7-0 15-9-0 Quinnipiac 10-8-0 18-10-1 Princeton 9-8-1 12-12-1 Clarkson 8-6-3 11-13-5 Rensselaer 8-8-2 10-12-7 St. Lawrence 8-9-0 13-14-2 Yale 6-9-2 7-14-3 Colgate 6-10-1 9-17-3 Brown 1-13-3 2-17-3 Union 1-15-2 2-25-3

Raider Results

Women’s Basketball Team Navy Army American Lehigh Holy Cross Bucknell Colgate Lafayette

League 7-1 5-3 5-3 4-4 4-4 3-5 2-6 2-6

Overall 14-8 11-11 15-7 14-9 8-15 6-14 7-15 9-14

Raider Action

Men’s Basketball: Colgate 97, Longwood 86; Colgate 77, Army 71. Women’s Basketball: Army 55, Colgate 54. Men’s Hockey: St. Lawrence 4, Colgate 0; Colgate 4, Clarkson 2. Women’s Hockey: St. Lawrence 4, Colgate 2; Colgate 2, Clarkson 2 OT.

* denotes Patriot League or ECAC Hockey opponent

Friday: 4 p.m. Men’s Tennis vs. Duquesne 7 p.m. Men’s Ice Hockey @ Rensselaer 7 p.m. Women’s Ice Hockey @ Yale All Day Women’s Track Valentine Invite Saturday: 9 a.m. Men’s Track @ Boston University 1 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse vs.Stony Brook 2 p.m. Women’s Tennis @ St. Bonaventure 2 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. American 2 p.m. Men’s Basketball @ American 3 p.m. Men’s Basketball @ American 4 p.m. Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Brown 7 p.m. Men’s Ice Hockey @ Union Sunday: TBA Men’s Tennis @ Rochester TBA Women’s Tennis @ Rochester Tuesday: 4 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse @ Hofstra

Sports Spotlights Alex Petrini ’14 Sport: Women’s Tennis Hometown: Madison, Connecticut Major: Undeclared Why Alex? She won her first match of her collegiate career by defeating Kelsey Raynor in the No. 2 singles spot. 1. After a tough defeat on Friday in singles against Syracuse, you bounced back in impressive fashion, earning your first intercollegiate victory in straight sets. Did you make any changes from one day to the other? Syracuse is an amazing team, there’s really no debating it. I think what’s important is that you take the loss in Athletic Communications stride and use it to figure out what could make you better. And I think that’s why I was able to bounce back and win on Saturday. Losing is just as important as winning, and it only makes the next win more special. 2. What are the team’s expectations for the season that has just begun and how far do you think it could get? This year the team is really focusing on growing together. We’re a really young team and are still learning from each other as we go, which I think will only make us stronger in the long run. Although we did not win our first two matches, there is only room to move forward and I feel confident we will. 3. You play both singles and doubles for Colgate. In your opinion, what is the main difference between the two? This is actually my first year playing doubles for a team and I’ve learned that singles and doubles are completely different games. I’ve been so comfortable with singles that having another person on the court is slightly disorienting, but my doubles partner Steph Bender has been a great mentor for me and is always ready with an answer for any doubles questions I have, which is a lot. For me it’s definately easier to focus in singles, but doubles goes so quickly so it makes it much more intense. 4. Who is your favorite male and/or female professional tennis player and why? Roger Federer. By far. He’s my idol. His ability to control his emotion on the court is amazing to me. Nothing phases him which definitely gives me a goal to shoot for since it gets pretty hard to not let any emotion come through to your opponent. 5. When did you start playing tennis and what made you pick it as the sport you would concentrate in? I’ve been playing tennis since I was four. My grandfather taught me every time I visited him in New Hampshire. I started playing tournaments in eighth grade. I played softball and volleyball during the first two years of high school, but by the winter of sophomore year I decided that tennis was going to become my number one priority. I’m a very independent person, but still liked the team aspect so tennis was the best of both worlds. I had a team in the spring and would play personal tournaments for the rest of the year. I’m so happy I picked it and it’s become such an important part of my life that I could never imagine not playing. Interview by Jaime Heilbron

James Clinton ’11 Sport: Men’s Crew Hometown: Vancouver, Canada Major: International Relations Why James? James has just returned from Luxor, Egypt representing Colgate at the International Nile Regatta. 1. You just represented Colgate in the International Nile Regatta. Can you describe that feeling? It was great to represent Colgate internationally. I liked being able to spread the word about our school while racing. Our rowing program isn’t the most famous, so being able to show people James Clinton where we can go and what we can accomplish was really good. 2. Describe the prestige of the International Nile Regatta. What makes it so special? This regatta was extremely important to the Egyptian people and it was definitely shown in the amount of money and effort put in. Even President Mubarak was in attendance for the first day of racing. It is so special because the Egyptians take great pride in their sports and, surprisingly, rowing is one of their best-funded athletic teams. They take great pride in beating another national team on their own soil so they treated this race very seriously. 3. Were you happy with your performance? We got bronze in the men’s eight. I was happy with that result considering that the Egyptian team we only just lost to had been training together for years and had travelled to the world championships together. Our eight was put together one week before the race and we had only rowed together about seven times. 4. What initially appealed to you about crew, and has it been hard to continue pursuing this passion? When I began rowing in high school, it was just a sport that everyone tried at least once. They would get all the grade eights and see if they had any potential. College rowing is much more of a time commitment and requires you to sacrifice a lot of typical student activities. Rowing has allowed me to be very successful at a sport and to represent my country and school at a world championship, so I’m glad that I stuck with it.

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Women’s Hockey Skating On Thin Ice Falls to St. Lawrence 4-2; Ties Clarkson 2-2

By Alexi Aberant

returned the favor with minutes left in the second period, giving St. Lawrence a three-goal lead of 4-1. Although both the Raiders and the Saints were attacking each other’s net in the third frame, neither team was able to score. In the final frame, Colgate got off to an aggressive start, with Walsh scoring the team’s second goal in the first several minutes of the period. However, the Saints’ defense fought back and was too strong for the Raiders to push past. Unable to capitalize on any other scoring opportunities, Colgate eventually fell to

St. Lawrence 4-2. The next day, on Saturday afternoon, the Colgate women’s hockey team played Clarkson. This was Colgate’s third tie of the season. Sophomore defender Jessica Hootz and first-year forward Jocelyn Simpson each scored the Raiders’ tallies. Clarkson and Colgate both jumped off to a quick start at the beginning of the first frame, with each team looking to draw first blood. Although the Raiders’ offense was dominating the play in the first period, the Golden Knights were the ones that capitalized, scoring the first goal

of the game at the 8:18 mark. Clarkson’s goal helped the Golden Knights gain energy, shifting the momentum of the game. This led to Clarkson’s second tally, which was scored at the 16:51 mark. Despite being down by a two-goal deficit, ’Gate did not give up. The Raiders won possession off a faceoff and found the net soon after with a shot from Hootz at the 17:29 mark, helping the Raiders cut the Golden Knights’ lead to 2-1. At the start of the second period, both teams came out on the ice determined to score the next goal. Colgate found success during a power play when Simpson blasted a shot into Clarkson’s net at the 5:14 mark to allow the Raiders to tie the game at 2-2. Although both teams continued to battle it out on the ice, neither team was able to find the net during the remainder of the second period. During the final frame, the puck went back and forth from opposite ends of the ice. Colgate was holding a minor advantage over the Golden Knights on the offense, but as the clock ran out neither team was able to score another goal. With an additional five minutes in the extra session, both teams fought hard to score the deciding tally of the game. However again neither team was able to secure the win, resulting in the 2-2 draw. Junior Kimberly Sass made 29 saves for Colgate in the game against Clarkson. The Raiders will face off against the Yale Bulldogs tomorrow at Starr Rink at 7 p.m, and the Brown Bears on Saturday at 4 p.m. on Senior Day. These two contests will be crucial towards determining whether Colgate advances to the postseason or not, as it currently sits in a tie for ninth place with Yale and two points out of a desired top eight position. Contact Alexi Aberant at

defenses and making better decisions with the basketball. In addition, when she gets focused on defense, her speed and quickness are very intimidating to our opponents.” Army struck first on Saturday, netting a three-pointer after less than a minute of play. Colgate quickly responded with a jumper to move the score to 3-2. Throughout the first half, the Black Knights slowly built up offensive momentum, earning them an 18-4 lead by the 10:00 mark. The Raiders’ comeback was blocked by a strong Army defense, forcing Colgate turnovers and maintaining the gap between the teams. With 6:33 left in the half, the Black Knights led 29-9. As halftime approached, the Raiders found their stride, rallying to 20 points. However, at the half, Colgate was on the bottom end of a

32-20 score. Colgate carried its offensive momentum into the second half, scoring a threepointer in the first minute of resumed play. The teams fought back and forth, dancing around an 11-point margin until the half ’s mid-point. Then, with the score at 49-38, the Raiders again found their stride, putting together a 10-2 run, bringing the score to 51-48 with 2:13 remaining. Despite a fierce offensive push by Colgate, a turnover in the final seconds put the nail in the coffin for the Raiders. The team had pulled back to within one, but was unable to secure the final point needed to unseat Army. The Black Knights took the contest 5554. In total, Colgate had a 34.5 field goal percentage and was 11-of-15 from the free-throw line.

“We showed the fight and persistence that I am very proud of in this team,” Coach Bass said. “We also emphasized the value of a possession at any time in the game. It might not appear to have made a direct difference at the time, but they do add up over time. Lastly, we talked about all the great things that we did do and how we want to do them more consistently and for a larger portion of the game.” This Saturday, the Raiders will host their fourth annual Breast Cancer Awareness game, facing the American Eagles. For each person in attendance, the team will donate one dollar to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The contest is slated for a 2 p.m. start. Contact Rebecca Silberman at

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Last Friday, the Colgate women’s hockey team lost to ECAC Hockey opponent St. Lawrence 4-2, before tying Clarkson on Saturday in its third overtime game of the season, 2-2. In Friday’s matchup, sophomore forward Brittany Phillips and first-year forward Rachel Walsh each scored a goal for the Raiders. Both Phillips and Walsh also had an assist during the game along with sophomore forward Jenna Klynstra, who registered two helpers. In the first frame of Friday’s game, the Saints hit the ground running, starting the game off with an offensive attack. St. Lawrence was firing a series of shots on goal within the opening minutes. Colgate soon retaliated by creating smart scoring opportunities of its own, but was also unable to find the net. As the period advanced, both teams became hungry for the first goal. Unfortunately, it was the Saints who found success first, scoring two tallies separated by a little over five minutes. The first goal was completed on a breakaway at the 12:15 mark and the second shot that found the net was blasted from the blue line at the 17:49 mark and gave St. Lawrence a 2-0 advantage after the first 20 minutes of play. The Saints carried forward the momentum from the first period to the second, making productive plays on the ice which led to their third goal less than four minutes into the second frame. Colgate soon picked up its game and gave St. Lawrence a run for its money. Having found their rhythm, the Raiders were able to capitalize on a scoring opportunity at the 9:42 mark. Phillips flicked the puck into the net from a wide-open pass received in the crease. Walsh and Klynstra were credited with assists. The Saints, however, soon

SPINNING OUT: Women’s Hockey Raiders skate into position as freshman Jocelyn Simpson fights to gain possession for the puck.

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Women’s Basketball Topples in Tight Matchup By Rebecca Silberman Maroon-News Staff

The Colgate women’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker to Army on Saturday February 5, falling 55-54. This moves the team’s record to 7-15 on the season and 2-6 in Patriot League play. The game marked the squads’ second match-up of the semester. Colgate fell to the Black Knights in the first 54-40 on January 7. Sophomore Jhazmine Lynch had another phenomenal game, racking up a game-high 14 points and six rebounds. Senior Tayler Wejnert was also dominant offensively with 13 points and a team-best of nine rebounds on the day. “Jhazmine is maturing as a player,” Head Coach Pam Bass said. “She is recognizing

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February 10, 2011

Men’s Hockey Ends 14-Game Winless Streak Falls to St. Lawrence 4-0; Dominates Clarkson 4-2

By Jaime Heilbron Assistant Sports Editor

While the Colgate men’s hockey team’s long-term struggle against the St. Lawrence Saints continued with an eighth straight defeat, its recent victory over the Clarkson Golden Knights gave the Raiders some hope for the future. Colgate suffered a shut out for the first time this season by the Saints on Friday 4-0, but bounced back the following evening to earn a convincing 4-2 win over the Golden Knights. The Clarkson game was the Raiders’ first conference win of the year. Sophomore forward Kurtis Bartliff produced his first career multi-goal contest. Senior assistant captain François Brisebois contributed one goal and added an assist, while junior forward Austin Smith dished two helpers in the victorious effort. Saturday night also marked first-year goaltender Eric Mihalik’s first intercollegiate triumph. “This year I have really worked hard on being a consistent player with the puck, as well as being confident in my skills to make the best play possible under pressure,” Bartliff said. “A lot of my offense is in large part thanks to my teammates and our ability to find open ice to make plays.” Colgate came out firing from all cylinders in the first period of the weekend’s opening game against St. Lawrence. The Raiders cornered the Saints in their own end for the majority of the game’s first ten minutes. St. Lawrence weathered the storm well, however, and Colgate was unable to take advantage of two power plays awarded in the early minutes. The Saints, on the other hand, did not hesitate to benefit from their first man advantage, drawing first blood at 17:00 before adding another tally 65 seconds later, which was scored after the puck took a bizarre bounce off a Raider defenseman. The last three minutes capped off a peculiar ending to a period Colgate had dominated for the majority of play. At the beginning of the second period the Raiders had lost all momentum that they may have gained throughout the first period. The Saints took control of the game and quickly added to their lead with another power play goal at 8:17. From then on, Colgate seemed to be defeated and the thought of a comeback seemed impossible. The third frame followed the trend of the second with St. Lawrence maintaining control of the game. Several key saves by Mihalik, including one on a short-handed breakaway stopped the Saints from increasing their lead. St. Lawrence added one final tally on the man-advantage just five seconds into their power play at 18:10. Special teams proved to be the difference in this contest, as the Saints cashed in on three of their power plays whereas Colgate failed in each of its five attempts. “There were a lot of mental breakdowns in the game against St. Lawrence,” Bartliff said. “We did not come to that game ready to compete every shift and it was evident.” The following evening the Raiders came out determined to pick up the pieces from the previous night’s crushing defeat and attempt to turn their season around in order to gather confidence in time for the postseason. From the initial puck drop, it was Colgate who took the initiative. De-

LUCKY NUMBER 13: Colgate senior and #13, Francois Brisebois, goes up against the boards as he fights off a St. Lawrence defender. Becca Friedland

spite failing to score on an early five-onthree power play opportunity, the Raiders did not cave. Their relentless attack was soon rewarded when Bartliff scored on the man advantage at 10:09, assisted by Brisebois and Smith. A minute and a half later, the sophomore struck again, increasing Colgate’s lead to two goals to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. The second frame could not have had a better start for Colgate. A fantastic individual play by Brisebois, coming off the right wing and putting the puck past the Golden Knights’ net-minder gave Colgate a 3-0 lead 37 seconds into the period. Almost 12 minutes later, however, at

12:25, Clarkson scored to get itself back in the game. The tally did not seem to phase the Raiders, however, as they continued to crash their opponent’s net. Colgate created several scoring opportunities, but timely interventions by the Golden Knights’ goaltender prevented the Raiders from increasing the St. Lawrence deficit. The bottom line was, however, that Colgate would get a chance to defend a third-period lead for only the sixth time this season. Clarkson’s goal halfway through the previous frame seemed to have renewed their energies as the visitors seized control of the contest, creating pressure on the

Raiders’ defensive zone and forcing Mihalik to make several big saves to protect the two-goal lead. With a little under three minutes left in the game ­– when it seemed as if Colgate would cruise to its first conference win of the season – the Golden Knights added to the drama by adding an extra-attacker tally at 17:56. An emptynet goal by junior forward Matt Firman with 18 seconds left, however, secured the Raiders’ first victory since December 4. “In Saturday’s game you could tell right from the start that everyone was energized and ready to outwork Clarkson,” Bartliff said. “Each line worked hard every shift and did all of the small things right, which helped us earn the edge we needed to come out on top.” This upcoming weekend Colgate will travel to the Capital District to take on two nationally ranked opponents: the No. 8 Rensselaer Engineers on Friday and the No. 9 Union Dutchmen on Saturday. The Engineers currently sit in third place in the league standings, with the Dutchmen just ahead of them in second place. Colgate will look to avenge a couple of 2-1 losses at the hands of Union and R.P.I. as the team enters the final stretch of their regular season. “This coming weekend we are just going to go into Union and RPI with the confidence that we are as good as both of those teams, and prepared to outwork them every shift,” Bartliff said. “Although they came out on top in our last meeting, they know that we are not going to be an easy team to play against and our goal is to send a message to the entire league that come playoffs we are going to be a team to watch out for.” Both games are slated for 7 p.m. puck drops. Contact Jaime Heilbron at

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Track Teams Travel to New Haven to Race By Matt Flannery Maroon-News Staff

Last weekend, both the Colgate men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to New Haven, Connecticut to participate in the Giegengack Invite at Yale University. Neither squad participated in enough events to record a team score, but the Raiders had several standout individual and medley performances. In terms of overall placement, the men’s squad did not fare as well as they recently have. However, the second day of the Giegengack Invite brought with it a slew of solid individual performances – especially in the sprinting events. In the 60-meter hurdles, junior sprinter Alexander Coco advanced to the final heat, where he placed 12th overall, edging out the 13th-place finisher by just .001 seconds. In the 400-meter dash, Colgate junior Graham Tooker placed 18th overall with a final time of 50.83. Although Tooker’s name fell

in the middle of the final standings, he was less than three seconds behind the first-place finisher of the event. Senior Dan Schwaibold found himself in a similar situation when, in the 500-meter dash, he took the 18th place overall with a time just over 3 seconds behind the first-place finisher in the competition. The Raiders really started to compete as the day went on and the longer distance events began. In the 300-meter run, the team placed two runners in the top-10 of the field. Sophomore Chris Johnson placed fifth overall in the event with a time of 8:27.16 and was followed closely by senior Dan Gleason who took eighth place. Gleason crossed the finish line in a swift 8:33.68. In the 5000-meter run, senior captain Ed Sheridan finished in the middle of the pack, but posted a very respectable time of 15:12.55. As has been the case thus far in this campaign, the Raiders also experienced a decent amount of success in the medley events. In

the 4x400 meter relay, Colgate’s ‘A’ squad of Tooker, senior Andrew Smith, junior Timothy Metivier and senior Jonathan Knowlton placed fifth overall with a final time of 3:19.32. The time was strong enough for Colgate to finish first in its heat, but was still a few seconds too slow to match up with the UPenn and St. Josephs squads from the first heat. As was the case with the men’s team, the women’s squad did not compete in enough events to warrant a team score, but it did have a number of standout performances. The Raiders were quite successful in sprinting events. In the fourth heat of the finals for the 200-meter dash, senior Michelle Miller placed first with a time of 26.22. The time was good enough for 11th place overall in the event, and was just .03 seconds away from placing in the top 10 of the standings. Miller was able to get a bit of revenge in the 400-meter dash, as she once again placed first in her heat. This time, however, Miller’s time of 59.16 was good enough for eighth overall in the event. Junior Alexandra Atkinson also won her heat, and her time of 59.57 was good enough for 11th place overall. As the day went on and long-distance events began to spring up, the Raiders’ long-distance runners continued to

build on their success. In the 100-meter run, first-year Cailey Fiesel placed sixth in her heat and 17th overall with a time of 3:03.83. In the 3000-meter run, Colgate sophomore Caroline Prins continued her emergence as a top longdistance runner by placing sixth overall with a final time of 10:15.43. Colgate was most successful in the 5000-meter run, where it placed four runners in the top-10, including two in the top-seven. Senior Julie Tarallo placed third overall in the event with a time of 17:57.26 and was followed in seventh place by junior Kelly Cattano, who crossed the finish line in a solid 18:17.5. The women’s squad also continued their success in medley events, taking eighth place overall in the 4x400-meter relay. Colgate’s ‘A’ squad of Atkinson, sophomore Ellen Callahan, first-year Jamie King-Prunty and Miller completed the event with an excellent final time of 4:00.62. The men’s and women’s teams will return back to action this weekend. The men will travel to Boston, Massachusetts to take part in a meet at Boston University, while the women’s team also heads to a meet in Beantown to compete at the New Balance Invite. Contact Matt Flannery at

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going to win the game together as a team.” Hoban explained. “We weren’t really worried about the score and how we were down. And nothing really needed to be said to get us amped. Personally, I just wanted to stay aggressive and do whatever it took to get the win.” Though Colgate remains four games behind Bucknell in the Patriot League standings, the Raiders are still in the middle of the conference. It is clear that Colgate has become a much more competitive team in the past few contests, far removed from the late meltdowns

at the beginning of the year. Recently, the Raiders have come out of the locker room with great confidence and energy that they can hopefully sustain to close the season strong. This Saturday, Colgate will travel to the nation’s capital to take on the American University Eagles in a 3 p.m. match-up. At 16-7 overall and 6-2 in conference play, the Eagles will be tough to take down on the road. With the recent success of the team, however, an underdog victory is not out of the question for the Raiders. Contact Markez Gonzalez at

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Men’s Basketball Closes Tight Contest On Army By Markez Gonzalez Maroon-News Staff

Last Saturday, the Colgate men’s basketball team traveled to West Point, N.Y. where it defeated the Army Black Knights, 77-71. The win gave the Raiders their second straight victory and fifth in their past seven games. Sophomore guard Mitch Rolls tallied 23 points, including 16 in the second half, on nine-of-12 shooting to go along with seven assists and three three-pointers. “We know that on our team we have a lot of guys that on any given night can score over 20,” Rolls said. “It’s just a matter of how teams defend us, and Army left me isolated one on one with their point

guards so I looked to be aggressive. It was also a fast paced game where both teams utilized guard play and this also led to Joe scoring 20 and Mike scoring 15.” Senior guard Joe Hoban contributed 20 points on seven-of-12 shooting and seven rebounds while junior guard Mike Venezia scored 14 points off the bench. Freshman Pat Moore added eight more for Colgate. This win marked the second time the Raiders have recorded a two-game win streak this season. Colgate took a 16-11 lead in the early going, but the Raiders relinquished it by halftime. Shots were not falling and the team found itself with a seven-point defecit. Surprisingly, the Raiders came storming out in the second half with hot shooting and solid defense.

Despite being down 39-32 at the half, Colgate scored 45 points to close the game, holding Army to just 32. The Raiders completely dominated the Black Knights, retaking the lead and pushing it to a comfortable and Colgate-inspired 13 points. Army fought hard to battle back with nine straight points, cutting the Raiders’ lead to 68-64, before Colgate regained control and pulled away for good. Colgate was able to knock down its three-point shots, play good defense and rebound the ball efficiently. The Raiders’ guards controlled the tempo and scoring, combining for 65 points, 12 assists and just six turnovers. They shot the ball well and took complete advantage of open looks from downtown. Still, in many ways, the victory was a total team effort. Those

players that did not tally many points contributed off the stat sheet. Whether it was a key block or good help-side defense, the Raiders won the game due to strong, unified play, especially in the second half. As a team, Colgate shot 51 percent for the game on 28-of-55 shooting. The Raiders shot an even better 58 percent from beyond the arc, hitting ten three-pointers. On defense, Colgate held the Black Knights to 38 percent from the floor. In the second half, Army managed to shoot just 28 percent from the field against the Raiders’ stifling defense. Though Army out-rebounded Colgate and had more assists, it could not overcome the difference in shooting. “We just talked about how we were continued on D-8

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