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March 22, 2012
Men’s Hockey Season Draws to a Close. D-4
Avicii Announced as Spring Party Weekend Performer By Cody Semrau Maroon-News Staff
As the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer, the countdown to Spring Party Weekend (SPW) hits just four weeks. For months now, students have been highly anticipating the answer to a single question: Who will be this year’s headliner? On March 8, just before spring break, the anticipation was finally over. The SPW Committee made the announcement through their website, spw2012.com, that this year’s
performer will be none other than electronic house DJ and record producer Tim Bergling, known professionally as Avicii. The 22-year-old Swedish remix artist emerged in the music industry for the first time in 2008. Since then, he has become one of the world’s most well-known electronic musicians, with his most successful song, “Levels,” making it onto the top 10 charts in over a dozen different countries. The electronic house genre that Avicii is famous for certainly has a different style than that of the hip
hop artists who headlined SPW in recent years, such as Lupe Fiasco in 2009, Fabolous in 2010 and B.o.B. in 2011. Avicii was chosen by the Spring Party Weekend Committee in accordance with popular opinion. The Committee is made up of students from all class years, including SPW interns sophomore Alex Fisch and senior Matt Harnisch, who work with the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement (CLSI) to select the artist that best satisfies the student body’s interests. Continued on A-2
BRINGING SPW TO NEW LEVELS: Avicii, one of the world’s most famous electronic DJs, will be coming to Colgate this April to perform at Spring Party Weekend.
Alumnus Lectures on Colgate Chooses Harvard’s Suzy Nelson as New Dean of the College Broadcasting Experience with NBC By Thomas Hedges Maroon-News Staff
Suzy Nelson, Harvard’s Dean of Student Life, will leave Harvard in June to become Dean of the College here at Colgate. She spent the past seven years at Harvard and the previous seven at Cornell as the Associate Dean of Students, advising 67 Greek-letter organizations. “Nelson brings an important set of skills and experiences to Colgate. She will play a vital role in fostering a rich set of living experiences, pro-
FILMING THE FIELD: Drew Esocoff ‘79, a prominent broadcaster for NBC, came to campus to discuss his experience as the director for Sunday Night Football. bryan-brown.com
By Morgan Giordano Maroon-News Staff
Several weeks after the New York Giants won the Super Bowl, the director of the broadcasting, Drew Esocoff ’79, came to speak to a large group of students about the experience and his job as a director for NBC. Esocoff is in his sixth season as the director of Sunday Night Football. Additionally, he has carried over his directing expertise to the National Basketball Association and the 2008 swimming events of the Beijing Olympics. Esocoff won an Emmy for Monday Night Football in 2006. In his lecture, Esocoff extenuated that you do not need a broadcasting degree to get into broadcasting. He took his political science degree and liberal arts education and went to ESPN in 1983 to try to become an announcer like his idol, Marv Albert. In 1985, he switched his career direction and worked for ABC for 16 years with
famed sports commentators like Al Michaels. In 2005, the NFL landscape changed, and Monday Night Football went to ESPN. “The key thing is the audio you hear and the video you see needs to be matched. It should match the replay. I was responsible for the Victor Cruz salsa miss. Camera 17 is a locked off wide shot and is the last camera I am looking for,” Esocoff said. Over 41 cameras were utilized for the Super Bowl. Typically 20 are used for Sunday Night Football. The additional cameras were placed where they would have defining views of controversial plays. “We had stuff that could potentially determine who wins the Super Bowl and who does not,” Esocoff said. “The NFL dictates you need a minimum of eight cameras per game; like no offense, but a game between the St. Louis Rams and Buffalo Bills will use eight.” Continued on A-3
moting discussions across differences, developing service opportunities, and helping to ensure that Colgate students live vibrant and healthy lives. I have complete confidence that she will partner with faculty and other campus leaders to further distinguish Colgate while serving our accomplished and diverse student body,” President Herbst wrote in an e-mail to campus. At Harvard, Nelson is currently part of a committee struggling to address a new alcohol policy that has resulted in an increase in hos-
pitalizations for alcohol poisoning. “Back in 2007,” Harvard senior Naveen Srivatsa said, “the college instituted an amnesty policy which would allow students to bring intoxicated students to university health services and not face disciplinary action. “From 2005 to 2008 there wasn’t really an increase, but then from 2008 on there have been increases. In the fall of 2010, for example, they saw as many alcohol-related sicknesses as they did for the entire 2009-2010 academic year,” Srivatsa said.
EcoCampus is currently a seller and distributor for the online retailer TheGreenOffice.com. Smith and Karson have developed a partnership with Alex Szabo, CEO of TheGreenOffice.com, such that the students have taken on account management, desktop delivery and sales at Colgate while Szabo re-
mains in charge of e-commerce, operations and administration of the larger company. This partnership, however, is not something Smith or Karson initially predicted. “My first idea was that paper should not be made from trees and we went from there,” Smith said.
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Student Company Provides Colgate with Eco-Friendly Office Supplies By Bekah Ward Assistant Editor
The new face on the Hamilton business scene, a small, sustainable office supply distributor, is slowly converting departments at Colgate to its high quality green products. This new player happens to look a whole lot like a pair of Colgate students. Juniors Ryan Smith and Brendan Karson, owners of the small sustainable office supply distributor EcoCampus, LLC, became the company’s co-founders when it was created about a year ago. The idea was initiated earlier, through Smith’s involvement in Colgate’s Thought Into Action (TIA) program last fall, but has evolved dramatically since then. Today, the company is experiencing its first month turning a profit and boasts office supply sales to about 12 Colgate departments – including all of the paper in Case Library and the O’Connor Campus Center (Coop).
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ENTREPRENEURS GO ENVIRONMENTAL: Juniors Ryan Smith and Brendan Karson created EcoCampus, LLC, a small office supply distributor for environmentally friendly products.
march 22, 2012
The Colgate Maroon-News
OfficeHours: : Max Rayneard Professor’s South African Roots Influence His Approach to Literature
By Matthew Knowles Maroon-News Staff
Some say that children who grow up in the United States are ignorant of what goes on in other countries. Now, imagine that this same level of ignorance existed toward a population of people that live in the same country. That was the situation in which Max Rayneard, Visiting Assistant Professor in English, Africana and Latin American Studies, grew up. It was the age of apartheid in South Africa. “I was raised as a white kid in South Africa with all the privileges and all of the blitheness and blindness of middle class youth everywhere,” Rayneard said. However, just as he became a young adult, the realities of apartheid were laid bare to him thanks to the South African
Truth and Reconciliation Commission. For the first time, he confronted the atrocities in his own backyard. “There was this moment when I was between 20 and 22 when there was this thing happening on television that changed the way that I viewed myself as a South African,” Rayneard said. All of this happened exactly when Professor Rayneard was completing his undergraduate degree at Rhodes University in South Africa, and it strongly influenced his educational decisions. He had been interested in literature and loved to read since he was a little boy, so he felt it only natural that he continued his passion in college. “As I grew in awareness of my country’s untold history, literature was no longer about fantasy or escape, it started being about what it does to us, how
AFRICA TO AMERICA : Professor Rayneard, who grew up in South Africa, uses his experiences in his English and Africana and Latin America courses. Thea Traff it teaches us to be better people and what it is that literature can achieve,” Rayneard said. Similarly, as Professor Rayneard continued his educa-
tion, he saw literature as his way of righting the cultural wrongs inflicted by apartheid. “There was this moment when I thought ‘why am I living in these books when this world is changing around me,’” Rayneard said. “My PhD was really a reconciliation of my personal, national and professional identities coming to terms with one another.” Professor Rayneard believes that one can use literature to pose deep, profound questions that can really change how one thinks and sees the world. Thus, he believes that the way in which he can most effectively improve racial relations in Africa is through his area of expertise. But this is not necessarily an easy task for others. Professor Rayneard believes that reading literature that asks profound questions can be an unnerving
process that not everyone may care to experience. “What I do is examine that process of being destabilized by text,” Rayneard said. “Literally what these texts do is they turn you upside down. You have expectations whenever you approach a piece of literature…the texts of 1990s South African literature grab your heart and twists it in two and flips it upside down and makes you think ‘now who am I, after undergoing that?’” Professor Rayneard came to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship in 2004 and stayed in Oregon, where he earned his PhD. He moved to Hamilton last year, where he now enjoys his students, the unseasonably good weather and his intellectual colleagues at Colgate University. Contact Matthew Knowles at email@example.com.
Frank Dining Hall Introduces Spring Party New Food Options for Vegans Weekend Council By Jenna Klorfein Maroon-News Staff
As part of an initiative led by the Sodexo food contracting service, Frank Dining Hall has introduced a new section called Wild Mushroom, which aims to offer additional vegan and vegetarian food options. Colgate, along with ten other universities in the Northeast such as the University of Vermont, Colby College and State University of New York Oneonta are testing new recipes and collecting data based on student reactions to the changes. According to the dining hall’s Executive Chef Michael Stagnaro, the goal is for students to be pleased with the new options, and to encourage Sodexo to spread their recipes to other dining halls across the country. “The corporate goal is to go national with a vegan format in the fall,” Stagnaro said. Stagnaro and the Resident Dining Manager, Dan Fravil, have been attempting to gauge student opinions by reviewing comment cards and talking to vegan students. The two vegan students they interviewed have been pleased with the recipes, but they have not received much other commentary from the rest of the student body. Both are hoping to hear more suggestions and critiques over the remainder of the semester, but are hoping that students are generally happy with the changes.
“I think it’s appealing to a lot off as a testing kitchen [and] you more people than just vegans,” Stagn- hope it goes off well and spreads aro said. “I think it’s becoming a around this area so you can be on good, healthy alternative and that it’s the trendy side of college dining.” opening the doors for Dan and I to Stagnaro, who has worked at look at other areas of modification.” the dining hall since 1988, and The dining services staff has Fravil, who has been at Colgate been busy visiting other university since 2004, have seen numerous dining halls as well to get ideas for changes at Frank Dining Hall. future improvements. In addition They hope that by continuing to to introducing the Wild Mush- listen to student recommendations room section, they decided to keep they can keep the dining hall a the omelet bar open until 3 p.m. in positive, enjoyable place. hopes of satisfying student requests. “It’s pretty interesting and “I think that what the Wild humbling to find out that what Mushroom [section] has done is it’s you thought you were doing well giving us a taste of where we need to was not what your student body go with all our formats,” Stagnaro wanted,” Stagnaro said. “I think said. “I never want to consider that it’s imperative for both Dan and I our customer thinks what we’re do- to have an idea of what the student ing is okay. You spend hours in this body wants.” building, you want people happy.” Contact Jenna Klorfein In addition to satisfying stuat firstname.lastname@example.org. dents, Fravil is hoping that the Wild Mushroom section will instigate further improvements that will help the dining hall stay current with others around the country. “I think it’s a good launching pad for the next great things to come to the DELICIOUS DINING : Frank Dining Hall unveiled a building,” Fravil new vegan section to offer more options. said. “You start Simone Schenkel
Announces Headlining Act
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The Committee initially compiles a list of artists from student suggestions. This list is then narrowed down based on those performers who fit into the appropriate price range and are available to play during the dates of SPW. Back in December, students got the opportunity to voice their opinion in a campus-wide survey on the Spring Party Weekend website that contained artists such as Flaming Lips, Calvin Harris, Afrojack, J. Cole, Gym Class Heroes, Benny Benassi, OAR, Mike Posner, Big Sean, Spoon, Wale and Third Eye Blind. “Once the students have voted, the Committee works from this point to select and secure the best artist for the students,” Associate Director of CLSI Tennille Haynes said. “This is a long process, as it consists of negotiations, availability and our ability to handle the production and needs of the performer based on our resources.” The polls made the popularity of a possible Avicii performance clear-cut. However, securing a performance from a world-re-
nowned artist is no simple task, let alone getting them to come to a small town in Central New York. But through its collaboration with Chegg and the Textbooks and Tickets tour, the SPW committee was able to make this performance a reality. “Textbooks and Tickets is a company within Chegg that produces shows around the United States that promote Chegg while also providing students at universities with a great concert to attend,” SPW Intern and sophomore Alex Fisch said. “We had a great opportunity come our way to work with them and collaborate on bringing Avicii to Colgate for Spring Party Weekend.” Avicii will be performing on Friday, April 20, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. inside of the Sanford Fieldhouse. Although the SPW concert was initially scheduled to take place on the afternoon of April 21, the date was changed to accommodate Avicii, who is scheduled to play in Las Vegas that Saturday. There are currently no opening acts set to perform before the headliner. Contact Cody Semrau at email@example.com.
The Colgate Maroon-News
march 22, 2012
THE BLOTTER COLGATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS SAFETY REPORT Monday, 3/5
9:39 a.m.: Received a report of a two car, property damage, accident at 40 Broad Street (Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority). 12:35 p.m.: An ill student at Parker Apartments was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance.
Tuesday, 3/6 6:44 a.m.: Received a report of an ill staff member at Huntington Gym; medical assistance was declined.
Wednesday, 3/7 8:00 p.m.: Several students at Starr Rink were in possession of alcohol in a restricted area, and university property was damaged
during a charity event hockey game. Case referred for disciplinary process.
Thursday, 3/8 12:17 p.m.: Residents of a Townhouse Apartment were found in possession of marijuana and smoking in a residence hall. Case referred for disciplinary process. 2:15 p.m.: A student was injured after being punched by unknown individual at the Old Stone Jug, Hamilton. This case is being investigated by the Hamilton Police. 8:12 p.m.: A fire in a microwave at a Townhouse Apartment was caused by popcorn igniting. Campus Safety was assisted by the Hamilton Fire Department.
6:00 a.m.: Received a report of a two car, property damage, accident on Conant House Road. Campus Safety was assisted by the Hamilton Police Department. 10:17 a.m.: Campus Safety on routine patrol of University Court Apartments found a broken window.
Saturday, 3/10 No case activity this date.
Sunday, 3/11 6:34 p.m.: A spectator at Starr Rink, in Reid Athletic Center, was injured after being hit by a hockey puck and was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance.
SGA Brings Hamilton Reps to Meeting by Cody Semrau Maroon-News Staff
In an effort to strengthen the relationship between the Colgate community and the Village of Hamilton, the Senate of the Student Government Association (SGA) invited Hamilton Mayor Margaret Miller and Police Officer Michael Mordus to attend their meeting on Tuesday, March 6. Through a question and answer session, Mayor Miller and Officer Mordus were able to address some of the more pressing issues concerning the Colgate and Hamilton communities. When it comes to dealing with a few thousand college students, both guests expressed a sense of understanding, while at the same time trying to be proactive. “Except for Friday and Saturday nights, the students of Colgate are great,” Mayor Miller said. One of the main complaints that she finds herself receiving has to do with noise levels late at night. But she thinks that with the later Colgate Cruiser hours and a bit of effort from the students that many of these complaints will be mitigated.
Officer Mordus touched upon Hamilton Police’s greatest hurdle when it comes to the Colgate community: dealing with intoxicated students. “We understand that college students drink,” Officer Mordus said. “But if students are coming into town too intoxicated then we have to intervene.” Although they noted that there are a handful of improvements to be made, both Mayor Miller and Officer Mordus acknowledged the effort that the Colgate community has put in to try and build a better relationship with the Village of Hamilton, particularly through the Gate-Town connection events. The first event, a barbeque, took place last semester and was deemed a huge success, with over a thousand people in attendance. The most recent Gate-Town connection took place just last month, where over 750 individuals came to cheer on the men’s basketball team at Cotterrel Court. Mayor Miller and Officer Mordus believe this is a good foundation off which to build. With Colgate’s annual Spring Party Weekend (SPW) just around the corner, the two guests discussed their plans for helping to make the
festivities both safe and successful. It is expected that there will be an increased police presence throughout the weekend, with the hopes of having patrol officers on foot along Broad Street. Officer Mordus made it clear that these precautions are simply intended to ensure that students can enjoy SPW safely. To help students avoid any runins with the law, he compiled a list of six main points that Colgate students should follow. First, don’t ever carry any sort of alcohol with you downtown or in public. Second, if you are borrowing a car from a friend, make sure you know how to work their lights (since students frequently get pulled over for failing to use their headlights). Third, make sure to come to a complete stop behind the white line of a stop sign. Fourth, when confronted with a police officer or if you are pulled over, make sure you know the name of the officer for future reference. Fifth, do not give the cruiser driver a difficult time. Be patient. And lastly, do not cross the Broad Street intersection to walk to Nichols and Beal. Instead, use the cross walks. Contact Cody Semrau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Esocoff explained how the film crew needs to speak in snippets. “I do not want hear ‘hey I have a great graphic on Eli Manning’. I want to hear ‘graphics right 10 blue.’” This short speech allows more time to place the clips in. Cuts can be used to create tension. A clip was shown that allowed the audience to see the game, but dubbed with the sounds from within in the studio. The interactive portion continued later when two students were allowed to follow the voices of Al Michael and Chris Colinsworth to correctly pick what shots they should use from the monitor wall. Millions will view Esocoff’s next assignment this summer. His team
has been assigned the task of covering the swimming events at the 2012 London Olympics and the closing ceremony. “It is a fun business. I recommend it but [you] just do not care about being home for Thanksgiving or Christmas or most holidays,” Esocoff said. Drew Esocoff was brought to Colgate through the newly formed Colgate Entertainment Group On-Campus. Senior Pete Stein, co-founder of the Colgate Entertainment Group On-Campus, explained how Esocoff came to Colgate. “We wanted a showcase speaker who had a unique but substantial
Monday, 3/12 No case activity this date.
Tuesday, 3/13 No case activity this date.
Wednesday, 3/14 No case activity this date.
Thursday, 3/15 3:04 p.m.: Received a report of a one car, property damage, accident in the Michael Saperstein Jewish Center parking lot.
Friday, 3/16 8:00 p.m.: A staff member reported
People must be identified beforehand like David Tyree, the hero of the last Giants-Patriots Super Bowl match up. After the big sidelines catch by the Giants Mario Manningham, Esocoff’s team searched for Tyree to show while discussing the comparison. Other preparation includes reading clips on the NFL’s website, talking to the coach and quarterback and attending the home practice on Fridays. They meet with the quarterback’s coach beforehand and rehearse every element that could happen down to the microphones. There has not been a change in the camera crew for ten years so they have established a cohesive relationship.
Saturday, 3/17 10:15 a.m.: A student reported jewelry missing from her room in East Hall.
Sunday, 3/18 6:31 p.m.: A resident of 114 Broad Street (Phi Delta Theta Fraternity) was found to have covered a smoke detector. Case referred for disciplinary process. 8:41 p.m.: A resident of the Townhouse Apartments was found in possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and smoking in a residence hall. Case referred for disciplinary process. 9:44 p.m.: A student was injured while running near Frank Round-A-Bout and was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety.
Nelson Named as New Dean of the College
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“And then from 2008 until now there have been increases in Harvard police having to respond to alcohol-related medical calls. So in
BRAND NEW NELSON : Suzy Nelson will begin as the new Dean of the College in June.
Alumnus Shares Sports Broadcast Experience
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damage to a university vehicle: date, time and location is unknown.
success in the industry…Colgate Entertainment Group’s head alumnus, Steven Brookman ’81, reached out and Drew expressed interest. Other speakers are planned for the future including an analyst for ESPN, someone from motion pictures and someone from Anderson Cooper 360°. Esocoff is the first of numerous this semester and longer term in our speaker series” said Stein. The Colgate Entertainment Group was created by an alumni group a year and a half ago to establish a presence and to connect to campus in a meaningful way. Contact Morgan Giordano at email@example.com.
the 2008-2009 school year there were 106 incidents. In 2009-2010 there were 123 and then last school year there were 183 students who called the Harvard University Police Department. If you were to compare 2010-2011 to 2009-2010 there’s a 49% increase in alcoholrelated calls,” Srivatsa said. “We’re expecting by the end of the year for a policy to be announced regarding alcohol,” Srivatsa said. “Suzy has always talked about creating a culture of safe drinking.” Nelson also amplified student’s voices with a program called StarRez. “StarRez is a system by which the various houses can standardize information sharing. [It’s] meant to make house administration and student life administration more streamlined,” Nelson said. The website allows students to deal with housing issues without having to contact a high-level dean which, according to Srivatsa, is almost impossible because of their cluttered schedules. Nelson, who advised Greekletter organizations at Syracuse and Cornell, might draw more on those experiences than those at Harvard. Nelson supports Greek-letter organizations and believes in their capacity to strengthen brotherly and sisterly bonds between members. She is, at the same time, a strong critic of hazing. At Cornell, Nelson battled hazing by shortening the pledging period and emphasizing that pledging should be more like orientation. She may face similar issues here at Colgate. Contact Thomas Hedges at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Colgate Maroon-News
march 22, 2012
Portraits of Belief
The Parallels Between Mentorship at Colgate and of Terrorist Groups By Selina Koller Assistant Editor
For many people, religion or other forms of spirituality are a comfort. Solace may be found in the presence of someone ‘out there’ watching over you, empathizing with both suffering and elation. Religion can also influence an individual’s moral, social and political viewpoints by helping them decide what they view as right and wrong. Religious leaders are often influential mentors. At Colgate, Mark Shiner is the University Chaplain and Catholic Campus Minister, and James “Putter” Cox is the Protestant Campus Minister. Both chaplains can be helpful to students, especially those struggling with the adjustment to college and to adulthood. Religious influence exists in other situations, most strikingly in one that is elusive and quite terrifying for most of the Western world since 9/11: terrorism. In the form of threats, suicide bombings and large-scale attacks, especially those from al-Qaeda affiliates, it is probably the most dominant source of Western fear. Terrorist groups use vulnerability, internal uncertainty and desperation caused by poverty to convince individuals to join their cause. The way that terrorist groups gain followers and supporters is not unlike the way some people seek guidance from religious leaders. I do not intend to equate religious mentors at Colgate with terrorist ‘mentors.’ I aim, instead, to explain how terrorists capitalize upon a normal human vulnerability. Mentorship has the capacity to ameliorate – but also to exploit – vulnerability in young people. Exploitation by groups like al-Qaeda or Hamas have the effect of amplifying rather than amending vulnerability.
Colgate’s religious leaders, especially Chaplain Shiner, were aware of the insecurity that may come with youthfulness. In October, Colgate brought Eboo Patel to campus. Patel’s book, Acts of Faith, discusses his creation of an organization, the Interfaith Youth Core, that promotes good works, especially those religious in nature, among young people. He created this organization as an antidote to terrorist organizations that use religion to inspire evil actions. At Colgate, Minister Cox would rather steer individuals to certain scripture than help them with each issue. “I feel my mentoring job is to orient people toward Biblical texts, so they can gain respect for and trust of it,” Cox said. “Obviously there are immediate practical and personal issues that theology can’t help, but hopefully in the future the individual knows where to look in Biblical texts for guidance.” “The question of mentoring is the question of authority, and where authority lies,” Cox said. “However, authority lies not in a denomination, group or the mentors themselves, but in the Biblical text.” Cox’s point illustrates a crucial difference between good and bad mentors. A good mentor’s goal is foremost to help the individual in need of mentorship, in order to promote empathy. A bad mentor’s main interest is that of the group, and only secondarily of the individual. Unlike a proper mentor who would perhaps steer young Muslims to the Koran for guidance, terrorist leaders make the group the authority. They convince young Muslims that the group’s views are right, and use such vehemence that it is difficult to doubt. For Chaplain Shiner, conscience is an important part of mentoring. “The biggest idea I try to emphasize is the role of the conscience, of which there are many manifestations, and that it’s most
important to seek to obey the conscience,” Shiner said. “If you believe something to be true, you should organize your life around it. If you don’t believe something to be true, you can’t live your life as if you did.” “I need to be really careful of the message I’m sending people,” Shiner said. “I try to influence people to be empathic human beings, with empathic consciences.” Through their ‘mentoring’, terrorist groups deprive individuals of the ability to discover their own conscience, and instead impose the moral code of the group. As opposed to allowing them to become decent and understanding humans, they convince them that their insecurity and uncertainty will be eased by the adoption of their inherently evil beliefs. The causes of youthful vulnerability differ for people, though. Destitution and longterm oppression are major factors that lead individuals to terrorism. For most, vulnerability comes in the form of social, familial or financial stresses. To understand the power of this vulnerability of future terrorists, it is necessary to understand the conditions in which they are raised. Because there is such raw desperation in most situations in which terrorists are recruited, even the hint of a solution can be very attractive. Imagine growing up in the West Bank. Perhaps your house was requisitioned by Israelis to build a settlement, forcing you and your family to live in a crowded and decrepit house or refugee camp. To get anywhere, you would have to pass through Israeli checkpoints, and would likely be harassed each time. Your family would probably struggle for food every day, and there would be few job opportunities for you. Palestinian activists use terror – and the offer of its cessation – to wager for the better-
ment of living conditions. You would probably be attracted to this idea, and to the idea of doing something tangible to help your family and fellow Palestinians. The older, authoritative terrorists understand how desperate life seems, and the logic of using terror seems legitimate when they explain it. Maybe they will choose you to do a valiant suicide mission, emphasize the good you will do for the community and promise your immediate ascension to heaven. The wise, older men have endowed you with a way toward a better future, and you would do anything to improve the horrible situation in which you have been living. And so you strap a bomb under your clothes and detonate it in downtown Tel Aviv. A mentor has the ability to impart the feeling of understanding, which allows people to contend with their external problems. Terrorists who use mentorship to their advantage can also impart an understanding of a situation to an individual who has been at an extreme disadvantage due to situations like these. They show individuals a tangible way to react to the situation, as a religious mentor could lend a tangible way in which to cope with internal or external stresses. What the connection exposes regarding terrorism is that the majority of terrorists are not simply evil people by nature. Instead, they are individuals seeking solace of some sort, and a terrorist group has provided it. It is easy to capitalize on insecurity, and can quickly be done. Patel suggests a means of thwarting terrorism through education and mentorship with the hope of producing empathy. Perhaps a genuine empathy toward those we most fear can lead to the cessation of their exploitation, and thus of terror itself. Contact Selina Koller at email@example.com.
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“After getting ripped off by Chinese paper mills peddling fake tree-free paper, to realizing we didn't have enough money to launch our own website and finally to signing a strategic alliance with TheGreenOffice.com, the business was constantly changing. The most important thing was to let it grow organically and overcome challenges systematically. Getting approved to sell goods to the University took almost a year of preparation and negotiation. As it stands, Colgate has three approved office suppliers: Staples, Office Max and EcoCampus/TheGreenOffice.com,” Smith said. Smith and Karson worked closely with the sustainability department at Colgate as well as their TIA mentors as they faced their early obstacles one by one. Although they changed their plans in many ways, they never lost sight of the goal – to offer Colgate a feasible alternative to its mass consumption of non-sustainable paper and office supplies. “Colgate generates 195 tons of carbon emissions just through their paper usage each year, and this would be a way for them to reduce that to zero, by their own students being inventive,” Karson said. The paper product distributed by EcoCampus, CaneFields Carbon Balanced
Copy Paper, is made from an agricultural byproduct of sugar cane. Its manufacturers use various strategies to attain almost complete carbon neutrality in production and distribution. “This is the first semester we’ve had the ability to sign whoever we want,” Karson said. “Last semester we had a beta version, or pilot, with the sustainability office and the purchasing department.” But after the pilot went smoothly, Smith and Karson got to work pitching their products to each department. “EcoCampus has done a great job of rallying support among a wide range of key decision makers at Colgate University, which has been the key to our early success,” Szabo said. “By doing the legwork and convincing buyers on campus to begin purchasing with TheGreenOffice.com, EcoCampus is removing key barriers in the sales cycle.” In this way, Smith and Karson have continued to develop and build their relationship with TheGreenOffice.com, making the business relationship mutually beneficial. “In IT we have a Green Initiative team and we have just recently started to purchase recyclable products and buy paper that is not harming the trees,” Administrative Assistant for Information Technology Denise Sheeley, who is in charge of pur-
chasing supplies for the library said. “We are currently buying the sugar cane paper and it is working great in our machines.” “I purchased the tree-free paper to try in our office and was completely satisfied,” Bookkeeper for the Facilities Department Tracy Hull said. “No one in my office noticed that I had switched the paper, so I continue to buy paper from EcoCampus LLC. The delivery was same day in most cases for the paper. Other items were delivered within two business days. I am very pleased.” EcoCampus, LLC would not exist without Smith and Karson, the two motors behind all operations. Although still learning by trial and error, they are developing the skills it takes to run a business. But their continuing participation in TIA has given them both a foundation of mentorship on which to build. “TIA is about helping mentor students on the craft of doing, as opposed to knowing,” Andy Greenfield, one of the founders of the TIA program at Colgate said. “Entrepreneurial activity refers to making something happen that didn’t exist before. When a student comes to TIA, they come with an idea. The alumni mentorship provides guidance, support and discipline.”
“[Smith’s] business is a great example of the transformation of an idea,” Wills Hapworth, another program founder, said. “TIA became a sounding board for him. He tried three or four different things before backing in to this EcoCampus idea, which has obviously been the most successful.” The two juniors have managed to successfully run their company while completing their duties as college students. “It’s time consuming, but extremely rewarding. The real life skills are amazing – you’re an accountant and a salesman at the same time and you learn everything – you really learn what it takes to run a business,” Karson said. Smith and Karson are happy, but not satisfied by their overwhelming success thus far and have plans in the future to expand their business. “At this point, our continued success is based on the green-conscious Colgate administrative assistants who kindly give us their time and make the switch to EcoCampus,” Smith said. “We are speaking with several other colleges in the area and preparing for our multi-school launch in fall 2012.” Contact Rebekah Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Why Mistakes are Worth Making By Cambria Litsey Arts & Features Editor
It’s crazy to think that there are 86,400 seconds in a day, 365 days in a year and about 80 years in a lifetime. That’s over 250 million possible memories that could be had. Yet, we only remember a fraction of them. As a psychology major, the idea of memory is one I study quite frequently. I can tell you the differences between short- and long-term memory, where in the brain memories are typically encoded and the neural mechanisms behind memory formation. What I can’t tell you, however, is how we decide to commit certain moments in our lives to memory and how and when we forget them. Is it actually a decision? Can we really block things out completely? Once a memory is made, can it ever really be forgotten? Well, according to neuroscience, yes. Brain damage, among other things, certainly can erase our ability to recall specific moments in time. But can we truly make a conscious effort to forget and succeed in this endeavor? Reflecting on my own memories, I have come to a conclusion. It may be unique to me, but the things I remember are never the ordinary, daily things. They are events that are exceptional, that stand out. Maybe this isn’t true for everyone, but most of the time, I find myself thinking back to moments I somehow regret, or felt uncomfortable in or after. Personally, I would much rather reflect on a great beach vacation (à la this spring break), but instead I usually lay awake at night thinking about how much I wish I could change some past action. I am a big believer in the phrase “actions speak louder than words,” so anytime I act out in a way that seems uncharacteristic or somehow contradictory to the person I want to be, I have trouble coping with the fact that I can never change what I did. Basically, it all comes down to a simple phrase we’ve all heard thousands of times: learn from your mistakes. But what about the times when you make the same mistake twice? Typically, I just feel like an even bigger idiot having not taken the message to heart the first time. I believe that sometimes it takes repeat offenses before it is really instilled in my brain. In all honesty, though, I think I am happy to have the regret or uncomfortable feelings. Without having experienced them, how would I know my true feelings toward something? While it sounds very cliché, mistakes really are worth making. Although I consider myself a pretty adventurous and outgoing person, there are certain situations in which I simply cannot take risks for fear of making mistakes. No matter how badly I want to will myself to do something, I freeze up or become incredibly awkward or uncomfortable. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to this, but I become so afraid of rejection that I choose inaction. Over the past year, I’ve found myself beginning to grow out of this phase of constantly fearing rejection. And in many cases taking the initiative to try things I have never done before has paid off. While initially some of them have been incredibly scary, they have also proved to be some of the most rewarding and telling moments of my life. Not all of these situations ended well. In fact I can think of at least half a dozen I constantly think back to and wish I could change. Nevertheless, I am happier to have had them in the first place, because it has provided me the opportunity to understand what it is that I really value, who I really trust and who I want to be. So, I guess my advice to myself and to all of you going into the end of this semester and the summer is this: take the plunge. You may regret some of the decisions you make, or they may be some of the best of your life. No matter what the outcome, put yourself in a situation that might make you uncomfortable or force you to try something new – these situations are the ones that will stick with you forever, AD Colgate know 3.94 x that 5_Layout 9/20/11 Page 1 and if youGRAD screwMAT up somehow, you 1will grow12:43 fromPM your mistakes. Everything always works out in the end. Contact Cambria Litsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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March 22, 2012
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Viral Videos and Foreign Policy
Steer Clear of Invisible Children
This Week’s Topic: Kony 2012
Like Kony 2012, the video of Jason “Radical” Russell’s recent antics has gone viral The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is a renegade group in Central Africa that has been murdering, raping and kidnapping thousands of people with license for the past two decades. The LRA is on YouTube. Russell, the co-founder of Invisible Children and director of Kony 2012, headed by Joseph Kony, a self-proclaimed prophet who has ordered the massacres and abductions allegedly had a non-drug related meltdown where he ran naked along a public sidewalk, all while vandalizing cars and shouting, “You’re the devil!” The Russell incident is pure of tens of thousands of children, turning girls into sex slaves and boys into killers. “Kony 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony fa- fodder for Gawker and TMZ, but I’ll stick to criticizing the organization and the video mous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international itself. It’s undeniable that the Kony 2012 video reached a lot of people really quickly. By one justice.” Upon entering the Kony 2012 website, this is the first message any viewer will see. Released on March 5, 2012, Kony 2012 is a video that seeks to raise awareness about the leader of the Lord’s account, 112 million people viewed it over 12 days. But in an age where the most viewed Resistance Army, Joseph Kony. The 29-minute film has become a viral sensation boasting over 38 video on YouTube is “Baby” by Justin Bieber, with 712 million views, it’s really questionmillion views on YouTube just two weeks after its release. However, there has been much recent able how much going viral matters. criticism of the video and the Invisible Children campaign. While the video about Kony has undoubtedly generated widespread support, I conThe film displays images of filmmaker Jason Russell’s son and his close Ugandan-born friend, tend that it is inherently shallow and superficial. Most viewers probably wouldn’t be able Jacob. Russell discusses how he came to know Jacob, showing clips from his 2006 documentary, to differentiate between a picture of Kony and actor, Carl Weathers, of Predator fame. Invisible Children. He declares that 2012 will be the year that the world stops the LRA and its And even if the video resulted in more armchair activists and generals, it’s not clear what leader, Joseph Kony. One critique of the film is that Russell does not even deeply explain the LRA more our government could do. Indeed, our government has actually been ahead of or Joseph Kony and how he came to power. Advocacy and civic action are the cornerstones of the curve. democracy and are embedded within American history and culture. The advocacy portrayed and To his credit, in October 2011 President Obama sent 100 Special Forces troops to propagated by Russell, however, can be met with many critiques. the region to help hunt down Kony, train local forces and fight the Lord’s Resistance I applaud Joseph Russell and the Invisible Children campaign for their ability to mobilize mil- Army (LRA). lions of young people around an undeniably pressing issue, especially through the aid of social Now, unless you want to dramatically escalate the U.S military presence in the region, media outlets. It would be a disservice to the Invisible Children there is simply no need for policy change campaign to say that their efforts have not raised awareness on our part. Frankly, Kony 2012 was a at all. Despite this, what the Kony 2012 film fails to do is acdecade late; there is nothing for it to accurately depict the conflict that continues to occur throughout complish at this point. Sudan and regions in the Central African Republic. AdditionAs many commentators and experts ally, the Kony 2012 campaign demonizes a single person, Johave pointed out, the LRA is no longer seph Kony, instead of focusing on raising awareness about the a real threat to the people of the region. societal structures that have led to him taking the role that he Our attention would be better dihas. Russell states, “99 percent of the planet does not know who rected at places like South Sudan, which he [Joseph Kony] is.” The film’s rhetoric suggests that internaare still actively threatened. In this retional communities have been turning a blind eye to this horgard, George Clooney has demonstrated rible situation. The truth is that the conflict between the LRA a clear mature alternative to Invisible and Sudanese citizens and those throughout the Central AfriChildren’s antics. can Republic has been occurring for the past 26 years. AccordRecently, Clooney and several coning to the New York Times, the International Criminal Court gressmen were arrested outside the Su(ICC) has officially tracked Kony since 2005. Since 2008, UN danese embassy for protesting against peacekeepers and the Ugandan military have been hunting and Khartoum’s alleged bombing of the bortracking the LRA’s every move. It seems that these vast human der towns between the two countries. rights violations have been the focus of many countries around IS KONY 2012 A NON-ISSUE?: In the span of only a few days, the InvisIn spite of Clooney’s acting credentials, the world, contrary to Russell’s assertions. ible Children documentary went viral on YouTube. Supposedly this issue is it was a serious demonstration, not a Since 2008, the LRA has abducted more than 3,400 civil- no longer relevant. Should we be giving it so much significance, or is Invis- theater production. ians and has displaced over 400,000 people from their homes. Rather than ambush lawmakers into ible Children just one big scam? stating their support for his cause like InAs a foreign policy issue, Kony 2012 presents a glaring quesForbes.com visible Children, Clooney testified before tion: why are we not focusing on the structures that led to Joseph Kony coming to power such as weak governance, underdevelopment and conflict? Instead the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Invisible Children’s good intentions and of educating viewers about said structures, the Kony 2012 video does an extreme disservice to our idealism are laudable, but there is a serious problem with their methods. In their Kony traditions of advocacy and efficacy. The film undermines a complex issue to portray this conflict in video, they hawk a $30 kid’s “action kit,” containing posters, buttons, a t-shirt and an an overly simplistic way. It essentially tells viewers that by purchasing an activist toolkit filled with action guide. Their storefront states, “People will think you’re an advocate of awesome. Everything bracelets, buttons, posters and stickers that they can stop Joseph Kony. Viewers are also asked to contact celebrity culture makers including George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Taylor Swift and you’ll need to take part in our KONY 2012 campaign is included in this kit.” Seriously? policymakers like former president George W. Bush, former presidential candidate John Kerry and An advocate of awesome? More damning is what Invisible Children does with the money you spent buying their former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to plead their case. Kony 2012 only skims the surface of what is an extremely complex issue and, in doing so, can action kits. A huge portion of their budget is spent on making YouTube videos; 270 to be lead to a general misunderstanding of the issue. We understand the implications of hasty decision- exact. Overall, one third of their funds are spent on movies, another third goes to travel making, especially when it comes to foreign policy: in December 2008, the United States sup- and salary expenses and only the last third goes directly to help Africa. The rest of Invisible ported a failed Ugandan military raid on Kony’s camp, which triggered the slaughter of innocent Children’s other videos are just bizarre. One music video features Jason Russell dancing in a high school gymnasium à la Britcivilians. Stopping Kony is only one part of a larger solution. We also must remember to represent the stories of others accurately and to utilize the insight of individuals living their daily lives in the ney Spears singing that he wants to “put Uganda on your mind.” Another cult-like video regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan. shows Russell and fellow members singing and jumping off a cliff. In light of these facts, Activism is important, but oversimplified and misguided activism will not truly end this conflict it’s really no surprise that so many Africans found the Kony video patronizing. If you really want to help Africa, steer clear of Invisible Children. nor will it strengthen United States foreign policy in regards to this issue. Contact Alan He at email@example.com. Contact Dena Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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March 22, 2012
Get Out of Afghanistan Now By Selina Koller Assistant News Editor
When news broke on May 2, 2011 that Osama bin Laden had been killed, it was the middle of finals and yet there were celebrations on campus late into the night. The rest of the country echoed this sentiment – we got him, and the horror of 9/11 seemed partially avenged. Nearly a year later, there are still over 80,000 American troops stationed in Afghanistan, which we invaded in 2001 on a crusade against bin Laden, al-Qaeda and the Taliban. However, bin Laden is dead, al-Qaeda has likely shifted its center of power out of Afghanistan, and the Taliban has become too strong and widespread to defeat. Despite this, there is the notion that Afghans are “backward” and devoid of the ability to run their own political and social agenda. We feel we must continue our occupation, to ensure the advancement, security and democratization of the Afghan people. But in reality, Afghanistan is an area that has never been conquered, whether in modern times by aggressors like the Soviets, or by thirteenth-century Mongols. The Afghan are a people resistant toward others attempting to impose themselves or their ideological influences, and they are clearly uninterested in making an exception for Americans. Instead, we should accept that we have not accomplished all of our goals and gracefully remove ourselves from the situation. Staying longer is not only ineffective in reaching our initial aims, but is also catalyzing inappropriate and harmful behavior, specifically three events in the past few months, by our troops, leading to more Afghan contempt. First was the group of soldiers who were tactless enough to find humor in urinating on the bodies of slain Taliban fight-
ers – and also film the occurrence, allowing it to be spammed on the Internet. There is a certain level of basic human respect that even the Taliban deserve, and this suggested that some of our troops are insolent and ignorant enough not only to act in this manner, but also to think it wouldn’t have repercussions. Imagine the uproar that would exist if a similar image of American bodies were to surface. This picture has endowed the Taliban with yet another reason for their contempt toward America. Next was the “accidental” burning of Qur’ans by NATO soldiers, including several Americans. It’s fairly clear that there was at least some level of deliberation in this act, especially since Muslims found the burned Qur’ans. It’s sacrilegious and
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#ColgateProblems Surviving Post Spring Break By Shannon Gupta Assistant Editor
Well, spring break is over and, therefore, life is over. For all of us who ended up watching NCIS reruns at home instead of tanning on the beach in Miami, we might as well give up on our dreams of J-Lo-glowing. But before diving deeper into this pity party that is this week’s dilemma, I do have some excellent news! It’s almost Spring Party Weekend, which means that in just a few short weeks, the Animal House dream we all imagined back when applying to colleges will actually happen! But I’m guessing I’ll hear more about that weekend from you guys in the coming weeks. So, for now, back to issue at hand: How does one recover from spring break and survive the rest of the semester to live the SPW dream? Well, that all depends. What exactly caused you such extreme pain over break that you must now “recover,” and what do you normally do to survive the semester that’s no longer providing enough procrastination satisfaction? I’ll go ahead and give two answers, since I’m guessing everybody had either one of two spring break experiences: the boring but relaxing vacation, or the overly epic but ridiculously awesome week at some resort, half of which you can’t recall. For the first school of kids, here’s what I’ve come up with. I’m assuming that, like me, having to wake up for class after getting accustomed to oversleeping until 2 p.m. is a battle. In fact, I have never felt more affection for my snooze button. It’s getting to be a bit excessive. And actually having to do my own laundry on Sunday night was worse than a bad dream. However, a word of advice: do that laundry. Using a small hand towel in place of a legitimate towel will cause extreme roommate awkwardness. But getting back to answering the question: how to get into the reality again of waking up for class and being productive? Answer: Sunbathe! Counterintuitive, no? Well, think about it. Throwing ourselves back into the work routine too quickly after being lazy couch rats will only cause mental instability. Because, let’s be honest, although we didn’t have it quite as good as our awkward-tan-line-chested friends, we weren’t exactly suffering. So to ease the transition back into reading obscene amounts each night, do some of that homework outside! Mix leisure and work a bit. If you end up with grass marks and snoring on the quad, you’ve leisured too much. Now, to help all of you kids who drank piña coladas over break. (I know, my sympathy is palpable. Sorry.) I’ve got the opposite advice: Stay inside and go on Facebook. Also not what you were expecting, right? But when you think about it, pretending your awesome break never happened will only make you resent school, and life, and puppies and rainbows and inevitably make staying tuned into classes that much harder. So skip through your Facebook spring break album once in a while for some motivation. It’ll remind you that summer’s not too far away, but keep you less distracted than if you continued to perfect your tan outside. This will also guarantee that I will have more spots to pick from for my afternoon reading-tanning sessions. I’m half-joking. Last but not least, how can we all make it through the semester until SPW? This is the tricky one, since everyone’s procrastination habits are different. I can only say what I’ll be doing to keep myself sane, and maybe this will provide some inspiration. First off, I’ll be on Pinterest. Yes, Pinterest. And StumbleUpon, Cracked.com and YouTube and whatever else I can load on my computer before it freezes. Because how can pretty pictures of your future dream home and a cookie baked inside a cookie not make you happy? Also, I’ll be playing Spider Solitaire. Please, no judgment, here. I know it sounds lame, but computer games can actually be very therapeutic. I have also heard great things about video games and Zumba. Granted, this stuff won’t keep you on top of the books, but it will definitely help delay the awful burnout moment when a kid loses all motivation entirely. Just remember, in a few months we’ll all be dying to break out of our parents’ houses and get back here to start the school year. So let’s appreciate the grass on this side and stuff. Or…yeah. Whatever it is we’re supposed to do. Contact Shannon Gupta at email@example.com.
impertinent for soldiers to have done this. Even though there has been a military presence for the past ten years, this kind of behavior at best shows the ignorance of soldiers toward Islam and at worst shows a complete disrespect for the religion, which is that of 99 percent of Afghans. The most jarring example supporting the notion that our presence in Afghanistan is causing more issues than it’s solving occurred only last week. An American soldier on his fourth tour of duty (though the three prior were served in Iraq) opened fire in several homes, killing sixteen civilians, including nine children. He broke down doors and invaded people’s homes intentionally. He then burned several of the bodies, which most Muslims consider profane. It remains to be determined what drove this soldier to commit this action, but the Afghan response is clear: that of outrage, sadness and contempt. For them, this is yet another example of assault by foreign soldiers, and they’ve had enough. We should have had enough of this war, too. We went to Afghanistan with a certain set of goals, we have partially met those goals, we’ve invested a lot of money and lives, but now our presence is creating more problems than it’s resolving. President Hamid Karzai seems to be making attempts to democratize his country, one that is so complicated and delicate that only an ethnic Afghan could truly understand its issues. We’re not only embarrassing ourselves on the international front but also creating more legitimate reasons for the Afghans to despise us. It’s time for the government to realize that it’s necessary to retreat as quickly as possible. The government has a responsibility to Americans and to Afghans to understand when more harm is being done than good. Contact Selina Koller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Women’s Day By Julia McMillan Class of 2013
March 8 was the 101st celebration of International Women’s Day. Colgate celebrated it through Women’s Studies Brownbags and film screenings, as well as an Oxfam America at Colgate awareness-raising-through-cookies event. However, for many at Colgate, International Women’s Day came and went uncelebrated and unknown. At a university like Colgate, where women outnumber men in the student body, and all departments welcome all sexes, International Women’s Day may seem irrelevant. But International Women’s Day is an important reminder that globally, and even in this country, women still have unequal education, employment, political and quality of life opportunities. International Women’s Day originated from global protests in the first decade of the 20th century. Women worldwide demanded the right to vote, the right to have equal wages and the right to opportunities that men took for granted. While in many countries today women have voting rights and the legal right to equality with men, in much of the world, these legal rights are still not realities. The World Food Programme’s website states that “women make up a little over half of the world's population but in many parts of the world, especially in Asia and South America, they are more likely to go hungry than men.” It also provides the shocking statistics that “worldwide, for every 100 boys out of school there are 122 girls. But in some countries the gender gap is much wider. For every 100 boys out of school in Yemen there are 270 girls, in Iraq 316 girls and in India 426 girls.” With statistics like these, it is clear that women around the world are still much more disadvantaged than men. Many of the changes needed to empower women take time, such as raising cultural awareness and attitudes, or changing political systems and laws. However, there are many small changes that can be made worldwide to raise the status and well being of women. And these changes will not only be better for the women of the world, but for the rest of the communities as well. Educating women increases good practices related to increased education, better nutrition, better water and food sustainability practices and good governance. The empowerment of women is crucial to ensuring that as the global population rapidly increases, people around the world will have opportunities for better lives. While living in the Colgate bubble makes it easy to forget how disadvantaged much of the world is, it is crucial that every now and again we educate ourselves on the issues and support the global fight for women’s rights. Whether you actively work in other communities to make a difference, sign an online petition, or just go to a few brownbags to learn the facts and hear stories of struggle, as members of society who have been given enormous advantages over the rest of the world, it is our social responsibility to empower change. The first step is to remember that while March 8 is officially International Women’s Day, the empowerment of women is important every day. Contact Julia McMillan at email@example.com.
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March 22, 2012
Alumni Column A Career That Matters
didn’t want to perpetuate the stigmas of marginalized groups by considering this as a factor in my career search. And now that I Hi Maroon-News readers – Happy National Social Work am a tenure-track professor at Berkeley, I don’t get this question Month! Just ten years ago, I was in your shoes. I knew very quite as often. little about social work or that there was a month to celebrate Q: Do you have to be a professor to be a leader in it. Yet, the theme of this year’s National Social Work Month social work? celebration is Social Work Matters. So, let me tell you why A: Social work does have one of the most favorable hiring it does. environments of any university discipline. Not that becoming a Social Work is a big profession, and growing! According to social welfare scholar is easy, but there are relatively more doors the U.S. Department of Labor, Social Work is one of our fastopen. If academia isn’t for you, there are plenty of other high est growing career paths. Professional social workers, those with status careers in social work! Colgate alums with sophisticated master’s level training in social work, are the nation’s largest critical thinking and leadership skills will not need to serve group of mental health providers. Social workers also try to get as front-line workers for any longer than they want to. Social ahead of such problems, promoting wellbeing through youth workers are often CEOs of the non-profit agencies who design development programs, child protection and family services, and manage the programs and policies that support the homemilitary and veteran’s assistance, disaster response, healthcare less, victims of interpersonal violence, undocumented youth, navigation, aging services, programs and policies to reduce povsurvivors of human trafficking and other members of our soerty and community development. Social workers might work ciety who benefit from a basic safety net. Social workers can with individuals, groups and families, but also with entire comget joint degrees in public policy, education, law, public health, munities and at the policy level for social change. Social workdivinity or business. ers may be grass-roots organizers, advocates or legislators Q: What if I want to be a direct practitioner, workin the U.S. or abroad. In fact, there are currently seven ing with people or fighting for a cause? social workers serving in congress. A: Then the Master’s in Social Work (MSW) is for you. As a liberal arts school, Colgate does not have a social Be choosy, as all MSW programs are not created equal. work major to prepare students to work with the nation’s But regardless of the program, you’ll start field work immost vulnerable and to be agents of social change. This mediately in graduate school. Colgate alums are great makes sense. candidates for merit-based scholarships, and many proColgate does a fantastic job of preparing deep and grams permit you to work while in school. You are eligible critical thinkers, but intentionally does not train for the for tuition remission and loan forgiveness programs if you professions. The consequence, however, is that students are interested in doing work that has great benefit to socimay need help learning about careers in social work. In ety. And within just two years you will be back out in the what follows, I will answer some of the questions most workforce, earning a salary and making a difference. After frequently asked of my profession. two years of full time work, you’ll be eligible for licenQ: As a graduate of Colgate, how did you get into sure in almost all states, which gives you the authority to Social Work? practice privately and without further supervision. A: First, the brutally honest confession. When I was SNAPS FOR HELPING OTHERS: A career in social work opens I don’t intend to demean any other career choices with at Colgate, I thought social work was for individuals who doors to various opportunities and leaves a positive mark on my answers to these questions, but rather to introduce failed to get into clinical psychology doctoral programs. society. Happy Social Work Month! you to the advantages of the path I have traveled with boston. com I had worked hard at Colgate and hoped I wouldn’t need no regrets. Class of 2002
this “back-up plan.” What changed my mind was spending a year in the “real world” prior to applying to graduate school. I did clinical research and provided entry-level clinical services to clients. And when I worked on treatment teams, I found myself resonating with the way the social workers conceptualized individual cases and simultaneously addressed social problems. It felt consistent with my strength-based world view and belief in the structural causes and solutions to many human problems. Q: Were you concerned about entering a less prestigious profession? A: Colgate puts us on a track to do big things. I certainly didn’t want to fall short of that potential. It really isn’t a question of whether we will do big things as alums, but rather, which big things we will do. Sometimes people would suggest I must be a “special person” to do social work, and I never knew if this was meant with admiration or sympathy. Regardless, I think part of becoming an adult is coming to know oneself well enough to be authentic in one’s actions. I realized that social work is seen as less prestigious because the workers often take on the social stigma of the clients and the problems the profession serves. I
Selling Your Vote to the Highest Bidder By Noah Goldberg Class of 2012
Our political system is broken. This is a statement that always seems to be true, but the extent to which it is accurate has become increasingly obvious in recent years. I am not just talking about partisan bickering or gridlock, because sometimes a slow, deliberative legislative body is a good thing. I am more concerned by the fact that many states are enacting laws to make it harder for some to vote while, at the same time, the richest people (yes, that includes corporations) are being given an unbridled “right” to secretly affect local, state and national elections. The Brennan Center for Justice recently estimated that because of new voting laws, more than 5 million eligible voters will have additional significant barriers to voting in 2012 (including, to a large degree, college students). These voting laws have little demonstrable effect on reducing voter fraud, but do have a track record of disenfranchising voters who already have traditionally faced the most marginalization. It seems that politicians are not interested in ensuring that every citizen is heard. Instead, money appears to be the form of free speech du jour. Matters have gotten worse since the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court ruling. The amount of political spending by outside groups has quadrupled since 2006. What’s worse, in 2004, 97.9 percent of outside groups disclosed their donors; in 2010, only 34 percent did. Secretive political groups are spending money in amounts never before seen, and in a manner like never before. You might say, “Why should I care? This doesn’t affect me!” Campaign finance affects everything and anything you interact with on a daily basis: the food you eat, the student loans you sign, the age at which you can legally consume alcohol and the price and speed at which you download that newest song. On a more fundamental level, campaign finance laws affect how people in power relate to you. Our leaders need to listen to the thunder of our voices instead of the money raining down on them. We need to advocate for the option of publicly financed, “clean” elections that make our leaders accountable to us, their constituents. Citizens in Maine, Arizona, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Vermont have fought for and won clean elections in their cities and states, and have seen incredible results. Here in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has signaled his strong support for campaign finance reform and asked the legislature to enact a small donor system of voluntary public funding of elections. Let Albany hear you on this issue! Contact Noah Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 22, 2012
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March 22, 2012
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Colgate’s Spring Cabaret
Students Interpret Favorite Songs By Bridget Sheppard
“Raven,” Barnett’s “What I Did for Love” and Fritz’s “Love the Way You Lie Part II.” With a show that varied in genre and groups, this year’s Cabaret kept the audience entertained and maintained Having only been formed four years ago, Colgate’s Cabaret its cohesive thread of love. has quickly grown into one of the most anticipated events of Near the end of Cabaret, the seniors all sang “Light” from each semester. For their show, performed March 2 and 3 in Next to Normal together. As seniors Liz Barnett, Mani Dreythe Palace Theater, the Cabafuss, Eliza Gomez, Hilary ret members found a common Nicholson, Chloe Nwangwu, theme among the songs they Julia Raab, Diandra Rivera, wished to sing: love. Thus, Fatima Sowe, Trinel Torian, “Cabaret: A Love Story” began, Kenley Unruh and Liz Wing and the directors – junior Eriharmonized with each other on ka Fritz and sophomores Kelly stage for the last time, the auCurtis and Becca Murphy – dience could be a part of their started their work. moment of remembering their Incorporating Broadway time together and preparing songs, Disney classics and curfor the future. rent hits, 33 students sang stoThe whole cast returned onries of first love, unrequited stage for the finale of Mika’s love and love that lasts for“Happy Ending,” soloist, juever. The night opened with nior Xavia Publius, and, at the a Jersey Boys medley, and the end of their Saturday night pernumbers from musicals conformance, the curtain fell on tinued throughout the night, this semester’s Cabaret. When CABARET, A LOVE STORY: Students sang their way through with pieces from Sweeney Todd, their last song finished, the cast a medley of love songs, ranging from Disney to modern hits. Wicked, Grease, A Chorus Line thanked the seniors, the students Quincey Spagnoletti who played the accompanying and Little Shop of Horrors. Songs made famous by singer Adele, including “Turning Ta- instruments and their choreographer, Fatima Sowe, along with bles” and Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” as well as Trinel Torian, who arranged the music. Mika’s “Happy Ending” and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie The cast mentioned that putting together their show presentPart II” interspersed the night. ed challenges, but they were glad that they had persevered and Group performances recreated moments from films; the Greek were so appreciative of the crowd that had come to hear them. As chorus in “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” from Hercules added a light the cast stood together on stage, thanking its seniors, the theme humor to the show, and the singers in “Summer Nights” echoed of the night continued. For, just as love had permeated through the style of Grease. The solos showcased many talented singers per- all of their songs, love radiated off of the stage as they all took forming numbers that included senior Kenley Unruh’s “Johanna,” their final bow. The Cabaret this year not only brought music director Curtis’s “Lying There,” senior Chloe Nwangwu’s “Every to our ears, but also reminded its audience of the importance of Story is a Love Story,” senior Trinel Torian’s “Part of a Painting,” love and how it connects us all. junior Molly Frantzen’s “Gimme Gimme,” senior Diandra Rivera’s Contact Bridget Sheppard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maroon-News Staff
In The Light Mack Goldberg By Hadley Rahrig Maroon-News Staff
Inspired by a combination of eclectic passions, including medical narratives, cinema and community service, senior Mack Goldberg is following his aspirations. Between all of the activities and projects, Goldberg allows his genuine personality to shine through. “I’m very eccentric. I love to make people laugh. I’m kind of goofy,” he gladly admits. A molecular biology major and a film and media studies minor, Goldberg was born in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, where he has lived his entire life. Moreover, Goldberg attributes always living in a single place as the reason he became so involved in service in many places outside of his comfort zone. This year he demonstrates this adventurousness as a COVE Intern and as a Colgate Activities Board (CAB) member who arranges weekend Take Two movies. Goldberg’s contributions to volunteerism began as early as his first year at Colgate, when he stepped into a leadership role on an alternative break trip. Since then, he has helped lead four alternative break trips, two of which have been located in New Orleans. “You become kind of desensitized in the Northeast to natural disasters. It’s different actually going down there and getting your hands dirty,” he said. “There’s more to being a college student than just the books.” Chasing new interests has been imperative to Goldberg from day one. This is one of the reasons he brought the Running Club to Colgate as a first-year and later took an active role with the Disaster Response Team. “Don’t stay in one place. If you’re not happy in one place, move on to the next,” he advises. “Some people have a good first-year experience or they don’t. I didn’t really enjoy my first year and I had to relearn why I chose this school. I decided to personalize what I wanted out of this college experience.” Goldberg acknowledges, “Some of my most meaningful college experiences have been outside campus.” Apart from alternative breaks, studying abroad in Wales has been one of his most important experiences. Arriving in Wales without ever having stepped foot in Europe previously, he was able to travel nearly every weekend. Whether it’s doing service, traveling or participating in clubs, Goldberg credits his involvement to Colgate’s commitment to student leadership. “No other school caters to students to make sure they take on leadership roles,” he says. Personally shaping his college experience has defined Goldberg’s role at Colgate and has left him with a meaningful four years.
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Lyrical Blues Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon Recites Poems By Michellee Nelson
poetry invokes tremendous emotion and also provides a historical content, which prompts her audience to want to read and On March 1, in the midst of the flurry interpret her works even more.” of snow and rain pouring down around us, Moving on to her second collection of the Colgate community had the pleasure poems, Open Interval, Van Clief-Stefanon of hosting award-winning poet Lyrae Van recited from a collection seemingly very Clief-Stefanon as part of the English departsimilar in form and writing style to Black ment’s annual Poetry and Lecture Series. For Swan but different in that it was influenced an hour and a half, students and faculty lisby her observations of the stars, constellatened as Stefanon read works from her two tions and chemistry. Van Clief-Stefanon books of poetry, Black Swan, published in considered the metaphor of the “RR Lyrae,” 2002, and Open Interval, published a constellation of pulsating stars. in 2009. Her work not only draws a This compilation of work seems to lot of its influence from blues music pulsate as snippets of other poems and her humble beginnings in rural and sonnets from work she admires Florida, but also from her experiencpeaks through her own writing. es in Central New York where she is The piece “Bop: The North Star, an Assistant Professor of English at Auburn NY,” as many were delightCornell University. ed to hear, was inspired by the drive Van Clief-Stefanon began by reshe takes regularly to and from a citing works from her first book, prison in Auburn, New York where Black Swan, winner of the 2001 she would pass by one of the homes Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She noted that Harriet Tubman used as part of that many of the poems in this colher route on the Underground Raillection were influenced by mytholroad. The chance of her driving to a ogy. Her piece entitled “Helene” prison and having to pass by a place dealt with themes of black womanso symbolic of freedom seemed like hood and mourning, but also, she a poem waiting to write itself. said, showed “women in myth in This addition to the Poetry and Lecconversation with women from the ture Series was a welcome one, especially Bible about rapes.” Ironically, she in the midst of suggestions that more pointed out that her name, Lyrae – OF LYRIC POETRY: Award-winning poet Van Clief-Ste- performance poetry should be integrated which is her given name and not a into curriculum of English courses. fanon shared works from two of her collections, singing stage name, as many might assume – Contact Michellee Nelson at her own form of the blues through her words. means “of lyric poetry” in Latin. As firstname.lastname@example.org. news.cornell.edu Maroon-News Staff
a child, she said, she was raised Pentecostal and was made to listen to the King James version of the Bible on cassette tapes, in addition to all of Shakespeare’s plays, which nurtured her love for and appreciation of words. Perhaps this is also why she finds the performance aspect of the work so critical. She suggested that the sound of the poem is really what she listens for during the writing process, with each poem moving almost like the melody of a blues song. Junior Rashaad Mubarak asserted, “her
March 22, 2012
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Threads of Tradition Entertainment Update Senior Displays Research Project at Longyear By Claire Aziz Maroon-News Staff
On Thursday, March 1, senior Kate Kelly and the Colgate Art Department brought textile traditions of indigenous peoples of the Andes to the Longyear Museum of Anthropology. The exhibition’s opening reception took place in Alumni Hall’s Longyear Museum. The display cases lining the walls and occupying the floorspace were filled with colorful, personality-filled woven pieces including belts, hats, bags and other clothing. These displays were complemented by a delicious array of appetizers and drinks, which the sizable crowd eagerly devoured while awaiting the gallery talk, to be given by Kelly, the senior curatorial intern who researched and compiled the exhibit. After thanking the department and the many sponsors whose support made the exhibit possible, Kelly explained the history of the textiles on display and how they are and have been featured in the Aymara and Quechua Andes cultures.
Kelly’s involvement with this exhibit started in the fall of 2010, when she worked with her advisor, Senior Curator of the Longyear Museum Professor Lorenz, to decide on South American textiles as a research topic for the summer of 2011. As a curatorial intern in the Longyear Museum, Kelly spent that summer working within a Summer Undergraduate Research grant from the University Studies office researching South American textiles and ultimately conceiving this exhibit. “Working on this exhibit was a great learning experience and an incredible opportunity,” Kelly said. “I loved it.” Although the exhibit didn’t earn Kelly academic credit, her hard work and effort showed themselves in the beautiful setup of
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textile displays and in the professional, informed speech she gave at the opening reception. It was a truly impressive event that represented a huge time investment and a real love of the subject matter. Kelly hopes to get an internship in a museum after graduating this spring and eventually move on to graduate school in museum studies. Contact Claire Aziz at email@example.com.
Hollywood on the Hill Lionsgate Roars While Disney Loses Big
By Josh Glick Maroon-News Staff
The talk of the town is Lionsgate’s adaptation of the Suzanne Collins’s bestseller The Hunger Games. The film stars the new Hollywood “It Girl” Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and has an incredible ensemble cast including Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz. Early reviews have all praised the film, and applauded director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) for his unique and exciting action-packed world. As of Tuesday night, Lionsgate’s new franchise tentpole has already sold over $2 million worth of opening night tickets. Lionsgate is now predicting a $130 million weekend, which makes the crazy speculation that this film could be the next Harry Potter series in reality. Estimates for the film’s profits less than a month ago were only $75 million. While the film’s success was initially getting compared to the Twilight series, it will do much better in the box office as the audience is not limited to young females who read the books, but also males of all ages. Scholastic, who partnered with Lionsgate to make the film, has had a rise in stock of 19 percent. On the contrary, Disney executives have now admitted that director Andrew Stanton’s (Finding Nemo) film John Carter will result in a $200 million loss. Disney’s attempt at an epic science fiction tale failed miserably, as the marketing campaign and film’s narrative were horrible. Stanton’s first live action film did have incredible action, but was too long for audiences. The film also was supposed to be the coming out party for Friday Night Lights alum Taylor Kitsch, who also has Peter Berg’s Battleship and Oliver Stone’s Savages on his plate for this year. While the film was a financial disaster, Disney still has high hopes for Pixar’s Brave and Marvel’s The Avengers. Hopefully for mother mouse ears, both of the films will perform well enough at the box office to make up the $200 million loss. Disney is also producing Gore Verbinski’s (Pirates of the Carribean) The Lone Ranger, which stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network)
as the title character and Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands) as his sidekick Tonto. Although John Carter has failed to become a potential tentpole franchise for the company, there are high hopes that the $125 million Lone Ranger will become Disney’s next big trilogy. Contact Josh Glick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, March 24 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Jane Austen Society of North America will be hosting a Regency Fashion Show at the Colgate Bookstore. Local models will showcase male and female garment styles that were characteristic of the Regency era in British history (1790-1817). Come to learn about women’s and men’s fashion during Austen’s lifetime. Admittance is free.
LA BOHEME OPERA AT HAMILTON MOVIE THEATER Hamilton Movie Theater is bringing Italian opera to Hamilton. From 2:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, the theater will be screening Puccini’s La Boheme, as performed at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. The opera tells the tale of four struggling young artists striving for dream fulfillment and fame. The story emphasizes the fragility of happiness and love in the midst of poverty and disease. Tickets are on sale for $20 each. HOLI: FESTIVAL OF COLORS Students, faculty and community members alike are welcome to celebrate the Hindu holiday, Holi, on Saturday, March 24, between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The holiday celebrates the traditional springtime Festival of Colors. Festivities will begin with an Indian food banquet in the Hall of Presidents until 2:00 p.m. From there, the merriment will move to Whitnall field for a celebration with a host of colors and water guns.
35MM FILM SERIES: SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER The Friday Night Film Series presents Shoot the Piano Player, Francois Truffaut’s fast-paced 1960 thriller. The film tells the story of washed-up pianist Charlie Koller as he continues his fall from grace. As a series of events drags Charlie into the depths of gangster society, the movie reflects on the role of chance (and love) in life. It will be screened on Friday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Little Hall’s Golden Auditorium. A NIGHT OF LAUGHS Comedian Michael Ian Black will be visiting Colgate this Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Love Auditorium. Known from his shows Stella and Reality Bites on Comedy Central and I Love The... series on VH1, he is sure to make you laugh. Admission is free.
DRAGBALL To conclude a week of events and activities Queer Fest will be hosting its annual Dragball on Saturday, March 24 from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Donovan’s Pub. All are encouraged to attend and see famous drag queen Pandora Boxx MC the event. Contact Maggie Grove at email@example.com.
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The Future of Rock: Punk Evolves By Alanna Weissman Maroon-News Staff
Undeniably, all modern music has its roots in the classical concertos of old; the central tenets of classical music are almost always present in modern genres and, if not, it is a monumental feat to deliberately eschew them. Even so, rock music, as well as the harder (punk, metal, hardcore, etc.) genres – as evidenced by the widespread scorn with which punk rock, the predecessor of all modern hard rock, was regarded in its infancy – was, and arguably still is, viewed as too great a departure from the norm. Such is the nature of art, however; it is constantly evolving to suit or be ahead of its time. Even in the short history of rock music, the genre has evolved and branched out tremendously; the “British invasion” and early punk have given way to all manner of esoteric sub-genres, the common denominator being loud amplitude and the primary instruments used to produce it. Inevitably, these sub-genres have commingled with other genres and created many unlikely hybrids. Modern music has seen the mixing of genres including metal and classical, post-hardcore and electronica and even punk and country, thanks to bands like Apocalyptica, Breathe Carolina and Rattlesnake Gunfight, respectively. Granted, these are deliberate attempts at hybridization; other times it happens in a (seemingly) more natural manner, such as the folksy riffs of the Beatles. But that begs the question: where does rock music have left to go? One can scarcely even read a music review without seeing comparisons to other bands and artists, and many
bands’ new releases are disappointments in terms of individual musical progress. Is it only a matter of time before rock music has exhausted its potential? A common complaint I hear from individuals by and large unfamiliar with the hard rock genres is that everything sounds the same. While this is not true to a nuanced ear, I can certainly see where the point of view originates; much of modern rock is influenced by previous music, rather than being pure innovation. That’s what makes it so exciting when something truly – or even somewhat – pioneering comes along. Take Paramore, for example: though their music itself isn’t much different from other pop-punk artists, part of the appeal that rocketed the band to fame was the use of a young, fresh-faced female vocalist – a new, marketable spin on a tried-and-true technique. A more quintessential pioneer is Nine Inch Nails’s Trent Reznor, who effectively created a genre by using synthesizers to soften the sharp edge of heavy metal while adding entirely new elements of sound. But Reznor’s work went on to influence other artists who then created music more in his image than in a new one. Has the avant-garde of rock reached its ceiling? If genres as diverse as country and punk have been successfully combined, what’s left? The future direction of rock music is up to the artists; it is up to them to create a sound unlike anything anyone’s ever heard before. It may not catch on right away, but it will eventually – in a society with a dearth of innovation, the new and intriguing is sure to provide almost universal allure. Contact Alanna Weissman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
13 Beats of the Week By Pete Koehler Maroon-News Staff
1. “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” by Outkast I personally challenge you to find anything funkier than Outkast’s first couple of albums. This is just oozing with funky goodness. 2. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen Like I wasn’t going to put this on here. 3. “Rebubula (Live)” by moe. Though they’ve never been known for their studio material, moe. continues to be one of the best live acts on the planet. This is just a straight-up jam. 4. “Lord Knows” by Drake ft. Rick Ross Rozay and Aubrey submit fine performances, but this one’s more about Just Blaze reminding us all that he can cook up one hell of a beat. Easily the high point of Take Care. 5. “Cry (Just a Little)” by Bingo Players An instantly catchy tune sure to get any party going. 6. “Anesthetize” by Porcupine Tree A jaw-dropping epic off of their masterpiece, Fear of a Blank Planet, which is easily one of the best records of the last decade. The guest solo from Alex Lifeson of Rush is a nice touch, too.
March 22, 2012
This Week at the Movies The Tree of Life By Eric Reimund Maroon-News Staff
Winner of the 2011 Palme d’Or at the prestigious Cannes festival in France, The Tree of Life is the brainchild of reclusive, visionary director Terrence Malick and stars such luminaries as Brad Pitt and Sean Penn; a lofty pedigree matched by its lofty ambition. It intimately documents the troubles of a young Texan family, the O’Briens, within the context of an examination of the origins of life in the universe. Perhaps because of this grand ambition, critics and moviegoers have often had polarized views of the film, some hailing it as a masterpiece and others deeming it pretentious. I align myself strongly with the former and, to those who dismiss it, suggest that patience is, in fact, a virtue. Malick’s style is anything but easy and the casual moviegoer will find his pacing frustrating. His focus is on visuals and montage. Dialogue is sparse and the plot can get complicated, but the filmmaker isn’t primarily interested in storytelling, compelling as the story may be. His intent is to evoke emotion, perhaps a more deeply held emotion than can be evoked by way of conventional narrative. That is not to say that the film lacks cohesion. The themes Malick deals with are unrelentingly present throughout the film. This is actually one of the few gripes I have with it. At times it seems overwrought and contrived, but instances of this are few and far between and I would describe these as merely aberrations in taste and subtlety more than structural problems with the film. Malick’s visuals deserve more than just a passing reference, as, cinematographically, it is one of the strongest films in recent memory. The camera is wielded freely and his shot
7. “Fly Out Pt. 2” by Curren$y Spitta’s new record, Muscle Car Chronicles, sees him going in over some live instrumental, more rock-and-rolltype beats and it proves to be a deadly combo with his silky-smooth flow. Jets fool. 8. “Blackbird” by Alter Bridge Yes, Creed sucks, but Alter Bridge is a testament to how much Scott Stapp sucks and how much Myles Kennedy doesn’t suck. Kennedy was actually rumored to be the lead singer Zeppelin was going to reform with if they did a reunion tour without Robert Plant and he shows his insane range on this arena-sized anthem. 9. “Visions” by Haken Props to junior Matt Levitsky for showing me these guys, who are destined to become a household name in the world of progressive metal (which isn’t saying much). At 22 minutes, this one isn’t going to hit the airwaves any time soon, but is some of the tightest well-composed prog I’ve heard in a while. 10. “Thinking About You” by Frank Ocean This track has been leaked for a while, but only just got its official release, and it’s about damn time. 11. “Reverie/Harlequin Forest” by Opeth A little melodic death-metal never hurt anybody. 12. “Rhinoceros” by Smashing Pumpkins I’ve always been a sucker for tunes that start out slow and then build into an all-out fury like this one does. Gish has got to be one of the most overlooked albums of the 90s. 13. “I’d Rather” by Three 6 Mafia An astoundingly beautiful, romantic tune by a duo that has mastered crafting those over the years. Can’t recommend playing this when you’re with your significant other highly enough. Contact Pete Koehler at email@example.com.
composition and framing is highly impressionistic. A spiritual film, The Tree of Life is full of seemingly disconnected shots which, taken in totality, confer a greater significance. Production value is very high, and our glimpses into the formation of the universe are breathtaking to behold. Although I certainly understand some critics finding Malick’s methods bombastic, the matter remains that these scenes deepen the film’s emotional power by broadening its scope. The film begins with a quote from the book of Job. God says, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” In addition to being simply beautiful language, it sets the work’s thematic stage. Early in the film, the O’Brien family is beset by a tragedy that haunts them all their lives, causing them to seriously question their once deeply-held faith. The film is a story of almost generalized loss and the profound need to come to terms with that loss. This loss is pronounced by the unanswerable randomness of the tragedies that are so prevalent throughout. God, as represented by the hubristic opening quote, is framed as almost tyrannical, unreasonably testing the faith of the O’Briens as he had done to the biblical Job. The film ultimately questions the viability of faith in a world that seems so at odds with an omni-benevolent creator. Contact Eric Reimund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 22, 2012
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The Hunger Games Fashion: From Grunge to Glamour By Carly Reed Maroon-News Staff
As you’ve likely heard by now, the first installment of The Hunger Games trilogy is set for release in theaters at midnight tonight (yes, even in Hamilton). To summarize briefly for those who haven’t had the pleasure of reading the series, the story takes place in a dystopian nation called Panem, which consists of the ruling Capitol and 12 districts, each assigned to work in a different industry. To demonstrate their overwhelming power and prevent rebellion, the Capitol holds an annual Hunger Games event, wherein each district must sacrifice two teenagers as tributes to fight to the death as a form of entertainment. While most filmgoers will likely be looking forward to the action-packed fighting scenes between tributes or the budding love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale, the elaborate costuming is not an aspect of the film to overlook. In the books, fashion is certainly not taken lightly by the citizens of Panem; what they wear is essential in forming their identity. From the very beginning, author Suzanne Collins places particular attention to the outfits worn by the characters, describing in detail the sensible, strong leather boots worn by Katniss and the frivolous pink wig worn by Effie Trinket. The sharp contrast between the clothes worn in different regions of Panem serves to develop the inherent difference and alienation between the wealthy Capitol residents, who resemble the over-the-top characters from a Tim Burton film (think Willy Wonka or Alice in Wonderland), and the impoverished District residents. The costumes range from the grungy utilitarian outfits worn by the coal-mining District 12 citizens, who barely have enough money to buy food – let alone new clothes – to the colorful, drag queenesque costumes worn by the wealthy Capitol residents, for whom personal style is of the utmost importance. This importance of appearance is demonstrated when Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol to be prepared for the games. Each tribute is assigned a personal stylist who must cultivate a look for them that will please the fashion-minded residents of Panem. Fashion literally becomes a life or death matter, as the most aesthetically-pleasing tributes are known to garner more “sponsors,” who will then help keep them alive in the games by sending supplies. Similar to the series’s fictional stylists, the film’s costume designer, Judianna Makovsky, was faced with the difficult task of designing looks for The Hunger Games characters, which had
By Emily Suskin Maroon-News Staff
I’ll be honest: while I have eaten pad Thai many times, I’m not exactly sure what technically makes it pad Thai. However, when I was asking for dinner requests and one of my friends suggested pad Thai, this is what I came up with. I cannot verify that it is authentic pad Thai, but I do have several people that can attest to how good it tasted. Using rice noodles will add a lot more to the dish than regular spaghetti. In most supermarkets, if you check out the international food aisle, you will most likely find something. But in Hamilton, you should check out the gluten-free section of Price Chopper or head to Hamilton Whole Foods to see what is available. Sesame oil and rice wine vinegar may not be in your kitchen cabinets, but I definitely suggest getting them rather than trying to substitute other oils and vinegars. The sesame oil in particular will add a lot of unique flavor to the dish. Serves 4-6 (with leftovers) 1 package (about 1 lb) of thick brown rice noodles 2-3 tbsp of olive oil 4 cloves of garlic, minced
Fashion Spotlight Justin Hillman ’14
to remain true to Suzanne Collins’s descriptions in the books in order to satisfy the series’s many readers. From the looks of the trailers, it is apparent that she was able to pull it off, breathing life into the fictional characters through their outfits. A particularly memorable look that Effie Trinket wears to the Reaping (a bright fuchsia dress with puffed sleeves, a pink wig topped with a vintage flowered hat and gold Alexander McQueen booties) brings to mind the outlandish styles worn by Kirsten Dunst in the 2006 film Marie Antoinette. According to Makovsky, the elaborate Capitol costumes were inspired by the work of prominent Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who was known for bringing elements of the surrealist art movement to her innovative designs, like the juxtaposition of different textures and colors. For the District 12 citizen costumes, Makovsky was inspired by photographs of working-class Americans from the early twentieth century. The costumes worn by the characters of The Hunger Games span a wide spectrum of fashion styles, and the visual effect is sure to rival the plot as one of the film’s strongest elements. Contact Carly Reed at email@example.com.
KITCH 121: Pad Thai 1 yellow onion, diced 1 package (about 10 oz) of Portobello mushrooms 2 crowns of broccoli, chopped 1 zucchini, diced 1 package of extra-firm tofu, cubed Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 package of bean sprouts, divided in half 1 red bell pepper, diced Sauce: 2/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce 1 1/4 tsp of sesame oil 1 1/4 tsp of rice wine vinegar Juice of half a lime Optional toppings: 1 cup of chopped peanuts 4 scallions (green onions), sliced 1. Boil the water for the noodles in a medium pot. Once the water reaches a boil, add the noodles and cook until al dente (you should do this while the vegetables are cooking). 2. In a large pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic for about three minutes, then add in the mushrooms and continue to cook until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms have browned. 3. Add the broccoli, zucchini and tofu to the pan and cook for another four minutes, season with salt and pepper and stir occasionally.
By Rachel Eisen Maroon-News Staff
4. While the vegetables are cooking, in a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and lime juice. I suggest tasting the sauce (you can dip one of the noodles in even if they’re not quite done) and then you can adjust accordingly. 5. Add half of the bean sprouts and the red pepper into the pan of vegetables and let cook for about three minutes. 6. Add the sauce and vegetables into the pot of drained noodles and stir in the remaining bean sprouts. 7. Serve with small bowls of toppings so that people have the option of adding their own. Contact Emily Suskin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justin Hillman is a sophomore from Los Angeles. He’s wearing a graphic tee with a black cardigan, rolled up jeans and classic Vans “Authentics”. Rachel: How would you describe your style? Justin: I could say that it’s urban, but I like to dress in contrast to where I am. R: What does that mean exactly? Give us some examples. J: At Colgate, I dress fairly urban. Or at home, I’ll dress beachy, like shorts and flip-flops when I’m not at the beach. R: So do you wear a turtleneck at the beach? J: No. I don’t wear turtlenecks. R: Where do you get your inspiration? J: I don’t know. I draw from what I see other people wear, anything that I see really. R: What’s your favorite store? J: In general, I like to shop at Urban Outfitters. R: That’s pretty mainstream of you. J: I know. As of recently, I’ve started to shop through thrift stores. R: That’s pretty hipster of you. J: I know. Classic hipster. R: How long does it take you to get ready? J: As much as an hour, as little as 15-20 minutes. Contact Rachel Eisen at email@example.com.
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March 22, 2012
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Big Names on the Move in the NFL By Pete Koehler Maroon-News Staff
Peyton to the Broncos: To be honest, I saw Manning ending up with the Tennessee Titans. Just think about it. Peyton has a house in Tennessee, he played for Tennessee in college and he would have one of the league’s best O-Lines and RBs in Chris Johnson, all in a division he was familiar with. Oh, and he’d get to stick it to the Colts twice a year. I mean, maybe all of that just makes too much sense. Denver is far from chopped liver though. While they may have only been truly dominant in their run game last year, where one of the league’s best run-blocking O-Lines made an all-pro rusher out of a seemingly over-the-hill Willis McGahee, there is hope for the development of the pass game with WR Demaryius Thomas being on the verge of breaking through as a star. If they can give Peyton another weapon or two through free agency or the draft, the Broncos go from a below-average, extremely one-dimensional offense, to one of the AFC’s most potent attacks. As for the other side of the ball, the Broncos showed upside but were on the whole inconsistent and were often bailed out by some extremely timely turnovers by opponents. That said, young pieces like Von Miller continue to progress and if they can get a full season out of Elvis Dumervil, all of a sudden they are no worse than above average on defense. It is rare that one player can make a fringe playoff contender a titan of the league, but Peyton Manning could have just that effect. The move couldn’t make more sense for the Broncos because their window to be a Super Bowl contender is now – in a completely wide-open AFC. Also, this is the one scenario where they can justify ending their uncertain marriage with Tim Tebow, a player whose limitations stood in the way of this team becoming a real contender. Mario Williams to the Bills: Remember how giddy Bills fans were after they got off
OLD HORSE: After his release by the Indianapolis Colts and an intense search for a new home, quarterback Peyton Manning finally landed in Denver at Tim Tebow’s expense. to a 5-2 start last year and Ryan Fitzpatrick forgot for seven games that he was Ryan Fitzpatrick? Sure, the Bills went back to their old selves from there, extending and overpaying Fitzpatrick quickly and impulsively, only to see him have a miserable second half (they went 1-8 the rest of the way). That said, Bills fans are ready to forget all of that after their team beat the odds to score the most coveted defensive free agent on the market this year, and for a long time. Yes, they did have to give him the most guaranteed money for a defensive player in history ($50 million), but when you’re the Bills, you have to overpay a little to have a chance. Frankly, it’s going to be worth it because they were unable to put pressure on anyone not named Tim Tebow last year and now that gaping hole in their defense is instantly addressed. Mario Williams is not going to make the Bills a playoff team instantly, but he’s only just hitting his peak at age 27, so this is a move as much about now as a few years down the road. If Mario succeeds and doesn’t go stir
crazy in Buffalo (see the Mayne Event featuring Marshawn Lynch from a few years back), Fitzpatrick plays to his potential as an above-average NFL starting quarterback and Stevie Johnson and CJ Spiller continue to mature, the future in Buffalo isn’t so grim. Just the fact that a marquis free agent with his complete and total choice of destinations chose to go to Buffalo is a complete and total victory for the Bills and their fans. I love the move for the Bills. Tebowmania Comes to NY After the Jets Extend Sanchez: I just outlined two very well calculated, rational moves that remind us that the GMs our favorite teams pay millions of dollars actually get it right once in a while. That brings us to our boy Mike Tannenbaum, the GM of the Jets, who decided to reward Mark Sanchez with a necessary and deserved contract extension. With his contract coming up at the end of a monster year, it was all but a forgone conclusion that the Jets would make a move to extend Sanchez and make him the face of the
franchise for years to come. Wait, Sanchez’s contract wasn’t up, the Jets and Sanchez finished out one of the more embarrassing seasons in recent memory and Peyton Manning was on the market? Um, good one, Mike. Apparently the idea was to give Sanchez a show of faith and a deserved reward for a “body of work over the last three seasons.” Well, if you like losing AFC championships, untimely interceptions and a 73.2 career QB rating, then Sanchez is your man. And because all of that made so much sense, it was of course no surprise when the Jets traded a fourth and a sixth-round pick for none other than Tim Tebow, despite just bringing in Drew Stanton to fill the backup vacancy created by the departure of Mark Brunell. So first you extend Sanchez to try to reaffirm his status as your franchise quarterback, and then you bring in Tebow as a situational and wildcat guy? It’s nice and all that the Jets are thinking the move is going to help restore sanity to their locker room and improve their public image, but the Jets are making a vast oversight here. What if Sanchez gets off to a slow start and the Jets continue to struggle and Tebow is just chilling on the bench? Jets fans are far from in love with Sanchez and could not care less that the team just gave him this silly extension. You know for a fact that they’d be clamoring for Tebow, and everyone saw how that played out for Kyle Orton and the Broncos last year. It’s hard to believe that there isn’t going to be some serious drama when Tebow is just sitting on the bench once Sanchez hits an inevitable rough patch. It’s clear the Jets were looking to combat the media circus atmosphere that they dealt with at the end of last season but, by bringing in Tebow, they’ve just set themselves up for an even worse disaster. Have fun being the number-two team in New York City for the next decade, Jets fans! Contact Pete Koehler at email@example.com.
March 22, 2012
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Best and Worst of NBA Trade Deadline By Alexander Frost Maroon-News Staff
Although this year’s trade deadline was quieter than usual, several surprising and successful trades – and failed ones – occurred. There weren’t any ground-shattering, game-changing moves that would have happened had Deron Williams or Dwight Howard been traded, but several surprising moves have slightly changed the playoff race and could give a few teams an edge. The first trade deadline deal was one of the most polarizing; it sent Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown. Analyzing this deal, it’s pretty clear that in the immediate future, the Bucks got a great deal. Bogut is hurt and Jackson was in a conflict with Scott Skiles, so they turned deadweight into an overrated but solid scorer in Ellis and a decent ceiling and quality PF/C in Ekpe Udoh. The Warriors made this deal, it would seem, to get a better draft pick this year. If the pick lands outside of the top seven, Utah receives that pick via New Jersey from a Warriors/Nets deal years ago. Bogut could add a solid defensive presence
to the Warriors if and when he gets healthy, but that is a big if. This trade will definitely make them worse in the near future, and likely further, especially when it is noted that they moved Stephen Jackson for Richard Jefferson and a Spurs first-rounder, which was a poor move because Richard Jefferson has a worse contract for longer than Jackson. Furthermore, the team now has no cap flexibility for at least the next two years. All in all, the Bucks and Spurs won these deals at Golden State’s expense. Next, the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets were also very active this deadline. The Lakers managed to give a first-round pick to Cleveland to unload Luke Walton’s contract, and still get a quality point man in Ramon Sessions back. They then flipped Derek Fisher and a first rounder to Houston for Jordan Hill, a EYE ON ELLIS: Former Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis was traded to the backup center. This was a move to save money, Milwaukee Bucks in one of the biggest and more questionable NBA deadline moves. but it was certainly a surprise to see the man fantasycpr.com who has been by Kobe’s side for every champi- Dalembert. Houston and the Lakers clearly move is puzzling, however, because it seems onship he has won tossed out in a salary dump. made their teams better with these moves, as that taking Luke Walton’s contract would be The Rockets also moved Jonny Flynn, Hasheem the Lakers got a younger backcourt, and Hous- worth that first-round pick alone, and that they Thabeet and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ ton added a solid veteran to their roster, while could have received much better for Ramon second-rounder to the Portland Trail Blazers not taking a major cap hit. The Blazers are also Sessions. This trade really didn’t make sense, as for Marcus Camby, an expiring contract that taking a shot on two players that appear to be Sessions had a good value and one would think also doubles as a serviceable backup for Sam busts while dumping a contract. The Cleveland he would receive a better return than what is essentially nothing. The most surprising trades happened at almost the last minute of the trade deadline. The Blazers moved Gerald Wallace to the Nets for a top-three protected first-rounder Mehmet Okur and Shawne Williams. This trade, in my opinion, is absolutely terrible for New Jersey. They are most likely not going to make the playoffs, and this trade makes them good enough to avoid a topthree pick, meaning they’re headed for the lottery. Gerald Wallace is far past his prime and will not bring that team a championship. The Nets just panic-traded one of their biggest assets for an old, overpaid veteran and now will likely lose Deron Williams to free agency. This is the story of the Nets lately, especially if the point guard leaves. A team has to be built from the ground up, and now the Nets are mortgaging their future to try to convince Williams to stay, when he could easily leave the Nets high and dry, now with pasttheir-prime veterans and no draft picks. On the flipside, the Blazers can now flash-rebuild and pair two lottery picks with LaMarcus Aldridge, Nic Batum, Wes Matthews and Nolan Smith, if he pans out. The Nuggets traded Nene to the Wizards in return for Ronny Turiaf and Javale McGee, and the LA Clippers sent Brian Cook and a second-rounder to the Washington Wizards for Nick Young. This was the most surprising trade of the day, as Nene was just signed to a five-year deal. The trade can be justified by all three teams, as the Clippers get a solid shooting guard to pair with Chris Paul for almost no cost, the Wizards unloaded two poor-attitude players for a veteran center and the Nuggets got to dump salary to sign Wilson Chandler and landed a freakishly talented but mentally weak center in Javale McGee. The Wizards are taking a risk with Nene’s albatross of a contract, and I can say that after seeing Nene play in person last week, he has lost a step and is not playing up to that value. If he can regain his athleticism, he could do well with John Wall, and he has always been a high character professional. It’s a risk that may pay off for the Wizards. Finally, there were several small trades that will not have a major effect on the NBA landscape. Sam Young was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Philadelphia 76ers for the rights to Ricky Sanchez in a salary dump, and Leandro Barbosa was traded to the Indiana Pacers for a second-round pick. The Pacers added a decent scorer off the bench and the Toronto Raptors are obviously trying to lose to get a better pick at this point, so it’s a win-win situation. Contact Alexander Frost at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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March 22, 2012
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What is the best offense in the NFC North?
By Travis Basciotta Maroon-News Staff
By Matthew Heineman Maroon-News Staff
In my opinion, the best offense in the NFC North still belongs to the Green Bay Packers. Last season they were ranked in the top five in the NFL in most offensive categories including total offense (405.1 ypg), passing (307.8), turnover ratio (plus-24) and points per game (35). There’s little reason to believe they won’t put those numbers up again. They have the defending MVP in Aaron Rodgers (45 TD, 6 INT) under contract for a number of years and retained their trio of wide receiver playmakers Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley and Jordy Nelson. The three put up monstrous numbers in 2011, combining for 190 catches, 2,979 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns on the season. The NFC North has other strong offensive teams including the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, both of whom have spent the offseason upgrading their offense. The Lions have former number-one pick Matthew Stafford, who, when healthy, has the potential to be a top quarterback in this league, as well as recently resigned star receiver Calvin Johnson (96 catches, 1,681 yards and 16 TDs). The Bears also have a strong offensive trio with Jay Cutler, Matt Forte and the recently acquired Brandon Marshall. Despite his off-the-field issues, Marshall has managed to put up five consecutive seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards and his success with Cutler in Denver has been well documented. The Bears were on their way to a playoff-bound season before both Forte and Cutler were lost to injury. With both players back and healthy, combined with a dynamic vertical threat in Brandon Marshall, the Bears have a promising offense for the 2012 season. Despite these moves, the Packers still hold the keys to the best offense in the NFC North. Their offense has more talent, better chemistry and, more importantly, better durability than the other teams in the division.
The NFC North looks to be one of the most explosive divisions in the NFL next season, mostly due to the presence of Pro-Bowl quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford and Jay Cutler. For this conversation, we can ignore Adrian Peterson’s Vikings because their quarterback, Christian Ponder, wasn’t even successful in the ACC. Like it or not, the NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and elite play from under center is essential to building a contender. With that in mind, I think the obvious answer is Green Bay. Rodgers is the most talented quarterback in the NFL, and outstanding skill players like Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley and Jordy Nelson give him plenty of options down the field. While the Stafford-Megatron connection in Detroit is fun to watch, Stafford simply hasn’t proven he can provide consistent decision-making or even stay healthy for an entire season. In Chicago, I don’t see how bringing in an inconsistent, behaviorally-challenged wide receiver named Brandon Marshall to catch passes from an inconsistent, behaviorally-challenged quarterback named Jay Cutler will solve the team’s problems, especially considering the offensive line has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. Running back Matt Forte does provide a dynamic running option, but Rodgers’s mobility and the use of screen passes give the Packers viable alternatives.
By Albert Raminfard Maroon-News Staff
To the probable surprise of many, I choose the Chicago Bears because they easily have the most well-rounded offense. I think the acquisition of Brandon Marshall will be the first step of many to improving this offense. I believe they will continue to make moves to improve their line and receiving corps through the draft, specifically wide receiver Michael Floyd. At this point, Cutler is the only quarterback of his draft class to perform in any way and, moreover, he is on my list for top10 quarterbacks in the league. The game that enlightened me to how skillful he is was the Monday night game last season against the Detroit Lions, where he had everything stacked against him: the Lions constantly had heavy pressure on him, the
RODGERS REIGNS: Even with the addition of All-Pro wide reciever Brandon Marshall, the Chicago Bears still answer to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. running game was being completely held up and his receivers weren’t making plays. Meanwhile, he still managed to make play after play on some of the scrappiest drives I’ve ever seen. The Packers and Lions basically don’t have running games. That makes them one-dimensional and vulnerable to teams who have a pass rush and good secondary like the New York Giants. The Bears have Matt Forte, who is a top-five running back with an all-around skill set and will have more space with better receivers that defenses must worry about. The Lions’ offense is still improving, but the Packers have an aging line and I think Jermichael Finley is overrated; I don’t see them being as ridiculous as they have been. It is also important to define offense. Statistically, the Bears will easily win out, as the help from their great defense and special teams units will provide them shorter fields than most other teams.
By Ben Glassman Maroon-News Staff
Though Brandon Marshall’s move to Chicago will certainly help quarterback Jay Cutler, not to mention keep defenses a little more honest when stacking eight defenders in the box against Matt Forte, it’s absurd to think the Bears will ac-
tually put up better numbers than the Packers. If I had to predict, I’d even say the Bears will end up behind Detroit in total offensive production in 2012-13. At quarterback, it’s not even a question: Aaron Rodgers is head and shoulders above the rest of the division’s signal callers, with Detroit’s Matt Stafford, Cutler and Christian Ponder in Minnesota falling in line behind him. Running back is really the only position in which Chicago holds an advantage over Green Bay and Detroit, as Forte’s abilities are clearly superior to those of Green Bay’s James Starks (and the Kuhn) and of the Best-Morris-Smith combo in Detroit. Even here, however, the Bears take a backseat in the ground game to Adrian Peterson and the Vikings. At wide receiver, I think Calvin Johnson puts Detroit ahead of the rest, with Green Bay’s balance behind All-Pro Greg Jennings making them a close second. Yes, Marshall is a beast downfield, but he’s no Calvin Johnson, which makes Chicago a distant third. Overall, it’s clear that both the Packers and the Lions are the bigger offensive powers in the NFC North. Their QB-wide receiver combos in this increasingly passing-friendly league make them far superior to the Bears.
March 22, 2012
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Men’s Hockey Ends Season Falls to Union in ECAC Semifinal
SMITH FOR HOBEY: Senior Austin Smith finished his record-setting senior season last weekend, guiding Colgate to fourth place in the ECAC.
FLYING DUTCHMEN: Union captured the ECAC tournament title and a number one seed in the NCAA tournament.
By Jaime Heilbron Copy Editor
Over spring break, the Colgate men’s hockey team participated in the ECAC Hockey Playoffs. Having earned a firstround bye, Colgate had a week off before it hosted the fifth-seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats in a best-of-three series. The Raiders won on Friday, 4-2, and Sunday, 4-0, while losing 4-2 on Saturday to take the series by a 2-1 score. A week later in Atlantic City, Colgate took on top-seeded Union in the league semifinals, falling by a 6-2 score. ’Gate ended its season losing to Cornell, 3-0, in the third-place contest. At the annual ECAC Hockey Awards Banquet held on March 16, the day before the semifinals, several Raiders were honored. Junior tri-captain and defenseman Thomas Larkin was named to the All-ECAC Third Team and sophomore forward Chris Wagner was named to the All-ECAC Second Team. Senior forward Austin Smith was the star of the night, being named to the All-ECAC First Team, the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and a top 10 finalist for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the best player in college hockey. In the first game of the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals, Colgate came out on fire, supporting the notion that the week off helps more than it hurts. The Raiders quickly got on the board when Smith scored his NCAA-leading 35th goal of the year at 3:15 of the opening stanza, assisted by first-year defenseman Spiro Goulakos. Toward the end of the period, at 15:35 Quinnipiac got on the board on a power play, leveling the score at one after 20
minutes of play. Colgate re-took the lead right off the opening faceoff in the second stanza, when Wagner popped one in past the Bobcats’ Eric Hartzell, to make it 2-1, off assists from first-year forward Joe Wilson and junior forward Nathan Sinz. Quinnipiac knotted the game at two soon after, striking once again on the man advantage at 4:58. The Raiders outplayed their opponents throughout the rest of the period, but were unable to capitalize on their scoring chances. Entering the third frame, the contest was still either team’s game. Colgate, however, made its position as the host team count by outworking and outhustling Quinnipiac. The Raiders’ efforts were finally rewarded when Wagner scored his second of the game and 14th of the year on the power play at 11:32. 17 seconds later, senior forward Matt Firman added an insurance tally to make the score 4-2, which would stand throughout the rest of the contest and give Colgate a 1-0 lead in the series. The following evening, the Bobcats were the most desperate team, playing for their season, while the Raiders were assured at least one more game. Quinnipiac used its desperation to put itself ahead early, scoring at 4:15 and striking two minutes later at 6:18 to go up 2-0. Wagner was awarded a penalty shot at 11:31, an opportunity he used to pull the Raiders within one. From then on, Colgate seemed to have awakened and proceeded to control play. In the second period, the Raiders kept rolling off the momentum obtained in the first stanza. Finally, after several minutes
of keeping play in the Bobcats’ end, junior forward Kurtis Bartliff tallied to level the game at two. A questionable penalty called on Colgate with 51 seconds left in the period gave Quinnipiac a power play, on which it scored a controversial goal. It appeared that the puck had been kicked into the net with seven seconds remaining, but after several minutes of reviewing, the play was called a goal and the Raiders trailed by one heading into the final 20 minutes of the contest. The final frame was as predictable as could be. Colgate did its best to tie the game, while the Bobcats shut them down defensively and prevented the Raiders from creating good scoring chances. Quinnipiac added an insurance goal on the man advantage at 18:32 to force a third and decisive game on Sunday. The decisive game of the series was quite possibly Colgate’s strongest overall effort of the year. The Raiders opened the scoring early in the first when Wagner scored his fourth of the weekend at 4:37 assisted by Wilson and senior tri-captain Corbin McPherson. Throughout the rest of the period, Colgate continued to create scoring chances, while at the same time stopping every one of the Bobcats’ attempts including the highlight of the night in which sophomore goaltender Eric Mihalik, caught out of position, threw himself from one end of the net to the other, thus preventing Quinnipiac’s forward from scoring on the open net. In the second stanza, the Raiders continued their strong defensive play and added to their lead. First-year forward John Lidgett scored his fifth goal of the campaign at 8:55, off assists from Bartliff and
junior forward Robbie Bourdon to give Colgate a 2-0 lead. Several minutes later, at 17:08, Smith blasted his 36th goal of the season past Hartzell to give the Raiders a commanding 3-0 leading heading into the final period. Already having a big enough lead after two stanzas, Colgate dedicated itself to protecting it in the final frame. The Bobcats had a five-on-three power play to start the period, yet the Raiders played their best defensive hockey of the weekend, preventing their opponent from creating good scoring opportunities. With a little less than five minutes remaining in the game, Wagner capped off an incredible series with his fifth goal of the weekend on an empty-net tally to help Colgate to a 4-0 victory over Quinnipiac. Despite the following weekend’s losses to Union and Cornell, the Colgate men’s hockey team and its senior class has much to be proud of due to its accomplishments this year. The Raiders were the most improved team in ECAC Hockey from one year to the next, climbing eight spots from 12th place to 4th place, were ranked in the national polls throughout most of the year and have a legitimate Hobey Baker candidate in Smith. The future also looks bright for Colgate hockey, with a highly touted incoming class as well as the return of Wagner, Wilson and Mihalik among others for next year. Colgate will open the 2012-2013 season with an exhibition game against a Canadian university to be determined followed by a trip to Oxford, Ohio to take on the Miami Redhawks in early October. Contact Jaime Heilbron at email@example.com.
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March 22, 2012
Women’s Lacrosse Team Defeats Lehigh Starts Patriot League Campaign with Victory
By Alexandra Silverman Maroon-News Staff
The Colgate women’s lacrosse team took a 13-9 win over Lehigh in their first Patriot League game of the season on Saturday, March 10 on Tyler’s Field. Senior captain and midfielder Katie Sullivan tallied a career-high seven points off four goals and three assists to take the Raiders to a 1-0 record in the Patriot League and 1-5 record overall. Another noteworthy player, senior midfielder and captain Courtney Miller, recorded five points on four goals and one assist. Junior midfielder Quincey Spagnoletti and junior attacker Kate Sheridan each chipped in with three points on a goal and two helpers off the bench. First-year goalie Jennie Berglin had an incredible day with a total of 13 stops including seven in the first half. This was Berglin’s first win for the Raiders, as well as her second consecutive game with double-digit saves. The Mountain Hawks, 0-1 in the Patriot League, came out quick on the start with a 3-1 lead with players Leigh Ann Torcivia, Carli Sukonik and Lauren Murray each netting goals, while Sullivan was responsible for the women’s first goal on the board. Colgate took their first lead of the game with three straight goals over a three-minute period. Lehigh tied up the game again at 4-4 with 12:41 left in the first half. The Raiders then struck back with another three consecutive goals to take its
THROW YOUR HANDS UP IN THE SKY: Colgate women’s lacrosse started off their Patriot League campaign with a 13-9 win over the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. first lead of 7-4. Sheridan got the ball rolling with her second goal of the game, followed by Miller who put her second goal on the board as well. Junior midfielder Amanda O’Sullivan scored the final goal of Colgate’s run off
a free-position shot with nearly five minutes left to play in the half. Lehigh fought back with two goals in the final minute of play to cut the Raiders lead to 7-6. Entering the second half of play, Colgate did not miss a beat. Sullivan net-
ted her first of four goals in the final 30 minutes of play to earn Colgate its first lead of the half at 8-6 just 43 seconds into play. Miller tallied a point with a man-up offensive attack off a free-position shot. This was Miller’s third goal of the day. With 25 minutes left to play in the game, Colgate led 9-6. Lehigh countered with two straight from Sukonik over the next six minutes. The next 12 minutes of play went scoreless, as Lehigh got in position to stall the Raiders attack. With 7:31 left in the game, Miller scored her fourth and final goal of the game. The Raiders continued their run with three of the last four goals of the game. Sophomore attacker Monica White tallied the last goal of the game with under 21 seconds left on the board to end their five-game losing streak. Though Lehigh led in the shot advantage with 25 compared to Colgate’s 23, the Raiders were able to successfully capitalize on their chances. The Mountain Hawks also led the score sheet with 20 ground balls in comparison to the women’s 14. A major drawback that hurt Lehigh was their inability to find the back of the net on seven of their nine free position shots. The home team also was victorious on the defensive end with 14 caused turnovers. The Colgate women will take on Holy Cross this upcoming Saturday on Tyler’s Field at 1 p.m.. Contact Alexandra Silverman at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Colgate Maroon-News
March 22, 2012
SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS Patriot League Standings Women’s Lacrosse
Men’s Lacrosse Team Bucknell Lehigh Colgate Navy Army Holy Cross Lafayette
League 2-0 1-0 1-0 2-1 0-1 0-2 0-2
Overall 5-3 8-1 7-1 4-3 3-5 4-4 2-5
Team Navy Holy Cross American Lehigh Colgate Lafayette Bucknell
League Overall 2-0 10-1 1-0 4-4 1-1 4-4 1-1 4-4 1-1 1-7 0-1 5-4 0-2 2-7
Softball Team Army Lehigh Bucknell Colgate Lafayette Holy Cross
League 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Overall 11-8 9-11 5-10 4-13 2-9 2-12
Men’s Hockey: Colgate 4, Quinnipiac 2*; Quinnipiac 4, Colgate 2*; Colgate 4, Quinnipiac 0*; Union 6, Colgate 2*; Cornell 3, Colgate 0* Men’s Lacrosse: Colgate 13, Holy Cross 9*; Colgate 17, Binghamton 8; Colgate 12, #13 Fairfield 6 Men’s Tennis: Williams 5, Colgate 2; Monmouth 4, Colgate 3; Colgate 4, Valparaiso 3; Colgate 6, St. Bonaventure 1 Softball: Colgate 1, St. Francis (PA) 0; Stony Brook 9, Colgate 4; Colgate 2, Howard 0; FGCU 8, Colgate 3; Utah 2, Colgate 1; Utah 8, Colgate 0; Florida Atlantic 3, Colgate 2; Florida Atlantic 6, Colgate 2; Colgate 2, Iona 1; Kent State 6, Colgate 0; Rutgers 3, Colgate 0; Colgate 8, Hartford 0; Hartford 3, Colgate 2 Women’s Lacrosse: Colgate 13, Lehigh 9*; UMBC 13, Colgate 11; American 19, Colgate 18*, Binghamton 16, Colgate 11 Women’s Tennis: Marist 6, Colgate 1; Seton Hall 6, Colgate 1; St. Bonaventure 7, Colgate 0
Friday: 7:00 p.m. Softball at Syracuse Saturday: Men’s and Women’s Crew at Mutphy Cup in Philadelphia 11:00 a.m. Men’s Track at Navy* 12:00 p.m. Men’s Tennis at Navy* 2:00 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse vs. Navy* 3:00 p.m. Softball vs. Canisius at Syracuse Sunday: 10:00 a.m. Women’s Tennis at Navy* * denotes Patriot League opponent
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Walsh and Baum continued to be a twoheaded monster for the Colgate offensive attack, as both had five points in the contest. Senior goalie Jared Madison had eight stops for Colgate in net. The Raiders re-entered the national polls following their three consecutive wins, and were ranked 17th prior to taking on the Binghamton Bearcats. While this game did not have large national implications for the Raiders, the Bearcats had beaten the Raiders the previous two seasons. Colgate certainly played like they were hungry for some revenge, beating Binghamton by a score of 17-8. Walsh had his best game as a Raider in his young career, scoring seven points with four goals and three assists. “The first few games of the season I definitely was a little inexperienced,” Walsh said. “Lately I have become more confident and have been contributing a lot more to the team’s success. I had to transition from a more individual game in high school to a more team-oriented game in college where the defenses work very well as a unit. Thus, in order to break a college defense down you have to work as one and stick to the game plan the coaches draw up.” Baum also tallied another five points with a hat-trick and two assists. Junior midfielder Robert Grabher, who has been excellent at the face-off X all season for the Raiders, had the best game of his collegiate career with a pair of goals and a pair of assists. Colgate was aided by huge first and third quarters, scoring seven and six goals respectively. After the first quarter, Colgate led 7-3, and led by as much as 10 in the second half.
Colgate wrapped up its spring break games against Fairfield last Saturday at Andy Kerr Stadium. Fairfield came in possessing a perfect 7-0 record and was the 13th ranked team in the country. This was a statement game for the Raiders, and they did just that, doubling up the Stags, 12-6. Baum again led the way for Colgate, scoring six points with four goals and two assists. Over the last five games, Baum has scored 33 points with 22 goals and 11 assists. Walsh and Ledwick also both had significant contributions to the Raiders’ offensive attack, both tallying three points with two goals and an assist. Junior defenseman James Queeney also had a goal, the third Raider defenseman to find the back of the net this season. Much like in every game during the Raiders’ win streak, the team came out hot. The Raiders had three goals in the first seven minutes on the way to a five-goal first quarter. Colgate led throughout and, much like all of its wins during its streak, dominated in ground balls as well as shots. Madison had his best game of the season, recording 11 saves between the pipes. Colgate’s 7-1 record through eight games is the team’s best start since 1993 when the team started 8-1. The team looks to match that this Saturday when it takes on the Navy Midshipmen. The game will feature the top-two points scorers in the country with Peter Baum and Navy’s sophomore attackman Tucker Hull. Baum currently holds a 35-game points streak, and the only time he was held pointless as a Raider was the second game of his first-year season. The game will take place at Andy Kerr Stadium, with a 2 p.m. start time. Contact Steve Urban at
March 22, 2012
Men’s Lacrosse Keeps Rolling with Five Straight Wins By Steve Urban Maroon-News Staff
The Colgate men’s lacrosse team has bounced back from its only set back against Dartmouth in triumphant fashion, stringing together five consecutive wins over the last two-plus weeks. The team now finds itself ranked No. 12/13 in the two respective national polls following wins over Robert Morris, Hobart, Holy Cross, Binghamton and the previously undefeated Fairfield. The offense has fueled the Raiders to these victories as they tallied 24, 18, 13, 17 and 12 goals in all of their wins and now boast the second best offense in the nation. Junior Peter Baum has continued his phenomenal season, leading the nation in points with 45, as well as goals with 33. He earned Nike Player of the Week honors for his performance against Robert Morris. He also earned two Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week awards. First-year Ryan Walsh also earned two straight Patriot League Rookie of
the Week awards. Sophomore Bobby Lawrence earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Binghamton and Fairfield. “I can definitely attribute my immediate success as a first-year player to my teammates and coaches,” Walsh said. “I have been lucky enough to find myself on the receiving end of a lot of great plays by my teammates as well. Work-horses like John Donnelly and Jimmy Ryan really help us in our transition game, which our team has been capitalizing on a lot lately.” Thirteen different Raiders scored at least one point this past weekend, and eleven of them tallied goals in the men’s lacrosse team’s blow out of Robert Morris University, 24-14. It was the most goals Colgate scored in a single game since 1990 when the Raiders beat Air Force, 27-8. The 10goal margin of victory was the team’s largest since it beat Holy Cross, 22-9, in 2009. Colgate tweaked its usual line-up, moving Baum from midfield to attack, as well as adding
sophomore Brendan McCann to the attack unit. Senior Jeff Ledwick and first-year Matt Clarkson were moved to the midfield. The lineup shift worked greatly as Colgate’s offense came out on fire. The Raiders scored 11 goals in the first quarter, more than they had scored in any game at that point in their season, on their way to scoring 18 in the first half. Junior Peter Baum tallied his most points in a single game as a Raider, providing one third of the team’s total goals with eight. Baum also dished out two assists to reach ten points on the afternoon. He was incredibly efficient, only having to take 11 shots to amass his eight goals. The Raiders led by as much as 14 and cruised to the blow-out victory. “Moving Pete to attack definitely helped our offensive production,” Walsh said. “He draws most of the attention from opposing defenses which has opened up more opportunities for other guys to step up and make plays.” The offense did not lose a beat when it took
on Hobart at home the following Tuesday earning another double-digit victory by the score of 18-8. Peter Baum followed up his stellar performance with another, tallying nine points on the afternoon. Ledwick tallied four points with a hat trick and an assist. The game was never very close as Colgate led by two after the first quarter, by five at half and by eight after the third. The offensive attack remained balanced throughout, scoring nine goals in each half. The Raiders opened up their Patriot League schedule against Holy Cross, defeating the Crusaders, 13-9. Colgate continued its streak of starting hot, getting the first goal of the game just over a minute into the game, on the way to leading 4-2 after the first period. The game remained close throughout, but the Raiders never trailed. The Crusaders did manage to tie the game up in the second at 4-4 and third period at 6-6, but the Raiders rallied off four consecutive goals after to put the score at 10-6. Continued on D-6