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Potential Changes to Spring Party Weekend Address Safety Concerns, Noise

By Cody Semrau Investigative Editor

With Spring Party Weekend (SPW) only 10 weeks away, Colgate students and administrators are still working out the details for this year’s event. SPW 2014, scheduled to officially take place on April 25 and 26, is anticipated to be a more confined and exclusive festival than in years past. On January 28, a number of Colgate community members sat down with Hamilton Police Chief Rick Gifford and Mayor Margaret Miller to air their opinions on last year’s Spring Party Weekend. Two serious incidents topped the list of concerns, including a stabbing that took place at a late-night event and a severely intoxicated Hamilton Central School student who was rushed to the hospital. Other than these two incidents, however, last year’s SPW was one of the safest with regard to the number of overall hospitalizations. Residents in the Village of Hamilton also reported fewer noise complaints than in the past. “Our ultimate goal for Spring Party Weekend is for students

to have a great time without the high-risk behavior,” Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Scott Brown said. “It’s a weekend that takes a lot out of a lot of people. We need to make sure we’re not spreading the school and the community too thin.” Brown noted that SPW typically requires Hamilton’s Community Memorial Hospital to triple its staff, for the town to expand its police force and for Campus Safety and Southern Madison County Volunteer Ambulance (SOMAC) resources to be heavily strained. It is for these reasons, along with overall safety concerns, that the Colgate administration is focused on confining SPW events from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. Although the exact format of this year’s SPW is still to be finalized, the main concert is expected to take place on Saturday afternoon. There will also be a kick-off event on Friday, but specific details have yet to surface. Regular event management procedures will be in place under Colgate’s social hosting guidelines, including a 2 a.m.

event deadline. It is also likely that only two Broad Street Association (BSA) concerts will be permitted outside of the Colgate-hosted main concert. Although this will not exclude other non-concert events from taking place throughout the weekend, it is the first time a strict limit will be placed on the number of SPW concerts. Other changes anticipated for SPW 2014 include a wristband policy that will require all Colgate students and their guests to have the appropriate wristband in order to attend any SPW events. Each Colgate student will only be permitted one non-Colgate guest, whom they will have to register beforehand. Furthermore, no guests under the age of 18 will be allowed to attend. All of these efforts aim to mitigate the high-risk behaviors typically associated with SPW, particularly among underage students and non-Colgate attendees. More specific details, including who will be the headliner of the main concert, will likely be provided to the Colgate community within the upcoming weeks. Contact Cody Semrau at csemrau@colgate.edu.

Student Groups Host Green Summit By Jack Galvin

Green Ambassadors, Composting Club, the Clean Water Coalition and the Green Raiders, as well as Director of Sustainability John Pumilio. Eight different groups gathered in the Ho Atrium last “This is where simple ideas transform into comThursday for the 13th annual Green Summit, an oppor- plex initiatives,” co-organizer of the event senior tunity for sustainability organizations to raise awareness of Kathryn Bacher said. their cause, brainstorm ideas, recruit new members and Bacher and co-organizer senior Jenna Glat encouraged present their own plans of action for the upcoming spring. collaboration among the groups present in outlining posAmong those present were Students for Environ- sible additions to existing initiatives. The Green Summit mental Action, Green Thumbs, Green Earth Gang, provided students with an opportunity to brainstorm with like-minded people in an attempt to make the world a more sustainable place, starting locally with Colgate. “That which is not good for the beehive cannot be good for the bees,” Pumilio remarked, quoting the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. Pumilio saw the closest application of this statement as devising sustainable solutions to environmental problems on a local scale. With the current rate of deforestation at one football field per second, as well as the disappearance of 77 species each day, Pumilio urged students to make a difference by tackling problems here at Colgate. Spokespeople from each of the sustainability groups presented go green or go home: Multiple sustainability organizations their action plans. Maroon-News Staff

presented their current green initiatives and brainstormed how to make Jeff Potts

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Nikki Giovanni Gives Black History Month Keynote Address

living legend: Nikki Giovanni recited her poems and discussed her experiences as an advocate for civil rights. Melissa Gamez by Kelsey Soderberg Maroon-News Staff

World-renowned poet, writer, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni visited the Colgate campus last week to give the keynote address for Black History Month. Her lecture called “An Evening of Poetry, Love and Enlightenment” involved a reading of several of her most riveting poems, along with a lighthearted conversation among the engrossed audience in Love Auditorium. Giovanni, who works as a University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech University, spoke to students and faculty about her determination to fight for civil rights and equality by discussing her own experiences and opinions regarding black history. “Black history is American history and is well worth our pursuit… When we stand for something, it’s better for all of us,” Giovanni said. Along with delving deep into somber subjects like slavery and war, Giovanni commanded the audience with her upbeat and hilarious discussions about interplanetary travel, study abroad, rap artists and even the TV show “Deal or No Deal.” She was an entertainer as much as an academic as all of her anecdotes connected together to educate the Colgate audience about morality, equality, history and modern issues like education reform and the increase of minimum wage. Students in the audience enjoyed her spoken-word poems and wise advice about living a “good life.” Many laughed along with her personal anecdotes and listened atten-

tively to her poems concerning the troubles of African Americans. “I feel like it’s always important to hear from an older generation, especially an older generation of color. That’s history right there and our culture in person. We’re hearing her perspective that I think Colgate doesn’t get a lot, and it’s still fresh and new and hilarious,” sophomore Chantel Melendez said. After the lecture, students had the opportunity to attend a reception and to meet Giovanni while discussing issues and asking questions. Known as the “Princess of Black Poetry,” Giovanni has recently been named one of Oprah Winfrey’s twentyfive “Living Legends.” And along with being one of America’s most widelyread poets, Giovanni frequently tours the country giving lectures and educating people on black history. Coordinating with the Africana, Latin American, Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) Cultural Center, the Black Student Union (BSU) sponsored Giovanni’s trip to campus. “She was passionate, real and just told the truth, so I thought bringing Nikki Giovanni to Colgate would not just be beneficial for the BSU, but also all of Colgate to see,” President of the BSU senior Marshall Scott said. “Because of her age and what she has done as a poet, lecturer and academic, it inspires us to be like her, regardless of race, sexuality or gender. Since we’re young, we need to have someone like her to inspire us and educate us on how to speak up about what’s going on in the world.” Contact Kelsey Soderberg at ksoderberg@colgate.edu.


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Sophomores Katy Welp and Jessica Gorski Win Internship Grant at SophoMORE Connections By Hannah Fuchs

things I’ve always been interested in.” Above all, the At the SophoMORE Congrant has allowed nections event this past January, these two sophomores sophomores Jessica Gorski and to further clarify posKaty Welp each won $4,000 in a sible career paths and lottery for an internship grant. to maximize access to SophoMORE Connections, career opportunities. which provides a chance for the “Without the grant, sophomore class to explore poI couldn’t have even tential career paths by networking dreamed of considerwith various alumni, took place ing going out of the from January 16 to January 18 this country,” Gorski said. year. This is the second year Col“I probably would have gate’s Center for Career Services worked all summer and has organized Sophomore ConnecI don’t think an unpaid tions and the grant lottery also oc- Cash Business: This year’s SophoMORE Connections event included a cash grant for internships, in addition to several internship would have curred last year. Alumni Relations, speakers. Left, Julian Farrior ‘93, Founder of Backflip Studios, and right, Lisa Hillenbrand ‘79 P’16, Director of Marketing at even been on my radar. Career Services, the Class of 2016, Proctor and Gamble, address attendees. It definitely opened a lot colgate.edu Dean of Faculty and the Instituof doors for me, which tional Advancement sponsored the funding. Both Welp and Gorski do something beneficial for the Gorski similarly felt she gained made it all the more exciting.” series this year. must still complete the applica- non-profit sector,” Gorski said. worthy insight from the event. Although many students did not For lottery eligibility, each soph- tion process for Career Services to “It’s all very tentative now, but “I actually came out of the Soph- receive funding last year, students are omore was required to attend a ca- receive final approval. I’m putting the pieces together oMORE Connections event with a still encouraged to apply if they meet reer cluster, a session dedicated to a “Last summer I had an internship because I know this is an oppor- lot of clarity, which was something the requirements outlined on the certain industry such as law or non- doing research, so I think I would like tunity I won’t be lucky enough I was not really expecting,” Gorski Career Services Summer Internship profit, and to attend the networking to use the grant to do research again to have again.” said. “I went into the event with a Funding page. event on Friday night. or volunteer abroad,” Welp said. Besides winning the grant, very broad idea of what I’m inter“We are anticipating even more apThe $4,000 dollar award guarGorski is also currently exploring Gorski and Welp both found the ested in doing with my future, but plicants for summer internship funding antees summer internship fund- her options for grant use. SophoMORE Connections event no clear concept of how I would this year, but we also have more funding to the two women who would “I’m a Spanish major, and I to be a valuable experience. follow through with my ideas. After ing to give,” said Alumni Engagement ordinarily have to apply through think going to Spain and doing “I think this was a great way attending a couple of panels, I was Coordinator Jillian Arnault. Career Services and compete something there with education to get sophomores thinking about able to speak with the woman in the The deadline to apply for the against many applicants. Last or volunteering would be a re- what they want to do and how to Peace Corps about her experience Summer Internship Funding is year, 183 students applied for ally cool way to use the money best use their summers to figure it and the application process, so I was March 6. summer internship funding and the best I can – I really want to out,” Welp said. “I was able to make really happy I came out of it feeling Contact Hannah Fuchs at only 75 students received the become fluent, but also want to helpful connections with alumni.” a lot more knowledgeable about the hfuchs@colgate.edu Maroon-News Staff

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THE BLOTTER COLGATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS SAFETY REPORT Monday, 2/3 12:27 a.m.: Residents of Townhouse Apartments were found smoking in a residence hall and in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Case referred for disciplinary process. 1:01 a.m.: Underage residents of Curtis Hall were found in possession of alcohol, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Case referred for disciplinary process. 5:45 a.m.: A resident of Parker Apartments was found in possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and incense. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Tuesday, 2/4 4:00 p.m.: A student reported unauthorized charges made on her ‘Gate card at the Coop.

Wednesday, 2/5 2:02 p.m.: A student was injured after hitting his head on a table at Andrews Hall and was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety.

Thursday, 2/6 3:20 a.m.: Fire alarm at Curtis Hall was caused by an activated pull station for no legitimate reason. 7:23 a.m.: A staff member reported property damage at Curtis Hall. 8:30 a.m.: A staff member reported a fire extinguisher missing from Russell House. 11:30 a.m.: A resident of 100 Broad Street (Creative Arts House) was found to have covered a smoke detector. Case referred for disciplinary process. 11:40 a.m.: On 1/26/14, Hamilton Police arrested a student on Maple Avenue for possession of alcohol and possession of alcohol underage. Case referred for disciplinary process. 11:42 a.m.: On 1/31/14, Hamilton Police arrested a student on Broad Street for possession of an open container of alcohol. Case referred for disciplinary process. 11:44 a.m.: On 2/1/14, Hamilton Police arrested a student on Broad Street for possession of alcohol and possession of alcohol underage. Case referred for disciplinary process. 1:21 p.m.: A student was injured

after tripping at Lathrop Hall and transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety. 10:33 p.m.: Received a report of drinking games at Parker Apartments where a student of age purchased alcohol for minors. Case referred for disciplinary process. 11:56 p.m.: Received a report that drinking games were occurring again at Parker Apartments. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Friday, 2/7 12:35 a.m.: Received a report a student at Parker Apartments was throwing and damaging university property. Case referred for disciplinary process. 3:40 a.m.: Residents of Townhouse Apartments were found to have been smoking in the residence. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:43 p.m.: An underage resident of Andrews Hall was found in possession of alcohol, beer pong table, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Case referred for disciplinary process. 11:22 p.m.: Received a report of an unauthorized party at the Townhouse

Summit Highlights Green Projects “We are widely recognized as a leader in this field,” Pumilio said. For instance, Colgate’s participation in Recyclemania, an eight-week-long international competition scheduled to end March 29, is a testament to the breadth of the university’s involvement in sustainability initiatives. The Students for Environmental Action proposed a plan of divestment, in green is the new black: Director of Sustainability John which Colgate would Pumilio introduced the thirteenth annual Green Summit. remove investments in Jeff Potts any companies that use fossil fuels. Continued from A-1 “There are environmental problems From teaching second and third gradthat we will have to face eventually, so I ers about the environment at Madison wanted to get involved right away,” firstCentral School to engaging in local food production through Colgate’s Community year attendee and new member of the Garden, members of the Green Earth Gang Green Ambassadors Jeff Potts said. and Green Thumbs have taken Pumilio’s During the brainstorming session, paradvice to heart. Additionally, the Com- ticipants were given a chance to expand posting Club hopes to resurrect itself and upon proposals that spokespeople of each make students more aware that small ef- group mentioned in their opening pitchforts can make a large difference. Similar- es. The groups present will be recognized ly, the Clean Water Coalition mentioned for their efforts sometime during the early participating in local cleanups through a spring, just in time for the presentation of special relationship with the Chenango Ca- the annual Green Awards. Contact Jack Galvin at nal Association, as well as installing water jgalvin@colgate.edu. fountains in residence halls.

Apartments involving alcohol and drinking games. Case referred for disciplinary process. 11:23 p.m.: Campus Safety reported a large unauthorized party at 88 Broad Street (Beta Theta Pi Fraternity) involving alcohol and drinking games. Case referred for disciplinary process. 11:51 p.m.: Received a report of an underage intoxicated student at West Hall who was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Saturday, 2/8 12:41 a.m.: Received a report of an underage intoxicated student at West Hall who was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance. Case referred for disciplinary process. 7:21 p.m.: Received a report of an underage intoxicated visitor at Starr Rink who was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety. Case referred for disciplinary process. 9:12 p.m.: Received a report a visitor was injured after being

hit with a hockey puck at Starr Rink and transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance. 10:10 p.m.: Underage residents of West Hall were found in possession of alcohol. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Sunday, 2/9 1:48 a.m.: Campus Safety assisted the Hamilton Police with an underage intoxicated student near 52 Broad Street (Theta Chi Fraternity) who was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety. Case referred for disciplinary process. 6:02 p.m.: A resident of Townhouse Apartments was found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Case referred for disciplinary process. 6:03 p.m.: A resident of Townhouse Apartments was found to have covered a smoke detector. Case referred for disciplinary process. 7:14 p.m.: A staff member was injured while putting up tennis nets at Sanford Field House and transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety.

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I never really understood what compels all of us to talk when we have nothing to say. Now that I think about it, something I overheard on the Cruiser the other night sticks out in my mind. I don’t know exactly what the context of the conversation was, but it ended with one person saying to the other, “Do it for the story.” For some reason, that resonates with me and offers a partial answer to the confusion that I mentioned earlier. We all want to tell stories whether or not we have a captive audience – that’s why we sit around a crowded table in the Coop during our lunch breaks instead of by ourselves in our apartments. We want to tell these stories because, much like the phrase, “Pics or it didn’t happen,” many of us feel like we need to regale others with the details of our lives in order to ensure that we don’t go unnoticed or to reassure ourselves that even the most insignificant anecdotes of our nights out downtown and mornings in bed really mean something more than we think they do. In short, we hate being alone with our thoughts, and it’s human nature to want to share ourselves with others, no matter how much we might tell ourselves that we want our privacy. I haven’t had many stories recently. I guess that’s my own fault though; I spent most of last semester in the library completing work for my seminar and much of my time since then worrying about where I’ll be come the day after graduation. All of this time-strained uncertainty has left me story-less, and I realize that in my final months at this school, things should be completely different. Every Tuesday and Thursday before class I sit with my coffee, open to pages I don’t even pay all that much attention to, and I listen to the first-years (Can we please just call them freshmen?) recount their nights (Sorry for eavesdropping, little ones!). They have such great stories to tell and they’re only just getting started here. They have no idea what they have ahead of them, and while I envy that sort of innocence and the time that they have left in this little village, I am more envious of their willingness and ability to have the experiences that I have either already had or am completely missing out on for the sake of trying to be practical. In this time of future uncertainty and a ticking clock counting down the minutes until I am shunted out of this university for good, I’ve decided to spend the rest of my time here heeding the advice of that random Cruiser-rider and start doing things for the story. I’ve (kind of) started already, but I’m quickly learning that not all stories can be found at the bottom of an empty bottle, and the inability to haul myself out of bed in the morning is making my endeavors at Colgate much more difficult than they should be. What am I even trying to accomplish here? Like I said before, I don’t know what compels us to talk (or write, for that matter) when we don’t have all that much to say, and the fact that these words are borne out of a looming deadline and a requirement as an editor of the newspaper proves my point. However, I think that my hope for this column is that something that I say pushes both me and anyone who actually reads this (because I’m pretty sure only my parents do) to stop thinking about practicality and start thinking about the story you want to tell because, just maybe, in looking for that story, you’ll find something else in the process. Contact Sara Steinfeld at srsteinfeld@colgate.edu.

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Being Right

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R.I.P., Obamacare!

Job Lock

“Nothing is Certain but Death and Taxes” If you haven’t heard the news, Obamacare is going to cost the U.S. about 2.5 million jobs. This is sure to be a deathblow to Obama and the Democrats. However, even if you have heard the news, you might not have done enough research. All this controversy is over a new report from the Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan agency that serves as the U.S. government’s economic soothsayer. Maybe all you saw was the headline posted on the Fox News website February 4, which read, “Obamacare could lead to loss of nearly 2.3 million US jobs, report says.” Not to single Fox out – headlines from widespread sources spread a similar message. MSNBC’s Luke Russert and Chuck Todd said it spelled out bad news for Dems. Republican leaders were quick to follow, tweeting the horrors of Obamacare to their voters this November: -Sen. Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog): “Obamacare will cost our nation about 2.5 million jobs and increase the deficit by $1 trillion.” -House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (@GOPLeader): “Under Obamacare, millions of hardworking Americans will lose their jobs and those who keep them will see their hours and wages reduced.” The semi-annual report, “The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014 to 2024,” says something different. It says that 2.5 million workers will leave the workforce or take fewer hours for work, not that those jobs will be lost. The total number of hours worked will be reduced by 1.5 to 2 percent. The report explains, “The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor, so it will appear almost entirely as a deduction in labor force participation and in hours worked… rather than as an increase in unemployment (that is, more workers seeking but not finding jobs) or underemployment (such as part-time workers who would prefer to work more hours per week).” Senator Graham’s claim that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) increases the deficit by $1 trillion was wrong. The coverage provisions will cost the federal government $1.5 trillion by 2024. However, “considering all of the coverage provisions and the other provisions together,” the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that “the total effect of the ACA would be to reduce federal deficits.” Things got so bad that the CBO had to release a special FAQ about this specific topic the following week to address the misinformation. Alas, the damage had already been done. Rushing to cover a potentially big story, news outlets misinterpreted the report to entice viewers. The millions who read or heard the preliminary headlines and tuned out? They just chalked one up for the ACA-haters, and the left is now scrambling to “correct” public opinion. Fiscal policy reporter for the “New York Times” Jackie Calmes (@calmesnyt) described it best:“Tho much reporting & GOP response to new CBO report on ACA is in- Taking to Twitter: Senator Lindsey Graham accurate/false, problem for Dems: believes that Obamacare will raise unemployment. wikicommons.org If you’re explainin’, you’re losin’.” Contact Seth Martin at smartin@colgate.edu.

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a study claiming that the Affordable Care Act will reduce the American workforce by the equivalent of two million full-time workers by 2017. As usual, it wasn’t long before the left’s media allies began to start their spin cycle. “Job lock” became the buzzword of the week, used by both Nancy Pelosi and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, not to mention their cohorts in the media. To be fair, job lock is a real concern – both John McCain and The Heritage Foundation have targeted it in the past. In this context, though, job lock is not the real issue. Job lock is a phenomenon where a person is “locked in” to their current job due to some outside circumstance – oftentimes due to the need for healthcare. One could also say that a person is locked into his job because he or she has to eat, as opposed to in the leftist utopia where a person’s simple existence entitles them to take anything they want. The left is now spinning the CBO numbers as an alleviation of job lock, that is, if one has health insurance through the government, they do not need to constrain themselves to a full time job. There are two issues with this claim. First, one wonders how many millions of Americans would love to be “locked” into a job, especially considering two consecutive months (December and January) of dismal job growth. More importantly, though, is the ignored side effect of eliminating job lock: an increase in government dependency. The left is claiming that up to two million people will be able to leave their full time jobs because they no longer need employer-based health insurance. What they don’t say (at least publicly) is that those two million people will be welcomed with open arms into the net of government dependency. If you are a leftist, these are the words you love to hear – more people tied into government subsidization means more people voting to maintain big government. The left certainly has no problem pushing people away from supporting themselves and towards government salvation, considering the labor force participation rate hasn’t been this low since the good-ol’ Carter administration. For taxpayers, though, this push is simply unfair. If a person wants to leave their job or work fewer hours, more power to them. Asking the American people to then subsidize their healthcare is wrong. People that voluntarily leave their jobs should be neither chastised nor rewarded; they should face the consequences of their actions without taxpayers footing the bill. Jay Carney claimed that two million people leaving the workforce is a net positive, saying that it “allows them more freedom.” Coming from Jay Carney, a man whose bosses fail to understand the meaning of the word “freedom,” this is a laughable assertion. Driving two million people into government dependency is not freedom, nor is having taxpayers foot the bill for their choices. Freedom is not, as Carney says, a “buzzword.” It is a real, tangible end product – not something to be slapped on to dire news in order to spin it your way. The left wants the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to succeed for two reasons. First, obviously, they want to protect their man in the White House. More importantly, though, they want Americans completely reliant on government to both survive and to prosper. According to Politifact.com, the ACA has forced over four million Americans to give up their healthcare plans despite the President’s “lie of the year” that they could keep them. The Administration claims that two million have “enrolled” in an ACA plan, even though the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services deputy administrator Gary Cohen said last month that the Administration didn’t know exactly how many had signed up. If we couple these figures with the CBO numbers, we have two million getting government subsidized insurance (of whom 89% already had insurance, per the “Wall Street Journal”), four million losing insurance, and two million losing full time employment – not to mention millions of people seeing premiums rise and/or doctors dropping their plans. The ACA is not just robbing Peter to “free” Paul – it’s robbing the middle class to pay for the left’s constituents. If this theft is what the Administration considers “freedom,” I would hate to see its definition of “theft.” Contact Anthony Tamburro at atamburro@colgate.edu.

#ColgateProblems Mean Girls By Shannon Gupta Copy Editor

Mean people are everywhere. They thrive off of the destruction of others, and no matter who you are or how consciously you try to avoid them, they will find you. Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about bullying on campus. But unlike the playground bullying we associate with grade school, college bullies are much creepier, manipulative and vile. They won’t take your lunch money, but they might take your significant other. They won’t pull your hair during recess, but they might spread rumors about you. Now, before I go any further, I will tell you that I have tremendous faith in humanity. Despite the disgusting beings that often inhabit this earth, I have no doubt that the good ones far overshadow the bad. That being said, it’s important that we, budding real people, learn how to deal with the grime. How can a kid protect him or herself? I’ve got some ideas. First, believe in yourself. Bullies will do everything in their power to hurt your self-esteem, but they are powerless to do so unless you let them. Realize that you are strong. In the wise words of Marianne Williamson, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Bullies are afraid that you will realize this and will do anything to convince you otherwise. Do not let them. Second, remember that the nasty are nasty for a reason: they are insecure. I’m not saying these kids should be excused for their actions, but knowing their intentions will at least help you reconcile why such evil exists. It will also enable you to be the bigger person. Think about it: if bullies need to resort to creepiness in order to feel better about themselves, they must be pretty pathetic. You are, by definition, a stronger person. Keep this in mind and it will be easier to ignore them. Next, stand up for yourself! It’s not okay for anyone to yell profanities at you or insult your worth. If someone ridicules you on the Cruiser, tell them off. State two key things: what they are saying is unacceptable and you will not tolerate such behavior. But whatever you do, do not scream back. Trust me, a bully’s worst nightmare is a victim who asserts himself calmly and seriously. It may seem counter-intuitive, but refusing to stoop to their level will make them look ridiculous and immediately redirect the power away from them and into your hands. You may be thinking, “No. It is much easier to ignore them.” I agree that in some situations, like when bullies try to silently manipulate you, it is better to brush them off. However, if someone is literally in your face, let him or her have it. Finally, surround yourself with only good people. If the ones putting you down are your “friends,” get rid of them. There is no prize for the person who can tolerate the most cruelty. Not only are these people obviously not your friends, but they are disgusting. You don’t need them and your quality of life will improve once they are gone. In addition, keep the genuine friends close. In times of hardship, these are the kids who will remind you how awesome you are and provide perspective. No kid is an island. Reach out. That’s all I’ve got for this week. Until next time, you stay sassy (and kind), Colgate. Contact Shannon Gupta at sgupta@colgate.edu.


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February 13, 2014

Alumni Column Strength in Numbers

By Bart Hale ‘04 Chair of University Relations Committee, Alumni Council

I still recall so vividly my first interaction with the Colgate alumni network, which is probably a story with which many can identify. It was spring of my senior year in high school and I’d just sent in my deposit, committing to enroll at Colgate. While I was uneasy about transitioning from New York City to Hamilton, with so much uncertainty about what was to come, I threw on my first Colgate t-shirt and proudly walked down Broadway beaming about what lay ahead. Little did I expect that just a few blocks in I would be stopped – by a grown man with a surprising amount of enthusiasm – who pointed and questioned, “Hey, do you go to Colgate!?” A fifteen- minute conversation ensued with advice about professors, need-to-know details on the Jug and plenty of stories. When I looked confused about being befriended by a stranger, he explained, “Colgate people aren’t shy about their spirit towards the school. But the difference is, for some places, you wear your college gear simply to show off where you went. Colgate alums are just as proud, but for us half of wearing it is because we actually want to seek out and find one another!” It’s not something I focused on in making my college decision. U.S. News rankings doesn’t have an effective way to quantify an alumni network, and I certainly don’t think most who apply truly grasp the power of that network until they’re finally a part of it. Yet, as I pinch myself at reaching my tenth reunion this year, I look at the Colgate alumni connections and friendships in my own life with awe for the central role they still play. Just two weeks ago, as we convened for our winter Alumni Council meeting, over 100 fellow alums joined to give career advice and support as part of the SophoMORE Connections program. It’s hard not to be inspired by that level of dedication and commitment from people who set aside busy lives and give up limited free time – on a holiday weekend and to face Hamilton weather in January – only to give back to the current generation of students. How many schools can truly claim a network that powerful? Sure, any excuse to travel for Slices is hard to turn down, but there’s something about our shared experience with the place, the richness of our traditions and a sense of duty in returning that support which perpetuates the uniquely Colgate spirit.

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If you’re a student who hasn’t taken advantage of this yet, I urge you to engage with the Career Services office or simply find opportunities to better connect with Colgate alumni during your undergraduate years. Utilize the “Day in the Life” job shadow program over breaks to explore a career option of interest. Tap alumni for mock interviews to hone your skills before a real job application. Seek out internship opportunities that Colgate alums are providing. Attend events with alumni in your home town when possible. And of course, talk to us on campus! The Alumni Council is on campus three times each year, and a critically important part of our work is connecting with students. We want to learn more about your Colgate experiences and listen to what is going well as well as issues of frustration facing the campus. There is no more fulfilling part of our work on the Council than to speak with students and learn about some of the incredible ways you are shaping Colgate today. I’d be remiss if I didn’t advocate, albeit from personal experience, for how strongly Colgate’s Greek system contributes to this very powerful alumni network and brand. As organizations with core principles and deeply rooted history, there is an added level of timelessness that naturally bonds members and builds those connections across decades of graduates. This past winter break, for the eighth consecutive year, my own fraternity held a career night banquet in New York that brought together over 100 alumni and undergraduate brothers. The program offers a unique chance for networking, professional growth and camaraderie that would be hard to replicate in any other environment. The same could likely be said for affiliations with our athletic teams, a cappella groups and other organizations that provide a tightly-knit community within campus life. In whatever case, it feels hard-pressed to celebrate the Colgate network without recognizing the very significant role these groups play in that success. Of course, those outside the Colgate family may have a hard time understanding what drives this enduring commitment to give back as alumni. Then again, if you haven’t spent four years in Hamilton, had the same relationships with faculty, experienced the energy on our campus or upheld quirky traditions like torchlight, it’s hard to even begin. All we can do is commit our part in fostering the legacy of engagement after graduation – and yes, sharing in pride when we spot another Colgate shirt out in the world.

Hamilton Legal Leak in the System By Sara Sirota

By Paige Schlesinger

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On June 11, 2009, State Department contractor Stephen Kim fell into the trap that many government employees find themselves in: he leaked intelligence information to the media. That same day, James Rosen, a FOX News reporter released an article that began, “U.S. intelligence officials have warned President Obama and other senior American officials that North Korea intends to respond to the looming passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution this week – condemning the community country for its recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests – with another nuclear test, FOX News has learned.” Rosen went on to explain that the CIA learned that North Korea intended to take three additional weapons-related actions. However, he disclosed neither the sources and methods intelligence agencies used to discover this information, nor Kim’s name. The Justice Department charged Kim in 2010 with unauthorized disclosure of national defense information. On February 7, Kim pleaded guilty to this count. He faces thirteen months in prison under a deal he made with federal prosecutors. This case has received a great amount of attention with some likening it to the highly publicized Edward Snowden case. Keeping the national security versus freedom of speech debate in mind, Kim’s guilty pleading demonstrates the difficulty of handling intelligence and national security-related legal cases. A major plus about Kim’s guilty pleading is that there will not have to be a public trial. Had the case gone to trial, it is possible that other government officials would have had to testify about what they knew regarding the information Kim gave to Rosen, since they would be under oath. However, such information might be classified for national security reasons. What do we do in such a situation? Our legal system tells us that a witness must tell the truth about what he knows regarding a case, yet national security measures tell those in the know to remain silent. In such a situation, it would be best to place the priority on national security. Perhaps Kim recognized that and it was thus the motivating factor in his choice to plead guilty. Now, federal prosecutors will not have to deal with the awkwardness of questioning government officials on intelligence information matters. Kim’s guilty plea reveals more than the struggle between the legal system and matters of national security. It also brings to light the changing norms under which our justice system holds a government employee accountable for releasing classified information. Typically, such cases would follow the standard that “U.S. v. Morrison” put into place, which stated that the government must show such a release was damaging to the U.S. or helpful to an adversary. However, in the case against Kim, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote, “The Court declines to adopt the Morrison court’s construction of information related to the ‘national defense’ insofar as it requires the government to show that disclosure of the information would be potentially damaging to the United States or useful to an enemy of the United States.” Judge Kollar-Kotelly’s decision perhaps shows a new trend in handling intelligence or national security-related legal cases. If future cases follow her standard, it will then be easier to prosecute those who disclose classified information. In this instance, I must disagree with Judge KollarKotelly’s decision. There must be some transparency of government knowledge in our democratic society. If the Justice Department can prosecute anyone who reveals information that is not harmful to our national security, then this is overbearing and infringes on our rights. There may be a fine line between what is harmful and what is not, so future government officials who choose to reveal information must be wary of this. Since 9/11, the government and Justice Department have taken national security matters very seriously. Intelligence specifically is a very tricky subject, as it intends to keep us safe yet may have implications for our legal system and freedom of speech rights. Moving forward, we will have to find a means to address all sides of the dilemma. Contact Sara Sirota at ssirota@colgate.edu.

“That’s the best revenge of all: Happiness. Nothing drives people crazier than seeing someone have a good ... life.” -Chuck Palahniuk Had someone shown me this quote a couple months back, I’d have responded with something like, “Okay, I see where you’re going with that, but what are your thoughts about just straight-up murder?” I mean, not even public humiliation? Rumor spreading? Not even the tiniest little bit of arson? Happiness?!? However, as my 22nd birthday rapidly approaches (February 21, please send gifts to 80 Broad Street), I find myself older, wiser and perhaps even ever-so-slightly more mature. It’s true – the best revenge of all is just simply being happy. And it all lies in the smile. Aside from a proclivity toward binging on sugary sweets, Buddy the Elf and I have one more thing in common: Smiling! We love smiling! Smiling is our favorite! I smile when I wake up in the morning. I smile while I brush my teeth. I smile on the treadmill at the gym when Joey says something funny on “Friends.” I love to smile. I’m also very lucky because I happen to have an absolutely fantastic smile. My pearly whites get me compliments coming out the yin-yang. I am my dentist’s favorite patient (although, full disclosure, I do try extra-hard to impress my dentist with impeccable oral hygiene because he is very, very hot). But, perhaps the absolute best part about smiling is that it has the power to really and seriously piss people off. Imagine this: it’s a Friday night and you’re out on the town. The evening’s events have been pretty average: Bacon, then Jug o’clock. You give a warm greeting to Michelle, tie up your coat with your friends and then survey the scene. Then you spot someone who, for whatever reason, you really, REALLY hate. Maybe it’s that person you hooked up with who afterwards never spoke to you again. Or that dumb girl that always tries to prove you wrong during class discussions. Do you have someone in mind? Good! Now, this person, the one who genuinely sucks above all other people you have ever had the misfortune of interacting with, is doing one of two things. He/she is either A) chatting it up, laughing, and appearing to have a pretty good time, or B) sitting alone at the bar nursing a whiskey sour and sulking. Which do you prefer? Option B, duh! Karma has finally reared her pretty little head and is forcing this individual to have an unpleasant evening, just as he/she deserves! Your night has just gotten increasingly better and now you’re off to the dance floor to get low with your biddies. Now, take the same example just provided, but this time, reverse the roles. The haters are checking you out, trying to get a read on what kind of night you’re having. Do you want to give them the satisfaction of seeing you looking bummed because that cutie you’ve been trying to mack on didn’t go out tonight?! HELL NO! So, instead of throwing shade, you tilt your head back, flash your chompers and do your best impersonation of a charming Julia Roberts-esque laugh. Sweet, sweet victory. And, the best part about smiling? Even if you’re faking it, forcing a smile actually does make you feel happier! Trust me, I’m a psychology major! I know these things (ish). When you smile, the world smiles back. People want to talk to you because hey, you look so happy! Maybe if I chill with you, I’ll be that happy too! Except, of course, the haters, who will be lurking in a corner, pretending to text “friends” on their iPhones and thinking to themselves how badly they wish they could be as happy as you are. And that, my friends, is the best revenge. Contact Paige Schlesinger at pschlesinger@colgate.edu.


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Student Government Association Update By Natalie Pudalov Maroon-News Staff

Last week, the week of February 3, the Senate of the Student Government Association (SGA) voted to approve the Armed Forces Preparedness Club, ’Gate Way to India Club and the International Relations Club. Adjunct Advisor sophomore Keegan Thompson ordered urinal bulls-eye materials to be placed in men’s restrooms around campus to increase cleanliness; Thompson anticipates that Buildings & Grounds will be able to assist with installation. President of SGA senior Sam Flood continued communicating with Michael Maningas, Director of the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement (CLSI), about how to determine the effectiveness of Turbovote, an online voting system that SGA has purchased. Vice President of SGA senior Matt Haley continued working on an initiative to implement mid-semester review forms and online syllabi, which he aims to accomplish by March. ITS Coordinator junior Nicholas Harper spoke with Chief Information Officer Kevin Lynch to ensure that clickers will be available for weekly Senate meetings. Importantly, senior member of SGA and Thought into Action Institute member Justin Altus released a mobile site, BusPath, to the Colgate public which allows students to locate the cruisers using a GPS system. Similarly, senior Robera Geleta released a website that allows students to plug in their current and intended locations to more effectively locate a cruiser. This week, the week of February 10, several student groups presented their ideas to Senate on Tuesday, February 11, to attain club recognition. Elections Commissioner senior Margaretta Burdick met with Dean Beverly Low to discuss potentially having a pre-orientation SGA program for incoming first-years. External Affairs Committee Chair sophomore Anna Roberts continued analyzing the 336 results from the survey sent to Colgate students regarding midterm library café hours. Parliamentarian junior Philip Steinberg contacted Assistant Controller and Risk Manager Andrew Fagon to discuss the liability associated with having sleds available for student use during the winter months. Student Life Policy Coordinator junior John Lee reached out to the Colgate bookstore administration to discuss releasing book lists earlier before each semester. Lee also met with Assistant Vice President for Facilities Paul Fick to discuss putting murals or photographs in underground tunnels connecting various building on campus. Next week, the week of February 17, the SGA will continue planning for a service day, which will most likely take place after Spring Party Weekend. The SGA will also engage in heavy planning for the inclusion dinners, to be held from February 24 to February 28, which will encourage first-year students to speak with upperclassmen housing representatives. SGA Officers hold office hours in CLSI from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Please stop by to voice your concerns, ask questions and provide feedback for SGA.

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February 13, 2014

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Poetry Series Kicks Off, Welcomes Jane Springer By Jaime Gelman Maroon-News Staff

In The Light Affan Mian

By Katie Curtis Maroon-News Staff

Traveling to Colgate from Peshawar, Pakistan, Affan Mian has decided to devote his college experience not only to excelling in academics but also to leaving his mark on the student body of the university. Mian is a double concentrator in Economics and International Relations with a focus on the Middle East and Europe. Despite his rigorous academic schedule, Mian continues to challenge his time management skills by remaining involved in various clubs and activities at Colgate. He is a member of the Budget Allocation Committee and Konosioni, is a Community Leader in the first-year area and is involved in Project Afghanistan activities and events. Among all of these involvements, Mian also decided to study abroad on the Geneva Study Group in the spring of 2013. “It was a transformative experience both in terms of intellectual and personal growth. I have always had an obsession with international diplomacy so Geneva was an intellectual heaven,” Mian said. Mian traveled to more than 20 countries and visited places that any professional diplomat would dream of visiting. Not only were his travels an experience of a lifetime, but Mian also learned valuable lessons from each of his destinations. “This experience gave me a vision for what I wanted to do after Colgate and also helped me carve out my intellectual niche. Inspired by what I learned in Geneva from Professor Rutherford in the Political Science department, I am writing my thesis on issues of liberalism and democratization in the Middle East,” Mian said. Mian’s studies have been greatly rewarded in his time at Colgate, as well as his extracurricular involvements. His passion for student leadership began with his election as head-boy of his high school, which cultivated the qualities that transferred so fluidly at Colgate. Mian has also participated in the Muslim Students Association, ALANA affairs and the Colgate International Community. When asked about a particularly influential part of his Colgate experience, he was stumped. He claims that there have been numerous experiences that have shaped his time here. “My involvement in student groups in general, in every capacity, has been the hallmark of my Colgate career. I have learned more there than I have learned in my classes. The leadership positions that I have held in various clubs have shaped me as an individual. The mistakes I made have been the best part since they helped me discover my weaknesses and work to improve them. Clubs and activities at Colgate for me have been a continual self-improvement exercise.”

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Last Thursday in Lawrence Hall, the English Department hosted a poetry reading with the fantastic Jane Springer. Almost every seat was taken by students and adults alike, all of whom were enthusiastic and excited for the reading. Jane Springer’s first two works were collections of poems: “Dear Blackbird” was published in 2007 and “Murder Ballad” in 2012. She matriculated from Florida State University where she received her PhD in creative writing. Springer won a 2012 Whiting Writers’ Award and was also a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. Her work on “Dear Blackbird” won her the Agha Shahid Ali Prize. Springer currently teaches in the English Department at Hamilton College. Almost all of Springer’s poems tell vibrant, entertaining stories that encompass rhythms of coming of age, biblical references, fables and animals, particularly horses. She was extremely thankful for the multitude of

people who came to the reading, expressing her gratitude for the fact that they took time out of their day of grading and writing papers to listen to her speak. The poet read for just over 30 minutes. Not only did she read her own poems, but she also read a few poems by other authors, both famous and unknown. She spent a great deal of time speaking in between reading poems as well. Springer told stories, made comments and even explained the inspiration and reasoning behind certain ideas and poems. During the reading, Springer made a point of connecting with the audience not only through her stories but also through the way she read. She looked up at the crowd often to secure her connection, while her beautiful reading voice captivated the audience. She had a carrying, lively voice that held hints of an accent. At one point in the reading she explained her Tennessee origins – although she has lived up north for five years now, she still is not quite used to it. She read an amusing poem that signified the many differences between the north and the south, often making use of witty stories and an undercurrent of nostalgia. Springer read a variety of different pieces of her own work. She read from “Dear Blackbird” as well as “Murder Ballad” citing the second as a dictionary or a book of entries. One poem in “Murder Ballad” – was about the meaning of the word fair: “You Want Fair? The Fair Comes in the Fall” – Jane Springer she also read a poem

about snow angels, which she dedicated to her husband, who shoveled snow for about 12 hours, as well as Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose death saddened her – and not just because she won’t be able to watch his next 50 films. In addition to her own poetry, Springer read a portion of “Paradise Lost,” explaining how she took the poem’s themes and created a more modern version of the poem called “Forties War Widows, Stolen Grain,” which cleverly describes the murder of crows. She also read a poem about a toast to Bruce Smith, which was written by the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in Humanities, Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing, Peter Balakian. At one point in the reading, Springer explained a bit about the editing and writing processes of her collections. She wishes that she could see the entire book of poems in front of her before she writes them, but instead she writes one poem at a time, eventually fastening the individual pieces, often with minor changes, into one full collection. She likes to have a free feeling in her collections, and collections of poems that fit together perfectly make her feel claustrophobic. Springer closed her reading with a poem by CA Conrad, which reads as follows: “ig says to Frank ‘this fence keeps you in your world.’ Frank says to pig ‘this fence keeps you in your world.’” This line was repeated three times, each time emphasized in a slightly different manner. Springer’s reading ended in a great, booming applause, as well as a chorus of laughter from her closing poem. Contact Jaime Gelman at jgelman@colgate.edu.

ALANA Open Mic Night Asks “Who’s Mad?” By Lee Tremblay Maroon-News Staff

The Africana, Latin American, Asian American and Native American (ALANA) Cultural Center hosts regular Open Mic nights, and the success of Saturday night’s performance makes it easy to see why. Anyone who hasn’t gone to an open mic at ALANA is missing out; more than 60 students were in the conference room at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night and there was still more than enough pizza, chicken wings and soda for everyone. The atmosphere was casual, with plenty of time to talk with friends and go back for seconds (or thirds) before the speakers started. The night coincidentally wrapped up a weekend with Hill L. Waters, a performing duo of two “artist scholars” who use performance for social justice, education and healing. Dominique C. Hill – the first part of the group’s name – is a Colgate alum, and she and her partner, Durell M. Callier, held six events at Colgate this weekend. First on the agenda was a Women’s Studies Brown Bag on Friday titled, “Black Girls, and Queer Boys, and the Margins, Oh My: Doing and Thinking through Interdisciplinarity and Vulnerability in Research.” A title that long should be a tough act to follow, but later that day the pair held a fireside chat in ALANA. Saturday, Hill L. Waters held four workshops on “Activism, Anger and Social Justice,” “Revolution Begins in the Self,” “Anger as Activism” and “Building and Sustaining Critical Coalitions,” lasting most of the day. As doctoral candidates and artists-in-residence for the weekend, the pair had given a lot of time to the Colgate community already before the Open Mic even began, which only made their performance more impressive. Co-sponsored by Women’s Studies, the Office of Undergraduate Studies, ALANA, the Dean of the College Division and Residential Life, the Open Mic was titled, “Who’s Mad?” and focused on identities, different ways of being mad and life at Colgate. Audience participation, in the form of tweeting or talking, was highly encouraged, and everything from being “madly in love” to “mad at certain people” came up. The choir, fresh out of Gospel Fest and ready to contribute, even serenaded all February birthdays with a resounding rendition of

“Happy Birthday” that brought down the roof. The highlight of the night, though, was the performers who had signed up. Students, interns, adults and Hill L. Waters themselves had come ready to perform, with stories, songs and spoken word poetry. Hill L. Waters also emceed, presiding over everything from an original performance by senior singer/ songwriter/guitarist Karl Jackson to a Twitter complaint that Jackson had not yet recorded his untitled hit. The song, written while Jackson was in Japan, was performed for his boyfriend, together with a fantastic cover of a Frank Ocean song. Other performances included stunning covers of “Hear My Call” by Jill Scott and “Fairytale” by Sara Bareilles, two original pieces by Drea Finley ’13, a list of things people shouldn’t feel obligated to be and a piece from Hill L. Waters in memory of Mark Carson, who was killed last May. For many students, it was a night of release – the refrain of the night – while for others it was educational, emotional and validating. Everyone in the audience participated late into the night. This Open Mic was place to air troubles and a space to be different. Contact Lee Tremblay at etremblay@colgate.edu.

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Headlong Dance Company Performs “Shosha” By Emma Loftus Maroon-News Staff

Last weekend, the Headlong Dance Theater performed their adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novel, “Shosha.” The performance was held on Friday night and Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the Brehmer Theater of the Charles A. Dana Arts Center. Admission was free, as the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation funded the performance. The Headlong Dance Theater is a dance company from Philadelphia, PA. They created this particular performance in 2006. It had been performed at a variety of different locations, both nationally and internationally, before being brought to Colgate. The performance is an example of Dance Theater, a type of hybrid performance that encourages performers to break rules, blaze new paths and push themselves. “Shosha” combines unique music, dance, costumes and props. The characters also integrate humor into their story, often through interaction with the audience. The perforrmace portrays the lives of several different characters living in a Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, Poland during the 1930s. Shosha is the the female lead, a woman who is in love with a womanizer named Ari who she has known since childhood. As the performance progresses, Ari and Shosha fall in love and marry. At the

end of the piece, Shosha dies and the Nazis come to Warsaw. Five talented actors and actresses from Headlong Dance Theater acted out the story in a manner that allowed the audience to connect with the story and recognize humor within the performance. “I enjoy the process as much as the product. It’s enjoyable work,” said Amy Smith, one of the actresses. Smith was one of the co-founders of Headlong Dance Theater in 1993. She has been involved with directing and choreographing Headlong Dance Theater performances since its creation. When asked if she had any advice for those attending the show who didn’t know much about dance theater, she advised theatergoers to know that it’s okay to laugh. Smith and the other co-founders have been trained in a wide array of different dance styles, which they fuse together to bring the unique dance that can be seen in their performances. This performance of “Shosha” was the culmination of a five-day residency that the Headlong Dance Theater did at Colgate through the Christian A. Johnson Artists-in-Residence in Theater Program. The residency included a dance workshop on February 5 called “Action, Image, Text: Making Original, Ensemble Performance.” “We are trying to get people thinking and

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talking about theater in new ways. ‘Shosha’ makes the audience stop and think about the ways they are telling the story, while also playing with humor,” Assistant Professor of English in the University Theater Christian DuComb aid. Professor DuComb has ties to the Headlong Dance Theater and is partially responsible for bringing the performance to Colgate. “I think it’s great to see a dance group brought in from outside, especially something so unique,” Sophomore Paige Brooks said. Brooks is involved in the Colgate Dance Initiative, as well as variety of dance groups. She, along with other students at the performance, enjoyed the opportunity to be exposed to a different type of dance on campus. Contact Emma Loftus at eloftus@colgate.edu.

Class Councils and PAC Host Hockey Tailgate By John Fullmer Maroon-News Staff

Last Saturday, February 8, the Colgate Class Councils, in association with Philanthropists at Colgate (PAC), held a tailgate and coat drive at 110 Broad Street The event was met with enthusiasm as students gathered for the inclusive event designed to provide an open and warm environment leading up to the Colgate-Cornell rivalry hockey match. There were all the accoutrements of a proper tailgate; burgers and hotdogs were abundant and accompanied by beer and sangria for those of legal age. The big hit of the tailgate was the music provided by Protoculture DJ, first-year Colgate student, Raffi Khatchadourian. Putting together a diverse set, Khatchadourian threw down an energetic performance incorporating his own style into many of today’s top electro-house hits. Even better, a number of the songs included throwbacks to some classic ’90s hits, a choice that was met with overwhelming approval. And although most of the tailgaters seemed inclined to simply consume as much free food as possible, a number of vivacious party-goers were more than content to tear up the dance floor by themselves. While it’s all well and good to have a tailgate for fun, the Class Councils went further and used the event as a springboard to raise money and clothing for the Rescue Mission of Utica. The Rescue Mission was selected because of their efforts to serve to feed and house the homeless of upstate New York.

In addition, they offer a number of rehabilitative services to get people back into the workforce, like substance abuse counseling and adult education. Tailgate workers collected donations of money and used clothing at the door. Extra coats and other articles of warm clothing are desperately needed by the Rescue Mission as they attempt to provide warmth to those they do not have the facilities to house. Those generous enough to donate were rewarded with raffle tickets that were later used to distribute sought-after hockey tickets, saving those winners from the rush to be one of the first 500 students to arrive to the game. One noted absence from the tailgate was a massive snowball fight which was advertised as part of the event only a few days prior. The original event description called for students to participate in an attempt to break the record set in 1969 for largest snowball fight ever at Colgate. Unfortunately for the cadre of would-be snow warriors, Campus Safety soon caught word of the event and stated that they have a unilateral policy against snowball fights, and that the record-breaking attempt was to be cancelled. Students were noticeably disgruntled at the cancelation, especially given the number of other universities that have school-sponsored snowball fights. Overall, despite the absence of a record-breaking snowball fight, the tailgate was still a success. Many students got their fill of burgers and brew, giving them the necessary excitement to carry into Colgate’s eventual triumph over Cornell. Contact John Fullmer at jfullmer@colgate.edu.

Gospel Fest Rocks Memorial Chapel By Annie Schein Arts & Features Editor

On Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m., the Colgate Memorial Chapel filled with booming voices and inspiring melodies at this year’s Gospel Fest. The event, hosted by the Sojourners Gospel Choir, is open to the entire Colgate community and is held as a yearly celebration of gospel music. This year the Sojourners Gospel Choir invited the Walt Whitman’s Soul Children of Chicago gospel

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choir to sing at the event, and they put on a truly amazing performance. Walt Whitman’s Soul Children of Chicago is a group dedicated to inspiring and enhancing the lives of Chicago’s youth through a passion for music. The organization’s mission is to “educate the minds, elevate the spirits and illuminate the souls of our youth” in the face of issues like poverty, violence, struggling education systems, drugs and teen pregnancy. Soul Children of Chicago is a source of support and hope for struggling youth. The Sojourners Gospel Choir kicked off the event in front of an enthusiastic audience. However, Walt Whitman’s Soul Children of Chicago took the stage for the majority of the event. The group performed a variety of songs, ranging from more traditional soul and gospel pieces to contemporary songs, like Hannah Montana’s “The Climb,” with a soulful twist. The Sojourners are similar to the Soul Children of Chicago in this aspect, as they also like to combine traditional and modern gospel music. The Soul Children of Chicago’s passion came through in their voices and their stage presence. The members were clearly having fun on stage, clapping, dancing and singing. While there was

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no strict choreography, the Soul Children of Chicago all moved together, creating an energetic, yet chaotic, feeling to their performance. The group also engaged the audience throughout their performance. The director of the group told stories and jokes, adding another element to the lively evening. Audience members were also invited to dance and sing along, and many did. “I went because Gospel Fest has always been one of my favorite events of the year,” junior Annie Hoefler said. “Gospel Fest has a way of bringing the Christian communities alive in ways that we don’t normally see. We are used to quiet, more reflective worship and this definitely mixed that up.” Gospel Fest was an inspiring evening. The Soul Children of Chicago sang uplifting songs with a great amount of joy and heart. The singers’ spirit, along with the group’s mission to improve the lives of youth in Chicago, made it impossible not to admire the Soul Children and want to sing along. The Sojourners Gospel Choir put on an enjoyable event, even for those not familiar with gospel music. Gospel Fest has been and will continue to be a wonderful Colgate tradition. Contact Annie Schein at aschein@colgate.edu.

Don’t have someone special to spend Valentines Day with yet? Join the Shaw Wellness Institute, LGBTQ Initiatives and the Newman Community for a fun speed-dating event in the Coop TV Room on Thursday, February 13 from 9-11 p.m.

Colgate Thirteen Valentine’s Day Concert Enjoy the Colgate Thirteen’s annual Valentines Day’s concert in the Coop TV Room on Thursday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Vagina Monologues The Vagina Monologues tells the story of an array of women, differing in race, nationality, class, ethnicity and sexual orientation yet united to oppose violence against women. Tickets are free with a suggested fivedollar donation benefitting Victims of Violence, Vera House and the National VDAY campaign. The shows will be on Friday and Saturday, February 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m. at the Palace Theater. Clit-tail Hours will precede all performances, starting an hour before each show.

Joel Meyers Comedy Show Interactive comedy illusionist Joel Meyers, named Best Rising Star of 2013 in the College Life Awards, will be performing at Donovon’s Pub at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 14.

Dischords Valentine’s Day Concert Come down to the Barge Canal Coffee Co. on Friday, February 14, at 8 p.m. for a Valentine’s Day concert with the Dischords. The group is promising to cover a range of songs, from Katy Perry to John Legend.

Isto Concert The Barge is pleased to present Chris White, otherwise known as Isto, on Saturday February 15 at 8 p.m. A singer/guitarist originally from Hamilton, Isto has been performing at the Barge for nearly 15 years.

Valentine’s Day Card-Making Join the card-making festival for patients of St. Jude Research Hospital on Friday, February 14 from 3-5 p.m. at 110 Broad Street (PAC House), cosponsored by Delta Delta Delta, Blue Diamond Society and Philanthropists at Colgate. Snacks will be provided, and all members of the Hamilton community are welcome. Contact Jessica Benmen at jbenmen@colgate.edu.


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Top Dawg Entertainment’s Shining Stars By Kevin Costello Maroon-News Staff

For those of you who have yet to be acquainted, it’s time to get familiar with the Carson, Cali. independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE). What differentiates TDE from other labels isn’t just the high quality of music, camaraderie of artists or growing fan base. Over the past 10 years, TDE has become a movement with the potential to endlessly engulf and influence the course of hip-hop both now and for years to come. Founders Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and Terrence “Punch” Henderson have surely but carefully selected a range of underground artists who have been blowing up for some time, and it seems as though their domination of the genre is at hand. For those skeptical, meet the TDE roster. Kendrick Lamar: Now a household name and international superstar, Kendrick Lamar has come a long way from his humble beginnings in Compton, Cali. Kendrick was TDE’s initial signee in 2004, and after a series of highly successful mixtapes, released his first fulllength LP, “Section.80,” in 2011. A concept album describing nahright.com

the culture of Generation Y, the project was widely considered a masterpiece and earned Kendrick national acclaim. A year later, K.Dot released “Good Kid, m.A.A.d city,” another concept album detailing his adolescence in his native Compton. If you’re not familiar with what happened next, you need to crawl out from under that rock. Start by Googling the words “control verse.” Jay Rock: Jay Rock is the epitome of what gangsta rap should sound like in the 21st century. Born and raised in Watts, Cali., he’s a bounty hunter blood with an intimidating voice and skillful lyrics, with a rather limited subject matter (gang culture, crime and poverty). He signed to TDE in 2005 and released his debut album “Follow Me Home” under Top Dawg and Strange Music in 2011 to positive reviews. Ab-Soul: The self proclaimed “king of Carson,” Ab-Soul is known for being a master storyteller, an intricate lyricist and a bit weird. While Soulo isn’t afraid to explore some of the grittier street themes that his labelmates often rap about, he sounds far more comfortable rapping about personal struggle, New Age philosophy, political conspiracies and drug experiences, and he particularly excels over spacey, neo-psychedelic beats. Ab-Soul signed in 2007, and after a series of “Long Term” mix tapes he released his debut, “Longterm Mentality,” in 2011. Never complacent, though, he dropped another LP, “Control System,” just a year later - an album considered to be his most defining work thus far. For what it’s worth, “Control System” is one of my favorite albums of all time.

ScHoolboy Q: Not many can walk the fine line between party rap and gangsta rap well, but Q does it with ease. The last member to join TDE’s Black Hippy supergroup (along with Kendrick, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul), ScHoolboy joined TDE in 2009. Q is unique in his ability to smoothly flow over any beat, effortlessly switching his subject matter from women and drugs to his earlier days selling Oxycodone and getting jumped into L.A.’s Hoover Crips. While some of his subject matter isn’t particularly distinctive in hip-hop, Q’s flow and lyrical ability differentiate him from the pack, as was evident when his 2011 “Setbacks” and 2012 “Habits and Contradictions” scored him rave reviews and international fandom. Isaiah Rashad: The first TDE signee from outside Southern California, the Chattanooga, TN-based Rashad joined the label in 2013 and went on to release his “Cilvia Demo” EP in early 2014 to positive reviews. Next up for Isaiah Rashad is a full-length debut. SZA: TDE’s first female R&B artist, Jersey-based R&B singer SZA joined the label in 2013 and is currently working on her TDE debut titled “Z.” What does all of this mean? Well, to provide some context, TDE has elevated itself to level of hip-hop juggernaut after successful releases from the four Black Hippy rappers over the past three years. Some called 2013 the Year of TDE after the vast amount of success these four rappers enjoyed. Here’s the catch: TDE didn’t drop a single project last year. They’re set to drop six in 2014. Yeah, juggernauts. Contact Kevin Costello at kcostello@colgate.edu.

Heretics Brown Bag: Susan Thomson on Rwandan Genocide By Jessica Benmen Arts & Features Editor

Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies Susan Thomson spoke last Thursday, February 6, at the weekly Heretics Club lunch in a packedto-capacity chapel basement. Speaking about her experiences with the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, Thomson began her deeply poignant and troubling story with a disclaimer of her passion for the subject material. “I often get broadsided by men for the emotion and vulnerability I show and I never apologize for it,” she said. The truth of this statement was evident throughout the talk, as she made clear the powerful connection she felt toward her subject matter. Thomson’s journey to Rwanda started in 1993, when after finishing her master’s degree she accepted a job with the U.N. Mission to Somalia as a Nation-Building Officer. Less than a month later, the U.N. pulled out of the country when a group of Somali militias killed a delegation of Pakistini peacekeepers. This incident demonstrated one of the reoccurring themes of Thomson’s story, namely U.N. incompetency and ineffectiveness.

Thomson was then relocated to Madagascar, where she was tasked with monitoring the gender dynamics of food distribution in the wake of recent, destructive cyclones for ten months. This position, however, was also to be cut short due to sudden tragic circumstances. While waiting to be picked up and brought back to U.N. headquarters one afternoon, Thomson happened upon a funeral procession, during which a car hit and killed a young boy. Upon this fatal encounter, the driver exited the car and walked into the angry, jeering crowd, allowing them to disjoint and eventually decapitate him. After several days of processing this horrific incident, Thomson managed to tell her team what she had witnessed, and was met with shocking dismissiveness. It was at this point that she left the mission. After several months of “decompression,” Thomson returned to U.N. service in the form of a short mission to Rwanda to help assess a women’s cooperative in the city of Gitarama. Despite being assured that Rwanda was in the midst of a ceasefire, the military presence was immediately obvious to her upon arrival in the country. Particularly disconcerting, Thomson mentioned, was the

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absolute absence of communication she had with the local people, or “beneficiaries.” These people were the concern of the government, she was told, not the U.N. On April 6, 1994, the airplane carrying the Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana was shot down, heralding the official beginning of the Rwandan genocide. At the U.N. headquarters in the city of Kigali, Thomson remained uninformed about the situation, simply being told to sit tight and await evacuation. Thomson and her colleagues received a small taste of the conflict when an armed militia invaded the compound and killed some of the Tutsi workers, threatening that they would come back for the rest of the staff. “I am concerned with the experience of lived power,” Thomson said. “In conflict and violent situations like this, there are no clear bad guys and good guys. Everything is shades of gray.” Thomson made clear that genocide in Rwanda should not be considered an unfathomable occurrence, but rather one that could happen anywhere. “I think one thing students can do is really think about who they are and what work is important to them,” Thomson said. “Take issues that are close

to your heart, have patience that change can take a lifetime, and have a good network of people so that you don’t lose faith.” Heretics Lunch is a weekly brown bag that takes place in the chapel basement every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. This semester’s theme is “The ______ that changed my life.” Next week will feature Professor of English Michael Coyle giving the talk “The Modernist Poems That Changed My Life.” Contact Jessica Benmen at jbenmen@colgate.edu.

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8. “Love You Madly” by Cake I’ll admit it – I can’t think of a time where I was ever too upset a Cake song came on. The fact that most of the audience would be born only a few years before their commercial peak is a problem, though. 7. “Barrel of a Gun” by Guster Another fairly popular alternative act, one with a little more relevance to this age demographic. They’re known for their live shows . I saw them live at Union College, in front of a similarly sloppy, (albeit smaller) crowd, and they made it work. SPW? That’d be a tall task.

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In light of the recent SPW survey, let’s rank the potential acts from worst to best just for fun, because we all know we’ll probably get none of them. (Missing the cut: Common and Jamey Johnson.)

6. “Paper Planes” by M.I.A. She doesn’t lack in energy and knows how to work a big crowd, but something tells me everybody would be pretty indifferent for the hour before she dropped “Paper Planes.”

13. “Amazed” by Lonestar A pure numbers game – there’s just not a big enough country contingent. Sorry country lovers, hope you get your fix seeing Darius Rucker on Valentine’s Day in Albany (sounds romantic-ish to me).

5. “I Need A Dollar (Remix)” by Big Gigantic From all accounts these guys kill it live, mixing crowd-pleasing remixes with live jazzy instrumentation. Bringing these guys wouldn’t generate much buzz, but it would definitely be a fit.

12. “Sunshine” by Atmosphere A critically acclaimed and long-tenured underground rap group, their brand of music is probably a little too serious for SPW shenanigans.

4. “You’re Gonna Love Again” by Nervo What these twin-Swedish-lady-EDM-purveyors lack in recognizable tunes, they make up for in novelty, which goes a long way amongst the somewhat indistinguishable ranks of EDM.

11. “Summertime Sadness (Remix)” by Cedric Gervais There’s a time and a place for EDM (and SPW might be just that), but while Gervais and the next two artists have a few huge hits to their names, bringing them would undoubtedly just be a lesser version of Avicii.

3. “Down” by Jay Sean, feat. Lil Wayne If we get Jay Sean, can he just play “Down” like 15 times and call it a day? Heck, didn’t ’Ye and Jay play “In Paris” 11 times and people were all over that?

10. “Calling (Lose My Mind)” by Alesso and Sebastian Ingrosso Alesso is another Swedish DJ who’s not Avicii or a member of Swedish House Mafia (though Ingrosso is). This track’s a jam but the above still applies. 9. “Cry (Just a Little)” by Bingo Players Also a jam, but see #11. R.I.P. to one half of the Bingo Players, Paul Baumer, who passed away from cancer in December.

2. “Piss Test (Remix)” by A-Trak Raunchy. That’s pretty much the only way to describe what A-Trak’s hip hop/electro/? sounds like. If you’ve pulled off being Kanye’s tour DJ, SPW should be child’s play. 1. “Booty Wurk” by T-Pain, feat. Joey Galaxy Was there ever a doubt? T-Pain brings everything to the table: novelty, hits, nostalgia, dreadlocks; what more could you want? There’s no need to count up survey results: T-Pain is the people’s choice. Contact Pete Koehler at pkoehler@colgate.edu.


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The Best Nest: Senior Dave Halperin By Eliza Graham Maroon-News Staff

Senior Dave Halperin’s bedroom in his off-campus apartment at 21 Lebanon Street is garish in its content, but carefully controlled in its aesthetic decisions. Halperin is visually conscious and each choice he made was made with care. The first attention drawing-items I noticed were shiny sheets emblazoned with the Versace logo and a large Texas flag hanging above the bed in the center of the room. A huge boombox sits atop a white painted wooden dresser. One area that demonstrates his conscientious stylistic decisions is the corner in which Halperin has created a collage using his favorite album covers. There are 20 covers pressed together neatly in a rectangular shape. The arrangement of the records is visually pleasing, compact and neat. This room may be the space of a self-proclaimed rebel, but Halperin is certainly a meticulous rebel at that. 1) How does your room reflect your personal style? My room is quite gaudy and ostentatious, which are things I like. I like over-thetop; it entertains me. But I am trying to tone it down a little, hence why I switched from having the fur comforter to the Versace bedding. I also really like nice clothes and have a lot of them, which is the reason why I have the big closet and the armoire inside my room. These items are very needed if I want to have my collection with me. My TV is nice too, especially since it gets Showtime and HBO so I’m able to keep up with all my favorite shows. Usually I find myself watching the Bloomberg Channel the most though. 2) Tell me about one particularly important item in your room. My bed is pretty important to me. I have bad back problems so I got a Tempurpedic mattress to give it a little help. I also really like my collection of vinyls on the wall. I think it’s a cool way to utilize the album covers as art for the room. Album covers are honestly in my opinion a very under-appreciated form of artwork. I also have my Dallas Mavericks Banner in the room as well. I’m a huge Mavs fan, I probably watch about 70 percent of their games every season. I’ll get behind the Cowboys in those rare seasons

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that they are actually good but I wouldn’t call myself a passionate fan of theirs like I am with the Mavs. 3) Where/from whom did you get your inspiration? The inspiration for my room is all from me, which I guess one could label as an over-thetop inspiration. Being from Dallas I just always liked flashy things. I liked that stuff that would make you remember it. So I tried to fill my room with things like that. I also wanted my room to be a place where anybody would always feel welcome when he or she is inside it, which is why I try to keep a vibe of openness as well. It’s a great room, I’ve worked hard on it. I’d be shocked to discover a bedroom better at this school and I can guarantee there are no other rooms like mine in the entire vicinity, which is great. It further adds to the uniqueness. Contact Eliza Graham at egraham@colgate.edu.

Allez, Cuisine! Peppermint Bark Brownies By Claire Littlefield and Emma Ellis

Colgate Couture: Olympic Fashion By Rachel Eisen

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For whatever reason, most people, even those who bake quite often, have a kind of mental block when it comes to the idea of making brownies from scratch. Brownies are something you buy or make from a boxed mix, and no one is really clear on exactly how they come to be. With a little extra effort, however, you can make dense, fudgy brownies with intense chocolate flavor at home. The only thing that makes brownies technically difficult is melting chocolate, which can be intimidating because chocolate is easy to burn. The solution is to melt the chocolate over very gentle, indirect heat. You can accomplish this with an improvised version of a double-boiler: boil water in a large pot, then set a metal or glass bowl on top of it. The rising steam will melt your chocolate much more evenly and effectively than a microwave could. As an added bonus, your whole apartment will start to smell like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. This recipe in particular will put your chocolatemelting skills to the test because it’s also topped with melted white chocolate and crushed peppermint sticks, which add style to these already luxurious brownies. The extra effort that goes into this recipe yields big rewards in taste, texture and visual wow factor, so if you’ve got someone to impress this Valentine’s Day, it’s a great one to have in your corner.

If you’re a fan of winter sports or a fan of winter frat parties, you know that the Sochi Winter Olympics have begun. While most commentators on the Sochi games speak about technique, speed and general athletic ability, the Olympic games have also been a great opportunity for fashion commentary. While I could comment on the tiny little outfits of the figure skaters or the hairstyles of the snowboarders, the opening ceremony outfits truly are the best material. This year, the USA Olympic team’s outfits were designed once again by the all-American label Ralph Lauren. In the London 2012 Olympics, the fashion house was greatly criticized for their Made in China apparel for the USA Olympic Team. This year there is no mistaking that the Sochi outfits are truly All-American. In fact, you could say that this year’s opening ceremony outfits scream USA with an obnoxious patchwork sweater complete with an American flag, Olympic rings and some more stars and stripes to pull it all together. The adjective “obnoxious” might seem slightly harsh, but I am not alone with this critique. When Ralph Lauren unveiled the Olympic duds, critics described them as “excessive,” “crazy,” “garish,” “a jumble” and “an eyesore.” But despite the general consensus that these Olympic sweaters are ugly, they do still have a certain appeal. Perhaps it is the same festive appeal of the ugly Christmas sweater. Maybe comfy sweaters that represent times when friends and family come together are meant to be ugly? Maybe the ugly hipster look is becoming even more mainstream than we thought? No matter the reason, these hideous sweaters have been fully embraced. As I watched the Opening Ceremony with my roommates, the initial reaction was laughter that then turned to inquiries on how to buy one. My roommates were apparently not alone. Not only are the Olympic patchwork sweaters completely sold out from the Ralph Lauren site, but now they can be found on eBay for some outrageous prices. Last weekend, one coveted sweater was sold for $3,000 and a current auction is already priced at $1,250 – quite a price hike from the original $375. Now before you go crying about how you can’t afford an Olympic sweater or before I judge you for still contemplating that outrageous purchase, you have some alternatives for attaining USA Olympian level style. Ralph Lauren has an entire collection of Olympic-inspired clothing. And while most of the collection was sold out before the games even began, there’s still a $148 scarf and $98 gloves available on the site. What a steal, right? And for you cheap-o’s who are still scoffing at those prices, I have one final opportunity for you to embrace your Olympic patriotic spirit. The Official Team USA team is also selling Go USA Mittens for only $14. Need an explanation for price difference? They’re Made in China. Well, hey, at least they aren’t Made in Russia! Contact Rachel Eisen at reisen@colgate.edu.

Ingredients: Brownie: 4 oz baker’s chocolate 2 sticks butter 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup flour ½ tsp salt Bark Topping: ¾ bag of white chocolate chips (about 2 cups) 6-8 peppermint candies (or 3-4 candy canes), crushed Yield: 18 brownies Process: 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 2. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a double boiler over low heat.

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3. When the butter and chocolate are melted, add in the sugar and vanilla extract. After this step, the batter will appear gritty, like wet sand. 4. Remove the batter from the heat and add the eggs one at a time, stirring to completely combine each one before adding the next. If you rush this step, you run the risk of curdling them, and no one wants scrambled eggs in their brownie. 5. Add the salt, then gradually add in the flour. 6. When the flour is completely incorporated, pour the batter into a greased or parchment-lined 13x9 inch pan. 7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the center is set and slightly puffed. 8. Set the brownies aside to cool completely. If you try to top the brownies with the bark before they are at room temperature, things are going to get messy. 9. To make the peppermint bark topping, melt the white chocolate chips in a double boiler. Since white chocolate is the easiest to overheat, it’s a good idea to remove the chocolate from the heat slightly before the chips are entirely melted. If you keep stirring, the residual heat will do the rest. 10. Pour the chocolate over the brownies, spreading it to form a thin and even layer over the entire surface. Then sprinkle the top with crushed peppermint candy pieces. 11. Chill in the refrigerator until the bark is set, at least 30 minutes. Contact Claire Littlefield at celittlefield@colgate.edu. and Emma Ellis at egellis@colgate.edu.

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