The Colgate Maroon-News The Oldest College Weekly in America
Colgate Inn: Not Bigger, but Better. A-2
Maybe a Morman? B-2
Volume CXLIII, Number 23
Dealers, Druggies and Dreamers. C-1
April 7, 2010
Softball Records Four Game Streak. D-4
Alumni Council Forced to Hold Elections By Nate Lynch Assistant News Editor
For only the second time in history, Colgate alumni will be asked to vote for several candidates who are seeking positions on the Alumni Council in the spring. Open seats on the council, usually filled by nominees appointed by the Council itself, will have to face an election due to outside candidates who have petitioned to challenge the Council nominees. The Alumni Council is the organization that leads the Colgate Alumni Corporation. To be a member of the Alumni Corporation, you must have attended Colgate University for at least a semester and your class must have graduated. It is an independent, volunteer-based organization whose goal is to help keep University-alumni and alumni-alumni relationship
Journalist Howard Fineman ’70 to Speak at Commencement Fineman is the Editorial Director at The Huffington Post, and former TV Political Analyst and Senior Editor for Newsweek By Selina Koller Maroon-News Staff
On May 15, the Colgate Class of 2011 will don their caps and gowns and be recognized for their academic, athletic, social and philanthropic successes. Journalist Howard Fineman ’70, will deliver the commencement address to the class. Fineman is currently the editorial director of the Huffington Post Media Group, which was recently acquired by America Online (AOL). With this merger, it is estimated that the company has an audience of over 250 million people worldwide. Prior to this position, he held several positions at Newsweek magazine, including reporter, columnist, senior editor and Deputy Washington Bureau Chief. Fineman wrote many articles and columns for Newsweek. His writing has also been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the New Republic. He also had the distinction of interviewing every presidential candidate
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Miller and Schlenger Win SGA Election by 10 Percent Margin By Taylor Fleming On Monday, April 4, 2011, some time after 1:00 p.m. depending on grade level and e-mail address, Colgate University students discovered the results of the 2011 Student Government Association (SGA) President and Vice President elections. The e-mail sent out to all students listed the voting percentages, deductions for each campaign and totals. The results, with deductions factored in, revealed that juniors Mike Miller and Andrew Schlenger had won the election with 600.93 votes and 54.58 percent, to the 488.319 votes and 44.35 percent of junior Alex Restrepo and junior Michael Frank. Although the 2011 election had its own share of deductions, including “false comments on website” from students who had signed their comments as President Chopp and President Herbst and a “fire code violation,” the election results were
By Caitlin Holbrook Executive Editor
A FAMILIAR FACE: Howard Fineman ’70 is a trusted TV political analyst and was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of the Maroon.
since 1985, in addition to many notable leaders in the business and entertainment worlds. Fineman is also a regular political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and makes regular appearances on several NBC and
MSNBC shows, including Hardball with Chris Matthews and Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. Fineman is the author of the best-selling book The Thirteen American Arguments. Continued on A-5
Resos’ AKFEST Benefits Japan By Michele Nelson Maroon-News Staff
The night of April 2 saw yet another amazing performance delivered in the chapel by the Colgate Resolutions (better known as the Resos) at their annual spring concert, AKFEST. AKFEST, short for “A capella Fest,” held this year to benefit the victims of the March 11 disaster in Japan, raised $1,100 and had quite a significant turnout. “This was the first time in 19 years we made [the show] a fundraiser. We figured that our concert
was a great way to bring people together, and noticed that there had not been many other events on campus to acknowledge the disaster, and felt that people who just lost their homes and friends could use the money more than we could,” said musical director and senior Malcolm Piper. In attendance were faculty, friends and family members, in addition to members of the Hamilton community. Also present were Reso alumni who joined this year’s group on stage for their final number, “Operator.” Continued on C-5
Courtesy of the Miller-Schlenger Campaign
revealed in a timely fashion and largely free of the controversy of last year. Senior Liz Brodsky, current SGA President and no stranger to the election process, stated that she “thought the elections ran very smoothly, and the election commissioners did an exceptional job running clean and fair elections.” Continued on A-3
Addition of New Sorority and Abolition of All-Bid Rule on the Horizon
SINGING WITH A PURPOSE: $1,100 in proceeds from AKFEST were donated to relief efforts in Japan. Carly Keller
Vice President and Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson sat down with the Maroon-News this week for an exclusive interview announcing the release of a new Residential Education Plan (RE2). As the plan builds upon Colgate’s 2004 “Vision for Residential Education Plan” while addressing concerns that were brought up in the 2009 Campus Life Survey, RE2 will have far-reaching implications on student life. Amongst the biggest changes proposed were recommendations for an increased number of sororities on campus and the elimination of the 1991 “all bid” rule. Other significant modifications included the expansion of programs and discussions relating to diversity – beginning with Orientation and the first-year experience (FYE) – and the extension of the Wellness Initiative into the endowed Wellness Institute. Continued on A-6
Off-Campus Study Abroad Policy Revisions Approved By Cody Semrau Maroon-News Staff
With over 60 percent of students studying abroad by the time they graduate, Colgate is constantly commended for the accessibility of its study abroad programs. Recent proposals, however, have left some students concerned that attending offcampus study groups unaffiliated with Colgate will soon become implausible. Currently, there are about 20 Colgate off-campus study groups located in various nations throughout the globe. Two-thirds of students studying abroad take part in these programs while the other third participate in non-Colgate programs. This semester, there are over 31 different non-Colgate study abroad programs in which Colgate students participate. Being Continued on A-3
April 7, 2011
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COLGATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS SAFETY REPORT Monday, 3/28
2:27 a.m.: A Campus Safety officer on routine patrol of Shepardson House discovered damage to a door. 4:40 p.m.: Students at University Court apartments were in possession of marijuana and had smoked in a residence hall in violation of university housing regulations. Case referred for disciplinary action. 4:50 p.m.: Campus Safety officers investigating a complaint found marijuana outside of University Court Apartments. 8:41 p.m.: A Campus Safety officer on routine patrol of Buildings and Grounds discovered damage to a door.
Tuesday, 3/29 2:26 a.m.: Received a noise complaint at University Court Apartments. Case referred for disciplinary action. 9:56 a.m.: Received a report that a student was arrested by the Hamilton Police for driving while intoxicated. Case referred for disciplinary action.
8:52 a.m.: Campus Safety assisted the Madison County Sheriff’s Office with a burglary complaint at the Salvage Warehouse, Hamilton. 6:18 p.m.: A staff member was injured while playing softball on Whitnall Field and was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety. 7:11 p.m.: A student at Wynn Hall was injured after a glass tube broke and was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety.
Thursday, 3/31 3:04 a.m.: A fire alarm at Curtis Hall was caused by a maliciously discharged fire extinguisher. 3:14 a.m. An underage intoxicated student at Curtis Hall failed to evacuate for a fire alarm. Case referred for disciplinary action. 3:15 a.m.: A student at Curtis Hall failed to evacuate for a fire alarm. Case referred for disciplinary action.
Colgate Inn Re-Opens
By Nate Lynch Assistant News Editor
The Colgate Inn reopened its doors on April 1, after closing for four months to complete renovations. The extensive renovations, involved moving the tavern and doubling its size, renovating and refurbishing every room and shrinking the number of rooms while expanding the guest capacity. These efforts are an investment based on providing a better experience to visitors to Hamilton, and encouraging travelers to spend more time in the community. The Board of Trustees approved the project after carefully weighing the costs and the need to invest in downtown Hamilton. Ultimately, the Board felt that the renovations would bring much needed functional upgrades to the Inn’s facilities and equipment, while also providing an investment that would pay for itself in the long run. The general contractor was Hayner Hoyt, a contracting corporation whose primary business is conducted in upstate New York. The interior decorator was Thom Filicia of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame. Ben Eberhardt, the owner of Eberhardt, LLC, which leases and maintains operational control over the Colgate Inn, was excited about the reopening. “We have several different open houses scheduled – one based around the block party for Hamilton residents…and others for trustees, parents and alumni,” Eberhardt said. A major part of the renovations was revamping the structure of the
guest rooms. Although the number of rooms has been reduced from 46 to 40 rooms, the net amount of guests is now a maximum of 300. Every room now has either a soaking tub and shower or a doubleheaded shower. Every room was either refurbished or renovated. “We geared the rooms toward parents with prospective students – adding day beds, et cetera,” Eberhardt said. The dining experience was also a critical element of the renovations. The tavern was moved to the Payne Street corner and extends down along Madison Street. The bar was doubled in size and the Rathskeller stairs were moved into the tavern behind the bar. The kitchen has also been streamlined and modernized. Other miscellaneous changes to the Inn include the addition of a service elevator and an offstreet loading dock, expanding the parking lot and the addition of mattresses and local antiques. So far, the campus response has been largely positive. “The public response has been overwhelming,” Eberhardt said. “Around 1,000 people have come to take a look since it was opened.” First-year student Mitchell Tucci was excited to experience the Colgate Inn for his first time. “Since it’s my first year, I wasn’t really able to go to the Inn before it closed,” Tucci said. “I’ve heard so much about it, so I’m excited to try their food and see the dining room.” Construction on the Inn will continue until mid-summer. Contact Nate Lynch
3:15 a.m.: A student at Curtis Hall failed to evacuate for a fire alarm. Case referred for disciplinary action. 3:19 a.m.: A student at Curtis Hall failed to evacuate for a fire alarm. Case referred for disciplinary action. 12:33 p.m.: Received a report of a chemical spill in Olin Hall that occurred on 3/30/11.
Friday, 4/1 2:35 a.m.: A Campus Safety officer on routine patrol near Frank Round-A-Bout assisted an underage intoxicated student, who was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary action. 9:23 p.m.: A student reported being harassed and damage to her room door memo board at West Hall. Case referred for disciplinary action.
Saturday, 4/2 1:44 a.m.: A Campus Safety officer on routine patrol of Andrews Hall assisted an underage intoxicated who was
transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance. Case referred for disciplinary action. 3:36 a.m.: A Campus Safety officer on routine patrol near 100 Broad Street (Creative Arts House) observed a student in possession of stolen property and the student failed to provide identification. Case referred for disciplinary action. 12:25 p.m.: Received a report of broken windows at Whitnall House. 3:22 p.m.: A student was injured while playing soccer on Whitnall Field and transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety. 7:00 p.m.: A student was arrested by the Hamilton Police after being observed urinating in public at 92 Broad Street (Phi Kappa Tau fraternity). Case referred for disciplinary action. 9:45 p.m.: A Campus Safety officer on routine patrol of Andrews Hall observed underage students in possession of alcohol and playing drinking games against Uni-
versity regulations. Case referred for disciplinary action. 9:54 p.m.: A staff member reported windows and furniture damaged at 88 Broad Street (Beta Theta Pi fraternity). Case referred for disciplinary action. 9:56 p.m.: Received a report of an underage intoxicated student at the O’Connor Campus Center (The Coop) who was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary action. 11:30 p.m.: A student was found in possession of a fictitious driver’s license. Case referred for disciplinary action.
Sunday, 4/3 8:38 a.m.: A staff member reported finding a discharged fire extinguisher near Frank Dining Hall. 1:30 p.m.: A student reported his vehicle was damaged while parked at 92 Broad Street (Phi Kappa Tau fraternity).
FENCE DESTROYED BY STUDENTS?
VANDALS BY NIGHT?: This fence, which reads “thoughtful work of our Colgate students”, is on 14 West Pleasant Road on Kathy Hilgenberg’s property. She suspects the damage was done by Colgate students last semester. Her house has repeatedly fallen victim to vandalism in the past – she has had to replace the fence before and her grill has been tossed over the side of her porch.
Miller and Schlenger Elected Continued from page A-1
With 1,101 votes counted, Brodsky was particularly pleased with the Colgate voter turnout which was greater than 2010 and several previous years. The results of the election were also revealed to both campaigns through e-mail. Soon-to-be SGA President Miller was at the library with his friends when he heard the news. Although Miller said it was “hardly a place to celebrate,” he confesses that when the election committee congratulated him, “needless to say, it was a pretty good feeling.” And while, thousands of miles away, Restrepo and Frank received the opposite message in their inboxes, both contend that they “are proud of [their] showing.” In fact, immediately after the results came out, both Restrepo and Frank sent congratulatory notes to the mem-
bers of the winning campaign. “We are already talking with Mike and Andrew to enact meaningful change at Colgate [for the upcoming year],” Restrepo said. Both Restrepo and his running mate Frank are on study abroad trips for Spring 2011. Restrepo believes their absence from campus this semester made the campaign and election incredibly difficult. Brodsky added that she believed “it would have been interesting to see how the election [would have gone] if Restrepo and Frank were on campus.” Despite this disadvantage, all four candidates and the SGA were inspired by the election and are excited to see what will come of the new student leaders of Colgate University. While Brodsky, who will remain SGA president
until the end of the academic year, comes to terms with the end of her leadership, she offers her full support for Miller and Schlenger. “I am very confident that Miller and Schlenger will do great things with their term. I have worked closely with both of them on SGA in the past and I have seen them both work hard,” Brodsky said. Miller expresses his gratitude for the election turnout and encourages the rest of the student body to get involved. Both he and Schlenger have begun plans for their Executive Board, to be installed this fall. The newly-elected President and Vice President are open to ideas and encourage students to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Taylor Fleming at tfleming@colgate,edu
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April 7, 2011
University Expands Abroad Options Continued from A-1
granted access to these non-Colgate programs has never been considered a great challenge in the past. However, recently enacted proposals from the Off-Campus Study Group Committee (OCSC) and the Academic Affairs Board (AAB) have stated that their changes will make the process for attending these nonapproved programs “highly rigorous,” generating some concern from the student body. Despite the concern, the Department of Off-Campus Studies and International Programs believes that these changes will be far from limiting to Colgate students. “The overall goal is the diversity of programs,” Director of Colgate’s Off-Campus Studies Kara Bingham said. “Currently there is little guidance to the approval of non-Colgate study groups. These new principles will help guide the development of an approved list.” Although the process of applying for approval for non-Colgate programs will become more rigorous, these new changes will actually increase the number of Colgate-approved programs that students are offered. It is estimated that there will be over 60
HELPING STUDENTS GET OFF CAMPUS: Kara Bingham was instrumental in implementing the new study abroad options. Carly Keller
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“The biggest change will be that Colgate tuition will cover the costs of more study abroad programs,” Bingham said. This is especially beneficial for those who receive financial aid from Colgate. Currently, most non-approved programs are not covered by the costs of Colgate tuition. These changes therefore open up the opportunity for financially dependent students to choose from a wider selection of study abroad programs. These newly approved programs will also guarantee the earning of a full semester’s credit upon their successful completion. In the past, students who participate in non-Colgate study groups have been forced to take a leave of absence from the university without the guarantee that their credits will transfer back to the University. These new changes assure students will receive full credit for their work,
while being able to earn at least two major credits or one minor credit in the process. In the past, a student who may have been interested in studying the economic history of the Middle East may have been limited to a Middle East program in London, for example. With the Approved Programs approach, it is the hope that students will be able to go to a university in Egypt to gain more direct experience without any limitations concerning financial pressures or the transferring of credit. Lynn Staley, Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, is excited about the possibilities that Approved Programs presents to Colgate students. Study abroad programs have already been approved that link Colgate with some of the most prominent universities around the globe. “President Herbst, at the advice of Colgate faculty, has signed an agreement with the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford University that affiliates Colgate with a Consortium of top liberal arts colleges whose aim is to strengthen academic links between Oxford and schools in the United States,” Staley said. Many of Colgate’s faculty and staff have considered these new changes a step in the right direction. In response to the approval of this initiative, President Herbst said, “I dare say that when Colgate’s history is written 50 years from now, this moment will be noted as a point when the university made a particularly important decision.” Because it will take several years for the university to actively select non-Colgate study abroad programs to be approved, these new changes will not go into effect immediately. “This is not a process that is going to take place overnight,” Bingham said. It is expected that these changes will go into full effect for the Class of 2016.
Excerpts from the Recently Approved “Proposal for Adoption of Approved Programs and Portable Aid for Study Abroad for Colgate’s Class of 2016 and Beyond” “The petition process for attending non-approved programs will be highly rigorous, meaning that the vast majority of students who pursue off-campus study in the Class of 2016 and onward will attend either faculty-led groups or Approved Programs.” “Starting with the Class of 2016, financial aid will be portable on Approved Programs (although aided students will still be limited to one aided semester abroad). All students going on Approved Programs will pay Colgate tuition to Colgate.” “Students will not receive degree credit for study abroad on programs that have not been approved by Colgate” “Students will normally be able to earn at least two major credits/one minor credit through an Approved Program that has been endorsed by their department.”
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Colgate Entrepreneurs Colgate Sophomore Makes a Difference for Underprivileged Native American Children By Harry Raymond Managing Editor
Sophomore Maggie Dunne first visited the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation on a church service trip to South Dakota during her sophomore year of high school. The Oglala Sioux Native American reservation lies within two of the poorest counties in the U.S. “I had never been exposed to that type of poverty and, it was shocking that it was in our own country,” Dunne said. “I felt like I had to do something more.” Dunne made a pledge to return to the Pine Ridge Reservation once a year and try to give back to the community. Five years
later, Dunne has far exceeded that ambitious pledge, starting a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing resources to Lakota children. Three weeks before her second trip back to Lakota, Dunne decided to write articles in local newspapers and magazines asking people to donate children’s books and coats. “It was just a last-minute thing,” Dunne said. Dunne’s articles prompted donations of over 2,000 books and 500 coats in only three weeks. “Seeing that result changed everything for me,” Dunne said. “It didn’t take that much effort. Just a little outsidethe-box thinking and putting yourself out there.”
Dunne and some recruited friends distributed the donated items to schools in Lakota. Dunne went to one school that had only three books in their library. When she left, their library had more than 500 and every student went home with a new coat. Dunne said, “Just seeing that made me realize that I can do something and I don’t have to wait until I graduate to do it.” Dunne continued to write about the cause in local newspapers. One of her articles caught the attention of a local corporate lawyer who specializes in not-for-profits. Dunne recalls that the lawyers said to her, “‘I usually charge an absurd amount of money for my services, but I can see you’re really passionate
about this.’” Despite the large time commitment needed to start a nonprofit, Dunne was eager to legitimize the cause. Lakota Pine Ridge Children’s Enrichment Project Limited (LPRCEP) has helped her gather resources and attention for the cause. In 2010, LPRCEP shipped over 3,300 pounds of donations (books, clothing, school supplies, etc.) to the Reservation, an illustration of their tremendous growth since 2009 when they shipped 1,300 pounds of donations. Dunne credits her Thought into Action Entrepreneurship Seminar for helping her set goals and figuring out ways to meet
them. At the start of the school year, Dunne set the goal of starting a summer camp for kids on the reservation. She says, “Thought into Action has allowed me to create a clearer vision of what I want to do and the input of everyone in the class has been really valuable.” This May, in cooperation with two other nonfor-profit organizations, Dunne will be holding a one-week pilot camp that will focus on leadership and team-building. Contact Harry at hraymond@colgate. edu. Continue the conversation or nominate an entrepreneur for the column at the new Colgate Entrepreneurship Blog at www.Maroon-News.com/blogs.
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Students and Faculty Honored for Work in Sustainability By Cassidy Holahan Maroon-News Staff
Thirteen students, faculty, and staff were honored April 1 at the first annual Green Summit Sustainability Awards in the Ho Science Center for their work at Colgate pertaining to sustainability. “Students and faculty have been working tirelessly over the past few years to improve campus sustainability. However, so many people have never been formally thanked for their contribution, whether it was raising awareness or planning events. We wanted to take this time to recognize them for their efforts,” event coordinator and senior Jackie Gerson said. The selection committee, composed of faculty, students and Sustainability Council members, chose the winners from the 40 nomination letters that were submitted. “In future years, we hope to set more specific standards and narrow down the number of people awarded,” Program Assistant to the Environmental Studies Department and Sustainability Office Theresa Evans said. “This first year, we just wanted to raise awareness about how many people have contributed to improving sustainability at Colgate.” First-year Sarah Baranes, a student honored for conducting a waste audit in the dorms, said that she feels the awards are a great contribution to Colgate. “I feel incredibly lucky to be at a place that takes the time to recognize student work in the environmental field. I think it definitely shows the university’s commitment to sustainability,” Baranes said. Colgate has made huge strides in sustainability in the past few years, as Campus Sustainability Coordinator John Pumilio highlighted in his opening speech for the awards. For example, in 2008, Colgate was given the grade of a D+ by the College Sustainability Report Card, but received a B in 2011. These improvements in Colgate’s sustainability have come from a variety of projects and initiatives, as shown by the diversity of the award winners. Seniors Emily Sabo and Stacey Marion were awarded for their work in Colgate’s Community Vegetable Garden that was implemented last summer. The garden “helps students consider where their food comes from and helps promote a locally sustained lifestyle,” Sabo said. Three students were awarded for their work in composting – junior Michael Michonski and senior Nicole Dennis for their work in the Composting Club, and senior Adam Costello for his help implementing composting in Greek housing. “I try wherever I am to bring en-
thusiasm to sustainability and environmentalism. I think we could all do with a little more spirit at times in terms of raising environmental awareness at Colgate,” Costello said. Sophomore Jennifer Taylor was awarded for her work in recycling as the co-leader of Students for Environmental Action (SEA). Senior Meghan Kiernan, a Sustainability Intern, was recognized for her work in starting the first Eco-Olympics and her work with the Green Living Program. In addition to the eight students recognized at the awards ceremony, many faculty and staff were also honored for their work in sustainability. Michael Sadero, the Chief Chef for Sodexo, was recognized for integrating locally grown, sustainable food into the dining program. Assistant Director of the Annual Fund Lindsay Hoham was honored for helping her department become more environmentally friendly in the Green Office Program. “I have introduced recycling and basic sustainable practices to an office that really had never focused on it. While they are small efforts on each person’s part, they will add up,” Hoham said. Director of Document and Mail Services Bob Keats and his staff were acknowledged for improving sustainability at Colgate’s Print Shop. Both Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Beth Parks and Associate Dean of the Faculty and Chair of Russian Ian Helfant were awarded for their work on Colgate’s Climate Action Plan. Those who organized the event hope that the Green Summit Sustainability Awards will increase awareness about initiatives being made on campus, and hopefully encourage all students, faculty and staff to slightly alter their behavior. “Sustainability is a decisionmaking framework that encourages each of us to consider the impact our daily actions and decisions will have on other people and on the environment,” Pumilio said. “A takehome point of the awards was that we do not have to turn our lives upside-down. We can start small. If each of us changed one thing at a time – one day at a time – the cumulative result would be significant.” The award ceremony also marked the end of the EcoOlympics, a competition between first-year dorms. Kiernan, who organized the event, announced that the residents of 110 Broad won the competition with the most participation per person. The event also marked the beginning of Colgate’s Third Annual 13 Days of Green, a Colgate tradition to bring awareness about environmental efforts and issues. Contact Cassidy Holahan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Brothers Host Charity Week by Rebekah Ward Maroon-News Staff
From March 28 to April 5, Brothers hosted their twelfth annual Charity Week. This year the proceeds will be sent to the Hamilton Arts Center and The Commission of Women Victims for Victims (KOFAVIV), an organization that supports victims of sexual violence in Haiti. The week was hectic, as Brothers hosted a myriad of activities to draw in different audiences. “The week was busy, it was pretty successful, though, considering the large number of other fundraising events going on,” junior and Brothers Chief Josh Morris said. Morris was in charge of planning and working on the proposal for the events, as well as overseeing them to make sure everything went well. “So far we’ve collected more than
$3,100, and that’s not counting two events that we haven’t factored in yet. T-shirt sales were a big part of that, and the Bachelor Auction was another big part of that,” Morris said. “Normally we make about $4,000 during the entire charity week. I know we didn’t make that amount, but we did really well considering the circumstances.” One of the difficult things this past week has been the wealth of other fundraising activities competing for the student body’s interest and participation. Although normally the Auction brings in the most profit, “this year I believe the t-shirts were the biggest. For the Bachelor Auction we lost a lot of our audience to mandatory school events and Party for Pink, which were on the same night,” Morris said. “Aside from the annual speaker we bring to campus, charity week is the largest scale programming that Brothers does,” said sophomore
Jaebum Byun, the Brothers Treasurer and a member of the Brothers Core alongside Morris. “For this event, although we have our specific titles, we don’t necessarily just do our role – we work as a core group of leaders and try to help out in any way we can.” The jam-packed schedule of the week itself is certainly a testament to strong teamwork and leadership. On Monday, March 28, the week opened with a bake sale at the O’Connor Campus Center (Coop). Tuesday there was a BBQ on the quad, for which Brothers volunteers braved the chilly weather. “[The BBQ] went okay, although it was pretty cold so people were just grabbing food, donating, then running. The grills kept us slightly warm, but even they couldn’t do the full job – it was brutal. At least it
ent the campus with a lot of facts to garner interest in our cause. You would be surprised to find that many of our own Colgate students are misinformed about HIV/AIDS and its transmission or treatment or testing,” Caurso said. The whole week was packed with events dedicated to different aspects of the HIV/AIDS campaign. On March 28, informational tables were set up in the O’Connor Campus Center (Coop) where students could learn more about HIV/AIDS. On March 29 and 30, the Solidarity Art Project provided students with the opportunity to trace their hands and sign their names on banners to show their support for those afflicted with the disease and for finding a cure. Foglia’s talk on March 31 describing his study abroad revealed the alarming truth that he discovered about HIV/AIDS in South Africa. In the Imizamo Yethu Township, a suburb of Cape Town, Foglia worked as a volunteer intern at a medical community clinic for treating HIV and tuberculosis. After learning that the clinic only had six nurses, one physician and one pharmacist to treat over 140 people a day, Foglia quickly became a part of the medical staff. “When I first walked into the clinic, I was struck by the crowds and despair. For the first time in my life I saw countless people truly debilitated by their sickness and in desperate need. That was an emotional sight and served as a constant reminder of the extent of the
help that was needed,” Foglia said. As an intern, Foglia’s responsibilities included triage and stocking the pharmacy. While working in the triage room alongside a nurse from the clinic, he greeted patients, measured their weight and blood pressure, and administered pregnancy tests and urinalysis. He also was able to shadow nurses while they treated HIV positive patients. “I was constantly inspired by the dedication of the staff and the resilience of the patients. Even when faced with positive HIV results, the patients remained composed and determined to get the treatment they needed and to improve their lives,” Fogia said. Foglia was also deeply troubled by the disparity that he soon learned existed between sex education in South Africa and in the United States. Many of the patients he looked after barely knew what a condom was, let alone how to use one. With a severe lack of sex education, the patients were unaware of the possibilities of transmitting diseases. “I found myself frustrated many times, not so much with the patients, but with the inability for these individuals to access any type of resources that can inform them about the realities of sex and disease,” Foglia said. Following Foglia’s talk, the students in attendance led a discussion about international HIV/AIDS. The week culminated in Red Day when people were encouraged to wear red to show their support for HIV/ AIDS research. In an effort to further the cause, free condoms were distributed all week. “Every student does not receive comprehensive sexual education [so] we decided that it would be important to run a comprehensive educational campaign,” Caruso said. Caruso encourages students who want to get involved to join SGAC.
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Student Groups Come Together to Raise AIDS Awareness
By Laura D’Angelo Maroon-News Staff
Students have been concerned with a serious and critically important international health issue recently. The week of March 28 to April 1 was dedicated to the annual AIDS Action Week. This event, which is held at many other schools during the spring semester, was created to increase awareness about HIV/AIDS. Three main student organizations worked together to create a series of interesting and informative events for the week. The Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC), Student Lecture Forum Asks (SLF Asks) and Students for Global Engagement (SGE) all collaborated to make the week as educational as possible. SGAC is a Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (COVE) group that tries to increase awareness among Colgate students of HIV/AIDS and is dedicated to fighting for a cure. SLF Asks, a weekly series that allows students to engage in discussion, invited senior Andrew Foglia to talk about his studying abroad experience in an HIV/AIDS clinic in South Africa. SGE worked closely with SGAC and SLF Asks to ensure that the events ran smoothly. Sophomore Breanna Caruso played an integral role in the planning of the week. Caruso is the leader of SGAC and the co-leader of SGE. “The goal this year was to pres-
ON THE GROUND: Senior Andrew Foglia shared his experiences from working in an AIDS clinic in South Africa. Zach Sproull
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Journalist to Deliver
Commencement Address Continued from A-1
While at Colgate, Fineman was editor-in-chief of the Maroon, a recipient of a Watson Traveling Fellowship, and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. “I benefited from the classes I took and the professors I had [at Colgate], especially in the English, History and Philosophy departments,” Fineman said. “I draw on the habits for thinking and the substantive knowledge I gained at Colgate all the time.” “There were a few notable professors whom I appreciated,” Fineman said. “Frederick Busch, who taught literature writing, Raymond Rockwood, who taught history (and with whom I went on a history study group to London) and Jerry Balmuth, a philosophy professor who’s still teaching today. Professor Balmuth taught me the power of words: not descriptive or narrative (those I learned from Professors Bush and Rockwood), but the moral, political force of words.” Following graduation, Fineman earned an M.S. from Columbia where he received a prestigious Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. He began his journalism career with the Courier-Journal, based in Kentucky, and during this time, received a J.D. law degree from the University of Louisville. “It’s the honor of a lifetime to speak at Commencement,” Fineman said. “Colgate became my home when I went there and had everything to do with the opportunities I later had. I care about the place, the people I have known and who have educated me. It’s wonderful logic for an alum; and it happens to be that I get to do what any alum would want to do:
speak at Commencement.” The Baccalaureate speaker will be Reverend Maria Scates, who is the founder and director of the Johnson Park Center in Utica. The center focuses on transitional housing, job training and reentry programs. Scates has instilled much faith in, and given many opportunities to, members of Colgate’s extended community. Honorary degree recipients will also be celebrated in May. Recipients include Irene Brown, the founder of the Community Action Partnership of Madison County and of the Lifelong Learning Program (which involves cooperation between both Colgate and the Hamilton Community); J. Christopher Clifford ’67, the outgoing chair of the Board of Trustees and strong supporter of the Hamilton Initiative, Passion for the Climb and the Campaign for Colgate; Dr. Frans de Waal, a professor at Emory University who is nationally respected for his literature and research on the social intelligence of primates; Robert H.N. Ho ’56, who is a trustee emeritus and founder of the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation, which is a supporter and developer of crosscultural programs; and General Thomas R. Morgan, USMC (Ret.) ’52, who is the highest-ranking Colgate alum in the U.S. military. “I hope, in my commencement speech, to celebrate the graduates and the school,” Fineman said. “In doing that, I also want to advise the graduates to cherish what they have, and what they’ve been given through their Colgate education.” Contact Selina Koller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brothers Fundraise for Local and International Organizations
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was for a good cause,” Morris said. Later on Tuesday, in honor of this year’s support of KOFAVIV, Haitian ambassador Raymond A. Joseph came to speak. “It was a great speech; he spoke on the reconstruction efforts in Haiti. His basic message was that outsiders need to give [Haitian people] the resources to actually rebuild Haiti, instead of going in and doing it themselves. He was basically preaching the message give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime,” Morris said. On Wednesday, March 30, Brothers co-hosted their 3rd annual Poker Night at Theta Chi, a great success according to sophomore, Brothers member and Theta Chi brother Andrew McCormick, who enjoyed himself, despite being the first eliminated. “It was a good turnout, especially from freshman guys; in the future we hope to see more of the campus represented, but it was a great success for Brothers Charity Week,” McCormick said. On Thursday, March 31st, the Brothers’ Bachelor Auction was hosted in Love Auditorium. This event can always count on a crowd, and despite the other events that night it still seemed to find success. “It’s always really fun. Girls going crazy, guys lik-
ing the attention. It’s the one annual event where the gender roles are pretty much switched, where the guys are being adored and the girls are paying for the pleasure of their company,” junior and Brothers member Jason Lee said. Some of the men being auctioned off were a little less excited about the ordeal. “I was apprehensive, although when I thought about the purpose of the event I decided I wouldn’t mind doing it,” junior and Brothers member Trinel Torian said. Friday, April 1, was the night of the Brothers charity banquet for KOFAVIV, organized in collaboration with CSA and supported by a number of other groups. This event was well attended, and served its purpose to educate attendees on sexual violence in Haiti. Students presented various facts to the audience and read quotes by victims. There were also several music, poetry and dance performances. On Saturday, April 2, Huntington Gymnasium was home to the 3-on-3 basketball tournament co-hosted by Theta Chi and DU. Trophies were awarded to winners of the tournament, the 3-point contest and the dunk competition. Then, to close off the week, on Tuesday, April 5, the 2nd Annual Super Smash Bros. Tournament was
HELP A BROTHER OUT!: Members of Brothers auctioned themselves off as part of their charity week.
held in Donovan’s Pub. This event was co-hosted by Brothers and the Blue Diamond Society (BDS). “I was personally very happy because we made a lot of adjustments from last year, which had been very hectic - last time lots of people showed up at the door and the bracket was impossible. But this year it was a lot more organized, I didn’t need to yell and everything went smoothly!” Byun said. The tournament is one event he was in charge of, and his personal favorite. “The tournament was entertaining, a really fun environment. There were a lot of people there; everyone was being kind of crazy. It was good that everyone was able to be themselves,” sophomore attendee Anneliese Gretsch said. Gretsch attended a few of the week’s events, and maintains that Brothers events always have a creative, fun environment. The exposure that Charity Week gives to Brothers as an organization is not lost on its organizers. “Brothers has been getting considerably bigger in membership in the past two years. This is something that can be seen especially in events like Charity Week; with this type of programming the whole school gets to see how much we’ve grown and how far we’ve come,” Byun said. Leaders were confident in their efforts throught the week. “Overall, I’d say Charity Week was a great success, not just for brothers but also for the causes that will be benefiting from the events,” Brothers sophomore Denny Gonzales said. At the same time, he thinks that they can always find a way to do even better. “Next year we have our 13th annual Charity Week, and the amount of extravagance will hopefully blow this year’s event out of the water,” Gonzales said. Contact Rebekah Ward at email@example.com.
Alumni Council Elections Called for Second Time in History Continued from A-1
strong, as well as serving as an advisory board to the University. Each year, roughly a quarter of council members’ terms end, leaving vacant seats on the Council. At any time during the year, members of the Colgate University Alumni Corporation can be nominated for council membership by Colgate alumni, staff or faculty. Each year, the Council’s Nominations Committee considers close to 300 candidates for council positions. The Council’s guide to selecting candidates involves strong performance in a number of categories: “volunteer service and leadership in Colgate affairs, consistent history of financial support to Colgate, meaningful personal or professional accomplishments or contributions to the greater community and readiness and willingness to become more involved on behalf of the university.” After initial deliberations, the nominations committee narrows the field to approximately ten candidates for each available spot on the Council. Then at the fall meeting at Colgate, the final candidates are selected and announced in the winter edition of the Colgate Scene. “We have seven ‘era’ and two ‘at large’ seats open,” Vice President for Alumni Affairs RuthAnn Loveless said. “We always have at least 10 or 11 open seats each year.” Without contest, the candidates are then approved during the annual meeting held on Reunion Weekend. If a member of the Alumni Corporation decides to contest the nomination, an election is held in late April/
May and concludes at the annual meeting to determine who will take the seat. This year, two alumni – William Waller ’91 and Todd Buchner ’88 - have completed the requisite paperwork to contest the nominees of the Alumni Council as of this publication. Others could potentially be eligible provided that they submit their registration by April 8. The organization “A Better Colgate” (ABC), an organization of Colgate alumni who promote changing university policy in order to allow alumni to directly elect trustees, lists two other candidates who are petitioning to appear on the ballot – Sean Fitzmichael Devlin ’05 and Bill Kerchof ’49. In 2006, the last year that contesting candidates appeared on the ballot, eight candidates ran against the Alumni Council nominees. None won, though independent candidates did take between up to 39 percent of the vote in some races. Sean Fitzmichael Devlin ’05, who is running as a petition candidate and is also on the Board of Directors of “A Better Colgate,” felt that his candidacy and the elections were a way for him and other alumni to get involved with Colgate. “I don’t want to be appointed to the Alumni Council: I want to be elected to the Alumni Council by my fellow Colgate alumni,” Devlin said. “The distinction is very important. I’m running because I love Colgate and want to be more involved - the same reasons the Alumni Council nominees are running.” President of the Alumni Council Gus Cold-
ebella ’91 illustrated the importance of the elections, while emphasizing that the goal of the Alumni Council was to promote connections between alumni, and that elections tended to do the opposite. “While any alum has the right to challenge one of the Alumni Council’s nominees for a seat on the Council, that’s not the best, easiest or most efficient way to get involved with Colgate,” Coldebella said. “Elections produce both winners and losers. As president of the Alumni Corporation, I want everyone who has a desire to volunteer for Colgate to do so—and not to become potentially disaffected by losing a contested election.” Todd Buchner ’88, the president of ABC who is running as a petition candidate, felt that the elections were an important right for alumni to excercise. “My intent is improving alumni involvement and the Alumni Council elections are a great way of doing that,” Buchner said. “I want to work on some of the problems that are facing Colgate. I want to inspire people to get involved with the university.” During an election, the Alumni Council must provide both a fair election, while also proving to Alumni Corporation members that their nominees were well-chosen. “It’s the responsibility of the Alumni Council to demonstrate that its nominees are worthy of the alumni vote, primarily because of their record of outstanding volunteer service
to Colgate,” Coldebella said. “The integrity of the process is so important.” These elections can be expensive—in 2006 costs exceeded $120,000. “This time, the Alumni Council has changed its bylaws to allow online voting,,” Coldebella said. “But even with that change, we expect the election to cost over $50,000.” While recognizing the opinion of “A Better Colgate,” Coldebella believes that their voice was heard and that the University’s institutions have handled their cause appropriately. “ABC’s big issue over the past few years has been campaigning for the direct election of the Board of Trustees by Colgate alumni—even though 31 of the 33 trustees are Colgate alumni, and the other two are a Colgate parent and President Herbst. After a full and fair hearing of ABC’s views, the Trustees decided to keep the selection process they had. This has caused ABC to do what it did in 2006: mount a challenge to the Alumni Council’s slate of candidates to try to influence the Board of Trustees’ selection process.” Devlin disagreed, seeing ABC’s involvement in the election as a catalyst for promoting independent alumni involvement. “The broad goals of A Better Colgate are better accountability, better transparency and better alumni participation,” Devlin said. “We believe better alumni participation is key to achieving [these goals].” Contact Nate Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“RE2” Plan Recommends More Sororities on Campus High Sorority Class Sizes and Limitations of All-Bid Rule Prompt a Revision of Policy Continued from A-1
The Plan also explained that assessment will be introduced to ensure that “residential options align with the community standards” and that greater support will be given to projects focusing on “a diverse set of residential and social options,” as well as those built around studentfaculty collaboration. The Dean of the College’s decision to support an increase in the number of sororities on campus comes after last Fall’s recruitment, when “average class size for sororities ballooned to 61 women,” according to RE2. The push for adding more sororities had been exacerbated when Kappa Alpha Theta was suspended in 2008, leaving only three sororities on campus to support the hundred-and-some women who expressed interest in Greek Life. This situation was compounded by the enforcement of the “all bid” rule, which guaranteed Greek membership to all eligible students. The issue wasn’t expected to im-
prove any time soon, however, given that the Board of Trustees had deferred the question of expanding Greek organizations on campus for a five-year period, and the Dean of the College Division had showed no clear signs of making other recommendations. RE2’s announcement of the Division’s recommendation to add one or two sororities to the existing structure thus is not insignificant but, in order to become actual policy, these recommendations must be approved by the Trustees. “Any expansion of Greek Life needs to be ratified by the Board of Trustees,” Johnson explained. “But they do, of course, take into consideration the recommendations of the Dean of the College.” While the Board can’t make any decisions until they next meet in June, ratifying these recommendations would mean further steps be taken next Fall, and even in the Spring, to allow for other sororities to be set up and readied for the re-
cruitment process. Realistically, one or two new organizations could be in place as soon as 2012. This would mean that Kappa Alpha Theta, whose suspension ends in 2013 and must first reapply to their national organization before applying to Colgate, could find it more difficult to try to reestablish itself on campus, if four or five sororities already exist on campus. As for the recommendation to repeal the “all bid” rule, which as Johnson explained, “seems to be pretty unique to Colgate,” this change would apply to both fraternities and sororities. “While I certainly understand the reason why the policy is in place,” Johnson said, “we don’t have a rule that says, if you want to be in Konosioni, you are guaranteed to be in Konosioni, or if you want to be on the swim team, you’re guaranteed to be on the swim team. So, I understand why the rule is in place because we want all of our residential
options to be as inclusive as possible, but … when you have something like the all-bid rule applying to one residential option and not others, it may send a signal to students that they have to be in Greek Life before they’ve explored any other options.” “I think a better way to proceed is to have Greek organizations recommit to nondiscrimination and inclusivity and have each chapter put out their clear expectations and standards with respect to recruitment,” Johnson explained. In all, the recommendations for Greek Life and other plans – coupled with the “Community Standards and Expectations” – outlined in RE2 are part of the Division’s effort to ensure that the Colgate “residential experience” facilitates “a specific set of outcomes as part of experiential learning outside of the classroom,” according to the draft of the Plan. Moreover, RE2 displays the Dean of the College Division’s greater focus on “transparency”
and granting student autonomy. This is, perhaps, a response to criticism the Division garnered with the confusion of the “walkthrough” policy and the “all-bid” enforcement last Fall. “Our student community is one of our biggest assets, so they should necessarily be one of our most significant partners as we work to build an excellent residential educational experience,” Johnson said. “I think that at the core of this – and one of the things we are hoping to achieve – is to make our goals and objectives transparent, to make what we’re about more transparent, and to educate the community about what residential education means, so that students can more easily engage in partnerships with us to make this the type of community they’d like to see.” Contact Caitlin Holbrook at email@example.com.
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Though I didn’t know it at the time, the last time I ever walked through my front door, ate at my kitchen table and slept in my own bed was in the first week of January. Since then, the house I have considered my home for over 10 years was sold, and my family wasted no time vacating just days before spring break. I was, and still am, somewhat bitter about most aspects of the move. Being at school, I was unable to pack and go through the assortment of stuff in my room, which definitely included some interesting items. That job was left to my mom, who not only severely invaded my privacy, but also decided what was worth keeping and what belonged in the trash. Among the casualties were old stuffed animals, school projects, books, letters and other things I probably won’t ever need, but would still have liked to keep anyway. Now, my closet and drawers might be neat, but I mostly see them as empty. Further, the new house we will eventually live in is still being built, leaving my family of three (plus a dog) in a crowded apartment until this fall. The amount of personal space I have is comparable to my current double in Cutten, and I’m even considering lofting my bed. Unfortunately, I’ll hardly be escaping dorm life this summer. In fact, it will probably be worse, because I will not be sharing the small living space with my best friends and roommates, but rather with my mom and brother. What has changed the most as a result of this move has been my concept of home. This temporary apartment will never replace my old house, and I doubt the place we will eventually move into will do any better. However, I’ve realized that my concept of home has been changing ever since I came to Colgate, and it would have occurred whether or not I moved out of my house. As college students, we have both our home lives and college lives. And as each year of school passes, we tend to feel more separated from the former. Freshman year, I brought literally everything I owned with me to school, and tried to make my tiny triple in West look as similar to my bedroom at home as possible. I counted down the days until each break, and would almost always call my mom once a day. Now, my attitude towards home is much more relaxed. It is not that I like my home life any less, but instead that I identify with my college life more. For example, I feel more like a sophomore, Political Science major at Colgate University than simply a girl from New Jersey. I personally have grown more from the experiences, friends and knowledge I’ve gained at college as opposed to home. College is my place for development and progressing as a young adult, whereas home is reserved for reflection and reminiscing on the past. I value the memories associated with home, but, as I grow older, I am more interested in creating new memories and a new identity, which I have done mostly here at school. Moving out of my house has simply sped up a process that would have occurred no matter what. I have been gradually separating myself from my home life since freshman year, and without my house, that separation has increased even more. The result of the move is bittersweet, and I will certainly miss living in my house. However, I find comfort in knowing that these changes are inevitable and necessary to growing up. To me, home is no longer a house, and is certainly not a temporary apartment. Instead, it is the timeless memories of growing up, from playdates with friends to Little League games to high school graduation. Though our futures are still to be determined, at least we can always return home in this sense, no matter how disconnected we may feel. Contact Andrea Hackett at email@example.com.
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The Audacity to Win
Keep the Change
This Week’s Topic: 2012 Presidential Candidates It’s now as official as it was unsurprising: President Obama is running for a second term. As for Although the next presidential election is still 19 months away, it is already time to the other side of the aisle, Tim Pawlenty is the only major candidate in the race so far, although begin talking about the campaigns of the respective parties. many expect GOP mainstreamers Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Haley Barbour, Democrats are gleeful because many of the top GOP candidates are downplaying their Rick Santorum and Mitch Daniels to enter in the coming weeks. Interestingly, some Tea Party interest in seeking the nomination. favorites (Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin and Ron Paul), former ambassador Jon Huntsman and The Democratic Party views this lack of an apparent frontrunner as a weakness TV-star/business mogul Donald Trump have all expressed varying degrees of interest. Democrats for Republicans. and Republicans alike should be scared, uninterested and laughing (respectively) when considerNoted left wing columnist for The Atlantic, Andrew Sullivan, is on record as saying ing these “contenders.” Pundits are calling 2012 Obama’s election to lose, and some Washington that the current crop of GOP hopefuls is “pitiful.” insiders think that the difficulty of beating Obama might be keeping presidential hopefuls out of Many big wig Democrats believe that the election is already in the bag. This, however, this race. Why bother losing in 2012 when you can have an easier time in 2016? But with 19 long is a mistake. months between now and Election Day, pretending to predict the elections is a farce. Although the prospective GOP field may lack community organizers and inventors of Instead of going back and forth on whether Barack Obama will win, here is why he should. the internet, there is no shortage of strong candidates. There are two main (and perhaps equally unfair) criticisms of President Obama. The first essentially Unlike the democratic standard bearer last election cycle, the GOP hopefuls have says he has done too much and the second says he has done nothing at all. Regarding the first, it was actually accomplished something. clear that Obama had a big agenda from the moment he announced his candidacy in Springfield, Both Chris Christie and Mitch Daniels are reform-driven governors who have Illinois four years ago. If the country wasn’t ready to take him seriously, it money-sucking unions running shouldn’t have given him 365 electoral votes, or seven million more popular scared in their respective states. votes than any previous candidate. Far more aggravating though, is the secMitt Romney has executive exond criticism – that President Obama hasn’t done anything. Anyone with perience in both the private and half a brain or functioning eyes and ears should be able tell that President public sector. Obama has been busy. Here’s just a narrow sample of what he has done: in Former Speaker of the House the interest of getting the elephant out of the room, let’s tackle health care Newt Gingrich has a myriad of reform first. Health care reform was the unreachable rung on the progressive accomplishments under his belt, ladder for over a century. Despite simultaneous criticisms of both Obama’s such as balancing the federal supposed lack of leadership and backroom orchestration with key policybudget, cutting capital gains taxes makers, the ability to take on and achieve substantive policy changes bodes and kicking deadbeats off of the well for Obama. Colgate students will get to stay on their parents’ health government dole. care plans until they are 26, and those of us with pre-existing conditions can Many of these candidates may acquire/ change policies without risk. Obama also pushed financial reforms not be household names yet, but through that prevent predatory lending, proprietary trading and change the neither was Obama when he started way credit card companies do business. “Fine print” is now readable without campaigning in 2006. a magnifying glass, and credit card companies can’t prey on clueless college If being the favorite for the freshmen by signing them up for credit on the quad. Additionally, his expan- INEVITABLE DEFEAT?:Although many believe that President nomination of your party is so sion of the Pell Grants means more low-income families can send students to Obama’s reelection campaign will go virtually unchallenged, an important, then how come Hilary college. Obama has prioritized and signed into law bills that protect women’s emerging group of Republican candidates are catching people’s Clinton and Rudy Giuliani are not rights, increased minority access to capital and credit, appointed more openly eyes. How will Obama’s track record fight the competition? occupying the White House? Getty Images gay people to federal positions with equal benefits than any president and Obama may seem like a rock star appointed two of the four women ever to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. now, but in 2006 he was just some stiff who had two years of legislative experience under Additionally, the President has signed a massive nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia, end- his belt. ed limits on the freedom of press surrounding the Iraq War, supported science programs like stem News-flash to Democrats: the last two men to occupy the White House from cell research and private spaceflight and took significant political risk by saving the American auto your party, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, were not the perceived frontrunners for industry with (in hindsight) remarkable success. The list of President Obama’s accomplishments is the nomination. long and those presented here are by no means exhaustive. A plethora of candidates allows for competition, an idea that is foreign to liberals, so Obama has accomplished a lot, but even he acknowledges that he has much more to do. We that the best candidate may emerge. need to give him that chance. America needs reform and progressive change. Don’t be fooled by the Democrats are quick to point out the weaknesses in the presidential prospects of game of distraction politics. President Obama is not just a man of beer summits and golf. He has Republicans in 2012, but does anyone seriously think that the record of Barack Obama achieved substantial policy goals, and while not everyone will find everything exactly as they want- is a proud one to run on? ed, innovative solutions to our country’s problems are in demand. We cannot afford to conserve There is a reason why Democrats who were running in 2010, tried to distance themthe policies that have weakened us and threaten our greatness.The intellectually and substantively selves as much as possible from the White House, and that is because Obama’s record is bankrupt “Party of No” relies on falsifications, half-truths and rhetoric grounded in an imagined one that only Nancy Pelosi could love. reality. Conservatives look back for answers, even as far as the founding of the republic. But the Is 8.8 percent unemployment change we can believe in? Was a 2000 page health care founding fathers did not “work tirelessly until slavery was no more” and George Washington, after monstrosity that had to be passed so we could find out what was in it part of the audacity creating the first excise tax on whiskey, crushed a bothersome rebellion with federal forces – not of hope? exactly a “Don’t Tread on Me” response. Alas, their grasp on history, like modern day challenges Is racking up one trillion dollars plus deficits three years in a row supposed to get our confronting America, is tenuous at best. Going back to the way things were in America’s heyday stuttering economy back on track? doesn’t mean that we will suddenly bounce back. We need new solutions for new problems, and the If Democrats seriously think that this is the record of a winning ticket, then they will GOP is slow to offer any. Perhaps then, Republicans are late to enter the race because no candidate be in for a rude awakening on November 6, 2012, when the American people will expect wants to be on the sinking ship that the Republican 2012 ticket could become. a candidate to wow them with more than just words. Contact James Bourne at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Kyle Gavin at email@example.com.
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April 7, 2011
Breaking the Bubble
Welcoming a New Country By Becca Friedland Class 2013
This week I thought I would bring up an important event in history that happened this year that was not previously covered in this column, and has all but disappeared from the news. However, it is nonetheless significant to world politics and the well-informed Colgate student. This July the world will welcome Africa’s 54th country – Southern Sudan. The region announced its plans for independence after a plebiscite this past January, and disengagement plans will be finalized by July. This is a huge step in the region as the two ruling parties, the National Congress Party (NCP) and the former rebels, named the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), have been fighting a bloody civil war on and off since Sudan gained independence from the Egyptians and the British in 1956. There are obvious difficulties in the planning and disengagement of a new country. One of the main issues that the current Sudanese government has had to contend with is the question of oil control. Most of the oil fields in Sudan lie in the south, however the refining and export is done through pipelines that run to the north. Infrastructure will also have to be reevaluated in both parts of the country. The army and the government have had to split up. For example, all Southern representatives to the parliament have been dismissed for the rest of the year.
ernment does not admit to supporting them, it is largely acknowledged that the Janjaweed militia is supported financially and militarily by the Sudanese government. On the other hand, the rebels in Darfur operate two military groups, called the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). The reason this conflict is deemed genocide is because the Janjaweed are mostly Muslim nomadic people, who are indiscriminately killing the nonArab, farming minority in Darfur. This has led to over 300,000 deaths as well as over 2.7 million displaced peoples, many of whom end up in neighboring Chad. A PEACEFUL SEPARATION: After decades of civil unrest that led to the deaths of countThis conflict has therefore spilled less people, an agreement was reached to allow the the formation of a new country of into Chad and created even more Southern Sudan. While 50 years of turbulent history cannot be erased, the formation trouble for the people caught in of this new country will hopefully bring peace and stability to the region. Despite this between the fighting. achievement, we must not forget that the conflict in Darfur continues to take lives. There is much to be done in aidweinformers.net ing the innocent in this terrible conWhy does the South need independence? ended in the Addis Ababa Agreement that flict, and if you would like to learn more, you Besides the civil war that has been fought on ended the conflict for a while. Back and forth can visit savedarfur.org. Even the smallest of and off for the better part of the last century, the conflict raged, until in 2005 the Nairobi actions can go a very long way. the northern and southern parts of Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed The creation of Southern Sudan will truly are split upon religious lines, with the North which would grant Southern Sudan autonomy be a test of autonomous will and will hopefully more aligned with Arab nations and a Muslim until a referendum could be passed, which is bring a level of security and stability to the repopulation, and the south a more African and what happened this past January. gion, which has been lacking since the end of Christian population. This good news in Sudan is not to be con- the colonial era. The south had anticipated independence fused with the genocide in Darfur and issues We must not forget the conflict in Darfur, back in 1955 when the British left the colony, with neighboring Chad. which rages on. Both conflicts are complicatas the British had ruled the country through The conflict in Darfur, deemed genocide ed, and only time will tell if they will end with two administrations, one for the north and in 2004, has to do with Western Sudan fight- positive results. one for the south. A war was fought from ing against the Sudanese government (located Contact Becca Friedland at 1955 to 1972 relating to this issue, which in Khartoum, in the north). Though the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Column Fixing the Water By Johanna Hunter Class of 1982
When a rainstorm comes to Hamilton, most students and faculty are probably thinking “Oh, not again!” wishing instead for sunnier days and less precipitation. Hamilton certainly has a reputation for receiving more than its share of water. What is surprising, though, is that the average citizen is not aware of how important rain can be in terms of serving as a resource (drinking water) and as a cause of water pollution. Unfiltered rainwater that lands and replenishes our rivers, streams and lakes is often taken for granted. However, in places, such as, the west where we are seeing a real shortage of precipitation, preserving the rain is a part of a growing movement. Storm water is rainwater and melted snow that runs off streets, lawns and other sites. When storm water is absorbed into the ground, it is filtered and ultimately replenishes our aquifers or flows into streams and rivers. In developed areas, however, impervious surfaces such as pavement and roofs prevent precipitation from naturally soaking into the ground. On campuses such as Colgate’s, there is enough open space and land to help absorb the impacts – even when the larger storms occur. If you travel to nearby cities including Syracuse, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC, they face real challenges with no primary sources of water. These same cities are leading the charge to collect that storm water and put it to productive reuse and engage their citizens and businesses as part of the solution. If you are honest, you would realize that you probably never worried about rain other than wondering when it was going to stop. Perhaps because when a storm hits, we forget the path the water takes since it is for all practical purposes “out of sight.” For local communities, however, there are costs to having to treat storm water runoff. The good news is that there are ways that local citizens and students can be part of the solution. Using rain barrels, installing green roofs and rain gardens and planting trees are all practical and simple sustainable practices that help link smart utilization of runoff with citizen engagement. Our urban centers are places where small efforts can reduce the impacts of street and basement flooding challenges. Seattle and Portland have served as great role models for the east on improving neighborhood streetscapes by installing buffers, rain gardens and tree filters which provide amenities that not only improve the look and feel of a neighborhood but also lessen urban heat island effects and help with traffic calming. Some of our major metropolitan cities are having informal competitions to have their city considered one of the “greenest.” Chicago is promoting green roofs; in Philly the mayor began a campaign challenge to be the “greenest” and has integrated several of his municipal programs. Public works, streets and parks to all work together to lessen the impacts of storm water. So what can you do? Think carefully when you decide to go out and buy fertilizer to green up your lawn. Consider lessening the amount of fertilizer you need – or go organic. You save yourself money and improve the quality of the streams near you. Install a rain barrel and water some of your garden with it. Consider using some of your lawn and turning it into a beautiful rain garden. Less maintenance and some very cool natural wildlife will make your new amenity a neighborhood attraction. Just remember that the rain you see and hear ultimately does travel somewhere.
April 7, 2011
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Arts & Features
april 7, 2011
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Stories Develop Like a Polaroid Picture By Thomas Wiley Arts & Features Editor
In The Light Benjamin Ouriel By Stephanie Jenks Assistant Arts & Features Editor
Senior Benjamin Ouriel has always been an integral part of the Colgate community. The political science major from Tenafly, New Jersey is currently the President of the senior class and has been involved in class council since his freshman year. Under his presidency, Ouriel organized Colgate’s first ever fall party weekend, Fall Fest, which took place last school year, and he also organized a variety of BBQs, senior pub nights and other events for the senior class this year. During his four years, Ouriel has taken advantage of everything the Colgate community has offered and he admires Colgate’s relationship with its students. “The administration is very laissez-faire in that they encourage students to take initiative and to take responsibility for themselves. The philosophy of letting students have power is unique to Colgate,” explained Ouriel. From his personal experience, the senior recommends that all students make the most of what Colgate has to offer. “With all of the resources at Colgate, every student has the responsibility to explore and use what is given. There are so many faculty here who want to see you succeed, and that’s something that nobody should be taking for granted,” he said. Ouriel studied abroad in Paris during the spring of his junior year. He described it as an “amazing experience” and enjoyed indulging in the Parisian cultural experience as well as developing a solid foundation of friends and contacts within the European city. After graduation, Ouriel plans to continue with his passion in film and hopes to enter the film business. In fact, Ouriel currently has a fellowship for a documentary film about Israeli-Arab coexistence that he spent the past two summers filming. “This has really been the defining component of my Colgate career. Colgate has provided me with the opportunity to pursue this and it’s an essential part of what Colgate is about, which is supporting individual dreams,” the senior said. Although Ouriel has countless memories at Colgate, he will always remember his first day on campus. His last moment as a student on the Colgate campus will also be one to remember. “As I drive by campus with my family on May 16, my last words will be thank you and farewell. It’s been an amazing experience, but there is no use in crying over spilled milk. It’s time to set sail and use what I have developed here and continue working with that in life.” To nominate a senior for In The Light, e-mail email@example.com.
Taking as its setting the outskirts of an unnamed city, Colgate University Theatre’s production of Polaroid Stories tells the story of life in extremity. Polaroid Stories, written by Naomi Iizuka and directed here by Visiting Professor of English Simona Giurgea, depicts “runaways, dealers, druggies and dreamers“ who inhabit a derelict pier, as they live out their own abandonment. The play was inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, whose classic stories of transformation mirror the play’s various stories that, like a Polaroid photo, each develop into a singular picture of a person. For this production, Brehmer Theatre was transformed into the monumental set of an urban wasteland. Exposed pylons of some stripped-down, former mega-structure loom ominous on the set. On an empty stage at the play’s start, fans blow litter and garbage scraps, wistful tumbleweeds in their disuse. A fire-escape staircase hangs over the audience as the setting of soliloquies and intimate conversations between characters. A foxhole built to the side of the setting divulges and conceals fleeing drug dealers, and in one scene the corpse of an overdose victim. In the midst of this impressive set, the impressive cast paints a moving portrait of loneliness and love, despair and hope, abandonment and discovery, with the dark always a shade deeper than the light. The actors of the University Theatre evidence great dedication in the portrayal of their characters. Senior Trey Hunsuck-
himself as Speed Racer, after both the children’s cartoon character and drug, and lives life at high velocity. His character is played like a runaway train about to run off its tracks. Giandomenico’s Orpheus is a wild, strange street poet of vivid metaphors, in the tradition of the mythological figure he takes his name from. Giandomenico plays him with off-kilter intensity. Senior Ming Peiffer plays a character who thinks herself a Ovidian goddess, but finds herself treated as a mere mortal. She plays this role with fiecre indignation. “DEALERS, DRUGGIES AND DREAMERS”: University Sophomore Daniellle Theatre staged a production of Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories. Solomon, who played the It was directed by Professor Simona Giurgea. radiofreehamilton.com character Echo, had this to er shaved his head bald and grew a long, say about what she learned from starring in wispy beard for his role as the worldly- the play: wise Zeus/Hades character. Senior Lauren “I learned that we all spin our own Harries cut her hair into a trim mohawk realities for ourselves when we’re in dire for her role as Skinhead Girl. In one scene, situations. Whether or not they corresenior Andy Giandomenico, as the char- spond to what is real is almost irrelevant acter Orpheus, acrobatically scales a high because it’s the believing in it that keeps chain-link fence, and then boldly, and you alive.” somewhat precariously, perches himself Polaroid Stories also featured senior Julie on top of it. Calnero as Philomel, senior Laura Massey The actors had the challenge of bring- as Eurydice, sophomore Olivia Bioni as ing to life emotions, which, like the ex- Persephone and first-year James Vigilante tremity that these characters live in, rep- as Narcissus. resent extremes of feeling. Senior Rob Contact Tom Wiley at Eaton played Skinhead, who thinks of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back to the Barge
Indie-Rock Alum Returns with Beecher’s Fault By Jaime Coyne
said, “We don’t mean it!” The performance also included covers of “Girl in the War” by Josh On Saturday, April 2, the Barge Ritter and “We Used to Vacation” Canal Coffee Company’s Saturday by Cold War Kids. Before the latNight Music Series was a blast from ter cover, Lamken warned, “If the past – well, partially. For several you don’t like loud stuff, don’t be years, Earthman Embassy was a welscared.” Beecher’s Fault later played come staple at every Colgate event a song called “Wall Street” that was that involved music (did the profesnot recommended for finance masors in DangerBoy graduate, too?). jors, and a song on acoustic guitar This week, lead singer and guitarand upright piano. ist Ben Taylor ’10 came back to the Toward the end of the show, Barge with his new, post-Colgate Earthman Embassy drummer seband, Beecher’s Fault. nior Tommy Crocker joined the Beecher’s Fault is a self-described band on harmonies for an Earth“Indie/Pop/Rock” band based in man Embassy song, “Backbone.” New York City. In addition to Taylor Everyone seemed a bit rusty on this on vocals, acoustic guitar and electric HAMILTON HOMECOMING: Ben Taylor ‘10 returned to his particular number, but Taylor and guitar, the band consists of vocalist old stomping grounds after starting a promising career as a Crocker clearly continue to enjoy and keyboardist Ken Lamken and musician in New York City. performing together. Leyan Li drummer Eric Levine. The drums started out painThe band seemed very comfortable in their own shoes. Lamken fully loud and Taylor’s microphone never quite reached an easily and Taylor walked onstage with what appeared to be bottles of apple audible volume, but technical mishaps were the only obvious isjuice, rather than water, and explained that Levine was still in the sues of the performance. Earthman Embassy was distinguished by bathroom. Lamken yelled into the microphone for him to hurry up. its pristine four-part harmonies. Taylor has carried this skill into Lamken went on to spell out the band’s name for the audience, and Beecher’s Fault; Taylor and Lamken seemed to synchronize their offered to impart this knowledge several more times over the course voices effortlessly. of the show. The group clearly had won over the audience, as old friends and Later on, Lamken and Taylor recounted how they had snuck Lam- Earthman Embassy fans, younger students and burgeoning Beecher’s ken into the Jug using Taylor’s old VIP card, as Lamken tried to grasp Fault fans filtered through the Barge. As if to prove this point, a group what the Jug or a “’Gate Card Hall Pass” were. of girls found themselves less and less able to keep from giggling at the Beecher’s Fault’s set incorporated songs from their self-titled musicians before them as the show went on. In some ways, it was like album including “Fine By Me,” “Leftover People” and “Liars.” Taylor had never left. After their last song, he said, “We gotta hit the The refrain of “Liars” is, “All the people that tell you about true Jug, see you guys later.” love are liars, are liars, they just lie.” Once the song ended, Taylor Contact Jaime Coyne at email@example.com. Copy Editor
april 7, 2011
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Spring Ballet Showcase is a Springing Leap By Rebecca Raudabaugh Maroon-News Staff
This past Friday in Ryan dance studio, the Colgate Ballet Company held their first ever Spring Showcase. The performances consisted of both classical and modern songs that featured great choreography. The Ballet Company performed nine pieces, with four solos from sophomore Emma Satchell in “Don Quixote” that involved lots of hopping, which was quite impressive. Another piece starred senior Jane Scheinman in “Le Corsaire” and later, senior Kate Drazen performed impressive spins throughout her solo in “Giselle.” First-year Chloe Holt also performed a solo of “Esmeralda,” involving a tambourine and lots of kicks. In addition to her solo, Holt performed a duet to “Coppelia” with senior Brian Peddie. This duet was extremely impressive, as Peddie lifted Holt into the air upside down multiple times and he turned Holt around like a ballerina in a music box. Additionally, there were many times where Holt was leaning on Peddie, showing great strength and discipline in both of the dancers, as well as the amount of trust between the two. Other members of the Ballet Company who also performed wonderfully are: seniors Kate Drazen, Symone GRACING THE STAGE: The Colgate Ballet Company’s performance showJackson, Kaitlyn Kelly and Lauren Shively; juniors Terica cased not only the talents of the dancers as individuals, but the hard work of Adams, Lauren Frish, Caroline Knudsen and Bo Montan- the Company as a whole. dancedepot.com ye; sophomores Jess Burnham and Michelle White; and first-year Sophie Dennis. sical pieces that were performed. Those who are not huge The company performed “Secrets” by One Republic, and ballet fans would not know the stories behind the pieces, did an amazing job with the performance. The lifts and jumps which ultimately kept people from understanding why some during the performance were awe-inspiring. The company dancers appeared sad and others appeared serene. The lack of also performed “Rhythm of Love” by Plain White T’s. The background knowledge made it hard to appreciate the pieces, great choreography and movement of the group as a whole which left many to admire the choreography and footwork of made both pieces even better and the whole company flowed the dancers. well together. Needless to say, I feel more inept with my dancing skills after havThe room in Ryan was packed and overflowing with people, stu- ing watched them. They all were fantastic dancers and each one of dents, professors and members of the surrounding community. The them clearly worked hard. To balance on your toes is one thing, to audience was so close to the ballerinas due to the intimate setting, yet dance around on them in shoes that appear to be extremely painful is at times it felt cramped with too many people. a completely separate level of love for art. I am even more excited now Although the performances were brilliant, it would have for Dancefest to see them all perform again! been helpful if there were background on the different clasContact Rebecca Raudabaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond Hollywood: What Movies Mean to Me By Alex Krill Class of 2011
It’s a Friday afternoon and I have some downtime in between my last class of the week (Stagecraft, if you must know) and a great weekend, so the only logical solution is to go see a movie in Oneida. There are a lot of things that I love in the world: video games, comic books and Tom Hanks just to name a few, but nothing quite compares to a trip to the movies. The whole experience is magical and exciting. Every trip to the movies feels like a first-time experience. Remember the first time you got drunk, listened to the Beatles, read The Great Gatsby, lost your… well maybe not that, but you get the point. For me, going to the movies makes me feel like a little kid experiencing something for the first time, and over the years I have gotten pretty good at enjoying the movies. A good movie trip starts off with a good crew. The company you are with defines not only what kind of movie you will see, but what the pre- and post-movie banter will be like. Having gathered up a great crew, the next step is to choose the right movie for the right mood. Take a step back and examine your people. Are they girls who wouldn’t enjoy a simple action movie? If so, go see a good romantic comedy or a Pixar film. I mean, everyone loves rom-coms and Pixar. Fact. If you do find yourself to be in a group of young dumb males, go see any movie involving stuff blowing up and Michael Bay. But you shouldn’t assume that every good trip to the movies necessitates a good movie. In fact, sometimes the best trips are to go see the worst movies. One of my fondest memories is seeing Snakes on a Plane with my cousins. Everyone should see that movie, by the way. So, you’ve gathered a crew of sweet people and you’ve picked out an awesome movie; now all you need are some tasty treats to hold you over. Careful though, you don’t want something that will last five minutes like Raisinets, but you want a sugary delight that will continue to pleasure you for as long as possible, providing sugary
bombs minute after minute. My advice? You could go with the surefire treats like popcorn or Milk Duds, or you can go a little crazy with a blue or red Slurpee. These artificial slushees are guaranteed to please you, even if you are going to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 with your friend and his girlfriend who both think that talking about their future children’s names and constantly kissing and canoodling throughout the movie is appropriate behavior. Now, I’m sure you won’t find yourself in such a situation, but there is one thing that can provide you some solace: movie previews. The upcoming movie trailers are my favorite part of the movie experience. The exciting clips, the sweet montage music, the plot questions and even turning to my sweet buddy and commenting about whether or not I think it will be a good movie makes me feel like a freshmen stumbling across the sweetness of college. After the previews, just sit back and enjoy your feature presentation. In short, do yourself a favor and use my guide to not just watch a movie, but enjoy the experience with good friends. Source Code rocked, by the way. Contact Alex Krill at email@example.com.
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April Fool’s One Night Stand By Zoe Blicksilver Maroon-News Staff
Masque and Triangle’s final One Night Stand of the year was held at 94 Broad on Friday, April 1. Perfectly fitting with the lighthearted mood of a day devoted to pranks, three short skits and two monologues were directed and performed by Colgate students. It was a small and intimate setting, and all of the performers appeared excited to perform and to cheer on their fellow actors and actresses as the show began. The first short skit, entitled “Zinger vs. Burns,” was directed by first-year Jessica Hall. The skit was originally from Saturday Night Live (SNL) and contained a hilarious showdown between Dr. Zinger and Dr. Burns. The performance starred first-years Pablo Sasso and Jake Sapon as the two doctors, respectively. It also featured sophomore Kelsie Anson as the head scientist Sheila, who tries to mediate the conflict. All three roles in the performance were executed extremely well. The second skit, which is also from SNL, was entitled “Not for Ladies Only.” Directed by sophomore Halley Goldman, the skit starred sophomore Ellen Hill as Barbara Wawa and first-year Laura Arboleda as Marlene Dietrich. In the skit, Hill and Arboleda’s characters could not understand each other during an interview due to a speech impediment in which they pronounced their “r’s” as “w’s”. Both actresses managed to master this challenge of speaking differently and never broke character. First-year Jenny Bergman directed two monologues. The first was an SNL monologue called “Tressant Supreme.” The skit starred first-year Lauren Tuttle who played an interviewer raving about her hair product to the audience. The other monologue that Bergman directed was “Smartness, A Fed Up Pessimist View” by Xiaoqi Li. First-year Tori Desranleau played a smart Magnet School attendee sharing various insights into how her life was unlike that of a normal carefree teenager. Both actresses gave flawless performances and attained rapturous applause from the audience. The final short skit was directed by sophomore Nadya Greenberg. Also from SNL, “Greenbriar County Animal Rescue Shelter” was performed by first-year Mary Rose Devine and sophomore Denny Gonzalez. The scene was set up like a commercial, in which the owners of the animal rescue shelter advertised all of the potential pets in a positive light, except for one dog who they repeatedly denoted as significantly worse than all of the others. This play was also hysterically funny and was performed well. The performers received the scripts around 5 p.m., only two hours before the show went up. However, this time constraint was not apparent upon viewing the production. All involved had a great time as shown by Tuttle who stated how she, “loves Masque and Triangle and all the people involved in it.” She noted how participating in the One Night Stand was a, “small time commitment but extremely fun.” First-year Tori Desranleau said, “[The One Night Stands are] always a surprise because you never know what you are going to do.” Desranleau added that the experience was “extremely enjoyable.” The final One Night Stand of the year was a true success and a lot of fun for all of the audience members and actors. Contact Zoe Blicksilver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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april 7, 2011
CD Reviews: A Skylit Drive’s Identity on Fire Bayside’s Killing Time
The Influence of Pitchfork
by Alanna Weissman
By Jackson Leeds
Popular post-hardcore band A Skylit Drive recently released its third studio album, which became available on iTunes on Valentine’s Day and via hardcopy a day later. The album opens with “Carry the Broken,” a short, weak, chant-like track in the vein of Papa Roach’s “Days of War”meets Black Veil Brides’s “The Outcasts (Call to Arms).” Fortunately, despite this poor start, the song segues into a standout single “Too Little Too Late.” The first few songs are a musical departure for California’s A Skylit Drive, who try out several different styles – many of which give the impression that the band is trying to shake the musical confines established by their trademark effeminate clean vocals à la strawberry-blonde frontman Michael “Jag” Jagmin – before settling into their old ways six tracks in. Longtime fans of A Skylit Drive will be pleased with the second half of this nearly 50-minute, 14-song set, which largely stays within the band’s comfort zone. (Note: this review is for the digital deluxe version of the album, which is two tracks longer than the standard version) While there are really no bad tracks on this album (save for the opener), the main problem is the album’s lack of cohesiveness. Unlike ASD’s previous album, Adelphia, the songs on Identity lack both a defined musical style and a nuanced song-to-song flow. The album proceeds from the chanted intro to four tracks of varied experimentation, through 27 minutes of characteristic ASD material and into an acoustic ballad before ending on a heavy, apocalyptic track. In fact, the only constant is the album’s lyrical content and theme of lost love and post-breakup recovery, a theme made even more prominent by the album’s deliberate Valentine’s Day release, album artwork (a design resembling an X inside of an O), and song titles like “XO Skeleton” and “Ex Marks the Spot.” Still, though Identity on Fire may not be as musically cohesive as possible, it is a collection that would, if played live, make for an excellent, engaging concert – and perhaps, during the writing phase of the album, A Skylit Drive had this in mind. On the other end of both the geographic and musical spectra from A Skylit Drive is New York band Bayside, whose new album, Killing Time, dropped one week after Identity on Fire. Killing Time has Bayside getting back to their punk-rock roots after several years of releasing softer songs (a musical digression that followed the death of drummer John “Beatz” Holohan, and so can be forgiven from a fan’s standpoint). Bayside’s brand of punk leans towards alt with a flair for the cheerful – think something of a middle ground between Agony & Irony-era Alkaline Trio and old-school Green Day – a style than can perhaps best be heard on “Seeing Sound,” album opener “Already Gone,” and first single “Sick, Sick, Sick.” Still, they throw in a slow song with “On Love, On Life,” which sounds like it could be perfectly at home on an acoustic album from a stereotypical indie rock band. Best is “The New Flesh,” which, in a single three-minute, 45-second track, displays Bayside’s musical breadth and versatility. Though Killing Time is far more predictable – and within the band’s style than Identity on Fire is for A Skylit Drive – both are admirable efforts resulting in a solid set for each. Contact Alanna Weissman at email@example.com.
As someone who listens to a large amount of music, I am always looking for something that is a bit different. Trying to find music that doesn’t sound like something I have heard before is a difficult task, but with the Internet, it has become somewhat less so. Pitchfork Media, a website that is familiar to most independent music fans, has played a large role in influencing the type of music that I like today. The website certainly does have its quirks, reviewing albums in a fashion that many would find irritating. I, however, defend Pitchfork for a variety of reasons, even though I acknowledge much of the website’s music is too obscure for people to enjoy. Pitchfork Media is notorious for its harsh critics; chances are that your favorite band or artist has been criticized on their website many a time. Often, Pitchfork will review an album and give it a rating of 0.0. Many critics say that Pitchfork’s reviews are publicity stunts and they hold little to no truth whatsoever. The reality of it is that Pitchfork reviews contain the individual biases of the writers in addition to the bias of the site, which favors lo-fi and independent music over almost all else. Pitchfork supports artists such as LCD Soundsystem, The XX, The Very Best and Deerhunter, just to name a few. Although I can disagree with what Pitchfork says often, I cannot deny that they love the same bands I do. My musical taste will be linked with the site for quite a while, whether I like it or not. That is not to say that I never disagree with what they put on their site, however. Pitchfork seems to have gotten away from its exclusively independent roots. One of the reviews that received the most hits on Pitchfork of 2010 was that of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The website gave the album a perfect ten (a rarity on the Pitchfork scale), describing the album as “a blast of surreal pop excess that few artists are capable of creating, or even willing to attempt.” The site is certainly worthwhile for those looking for new music and the pitchfork.tv section offers great videos and original content. It certainly has made its mark in an age where music popularity is controlled in large part by the Internet. As a traditional radio station, Pitchfork would likely fail because it would not play most of the popular music other radio stations play to get listeners. Instead, it would play an obscure variety of mainstream rap (Gucci Mane, Kanye West), alternative electronica (Animal Collective, Tanlines) and minimalistic pop (The XX), all of which have fan bases that are mutually exclusive for the most part. Pitchfork has a way of reviewing albums in a fashion that always seems as if it is too harsh on the artists, yet they always back up their claims in a way that makes us think twice about the music we are listening to and what makes it special or likable. Check out the site and you will see things differently; I promise. Contact Jackson Leeds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
13 Beats for the Week By Brad Anglum Maroon-News Staff
1. “Parentheses” by The Antlers This is the first track to surface off of their upcoming album and if it is at all indicative of the whole album, then it’s a complete divergence from their earlier work (in a good way) and makes it incomparable to the universally acclaimed Hospice. 2. “Tribulations” by LCD Soundsystem In honor of the band’s final concert, quite possibly forever, we can only hope James Murphy will grace us with his presence somewhere down the road. 3. “Dystopia” by YACHT Didn’t know the apocalypse would be so funky, in a society defined by suffering and misery YACHT provides a bright spot for all to dance to. 4.”Two Against One” by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi (ft. Jack White) Producer to the stars Danger Mouse has teamed up with Italian composer Daniele Luppi whilst enlisting the likes of Jack White and Norah Jones to feature on their upcoming album entitled Rome. This is the one of two songs (the other features Norah Jones) recently leaked and it has that trademark Danger Mouse sound that is so coveted these days. 5. “Air & Lack Thereof ” by James Blake One of the few listener-friendly dubsteppers out there, James Blake provides his own unique take on the gritty genre. 6. “Go Outside” by The Cults
One of the best songs to come out of 2010, reminds me of Panda Bear/Animal Collective, evoking that “My Girls” kind of feel. 7. “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” by Skrillex Love the hook on this DJ’s 2010 hit. 8. “Adam Raised A Cain” by Bruce Springsteen Friday, April 15 Sigma Chi will host the world’s greatest Springsteen cover band for SPW, shameless plugging aside, this song does feature one of the greatest guitar riff’s of all-time. 9. “Peter Gunn/Where’s Your Head At” by 2manydj’s Who else is aggressive enough to mash these two songs? If you haven’t listened to their 2002 album As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt.2, do yourself a favor and download it. 10.”Little Girl” by Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse (Feat. Julian Casablancas) The first Danger Mouse song on the list inspired me to put this simple, yet dark and catchy tune off of the Danger Mouse and Mark Linkous 2009 collaboration Dark Night of the Soul. 11. “Sleepyhead” by Passion Pit (Borgore Remix) Some more dubstep for you to roll along with. 12. “The Very Best of Neil Diamond” by Super Furry Animals Pretty sure this is mocking Neil Diamond, not sure if he cares what these Welsh rockers have to say. 13. “Cry When You Get Older” by Robyn While I’m not usually one for light, shameless pop, there’s just something about Robyn that makes her the exception to my rule. Contact Brad Anglum at email@example.com.
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The Colgate Maroon-News
april 7, 2011
The Vintage Vibe
By Lisa Mischianti Maroon- News Staff
I believe some of the most stylish people are those who understand how to work a vintage piece. In order to get vintage right, you really need to know what you are doing, because often a vintage garment is only as good as how you wear it. That is, sporting vintage must necessarily come with a knowing attitude and a tongue-in-cheek presentation. In case you could not tell, personally I am a huge fan of the vintage look. I appreciate the notion of clothes with a history and a story behind them, and I also love when pieces look worn and lived-in. For those of you who are also really into the concept of vintage, here I have compiled an overview of some of my favorite vintage spots and my best tips for shopping vintage. Over spring break I was in California, where I hit the beach, went to In-n-Out more times than I would like to admit and, best of all, made a trip to Los Angeles to sample its renowned vintage shopping. If you are ever in the LA area, Melrose Avenue is the place to go if you are looking for some great vintage finds. My top recommendation is a store called American Vintage. This store feels like a big, old closet: scuffed hardwood floors and walls lined with glamour.com racks and racks of eclectic, beautiful, used garments. The best thing about American Vintage, in my opinion, is its fantastic tee shirt collection (to me, vintage is at its best in the form of a simple tee). You can find band and concert tees, graphic tees, and even old-school jerseys. A tip to all the ladies: check out the boys’ section. The way I see it, shirts made for girls are never quite as cool when it comes to vintage; you want a rough-around-the-edges feel that is not
necessarily feminine. My experience with American Vintage was awesome, to say the least; I ended up with three sweet retro band tees and a pair of tall, brown leather boots beaten to perfection. Manhattan also has an amazing selection when it comes to vintage. Whenever people ask me for advice on this front, I immediately direct them to Screaming Mimi’s, located downtown on Lafayette Street. Screaming Mimi’s is a smaller, more intimate boutique. It does offer a nice sampling of t-shirts, but its real strength lies in its more formal attire. It has a wonderful selection of dresses, skirts, slacks and blouses, a good deal of which are designer or brand name pieces for a relatively cheap price (that is, considering the original retail value). And Mimi’s will even let you know the decade from which the piece hails, which is always interesting. If you cannot make it down to SoHo anytime soon but are dying to check out Screaming Mimi’s, hit up its website. You can buy online, which is somewhat rare for vintage shops. The online selection is rather small, but still quite good. If online shopping is, in general, simply more your cup of tea, never fear, because there are still great vintage options out there for you too. I would like to turn your attentions to www.fasinfrankvintage. com. F as in Frank is the single most extensive online vintage shopping experience I have ever encountered in all my years of searching. It specializes in hats, tee shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and windbreakers, so generally sportswear. The company is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, but shipping anywhere in the U.S. and Canada is cheap. Finally, I also think that the consignment/thrift shop Buffalo Exchange is worth mentioning. It is not a vintage store, per se. In fact, the majority of merchandise was recently or is currently available in retail stores; some of it is in totally new, mint condition. However, all of it is second-hand. That is, Buffalo Exchange locally buys, sells and trades clothing and accessories. So, people bring in their old, gently used favorites, or that piece that has been sitting unworn in the closet for a year and Buffalo Exchange pays them or trades with them to take it off their hands and put it on the shelves. At Buffalo Exchange, you could get really get lucky; I have spotted some designer pieces in really great condition for a shockingly cheap price. The store has locations across the country, with shops in both Manhattan and LA. So, if you are not usually one to buy vintage, give it a try. Vintage shopping is a whole different animal, and also a whole lot of fun. Contact Lisa Mischianti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Maroon-News Crossword!
Puzzle by Michael Castor, Clues by Corey Weinstein
ACROSS 1) An over-the-shoulderboulder-holder 4) He said, ____ said 7) & Features 11) Curtain hanger 12) View 13) One hopes this checks out 14) Incisor inst. 15) Made of an anvil, stirrup, and hammer 16) One of Lear’s two daughters 17) There are precious and semi-precious varieties 18) 3-dice game 20) ___ and done 22) One if by land, two if by ___ 23) What one might do to a keg, say 26) Dog doc 28) Really sorry 31) First name of “Let them eat cake” historical figure 34) Most popular livestock for consumption in the world 35) Found on a beach (plural) 37) · · · — — — · · · 38) Discontinue 39) One of three keys to save your comp. 41) Le 44) ___ with a spoon 45) Right before
47) What polarized lenses cut 51) ____ it in the bud 53) A confederate solider: abbr. 54) What a thick liquid did 55) Otolaryngologist: abbr 56) Made from a phosphate, sugar, and nitrogenous base 57) TB control strat. 58) WHO, PAHO, ex. 59) Pig palace DOWN 1) What some winners do 2) Cowboy convention 3) “Frankly my dear, I just don’t give…” 4) LA to SD compass dir. 5) Publication king 6) Strange lake 7) Old-time beer 8) Deep water horizon, say 9) Don’t know yet: abbr. 10) A Christian no-no 13) Oldest-known yacht 19) Art director Romano from Mad Men 21) What 10-down leads to 23) Black, red and green varieties 24) Marching one by one
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Entertainment Update Your Week in Preview By Zoe Blicksilver Maroon-News Staff
SINGER/SONGWRITER JOSEPH ISRAEL Joseph Israel will be performing some Reggae beats in the Persson Hall Auditorium from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8. He is widely acclaimed for his talent in the field of roots reggae and the mix of soul, jazz, folk and world music that is also found within his work.
“EDGES: A SONG CYCLE” Masque and Triangle’s student musical theater company is putting on the musical “Edges: A Song Cycle.” It is an off-Broadway musical that discusses coming of age issues. It can be seen on Friday, April 8 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Brehmer Theater.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS Battle of the Bands 2011 will take place on Friday, April 8 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Chapel. It will feature both student and local bands. Tickets are $3 at the Coop or $5 at the door.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’S HOMERUN On Saturday, April 9, Habitat for Humanity is hosting a 5k run/walk and half marathon. Check-in starts at 8:00 a.m., the half-marathon starts at 9:00 a.m. and the 5k race starts at 9:20 a.m. on the Hamilton Village green. All proceeds go to benefit Habitat for Humanity and Habitat in Madison County.
OPENING VISUAL MULTI-ARTS RECEPTION & LIVE JAZZ The Hamilton Center for the Arts is holding a reception for its students from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Students of Syracuse will also be performing jazz pieces at the event. Refreshments will be served.
WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN: NO EXCUSE FOR ABUSE BENEFIT The Sorella Society, Beta Theta Pi and Men at Colgate are sponsering the “No Excuse For Abuse” White Ribbon Campaign. All Proceeds go to Violence Prevention at Vera House. The event starts at 7:00 on Thursday at Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.
COLGATE’S ANNUAL TAKE BACK THE NIGHT MARCH AND SPEAK OUT 25) What’s on a scoreboard (abbrev.) 27) Snake-like sea creature 29) Don McLean: “… time ___” 30) Cascada: “What Hurts the ____” 31) Bing! And Google competitor 32) Typically seared 33) “Gross” quarterback
36) Not the ACT 37) Theory to explain what is inside quarks 40) Bedding material 42) Animals sometimes travel in 43) A happening 44) Thirsty in Tegucigalpa 46) Online auction house 47) Some say its there,
other’s don’t 48) British bathroom 49) 1980s/1990s miracle drug 50) Gate org, with “life” 52) Complimentary sick day (abbrev.)
At 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 11, survivors of sexual violence and supporters will march from Frank to the Coop TV room, where they will tell their stories about their transition from victims to survivors. The event is sponsored by The Network and Women’s Studies.
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The Colgate Maroon-News
April 7, 2011
Dine or Decline: Georgio’s Cafe By Maggie Carey
shrimp which had been slit through the center of the meaty part of the crustacean so that Walking into Georgio’s Café (60 Genesee they curled out to the side during the cookStreet, New Hartford), one is greeted by ining process. In addition to the sprinkling of toxicating aromas of Italian cooking and a parsley, the large shrimp made the dish aeswarm décor consisting of deep maroon paint thetically pleasing. The various aspects of the on the walls, white tablecloths and decorative meal made for a complex and flavorful dish green plants draped with holiday lights. One is that did not disappoint. then immediately greeted by a large crowd of I enjoyed one of the multiple specials of hungry diners (even on a random Wednesday the day. It was comprised of two large chicken night), along with a warm loaf of Italian bread medallions lightly coated in flour and sautéed dressed with garlic, Parmesan cheese and herbs until golden brown. The chicken was accomall adhered by flavorful olive oil. panied by sautéed broccoli, button mushrooms The Italian feast continued as the waiter and red and green peppers in a pink cream quickly returned with our order of fried calasauce. The entrée also came with a choice of mari. The tender squid rings were covered sides. I selected the steamed vegetables that rein a perfectly golden brown batter that was portedly included carrots, green beans and snap fried to perfection. To our delight, the calapeas. However, there were no snap peas in the mari were dry and crispy rather than being side dish. Although the dish was delicious and soft and oily. The breading was surprisingly AN ITALIAN SPECIAL: Located in New Hartford, Georgio’s Café offers a wide range the high quality of ingredients was obvious, light and did not overwhelm the squid, allowthis particular dish should come with a warnin classic Italian dishes, for an enjoyable dining experience. Highlights include fried ing the seafood to be the star of the appetizer. ing. The red and green peppers were not crisp calamari as an appetizer, and chicken scampi as an entrée. Rather than being served with the traditional mvny.org bell peppers, rather they were very spicy hot Italian marinara sauce, the calamari were accompanied by a horseradish infused cocktail peppers that were intensified by the hot temperature of the dish when it arrived at the table. sauce that complimented the appetizer nicely. For those who share my affinity for spicy food, this is the dish for you! The only critique that The appetizer was quickly followed by a complimentary salad that came with our en- dish warrants is that some of the broccoli florets were burnt during the sautéing process, a trees. Georgio’s Café is renowned for its exceptional greens, particularly escarole, featured negligible flaw. in numerous appetizers. However, the salads made of Romaine lettuce and a medley of Georgio’s Village Café provided a very enjoyable dining experience. The large crowd fresh vegetables commonly found in garden salads did not receive similar accolades. The on the random Wednesday night was a further testament to the high quality of the vegetables were smothered in an exceptional amount of dressing. After a few bites the salad restaurant. Based on the size of the crowd, I would encourage future diners to make was deemed uneatable and the attendees pushed aside the plate and waited for the main reservations ahead of time. Georgio’s Village Café’s well-priced menu is home to all course to be served. Italian favorites ranging from pizza and pasta to seafood, chicken, beef, veal and even The first plate sampled by an attendee was the chicken scampi. which consisted of two duck. The well-executed, flavorful food is definitely worth the forty-minute drive from generously portioned chicken medallions and numerous button mushrooms in a tradi- Hamilton, N.Y. tional creamy scampi sauce, over a bed of linguini. The dish was accented by two jumbo Contact Maggie Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maroon-News Staff
Continued from A-1 The concert began with clamoring bells and hoots from anxious Reso alumni as the Colgate Resolution’s made their procession onstage. After tumultuous applause for their first number, Piper told audience members that they shouldn’t hold back from dancing along. The Resos began with the Beatle hit, “With a Little Help from My Friends,” with soloist senior Chris Adler leading the way. Next up was a rendition of “Show Me Love” where sophomore Molly McDevitt serenaded one lucky audience member. After the blushing man departed the stage, the Resos performed Alabama’s “I’m in a Hurry,” in which they pulled out their imaginary guitars. Their rendition of “Whatever Tomorrow Brings” was one of many highlights to the performance, and included a candlelight interlude and a lovely solo by junior Chloe Nwangwu. Following a number with the take charge alto voice of first-year Gabby Ambrosio, the audience was treated to Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by the sultry styling’s of first-year Marly Levine. The dancing came fully under way after this number, with a collective shimmy from the Resos. Sophomore Molly Frantzen performed Nelly Furtado’s “Powerless.” Later, sophomore Evan Weissblum put all basses to shame with his solo in “Where I Go, I Just Don’t Know” while the Resos encouraged audience members to join them in taking out their imaginary ores . The penultimate number, a mash up of K’naan’s “Waving Flag,” was gorgeously executed in a duet by sophomore Nicole Vilanova and first-year Josh Hair. I couldn’t keep still in my balcony seat, and everyone around seemed transfixed by the perfectly harmonizing voices as well. After the final number by all the Resos, past and present, I was one of many who were sad to see the concert come to an end, but with an album coming out next semester, soon we can all get a piece of the night to bring home with us. You can also catch the Resos at the Barge on April 22, and footage of the concert should be available on YouTube within the coming weeks. Contact Michellee Nelson at email@example.com.
By Sophie Greene Maroon-News Staff
This past weekend, Amy went off to do real grown-up things down in New Orleans and I was left to be creative and try to think of some recipe that didn’t involve chocolate, butter and baking. After doing some browsing through my favorite cooking magazines, I stumbled across a few recipes using black beans. I’m a huge fan of chickpeas and love making hummus or roasting chickpeas in the oven, but I don’t think I have ever used black beans. Intrigued, I decided to attempt a black bean cake. I’ve made crab cakes before, so I had a general understanding of what is needed in a cake to make it stay together. After doing some research and a bit of experimentation, I got cooking and the result was delicious. To accompany the black bean cakes, I decided to make a super fresh and light salsa made with corn and ripe avocado. Just like the quinoa from last week, this dish screams springtime with all its colors. Hopefully the weather gods will hear us down here in rainy, chilly Hamilton and springtime will finally come… For the Corn and Avocado Salsa (makes 2 cups) corn (what’s left from the cakes) 1 ripe avocado cubed 1 cup of red onion ½ cup of lime juice salt pepper
In a skillet, heat up the olive oil and cook the onions and garlic until the onions are translucent. Put the onions and garlic into a medium mixing bowl. Place the black beans, bread crumbs, Cholula, cumin, salt, pepper and lime juice in a food processor and blend until well mixed. You want the beans to be broken into pieces, but not too mushy. Add the bean mixture and one cup of corn to the mixing bowl. Lightly beat together the egg and egg white and then add to the bowl. Mix well. Heat a medium skillet with olive oil. Form the mixture into four patties. Place two at a time in the skillet, cooking each side for about 3-4 minutes or until browned. Serve with Corn and Avocado Salsa and eat immediately! The combination of black beans with the tangy, fresh salsa was delicious and probably my favorite recipe of the year. Since making the cakes, I’ve eaten them for dinner every night and I have every intention of repeating the recipe in the near future. While you can eat the cakes and salsa together on a plate, I also recommend melting some pepper jack cheese on them and turning them into a burger. Yes, a vegetarian burger, but delicious and healthy. You can also get creative and add some bell peppers in the mix if you want some more flavor and crunch. Enjoy, and keep praying for sunshine! Contact Sophie Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Measure out one cup of corn and set aside for the black bean cakes. Put the rest in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Mix corn, onion, avocado and lime juice together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Chill in the refrigerator while you make the black bean cakes. For the Black Bean Cakes (makes 4 cakes) 3 cloves of garlic 1 cup of chopped red onion 2 teaspoons of olive oil 1 can of black beans (15.5 oz.), drained and rinsed ½ cup of Panko bread crumbs 1 tablespoon of Chili and Lime Cholula hot sauce (available at Hamilton Whole Foods) ½ teaspoon of cumin ½ teaspoon of salt ½ teaspoon of pepper ¼ cup of freshly squeezed lime juice 1 cup of corn, drained and rinsed (save the rest for the salsa) 1 large egg 1 large egg white
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April 7, 2011
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This Week at the Movies: The Lincoln Lawyer By Will Hazzard Commentary Editor
This movie wouldnâ€™t be that good if it wasnâ€™t for its amazing tone and atmosphere. L.A. is bathed in harsh sunlight that adequately portrays the heat and desperation of the entire situation. This is just the outside though, the prisons are seeped in depressing blue tones that express isolation, and the red light of the bars and brothels scream of passion and intrigue. The camera and cinematography are a little jumpy and rough around the edges, but this is a thriller. Sometimes the confusion of vision adds to the suspense. Finally, there is the soundtrack, which is a nice combination of hip-hop and funk. Not exactly what youâ€™d expect from a lawyer movie, but it fits nicely and sets the mood. Everyone needs to see a good movie now and then. Entertainment is an important thing, but more often than weâ€™d like, weâ€™re left disappointed by the movies we see. The Lincoln Lawyer is not one of those movies. Itâ€™s interesting and fun, but at the same thing doesnâ€™t try to be much more than that. Itâ€™s perfect for killing some time and taking a break from work without being upset by a lackluster show. Itâ€™s a must see if youâ€™re looking for a nice distraction and a good time. Contact Will Hazzard at email@example.com.
Thereâ€™s not much better than a good thriller. Sometimes, we donâ€™t need much out of a movie. Sometimes, all it takes to make a solid picture is a decent story, likable characters, good pacing and a few twists here and there to get us when weâ€™re least expecting it. That is exactly what The Lincoln Lawyer, directed by Brad Furman and written for the screen by John Romano, does. Itâ€™s not particularly special, but it certainly is some quality entertainment. It takes the concept of the lawyer thriller and truly engages the audience in a captivating way. Combine that with some excellent atmosphere and some acting that is better than expected, and youâ€™ve got a pretty good movie on your hands. Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a defense attorney who works out of his Lincoln town car. He represents the underbelly of Los Angeles with clever intuition and a surprisingly big heart. However, one day Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillipe), a rich real estate agent, enlists his services after being convicted for violently beating a prostitute. His innocence seems fairly clear at first, but as the case begins to unfold, his guilt and malice go far deeper than expected. The plot itself follows a pretty generic formula when it comes to thrillers, but this isnâ€™t necessarily a bad thing. Rather than going for originality, the film is well-executed and there are solid performances all around, particularly from McConaughey. His emotional struggle between his professional goals and personal sense of justice is believable and well portrayed. It adds an extra element to the narrative that really sets the movie apart. Plus, some of the plot twists are great, and youâ€™re constantly presented with them. A few are predictable, and a few come out left field. All and all though, they certainly make the plot very provocative. There also is a love subplot between Haller and his ex-wife (Ma- LAYING DOWN THE LAW: The Lincoln Lawyer is a susrissa Tomei), but this is easily the weakest as- penseful thriller about a lawyer who works out of his Lincoln pect of the movie. Itâ€™s neither believable, nor town car, taking cases on the Los Angeles streets. Matthew does it entirely make sense. However, this is McConaughey delivers a solid performance. only a minor complaint. celebritywonder.ugo.com
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Rose, Kobe Headline MVP Race By Scott Blumenfeld Maroon-News Staff
With the NBA season winding down, there are four main candidates for the regular season Most Valuable Player award: Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Lebron James and Kobe Bryant. Other candidates throughout the year included Dirk Nowitzki and Amar’e Stoudemire. However, their MVP campaigns have been hampered for numerous reasons. That leaves us with these four players to consider. Each one has a unique and compelling case to win the league’s most coveted regular season award. Derrick Rose: No superstar has had to overcome more setbacks than Rose this season. Despite losing his team’s best defensive player, Joakim Noah, and prized off season acquisition, Carlos Boozer, for a combined total of 57 games this season, he has almost single-handedly positioned his team atop the Eastern Conference standings. Rose’s Bulls were expected to finish behind teams like Miami, Boston and Orlando but, behind Rose’s elevated play, they now find themselves looking forward to home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. Rose has set career highs in almost every major offensive and defensive category, including averaging a career-best 25.1 points-per-game. Dwight Howard: Despite undergoing a complete reorganization of the team’s roster in the middle of the season, the Orlando Magic are still on pace to win over 50 games this year. The key, as usual, has been their centerpiece, Dwight Howard. Clearly, the center is still dominant, regardless of the other four Magic players on the court at any given time. Even after big changes midway through the season, Howard and the Magic haven’t missed a beat. This is not an easy task, just ask the New York Knicks. Howard has
A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME: Guard Derrick Rose has led the Bulls to the top spot in the Eastern Conference without a lot of support. Is it enough to win the MVP award? worked to improve his offensive production, and has set a new career high in points-pergame this season. He is second in the league in rebounds-per-game and field goal percentage, and is fourth in blocks-per-game. Nobody is paying much attention to Orlando heading into this postseason, but they should be. With Kendrick Perkins now in OKC, and Shaq sidelined yet again, no team in the East can really match up with Howard. Lebron James: Everyone likes to talk about how Lebron James ruined his chances of winning a third consecutive MVP award when he joined forces with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. However, after watching this team all season, it is hard to overestimate his value to the Heat. Just imagine this team without Lebron. While Wade is certainly having another great season, Bosh has looked absolutely awful at times, despite what his statistics may show. To make
matters worse, the bench is completely pathetic. With no legitimate point guard and no great rebounders, Lebron has had to shoulder a great burden once again this season. While his per game averages may be down, his averages of 26.6 points, 7.5 assists and seven rebounds are still the most impressive in the league, and should keep him in the MVP conversation. Kobe Bryant: It is hard to believe that Kobe Bryant has only won one regular season MVP award throughout his Hall of Fame career. That is a crime for someone who frequently draws comparisons to Michael Jordan. I know that this is not a legitimate argument to advocate his MVP chances, but considering that he is mentioned year-in and year-out as a topfive MVP candidate, and has already won five championships, it is simply astonishing that he has only that lone MVP award. While his numbers may be down, Kobe is still
averaging close to 25, five and five. What really separates Kobe from the rest is his durability and skills that keep his teammates focused. Despite being in his fourteenth season, Kobe has not missed a game this season. He fights through injuries without sacrificing his level of play, or becoming detrimental to his team. While other aging players on elite teams such as Boston and San Antonio have struggled in the second half of the season to keep their teams playing at a high level, Kobe has the Lakers playing their best basketball heading into the playoffs. The Lakers are currently sitting in second place in the hyper-competitive Western Conference, and are preparing to make a push for their third consecutive championship. At some point, Kobe deserves to be recognized for this, right? The Pick: After looking at each player’s resume this season it seems only right to anoint Derrick Rose as the new league MVP. He is far and away the best and most important player on the best team in the East. Without Rose, and with the injuries to Boozer and Noah, they would have been a fringe playoff team. In a relatively distant second place is Kobe Bryant, followed closely by Dwight Howard. These two are extremely important to their respective teams but, unfortunately, Derrick Rose was simply too good this season. I do, however, expect them to post terrific postseason performances. Lebron James rounds out the top-four. If he had demonstrated this season that he could win games in crunch-time for the Heat, and hit the big shots when they needed him to, he might be higher on my list. Still, the NBA Finals MVP is far more important than any regular season MVP and it will be interesting to see if any of these four players ends up hoisting that trophy at the end of the season. Contact Scott Blumenfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is It Too Early to Panic in Beantown? By Jordan Plaut National Sports Editor
Coming into the 2011 baseball season, the Boston Red Sox were a popular pick to win the always-competitive American League East on their way to a World Series berth. Unfortunately for the Sox, their hyped-up season began inauspiciously to say the least. Starting the season against the defending league champions is never easy, especially for a team with a good number of new pieces, but what the Red Sox did over the first weekend was just embarrassing. Granted, the Texas Rangers are as good as any team in baseball, but so far the Sox have averaged just three runs through three games against the Rangers and one against the Cleveland Indians. In fact, that number is actually inflated by the two five-run performances the Sox put up in subsequent losses. Every game so far has exposed new areas of weakness for a team expected to win the World Series. No matter how you look at it, the Boston Red Sox have been perfectly awful in 2011. Wait a minute. Isn’t it a bit too early to be asking the baseball gods for another shot? After all, it’s not as though the Red Sox are the only high-expectation team to struggle early-on. The Tampa Bay Rays are still winless as well and have lost one more game than the Sox alrady. The Ori-
oles are at the top of the division! The incredible Philadelphia Phillies pitching staff has one of the worst ERAs in all of baseball. The New York Mets are leading the NL East! The Kansas City Royals are winning the AL Central, with all of their victories coming in their final at-bat. Albert Pujols is hitting .182 for Pete’s sake! Clearly, things are not exactly normal in professional baseball right now. Red Sox fans, please take solace in that. Even with all of the wackiness going down in the big leagues, the Sox cannot pretend they don’t have some glaring
problems. They have been outscored by 17 runs so far as every starter not named Josh Beckett has combined to give up 18 runs and nine homeruns in just 14 1/3 innings. Beckett has not really been much better, throwing 106 pitches in five innings of work and allowing three runs. Don’t look to the defense behind the pitchers or the bats for a bright spot, either. In the Indians game, Carl Crawford overthrew a cutoff man on an RBI single, allowing Orlando Cabrera to move up a base. Cabrera went on to score the goahead run. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia
SAD SOX: The Boston Red Sox have failed to live up to their lofty expectations so far this season, losing in four straight contests to begin 2011. noontimesports.com
threw the ball into center field on an attempted steal in the third inning. Adrian Gonzalez, who started off hot, has gone hitless in his last nine at-bats and Marco Scutaro has yet to reach base in 11 trips to the plate. There are some big issues that need to be addressed right now. If the Red Sox don’t win a game against the Indians, panic-mode will undoubtedly ensue in Boston. However, this team is way too talented to be swept by a rebuilding Indians team that has just four players from the 2007 team that threatened the Sox in the ALCS. I am fairly confident that Boston can take the last two games in the series before they come home to face the New York Yankees over the weekend. Assuming that the Red Sox head into that series with a 2-4 record, they will need to step it up and at least take two of three to prove they can overcome the early adversity. The Yankees only two losses have been very winnable games and the team as looked very good overall. Mark Texeira has easily been the MVP of the first week (saying a lot, I know) with four homeruns, 10 RBI and a .333 batting average. If the Sox can take it to their rivals with the support of the home fans, any doubts in Beantown will fade into the April...snow. If not, it’s going to be a long, hot summer for Terry Francona’s boys. Contact Jordan Plaut at email@example.com.
April 7, 2011
The Colgate Maroon-News
Champions League Leaders Emerge By Radoslav Ivanov Maroon-News Staff
Unlike the previous knock-out round in which almost none of the first legs decided a clash, this week’s Champions League quarterfinals only left one question mark for the rematches in six days. In fact, Chelsea and Manchester United are the only pair that is separated by less than three goals after the first legs. Tuesday witnessed two of the most uneven quarterfinal matches in recent history. In the first match, Real Madrid virtually destroyed Tottenham Hotspur by beating them 4-0 and making the second leg just a formality. It must be acknowledged that Spurs star Aaron Lennon had to be withdrawn just minutes before kickoff due to illness and that forward Peter Crouch was sent off in the 15’ because of two reckless and unnecessary challenges in Madrid’s half. To make matters worse, the Spanish side managed to open the scoring in the 5’ with their first shot on goal. In the end, even though Spurs were very well defensively organized and did not concede again in the first half, they ran out of steam halfway through the second and were crushed by Real’s incessant pressure. Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp promised that his team will give all they have at White Hart Lane in a week, but it seems very likely that this will be the end to what has been a very successful Champions League debut for the London side. Having been at the bottom of the English Premier League only a year-and-a-half ago when Redknapp took over, Spurs have managed a fantastic recovery that saw them finish fourth last year, and they are still well-positioned for a Champions League spot next year as well. Real Madrid, on the other hand, are still looking very solid and determined. Although their style is not quite as impressive as rival Barcelona’s, they have not lost in the Champions League this year and have finally broken an
eight-year-long streak of losses in the first knockout round. Having won this tournament nine times, more than any other European club, they are clearly one of the big favorites this year, second only to Barca. Also on Tuesday, defending champions Inter Milan were crushed by Schalke at San Siro in Milan. Even though Inter lost at home in the previous round as well before pulling off a spectacular win against Bayern Munich in Germany, the 2-5 deficit gives them little hope for the second leg. Legendary forward Raul, who is playing his last competitive years for Schalke, managed to score yet again in this tournament, taking his tally to 72 in all international competitions and opening a two-goal lead in front of injured Italian Filippo Inzaghi. On Wednesday, big favorites Barcelona once again showed why everyone is so afraid of their offensive might. Scoring five goals has become second nature for Leo Messi, who astonishingly did not score this time, and his teammates at the front of Barca’s attack. Their latest victim was Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, and the score was 5-1. The Ukrainians had played several impressive games thus far in the tournament, including two wins over Roma in the previous round, but were just unable to deal with Barcelona’s total domination in all parts of the field. Now, we are only one week away from confirming what all soccer fans around the world have been hoping for – namely a semifinal between Barcelona and Real Madrid. What is more, the two sides will play soon in the Spanish La Liga as well, so we will be able to witness the El Classico three times in less than a month. Only time will tell who will be victorious, but given that Madrid are already eight points behind in La Liga, it seems likely that they will make the Champions League, coach Jose Mourinho’s favorite tournament and one that he is aiming to win with three different teams. That is definitely their highest priority with the La Liga title likely out of reach.
REAL, REAL GOOD: Mourino and Real Madrid took care of Tottenham this past Tuesday, cruising to an impressive 4-0 victory in their quarterfinal match. The last semi-final spot was contested between the two biggest English teams in recent history, Chelsea and Manchester United. Even though neither team is in their best shape, the fans at Stamford Bridge saw very high-quality and fastpaced soccer with numerous chances and a good deal of drama. As usual for the Red Devils of late, they assumed a defensive position very early on in the game and were counting on Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs’ speed to make the difference on counter-attacks. Again, as usual, it worked beautifully when Giggs received a brilliantly measured long ball from Michael Carrick, made a run in Chelsea’s 20-yard box and passed back to Rooney who finished the attack perfectly with a clinical strike that bounced off Peter Cech’s left post. The Blues reacted immediately and missed multiple chances of their own, including a Frank Lampard shot that hit United’s post, but were in the end unable to convert anything. They also had several penalty shots caused by reckless tackles by Patrice Evra in
the box, but the Spanish referee, perhaps influenced by the all-English clash, decided to judge like an English referee and let some harsh tackles go unpunished. Thus, though United left with a promising 1-0 lead and an away goal, this match is still in the balance because no English side have ever been known to care whether they play at home or away. All in all, the quarterfinals have been rather disappointing in terms of drama so far; it seems that there is a big difference between the Spanish and the top two English teams and the rest. Apart from the second leg of the English clash next week, I am already looking forward to the semifinals and to Mourinho’s response to the 5-0 defeat that his side suffered in El Classico in the fall. Schalke also have a decent team that is capable of big wins, but I just do not see them winning against any of the two powerhouse of the Premier League when they meet at the stage of the Last Four. Contact Radoslav Ivanov at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Do you consider the winner of the National Championship
the best team in college basketball?
By Edouard Boulat Maroon-News Staff
No, and you shouldn’t either. Which isn’t to say that the winner of the national championship is never the best team in college basketball – a lot of years it can be. In fact, the University of North Carolina in ’09 is the most recent example that comes to mind, after finishing 28-4 in the regular season and winning their 6 tournament games by an average of 20.2 points. However, no sane person will tell you that UConn was
clearly the best team in the country this season. Did they have the best player in college basketball? Absolutely (sorry, Jimmer). Were they playing the best ball out of anybody heading into and during the tournament? That’s a stronger argument that you could definitely agree with it. If they played Ohio State, Duke, Kansas or even a handful of college basketball’s “second-tier” teams (Florida, Kentucky, Pittsburgh) 10 times each, would they win more than they would lose? Who really knows? The point is that it takes an awful lot to crown a national champion, and, as history shows us, having the best team in the country is certainly no guarantee that you’ll be cutting down the nets when it’s all said and done. After all, that’s why the play the games, right?
By Rebecca Silberman Maroon-News Staff
At this point, it is no longer a question of best. The Huskies are national champions, enough said. We could sit here for days, trying to predict the outcome of every imaginable game, lining up top scorers and defensive stars, vetting coaches and measuring cheerleaders. But this is all academic – the tournament’s over guys, UConn wins, Butler doesn’t. While I won’t pretend that I am deeply surprised that Ohio State didn’t take the title, UConn’s gritty play against Butler in this admmitedly low-scoring game was impressive. Conversely, I was completely gob-smacked by the Notre Dame versus Texas A&M women’s championship. Not that the teams didn’t deserve to be there or that A&M didn’t put in a stellar performance for the win, but I had picked a UConn-Stanford final. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to console myself by starting to compile next year’s brackets early. How about this May?
By Adam Settle Maroon-News Staff
HUSKY HEAVEN: Kemba Walker and the Connecticut Huskies beat the Butler Bulldogs 53-41 in the NCAA title game, but does that make UConn the best team in the country? thedailyfairfield.com
Does the single-elimination NCAA championship provide viewers with weeks of spectacular games and entertainment? Absolutely. But should the final team standing in this single-elimination format be automatically crowned the “best in the country?” I’ll believe that Colgate men’s basketball will reach the Final Four before I will believe that idea (no offense, guys). This year’s Connecticut Huskies are the not the worst champion to be crowned from the
pile of junk of teams competing this year, but their body of work compared to other schools does not show them to be the top team. The Huskies lost nine games within their own conference, six games back of Big East champion Pittsburgh. Kemba Walker carried them through the Big East tourney and the best team they faced in the entire tournament was tourney rookie San Diego State. In 1985, Villanova only made the tournament because of an expanded field as a No. 8 seed. Against juggernaut Georgetown, who had defeated the Wildcats twice during the regular season handily, ’Nova used the lack of a shot clock and shot nearly 80 percent from the field to finish the upset. Should the Wildcats have been declared the best team in the nation? There is a reason why the NBA has four, seven-game series to determine the best team in the league.
By Charlie Balk Maroon-News Staff
It is undeniable that the March Madness tournament is a complete, utter crapshoot. To suggest that we could rewind history and have the same teams play out this year’s tournament again, and that UConn would win, is absurd. But, the problem is, we cannot replay the tournament. We do not have a time machine to decide which team is best once and for all. We also don’t have any better method for figuring out the best team in college hoops. So, for lack of a better determinant, we must accept the Huskies as the No. 1 team and do so absolutely. No one is more deserving...right? To the victor, the spoils.
The Colgate Maroon-News
April 7, 2011
SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS Patriot League and ECAC Hockey Standings
Softball Team Colgate Holy Cross Lehigh Bucknell Army Lafayette
League 4-0 4-0 3-1 1-3 0-4 0-4
Men’s Tennis Overall 12-11 10-12 16-14 8-22 14-14 1-24
Team Army Navy Lehigh Bucknell Colgate Lafayette Holy Cross
League 5-0 3-1 3-1 1-2 1-3 1-4 0-3
Women’s Tennis Overall 10-10 15-8 12-5 8-7 6-10 4-9 0-7
Team Navy Army Lehigh Bucknell Colgate Lafayette Holy Cross
League 3-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-2 1-2 0-3
Overall 18-9 17-7 4-10 7-9 4-11 2-4 0-4
Team Colgate Bucknell Army Lehigh Navy Lafayette Holy Cross
Team Colgate Lehigh Navy American Holy Cross Lafayette Bucknell
League Overall 3-0 7-3 3-0 9-2 2-1 7-3 2-1 6-5 2-3 4-6 0-3 2-8 0-4 0-10
League Overall 3-0 6-5 3-1 7-4 2-1 9-4 2-2 6-6 1-2 4-9 1-2 2-9 0-4 2-10
Men’s Tennis: Bucknell 4, Colgate 3*; Colgate 6, Lafayette 1* Women’sTennis: Bucknell 6, Colgate 1*; Colgate 6, Lafayette 1* Men’s Lacrosse: Colgate 13, No. 9 Army 11* Women’s Lacrosse: Yale 10, Colgate 7 Track & Field: No Team Score @ Sam Howell Invitational Softball: Colgate 4, Army 0*; Colgate 2, Army 0*; Colgate 5, Army 3*; Colgate 7, Army 4*
Thursday: TBA Golf @ Rutherford Intercollegiate thru Sun. Saturday: TBA Rowing @ Knecht Cup thru Sun. 10 a.m. Women’s Track @ Cornell Invitational 10 a.m. Women’s Tennis vs. Lehigh* 12 p.m. Softball vs. Bucknell* (DH) 12 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse @ Navy* 2 p.m. Men’s Tennis vs. Lehigh* 7 p.m. No. 19/20 Men’s Lacrosse @ Lehigh* Sunday: 10 a.m.Women’s Tennis vs. Army* 12 p.m. Softball vs. Bucknell* (DH) 2 p.m. Men’s Tennis vs. Lafayette*
* denotes Patriot League or ECAC Hockey opponent
Sports Spotlights Alana Dyson ’13
Ben McCabe ’11
Sport: Softball Hometown: Grovetown, GA Major: Biology Why Alana? She was the catalyst behind the softball’s team four-game sweep of Army. 1. This past Saturday you guys recorded your first set of back-to-back shutouts since 2007. How were you able to accomplish this as a team? When you get four great outings from your pitchers, it makes playing defense a lot easier. Our pitchers worked very well in pressure situations by striking out batters and by forcing them Athletic Communications to hit into easy plays. We also focused a lot of attention this season on improving our defensive play from past years; I think this showed on our first day of play. We made all the plays when we needed to stop Army from scoring. 2. You still need to score runs, even if the other team is getting shut out, and you found yourself all over the stat sheet in all four games. How is your approach at the plate paying off? I approach every at-bat thinking that I need to make this at-bat a productive one for my team, whether it be to lead off the game in a manner that will set a positive tone for my teammates or by moving runners when they are on-base ahead of me. So, I was very happy that I could do that for my team against Army and I’m hoping that it will continue for the remainder of the season 3. Nicole Siedhof hit two home runs on Sunday. What does she mean to your team? Nicole means a lot to our team. She is one of two seniors on our team and is also a captain. She stepped up to the plate and was very clutch for us this weekend, we could not have asked for more from her in the box. 4. Starting off the league year 4-0 has to be a great feeling. How can you continue this success? We can’t become complacent with these four wins and remember that now, more than ever, we are the team to beat. We must continue to work hard all week and play hard on the weekends. I think that if we do those things and continue to play selfless softball while doing the little things correctly, we will be a very successful team.
Sport: Men’s Lacrosse Hometown: Brunswick, ME Major: Economics Why Ben? He had a hat trick in the men’s lacrosse team’s win over No. 9 Army. 1. You scored a hat trick in Saturday’s victory. How does it feel to have contributed in such a way? It’s pretty exciting anytime we can beat a top team, and it has been a while since we have done that. Any time I can help our team have that kind of success by capitalizing on my opportunities it feels pretty good. Athletic Communications 2. With the win against Army, one could say that you are in the driver’s seat to host the Patriot League Tournament. What will the team need to do in order to finish off league play in a strong way? We are in a great place right now in the league standings where we are completely in control of what happens. Bucknell is still undefeated in the league too, but we are pretty happy about the way we are playing right now after beating Navy and Army. We still have room to improve and will certainly need our best lacrosse to win the next three league games. 3. The team enjoyed its most successful game on special teams to date, converting on four of five man-up opportunities and scoring a man-down goal. What have you been focusing on in order to improve in that facet of the game? Our man-down has been great all year, but we had been struggling on man-up. We have been working hard on man-up in practice and knew it was only a matter of time before we had a break out game. We didn’t change too much, just stayed confident in the talent we had out there. 4. What made you pick lacrosse as the sport you would build a career upon in college? Lacrosse has always been a part of my life. My dad is the coach at Bowdoin College so I have been playing since I was little. Although I also played football and basketball in high school, the decision to play lacrosse was an easy one because of my family’s background. 5.What are your plans for after graduation? No plans yet, does anyone out there want to hire me?
Interview by Mitchell Waxman
Interview by Jaime Heilbron
April 7, 2011
The Colgate Maroon-News
Women’s Lacrosse Ends Winning Streak on the Road Falls to Yale With Final Score of 10-7
By Alexandra Silverman Maroon-News Staff
The Colgate women’s lacrosse team was defeated by Yale University this past Friday in New Haven, CT where they ended a three-game winning streak after the game came to a close with a final score of 10-7. Key players in the match-up were junior midfielder Courtney Miller, senior midfielder Colleen Bubnack and sophomore midfielder Amanda O’Sullivan each had two goals respectively. Miller possessed the team’s highest point total tacking on an additional assist for three total points. Colgate (6-5) was first to get on the scoreboard when Bubnack scored her 35th goal of the season at 26:31 in the first half. On the next draw control, almost ten minutes after the tally, sophomore midfielder Quincey Spagnoletti gained possession of the ball and was able to dodge past three or four defenders before taking the ball all the way to the hole and regaining the lead at 2-1. Yale bounced back again, tying up the match with 12:47 left in the frame. Miller scored her 23rd goal of the season with 6:21 left in play giving the game a one-point lead as the first half ended. The three goals scored by Colgate in the first half were a season low for the team. “Yale did a good job of keeping us off rhythm and not allowing us to get to the goal they way we have been accustomed to in the past – a credit to them and their game plan,” O’Sullivan explains. “We have some very good shooters and offensive players, we just did not execute the way we are capable of. We will learn from this and be better prepared in the future for this type of situation.” However, on a positive note, the team was able to hold back the Bulldog offense to a mere two goals before the end of the half. “We played really well as a unit on the defensive end for the first half of the game,” senior midfielder Missy Guisti said. “Roa had some great saves and we
PLAYING KEEP AWAY: Sophomore Amanda O’Sullivan cradles the ball as she runs down the field in an attempt to retaliate against a Yale goal. all definitely feed off of her big plays. We had held our opponents to single digit goals in the past two games and were really fired up to keep that streak going.” Yale came back out on the field fired up and ready to play, scoring twice in the first two minutes of play to earn the team’s first lead at 4-3. Colgate answered after O’Sullivan found the back of the net, tying the game at four. With a surge of determination, Yale crushed the next 20 minutes of play and outscored the Raiders 6-0. “They scored two quick goals to open the half and then we just weren’t possessing the ball like we should have been,” Guisti described. “We started getting desperate and eventually had to go into
our high pressure defense which when it works, causes a lot of turnovers, but when it doesn’t, makes it easier for the attack to score because we are pulled out too far to collapse when someone gets beat.” After a brief timeout called by the Raiders, Miller regained momentum and earned her second tally of the day with under two minutes left in play. Miller’s goal was a quick-stick assisted by Katie Sullivan. O’Sullivan slowed the bleeding, scoring her second goal of the game 30 seconds later to slow the bleeding. With just 42 seconds left in the game, Bubnack tallied her second point of the day on a free-position shot to bring the final score to 10-7.
A noticeable difference in team play is credited to the Raider’s lack of shooting. Colgate was outshot by the Bulldogs by a 24-19 margin. “We need to continue to work on putting ourselves in position to be successful,” O’Sullivan explained when discussing the lack of shots taken on Friday. “The important thing about shooting is that the shots should be of high quality. When you start forcing shots, generally, good things do not happen. We will just need to work harder to execute when we have good opportunities to go to goal.” Colgate is scheduled to play next against Navy in its fourth Patriot League game of the season. “We couldn’t be happier with the way we’ve been playing in the league,” Guisti said. “We try to take it one game at a time, but it has definitely been hard for us not to look ahead to Navy. They handed us two losses last season and that will definitely be motivating us this week in practice. I’m sure the coaches have scouted them thoroughly and we will be running their plays and defenses this week to prepare us for Saturday. It’s great knowing that we have complete control over where the tournament is held at this point. None of us want to be heading to Annapolis or Bethlehem in four weeks. If we keep winning, it will be here.” And it seems as though the team is in good position to take the win. “It is nice to be out in front, however the important thing for us that cannot be lost is not where you start but it is where you finish,” O’Sullivan announced in reference to being number one seed in the current Patriot League Standings. “The Navy game will be a big challenge for us. We play at their place and they will be ready for us, as we will be equally ready for them. They are very well conditioned, well coached and deep in talent.” Colgate will face Navy on their home turf in Annapolis, Md. on April 9. Contact Alexandra Silverman at email@example.com.
Cross Country Travels to Princeton for Sam Howell Invitational, Post Personal Bests By Matt Flannery Maroon-News Staff
On Saturday, April 2, both the men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled down to Princeton, New Jersey to take part in the Sam Howell Invitational. Team scores were not recorded at the meet, yet several of the relay squads posted strong times at the annual event. Additionally, numerous athletes shined on the individual stage, posting personal-bests and season-bests in a variety of events. In the men’s portion of the meet, Colgate got off to a particularly hot start in the middle distance events, with senior runner Jonathan Knowlton leading the way en route to a second place performance in the 800-meter run. Knowlton finished just behind first-place competitor David Ash of Navy, completing the event in a quick 1:53.89. Knowlton ran faster than Ash in seeding rounds of the event, but was barely edged out in the final heat. Colgate placed two more runners
in the top-10 in the event, with senior Ed Boulat placing sixth and classmate Dan Gleason placing ninth. Boulat and Gleason completed the races in 1:55.21 and 1:55.45, respectively. In the long-distance events, the Raiders appeared to falter slightly as a whole, but sophomore Chris Johnson continued his strong campaign. Johnson came out of the gate strong in the seeding round, posting a time well under four minutes. He slipped down in the standings slightly in the final heat, placing 23rd, yet he still managed to post a very respectable time of 4:07.51. ’Gate rounded out its solid performance with a strong showing in the 4x400-meter relay. Colgate’s ‘A’ squad of senior Andrew Smith, Knowlton, junior Tim Metivier and junior Graham Tooker used a quick start and smooth transitions on its way to posting a final time of 3:23.62. The squad placed fourth overall in the event, and ran the second-fastest qualifying time in their preliminary heat. The women’s team echoed the perfor-
mance of the men’s quad on Saturday, with several of the Patriot League’s top female athletes putting on strong displays at the Sam Howell Invitational. The Raiders’ weekend was headlined by the dazzling performance of senior sprinter Michele Miller. Miller began the meet in the 200-meter dash, where she posted a season-best time of 25.81, good enough for sixth place. Miller followed with a similar performance in the 400-meter dash. The senior’s final time of 57.99 was another season best, as well as the fastest time run in the Patriot league so far this season. When asked what contributed to such a magnificent performance this weekend, the hard-working Miller simply replied, “Working hard at practice.” Senior long-distance runner Julie Tarallo continued her successful spring campaign, posting a very respectable time of 4:56.38 en route to a tenth place performance in the 1500-meter run. Tarallo continued her successful day in the 5000-meter run, where she placed ninth overall with a per-
sonal-best time of 17:29.21. Colgate finished the meet in impressive fashion in the 4x400-meter relay, placing eighth out of 17 squads. The Raiders’ ‘A’ squad of junior Alexandra Atkinson, sophomore Amy Sleeper, first-year Jamie King-Prunty and Miller flew out of the gate and cruised through the finish line in a quick 4:05.20. The women’s team will return to action on April 9, when they head to Cornell to compete against the Big Red and several other Patriot League foes. Miller noted that the team will be “working on handoffs and on speed endurance” in the coming week to prepare for the Cornell meet. The men’s squad on the other hand, will have a weekend off before they return to action in a big way on April 15 and 16, when members of the team will travel down south to Knoxville, Tenn. to take part in the Sea Ray Relays. Contact Matt Flannery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Colgate Maroon-News
April 7, 2011
Men’s and Women’s Tennis Split Weekend At Home
Fall to Bucknell 6-1, 4-3; Defeat Lafayette, 6-1 for Both
ITS ALL IN THE FOLLOW THROUGH: Junior Connor Feuille and first-year Becky Silvers finish on the forehand against Lafayette when both the men’s and women’s team won with scores of 6-1 for the women and 4-3 for the men. Bob Cornell
By Julie Tarallo Maroon-News Staff
The men’s and women’s tennis teams took on two Patriot League rivals last weekend at the Turning Stone Resort in front of a crowd of supporters. First the squads faced Patriot League power house Bucknell on Saturday, ultimately losing the match-up; the women by a score of 6-1 and the men by a close score of 4-3. The teams were able to bounce back the following day, defeating the Lafayette Leopards by a convincing 6-1 margin for both teams. This gives the men an overall 6-10 record, 1-3 in league play and the women an overall 4-11 record, 1-3 in league play. On the women’s side, the competition was fierce as the women faced off against the strong Bison team. In doubles, the women were able to secure one victory at No. 2 when senior captain Stephanie Bender and senior Jen Marquit defeated the Bucknell duo of Daria Tuzhikova and Courtney Casey, 6-3. Unfortunately, the
Raiders dropped two of the three doubles matches, ultimately losing the set. In singles, the women put up a strong fight, hoping to overcome the early deficit. First-years Alex Petrini and Kelsey Shea and junior captain Stephanie Brown showed heart, despite being slightly edged in three sets at No. 2, 3 and 4 respectively. First-year Becky Silvers was able to pull through for the squad, securing the Raiders’ lone win at No. 6 in a pro-set by a score of 8-3. The women returned on Sunday with renewed vengeance, ultimately capturing the match 6-1 to take home their first Patriot League win of the season. With the doubles point on the line, the Raiders pulled through big, winning all three matches easily. Brown credits the team’s victory to its success in doubles. “After recently switching up the teams, our new second doubles team played great, getting wins in both matches this weekend,” Brown said. At No. 1, Brown and Petrini took down their opponents 8-2, while Bender
and Marquit secured the doubles point, winning by a decisive 8-2 margin. Shea and Silvers wrapped things up in doubles for the Raiders, winning by a score of 8-5. Enthusiastic and optimistic coming off doubles play, Colgate continued to dominate the Leopards, capturing five of the six singles matches in straight sets. Bender set the tone, winning easily, 6-1, 6-3. Petrini followed suit at No. 2, 6-3, 6-4, while Shea captured her match at No. 3, 6-0, 6-2. Brown and Marquit finished off the Leopards at No. 4 and No. 5, never giving up a set. “This weekend the girls fought really hard in both matches and we were able to show Bucknell and Lafayette that we can be a big competitor in the Patriot League tournament in a few weeks,” Brown said. “We still have two more regular season Patriot League matches left before the tournament starts, so our big goal is to beat Lehigh this Saturday so we can be sure to be seeded in the top four of the tournament.” The men also obtained a weekend split, falling to Bucknell on Saturday and overcoming the loss with a big win on Sunday over the Leopards. Saturday’s match was especially tough for the Raiders, as they fell by a single point. In doubles, the men were unable to secure a victory, falling in all three matches and ultimately losing the important point. With a deficit to overcome, Colgate put up a strong fight versus the talented Bison squad. Firstyear Luke Gensburg extended his winning streak at No. 1, defeating Bucknell’s Gregg Cohenca in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. Classmate Bobby Berkowitz also played tough, edging his opponent in three close sets at No. 2, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6. The Raiders were only able to pick up one more victory, as senior captain Phil Bernasek defeated Mark Malloy in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3. Unfortunately, Bernasek’s convincing win was not enough to put the Raiders on top, as they dropped the match in a crushing 4-3 defeat.
Colgate was able to bounce back on Sunday, however, grabbing its first interleague victory over the Lafayette Leopards. The Raiders captured all three doubles matches, setting the team up for excellent singles play. The senior captain duo of Goussiatnikov and Bernasek won 8-4 at No. 1, while sophomore Alec Goldstein and classmate Parker Lewis secured the doubles point at No. 2 by an 8-7 margin. Gensburg and junior teammate Sean Spellberg finished off doubles in a decisive 8-4 victory. The Raiders claimed five more wins in singles to decide the match, taking four matches in straight sets. Gensburg dominated at No. 1, winning 6-0, 6-3, while Goldstein claimed the No. 3 match, 6-3, 7-5. Goussiatnikov faced the closest match, but ultimately came out on top in three close sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Finally, Bernasek and junior Connor Feuille captured No. 5 and No. 6 for the Raiders in convincing straight sets. Goussiatnikov notes the team’s overall talent and their anticipation for upcoming league play. “We have more depth this year than we’ve ever had and everyone showed a lot of resilience,” Goussiatnikov said. “There is a ton of parity throughout the league this year and our chances to win it have never been better.” Head Coach Bobby Pennington echoed Goussiatnikov’s sentiment, expressing the importance of the team’s win on Sunday. “This was a very important Patriot League victory for the men after dropping a heartbreaker to Bucknell on Saturday,” Coach Pennington said. “We showed a lot of resilience Sunday against a good team. We can’t wait for Lehigh on Saturday at home.” The Raiders will take on the Lehigh Mountain Hawks at Turning Stone on Saturday, hoping to extend their Patriot League success and secure top seeds in the upcoming tournament. Contact Julie Tarallo at email@example.com.
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April 7, 2011
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Any Sport on Land
The Human Centipede
Golden Eye on Nintendo 64
To put on another championship ring
Beat Jon Knowlton
Waiting for Superman
Hoist the PL Tourney Trophy
Emmalee Dolfi Softball, First Base
Emma Santoro Softball, First Base
Graham Tooker Men’s Track
Missy Giusti Women’s Lacrosse, Midfielder
Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Army in Third Straight PL Victory continued from back page.
rallied, though, scoring two goals both at the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth to tie the game at 10 apiece. Ledwick notched a gritty goal with six minutes remaining, knifing through three Black Knight defenders to put one through. Army managed to tally one more, but two late goals from Baum, who earned Patriot League Player of the Week honors for his performance, sealed the victory. The defense quelled any Black Knight chances and after a crucial dropped pass from an Army midfielder, Tucciarone secured the ball, effectively signaling a Raider victory. Junior Jared Madison saved 13 Army shots and Colgate won in most statistical facets of the game, including groundballs (35 to 25) and clears (19 for 20). Perhaps the biggest factor in the team’s
win, however, was its ability to draw and subsequently capitalize on penalties. Man-up offense had not yet emerged as a strength this season for ’Gate, but the team scored four goals, two of which came at crucial moments in the game, on five such chances. While the game was clearly a huge victory for the team, Coach Nagle stressed that continuing to improve remains the primary focus. “We will like to see one, if not both Navy and Army again, so it is important that the team improves in the weeks to come,” Nagle said. The No. 19/20 Raiders will try to build on their streak this upcoming Saturday in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania when they will take on Lehigh. The contest will begin at 7 p.m. Contact Brendan Gibney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Softball Sweeps Army By Emma Barge Sports Editor
The women’s softball team opened Patriot League play with a back-to-back double-header series against Army to record a sweep for the entire weekend. Colgate didn’t let the Black Knights score at all the first day, winning the first game 4-0 and the second 2-0. On day two, Army was able to improve their play but not secure the wins, and the day ended with two Raider victories, 5-3 and 7-4 Rachel LeCoq, the star freshman pitcher recorded her first collegiate shutout in Saturday’s game when she threw for seven innings and only allowed four hits. Colgate scored two runs in the first inning and one in the second, followed by another in the seventh to secure the win. Junior Jennifer Orgeta was another key player in the game, supporting the team with her third homer of the season and two RBIs. Sophomore pitcher Courtney O’Connell took the mound in the second game and pitched another seven scoreless innings, only allowing four hits while striking out six. The Raiders, for
their part, scored early on in the second inning to tally the first run of the game. Sophomore Alana Dyson was a key hitter in the game. Army came back determined to take a game on day two of the series and took an early lead of three runs over Colgate. The Raiders responded with two runs in the fourth inning after sophomore Natalie Siedhof hit a single and Army marked a wild pitch to bring the score to 3-2. Colgate tallied two more in the fifth when Siedhof hit a homer to give the Raiders the lead. The Raiders insured the win with a triple by Dyson to bring home Lacy Ver Steeq. LeCoq pitched her ninth complete game of the season and picked up her eight win. She gave up six hits and struck out nine. In the second game, the Raiders were the team with the early 3-0 lead and added a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to complete the sweep over Army. O’Connell pitched seven innings in the game and allowed only eight hits, earning a run herself. Colgate will be back on the field on Saturday, April 9 at home at 12 noon. Contact Emma Barge at email@example.com.
April 7, 2011
ARMED AND DANGEROUS
Men’s Lacrosse Upsets Army in Third Straight PL Victory By Brendan Gibney Maroon-News Staff
The Colgate men’s lacrosse team continued their hot streak with a resounding 13-11 victory over the eighth-ranked Army Black Knights on Saturday, April 2 in front of over 600 members of Raider Nation. The team improved to 3-0 in Patriot League play and 7-3 overall on the season. In addition, the Raiders earned the respect of voters around the nation by being placed in the nineteenth slot in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll while placing twentieth in the USILA Coaches’ Poll. “It was a good league win for our team,” Head Coach Jim Nagle said. “Anytime you can beat the academies back–to–back in lacrosse it speaks to the work ethic and toughness of the team.”
The Raiders struggled to get into a groove at the start of Saturday’s contest, as the offense stalled frequently and the Black Knights tallied the first three goals of the matchup. Senior Ben McCabe stemmed the bleeding, however, with a man-up tally at the end of the first quarter off a feed from junior midfielder Jeff Ledwick – who drew the penalty to give the Raiders an advantage – to bring Colgate within two entering the second. Army scored the initial mark of the second quarter, but sophomore Peter Baum’s hustle drew a slashing penalty, giving the Raiders yet another man-advantage opportunity on which to capitalize. Baum found first-year midfielder Jimmy Ryan just 30 seconds later for a howitzer from up top, a score that would mark the beginning of a five-goal run for Colgate. Despite losing
a man due to a cross-checking call, senior captain Andrew Mould emerged with the ball from a scrum right in front of the Black Knight goal and turned to stick it past the Army goalie, bringing the Raiders within one. Three minutes later, senior captain Rob Bosco evened the score by catching the Black Knight defense off-guard and ripping one through from the far right side. The defense composed by senior captain Greg Perkins, first-year Bobby Lawrence and sophomore James Queeney with support from senior long-stick midfielder Dave Tucciarone sealed off the Army offense. Senior midfielder Frank Coughlin took off with the ball in transition and launched an astute pass over the retreating Black Knight defense to Mould, who zipped it right across to Baum who made
it 5-4 Raiders. Senior midfielder Jim Carroll won the ensuing faceoff and immediately dished it to McCabe for his second goal of the game, giving the Raiders a two-goal lead. The teams traded goals at the end of the quarter and Colgate’s came from Baum off a feed from McCabe with just nine seconds left in the half. Although Army scored the first goal of the second half, the Raiders countered with two more man-up goals from Ledwick and sophomore Michael Thomas, who ripped a worm-burner through the Black Knights’ keeper’s legs to provide ’Gate with a three-goal cushion. McCabe powered right through his man two minutes later and put Colgate ahead by four, earning a hat-trick in the process. Army Continued on D3