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Hispanic Heritage Month Brings John Quinones By Rebekah Ward Maroon-News Staff

On Thursday, September 29, months of organization and negotiation paid off as John Quinones stepped up to the podium for this year’s Hispanic Heritage month keynote speech. The seven-time Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC’s Primetime is perhaps best known for his show What Would You Do? The evening of events, which consisted of Quinones’s lecture in Love Auditorium followed by the Hispanic Heritage Month dinner in the African, Latin, Asian & Native American (ALANA) Cultural Center, was organized by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO). The event organizers also received help from the African and Latin Studies Department (ALST) and the Kulla Family Fund. Senior Javier Calvo, co-president of LASO, was happy to see about 120 faces at the lecture. He also seemed happy with the overall flow of the event. “I think it all went fantastic. Everything went according to plan, on schedule, with no unforeseen circumstances. And I think the talk itself went really well, the crowd was really diverse, which I was really happy to see; it wasn’t only LASO members,” Calvo said. Besides his impressive resume, another draw that prompted LASO to pursue Quinones was his connection to Colgate. Caroline Keating, a professor in the psychology department, has been consulting with him for his show What Would

You Do? since its inception about six years ago and has occasionally appeared as an “expert.” She has also appeared with Quinones on The Oprah Winfrey Show when Oprah featured the series. “I would describe John Quinones as a wonderful choice of speakers in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month,” Keating said. “John has quite a story. He comes from an old Texas family with quite humble beginnings. He is a blend of rich cultural heritages. He is warm and charismatic. He is talented and smart. It has been a pleasure to work with him – what can I say – I’m a fan!” In his talk, Quinones mixed personal stories with inspirational rhetoric as he worked his way through a lifetime of surmounted obstacles and adventures. At one point, he shared his two key lessons with the crowd: work to get your foot in the door, and never give up even if people are telling you to. “People see me on prime time and think, ‘that guy has it made,’” Quinones said. “But they don’t know the long and hard journey that it took to get there.” Later, he explained what motivated him to continue pursuing work in the medium, despite the challenges he faced. “The power of this wonderful medium is its way of shining a light on the darkest corners of a room and giving a voice to people who don’t have any,” Quinones said. “The message of his talk was something that everyone could relate to, and he was approachable in every way,” Calvo said. Continued on page A-3

Late ’Gate Holds Late Skate

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By stephanie jenks News Editor

On Saturday, October 1, students congregated in the Huntington Gymnasium for Late Gate’s “Late Skate” event from 9

p.m. until midnight. Huntington Gymnasium was transformed into a roller skating rink with many in attendance. Students enjoyed free pizza, mozzerella sticks and chicken tenders. Late ’Gate is a Colgate organization that provides students with a number of alternative weekend activities throughout the year. The group works to provide the student body with choices for different social events in Hamilton and on campus. Other previous events hosted by Late ’Gate have included laser tag, open game, trivia games, study breaks, fantasy casino nights and holiday parties. Contact Stephanie Jenks at

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Community Forum, While at Times Contentious, Brings Bias Issues to the Forefront By Nate Lynch News Editor

In light of recent events on campus that sparked a campus-wide discussion on tolerance, diversity and polite discourse, the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) facilitated a “Community Forum” on Tuesday, October 4 at the Colgate Memorial Chapel to give a platform for students to voice their concerns. NCBI is an organization that aims to produce social change at places like Colgate – with a focus on eliminating discrimination and divisiveness. President Herbst requested the discussion in a campus-wide e-mail to students, hoping to promote an organized discourse on the issues that have plagued campus. “Over the past two weeks, there have been wide-ranging discussions, most, but not all of them civil, around bias and other student life issues,” Herbst wrote. “I would like to extend these conversations to a wider audience and put them into a broader context where diverse student opinions can be heard and processed.” On the day of the event, students flooded Memorial Chapel ahead of the forum. Leaders of many student groups were present to provide their own perspectives on bias at Colgate. Herbst preceded the forum with a speech designed to frame the discussion of discrimination in Colgate’s unique context. “We are a particular type of community – our bonds are especially

DISCUSSING DIVERSITY: On Tuesday October 4, students came together to express their thoughts on campus bias incidents.

tight. Incidents like these are especially hurtful...I know that it is a sign of a healthy community that we do not try to put aside these incidents,” Herbst said of the discriminatory comments made on the MaroonNews website. Members of NCBI then took over moderation of the forum and, after briefly explaining their principles, set the format of the discussion. Briefly, NCBI asked the students to talk to the student next to them about what needed to change on campus, filling the room with students discussing ideas. Students then stood at opposing corners of the platform and were permitted to speak for three minutes until he or she was

encouraged to finish up so the other student could begin. The format became contentious at times, with several students becoming visibly angry and addressing their speeches at specific students, prompting responses from the crowd. Senior Thomas Hedges saw the Greek System at Colgate as the ultimate source of discrimination at Colgate. “We’ve had enough empty rhetoric,” Hedges said. “Colgate’s fundamental problem is mostly white students are admitted. Every student knows that the public face of fraternities and sororities is a lie... students are segregated because of the Greek system.” Continued on page A-3

Town-Gown Barbeque Promotes Community By Anna D’Alessandro Maroon-News Staff

For Colgate senior Jordan Sheiner and Hamilton Mayor Margaret Miller, Friday, September 30 was just the start of what hopes to be a long-standing tradition of collaboration and interaction between the Colgate University community and the Village of Hamilton residents. September 30 marked the first annual annual ’Gate-Town Connection Barbeque, which brought students, faculty and Hamilton residents together for an afternoon of food and fun on Whitnall Field. Organized by Sheiner of the Blue Diamond Society (BDS), the barbeque was hosted by BDS, the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, the Col-

gate Fire Fighter Volunteers and the Office of Residential Life. While the sisters of Gamma Phi Beta personally invited Hamilton residents to the barbeque with door-to-door visits and volunteered the day of the event, Residential Life aided BDS in planning the event and provided free T-shirts to the first 200 people in attendance. The Colgate Firefighter Volunteers also volunteered the day of the event. Attendees ate hamburgers and hot dogs catered by Sodexo, who closed Frank Dining Hall for the event. Children bounced around in the inflatable house and obstacle course and everyone enjoyed cotton-candy and watching students get “dunked” at the dunk tank. Following a welcome by Mayor Miller and Sheiner, professor band Dangerboy played covers of pop-rock favorites such as Hot Chelle

Rae’s “Tonight, Tonight” and Green Day’s “Basket Case.” Sheiner came up with the idea for the barbeque last year after hearing Mayor Miller speak at a student Senate meeting. “Hearing students interacting with the Mayor, there seemed to be some disconnect…it didn’t seem like the two groups were on the same page,” Sheiner said. After further thinking about this disappointing reality, he decided to take it upon himself and BDS to initiate bridging this gap. “As a member of BDS, one of the values we really try to bring to campus is Kehilla, or community. It seemed like this disconnect was something that myself and BDS could really work towards changing,” Sheiner said. Continued on page A-2



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12:08 a.m.: Resident of Townhouse Apartments was found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:26 a.m.: Received a report from the Hamilton Police that a student was cited on 9/18/2011 at 1:00 p.m. for urinating in public on College Street. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:30 a.m.: Received a report from the Hamilton Police that two students were cited on 9/24/2011 at 3:20 p.m. for urinating in public and littering on Lebanon Street. Case referred for disciplinary process. 2:08 p.m.: An ill student at the Ho Science Center was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety. 6:43 p.m.: Campus Safety assisted the Madison County Sheriff’s office with a boating accident on Lake Moraine. 7:24 p.m.: A student at Bryan Complex reported receiving harassing telephone calls.

Tuesday, 9/27 1:50 a.m.: Received a report of an underage intoxicated student near 80 Broad Street who was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 5:02 p.m.: A student was injured while playing volleyball at Huntington Gym and transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety.

Wednesday, 9/28 4:34 a.m.: Received a report of suspicious activity at 92 Broad Street. 7:47 p.m.: A fire alarm at University Court Apartments was caused by a fire on the stove that had been extinguished prior to Campus Safety and Hamilton Fire Department’s arrival.

Thursday, 9/29 12:22 a.m.: Campus Safety assisted the Hamilton Police with an underage intoxicated student near 52 Broad Street who was in possession of alcohol and a fictitious

driver’s license. She was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 1:47 a.m.: Campus Safety assisted the Hamilton Police with an underage intoxicated student at the intersection of Kendrick and Broad Streets. She was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 9:22 a.m.: Received a report from the Hamilton Police that a student was cited on 9/24/2011 at 12:25 a.m. for littering on Broad Street. Case referred for disciplinary process. 9:22 a.m.: Received a report from the Hamilton Police that a student was cited on 9/24/2011 at 11:35 p.m. for littering on Pine Street. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:25 a.m.: Received a report from the Hamilton Police that a student was cited on 9/15/2011 at 2:52 a.m. for possession of a fictitious drivers license on Utica Street. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Friday, 9/30 3:21 a.m.: Received a report of an underage intoxicated student at 110 Broad Street who was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 9:49 a.m.: A resident of Drake Hall reported a decoration taken off her room door. 12:54 p.m.: A resident of Drake Hall was found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Case referred for disciplinary process. 9:00 p.m.: A Campus Safety officer spoke with a student regarding her failure to stop at stop signs and excessive speed on campus. Case referred for disciplinary process. 11:26 p.m.: Received a report of an intoxicated student at 80 Broad Street. The student was disorderly and combative with Campus Safety and SOMAC personnel. He was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Saturday, 10/1 12:48 a.m.: Campus Safety assisted the Hamilton Police with an underage

intoxicated student near the Post Office. She was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 1:14 a.m.: Received a report of an underage intoxicated student at the Townhouse Apartments who was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SEVAC ambulance. Case referred for disciplinary process. 1:43 a.m.: Campus Safety on routine patrol of Oak Drive observed an underage intoxicated student on Oak Drive who was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 2:27 a.m.: Received a report of an underage intoxicated student at the Heating Plant who was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 3:00 a.m.: Received a report that a student had removed a pull station alarm cover at East Hall. Case referred for disciplinary process. 2:43 a.m.: A resident of 52 Broad Street was found in possession of a candle in violation of university housing regulations. Case referred for disciplinary process. 8:45 p.m.: A student was injured after falling on stairs at West Hall and was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety.

Sunday, 10/2 12:03 a.m.: Campus Safety assisted the Hamilton Police with an underage intoxicated and injured student at Kendrick Avenue and Pine Street. He was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance. Case referred for disciplinary process. 12:20 a.m.: Campus Safety officer on routine patrol near Stillman Hall observed an underage intoxicated student. Student was left in care of friends and they lied to officers as to the identity of the student. Case referred for disciplinary process. 12:32 a.m.: Campus Safety assisted the Hamilton Police with an underage student who was in possession of alcohol and an altered Gate card on Broad Street. Case referred for disciplinary process. 9:13 p.m.: A resident of 110 Broad Street was found in possession of marijuana and smoking in a residence and had covered a smoke detector in violation of university

housing regulations. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Monday, 10/3 4:59 a.m.: A staff member reported damage to a wall at Ryan Arts Center. 9:30 a.m.: Received a report from the Hamilton Police that a student was cited on 10/2/2011 at 2:30 p.m. for urinating in public on Broad Street. Case referred for disciplinary process. 9:34 a.m.: Received a report from the Hamilton Police that an underage student was cited on 9/30/2011 at 11:50 p.m. for possession of an open container of alcohol Broad Street. Case referred for disciplinary process. 9:39 a.m.: Received a report from the Hamilton Police that two students were cited on 10/1/2011 at 12:40 a.m. for urinating in public on Broad Street. Case referred for disciplinary process. 5:31 p.m.: Received a theft report, iPod stylus, taken from Bookstore.

Tuesday, 10/4 5:01 p.m.: A student reported being harassed by another student on campus. Case referred for disciplinary process. 8:00 p.m.: Hamilton Police assisted Campus Safety with a twocar motor vehicle accident at 88 Hamilton Street.

Wednesday, 10/5 8:30 a.m.: A student reported being harassed by another student on campus. Case referred for disciplinary process. 1:00 p.m.: A student reported unexplained activity of her Gate card. 4:17 p.m.: A student reported another student made an inappropriate comment during a class.

Thursday, 10/6 10:00 a.m.: Received a report from the Hamilton Police that a student was cited on 9/30/2011 at 12:22 a.m. for an open container of alcohol on Broad Street. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:00 a.m.: Received a report from

the Hamilton Police that an underage student was cited on 10/2/2011 at 12:00 a.m. for possession of an open container and possession of alcohol on Broad Street. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:00 a.m.: Received a report from the Hamilton Police that two underage students were cited on 10/2/2011 at 1:26 a.m. for possession of an open container and possession of alcohol on Broad Street. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:00 a.m.: Received a report from the Hamilton Police that a student was cited on 9/30/2011 at 11:40 p.m. for littering on Broad Street. Case referred for disciplinary process. 3:09 p.m.: A student reported her vehicle damaged while parked at University Court Apartments. 7:10 p.m.: Received a report of an ill student at Cobb House. SOMAC ambulance responded and the student signed off with them.

Friday, 10/7 2:38 a.m.: A fire alarm at East Hall was caused by a maliciously activated pull station. 2:49 a.m.: A fire alarm at Curtis Hall was caused by a maliciously activated pull station. 3:18 a.m.: A resident of Curtis Hall was found in possession of drug paraphernalia. Case referred for disciplinary process. 3:19 a.m.: While completing room evacuations for a fire alarm at Curtis Hall, officers found an underage intoxicated student who was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 8:49 a.m.: Received a report of a damaged door at Gate House. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Saturday, 10/8 No case activity reported.

Sunday, 10/9 2:43 a.m.: Students at Newell Apartments were found in possession of marijuana, a covered smoke detector and smoking in a residence in violation of university housing regulations. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Students Invite Hamilton Residents to Whitnall Field for the First Annual Gate-Town Connection BBQ Continued from Page A-1

Mayor Miller was ecstatic about the event and deemed it a success. She looks forward to next year’s barbeque. “Hopefully people will make some friendships here and realize that we are one community,” Mayor Miller said. “This is a good way to start off the year when the students come back.” The Gate-Town Connection Barbeque also received a positive response from Hamilton residents, such as Kerry Linden. She called the event “nicely organized and well-advertised” and said that parents were “inquisitive” and “had a very good feeling” about the barbeque before it occurred.

“[My kids] love it! They love the food and there is plenty for them to do,” she said. The student opinion about the event was varied. Only eleven out of twenty-four students deemed the barbeque successful in getting students and village residents to know one another better. “It’s nice to bring people together, but I think it’s segregated,” said first-year Sarah Defalco. Senior Elizabeth Stein had a more positive sentiment. “I don’t know how many students and community mem-

bers are mingling, but I think this is better than ever before,” she said. Despite mixed reviews on behalf of the students, the barbeque proved to be a success. “I think Dean Brown put it best when I spoke with him, [he said] ‘seeing a student waiting in line for cotton candy side by side with a little child from the Hamilton community was priceless.’ For something in its first stage, I don’t think the event could have gone any better,” Sheiner said. Contact Anna D’Alessandro at

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Green ’Gate Solyndra Bankruptcy Puts Microscope on Green Investments by cassidy holahan Maroon-News Staff

The “Solyndra scandal” is not, at its core, a political scandal, and it should not be considered a signal that the government should halt funding for renewable energy companies and research. Much of Washington, D.C. is in uproar about the bankruptcy of a California-based solar energy company named Solyndra. The company, which manufactures solar panels, was given $527 million in federal loans as part of the 2009 stimulus package by President Obama. Yet this August, the company declared bankruptcy, which will cost taxpayers an estimated half a billion dollars. The company went under primarily because of the changing state of the solar equipment market in the last year or so. Solyndra’s solar panels are manufactured without silicon, but as the price of silicon dropped within the last few years, China began to produce more and more solar panels with silicon at a much cheaper price. Solyndra’s product was too expensive to compete against products from China. At the same time, the demand for solar equipment fell within the last year, especially in Europe, making it a poor market to try to sell solar panels in. Many politicians in D.C., primarily Republicans, are trying to paint the Solyndra story as a scandal, claiming that Democrats ignored warnings early on that the company would fail and that the loan was only given out in the first place because of political influence within the capital. But this case should be considered a mix of poor judgment and random misfortune, not a scandal. The claims that this case is partially the result of poor judgment should not be refuted; e-mails released this week are evidence that the decision to fund Solyndra was rushed in 2009. It is clear that Democrats tried to push the loan as part of the stimulus package without taking enough time to realize what a financial mess the company was internally. But it was also a case of misfortune. Who could have predicted the massive change in the solar equipment industry within the last few years, especially the dramatic drop in price of solar panels? There is also no evidence that the company was chosen for the loan because of political influence, other than the fact that the company hired lobbyists while it was trying to attain the loan. Republicans are currently making an investigation, but is unlikely that anything scandalous will be revealed. Although the government choosing Solyndra for a loan without more inspection was not a smart decision, I wouldn’t go so far as to call the Solyndra case a scandal. But even more importantly, many are claiming that this is evidence that government funds should not be given to renewable energy companies and research. Yes, one of the government’s primary investments in solar panels has failed, and this doesn’t look good for the Democratic Party and Obama. But one failed investment should not be a sign that all investments in renewable energies will be unsuccessful. Solyndra only accounted for two percent of the loan guarantees for innovative companies made by Obama in 2009. Of course, not all of these investments were going to be success stories. “The failure of a single company – and anyone who knows anything about transformative technologies know there will be failures – is no reason to stop our efforts to catch up [with China and Germany],” the New York Times wrote in an editorial on September 24, 2011. The case of Solyndra’s bankruptcy is unfortunate, and it is a warning signal that the government needs to investigate the finances of companies before rushing into doling out loans. But Solyndra should be considered neither a political scandal nor proof that funding renewable energy is a bad investment. Contact Cassidy Holahan at

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Students Talk Discrimination, Inclusivity at Community Forum Continued from Page A-1

Junior Katherine McChesney felt the comments made about the Greek system were unfair, and hoped to refocus the debate toward the issues as she saw them. “I’m a proud member of Gamma Phi Beta,” McChesney said. “I feel that I have been targeted…the Greek system does not perpetuate racism. It’s so frustrating to hear these attacks on Greek life. I think we should get back to the question.” After several back-to-back speeches debating the Greek system at Colgate, discussion drifted toward a broader sense of what must be done to combat discrimination. Senior Leeander Alexander felt that the issue of discrimination is part of a larger issue. “We are failing to realize this is an intersection

of identities. We never talk about our different identities outside of classes.” Senior Maxwell Segan agreed that discrimination is regrettable, but Colgate must be careful not to restrict individual liberties. “Limiting free speech…is a slippery slope,” Segan said. When debate closed promptly at 6:30 p.m., the moderators encouraged them to keep voicing their opinions outside of official channels. President Herbst closed the debate, reminding students of work yet to be done. “This has been an enlightening and important conversation,” he said. “We must have many more and continue to act collectively.” Contact Nathan Lynch at

Colgate Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Continued from page A-1

“Everyone was laughing…I think everyone left having gotten something out of it. As an international student from El Salvador, I was happy to hear him talking about traveling to different countries in Latin America as a journalist. I was happy to hear that he spoke about these countries that are sometimes not included when we think about what ‘Latino’ is.” Attending students reacted positively. “I was excited about the choice to bring John Quinones to Colgate because I have watched his show What Would You Do?,” junior Michelle Moon said. “He even showed one of my favorite clips about immigration in Arizona during the lecture. He is a very charismatic speaker and I was glad to have the opportunity to speak with him after the lecture.” Some students also found that they really connected with his story, demonstrating the merits of his deeply personal account. “I felt like I could relate to Mr. Quinones in every form possible,” sophomore Manuel Heredia-Santoyo said. “Throughout his entire talk, I

found myself growing a smile that extended from one ear to the other...I came from a neighborhood much like the one he described and had to work extremely hard to get to where I am today just as he did. I can recall telling a friend that the only difference that I can see between him and me was that as child, he picked tomatoes in Texas and I was dealing with grapes in California.” “As a Latina, part of the minority, there is no doubt that I have gone through similar experiences,” sophomore Genesis Cedeno said. “I know what it feels like to have people look down upon you and not believe in you. I also know what it feels like to prove them wrong and strive for success. I think that a lot of Latinos have that in the back of their minds, and this should only serve to make them stronger. We’ve got to do it for our mothers, our siblings, our loved ones and for our race in general.” The fact that students were still approaching Quinones for pictures, autographs and conversation throughout the post-lecture dinner at ALANA is a testimony to the impact he had on his audience. Contact Rebekah Ward at



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By Katie David

When I first arrived at Colgate during the fall of 2008, my FSEM professor told us our Colgate experience would be like being in a doomed relationship. Our first year was like the honeymoon period where we seemed to like everything about Colgate and everything would seem new and exciting. However, by senior year, things would be so stressful we would feel ready to move on. “Talk to any senior,” he added. “They are some of the most stressed out people on this campus.” While I believe this metaphor has its merits, I definitely do not feel ready to leave Colgate. Yet, at the same time, I also feel a little too old to be here. In high school, being a senior was what you looked forward to and gave you a certain status. Yet at Colgate, being a senior kind of feels like being the oldest kid at camp, or even worse, a senior citizen. At first, I began to notice my age when it came to the little things. When I began working for The Maroon-News my first year, I used to look forward to the many pieces of pizza I would enjoy during editing. Now I find myself packing food from Hamilton Whole Foods to avoid the heartburn I get from the combination of fried cheese and tomato sauce. I used to enjoy running into friends at parties or downtown, but now I seem to do most of my catching up with people when I see them at their thesis carrels. When I would finish my schoolwork for the day, I would hang out with friends, catch up on TV shows or go out to a party or downtown. Now I find myself thinking about all the work I have to do outside of class – applying for jobs, working on fellowship applications and all around trying to get my life in order. Sadly, I’m not alone. As I talk with my senior friends, it’s all too common to hear a friend complain about how she “can’t go out as much as I used to” or say with a bit of despair, “I totally would love to, but I really need to work on my thesis.” The other day, under the fluorescent library bathroom lights, I even noticed frown lines on my face. People on the campus seem to treat you differently, too. The other night I was out with a few friends when a boy started talking to us and asked if we were freshmen. We laughed and told him we were seniors. With a sincere look of pity on his face, he then asked us if we had jobs for next year. Later that night when he asked me if I was going to Nichol’s with the rest of the group at the party, I said no. He asked if I was skipping out because I felt too old to be there. I told him I was late for Bingo and should be getting home. I’m not sure if he knew I was joking… This whole situation seemed very scary. At 21, I am not ready to be a senior citizen. So, as I do in all times of crisis, I turned to my mentor Carrie Bradshaw and re-watched my favorite Sex and the City episode “Hot Child in the City.” In this episode, Samantha is hired to do the PR for a 13-year-old girl’s Bat Mitzvah party. As the women on the show interact with this precocious 13-year-old and her friends, they begin to feel a certain jealousy of them and nostalgia for their own youths. But as the episode continues, we begin to see how despite the young girls’ designer clothes and very adult boy problems, they are deeply insecure. Watching this episode, I began to realize that although senior year comes with its own set of challenges, I wouldn’t want to be a freshman girl again, despite their privileged position on campus. As a senior, spending four years at Colgate means that I have the privilege of recognizing most of the people I see on the quad. I get to take classes in subjects I am truly passionate about. Although I don’t go out as much, I really value the nights I do spend with my friends when we happen to all have time to go out together. In high school psychology, I learned that all senior citizens face a dilemma as they look back on their life: integrity vs. despair. As Colgate seniors, I believe we face the same choice as well. We can despair about all the things we regret about our time at Colgate and panic about how our experiences are changing, or we can look back and realize how great each year here truly was and be grateful for what we learned. I plan on taking inspiration from my 92-year-old grandfather who never despairs and has even retained the great sense of humor he’s probably had since college. It may not be easy, but I am going to try to go into old age with no regrets, even if it means cutting back on the Slices and ranch. Contact Katie David at

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Being Right

Noah Merksamer

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A Structured Cause

Pointless Protests?

This Week’s Topic: Occupy Wall Street A major criticism from both the left and the right regarding the Wall Street protests has been the If you haven't heard of the protests on Wall Street by now, then you haven't been perceived lack of a clear and succinct message to policymakers. However, this criticism could not be paying very much attention. farther from the truth. These protesters do have a message, and a very important one at that. Having started on September 17 and still going on now, the Wall Street protests have The Wall Street protests are a manifestation of the anger and the sense of betrayal felt by Amer- sparked similar protests in cities across the United States. ica’s middle class toward their leaders in Washington. The protesters represent such a wide range of Initially sparked by a Canadian anti-consumerism media group called Adbusters, the issues that it is difficult for them to focus on a single message. However, income inequality seems protest has long since proceeded leaderless and unorganized. to be the one dominant issue that encompasses the following specific economic grievances: unfair It would not be a dumb question then to ask “who exactly are these protesters?” taxation polices, protection of social safety nets, rampant corand “what exactly are they protestporate welfare and deregulation of the financial industry and ing?” The answers to these quesmassive student debt exacerbated by the lack of jobs. tions seem to be “anybody” and It is no secret that wealth inequality in the United States “everything,” respectively. has increased substantially over the past 30 years. For the Among the apparent demands of first time in history, the United States has the most unequal this leaderless protest is an end to Wall distribution of wealth of any other advanced, industrialized Street’s influence in politics, an end to country and approaches that of many second tier countries corporate welfare, the continuation of (According to the CIA, the United States ranks 39 on disSocial Security, the elimination of the tribution of family income, just above Cameroon and Iran). Federal Reserve, the end to all wars – the Currently, three years after the Great Recession, the middle list goes on. class is collapsing while Wall Street continues to make reLargely gathered from social netcord profits. From 2007 to 2009, Wall Street profits rose an works, the composition of the protest is incredible 720 percent. Meanwhile, 25 million Americans also varied, with multiple ages, races and remain unemployed and 46 million Americans are currently religions represented. living in poverty. The top 1 percent of Americans earn more In a move that should be surprising income than the bottom 50 percent combined, and middle to no one, Washington Democrats have class families are making, on average, $3,600 less than they been quick to try and bend the protests did ten years ago. to their own purposes. What makes this worse is that the majority of Americans Nancy Pelosi identifies with the prono longer feel they have a voice in the political process, and testers, claiming they match her own they are right. When the Supreme Court ruled in Citizen’s dissatisfaction with Congress. United v. FEC that money symbolizes speech and that cor- TAKING TO THE STREETS: Over the last couple of weeks, a surge of proThis only makes sense if one is aware porations have the same rights as individuals, the voice of the testers has taken to Wall Street, protesting the current wealth and power that Pelosi has occupied leadership posimiddle class was essentially silenced from politics. Since then, distribution in the United States. However, the lack of organization and a tions in Congress since 2002 – it is easy to see why one might be dissatisfied with our most pressing political issues arise not from the people, clear goal leads people to doubt their legitimacy. but from whomever or from whatever corporation contribCongress when uncompromising zealots utes the most toward a particular campaign. Now the speech of a single wealthy entity has the ability like Pelosi are in charge. to drown out the voices of the majority of Americans. Obama has stated that he thinks the protests reflect the frustrations of Americans over Those whose greed can be blamed for the Great Recession have become more and more the financial crisis. powerful, while the majority of Americans have little to no say in policy-making. A strange statement indeed, considering the President has been an ever-constant While the majority of Americans are suffering, Washington remains completely out of touch. supporter of the bailouts, corporate welfare on an unsurpassed level. Republicans have pushed strongly and successfully to cut critical public spending programs that aim Even stranger, many of these Wall Street protesters are camped outside the same corto balance this rising socioeconomic inequality. These “deficit hawks” attack middle class spending porate entities who will undoubtedly provide much of Obama’s campaign fund in 2012. programs, including public education, public transportation, unemployment benefits and social However, the protest seems untenable even without the influence of far-left Demosafety nets such as Medicaid and Medicare. While these budget extremists push for major cuts to crats. The crowd is essentially unorganized and sloppy, ringing with petulant cries of, programs that hurt the middle class, they strongly advocate lower taxes for corporations and the “Down with capitalism!” wealthiest Americans. Unfortunately, Democrats have been far too willing to look for compromise Anger surges towards vague concepts like “the American system” and towards instituwith these extremists. They allowed the Republicans to promote the deficit as the major economic tions like banks, corporations and the government in general. Raising taxes on the rich issue for the country instead of job creation. This gave Republicans the ability to successfully block is, as always, a popular opinion, continuing the popular ignorance of the fact that the top President Obama’s economic initiatives that would help the quickly shrinking middle class. five percent in income pay over half of the nation’s taxes already. These are the issues that dominate the massive protests at financial and political sectors across the naThere seems to be no general consensus among protesters besides the fact that people tion. They may not communicate a simple or focused message, but its perceived lack of simplicity and are upset with the economy, and while complaints are numerous, actionable agenda is not. clarity is what makes it so unique and important. What the media and the politicians fail to understand is How anyone is supposed to fix much of anything while thousands of people are squatthat this is a true grassroots protest. True grassroots protests aren’t organized, and rarely do they speak with ting in private parks (making, by many accounts, a horrific mess) and chanting for the end a clear and concise message. They certainly do not involve people holding up printed signs with clever of the entire military-industrial complex is apparently beyond the protesters. messages created to fit a predetermined political narrative that benefits a particular corporate sponsor (i.e. This is not to say that I am totally unsympathetic towards the protesters – I asTea Party as a front for the interests of big oil, big coal and big pharmaceutical, for example). sume they would not be protesting instead of being at their jobs or seeking them out if The Arab Spring was a grassroots protest. There was no true leader, little sense of organization things were going well in the first place. But the protest ultimately seems disorganized and it was difficult to determine any single reason why these protesters believed that their leaders and unconstructive. did not represent the true interests of the people. Yet, even without a clear message, these protests Surely there are better ways to affect real change than the form of a petulant rabble? As still made a huge impact. Our leaders should stop dismissing these protests as unorganized, with- Ginia Bellefante of New York Times cautiously states, “The group’s lack of cohesion and out purpose and unimportant. Not only are these protests worth supporting, they are the start of its apparent wish to pantomime progressivism rather than practice it knowledgeably is something big. I urge all Democrats to embrace them and all Republicans to listen more carefully. unsettling in the face of the challenges so many of its generation face.” Contact Noah Merksamer at Contact Brian Reid at

Overheard at ’Gate “You know what, I am done giving to her. It’s time to push her out of the nest!” “She’s six.” - Overheard at the Barge “He looks like a mix between broccoli and some animal that I can’t think of.” - Overheard at the Coop

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B-3 Commentary

October 13, 2011

COVE Comminqué

Providing a Head Start By Sarah Branz Class of 2012

Throughout my time working with the COVE over the past three years, some of my most memorable experiences have been spent volunteering in the classroom at Madison Head Start. The following is an excerpt from a longer piece that highlights an amazingly important place that is virtually unknown to students, even though it is situated only ten minutes away from campus: Two school buses sit in the parking lot of the United Methodist Church, each oddly stunted, only half the size of what one would expect. A bright orange cone is placed a foot from each bus, and only as a teacher taps on the glass does the driver pull open the door and release the one-by-one stream of pre-schoolers. As the door slides open, the kids begin their day with the sight of the open arms of Karyn, the classroom’s head teacher. Karyn, a middle-aged woman with children of her own, is adorned in her lilac button-up shirt and black pants that may be labeled as ‘dress clothes,’ but are baggy and faded enough to make them seem ready for play. As each child nears the edge of the bus’s stairs, Karyn and her aides wait for the ‘look both ways’ before lending the much-needed hand to help with the hop to the pavement. There are never any cars in this desolate parking lot, but that is no matter. The children begin to learn – always look both ways before crossing the street – before even entering the Head Start classroom. At this stage in their already disadvantaged lives, it’s not just about training in letters and numbers. The toddlers file into the classroom and have learned to head straight for their individualized cubby, each labeled with their name, accompanied by a picture of an alliterated animal – Emily elephant, Landon lion and Skye seal. Head Start educates over 22 million children in this country that are living

below the federal poverty level – and that number only covers those children the program can reach. Perhaps most importantly, the program provides positive role models at school for these kids who may not otherwise have them. The first major task of the day is taking off coats and boots, checking the backpack for parents’ letters for Karyn and putting on indoor shoes. Today, Haylee’s new shirt is stealing the show. Not only does it sport an almost life-size image of Hannah Montana’s face, but it actually sings! The children gather around and stand with wide eyes as Haylee continuously presses the small sound box and proudly entertains her classmates. Landon, however, misses the show in order to go borrow from the shoe box; he had just opened his backpack to find only one of his Velcro sneakers. The fifteen kids in the class all find a seat on the

CREATING OPPORTUNITY: Head Start has been providing local children with the chance to have an improved school experience.

colorful alphabet carpet as the day begins with attendance. Upon hearing their names called, the children scurry oneby-one over to Karyn and grab the monkey with their name written across the stomach. Then, using all the motor skills they can muster, they attempt to clip the monkey onto the classroom vine. Next comes the assignment of the day’s jobs – teacher’s helper, lunch table setters, line leader and weatherperson. The teaching assistant holds up a pencil-shaped piece of laminated construction paper, announcing that the teacher’s helper’s name is written across it. “Whose name begins with an T?” she asks, pointing to the first letter. Five hands shoot in the air, but mostly just out of excitement. In the very corner of the carpet, however, an arm slides up slowly, with a look of quiet confidence on the accompanying face. Tyler knows exactly what his name looks like. In conversation with Karyn, she tells me: “Yes, you begin to harden to some things. You have to know to expect the unexpected. After listening to an exasperated three-year-old tell you that ‘Daddy didn’t do the taxes … so Mommy can’t get a job … and without Mommy having a job …we can’t have dinner’, it’s only natural to want to fix it all. How can a toddler be expected to focus on spelling C-A-T when she’s worried about not having dinner, or what new man will be spending the night at her house today? Some things, however, never get easier. Hearing of a child getting abused … that will never get easier.” These kids are not receiving a head start; instead, it’s just a proper start. Even if a child finishes the year with little to no improvements in spelling or counting, they will each leave with a positive educational experience under their tot-sized belts, a lasting image of a true role model. “I have to remember I can’t save the world,” Karyn adds. “I just have to think: Did I do the best I could?” Contact Sarah Branz at

Diversity 2011 By Jesse Listernick Class of 2012

I can empathize with people who feel embittered by Colgate’s Greek system. Criticisms that it can undermine diversity, break up friendships and diminish individuality are valid. Though skepticism is always good, placing blame on an institution is wasted energy. Just as current disgust with American politics is not going to lead to reform, neither is anger over frats and sororities. Greek Life is here to stay, but this is not to say that all reform efforts are futile. Any attempt has to proceed not from passion but objectivity, and work to improve, not abolish. The Greek system is not some menacing beast. It does not have a life of its own; it does not have a particular agenda; it does not by itself discriminate. That is an individual’s prerogative, which we tend to forget. Fervent attacks solely on the entirety are, therefore, misplaced. But what can Colgate do to address individual acts of bigotry? Punitive measures, while effective deterrents, do not change people’s attitudes. Colgate might do well to consider revising its vision statement, which would no doubt affect how students view these issues. Presently, it reads: “While we celebrate our diversity, we function as one institution. Although we work together for the success of the University, we also recognize that our differences enrich the experiences of all of us. Groups that lead a separate existence do not support the whole, and those who forsake their culture impoverish all, depriving us of the richness of America's cultural background. We celebrate that difficult balance between the commonalties of human experience and the particularities of our individual lives.” This vision seems curiously at odds with American ideals. To be American is to embrace individuality, regardless of its implications for the collective. Asking students to maintain a balance between their own convictions and an overarching Colgate identity, whatever that may be, limits opportunities for individual expression. Should this be desirable? To be fair to Colgate, its goal is to create a depoliticized space conducive to pure intellectual discussion: “Colgate's mission is to provide a demanding and expansive educational experience to a select group of diverse, talented, intellectually sophisticated students.” The net effect leads to an apathetic student body where diversity, a political issue, gets overlooked. No wonder organizations like ALANA and the Sap are located on the fringes of campus, rendering them largely irrelevant to the majority. One only has to look at the University of Michigan’s mission statement to find a quite different take on campus life: “We celebrate and promote diversity in all its forms, seeking the understanding and perspective that distinct life experiences bring. We proclaim ourselves a scholarly community in which ideas may be freely expressed and challenged, and all people are welcomed, respected and nurtured in their academic and social development.” Michigan seeks diversity as an end goal. Colgate, however, envisions diversity as a means for achieving an academically inclined student body. Means are inconsequential if the desired end is reached, and Colgate, in my experience, has been largely successful at providing intellectual rigor. So what does all this mean for reforming frats and sororities? Should Colgate politicize its ideology? If it does, a new vision would trickle down into student attitudes, and the Greek system would reflect that; diversity would become relevant. But Colgate would need to sacrifice its identity as a space for objective academics. Quite the dilemma. Contact Jesse Listernick at

October 13, 2011

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Commentary B-4

Minus The City

Another One Bites the Dust By Sara Steinfeld

really not stop anyone from seeing that your lip is roughly three times its normal size, it also prevents you from eating or drinking properly for about a week. In other words, it’s the gift that keeps Sunday morning, 10 a.m. You stumble out of bed, trip over on giving. (And sometimes your friends want to take pictures of the shoes that you refused to put away in your sloppy attempt it to “document the shame,” but that’s a story for another day). to get into your ridiculously lofted bed without falling flat on When you think about it, though, those injuries really aren’t your back and successfully make your way into and out of anything to write home about. It’s the more, shall we say, exotic the bathroom. You make the lengthy trek to Frank and, after contusions that are particularly noteworthy. People don’t usually waiting for what seems like hours in the omelet line, sit down consider a bug bite to be an injury, but then again, those people at the table. Your friend takes one look at you and says those have probably never woken up to find themselves covered in three words that turn every weekend into an epic mosquito bites and ended up with scars from them. Scooby-Doo-esque adventure: As gross as it seems, those bugs are vicious. There “What is that?!” are probably some days when you wake up with rug Yes, that’s right. Your friend spotted the handprintburn in places that you didn’t know existed, or you shaped bruise on your arm before you did. Immedifind a massive cut on your knee from when you fullately, you’re retracing your steps and thinking, “Well, on face planted on Broad Street in front of a porch that’s weird, because I don’t remember anyone beatoverflowing with Keystone-laden frat guys. Maybe ing me senseless last night. Oh wait, who was that guy you get out of bed only to realize that you’re missat the Jug who got a little feisty on the dance floor? ing a toenail. Granted, those aren’t really necessary to And why is there a mark on my hand from Nichols? I perform essential human functions, but it’s probably never go there … and while we’re at it, where did this still pretty alarming to learn that the Jug has taken a massive scratch on my arm come from?” piece of you for itself (other than your jacket or your That one comment has now sent you spiraldignity) and never plans on returning it. ing downward into the dark abyss that was your We need to face the facts: these injuries are comSaturday night. monplace. The fact that this is only a concentrated list Everyone can relate to this because, let’s be honof the injuries I’ve witnessed and sustained only goes est, sometimes we all just need to get a little aggresto show that, in the simplest terms, maybe we need sive. But it never stops at just the bruises. I’ve encounto take it easy. We all wake up the next morning with tered some pretty funky injuries from the nightly so many stories to tell about our friends’ and our own escapades of my fellow classmates. I’m not just talking nights, but maybe it’s time to relax a little bit. I know about people falling off of tables at frats and breakthat’s hard to do when the drinks just look so colorful ing their legs (I mean, we all know that happens, too), and that beer-soaked table looks like the perfect stage but sometimes you see someone the morning after to display your killer dance moves, but is the story or and all you can do is wonder what the hell they did the injury really worth it in the end? last night and why your nights can’t be as eventful BALANCING ISSUES: Everyone has those days when you wake up with Who am I kidding? It totally is. Keep on as theirs. So, example time: There’s the ever-popular an injury that you don’t remember getting. At the rate we’re going, the falling, guys. painful hickey that practically screams, “I let someone hospital will run out of space for all of its drunk students. Contact Sara Steinfeld at Assistant Editor

with a mouth like a vacuum cleaner try to suck the jugular out of my neck last night.” Now those are, unfortunately, pretty standard and they’re just plain funny. But they can also be covered up easily, so that’s considered relatively tame and mildly shameless on the list of potential injuries. Next comes the swollen lip. This could come from a variety of sources: an aggressive hookup, bottles to the face, you know, the usual accoutrements of a night that can only be summed up with the words “hot mess.” This particular battle wound is a little more laugh-worthy because, not only can you

The Colgate Maroon-News

B-5 Commentary

October 13, 2011

Queer Corner

Queer at Colgate By Kate Pochini Class of 2012

It would be wildly presumptuous of me to say that I can speak for the entire queer community on campus, so I’m just going to speak for myself as an active member and leader in the community: I like Colgate. I might go so far as to say that I love it. This might just be me being sentimental in my last semester on campus, but I can tell you that I didn’t always like it here. We all understand how small this place can be. Now take ten percent of that and cut it in half, and then cut that in half again and you have the out queer community on campus. This used to bother me. I would listen to my friends from home talk about how there were ten queer girls in their freshman dorm alone, and here I was joining every LGBTQ group on campus and I had only met three. Someone once told me that I would never be happy here and that I should just transfer to NYU or Smith because Colgate would never change. Colgate would always be a difficult place for queer students. Are there problems with our school? Of course. We’re far from perfect. People still have homophobic slurs yelled at them. Our institution still provides difficulties for transgender and genderqueer students. There are still people afraid to come out to their friends/ teammates/brothers/sisters. And unfortunately, there is still discrimination within the queer community itself. There are a lot of improvements to be made, both institutionally and socially. If we want change, we need to be political. We need to be active. But as someone who personally feels uncomfortable being political, I know that by simply being ourselves and being open, we can make an impact, as well. Whether you come out as queer or as a straight ally, you’ll be making it that much more difficult and unacceptable for someone else to be homophobic. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always liked being different. There’s something about not being like the majority, especially in a place that often feels very uniform, that is fulfilling to me. But that might also be a function of being a hidden minority. I can walk through a crowd of people and feel cool because I might be the only lesbian, but that fact is only apparent to me. I can hide my sexuality so easily that it actually takes a concerted effort to make it visible. And maybe this is also part of the difficulty in being queer on campus. It takes so much effort to not inadvertently cover your sexuality and gender identity that sometimes the queer community just blends in. We disappear and fall away and what’s left is the same old Colgate, never changing. Well, maybe it’s just me again, but I’ve already felt a change. I’ve watched the queer community grow, get more involved, be more honest and become closer as a community. And that’s what I’ve grown to love – this feeling of family among members of the queer community on campus. Sure, there aren’t a ton of us, and it’s not like we’re all exclusively friends with each other, but we all know each other. We all see each other on a regular basis. And we’re always here for each other. Maybe three years ago, I would have preferred to be just another pierced, tattooed girl swimming in a sea of lesbians down at NYU, but now, three years later, I get to hang out with a group of people that I honestly care about, with whom I share common experiences and common struggles, and who I consider to be a family. And I’d take that over NYU any day. Contact Kate Pochini at

The White Flag By Andrew Wylie Class of 2012

Back in 2006, Sasha Baron Cohen starred in the mockumentary Borat. The film details the misadventures of Borat Sagdiyev, a supposed news reporter from Kazakhstan who has been sent to the United States to learn about its culture. Through Borat, Cohen imposes a caricatured set of homophobic, anti-Semitic and misogynistic beliefs on the American people. The brilliance of the movie lies in the way Borat’s views are used to reflect the equally warped views on sexuality, race and gender some of our countrymen hold. The audience leaves laughing, impersonating Borat for at least a week, and slightly appalled at how backwards modern culture can be. Over the past few weeks, a series of Maroon-News articles and the commentaries that followed have revealed a Colgate culture tense with feelings of hate and exclusion and not dissimilar to the one satirized in Borat. Unsurprisingly, the same biases we laughed at on the big screen have stopped being funny now that they have surfaced as our own. The dialogue has recently come to a stalemate on Greek organizations and their arguably toxic effect on the campus social climate. The anti-Greek sentiments that have emerged on this campus are evidence that we are in need of a long, open dialogue evaluating the health of Colgate’s Greek organizations. However, the conversations we have been having are unproductive and ignoring why this debate began in the first place. Speaking as a member of a Greek organization, we are aware that there are many, many things wrong with our system. We would love your input in pursuing reform so that more members of this campus can benefit from our presence, but let’s first confront these feelings of hate and exclusion before we figure out how to improve the Greek system. Borat is funny because it makes the biases it confronts look ridiculous. Cohen exposes the prejudices in this country we do not like to acknowledge and he makes us laugh at them. If there is one thing that we can learn from Borat and this pointless back-and-forth, it is that prejudice in any form is stupid. Let’s take a step back and realize that what began as a wellmeaning dialogue has degraded into both sides accusing the other of being biased. Combating hate with hate is not going to make Colgate a loving campus, so let’s put up our white flags and relax. Take another look at the racial and financial profiles of the Greek organizations – they are not radically different than the racial and financial profiles of the rest of this campus. To reduce all the members of Greek Life into a bunch of rich white snobs that get drunk and have sex all the time is not fundamentally different than the prejudice Greek Life is being accused of poisoning this campus with. I will be the first to admit that there are racist, homophobic and misogynistic individuals among us, but there are racists, homophobes and misogynists all over this campus. The difference is that when a first-year in West snarls an offensive slur to a person of color, the entirety of West Hall is not labeled as racist. In light of our self-selective nature, we should be held accountable to the actions of our individual members, but we should not be accused of all holding the skewed beliefs a select handful of individuals hold. If the majority of us are from white, privileged backgrounds – like the rest of campus – it does not mean that we agree with the prejudiced sentiments of a minority of our members. It means we do not know how to educate them by ourselves. We are a reflection of a problem, not the cause of it. Let us imagine the Greek system as a boulder along the metaphorical path to social reform at Colgate. One traveling this path may attempt to push it aside single-handedly or recruit the help of the people responsible for the impediment in first place. If you are trying to create a more cooperative, respecting and unified campus, then let us work with you. We could be your greatest allies if you would let us fight beside you rather than against you. Even if we are part of the problem, it does not mean that we cannot be part of a solution. Contact Andrew Wylie at

Arts & Features

October 13, 2011


Photo from Caroline Crawford

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In The Light Caroline “Cal” Crawford By Maggie Grove Maroon-News Staff

Senior Caroline “Cal” Crawford, a trainer for Colgate’s Outdoor Education program (OE), has fearlessly led and participated in wilderness programs over the course of her time at Colgate. A Needham, MA native, the psychology major began her involvement in the OE program before she even arrived on campus through a Wilderness Adventure backpacking pre-orientation program. According to the University, Colgate’s Outdoor Education program focuses on “helping Colgate’s students, faculty and staff to explore their sense of place, rediscover the natural world and learn about themselves.” Crawford adds that the program’s purpose is all about “experiential learning ... actually doing something yourself – challenging yourself – I think, has the most impact.” Crawford went through OE training throughout her sophomore year to qualify to lead physical education and OE programs. She describes the training as “more rigorous than I think most people realize – it involves class two times a week and weekend trips into the field as well as longer trips ... over breaks.” Her junior year was spent as an instructor for wilderness programs. This year, however, Crawford was chosen as one of three students to train the incoming OE staff members. “We have the privilege of showing them the ropes. It’s really an amazing opportunity, although the position comes with much more responsibility. I feel like I’m training again,” Crawford said. Crawford also says that participation in the program has really enabled her to connect to the Colgate student body. “In terms of PE classes, I think it’s sweet to expose other people to new challenges. And, now, well, I have 15 young goslings who are in my care for a year. So far it’s been a ton of fun. I feel like I’ve learned a ton in the past three years and now I have the opportunity to share that with underclassmen,” Crawford said. Her connections with the Colgate network don’t end there. Crawford has been involved in the co-ed a cappella group, The Dischords, the First Responders, Colgate’s student radio station WRCU, Student Theater, voice lessons and Women’s Rugby. As for ideas post-graduation, Crawford hopes to travel the world and eventually end up in grad school. “Really, the plans are as vague as buying a one-way ticket somewhere, after I make the money somehow to sustain myself for a bit,” Crawford said.

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Living Writers: David Henry Hwang By Betsy Bloom

enough, they will be relatable no matter how unrelatable their circumstances. (A peasant in Medieval England might remind you of your Great Uncle Alvin if he is drawn specifically enough). Thomas A. Bartlett Chair and Professor of English Jane Pinchin’s introSecond, all American literature is ethnic in some way. The American duction to Living Writer David Henry Hwang’s lecture was so complimen- experience is an ethnic experience and it is not possible to tell an American tary that he had to take a few breaths in order to get through it. He informed story without including that. the audience that, as an Asian American, he was always taught to deny flatFinally, authenticity is best. The tried but true: write what you know. tery, a trait that poses a problem when you have so much to be flattered Following these realizations, Hwang has penned some of the most celabout. Hwang has written several incredibly popular plays, the most popular ebrated plays of his era (Asian-American or otherwise) and helped to expand, of which, M. Butterfly received Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk enrich and enliven Asian representation in media. He admitted that his inawards, in addition to being nominated for a Pulitzer. The Colgate Living volvement in the Asian sphere of theatre has occasionally caused him negative Writers class read his acclaimed Yellow Face, which received an Obie Award publicity. Such was the case in the late 1980s, when Hwang protested the and was also nominated for a Pulitzer. Somehow, in between penning criti- casting of Caucasian actor Jonathon Pryce for the role of a Eurasian character cally acclaimed productions and receiving awards, he also found time to work in Miss Saigon. Hwang went on to write Face Value as a response to the castas a book writer for Disney’s Tarzan and Aida and Rogers and Hammerstein’s ing, which was a no-holds-barred flop. One review was titled: “M. Turkey.” Flower Drum Song. However, Hwang channeled the media bashing into Yellow Face, a play about Hwang’s extensive list of accomplishments might owe something to the his experience with the Pryce controversy and the Face Value failure. A semifact that he’s been working and writing pretty much since he graduated autobiographical piece of self-mockery, Yellow Face has done wonderfully and from college. He discovered he was interested in theater during his sopho- received countless awards and honors. more year at Stanford and soon after began composing plays to produce in Hwang read a short excerpt from Yellow Face that featured a phone converhis dorm rooms. Hwang recalled that the sation between the main character, DHH, best preparation for writing plays was seeand his father. The excerpt was hilarious and ing plays; he saw everything and anything insightful. It managed to be mocking and he could, absorbing different techniques touching. His point about specificity was and styles that he would later channel in suddenly very clear: elements of the dialogue his own works. between DHH and his slightly confused Hwang’s work focuses generally on and mildly overbearing Asian father could East-West issues, a theme he did not reeasily have been copied from one between a alize he was interested in until he began Colgate student and his/her own father. writing “unconsciously.” As Hwang deHwang was an exceptional and eyescribed it, the process of writing unconopening speaker. He provided insight into sciously begins when “that part of you the writing process and how writing can that censors you, or says ‘this is bad’ gets influence a person as much as they influturned off.” As soon as he started doing ence their writing. By making himself a this, Hwang discovered that he always character in his plays, Hwang took the found himself writing about Asian experifinal plunge into full writing immersion. ences. At first, this bothered him, because Luckily, it’s all paid off. he felt he was limiting himself. But soon, As he put it, “It’s been nice to see that he came to three realizations. the people who play me are much hotter First, the more specific you are, the WRITERS SERIES CONTINUES: Hwang’s writing than I am.” more universal you are. In other words, emphasizes anecdotes and East-West relations. His use of Contact Betsy Bloom at if characters are complex and detailed relatable issues has been one of the keys to his success. Maroon-News Staff

KITCH 121: Mandel Bread The Jewish Biscotti By Emily Suskin Maroon-News Staff

I adapted this mandel bread recipe from a family friend. I have one version to make it kosher for Passover and another to make it with flour for the rest of the year. In order to make the recipe below kosher for Passover, leave out the flour and baking soda and replace them with 1/4 cup potato starch and 1 cup of cake meal – both of which are available in stores around Passover time. Also, be mindful to check whether or not the other ingredients you are using are kosher for Passover, particularly the dried fruit and chocolate. You can easily multiply this recipe to be made in bigger batches. It can be doubled or tripled without a problem, but I would recommend keeping the individual loaves on the smaller side to ensure that they bake evenly. As written, the recipe will only make one or two small loaves. The mandel bread can also be made ahead of time and frozen wrapped in aluminum foil until you are ready to defrost and eat it. The combinations are endless. Of course, you can do just chocolate chips if you are a purist, but feel free to experiment. Craisins, white chocolate chips and pecans make a great combo, as do

craisins, golden raisins and dried blueberries. You can also split up the dough before adding your mix-ins and make each loaf different. 5 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature 2/3 cup sugar 2 eggs 2/3 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 and 1/3 teaspoons baking soda a pinch of salt about 1/2 to 2/3 cup total of mix-ins (such as chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, chopped nuts, raisins, craisins, etc.) TOPPING: 2/3 tsp sugar 1/3 tsp cinnamon 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease one cookie sheet with butter or cooking spray. 2. Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. 3. Cream the butter and sugar (mix until they become a creamy yellow color). Beat in the eggs one at a time and add in the vanilla extract. 4. Gradually mix in the flour, baking soda and salt. 5. Fold in whatever chocolate, dried fruit, nuts, etc. you are using.

6. Form into one to two small loaves on the cookie sheet and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar topping; don’t worry if you don’t use all of the cinnamon sugar. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on them so that they don’t overbake. Take them out of the oven as soon as a toothpick inserted in them comes out relatively clean. 7. Let cool and then slice. Usually, slicing them on the diagonal will help the pieces to stay together. You can keep them soft or put the slices back in the oven for a couple of minutes to lightly toast them. Contact Emily Suskin at

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By Margaretta Burdick Maroon-News Staff

Want to be scared at the movies? No need to see a horror film – just head down to the next showing of Contagion, director Steven Soderbergh’s (Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven) new film. This film packs tension unlike any other. Centered on the idea of what would happen if a highly contagious disease broke out worldwide, Contagion followed the storylines of epidemiologists, patients infected and doctors at the CDC, among others, who were all connected by this deadly virus. With an excellent script that kept you tense in your seat (and a little nervous about everything you had touched in public that day), this film sucks you in as it follows the effects of a deadly virus. What makes this film interesting is not simply the bodily harm of the virus, but the emotional and psychological impact of it. Which is the more deadly weapon: the virus or the fear and chaos it creates? The sheer rate at which the virus spreads is terrifying to consider: it is exponential. People could have it and not even know it. People simply walking down the street, touching a doorknob or shaking someone’s hand could be infected. Led by a stellar cast, this film pulls you into story of the main

THE MOVIES GO VIRAL: An all-star cast explores the future of humanity in the face of an uncontrollable epidemic.

character of the film: the virus itself. The impressive cast includes Gwenyth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love, Seven) as the potential patient zero, Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Reader) as a doctor for the CDC, Laurence Fishbourne (The Matrix Trilogy) as another CDC doctor, Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose, Inception) as a World Health Organization epidemiologist, Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes, Cold Mountain) as a blogger looking for the truth and Matt Damon (The Bourne Trilogy) as the husband of patient zero. The list goes on. However, this large cast allows for the exploration of the many issues raised by such an epidemic. Where and how did the virus start? How should the media cover the growing disease to not cause widespread panic? What must doctors do to identify the virus and create a vaccine? What should people do in response to not get it? What should the political response be? And, above all, how can the virus be stopped? Every time the location of the film changes, the screen shows the name of the area and its population. Most are cities with populations above five million people. In our highly urbanized world, we can come into contact with hundreds of people in one day, directly or indirectly. As the film says, we touch our face three to five times every waking minute (are you now very aware of that? I was, too, and have resisted doing it ever since. Thanks for the paranoia, Contagion). Soderbergh does an incredible job on the film, shooting it in a way that keeps the tension high and the audience highly aware of every contact, every handshake, every wall or table that someone touches. The camera focuses on a coffee mug. Is this a source of transmission? It certainly keeps you on the edge of your seat about something you cannot even see. A great score by Cliff Martinez (Traffic, Drive) also keeps the pressure high. With digital beats very much in the style of the Oscar-winning Social Network soundtrack, it works very well in the film. This film addresses one of the biggest potentials for disaster in today’s world. Beyond that simple importance, it is done in a smart, gripping and realistic way. There is no need for zombies or a freak storm to have a widespread disaster – simply a tiny molecule passed on through a handshake does the trick. As Laurence Fishbourne’s character says in the movie, “The handshake was started to show the person you meet you are not holding any weapons - I wonder if the virus knows that.” Apparently it doesn’t. Although Contagion may make you want to stock up on hand sanitizer and surgical masks, it is a fascinating look at the effects of a virus not only on a physical level, but also on a psychological one. You won’t be able to look away. Contact Margaretta Burdick at

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Celebrity Fashion Lines By Alexis Manrodt Maroon-News Staff

Fall is the season of changing leaves, warm cozy sweaters, the September issue of Vogue and celebrity-brand partnerships. This season, several celebs are pairing up with beloved brands for limited edition collections. Perhaps the most anticipated partnership of the fall season is Alexa Chung for Madewell. For the collection, Chung draws inspiration from sixties icons like Jane Birkin, Anita Pallenberg, Françoise Hardy and Jean Shrimpton, even naming a white minidress after Birkin and a coat after Shrimpton. Chung also draws from Cameron Crowe’s cult classic Almost Famous with bell-bottom jeans called “It’s All Happening” – very Penny Lane approved. Chung turns to a very unexpected source of inspiration for her tailored wool-and-leather coat: London sanitation workers. It’s called the “Bin Man” coat, and at a cool $325, it’s much more expensive than the threads of an average garbage man. Chung also dubbed a design the “Ugly Cardigan” – an angora/nylon mix that is meant to look like a cooler version of the average grandpa’s cardigan sweater. Think Mr. Rogers-gone-hipster. Heavy patterned coats, metallic and leopard print booties, white lace dresses and silk pajama pieces make up the rest of the capsule collection. Tee shirts take illustrations directly from Chung’s own sketchbook for delightfully quirky designs.

Another hotly anticipated collaboration is Karen Elson for Nine West. Supermodel-turnedsinger Elson, the estranged wife of Jack White, designs what is dubbed the ‘Vintage America’ collection for the brand. Drawing inspiration from Dustbowl-era America, Elson offers glamorously eccentric – and at times gothic – pieces that are perfect reflections of Elson’s vintageheavy personal style. Victorian-style boots, guitar charm necklaces and large tapestry satchels are the standouts in the collection. Deep reds, midnight blues and black with a gorgeous glitter overlay are the main colors of the limited edition line. Each piece in the collection is named after a song from her debut album, The Ghost Who Walks. One of the best pieces in the collection

is the “Inthedirt” mid-calf boots. These lace-ups mix the rugged utilitarian style of the dirty thirties with the gothic glitz of the shimmery black. My personal favorite are the t-strap “Theghost” wedges in the wine shade, which remind me of the shoes Jodi Foster wears in the 1976 Scorcese film Taxi Driver. Another shoe collaboration is a rather unexpected one, TOMS + The Row. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen pair up with Blake Mycoskie for a line of upscale TOMS shoes. The Row, the Olsens’ upscale clothing brand, is known for its luxuriously minimalist pieces, which they deliver to the TOMS brand. Made of cashmere and Italian wool, these slip-on shoes uphold the one-for-one promise that the TOMS brand is built on. The line comes in only two styles for women: the “Alexandria” and the “Hayden.” The only discernible difference between the two styles is the color – the Alexandrias are black and the Haydens are heather grey. Expect to pay a little more than usual for these luxe shoes – one pair costs $140, a hundred dollars more than the average $40 pair of TOMS. As the fall season continues on, expect to see more celebrity-brand partnerships released. With the recent announcement that Jay-Z will team up with Adidas to design new uniforms for the Brooklyn Nets, there is no limit on which celebrity-brand team will come up next. Contact Alexis Manrodt at

October 13, 2011

Entertainment Update Your Week in Preview By Hadley Rahrig Maroon-News Staff

FRIDAY NIGHT FILM Despite the melancholy name, this Canadian comedy set in 1933 is saddened only by its time in history. As a musical set during the Great Depression, The Saddest Music in the World depicts the story of a world competition in Winnipeg to compose the saddest piece of music. In a constant match of talent and music, the plot is also overcome with drama, violence and suspense. This 2003 film will be presented Friday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Golden Auditorium in Little Hall.

LIVE MUSIC: JOSEPH METTLER On Friday, October 14, the Barge Canal offers students the opportunity to see a live performance from Joseph Mettler, free of charge. As a returning favorite, Mettler offers a combination of lyrical guitar blended with various classical instruments. Mettler will be performing solo for all to enjoy from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. BHARATANATYAM PERFORMANCE Deeply rooted in Indian tradition, Bharatanatyam is believed to be the outward manifestation of beauty in the universe as expressed through the longestablished art of dance. On Friday, October 14, Vijay Palaparthy and Nalini Prakash will be performing this traditional dance. Newly choreographed under the Bharatanatyam style, these dances project the ideals of creativity as a form of prayer and story telling while exploring the different aspects of Hindu spirituality. This performance in the Ryan studios promises to be inspiring as well as enlightening.

PHOENIX PROJECT DANCE Performing in the Palace Theatre on Utica Street, Phoenix Project Dance offers a variety of contemporary dance performances that have demonstrated artistic success in both the United States and Germany. After touring Europe and performing in Manhattan, Phoenix Project Dance has found residency at Colgate University and will be offering a performance Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 p.m. The performance includes pieces such as “Animal Farm,” as adapted from George Orwell’s novel, the playful “Liquid Matter” and the effortless strength of “Brutte Force.” Contact Hadley Rahrig at

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Underground Music for Mainstream Listeners

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The many genres that collectively comprise underground music often get a bad rep from mainstream listeners. Those who are unacquainted with the lesserknown genres often stereotype them as overly “heavy” (that is, containing shrieking vocals, punishing drumbeats and shredding guitar solos). While this is certainly true of certain underground genres, the vast majority merely incorporate small amounts of these elements rather than relying on them. In fact, poppunk – a genre formerly belonging to the underground scene – has gained mainstream listenership and radio play. Below are some of the mainstream bands and artists you likely already know and love, and some underground counterparts that are sure to please. If you like Lady Gaga, then try Jeffree Star: The current queen of pop and the gender-bending maven of underground dance share more similarities than just a wacky wardrobe. Jeffree Star tunes like “Prisoner” evoke thoughts of “Bad Romance,” and any track by either artist is guaranteed to be party perfect. If you like Lupe Fiasco, then try Mod Sun: The unsigned former drummer of the now-defunct underground heavyweight Scary Kids Scaring Kids puts out tracks like Lupe’s. The new single “The Show Goes On” is reminiscent of Mod Sun’s self-described “hippy-hop” song “The Path Less Traveled,” while other songs on his five track debut EP make for clear comparisons to The Cool. If you like Evanescence, then try We Are the Fallen: Perhaps the driving force behind one of the underground’s most successful breakthroughs into mainstream popularity, Evanescence returns once again

13 Beats of the Week By James Bourne

to their roots with We Are the Fallen. The band is comprised of former Evanescence musicians and a former American Idol contestant as the frontwoman, resulting in a strikingly similar sound, minus the famous name. If you like Taking Back Sunday, then try Envy on the Coast: Like Evanescence and We Are the Fallen, the latter band borrowed members from the first – a band that sits almost squarely on the demarcation between underground and mainstream – to the effect of an almost identical sound. If you like Coheed and Cambria, then try Closure in Moscow: Closure in Moscow, an up-and-comer from Australia, frequently draws comparisons to the popular prog-rock group, but tours with and takes significant influence from lesser-known underground acts as well. Although not all mainstream bands have an underground counterpart (and vice versa), the softer songs at right, 25 choice tracks from underground artists – many of which are prominent in their scene – will likely be well-received among fans of all genres, particularly in the mainstream.

“Cold Hands” by AFI “We Sleep Forever” by Aiden “I Don’t Care” by Apocalyptica “Dear Angel” by April Sixth “Crazy” by Barely Blind “The Dressing Room” by Breathe Carolina “A Place Where You Belong” by Bullet For My Valentine “Misery Loves Company” by Emilie Autumn “The Glass of Fashion” by Galt Aureus “Hollywood and Vine” by Hawthorne Heights “In Venere Veritas” by HIM “No. 5” by Hollywood Undead “They Always Come Back” by I Am Ghost “Crazy Angel” by Kill Hannah “I Can Feel It” by Lights Out Dancing “Every Lie” by My Darkest Days “Amaranth” by Nightwish “Love Like Woe” by The Ready Set “Those Lovely Shark People” by Requiem for the Dead “Paralyzed” by Rock Kills Kid “Deep Down” by Saosin “The Sky and I” by Scarlet Grey “My Heroine (Acoustic) (Live)” by Silverstein “Sidewalks” by Story of the Year “Angel” by Within Temptation Contact Alanna Weissman at

7. “Endless Summer” by The Jezabels Despite the fact that we’ve just returned from fall break, it’s never too late to say goodbye to summer. With its fasts-and-slows and highs-and-lows, this is a genuinely interesting song that always puts me in a great mood. 8. “Tropical” by FM Belfast So it’s not off their awesomely popular June album Don’t Want to Sleep (try “American” or “Vertigo”), but it’s arguably their biggest song to date. Who can complain with nonsense lyrics like these: “Playing keyboards is my monkey Pedro. He’s tropical. He’s chimpanzee.”

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1. “Time Spent In Los Angeles” by Dawes I’ll be the first to admit that this song is a little bit too reliant on its chorus, but it has some awesome keyboard work, a cool bridge and its lyrics hit home (in a quite literal way) for me. 2. “Feeding Line” by Boy & Bear Stick Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire and Fleet Foxes into a blender (please don’t) and you get this awesome band. This is definitely one of the better songs off their debut album Moonfire, which came out in August. 3. “5 Years Time” by Noah & The Whale Starting with the carefree whistle in its opening, this song will put you in a great (if not a bit nostalgic) mood. It reminds us of how we change and grow, and the ways our perspectives shift. 4. “Half Moon” by Blind Pilot This song is even better than the delicious shake of the same name served down at Maxwell’s. Unlike that sugar-packed drink, this song will calm you down and leave you feeling serene. Perfect study song or chill-out tune. 5. “Wax & Wire” by Loch Lomond With folksy jamming juxtaposed with slow piano parts accompanied by soulful lyrics, this song is certainly a bit of a tour through this band’s varied style. Take what you want from this song; it makes some people sad, others happy, optimistic, reflective, etc. 6. “Big Black Bird” by Blitzen Trapper This song really lets the guitar sing to you without letting it overpower the vocals or other instruments. Enjoy it while you can: at two minutes and 47 seconds, it’s the shortest one on this list.

9. “Broken Heart” by The Novel Ideas A feel-good despite its name, this song starts and stops (sometimes) without warning and is full of surprises. This group reminds me of some kind of Okkervil River variant with a Neutral Milk Hotel-style penchant for lo-fi recordings and raw vocals. 10. “Pray For You” by Jaron and the Long Road to Love Watch the music video on YouTube when trying this song out. It’s essentially an antilove song. As he sings about a variety of horrible things happening to his lover (“I pray your tire blows out at 110”), Jaron essentially gets the living daylights kicked out of him by his nasty lady. 11. “Eileen” by Tin Sparrow This indie folk quartet has only released an EP but I have high hopes for them, especially considering their similarities in sound and circumstance to Boy & Bear. This might not be the best song on the EP, but it fits well in this group and, if it leaves you wanting more, you can go listen to “Fool’s Gold” (not to be confused with The Middle East’s song of the same name). 12. “Brazil (2nd Edit)” by deadmau5 As the only example of progressive house on this playlist, “Brazil” is certainly the oddtrack-out. Anyway, this is a great song for driving on empty roads late at night. It has both a calmness and an energy that interplay wonderfully. Plus it’s deadmau5 at his best. 13. “Time Could Do Better” by Eyes of 99 As the thirteenth song on this list, enjoy the free download on the web as your own musical baker’s dozen. It’s a cool – if slightly generic – song with a vocals-driven sound and a chorus that rises out of the chill several times. Contact James Bourne at

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October 13, 2011

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The Cup Drops to Start 2011-12 Season By Ben Glassman Maroon-News Staff

This NHL season’s opening weekend was one of the most highly anticipated in recent memory. Headlines abounded over the return of Jaromir Jagr, the debut of rookies Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog and the beginning of the Boston Bruins’s campaign to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. Though those stories certainly held their own importance, all eyes and ears were tuned to Winnipeg, Manitoba where the Winnipeg Jets returned to the city for their first game in 15 years after the franchise moved to Phoenix in 1996. The Jets’s players, management and personnel will all move from Atlanta, where the Thrashers managed to make the postseason just once in eleven seasons, including a 12th place finish in the East last year. While they aren’t inheriting the most promising squad, fans in Winnipeg could not be happier with the return of hockey to Manitoba’s capital city. The new Jets arena, MTS Centre, which used to host the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, holds just 15,004 – by far the smallest venue in the NHL. Though the capacity is lower than the rest of the NHL’s other arenas, MTS figures to be one of the most intimidating buildings in the league; all 41 home games are already sold-out, and the cramped nature of the downtown-centered arena will put the hockey-starved fans right on top of the visiting team. In their season opener on Sunday night, however, the Jets couldn’t take full advantage of the home crowd, falling 5-1 to the Montreal Canadiens. Perhaps the young team got caught up in the fervor surrounding Winnipeg’s first


FIRST FACE-OFFS: Opening play in the NHL brought lots of expectations for an exciting season of hockey. hockey action in over a decade but, without a doubt, the fans will have more to look forward to as the Jets return to MTS on Monday against Pittsburgh. Before the Jets got their first season underway, the Philadelphia Flyers got the NHL’s 95th season started with a 2-1 win over the defending champion Boston Bruins. The Bruins, who snuck their way past last year’s favorites like the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks, raised their sixth Stanley Cup Championship banner last Thursday before falling to the newlook Philadelphia Flyers. Newly acquired Jaromir Jagr notched his 1,600th career point – which also happened to be his first as a Flyer – and quieted many critics saying his attempted return to the NHL would not amount to anything.



Elsewhere in the East, the two favorites, Washington and Pittsburgh, are off to good starts, earning a combined record of 5-0-1 through six games. Pittsburgh has been without the services of star forwards Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, but with forward Jordan Staal, defenseman Kris Letang and goaltender MarcAndre Fleury leading the way, the Pens are picking up right where they left off after a strong postseason in 2011. The Capitals, meanwhile, have already returned to their habit of keeping fans on the edge of their seats, winning their opener 4-3 in overtime and their second game, 6-5, in a shootout. Much of the current drama in the NHL may be focused on the Eastern Conference, but there is no denying that the new faces of the league are



primarily found out West. Number one overall draft pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the game-tying goal in the third period of his first game with the Edmonton Oilers, officially starting what is sure to be a fun career to watch. The second overall pick, Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche, also made his debut this past week, but did not make the same sort of immediate impact as Nugent-Hopkins. As the season progresses, however, one would have to assume that it will be these two forwards battling it out for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the league’s top rookie. Also in Colorado, a man who is 20 years Landeskog’s senior was receiving all the praise at Pepsi Center. Peter Forsberg, who led the Avs to two Stanley Cups and holds multiple franchise records, had his number ‘21’ retired before Saturday night’s game against Detroit. Forsberg ranks fifth on the Avalanche’s all-time scoring list, but his numbers were hampered significantly by injury. As the season progresses, there will be multiple storylines to look out for. In the East, the continuing Sidney Crosby vs. Evgeni Malkin saga deserves attention, as does Alex Ovechkin’s quest for a return to the goal-scoring elite. Out West, the focus will be on the race between the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks as well as the growth of the NHL’s young stars like Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Linus Omark, Nugent-Hopkins and Landeskog. Much remains to be seen this winter, but one thing we know for sure is that the level of competition will continue to amaze and entertain. Contact Ben Glassman at
























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Entering Week Four of our Beat the Experts season, the race for Maroon-News bragging rights (and the $10,000 winner-take-all prize that remains unknown to the Colgate administration) is still far from its exciting and intensely gripping conclusion. For now, we can only wait and hope for a week of equal or increased worth to come. After weeks of falling just short of their destined and expected greatness, Plaut and Gillian spent the afternoon and evening reclined gloriously atop personal, handcrafted, diamondencrusted and, sadly, all too proverbial thrones, entertaining themselves by vigorously heckling the common editors below them (as well as each other). As one would undoubtedly predict, last week’s leader, Jenn, was not a happy camper and chose to lock herself in the non-proverbial Senior Editors Office to lament with her co-Editor-in-Chief, Brittani DiMare. As Executive Editor Katie David cheerfully remarked, “No one should go in there unless they have a life-size Justin Bieber doll or the Canadian deity himself. Either way, it won’t be pretty.” Secondary sports editor Emma Barge took news of her standing in stride, foolishly reveling in the fact that her knowledge of professional football will, in all likelihood, never get her anywhere in life. Meanwhile, lurking just two games behind is Hannah Guy, whose detailed and comprehensive knowledge of both the NFL and various animal names has led her to a 12-6 start. “Clearly, a group of well-trained Lions is going to demolish a bunch of dirty men with pickaxes looking for gold,” Guy said with bristling confidence. “Plus, the color scheme of their outfits is better than even Jaime’s.” Speaking of our very own Maroon-News Copy Editor, Jaime Heilbron currently sits alone in sixth place. “I know I would have had a perfect week of picks if they had only included matchups from La Liga!” he lamented, despite many efforts from the staff to cheer him up with action shots of tennis star and favorite Swiss son, Roger Federer. “At least I’m beating Ryan,” he decided at last. And speaking of Ryans, we bring you this update on the hunt for Mr. Holliday: the current score stands as follows – Hannah: 3, everyone else: 0. However, Hannah’s seemingly tight hold over young Holliday may soon be usurped. A sign was found tacked to the Maroon-News office reading, “Hands off Holliday! He’s mine bitc*es.” While the sign was anonymous, Seth Greene is the prime suspect.

October 13, 2011

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What Now for Red Sox Nation? By Pete Koehler Maroon-News Staff

At Colgate, you often find yourself telling people where you’re from. Whether it’s that awkward first few weeks of firstyear where you’re even introducing yourself to the person in front of you in line at Frank (especially if they’re an attractive female), to fraternity/sorority rush, to people in your new dorm, you’re making a lot of freaking introductions. For me, telling someone where I’m from always comes in two parts. Sure, I currently live in the thriving metropolis of Schenectady, New York, which is where I’ve spent the better part of the last 12 years. However, my heart will always still belong to Boston, Massachusetts, where I spent my first seven years. The 90s were a pretty crappy time to be a Boston sports fan. You may say I was just a young’un and didn’t have a clue what was going on, but trust me, I knew exactly what was happening. Rick Pitino was driving the Celtics into the ground, the Bruins hadn’t done anything since the days of Bobby Orr, we were in the thick of the miserable Pete Carroll era with the Patriots and the Sox were still dealing with this whole curse thing. Boston may be Titletown, USA, for now, but it truly was a different place in the 90s. We ex-

pected our teams to fail and, more often than not, they did us proud. This was also a time when Fenway Park wasn’t coming close to selling out and bleacher seats were going for a bit less than eighty bucks on StubHub. It seems hard to comprehend now, but the Red Sox did this thing were they gave local clergy members passes that allowed them to come to the game a few innings late. Then the clergy and their families could take any unoccupied seats they wanted free of charge. Since my mom was a chaplain at Wellesley College at the time, we used that pass to go to more Red Sox games than I could count. Even though we moved in the summer of 2000, my relationship with the Red Sox was already forever cemented, for better or worse. The last decade as a Sox fan was filled with incredible highs and lows. During the 2003 ALCS, I was only in sixth grade so I went to bed right before extra innings started. Needless to say, I was dying to know how the game turned out. When I turned on SportsCenter the next morning to see Aaron Boone had pulled his shenanigans, I literally balled my eyes out for two straight hours and went late to school. I still wore a Red Sox shirt that day, because I loved that team and was damn proud to be a Red Sox fan, even in defeat. Then, 2004 happened. That wasn’t just a special team because of what they

accomplished on the field, reversing jabs from New York Yankees fans about the Bambino, but because they had an identity. They were truly a cast of characters that were incredibly fun to root for and that you felt you had a connection with. There was obviously the clownish superstar Manny and, yes, I’ll always love him even if he was popping fertility pills like candy his entire career. There was also Big Papi, but most of that team was gritty everyday players along the likes of Kevin Millar, Bill Mueller and Jason Varitek. Even when I watch the replays of the 2004 ALCS games, I still don’t feel like we’re going to pull it off because it truly was a group of misfits against an all-star squad. If you want to put it in historical terms, they were like the Hessians and we were just a few farmers with ragged clothes and barely functional muskets trying to call ourselves the Continental Army. That’s a big reason why we loved them – we could identify. What’s always made it easy to sip the hater-ade in regard to the Yankees, other than the fact that they’re the freaking Yankees, is that they’ve felt like a collection of expensive hired guns. Things aren’t that way anymore, though. As we continue to splurge on free agents, the Red Sox are becoming more and more like the Yankees – a collection of great players, but not a team. As much as Adrian Gonzalez is probably a very good dude and certainly

one heck of a ballplayer, he still doesn’t feel like a Red Sock. Neither does Carl Crawford, whose signing was a worse idea than any of Larry King’s last five marriages. Signing him was like signing another Jacoby Ellsbury, only a much older, much worse version that we’re obligated to pay about $120 million over the next six years. Then there’s John Lackey, J.D. Drew and Dice-K, who make more combined than the Kansas City Royals. So, how shocking was it when, after the Red Sox did their best Mets impression and blew a seemingly untouchable lead, that reports surfaced about things that were out of whack in the clubhouse. This team had no leader and no backbone, so when everything went awry there was no one to keep things together. Sure, Terry Francona has to take some blame because it was literally his job to do everything I just said, and 7-21 in a month is inexcusable even if you’re the Houston Astros, but this wasn’t just his fault. So, with Tito and Epstein gone, things are going to undoubtedly change. How so remains to be seen. Although the curse era was in many ways more miserable than February in Hamilton, I could at least identify those teams. We were the good guys, the Yankees were the big bad guys, and that was the way it’s supposed to be. I miss those days. Contact Pete Koehler at

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Given the success of small market teams, is baseball still an unfair game?

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Recently, the relative success of small market teams like the Diamondbacks and Rays has given rise to claims that the financial side of Major League Baseball is not as unfair as many people may think. The reality is, however, that the teams with the highest payrolls are the most successful ones. Obviously this is the case in all of the major American sports. Last year’s Super Bowl “semi-finalists” – the Packers, Steelers, Jets and Bears – were all in the top 10 in total payroll. In last year’s NHL playoffs, 12 of the 16 teams were in the top 16 in highest payrolls in the league. In the NBA too, 12 of the 16 playoff teams had top-16 payrolls. What separates professional baseball from the other top leagues in terms of fairness among salaries is that the MLB has no salary cap. Instead, teams exceeding a pre-determined total payroll figure are assessed a “luxury tax” – hardly a punishment that the Yankees and Red Sox of the league are inept at paying. If an actual salary cap were instituted, then the league would undoubtedly be far more unpredictable and fun to watch. As it is now, the top teams in total salary battle it out year after year for playoff spots. Frankly, it’s getting boring watching the Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox and Angels every October instead of seeing new, young teams take their places. There is no parody in the MLB now, and until Bud Selig implements a cap, baseball will be an unfair game.

Strictly speaking, baseball will always be an unfair game. As the fine economics program here at Colgate has taught me, no two markets are the same. The only thing Tampa Bay may have going over a city like a New York or a Chicago would be that Tampa’s unquestionably pumping

out far more early-bird specials per capita than just about anywhere. Big markets will always be able to generate more revenue, salary cap or not. Even if all of the teams’ payrolls were the same, the Sox would still sell out and there would still only be that one loser sitting in the left field bleachers at a Florida Marlins game. Though no one is going to feel sorry for small market teams, they do have to

be smarter with their money amd more creative with their trading. But, it can be done. While the Brewers are thriving around a homegrown nucleus, teams like the Cubs and Mets are drowning from throwing huge contracts at players five years past their prime. Money makes it easier in the baseball world, but it also allows you to waste $16 million on John Lackey.

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This One’s For You, Al By Albert Raminfard Maroon-News Staff

Now that a quarter of a season has passed by, there are definitely teams that have impressed me and others who have not lived up to expectations. Teams like the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans have all put up great numbers and succeeded against very competitive playoff-caliber teams. Contrarily, teams like the “Dream Team” Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets and St. Louis Rams have all failed to live up to preseason predictions. Anyone can track the shortcomings and surprising successes of these teams in the newest edition of the Madden NFL video game, in which you can compare the ratings of each of the teams prior to the beginning of the season and now. Having followed, I’ve watched teams like the Lions soar from a 79 rating to an 89 and teams like the Eagles drop from an 87 rating to a McNabb-era 80 rating. However, as I will go more in-depth with this discussion next week, this article should be left to discuss one of the greatest individuals to have been a part of the National Football League. The person to whom I refer is of course late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. Davis was a pioneer in football and one of the most respected and interesting owners in the league. I wish the Raiders luck in finding another guy with the courage to take a kicker in the first round of the draft. Davis is definitely one big reason why Raiders fans are some of the most intense and dedicated that there are in the league. It is a pleasure to see his team and players returning to their old form with the help of their new coach, Hue Jackson. The younger players are bringing their game to the next level and making the team a contender to win the division and possibly the games beyond that. This past week, the Raiders played a fun game and a very memorable game against the Texans, another great aspiring team, that went down to the wire. It was great to see so many parts of the Raiders working together as a team to bring home a victory. On offense, the Raiders managed to put a more than capable pass game forward, with the emergence of a possible quality receiver in former first round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey. This was unexpected considering they also have the league’s rushing leader in Darren McFadden, who was held to just 51 yards on the ground. Even without McFadden’s legs, it was great to see another dimension to this team. On defense, they held the Texans to 20 points, which is not too shabby against a high-powered offense, and it was great to see the big man, Lamarr Houston, get an interception off

of a John Henderson tip. However, it was Michael Huff, and really the whole defense, that deserves credit for making the final interception to close it out and win the game. Last, but definitely not least, I have to commend one of my personal favorite players in the league – the “Polish Cannon” as his teammates call him, Sebastian Janikowski. Although it remains true that a kicker should really never be a first round pick, it was great to see a player who Al Davis trusted so much kick four field goals from long distance, three of which were from 50-plus yards away. At the least the Raiders have had a consistent kicker through all these years of torturous play. It was also wonderful to watch the Raiders honor Al Davis by wearing “AL” decals on their helmets, as well as watching all of the first rounders perform for the guy who trusted in them. Needless to say, Hue Jackson was emotional during and after the win. I’m very excited for the team Chris Berman calls the “Raiderssss” this year, and I most definitely believe they are contenders for the playoffs both within their division and for the Wild Card. Hopefully for fans of the NFL, and obviously the Raiders, this success will continue. On a completely different note, I’d like to quickly go over some possible changes you may see before the trade deadline passes. Already, the Jets have traded away Derrick Mason to the Texans, and the Seattle Seahawks sent away former first round pick Aaron Curry to the Raiders. There are some more moves that people should be on the lookout for before all is said and done. Look for the Eagles to deal away one of their cornerbacks, namely Antonio RodgersCromartie, to get some help with their horrid run defense and 1-4 start. Also, there is something quite intriguing happening between the Cincinatti Bengals and Seahawks with the possibility of Carson Palmer heading to the West Coast. The move would reunite Palmer with his old USC coach, Pete Carroll, and could be a great trade for both teams. The Seahawks need a better quarterback than Tarvaris Jackson to get anywhere. He is not the answer, and Carson Palmer is worthless to the Bengals at this point, as he clearly does not want to play in orange and black any time in the near future. Another intriguing move could be Kyle Orton to the Dolphins, as mediocre Chad Henne is out for the year and new starter Tim Tebow has shown enough in limited time for John Fox and the Denver Broncos. As with many emerging stars, he seems like the best option for both the future and now. Contact Albert Raminfard at

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Field Hockey Struggles in Patriot League Play Loses to Lafayette 0-5 and Lehigh 1-2; Defeats Cornell 1-0 By Emma Barge Sports Editor

The Colgate field hockey team struggled over the break, losing its first and second Patriot League tilts to Lafayette and Lehigh 0-5 and 1-2, respectively. It was not all bad news, however, as the Raiders pulled off a 1-0 victory over Cornell in Ithaca. Comfortable within the gates of Tyler’s Field, the Colgate team anticipated a controlled game against Lafayette, but that is not what it got. Lafayette maintained possession of the ball for the great majority of the first half and outshot the Raiders 17-0 with nine corners. Although Colgate kept its opponents to only one goal, it was clear that they were struggling to stay alive. Lafayette came out strong in the second half, scoring four more goals and Colgate was unable to come back. The game ended in a disappointing 5-0 shutout for the Leopards. The Raiders were back on track to face off against Cornell. They were so ready, in fact, that they not only shut out the Big Red, but they prevented them from even taking a shot on goal for the entire game. Colgate took the first penalty corner of the game with twenty minutes remaining in the first half that resulted in the one and only goal of the competition. Junior Adriana Libutti passed the ball to classmate Kendall Zaharris who gave junior midfielder Lauren Dittman a chance to find the net.

PLAYING CATCH-UP: The Colgate women played hard over the fall break, but had trouble keeping up with the competition. Libutti and Zaharris both recorded assists on the play.

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The second half was less controlled, but Colgate continued to dominate. The Raid-

ers earned two penalty corners and the overall shot advantage was Colgate’s at a 7-6 count. Unforunately, the Raiders would not be able to maintain their momentum in the game against Lehigh. Despite firstyear Amanda DiDomizio’s nine saves, the team was unable to push through and the Mountain Hawks walked away with a 2-1 win. Lehigh drew first blood when they scored off a penalty corner only six minutes into the game. The Mountain Hawks saw three opportunities with shots on goal during the corner and DiDomizio was able to defend only two of the three. Colgate fought back and scored their only goal of the game with 13:25 remaining in the opening half when first-year Eliana Brown scored her second goal of the season off an assist from senior Peyton Hawkins. The team continued to put the pressure on Lehigh and recorded six shots on goal in the final ten minutes of play, but it was not enough to gain the lead and the Raiders went into halftime tied at one with their opponent. Both teams played hard in the second half, but Lehigh was once again able to take the lead when they scored on a penalty corner with 14:34 remaining in the game. Colgate struggled to catch the Mountain Hawks and they dropped the competition in a final 2-1 decision. The Raiders travel to Washington, D.C. this Saturday to face off against nationally-ranked American University at noon. Contact Jaime Heilbron at

Cross Country Competes in Paul Short Run By Matt Flannery Maroon-News Staff

On September 30, both the Colgate men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to take part in the Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University. The competition at the meet was challenging across the board, as evidenced by the final standings. The men’s squad battled hard en route to a 27th place finish, while the women’s team used consistent performances to place 35th overall. Though the women’s squad placed just 35th out of a field of 45 teams, the team did have several bright spots on the individual level. Senior leader Elise DeRoo placed 32nd overall in the event with a blazing fast time of 21:14. The Raiders have ridden DeRoo’s consistently strong performances this season, however finishing just behind DeRoo in many races has been a tightly-bound pack of Colgate runners. At the Paul Short Run, DeRoo was followed by four of her fellow classmates. Senior Kendall Lyons placed 159th in the race, snapping the tape in 22:49. Fellow senior Chelsea Burns placed 188th in the event, crossing the finish line in a very respectable 23:03. Seniors Emma Eckerstrom and Kelly Cattano rounded out the top-5 for the Raiders, finishing in a virtual tie for 268th place. Both runners finished the race with official times of 24:01, though Eckerstrom edged out Cattano by an extremely slim margin. The women’s portion of the meet was won by Providence College, who totaled 101 points. The Friars were followed by Villanova University (104) and Syracuse University (125) in second and third place, respectively. The top Patriot League team in the standings was Navy, who placed 15th overall with a total of 499 points. The men’s team fared slightly better in the

overall standings than the women’s team, highlighted by the incredible performance of sophomore Chris Johnson, whose time of 25:19 was good enough to win him the individual title. Johnson dominated the competition, snapping the tape 19 seconds ahead of the next racer. The finish was an impressive improvement upon his performance last season, when he placed fourth overall in the same competition, running the course six seconds slower. Sophomore Timothy Phelps and junior Chris Wendt placed second and third for the Raiders. Phelps crossed the finish line in an impressive 26:47, good enough for 67th overall, while Wendt placed 198th after crossing the finish line in 27:54. Sophomores Everett Stilley and Greg Englehart finished off the top-5 for Colgate, placing 203rd and 235th overall, respectively. Stilley completed the race in 29:57, while Englehart crossed the line in a solid 28:16. The meet was won by Iona, who dominated the competition with just 125 points. Binghamton placed second in the 8-kilometer race with 204 points, which Nebraska Wesleyan rounded out the podium positions with a total of 294 points. Holy Cross posted the most impressive performance among Patriot League teams, finishing in 17th place overall with 534 points. Both the men’s and women’s teams will return to action this weekend on October 15. The men’s squad will travel to Albany, New York to participate in a meet hosted by Albany University. The women’s team will travel to State College, Pennsylvania to take part in the Penn State Invitational. Both teams will be looking to place higher in the standings at their respective races after the September 30 meet marked by particularly stiff competition. Contact Matt Flannery at

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October 13, 2011

Football Back on Track After Return of Eachus

Puts Away Two Straight Wins Against Fordham and Monmouth By Ben Arledge Maroon-News Staff

After a three loss road trip to be forgotten, the Colgate football team jumped back on the winning track with a pair of victories. First, senior running back Nate Eachus returned to action and ran all over Fordham on the way to a 38-14 win. This past week, Colgate flew to a victory of 26-14 over Monmouth on the arm of sophomore quarterback Gavin McCarney. Suddenly, a season that appeared to get worse each week began showing signs of a new beginning and hope. Colgate jumped to a quick lead over Fordham when McCarney found first-year fullback Ed Pavalko in the endzone for a sevenyard touchdown pass. Fordham responded early in the second quarter with a passing touchdown, but Colgate quickly grabbed hold of the game and never let go. First-year Joe Uglietto nailed a 20-yard field goal, continuing his strong season. Six minutes later, Nate Eachus added to the lead with a 16yard run. Eachus had missed the previous few weeks, but immediately made his presence felt in his return. The senior rushed for 220 yards on the day, and he added three catches for another 39 yards. In the second half, Colgate continued to WALKING ALL OVER ‘EM: Senior standout Nate Eachus returns to the field for a find the endzone. Gavin McCarney ran for triumphant two games. two scores, from seven and sixteen yards out. Seth Greene He also found sophomore Daniel Cason for for Jonathon Mputu and a pair of intercepThis past week, Colgate continued its a four-yard touchdown pass. McCarney was tions by senior Adam Lock and first-year strong play against Monmouth. However, 11-for-17 with 157 yards, along with his Mike Armiento. Additionally, the Raiders Monmouth proved to be a true challenge, 71 rushing yards. With Colgate well ahead, managed twenty-six first downs and con- as the two teams traded touchdowns twice Fordham scored on a short run to close out verted seven of eleven third down attempts. in the first half. Monmouth struck first, but the game. The 38-14 win saw terrific days for Colgate showed that it could still dominate the Raiders responded with a 15-yard catch Eachus and McCarney, 58 receiving yards on any given Saturday. by first-year tight end Charles Stempeck.

Volleyball Defeats Two Patriot League Opponents Sweeps Lafayette, Takes Lehigh in Four Sets continued from back page extremely pleased with our passing game and this allowed us to hit well.” Colgate came out strong in the opening set as it opened up a 10-5 lead after first-year Diane Seely and Fifer added three and two kills, respectively. Bucknell tried to close the gap, but were unable to come within three points of the Raiders and the first set ended in a 25-16 decision. Colgate’s confidence proved unlucky in the second set when the Raiders allowed the Bison to trample them in a 25-21 loss, but the team came back to life in games two and three. They once again opened up a 10-5 lead in the third set thanks to controlled serving behind the line from Fifer and Dougherty. After a slew of Bucknell errors, sophomore Allie Dyer contributed two more aces and pushed the score to 14-6. Safir and Junior Michelle McCarthy each put away a kill to seal the deal at 25-12 for the Raiders. Exhausted and frustrated, Bucknell let up even more in the final set of the match and allowed the Raiders to take a 10-2 lead at the start of play. Fifer and Young each recorded three kills within the first 10 points. Dyer came up strong from behind the line for a second time and recorded another pair of aces. Fifer ended the game at 25-15 with one last kill. Colgate also defeated Cornell in four games over the break. The Raiders face off against Holy Cross at 7 p.m. at home on Friday and Army the next night at the same time. Contact Emma Barge @

Monmouth then found the endzone a second time, but, once again, the Raiders responded. Gavin McCarney pushed in for a one-yard rushing score. It seems that McCarney rushes for a touchdown every week this season. Colgate took control in the second half, outscoring Monmouth 14-0. McCarney threw a 22-yard pass to Cason early in the third to take the lead. Cason led Colgate with 71 yards receiving, while junior Chris Looney added 41 yards and senior Dan Basil picked up 32 yards. The Raiders opted to try the two-point conversion, which they converted on a McCarney run. Eachus then closed out the scoring on the day with a oneyard run in the fourth quarter. However, Uglietto missed his third extra point of the game, keeping the score at 26-14. Eachus had 139 yards rushing, along with 29 receiving yards. McCarney led the offense with 204 passing yards and 60 rushing yards. Once again, the Colgate defense hauled in two interceptions, one from junior Jordan McCord and one from sophomore safety Connor Frey. The Raiders also accomplished something that they have been unable to do thus far – win on the road. Colgate seems to be turning the corner this season. Back-to-back wins has the team playing well on both sides of the ball. The passing and running games are both currently effective and the defense is keeping opponents off the scoreboard. This Saturday, Colgate looks to continue their winning ways on Homecoming weekend. The Raiders have Cornell at home at 1:00 p.m. Contact Ben Arledge at

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Women’s Soccer Victorious in Patriot League Opener Shuts Out Bucknell, Beats Holy Cross 2-1; Ties Army By Tira Hastings Maroon-News Staff

The Colgate women’s soccer team had an eventful past two weeks with the start of its Patriot League season. The streak began with a 3-0 shutout against Bucknell, followed by a tie in double overtime against Army that ended with a score of 1-1. Most recently, Colgate bagged its second league win against Holy Cross, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon. Colgate’s Patriot League season started with a great

win against Bucknell. They were able to completely shut out the Bison and outshot them 21-6. The Raiders came out strong in the first half. They played creatively and with determination. It soon paid off when, only three minutes into the half, a back pass from sophomore midfielder Kelsey Hough to junior forward Elise Amioka on the left wing started an offensive play. Amioka dribbled past the Bucknell defense to find first-year forward Jenna Raepple, who was able to pass the ball across the line. Continuing their offensive attack, the next goal came minutes later at 13:03 when a corner from senior midfielder Maddie Malone was volleyed in by sophomore midfielder Klara Jenkins. Although the Bison tried to generate some offensive creativity they couldn’t seem to find a rhythm and Colgate continued to pass the ball around them. The Raiders’s third goal was a successful pass from first-year midfielder Jenna Gibney to junior forward Jillian Kinter who easily beat her defender and drilled the ball into the back of the net. In the second half Colgate continued to hold the offensive upper hand. Bucknell had a few close calls, one of which was off a corner kick at 60:39 but it was ousted by Jenkins. The Raiders continued to pressure the Bison defense, but were unable to find the back of the net for a fourth time leaving the final score at 3-0. The Raiders found a tough opponent when they headed to West Point, New York to challenge Army. Both teams came out with an aggressive swagger but it was Army who held the upper hand. The Black Knights forced junior goalkeeper Ashley Walsh to make two tough saves in the beginning of the half. Their third shot managed to get past Walsh to give Army the lead of 1-0 at 33:07. Colgate kept pushing and was rewarded at 24:53 when the Black Knights received a foul in the box. This presented senior midfielder Maddie Malone with her second opportunity at a penalty kick. She

fired it into the net to tie up the game going into the second half. The second half was dominated by the Raiders who maintained the majority of the scoring opportunities. The closest of these came at 73:59 when Hough was denied at the post. While both teams attempted to take the lead, neither was able to capitalize. Army was the most offensively aggressive of the two in the first overtime period. It outshot Colgate 5-1 but were unable to find the back of the net. The roles were reversed in the second overtime with the Raiders far outshooting Army, but they too could not manage to take over the lead. The difficult game ended with a final score of 1-1. Colgate came back with a vengeance from its tough game against Army to face Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon. The Raiders came out aggressively and it showed when early in the game Kinter scored the first goal for the team. The tally came off of a phenomenal pass by Jenkins down the middle with Kinter putting it in the lower left corner of the goal. Although they continued to fight, Colgate was able to hold Holy Cross at bay and continue to create offense itself. Going into the second half the Raiders held a 5-4 shooting advantage over the Crusaders and a 1-0 lead. Holy Cross started the second half with an early goal to tie up the game. This increased the pressure on Colgate to step up its game and gave the Crusaders motivation to take the lead. Both teams worked hard to generate offensive opportunities, but were unsuccessful until the 61st minute when Colgate broke the barrier and took the lead. First-year defender Chelsea Roche passed off a free kick to first-year midfielder Caroline Brawner who fired it into the left corner. Although Holy Cross continued to pressure the Raiders and outshot them 5-3, the Crusaders were unable to capitalize. This left the Raiders with a win of 2-1 and their second Patriot League victory. Colgate will travel to Annapolis, Maryland next Saturday to play its fourth Patriot League game against Navy at noon. Contact Tira Hastings at

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October 13, 2011

Men’s Hockey Starts Season with a Bang

Beats Robert Morris 3-1; No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha 4-3 By Jaime Heilbron Managing Editor

The Colgate men’s hockey team could not have asked for a better start to its season. The Raiders defeated the Robert Morris University Colonials 3-1 on Friday night to avenge last season’s two defeats to them before upsetting the fourteenthranked Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4-3 to take the Mutual of Omaha Maverick Stampede off their hands. Senior forward Austin Smith had a goal and two assists throughout the weekend, while junior forward Kurtis Bartliff scored twice and added an apple in the two-game slate. First-year Joe Wilson scored his first two intercollegiate goals over the weekend, one in each game, including the game winner against Nebraska-Omaha and was chosen ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week. Senior tri-captain Corbin McPherson, sophomore goaltender Eric Mihalik and Bartliff were all selected to the AllTournament team. McPherson also earned the Tournament MVP Award and Mihalik was chosen ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week. “Everyone contributed to the success of the team last weekend,” McPherson said. The Raiders came strong out of the gate in their first contest of the young season, peppering the Robert Morris goaltender with six shots in the first three minutes of play. An untimely penalty shortly after, however, led to Colgate losing all the momentum it had gathered when the Colonials opened the scoring at 3:59. That early goal seemed to throw the Raiders off their groove, as Robert Morris gained confidence and made what had been a one-sided affair to start with an entertaining back-and-forth game. Colgate eventually recovered and, at the 18:46 mark, managed to knot the score at one with junior forward Robbie Bourdon scoring the Raiders’s first goal of the year, assisted by first-year forward John Lidgett, who picked up his first career point. In the second stanza, Colgate came out strong, just like in the first. The Raiders worked the cycle and disconcerted the Colonial defensemen with their passing. Eventually, Colgate found the net again as Bartliff picked up right where he left off last year, tallying the eventual game winner at 6:17, assisted by Lidgett and Bourdon. Neither the Raiders nor Robert

JUST TRY ME: Sophomore goalkeeper Eric Mihalik defends the Colgate net against Robert Morris forwards. Morris did damage throughout the rest of the period. Colgate entered the second intermission holding a 2-1 lead. The Raiders continued to control the pace of the game early in the third frame. Feeling confident in earning its first win of the season, Colgate played with poise, careful not to make any mistakes. At 8:15, Wilson scored his first career goal, assisted by Smith and sophomore forward Mike McCann, thus ensuring for his team a 3-1 victory. Senior goaltender Alex Evin stopped 16 of 17 shots in the triumph, including 16 unanswered after allowing a goal on the first shot he faced. The most important aspect of this win, however, is that the Raiders came from behind to obtain it, something that they did not accomplish until February in the previous season, thus marking a clear distinction between both teams. “This year’s team is unwilling to let a game slip away just because of a one goal deficit,” McPherson said. “We won’t accept defeat as easily this year.”

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The following evening Colgate took on a more formidable opponent in the championship game of the Mutual of Omaha Maverick Stampede, the No. 14 hosts Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks. From the beginning of the contest, one could tell that pulling the upset was not going to come easily for the Raiders, as just 36 seconds into the contest, Colgate was whistled for a penalty. The infraction would prove costly, but not for the Raiders. 70 seconds later, at the 1:46 mark, Smith tallied his first goal of the season, a shorthanded one, assisted by line mate sophomore forward Chris Wagner. The Mavericks quickly recovered and evened the game at 4:34 before taking their first lead of the contest 31 seconds later. Colgate would show its grit towards the end of the period; however, when it managed to knot the game at two at 19:31 when senior forward Nick Prockow scored his first of the campaign assisted by senior forwards Austin Mayer and Matt Firman. Nebraska-Omaha regained the lead, early in the second stanza off a power play

blast. The Raiders refused to give up, however, and kept working until finally, at the 7:53 mark, Bartliff found the net for the second time in the weekend, catching the puck on the air after a scrum in front of the net to tie the game at three. From then on, the contest became a back-and-forth affair with both squads displaying their speed and puck handling abilities to the crowd of 3,831 that was witness to this battle. Contribution from the newcomers would prove to be a recurring theme throughout the weekend when Wilson recorded his second goal of the tournament at 18:00 off assists from Smith and junior defenseman Jeremy Price after a beautiful tic-tac-toe play. The tally, however, resulted from a complete team effort, as in the minutes leading up to the game-winning goal the Raider forecheck proved fundamental in keeping the puck in the Mavericks’s defensive zone, thus tiring them out, and allowing Colgate to take a lead it would not relinquish. The third frame was one filled with emotion, as on one side the hosts had the pressure to repeat as champions in their tournament for the fourth consecutive year, while the Raiders were hoping to go home with the trophy and play the role of spoiler. While both teams fought hard throughout the period, with the Mavericks desperate to tie the game and Colgate working to conserve its lead, both goaltenders – especially Mihalik – stood tall and protected both nets to perfection throughout the last 20 minutes, which allowed the Raiders to capture their first trophy of the year, earning a quality win against a high-caliber opponent in a hostile arena. “A win early on builds confidence and so long as we continue to work hard we should be able to continue to build that confidence and hopefully maintain it throughout the season,” McPherson said. This upcoming weekend Colgate will host national powerhouse and preseason No. 1 Miami University Redhawks in its home opening series on Friday and Saturday. As of Monday afternoon, the Redhawks are No. 4/5 in the nation. “The team will need to continue to work hard in practice to prepare ourselves as best as we can for the games this weekend,” McPherson said. Both contests are slated to begin at 7 p.m. Contact Jaime Heilbron at

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October 13, 2011



SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS Patriot League Standings

Team American Lafayette Bucknell Lehigh Colgate Holy Cross

League Overall 2-0 6-5 2-0 6-6 1-1 4-8 1-1 3-11 0-2 5-8 0-2 1-12

Women’s Soccer


Field Hockey Team Lehigh Holy Cross Bucknell Georgetown Colgate Lafayette

League Overall 1-0 5-1 1-0 2-3 1-1 4-2 1-1 4-2 0-1 3-3 0-1 1-4

Team Lafayette Army Colgate Lehigh Navy Bucknell Holy Cross American

League 3-0-0 2-0-1 2-0-1 2-1-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 0-3-0 0-3-0

Men’s Soccer

Overall 8-3-1 9-2-3 9-4-1 6-5-1 8-5-2 3-8-1 2-3-2 4-10-1

Team American Lafayette Lehigh Navy Colgate Army Bucknell Holy Cross

League 3-0-0 2-0-1 1-1-1 1-1-1 1-1-1 1-2-0 1-2-0 0-3-0

Volleyball Overall 5-7-1 6-3-3 4-2-5 4-6-3 7-3-2 5-7-0 6-5-1 1-8-2

Team American Army Colgate Lehigh Holy Cross Navy Bucknell Lafayette

League 5-0 4-1 4-1 3-2 2-3 1-4 1-4 0-5

Overall 12-9 13-6 8-11 11-7 6-15 6-14 4-10 7-10

Raider Action

Raider Results Field Hockey: Lafayette 5, Colgate 0*; Colgate 1, Cornell 0; Lehigh 2, Colgate 1* Women’s Soccer: Colgate 3, Bucknell 0*; Colgate 1, Army 1 (2OT)*; Colgate 2, Holy Cross 1* Volleyball: Colgate 3, Lehigh 0*; Colgate 3, Lafayette 0*; Syracuse 3, Colgate 0; Colgate 3, Bucknell 1*; Colgate 3, Cornell 1 Football: Colgate 38, Fordham 14*; Colgate 26, Monmouth 14 Men’s Soccer: Colgate 0, Lehigh 0*(2OT); Colgate 3, Albany 0; Colgate 1, Holy Cross 0*; Cornell 1, Colgate 0 Women’s Hockey: New Hampshire 3, Colgate 0; No. 8 Northeastern 5, Colgate 0 Men’s Hockey: Colgate 3, Robert Morris 1; Colgate 4, No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha 3

* denotes Patriot League or ECAC Hockey opponent

Friday: 3:00 p.m. Women’s Hockey vs. Lindenwood 7:00 p.m. Volleyball vs. Holy Cross 7:00 p.m. Men’s Hockey vs. No. 4/5 Miami(Ohio) Saturday:11:00 a.m. Men’s Cross Country at Albany 12:00 p.m. Women’s Cross Country at Penn State 12:00 p.m. Field Hockey at American 12:00 p.m. Women’s Soccer at Navy 1:00 p.m. Football vs. Cornell (Homecoming) 3:00 p.m. Women’s Ice Hockey vs Lindenwood 4:00 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs Army (Alumni Weekend) 7:00 p.m. Volleyball vs Army 7:00 p.m. Men’s Hockey vs. No. 4/5 Miami(Ohio)

Sports Spotlights Corbin McPherson ’12

Kaylee Fifer ’14

Sport: Men’s Ice Hockey Hometown: Folsom, CA Major: Philosophy Why Corbin? He earned the tournament MVP award after his performance at the Mutual of Omaha Maverick Stampede tournament. 1. What was it like beating Nebraska-Omaha in their hometown, in a game in which they were favored? It was surreal beating Nebraska-Omaha in their hometown in the championship game. The atmosphere and the fans were incredible, it was an Athletic Communications awesome environment to win a game in. 2. This was the Raiders’s first tournament win since the 2006 UConn Classic. What does it mean to win a tournament and start off the season that way? I think this tournament serves as a good precursor for what’s to come this season. None of my teammates will accept defeat as willingly as we have in past years. 3. You were named MVP of the tournament. What does this type of personal accolade mean to you? To be named MVP is just a testament to the hard work and effort put forth by my teammates. 4. Freshmen John Lidgett and Joe Wilson have already combined for five points in the first two games. How has their transition to college hockey been so seamless? All of our incoming freshmen are very talented and will continue to contribute to the team in any way they can. Their adjustment to the college level proves their willingness to do whatever it takes to prepare themselves to be successful. 5. This weekend you have a huge two-game set with preseason No. 1 Miami at Starr Rink. How excited are you for the games, and what must the team focus on to bring home wins? I’m just as excited for Miami as I am for any other game I’m preparing to play in. I can’t get misty-eyed by an opponent because of a ranking. As long as our team continues to stay disciplined and improve our team defense, then the goals will take care of themselves.

Sport: Volleyball Hometown: Lantana, TX Major: Undecided Why Kaylee? She recorded a career high 12 kills, as well as 38 assists in leading the team to their third straight Patriot League victory. 1. You had a career-high 12 kills, along with 38 assists in the team’s four-set victory over Bucknell. What contributed to your production on the court? The team passed one of the highest that it has all season (meaning almost all perfect passes), so Athletic Communications it was easy for me to spread out the offense and create openings for my hitters, resulting in more assists. As for the kills, with the other side worrying about the hitters so much, it also opened up more opportunities for me to attack and be successful doing so. 2. Given that you are a setter, what do you take more pride in – those 12 kills or the 38 assists? I think I take more pride in assists. The higher the assists means that the hitting percentage is higher for the attackers. And if the attackers have a higher hitting percentage, that means I gave them one-on-ones and more opportunities to score. 3. The team struggled in the second set after cruising to a victory in the first set. How important was it for the team to come out and win that third set as decisively as you did? It was extremely important for us to do so. Coming back out we wanted to set the tone that we were focused and winning the match, and in beating a team like we did in the third set, I think we successfully achieved our goal. 4. The team has posted a strong record at home this year. Does playing in front of the hometown crowd make a difference in the team’s mindset? Playing at home, and especially with fans that are as involved as ours are, provides a great advantage for us. We do not have to travel, which is always a plus getting to sleep at home, and being in the gym we are used to helps a great deal. 5. The team has posted a strong record in the first half of Patriot League play so far. What are you gals going to have to do to maintain your success in the second half of Patriot League play that starts in a couple of weeks? As a team, we are going to have to stay focused on the team and games ahead of us and not jump too far ahead. We are also going to need to stay flexible with our positions and ready for anything that comes our way.

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Despite one disappointing loss to nonconference opponent Syracuse University, the Colgate volleyball team experienced measured success over the past two weeks with wins recorded in all three of its Patriot League matches. Colgate swept both Lehigh and Lafayette on September 30 and October 1 during its Dig Pink event to fight breast cancer, and conquered Bucknell in only four games the following Saturday, October 8. Colgate eased slowly into its first set against Lehigh. Initially, the Raiders fell behind to a 9-3 lead, but senior Blaire Safir and first-year Kenzie Hume were able to feed off the strong crowd presence to start off a 7-1 run to tie the game at 10 apiece. Sophomore Kaylee Fifer helped with a kill of her own in addition to three Mountain Hawk errors. The Raiders took their momentum through the tie to gain a 19-13 lead down the stretch. Sophomore Lindsay Young contributed four kills in the run and, after kills from several of her teammates, sealed the deal at 25-18 for the Raiders. “We did a great job controlling the front of the net with our blocking and it was one of the best performances we have had in that category,” Head Coach Ryan Baker said. “Young was a major part of the offense tonight and Faines played exceptional at the front of the net as a blocker.” Colgate had no trouble staying in system and powering through the remainder of the Lehigh match for games two and three. The Raiders came out to a strong start in game two with a 9-2 lead with five different players recording kills within those first 11 points. They were able to secure a 10-point lead at 20-10, and ended the second set in

a 25-14 score. Although Lehigh attempted to come back in game three, the Raiders pushed their lead to 18-16 to be followed by a 7-3 run. Senior Kaylee Dougherty ended the game at 25-19 with a final kill. “This was one of the best atmospheres at Cotterell Court in a long time,” said Baker. “I felt the fans were the difference makers tonight and the team hopes they show up again tomorrow.” With the enthusiastic encouragement of the Colgate community and momentum under their wings, Colgate walked back onto Cotterell Court ready to take on Lafayette. The team once again walked away with a sweep on the books after dominating for three straight matches. Young led Colgate with 11 kills, and Fifer walked away with 29 assists for the match, while sophomore Lexi Finger contributed on defense with 10 digs of her own. The Raiders were controlled behind the line and maintained possession of the ball for the majority of the match. The victorious weekend came to a close, and the Raiders suffered a defeat against Syracuse University last Wednesday. Each of the three sets was competitive and saw the two teams neck-and-neck in play until the last few points when the Orange were about to pull ahead and leave Colgate in the dust. The team was able to make a comeback this past weekend, however, as they pulled off a 3-1 win over Patriot League opponent, Bucknell. Fifer set her career record and led Colgate with 12 kills and contributed 38 assists in the match. “We got great production from our outside hitters,” said Baker. “Young put up big numbers and she was a go-to player throughout the match. Blair Safir did a great job at the front and back line. I was Continued on page D-5

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