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State of the World. B-1

Trayless Dining in Fall 2012. A-5

Commencement Speaker Mark Murphy ’77 Announced By Selina Koller Assistant Editor

During Colgate’s 191st Commencement Ceremony, keynote speaker Mark H. Murphy ’77 will address the Class of 2012. Murphy is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Green Bay Packers. In addition to being a graduate, Murphy was Colgate’s Athletics Director from 1992 to 2003. Under Murphy’s tutelage, Colgate’s football team, which previously had a 0-11 record, appeared three times in a row at the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. “When [Colgate] advanced to that game, it was a great source

of pride for our school, the community and all the schools in the Patriot League,” Murphy wrote in his biography on the Green Bay Packers website. The same biography also said that under Murphy, the graduation rate of student-athletes was among the highest in the Patriot League, a distinction Colgate still holds today. Following Colgate, Murphy earned an MBA in finance from American University and a law degree from Georgetown University. He also played eight seasons with the Washington Redskins, with whom he won Super Bowl XVII in 1982. The commencement’s bacca-

COLGATE TO CEO: Alumnus Mark Murphy ’77 will be this year’s commencement speaker. Murphy served as the Athletic Director at Colgate, and is currently the CEO of the Green Bay Packers.

SGA Debates Showcase Candidates By Thomas Hedges Maroon-News Staff

A record 25 or so people showed up at this year’s Student Government Association (SGA) presidential debate with one of them even asking a question. “What’s one thing that you’d like to accomplish for next year?” sole inquirer, current school president and senior Mike Miller asked. “One thing I will get done is expand the curriculum in terms of business-related courses…It’s as simple as adding a 9:20 for one teacher and a 10:20 for another teacher,” junior Bryan Ferguson whose partner is junior Colin Cowles said. “If I had to pick one thing, it would be renaming the rugby field. The name of the rugby field right now is just Academy

Field. It’s not named after an alumnus or a donor or anything like that. And I think we’d be doing a good thing by remembering Vic [Krivitski] because he loved that field and we loved having him on it,” junior Matt Ford followed. “For me, it would be getting initial renovations for the J.C.C [James C. Colgate Hall]. We won’t be able to get an addition built in time, but we can at least make it a useful space so that the million dollars spent on the kitchen [in Donovan’s Pub] won’t be wasted,” Ford’s partner junior Joe Trapp added. “I think the most concrete part of our platform is the double major with a minor or double minor possibility,” junior Amy-Elise McBeth said. Continued on A-3

laureate speaker will be Eboo Patel, author of Acts of Faith, which the Class of 2015 was required to read this past summer. Patel visited campus in October to discuss the book, in which he tells of his religious and spiritual maturation and progression. Patel founded the Interfaith Youth Core, which is an organization that promotes good works and cooperation among people of all religions. Patel earned a doctorate in sociology from Oxford University, which he attended on a Rhodes scholarship. Both Murphy and Patel will receive honorary degrees during the commencement ceremony, in addition to three other individuals of outstanding merit. Nancy Cantor is the President of Syracuse University. She has been a staunch advocate for the rights of women and of minority races, especially in the academic realm. In 2008, Cantor was awarded the Carnegie Corporation’s prestigious Academic Leadership Award. “[The award] recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the realms of curricular innovation, reform of K-12 education and the promotion of strong links between their institution and their local communities,” the Carnegie Corporation’s website states. Continued on A-5

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Dragball features Pandora Boxx. C-1

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Softball Wins Dome Game. D-4

Holi Celebration Brings Color to Campus

HUES OF HOLI: This year’s Holi festival drew about 400 people, who celebrated by eating Indian food and throwing colorful powder. By Caroline Main Maroon-News Staff

On Saturday March 24, students gathered in the Hall of Presidents (HOP) to celebrate and learn about Holi, a Hindu holiday. Hosted by the Hindu Student Association (HSA), the event featured presentations on the significance of the holiday, Indian food for participants to enjoy and outdoor festivities. Students came to the event for various reasons: some for the food, some for the paint and others for the cultural immersion. Prior to the event, HSA members placed bright posters around campus, encouraging their peers to attend.

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The outdoor festivities included throwing colorful powder, being sprayed by the water hose and swimming in two blow-up pools on Whitnall Field. “I came for the paint and the food. There’s so much to do: there’s the water pool, paint and everything,” first-year Brian Reagan said. Also known as the festival of colors, Holi is celebrated during the spring in all areas of the world. It is a religious holiday in the Hindu tradition commemorating the Hindu God, Halika. It is a day of happiness, represented by the bright colors of the powder that participants throw at each other. Continued on A-3

Alumnus Joe Mendelson Discusses Environmental Law By Jenna Klorfein Maroon-News Staff

On March 23, Colgate Sustainability and the Phi Delta Theta fraternity sponsored a lecture given by Policy Director of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Joe Mendelson ’88. The lecture was followed by a reception at the Phi Delta Theta house open to anyone who wished to speak with Mendelson. Focusing on issues of climate change and possible careers in environmental advocacy, Mendelson spoke about his own experiences within the field of environmental law and his role at the NWF. Working with the organization’s climate and energy program, Mendelson and his colleagues discuss and implement solutions to global warming.

“The scale of what we need to do with renewable resources is monstrous,” Mendelson said. Despite the enormous work to be done, Mendelson’s lecture was hopeful, as he encouraged students

of the notion that if significant changes are made, disaster from climate change is not inevitable. “I’m not saying this to say it’s all over,” Mendelson said. Continued on A-5

WILDLIFE WARRIOR: In his lecture, Joe Mendelson ’88 shared his experience with the National Wildlife Federation and discussed issues in environmental law.



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OfficeHours:: Carolyn Hsu Professor Creates Colgate Campus Climate Life Survey to Study Student Body

By Matthew Knowles Maroon-News Staff

On her page in the Colgate University Factory Directory, there is a lot to read about Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Carolyn Hsu and her sociological studies on Chinese Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). However, despite how influential these studies may be, these are not the works by which most Colgate students know Professor Hsu. “I think what I am known at Colgate for, at least by the older students, is the research I have done about the school,” Professor Hsu said. “We did a study of the Colgate student body and the different experiences that Colgate students have here.” This report, known as the Colgate Campus Climate Life Survey (CCLS), offers a wide scope of sociologically relevant statistics

about Colgate students and their lives on campus, and its most recent version was published in 2009. However, the report has its origins all of the way back in 2003, and Professor Hsu was there from the beginning. “I came to Colgate in 2001, and when I got here, I was put on the Africana, Latin American, AsianAmerican and Native American (ALANA) Affairs Committee which is supposed to do stuff for minority students here at Colgate, but we had no information! We really had no data,” Professor Hsu said. “So I thought: lots of people here on campus study race, and in 2003 I partnered with Landon Reid in the Psychology Department to create a climate survey, of how people are experiencing the place.” In 2003, they looked at everything from race and gender to socioeconomic class and Greek affiliation to see which categories contributed the most to satisfaction with the Colgate experience.

Chinese culture and social relations, inspired from her visit there after her senior year in high school. “I did not expect it, but I loved it there! One of the things that really hit me when I was there was that I could have grown up there, right? These kids are so different from me, but I could have been like them. Then you start thinking, who am I?” Hsu said. It is that fascination that inspired her to take a great number of classes pertaining to Chinese culture and society in her undergraduate years. HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE: Before she knew it, she had all of the necessary requirements for a double Besides on-campus research, major in East Asian Studies (her first Professor Hsu also focuses on major was English Literature). Now, Chinese Non-Governmental Professor Hsu specializes in the Organizations. Carolyn Hsu study of Chinese NGOs and their Later, in 2009, they administered interactions with the government. the survey again, but this time with “The question everyone asks me a section asking about social life. about NGOs is: ‘is this the beginUltimately though, the Colgate ning of civil society? The fact that Campus Climate Survey is only a China is starting an NGO sector, note in Professor Hsu’s career. Her is this society pushing back against true passions reside in studying the state?’” Professor Hsu said. “I

think this is a very western way of looking at it and that we are asking the wrong question. I think it is too simplistic of a formulation.” In fact, according to Professor Hsu, these NGOs seem to be actively trying to help the government better serve the people by cutting around the bureaucratic slog that is the Chinese state. The people who work for these NGOs are very clever and strategic at making the state do what is important to solve social problems in China. If this continues, China will change, but may not head down the same path as the U.S. “Is this going to lead to a China where people have more power? Yeah, I think so. Is that going to look like liberalization? I don’t know. This is why I do this, because I want to see if they come up with something different.” Considering how rapidly China is developing, Professor Hsu will have no shortage of work in her future. Contact Matthew Knowles at

Student Group Promotes BCAC Hosts Sixth Annual Mental Health Awareness “Party for Pink” Through a T-Shirt Campaign By Hannah Fuchs Maroon-News Staff

On Thursday, March 22, the Breast Cancer Awareness Coalition (BCAC) and Phi Kappa Tau fraternity hosted its annual semi-formal event, Party for Pink. Organized by BCAC President junior Joann Lynch, Vice President junior Jenny MacGregor and publicity co-chairs sophomores Selina Koller and Sydney Weinberg, Party for Pink aimed to raise money for the Young Survival Coalition and to raise greater awareness about breast cancer. “The Young Survival Coalition raises money for young women battling breast cancer and also informs the public about breast cancer through survival stories,” MacGregor said. Party for Pink, which is BCAC’s biggest event of the year, has been a tradition for six years. The semi-formal event was funded by Colgate’s Budget Allocation Committee, and took place at Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. In addition to selling shirts for $12, BCAC held a raffle at the event to raise money. This year, BCAC raised a total of $1,216. The raffle consisted of gift certificates donated by local businesses such as Oliveri’s, New York Pizzeria, Steph Boutique, Barge Canal,

La Iguana, Hamilton Eatery and Hamilton Whole Foods. “The local businesses were so willing to help and very generous,” Lynch said. In addition to Party for Pink, BCAC has sponsored a Denim Sale in the O’Connor Campus Center (Coop) in the past to raise money for breast cancer research. Looking forward, the club intends to create a volunteer program to help breast cancer patients in coordination with a hospital in Syracuse. This service program would be open to all Colgate students. BCAC also hopes to set up a brown bag with the Women’s Studies department to continue to foster awareness of the disease. Contact Hannah Fuchs at

By Amanda Golden Maroon-News Staff

Last Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, Active Minds, a student group on campus, hosted t-shirt decorating sessions to raise awareness for mental health issues. The group, which was started and is run by four seniors on campus, is based off the national group whose mission is to use students to change the conversation about mental health, targeting college campuses specifically. The Active Minds t-shirt campaign is a project designed to raise awareness of mental health issues. “I started Active Minds two years ago with three of my friends, seniors Caroline Komanecky, Lauren Richardson and Cassie Lawson, and [I] serve as president,” senior Suzanne Collier said. “It is a national organization whose mission is to spread awareness about mental health issues on college campuses and reduce the stigma surrounding them.” When asked why she decided to bring this organization’s message to campus, Collier explained that she felt it would be well received by both students and faculty. “We thought that there was a definite need for this type of club at Colgate,” Collier said. “Over the

years we have had several events including speakers, movie screenings, stomp out stigma days, eating disorder awareness week, freshmen transition events and a seasonal affective disorder event last week.” The t-shirt decorating sessions were opportunities for students to get involved not just with the student group but also to become aware of the issues the group works to represent. “The idea was that people could stop by the O’Connor Campus Center (Coop) last week. We had blank t-shirts and decorating supplies so that people could make tshirts in support of mental illness,” Collier said. “Some of the ones I saw so far have been statistics, such as ‘one in four college students has a diagnosable mental illness,’ phrases such as ‘stomp out stigma’ or ‘change the conversation about mental health’ or [are] in support or memory of people who have struggled with mental illness or even taken their own lives.” Collier explained that the group plans to use the decorated shirts to create a kind of an awareness exhibit. “We are going to make a display out of the t-shirts in the Coop and leave it up for the week,” Collier said. “The hope is that as people

pass by the display, they will stop to read what is written on the shirts and hopefully the shirts will start conversations among people who do not usually discuss the importance of mental health or realize the prevalence of mental illness on Colgate’s campus. We want to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness so that people can feel comfortable discussing it, just like they would if they were sick with the flu.” The decorating events as well as the group’s presence on campus have been well received. “Everyone has been really supportive,” Collier said. “A lot of people came by to make shirts, so hopefully that will start conversations.” One of the group’s student members is a strong advocate for its cause and the t-shirt campaign. “I joined the group at the beginning of the year and I’ve really enjoyed it,” first-year Claire Streeter said. “It’s a nice group of people. They are good at coming up with creative ideas for events and getting all the members involved. I’m definitely going to continue on with the group over the next three years.” Contact Amanda Golden at

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12:06 a.m.: Residents of Crawshaw House were found in possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, had covered a smoke detector and were smoking in a residence hall. Case referred for disciplinary process. 10:53 a.m.: A student was injured after falling outside of 80 Broad Street (Bunche House), and declined medical assistance. 3:20 p.m.: A staff member at the Bookstore reported receiving a harassing voicemail.

Tuesday, 3/20 1:48 a.m.: Campus Safety assisted the Hamilton Police with an underage intoxicated student on Madison Street. Student was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Wednesday, 3/21 2:22 a.m.: A resident of Parker Apartments was found to have covered a smoke detector. Case referred for disciplinary process. 3:14 a.m.: Campus Safety on routine patrol of 100 Hamilton Street reported damage to a door.

8:00 a.m.: Received a report of drug paraphernalia on a porch at the Townhouse Apartments. 9:59 a.m.: A student reported unauthorized charges made against a ’Gate card on campus. 9:17 p.m.: Received a report of a one car, property damage, accident at James B. Colgate Hall.

Thursday, 3/22 12:38 a.m.: Campus Safety assisted the Hamilton Police with an underage intoxicated student at New York Pizzeria, Hamilton. Student was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 12:55 a.m.: Campus Safety assisted the Hamilton Police with an underage intoxicated student on Lebanon Street. Student was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 1:10 a.m.: Received a report of an underage intoxicated student at West Hall who was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 1:46 a.m.: Received a report of an underage intoxicated student at Curtis Hall who was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary process. 9:56 a.m.: Residents of Newell

Apartments failed to evacuate for a fire alarm. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Friday, 3/23 10:56 a.m.: During the New York State Fire Inspections, a resident of Shepardson House failed to comply with state fire codes by continually using an extension cord, and also failed to comply with the university’s request to remove the extension cord. Case referred for disciplinary process. 3:00 p.m.: A student reported receiving a harassing tweet while on campus. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Saturday, 3/24 2:09 a.m.: Received a report from the Hamilton Police an underage intoxicated student was cited for petty larceny and possession of a forged instrument on Utica Street. Case referred for disciplinary process. 2:53 a.m.: A resident of 52 Broad Street (Theta Chi Fraternity) was found in possession of marijuana and smoking in a residence hall. Case referred for disciplinary process. 4:33 a.m.: A fire alarm at Wynn

Hall was caused by a water leak in the sprinkler system. The Hamilton Fire Department assisted Campus Safety with the call. 5:11 a.m.: A resident of Parke House was found in possession of a candle against university regulations. Case referred for disciplinary process. 2:38 p.m.: Campus Safety on routine patrol of the First-Year student parking lot observed a beer keg, prohibited on university property, outside of a student’s vehicle. Case referred for disciplinary process. 5:26 p.m.: Residents of the Townhouse Apartments were found in possession of marijuana and smoking in a residence hall. Case referred for disciplinary process. 5:33 p.m.: Campus Safety reported damage to a door at the Townhouse Apartments. 5:38 p.m.: Campus Safety reported damage to a window at the Townhouse Apartments. 5:56 p.m.: A student was observed on a roof and failed to comply with a Campus Safety officer’s request to stay off the roof at 88 Broad Street (Beta Theta Pi Fraternity). Case referred for disciplinary process. 7:15 p.m.: A student reported his laptop missing from Case Library;

it was later recovered. 10:43 p.m.: An ill student at East Hall was injured after falling and was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance. 11:10 p.m.: Received a report of an unregistered party at the Townhouse Apartments with drinking games. Case referred for disciplinary process.

Sunday, 3/25 12:20 a.m.: A student was found in possession of fictitious driver’s license at 88 Hamilton Street (Campus Safety). Case referred for disciplinary process. 2:19 a.m.: Campus Safety on routine patrol of the Parker Commons found an intoxicated student and took him to his residence at Parker Apartments. The student and his roommate became physical against Campus Safety officers and were arrested by the Hamilton Police Department for harassment. Case referred for disciplinary process. 3:18 a.m.: Campus Safety on routine patrol of 100 Hamilton Street reported damage to a door. 5:00 a.m.: A Campus Safety officer was injured at Parker Apartments during a physical altercation.

Students Celebrate SGA Candidates Discuss Holi Future Plans of Action in

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“Holi is pretty popular on campus. There was a lot of promotion involved, and we must have had 400 plus people in attendance,” Hindu Student Association member and first-year Sagar Saxena said. “I gave a presentation on the background of Holi, then everyone had food. Holi goes down deep in Hindu tradition.” Students focused on the cultural aspect of the presentation while enjoying the company of their peers, eating authentic food and throwing colored powder at each other outside the HOP. This has become a tradition to look forward to for some Colgate students. “I went here last year, so it’s been a tradition for me. It’s just fantastic: you’re running around throwing colors. It’s definitely growing in popularity,” sophomore Ali Meyer said.

Throwing powder was the most popular event of the day, drawing students in to participate in something different and unusual on their Saturday afternoon. The event has become famous across the student body, with students viewing it as a pre-graduation requirement. “We’re both seniors and we’ve always wanted to come. They always have it when the weather is nice,” senior Cloe Bushnell said. Colgate’s HSA has integrated Holi into the school’s spring culture, making it an anticipated and exciting event, and this year was no exception. “There were tons of people. Everyone can come to it, it’s like a pre-SPW [Spring Party Weekend],” senior Sonya Falcone said. Contact Caroline Main at

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Light of Upcoming Election

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“It shows how we want our students to be recognized. If you put in the work than you deserve to get the credit,” McBeth’s partner junior Ali Berkman said. Each ticket has quite a diverse platform of ideas. Ford and Trapp want to revisit the keg policy. They argue that cans are, in fact, more dangerous than kegs because students are able to consume more freely with cans. In the opinion of the students, kegs are regulated by a steady flow and this will slow the drinking process down. Ford and Trapp also plan to stock Case-Geyer Library with rentable academic supplies, set up block parties in the town of Hamilton, establish a coat-check at the Jug and public toilets out back, open Donovan’s Pub up for breakfast, spearhead the building of a community garden greenhouse, get laundry services in all dorms and ensure that events like the Colgate Activities Board’s trip to a David Guetta concert become commonplace. On the other hand, Cowles and Ferguson and their “Lucky

Colgate 13 Platform” coincidentally, or not, has thirteen points on the agenda. They range from offering engineering courses to getting a Campus Redbox program set up to improving campus food to restructuring housing, class selection and parking policies to instating drunk pick-ups, in which sober individuals would be able to provide rides for any inebriated students downtown. McBeth and Berkman stressed the importance of healthy and inclusive social spaces on campus. They emphasize their Greek/Unaffiliated ticket, which “aims to address the concerns of exclusivity on campus by developing a variety of social options and creating a social atmosphere where everyone feels included here at Colgate.” They also want to connect students with administrators through blogs, fireside chats and “bi-yearly state of the union address[es] and budget release[s].” Other projects include revitalizing tailgates, setting up open houses at Greek-letter organizations, creating more social spaces like Donovan’s Pub, the

Colgate Student Union and the Parker Commons. Current SGA presidents Mike Miller and Andrew Schlenger started many of the same projects as those listed above. The candidates for next year would like to expand those projects. Miller and Schlenger, for example, created the first state of the union address. They also worked on opening up Donovan’s Pub and initiated talks about improving the Colgate Student Union to make it more of a student center. These candidates have held many positions. They have all been co-chairs, senators, presidents, treasurers and committee members of countless things that make other things happen here at Colgate University. They have websites and posters all around. They have blogs and Facebook pages. The only thing pending now is the vote. The election will begin on April 1 and end on April 3 and students can vote online through the Colgate Portal. Contact Thomas Hedges at



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Portraits of Belief A Visual Tour of Utica’s Religions

By Lyla Currim Maroon-News Staff

Only 45 minutes away from Colgate’s campus lies the city of Utica. Unbeknownst to many, the city is a melting pot of various faiths – from Roman Catholicism to Bosnian Islam to Buddhism. Below is a snapshot of Utica’s houses of worship.

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Environmental Lawyer Gives Lecture Continued from A-1

“We’ve got to do something about it. It’s going to be the central issue for your generation…in whatever you do,” Mendelson said. Mendelson, who majored in political science and international studies, was always interested in law but did not get into environmental advocacy until later in life. After graduating from Colgate in 1988, Mendelson moved on to get his J.D. from George Washington University. “I sort of launched into this career,” Mendelson said. Mendelson’s interest in the field of environmental law was solidified after taking an International Studies and Politics class with the founder of Earth Day. “We talked about how health, economy, everything centered around the environment,” Mendelson said. Among other accomplishments, Mendelson was instrumental in

the Massachusetts vs. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) case. In short, the case began as Mendelson and others at the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) reviewed the Clean Air Act and decided to write a legal petition to the EPA, encouraging them to revise the act to include carbon dioxide as a pollutant. After the EPA refused to answer, Mendelson filed two lawsuits in 2002 and 2003, and finally made more progress in 2005 when 13 states filed separate lawsuits against the agency. Not discouraged by the court’s split decision, Mendelson successfully petitioned for the case to go to the Supreme Court. Hearing the court had ruled in his favor, Mendelson was shocked at the exposure the case had received. “We thought maybe we would raise some political momentum to get EPA to act and maybe

Congress,” Mendelson said. The court’s ruling solidified Mendelson’s claim that all greenhouse gases were pollutants and that according to the clean air act, the EPA had to act. “It’s still not enough,” Mendelson said. “We still need more legislation, but we’re looking at one pathway to change.” After the lecture, Mendelson talked to students at Phi Delta Theta about possible career options, environmental issues and any other remaining questions they had. “A Colgate education opens you up to a lot of different ways to get involved,” Mendelson said. “There’s no running away from climate change but we can find solutions if we work at it piece by piece. You can help in your own way.” Contact Jenna Klorfein at

Murphy Named Commencement Speaker for Class of 2012 Continued from A-1

Robert Darnton is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library at Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard in 1960 and received a doctorate in history from Oxford University, which he attended under a Rhodes scholarship. Darnton is a scholar of French cultural history, and is considered one of the leading scholars

on 18th century France. He has also done extensive research on the history of the published book. Darnton is a trustee of the New York Public Library. Francesca Zambello ’78 is the general and artistic director of the Glimmerglass Festival, which is an internationally renowned summer opera located nearby in Cooperstown, New York. Zambello’s work in the

theatre is internationally accredited. She directed the Broadway production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid in 2008. In 2011, Zambello was appointed the artistic advisor to the Washington National Opera. Commencement for the Class of 2012 will be on Sunday, May 20 in the Sanford Field House. Contact Selina Koller at

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SGA Update: Frank Dining Hall to Go Trayless by Fall 2012 By Cody Semrau Maroon-News Staff

In one of Colgate’s most recent sustainability efforts, Frank Dining Hall will be going trayless beginning in the fall of 2012. To get students ready for the change, the Student Government Association (SGA) will be holding “Trayless Tuesdays” throughout the remainder of the school year beginning on April 10. Back in 2009, Colgate welcomed its first ever Sustainability Coordinator, John Pumilio. Since then, the University has seen a number of improvements toward becoming a “greener” campus. It was with Pumilio’s help that the Environmental Studies 390 class (ENST 390) was able to make headway on trayless dining in the spring of last year. The ENST 390 project focused on three main roadblocks to implementing trayless dining: How will students respond to the idea of trayless dining? What sustainability benefits will result from going trayless? And what changes will need to be made to the current dishwashing system? The success of trayless dining relies on the inability for students to carry more than one or two plates of food at a time – an obvious inconvenience for many. Although it is expected that the student body will initially have a negative reaction to going trayless, many believe that students will ultimately appreciate this sustainability effort. In a survey conducted last year, the ENST 390 project discovered that 33 percent of Colgate students did not support going trayless, 47 percent approved of the change, and 20 percent were indifferent. “Many students will probably perceive the switch as an inconvenience at first, but I’m sure they’ll adapt to the change,” first-year Laura Lee said. “We’re a smart group of kids who realize the bigger effort here, so I’m sure it won’t cause too much trouble.” How will this impact Colgate’s sustainability in the fall semester? Here is some food for thought. Every year, Colgate produces about 82 tons of food waste. Throughout the United States, food scraps make up nearly 13 percent of annual waste, the same waste that ends up in landfills across the country. As it decomposes, it produces a greenhouse gas called methane. With concern to global warming, methane has ramifications that are 21 times greater than that of carbon dioxide.

Sodexo, the dining services contractor at Colgate, has already seen a number of its other campuses that have elected to ditch the trays. The impact has been profound. “Over 40 percent of Sodexo campuses have already gone trayless and the results are indisputable,” Pumilio said. “Going trayless reduces food waste by 30-40 percent. Ultimately, that is less land and resources needed to produce the food.” Not only have these institutions been able to diminish food waste, but they have also seen cuts in both their water and energy consumption. Annually, between 10 and 12 thousand gallons of water are devoted to tray washing at Frank Dining Hall alone. Because this water needs to be heated between 140 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, washing trays requires a significant amount of energy, as well. Eliminating trays would therefore also eradicate these unnecessary energy burdens. Under the current dishwashing system, the conveyor belt is made specifically for trays, not for dishes alone, which creates a need for a new conveyor belt to be put into place. This installment will take place over the summer of 2012 and it is expected to cost between $80,000 and $100,000. The current conveyer belt, however, is over 14 years old and is prone to breakdowns. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before it needed to be replaced. But not only does decreasing Colgate’s consumption of food, water and energy have a positive impact on the University’s environmental footprint, it has a profound economic impact as well. Even if the conveyer belt didn’t need to be replaced, it would have paid for itself in under a year. The ENST 390 project estimated that trayless dining would save Colgate from anywhere between $130,000 to $412,000 each and every year. It is expected that these savings will be used to help promote further sustainability efforts, such as buying more local produce from farms around the area. In the coming weeks, the SGA’s Trayless Tuesdays will help students ease into a Frank dining experience without trays, while educating the campus about all of the positive sustainability impacts that this change will entail. “In the end, we hope this initiative raises awareness of the value of food and to only put on your plate what you are going to eat,” Pumilio said. Contact Cody Semrau at



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Editor’s Column To Change the World? By Rebekah Ward Assistant Editor

In English, we have all these sayings about knowledge. Most of them are positive: knowledge is power; knowledge talks, wisdom listens; knowledge comes through practice. But we do retain at least one negative proverb: a little knowledge can be dangerous. This sounds simple enough: we ought to be careful about what we do with “a little” knowledge. The thing is, how do we know at what point we can stop watching our backs, and at what point we graduate from “a little” knowledge to “a lot?” I had initially planned to write this column about something more lighthearted and fun. You could easily be reading an ode to trampled movie stub collectors as they faced swarms of pre-teens, teens and mysteriously unashamed college students flooding in to Hunger Games premieres this past weekend. I might have opted to describe the hilarity of my latest attempt at cooking a meal – although perhaps not, since January is quickly becoming a distant memory. I almost chose to mourn the state of the world based on the fact that the number one item on is currently a photo of a sandwich-shaped flip-flop, mysteriously mislabeled, “Sculptural Burger Sandals.” But by some twist of fate, you are reading instead a brief and only slightly less cynical ramble about a young woman’s concern with the state of the world. “The world?” you might be asking. “How can she be concerned about the state of the entire world?” And, well, I would – and will – respond by saying, “Exactly.” Whether firm believers in the CNN effect or better convinced by compassion fatigue arguments, few fail to admit that the more media we have access to, the more “world” there is to be concerned about. The small home space and media-simplified international conflicts that used to represent the scope of an individual’s knowledge-jurisdiction have been burst wide open. As an international community, we have found the trick-bottom and opened the floodgates for information. Fishing around in this Google-dominated bottomless pit, the more we know, the more we question, and the more we question, the more we want to know. This, of course, brings me to the inevitable discourse of internet activism. Trending topics on Twitter, sensationalist YouTube videos and catchy campaigns are drawing audiences to causes in sheer numbers that have never been possible before. Some critics have dismissed this brand of activism, labeling it “slacktivism:” what does the simple re-post or “like” of an article have to do with the real project of furthering a cause? This is the same argument that has been directed at earlier trends – Livestrong wristbands and the signing of internet petitions, to name two. But for all of the above, many people seem to engage in this kind of micro-level activism without knowing anything about the cause beyond that single article, video or trend. So, since we would ideally all be making educated decisions about our activist efforts, it would be smart to retain a healthy level of skepticism over internet trends. It seems obvious to me that if you want to help child soldiers, you have to know more than just the contents of Kony 2012. But even on a smaller or more local scale, I think this holds true. For instance, if you want to bring Trayvon Martin’s killer to justice, you should probably be educated on the facts of the case, the laws of Florida, racial profiling and the prison industrial complex. Perhaps this would not change your opinion, but with the internet we really have no excuse, right? What about presidential elections? Should we all, even the other candidates, be educated on the particularities of candidates’ platforms? Now that the American political parties have become so predictable in their policy divisions, people often don’t even bother, preferring to gain knowledge from SNL or talk show spoofs. Is this unhealthy, or merely the reality? Well, herein lies the issue. I’ve just listed three topics. Learning enough to be fully literate on each, given the depth of what you can discover on the internet, would certainly take more than a day – and in the case of child soldiers, maybe even a few months, or a lifetime. Every “slacktivist” who posted or passed on the Kony 2012 video cannot be expected to dedicate a lifetime to learning about child soldiers before giving a little money away, or whatever they decide to do to help the cause. But if they don’t, how can they possibly know where to give money, or how best to help? Doing something “little” can sometimes be worse than doing nothing at all, and a lot of little uneducated decisions can have a potentially terrible impact. So the way I see it, there has to be a happy medium. Educating yourself about a cause is necessary, but many people are unable to dedicate their whole life to accumulating knowledge on a single one. Even with something like the presidential election, to read every single available article or commentary about the candidates online would not only be inefficient, it would impede the basic functioning of the country. So I return to my initial question, unfortunately with no great answer: how much knowledge is enough? At what point do we cease to be dangerous? I think that in this internet era, saturated with the potential to accumulate knowledge of all kinds, we are really beginning to see the impact of this question for the first time. Media saturates our world, but it is self-selected in a sense – we have each determined which “world” to be concerned with, we have developed the personalized visual geographies of our own mediated spaces and lives. Contact Rebekah Ward at

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March 29, 2012

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Defending the Indefensible

This Week’s Topic: Healthcare in the Supreme Court

On Monday, the Supreme Court began hearing arguments debating the constiOver the course of three days this week, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments tutionality of Obamacare, as it relates to the commerce clause. Essentially, the issue is on the constitutionality of the healthcare reforms ratified by President Obama during his presiwhether the Obama administration’s healthcare law violates congressional authority to dency. The potential for the reforms to be successful has been readily debated since the first reformaregulate commerce. tion’s inception. “Obamacare” is a name employed by critics of President Obama’s efforts to reform Proponents of Obamacare hope that a technicality will prevent the court from ruling the healthcare system. They perceive these efforts as a sweeping overhaul of a system that only adds on the issue until 2015, as they argue that the 1867 law called the Anti-Injunction Act to the increasing financial debt of the country. Those who oppose the reforms are concerned that prevents lawsuits against federal tax programs like ObamaCare until a citizen has actually they will give the federal government too much control over personal health care decisions and paid the tax. However, the justices seem poised to make a ruling on this hotly contested benefits that will not be able to provide superior personalized patient care. issue soon. They hinted that this technicality is not relevant, because nowhere in the 2,700 This controversy began during Obama’s presidential election campaign in 2008, when he stated page law is the word “tax” used, instead it calls for a penalty for those who do not abide that his campaign promised to create a government program that would extend health insurance by the individual mandate. Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a traditionally liberal juscoverage to everyone. Obama made it clear that it was time for both the citizens and the leaders of tice, stated that this isn’t a revenue-raising measure, because if the program is successful, the United States, who make up our nation’s Congress, to have access to the same medical coverno one will pay the penalty. In other words, the government will have successfully forced age. Critics began attacking this government health insurance program, which ultimately began the every American to purchase health insurance, regardless of whether the citizens wanted to. “President Obama is an advocate of socialism” craze that has swept our nation. These critics, many It seems that the Obama Administration is once again going back on its words. Soliciof them United States legislators, did not seem to object to their own government-sponsored health tor General Don Verrilli is presenting the government’s case, arguing that the penalty for care when it benefited them. Pretty ironic. not obtaining health insurance is not a tax when claiming that the Anti-Injunction Act is In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was adopted into law. It proposed a sonot applicable, but then later contending that the same penalty is in fact a tax when argulution, seen by many critics as a “socialist decree,” that would provide nearly everyone in the United ing that Congress has the authority to enact a tax, making ObamaCare harmonize with States with some form of health care by 2014. Soon after this adoption, 21 states filed suits against the commerce clause. the action because they claimed that their citizens were being forced to purchase government-apIn fact, Justice Samuel Alito questioned proved health insurance, and that this was unconstitutional. The “individual mandate” has been the law’s most controverVerrilli on this very contradiction, asksial aspect, a requirement that promotes non-discrimination ing whether the court had ever held that for all people regardless of pre-existing conditions or high something was a tax under the Constitumedical costs. tion but not a tax under a specific law. The Act was designed to reduce healthcare costs by makThere seems to be several holes in the ing services available to the 32 million United States citizens government’s argument. who currently cannot afford insurance. These people are regJustice Anthony Kennedy, expected to ularly forced to use a hospital emergency room as their pribe a swing vote in the decision, questioned mary care physician, which unnecessarily increases costs for the defense by asking if it is legal to create everyone. Additionally, many inequitable health insurance commerce in order to regulate it. practices are no longer allowed. For example, insurance comIn order to confirm the law’s validity, panies can no longer deny children coverage for pre-existing the Obama Administration is attempting conditions, and, by 2014, all adults will be provided with this to paint the healthcare realm as a market, advantage, too. Similarly, insurance companies are no longer a tactic several members of the court called allowed to drop anyone from coverage once they get sick. into question. It’s like saying that the food For those people who cannot afford insurance or have preindustry is one market, which simply isn’t a existing conditions that inhibit a healthcare plan that works DEBATES ABOUT OBAMACARE RAGE ON: As the Supreme Court plausible simplification. for them, this law is a blessing. Further, Verrilli was put on the defensive begins to reach a decision regarding healthcare, the two political parties With the 2012 Presidential Election in sight, Obama’s again Tuesday, when Justice Antonin Scalia continue to disagree about its benefits. largest domestic achievement is being cast in a gloomy spotasked him how far the government could go with the kind of terrifying precedent such light. This has been an easy target for the potential Republican candidates who attack it constantly. The court's decision will be decidedly important to Ameri- a mandate would set. The Justice attributed the individual mandate to purchase health cans and to a president seeking re-election in November. If the Supreme Court spurns the law, insurance to the government forcing citizens to purchase broccoli, while Chief Justice Obama’s opponents will claim victory for the Republican Party and argue that Obama mishandled John Roberts made the same comparison to cell phones. Obviously, such a requirement is unconstitutional. his signature legislative achievement. Frankly, we should feel bad for Mr. Verrilli, as the media is calling his defense a train President Obama’s healthcare reformation was adopted so that less-advantageous citizens would wreck, due to the fact that this administration is asking him to defend the indefensible. not have to worry about whether or not they could get attentive medical care if any emergency Regardless of details about specific legal jargon used in formulating the law, the essenoccurred. It is essential to keep in mind that this reformation happened during a period in United tial issue at stake is whether government has the authority to issue the type of mandate for States history that will eternally be recalled as a time of economic despair, riddled with housing which Obamacare calls. foreclosures and job losses. The Republican presidential candidates criticize this plan because it is Simply put, the answer is no, an answer that Americans should expect of their highest an easy topic to condemn when speaking to a crowd of voters who do not fully understand the court, if it is to follow its purpose: to enforce the Constitution of the United States. An positive gains that the reform could bear. Voters don’t recognize this because they have not seen any individual mandate is an affront to a free society. immediate reparation. Most outrageous is the fact that the decision about Obamacare had to get to the SuChange is difficult, but necessary for all Americans’ healthcare. Any person who can publicly preme Court. It is inconceivable that Congress would pass a law that is so recognizably communicate their opinions can sway the “quick fix” outlook ingrained in our country’s society unconstitutional. Americans should take this opportunity to hold their representatives today. The Supreme Court’s ultimate decision will be a monumental one. Essentially, all power that responsible for this unimaginable blunder. Congress holds in the country’s decision making will lose credibility if they turn down the law, and The fact of the matter is that the Obama Administration is attempting to fundamenwill make citizens question the democratic values that are perceived by them as the cornerstone of tally change the relationship people have with government, a change that Justice Kennedy our nation and its success. If the United States is a truly democratic nation, then the government said had a burden for justification, which the Obama administration does not provide. should let the democratic process work. If you do not approve of President Obama’s job as the A fundamental change such as this cannot and will not stand in the United States of leader of our country, then vote him out of office, but do not vote him out in haste because you are America, the standard for freedom on Earth. misinformed. Contact Emily Butler at Contact Thomas McGarrity at

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B-3 Commentary

March 29, 2012


By Sean Guo Class of 2013

In 1985, cultural critic Neil Postman said that modern humans were “amusing ourselves to death.” His warning came along at exactly the right moment: the peak of the Age of Television. He didn’t know that the internet was yet to come. Over the past few weeks, you have probably heard of the internet sensation entitled Kony 2012, a viral YouTube video produced by the Invisible Children Inc. to raise awareness about youth military service practiced by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA is in East Africa and headed by Joseph Kony. The Invisible Children Inc. and its founder, Jason Russell, aim to the eventual arrest of Joseph Kony, who is currently number one on the International Criminal Court most wanted list. Kony 2012 quickly captured the attention of the online community, reaching more than over 83 million views in just a few days. As the producers of this film intended, Kony 2012 has brought the attention of the public to the issues in East Africa. However, at the same time, this explosion of attention has put Jason Russell and the Invisible Children Inc. under close scrutiny, both online and in the news media. Criticisms about the content and intentions of Kony 2012 quickly overwhelmed the organization and its leaders. Just a few days ago, Jason Russell was hospitalized for an apparent mental breakdown, which, according to people close to him, was due to stress created by the immense criticism of Kony 2012. I went to YouTube and watched the video when I heard the news of Russell’s breakdown. Immediately after finishing the video, I, like many other viewers, was shocked by what was presented in the film. I was ready to take action, even if just to share it with all my friends (only to realize that they probably had already watched it). Yet, as I spent the rest of my day thinking about what I saw, I came to question much of the content and the many calls to action in the film. Besides the uncomfortable conversation between Russell and his son about Joseph Kony, some of the information presented in the film appears to be exaggerated. Furthermore, reports of people in East Africa criticizing the film make me

question my initial response to the video. However, I wouldn’t have written this article if I had decided that Kony 2012 was just another YouTube sensation with an honorable cause attached. It would have been left alone in my mind as another example of impulsive reaction to attractive eye-candy on the internet. Like the rest of those funny, emotional or pretty videos and pictures I have seen, it would eventually fade into the background of my mind and I would have done nothing meaningful because of watching it. Yet here I am, presenting to you what I have since realized. Before I proceed, I need to point out that I do think the ideas and motivations behind Kony 2012 are mostly virtuous. The rest of this article is not a judgment on Kony 2012 or Jason Russell. Rather, it is a reflection on us. Like most people living in a modern society, I take pride in keeping myself informed of the daily important news. There are, in this age of multimedia, many ways for us to receive the influx of information about every possible thing around the globe: TV news media (including the Daily Show and the Colbert Report), newspapers, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the list goes on. Yet, how many of us are motivated to do something, or maybe even just moved, touched and shocked after reading the “news of the day?” On February 26, 2012, two journalists were reported dead after another round of shelling in Homs, Syria, together with more than 60 Syrians. Since the uprising in Syria, more than 6,000 citizens have reportedly been killed, yet not much is heard around the online community about Syria, certainly nowhere close to the zeal of Kony 2012. Then, what does it take to put a pressing issue of our time into the conversation between you and me? With news media constantly feeding us headlines, numbers, stories and images, we are numb to even the most sensational and provocative news. Child soldiers, sex slaves and mass murders in Africa have appeared on our “news of the day” long time before Kony 2012. Yet it would take a viral YouTube video with an attractive dad, his cute son and pumping music in the background to catch our attention, perhaps for just a day or two. You might think that this is merely a random vent of an overly-worried mind. If you could, however, take a moment and reflect on the immense amount of information you re-

#ColgateProblems Sleep is for the Weak By Shannon Gupta Assistant Editor

This week’s problem could not have rubbed my eardrums at a better time. I’m not sure about you, but I am painfully exhausted. Even as I write this, I’m pounding back coffee like it was Fuze water. Perhaps it’s the end-of-the-semester load of reading, or the fact that I’ve been watching the Godfather series until 3 a.m. the past few days (no judgment), but it seems as though sleep is just not happening. Hopefully you guys have better excuses for staying up, like fulfilling your new life goal to attend every frat’s after hours. If this is the case, I salute you. But without further ado, the $400 flex dollar question of the week is: How can a kid stop sleeping through his or her morning classes? What a wonderful question! Don’t worry, I’m not about to lecture you on getting to bed earlier. I mean, let’s be real, movies, parties and homework are much more important than keeping a midnight bedtime. Besides, I don’t think any reasonable person in his or her twenties could give that kind of advice with a straight face. I figure that the only way to stop snoozing and pull one’s self out of bed is to have an incredibly awesome reason to do so. If your 9:20 Modernity class isn’t doing that for you, here’s what I’ve come up with. First off, get excited about breakfast! I’ll be completely honest, and my apologies for sounding blasphemous, but I can’t stand the idea of Chobani. However, if shoveling sour cream down your throat is your idea of delicious, then make the Chopper of Price stop. Store some of that goop in your mini fridge. A word of caution: be sure BEFORE storing a fresh container of anything that your fridge is absolutely stench-free. There’s nothing like plain yogurt with the tangy aftertaste of Coop pizza. Now, if a Snicker-esque protein bar sounds more inspiring and less complicated to store (it is), start a protein bar collection. I promise all the foodies, this advice will help. Onto an even better reason to roll out of bed: take a morning class with aesthetically pleasing people. Yes, being that shallow is perfectly acceptable at 8:30. So, do it; figure out which classes have the best lady to men ratio. For the guys, I highly suggest registering for an English class, and for all the single ladies, take an economics class. I know I’m generalizing a bit, but there is a sliver of truth to this! Also, look out for the chili pepper symbols on If your professor resembles an Abercrombie model, then what legitimate reason could you possibly have for not booking it up the hill? My last idea, but probably not as clever a one as I think it is: shower! I know, how novel. (But seriously, wash yourself.) It might be worth it to switch around your schedule so that you’re forced to wake up and use some soap. Not only will you love not having to marinate in your own sweat, but so will the kid next to you, and the kid next to them, and the kid next to them…Bonus: this might also encourage weekly laundry sessions, if you get my drift. I hope this advice helps. If not, well, do the obvious and take later classes next semester! Contact Shannon Gupta at

ceive daily, you will begin to realize that this information does more to entertain than to inform. How many times in the past week have you had an engaging conversation with someone about issues other than celebrities, gossip, TV shows or party plans for the weekend? How many times so far in this semester have you shared a challenging yet powerful idea with someone? And then if you can, count the number of Facebook statuses, pictures and videos you have read during the previous day. I am convinced that you will be shocked by the results. We don’t share ideas with each other. Instead, we have become agents of informational propagation. As in the case of Kony 2012, we are more motivated and convinced by clever Facebook statuses, comical pictures and wellproduced videos than we are by ideas. The Age of Reasoning, as Postman has lamented in 1985, is already part of a distant past. Our zealous response to Kony 2012 and relative indifference to the contents of daily news seem to show that we have, through years of news and information consumption, built up enormous tolerance towards suffering, violence, injustice and death that have and continue to be inflicted upon our global kin. Yet, a day won’t go by without us feeding stimuli of all kinds to our brains. The so-called “news of the day” quickly became the material that we use to entertain ourselves. At the same time, we grew ever more comfortable with doing nothing in response. Our only “hope,” perhaps, rests on multimedia like Kony 2012 to wake us from this sleep-walking of the brain. I am part of this sleeping mass. I am part of this generation of the new millennium. Yet this is the nightmare we have fallen into: slowly turning into machines that receive and spit out bytes of information without ever trying to process, question and evaluate them. We are then, as Neil Postman has warned merely two decades ago, destined not to be deprived of all the rights and liberties under the oppression of governments, but to be drowned in a sea of pleasure, distraction and irrelevance. Such an ending will not be within a big bang or an outcry, but in a toxic, eternal silence. I hope I am entirely wrong. Contact Sean Guo at

Arts & Features

March 29, 2012


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Week of Pride

Pandora Boxx Hosts Annual Dragball By Alanna Weissman

Such a sentiment was echoed by performers and attendees alike. Perhaps more importantly, though, was the fact that Dragball celebrated the LGBTQ community while bringing the Colgate’s Queerfest, a weeklong celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, greater Colgate community together in an accepting, congenial Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community sponsored setting, regardless of attendees’ gender and sexual orientation – by Advocates and supported by the Budget Allocations Committee the very embodiment of Queerfest’s purpose and an admirable (BAC) in partnership with various other student groups, culminated goal in any context. on Saturday night with Dragball “This was my first time doing at Donovan’s Pub. Featuring Dragball, and it was so heartthree performances by guest emwarming to see so many differcee Pandora Boxx, a contestant ent people represented there in a on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the event very welcoming atmosphere and offered student drag queens and to have the crowd so into the kings the chance to lip-synch and show,” junior Xavia Publius said. dance for attendees. Publius performed “Paparazzi” Undoubtedly, Pandora Boxx heras Lady XaXa. self – who kept attendees entertained “All of the performers were bewith jokes, anecdotes and costume yond fabulous, and Pandora was changes between performances – of course the fiercest queen there. was the highlight; most notable was I had a blast performing, and I’m her final performance of her sassy, so glad my dress came together. as-of-yet unreleased original song, I’m especially proud of all the peo“Nice Car.” The promise to see Panple who came in drag and just let dora live attracted many individuals it all hang out, because that takes a outside the LGBTQ community as lot of courage on this campus and BORN THIS WAY: Colgate Advocates, along with several other well, resulting in a large turnout, init was great to see people playing groups, hosted events all week in celebration of Queerfest, fectious energy and an open, diverse with gender,” Publius said. culminating in the annual Dragball. Quincey Spagnoletti environment as students sang and In what was perhaps one of the danced along with the performers to popular tunes like “I’m Every Wom- most energetic moments of the evening – and a perfect example of the an,” “You’re the One That I Want” and “Bootylicious.” Following the per- welcoming community Colgate hopes to foster – students rallied behind formances, the dance floor was opened to students while Pandora mingled Pandora as she spoke about gay marriage. with attendees well into the night. “You have to fight for your rights,” she said amid cheers. “Rosa “I am extremely proud of the Advocates Core and volunteers Parks didn’t just stay at the back of the bus because she would who really stepped up and made Dragball the phenomenal success eventually have rights.” it was,” President of Advocates senior Caden Polk said. “We had a The subsequent show of student support was unity at its best, great turnout, fantastic performers, great music and a lovely emcee. and proof of the importance and accomplishments of groups such The only way it could have gone better is if Oprah turned up and as Advocates at Colgate and nationwide. said free tuition for all!” Contact Alanna Weismman at Maroon-News Staff

In The Light Meg Peavey By Maggie Grove Maroon-News Staff

Senior Meg Peavey, a Japanese and English double major, has been giving a voice to aspiring writers and artists through the Colgate Portfolio, the campus literary magazine. Peavey, the Portfolio’s co-Editor-inChief, works to provide an open forum for the artistically-inclined at Colgate. Peavey has been a member of the editorial staff since her sophomore year, in which the magazine underwent a significant overhaul. As of this fall, Peavey has been serving as the Portfolio’s co-Editor-in-Chief along with senior Penelope Burns. “We work together to lay out the magazine, run editorial staff meetings, solicit submissions and work with our off-campus printer. It’s been a lot of work, especially in these past few weeks, but it will all be worth it when the magazine comes out next month.” And how does serving as the co-Editorin-Chief of Colgate’s literary magazine affect her life on campus? “I’ve gotten to meet so many other artistically-inclined students through the Portfolio,” Peavey said. “It has been unbelievably cool to read and see so many different students’ creative works, because I really get to know a side of each of them that I might not otherwise.” Peavey is also involved with the University Chorus, the Loj House and the Colgate Writing Center. “[The Writing Center] is probably my favorite place on campus. The people I work with there are some of my closest friends. The support system we have is amazing – I think we all keep each other sane,” she said. This past fall, Peavey was nominated for Phi Beta Kappa and last year received the Lasher Prize in English, awarded to a member of the junior class in recognition of outstanding talent. Peavey is also a 2012 Charles A. Dana Scholar. Modestly, Peavey says that the mark she has left on Colgate is minor when compared to the influence that Colgate has had on her. “Colgate has really taught me how to expand my horizons and be adventurous. I’ve learned how to dig up fossils, write a poem in quatrains and navigate the Tokyo subway system, all while being a student at Colgate. I don’t think it gets any more rounded than that.” After graduation, Peavey plans to take a year off to work and go backpacking with her older sister before going to graduate school to “impractically” pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

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Apples and Toilets Michael Ian Black Returns to Colgate By Claire Aziz

edy business and is indeed a household name across America. Since starting out in New York University’s sketch comedy On Thursday, March 26, Love Auditotroupe, The State, in 1988, Black has corium was filled with roars of laughter as Micreated several television series on MTV chael Ian Black performed a stand-up and Comedy Central, appeared in comedy show. The event, hosted by a few films and as a minor charthe Colgate Activities Board (CAB), acter on NBC’s Ed. He also wrote solicited a great crowd. and directed the film Wedding The audience was really responDaze and wrote a book of humorsive to Black’s performance, a relief ous essays called My Custom Van that any comedian knows all too (And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Eswell, as there is nothing worse than says That Will Blow Your Mind All forcing awkward laughs and smiles Over Your Face) in addition to a after a poorly-received joke. Black’s children’s book called Chicken witty personality and sense of huCheeks. On top of all this work, he mor are characteristics very relatspends most of his time traveling able to college students, with jokes all over the country performing as ranging in content from bathroom a stand-up comedian. humor and experimenting with This was not the first time “cafés” in European red light disBlack came to Colgate (though tricts on his honeymoon to the you wouldn’t know it from his simple act of pausing to give apopening act about the randomness ples to various audience members and remoteness of Hamilton, New throughout his routine. York), and we were very glad to The show was the perfect event to LAUGHS IN LOVE: Comedian Michael Ian Black, of VH1 have him back for another night ease student anxiety about the work and Wet Hot American Summer fame, entertained a full of laughter. lined up in the second half of the audience with a wide array of humor. Contact Claire Aziz at Athena Feldshon semester. After all, is there a better Maroon-News Staff

way to de-stress than to spend over an hour laughing at a famous comedian? Black used his “fame” as material in a few jokes, but he has managed to make quite a name for himself in the com-

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Alternative Spring Break Trips Educational Opportunities Span Globe By Betsy Bloom Maroon-News Staff

Colgate University’s motto, Deo Ac Veritati, translates to “For God and Truth.” While this motto might seem to harken back to our days of 13 men with 13 prayers, it had real relevance for one current student whose spring break service trip taught him the importance of doing good under the name of any god. First-year Jingwei Wang traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan with a group of Colgate students to help build houses with Habitat for Humanity. “Habitat for Humanity is a Christian organization, and we had to pray every time before we got to work,” Wang explained. “I believe in a different religion...the homeowners were so excited to show pictures of their new houses to me. Seeing their happy faces, I realized it is not important under which god’s name am I doing good. What matters is the fact that I am doing good,” Wang said. Wang recalls that one of the most important things he learned on the trip was learning how to deal with diverging opinions. “Through our discussion, I think everyone on my team learned how to and when to accept the differences between people,” he said. Through his experience in Grand Rapids, Wang also learned the power that a few can have on so many people. “A spring break may be just another volunteering experience for us, but to them, our help may be a way that they could keep their family together,” Wang said. Colgate students participated in various stages of the building process, and Wang recalls that one of the most fulfilling aspects of the trip was watching a whole house be constructed from scratch at every individual step and level. “All the work that I have done, even the most simple and ordinary parts, is so significant to me,” Wang said. The trip to Grand Rapids was one of a few spring break trips organized through the Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (COVE) this year. Students also traveled to Pine Ridge South Dakota, a Native American reservation and Path Finder Village, a community of individuals with Down’s syndrome. The group of students who visited

Pathfinder had an unforgettable and moving experience. “Everyone, from the residents, teachers, staff, etc. is so willing to squeeze every bit of experience out of every opportunity that it creates a warm, active, caring atmosphere I have never seen anywhere else,” group leader junior Griffin O’Shea said. This was O’Shea’s third year working with Pathfinder, and he has continued to learn and grow from his time there. “Despite dealing with more inconveniences every day than many of us do in our lifetimes, the residents I’ve met are confident and proud of who they are instead of struggling with debilitating insecurity, as we often do,” O’Shea said. During the day, Colgate students helped the staff with the necessary tasks of painting, cleaning and organizing. At night, they focused on relationship building: the six students had dinner with different residents each night, allowing them to build personal relationships and friendships. After dinner, everyone participated in one of Pathfinder’s recreational activities, such as volleyball, art or karaoke. The final activity of the week was the Coffee House Project, organized by the students under the instruction of trip coordinator and Director of the KennedyWillis Center on Down’s syndrome, Helen Steponway. Proceeds from the Shapna Project allowed the students to purchase lighting, decorations and food to create a realistic coffeehouse atmosphere. The project was a huge success, bringing everyone together and serving as a reminder about what’s important in life. “I performed a few piano pieces and was surprised that one resident came up to me and started to perform with me a piece out of his memory. His confidence and love of piano struck me as something I should learn from. As he received supportive applauses from the audience, he graciously smiled and gestured to thank them...I realized that maybe we can also find contentment and happiness from simplicity and dedication in a hectic college life,” group member first-year Chen Cui said. Pathfinder Village is only a 45 minute drive from campus, allowing any Colgate

student the opportunity to experience this amazing community. Colgate students also had the opportunity to travel to Martinique with Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies April Baptiste. According to Baptiste, the trip gave Environmental Studies, French and ALST students a chance to “immerse themselves in the island culture and learn about its historical, linguistic and environmental components.” The students spent the week around the area of the Université des Antilles de Guyane, studying the natural environment and interacting with the culture. Professor Baptiste explained that the students had the opportunity to converse with Martiniquais law students and listen to lectures by professors at the university. The lectures, which covered everything from the physical landscape to Creole language and culture, were all given in French, though, according to Baptiste, “they spoke slowly enough for us to understand, but also to allow for translation.” Students had the opportunity to study terrestrial biomes, a topic that Baptiste has been covering in her course, Caribbean Ecology and Environmental Issues. The chance to work hand-in-hand with class topics was extremely rewarding. Sophomore Becca Atkinson, one of the students lucky enough to participate, particularly enjoyed traveling to St. Pierre, a town that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1902. “Being able to interact with locals at the market, learn about the history of the town, as well as experience a tropical rainforest, was great because it integrated all of our interests and studies into one experience,” Atkinson said. This year’s alternative spring breaks were clearly an overwhelming success. The students who had the fortunate opportunity to attend them have returned to Colgate with a fresh perspective and a new outlook on life. As a Pathfinder volunteer, junior Elise Sidamon-Eristoff noted, “When I returned to Colgate, I felt refreshed and inspired and, although I enjoyed hearing funny tales from my friends’s spring breaks, I feel that the experience that I had...was incomparably eye-opening.” Contact Betsy Bloom at

March 29, 2012

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

THE RED BALL In an effort to raise awareness about HIV/ AIDS, the Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC) and Theta Chi fraternity will be hosting The Red Ball on Thursday, March 29 from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The event is co-sponsored by Bunche House and The Shaw Wellness Institute. Each student will receive a Sir Richard’s condom with the purchase of their ticket. The event will include a cash bar and food catered by the Colgate Inn, and everyone is encouraged to wear red. Tickets are $5 in advance at the Coop and $7 at the door.

SPRING AWAKENING, A CHILDREN’S TRAGEDY The efforts of the Colgate University Theater culminate this weekend with performances of Spring Awakening. This play, written by Frank Wedekind and produced in 1906, captures the struggles and sufferings of adolescence. Spring Awakening follows a myriad of teenage characters as they encounter different sexual issues and family tensions. This production shows Friday, March 30 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and again Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. BROADSTREET RECORDS AT DONOVAN’S PUB On Thursday, March 29, various members of Broadstreet Records will be performing at Donovan’s Pub. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and will last until 8:00 p.m. Head down for some grub and a drink and rock out to your favorite student musicians.  35 MM FILM SERIES: ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST Friday night’s 35 mm Film Series continues March 30 with the 1968 American Western Classic Once Upon A Time in the West. Regarded as one of the best Western films ever created, this film possesses all of the classical western elements including railroad bandits, land feuds and harmonica-playing gunmen. When these opponent gangs match up, revenge and betrayal emerge as main themes. This classic will be screening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Golden Auditorium. DANCE-A-THON The Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (COVE) will be hosting a 12 hour Dance-a-Thon on Friday, March 30 from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. in the Parker Commons. The event is co-sponsored by COVE group Fabindia, The Network and the Wellness Institute and all proceeds will go to the John Bissel Scholar’s Fund, an organization that works to help promote women’s education in India. Tickets are $5 and will be sold in the Coop all week. All are encouraged to attend or participate. Indian food, coffee and music will be in abundance. Contact Hadley Rahrig at

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March 29, 2012

Ultra Music Festival: Review By Jordan Gorelick Maroon-News Staff

As some of you may know, the Ultra Music Festival stormed Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, Florida last weekend. Ultra is one of the largest record labels for electric dance music (EDM) and, since 1999, has held the second largest electronic music festival in North America, second to the glorious Electric Daisy Carnival of Las Vegas. This year’s festival was set to explode bigger than ever; they didn’t disappoint. On the Saturday alone of the three-day event, a record 165,000 EDM-lovers jumped around to sounds of the top DJs and producers of this genre. Some of the greats helped ignite the party on Friday, March 23. Tiesto was the headliner, but Afrojack may have stolen the spotlight, playing some of my favorites like “No Beef” and his new release, “Fatality,” while touching on other classics, like Martin Solveig’s “Hello” and Afrojack’s own “Take Over Control.” He also informed the crowd that he is focused on his upcoming “Jacked” tour of America – his first ever. Other communal favorites fueled the fire throughout the day: Skrillex, Pretty Lights, Dada Life and Carl Cox. Some less-known performers also showed their stuff, like Porter Robinson, Nicky Romero and Tommy Trash. Saturday’s line-up ensured that the wompwomp and thumping speakers of the festival would be heard throughout Florida. The kings of Dubstep probably ­­shattered windows; they included Zeds Dead, Doctor P, Borgore, Datsik,

Twelfth Planet and Skream! + Benga. New comer Mord Fustang displayed why I’ve had them repeatedly playing on my iTunes; check out their stuff, if you’re not familiar. Justice returned to the stage after passing last year. Avicii, our main performer for SPW 2012, concluded the night. As a surprise, Madonna stepped out to introduce the young, Swedish superstar; in doing so, she asked the crowd, “How many of you have seen Molly?” This outraged one of the leaders in EDM, Deadmau5, and he replied via his Facebook (check this out for yourself). Ultra surely saved some of the best for last. My personal favorite Dubstep artist, Bassnectar, destroyed the crowd with his signature rock and hip-hop infused sound. He showed off his previously released album Divergent Spectrum (which, if you don’t have, get) in addition to offering sneak peeks at his upcoming album, Vava Voom. David Guetta, Kaskade, Fedde, Sander van Doorn, Big Gigantic, Chase and Status and the Bloody Beetroots were all cramped into this final day too. The new project from the Pendulum boys, Knife Party, may have had the single best moment of the concert, dropping everyone’s new favorite, “Internet Friends;” yeah, you know, “You blocked me on Facebook…and now you’re going to die.” Steve Aoki also did his signature cake throw and stage dive on Sunday. With a line-up like this, I will do anything to have my eardrums permanently damaged at next year’s Ultra Music Festival. Contact Jordan Gorelick at

13 Beats of the Week By Jackson Leeds Maroon-News Staff

1. “Albert Pujols” by Wale featuring Rick Ross and Fabolous Wale, Ross and Fabolous collaborate for one of the most energetic rap songs of the year so far, complete with lyrics that incorporate one of the most consistent hitters in Major League Baseball. 2. “Free” by Graffiti6 A great feel-good song with a laid back vibe, although I can’t tell you exactly what the meaning of the band name is. 3. “Express Yourself ” by Diplo and Nicky Da B This is one of the craziest electro tracks of the year. The beat is powerful and showcases Diplo’s ability to create monster dance floor anthems. 4. “Video Games (Jooris Vorn edit)” by Lana Del Ray I was worried that this remix was going to completely ruin the beauty of the original, but it actually improved upon the song significantly. This is electronic music that will relax you. 5. “Shot Caller (Remix)” by French Montana featuring Diddy, Rick Ross & Charlie Rock Bad Boy and MMG collide for an epic remix of the French Montana track. This star-studded remix is big in the streets and includes a tribute to the original verse from the song “All About the Benjamins.”

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The Swinging ’Gates Serenade Donovan’s By Cambria Litsey Arts & Features Editor

Last Wednesday, Donovan’s Pub was packed with more than just late-night dinners. Colgate’s all-female a cappella group, The Swinging ’Gates, performed one of their final concerts of the year, showcasing the talent of their junior members who will be leading the group next year. To start off the concert, the ensemble sang their usual “Pitchpipe” before featuring several junior soloists throughout the rest of their set. Junior Amanda Griffiths started out with a hint of country twang in her rendition of The Wreckers’s “Leave the Pieces” and was followed by junior Samantha Weiss’s soulful performance of the Indigo Girls’s “Galileo.” Juniors Erika Fritz followed with “Weakness” and Amelia Tidona sang Fleetwood Mac favorite “Landslide.” Rounding off the ’Gates’s half of the night was junior Ilona Haidvogel singing “Wonder” and sophomore Kelly Curtis’s rendition of retro favorite “Be My Baby.” The theme of the night, the ’Gates proclaimed, was “songs about loving boys who don’t love us back.” However, while the ’Gates may have been feeling sad that they couldn’t be accompanied by their usual partners, Colgate’s all-male a cappella group The Colgate Thirteen, they were feeling the love from special guests the Meddiebempsters, an all-male a cappella group hailing from Bowdoin College. They, too, performed an assortment of tunes, including a favorite of the Colgate Thirteen, “Goodbye My Coney Island Baby” and the “Lolly-Pop Remix.” “I thought it was great,” said first-year Caitlin Sakrison. “For such a small group they did a great job covering all vocal ranges. I also thought the Meddiebempster’s dancing and singing was pretty hilarious.” This collaboration between two a cappella groups from different schools was great to see, and I know I wouldn’t mind seeing more of the Meddiebempsters in the future. Contact Cambria Litsey at

The Dischords Take the Chapel By Emily Kress Arts & Features Editor

Saturday evening found fans teeming with anticipation at Memorial Chapel as the audience awaited a performance by The Dischords, a co-ed a cappella groups. The concert was a sentimental one, being one of their last of the year and the last at Colgate for seniors in the group. The concert began with a rendition of Florence and the Machine’s “Shake It Out,” sung in a beautiful soprano by sophomore Emily Fennell, setting the bar high for the night. Senior Greg Jack then sang a rousing “Lost in My Mind” by Head and the Heart. This was followed by a cohesive full-group performance of Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek,” continuing the upbeat mood that the Dischords are known for. To further showcase the talent of the group’s seniors, Ela Dugan and Melissa McKenzie performed a duet of “Shambala” by Three Dog Night, Andrew Wylie sang a quieter version of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’s “Free Fallin’” and Alexandra Magnaud sang the emotion-filled “Live Like We’re Dying,” by Kris Allen. Sophomore Annie Gaburo then sang OneRepublic’s “Say (All I Need),” which was followed by another group performance, this time of Mumford and Sons’s “Timshel.” “The concert was great because we sang some brand new songs, as well as songs that we haven’t sung in over three years,” sophomore Dischord Alex Djaha said. “We received a standing ovation from a tremendous audience, as well; and we also introduced live streaming, which attracted an even larger audience through Colgate’s website.” Rounding out the concert was first-year Wesley Gross, singing “Bring It on Home to Me,” by Sam Cooke, concluding a successful evening for the Dischords. Contact Emily Kress at 6. “N*ggas In Paris (Eliot Lipp & Cru The Dynamic Remix)” by Kanye West and Jay-Z This remix will actually make you feel invincible, even if it is just for a few minutes. The newly-added wobbly bass and static plus all of the great energy of the original combine to make a blissful experience. 7. “I Want It All” by Huey Mack I don’t even know who this dude is, and I never thought I would like a rap song that samples Blink-182, but this definitely works. 8. “Erryday” by Rick Ross and Meek Mil Rick Ross shines in this particularly excellent Maybach Music track. The lyrics possess the typical cinematic qualities of Ross, but also showcase Meek Mil’s spectacular ability to showboat relentlessly. 9. “Echo Boom” by Cris Cab and Pharrell Cris Cab provides the insight and Skateboard P provides the rhymes. A song filled with hope that shouldn’t be missed...Cris Cab’s mix-tape is out now, sponsored by Billionaire Boys Club. 10. “My Hatin’ Joint” by Schoolboy Q With a beat produced by Mike Will and lyrics similar to ASAP Rocky, Schoolboy Q lays down lyrical poetry like few rappers out today. The beat is unique, creating a mood and pace that is quite different from most of the music I’ve heard recently. 11. “Internet Friends” by Knife Party This is the only song I know that uses an iPhone ringtone as a prelude to an epic drop. Knife Party has a great sound and they are bound to be one of the biggest electronic acts of 2012. 12. “Oldie” by Odd Future Earl is back! This 10 minute track is probably the best song Odd Future has ever made as a collective, and I think it would be hard to find someone that disagrees. Golf Wang. 13. “New Bugatti” by Rick Ross In the most incredible song on his mix-tape Rich Forever, Rick Ross talks about a luxury automobile and how the fact that it is brand new just might save him from being prosecuted. Contact Jackson Leeds at

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March 29, 2012

Fashion Spotlight Chloe Nwangwu ’12

Colgate Couture Spring Transition

By Carly Reed and Greer Stichnoth Maroon-News Staff

Spring Textures If you haven’t noticed the 1000 degree weather, spring has come and it’s time for some adjustments to our daily wear. Besides simply wearing clothes that cover less of your body, we highly suggest changing up your typical dark, neutral textures this season. Bold Prints We really feel as though you should go for a nice, bold print this season. On larger scales and in brighter colors, designers are using bolder prints than we are used to. These can look great on little jackets or tanks, or even on larger pieces like dresses. I’m sure we all know about floral prints in the spring, but designers have also been featuring more radical prints. Bolder options, like camouflage and futuristic prints, have been involved. We’re all about mixing prints, but these are certainly not subtle enough to rock two at once. So don’t. You might think you’re Rihanna, but I doubt it. Metallic Another daring move would be to break out some metallic this spring. I know you might be afraid you’ll look like a weirdo, but if you purchase classic pieces, like wrap skirts or slim-fitting pants, you won’t. And we would tell you. Metallic will add a new twist to these classic pieces that you already know and love. For a subtler metallic, we love shiny bronze. But if you really want to go for it, we certainly don’t hate some emerald with sheen.

Pastels You probably go to Colgate, so you know what this means. If you’re not down for some sheen (something we totally understand), pastels are a much subtler way to show you’re aware that winter has, indeed, ended. Although pastels are an easy way to look dainty and feminine, we don’t discourage our loyal male readers from partaking as well. In some banana yellow chinos and a pale pink button down, no one will question your masculinity. Seersucker Not sure of seersucker’s status on the runway this season, but we don’t care. Blazer, shorts, we don’t have a preference – just be enthusiastic that seersucker season has finally come around again. It doesn’t even wrinkle! R.I.P. Let’s take a moment to say goodbye to some of our favorite winter textures. The corduroys and wool must go away. It’s sad, we know, because they have treated us so well and we don’t want to seem ungrateful, but we will suffer heatstroke in addition to having people think we’re psychopaths if we continue wearing them for much longer. But please, don’t put away the cashmere. Investigate varying ply, but don’t turn your back on a friend. Contact Carly Reed and Greer Stichnoth at and

KITCH 121: Grilled Cheese Gourmet

By Emily Suskin Maroon-News Staff

This week, I was inspired by two great things: grilled cheese and Mark Bittman. Mark Bittman is a writer for The New York Times. Over the past year, he has written several food “matrices” for the Sunday magazine, which allow the reader to assemble their own dishes by choosing an ingredient from each section. And, while a classic grilled cheese is always good, a jazzed-up grilled cheese is even better. So, I have broken down the various elements for a grilled cheese sandwich and brainstormed lots of options. I have also included some suggested combinations, but feel free to use your imagination! Once you have made your choices, making the sandwich itself is a rather simple process. If you are using toppings that should not be raw (like meat or eggs) be sure to cook them separately before adding them to your sandwich. Heat a pan over medium heat and melt enough butter to just coat the pan. Cook each side of the assembled sandwich for just a couple of minutes, until the cheese melts and the bread is golden. If you have a lot of things in your sandwich, you may want to turn down the heat to make sure that the bread doesn’t brown too much before the cheese melts. 1. BREAD Whole wheat Rye Sourdough Focaccia Bake your own! BASIC BREAD RECIPE 3 cups of bread flour 1 1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt 1 teaspoon of instant yeast 1 1/4 cups of water Mix ingredients in a bowl for 5 to 6 minutes, until well blended. It should be tacky enough to stick to the bottom of the bowl but not so sticky that it is unwieldy. You can add more water or flour as needed to reach this consistency.

Lightly coat a clean bowl with cooking spray or olive oil, put in the dough and cover with plastic wrap. Leave the dough in the refrigerator overnight to ferment (it is okay to skip this step to save time). Leave the bowl of dough in a warm place for about 2 to 3 hours, or until it doubles. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees (or as hot as your oven goes). Fill a loaf pan with a little bit of water and put it on the bottom rack of your oven; this will stay in while you bake the bread. Flour your hands and work space. Form the dough into a desired shapes (baguettes, round loaf, etc.) score the top a couple of times then put into the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. 2. SPREAD Hummus Mustard (whole grain, honey, etc.) Fruit preserves Olive tapenade Pesto (basil, spinach or sundried tomato) Balsamic vinegar reduction (Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil over medium-high heat; cook for about eight minutes, or until the vinegar thickens) Aioli (try garlic or roasted red pepper) ROASTED RED PEPPER AIOLI, adapted from Cooking Light Finely chopped roasted red peppers (jarred or make your own) 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon olive oil 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise and discard seeds and membranes. Put pepper halves, skin side up, on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Coat with olive oil, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until blackened. Immediately put the peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 15 to 30 minutes to cool and then peel. Combine peppers, mayonnaise, oil and cayenne; stir well and use.

3. CHEESE Muenster Aged cheddar American Gruyere Jarlsberg Mozzarella (fresh) Brie Halumi Goat cheese

4. TOPPINGS Caramelized onions Fried egg Thinly sliced granny smith apple Figs Tomatoes Roasted red peppers Sautéed mushrooms Pickles Avocado Raw spinach Basil Bacon Turkey Prosciutto Ham Possible combinations: bread, balsamic reduction, brie, thinly sliced green apples; bread, sundried tomato pesto, goat cheese, spinach, caramelized onions; bread, aged cheddar, gruyere, tomato. Contact Emily Suskin at

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Rachel Eisen

By Rachel Eisen Maroon-News Staff

Chloe is a senior studying philosophy and religion and Japanese. She currently lives in Connecticut but is originally from Nigeria. Rachel: Tell me about your style. Chloe: Well, I always like to have a little bit of vintage in whatever I’m wearing, because vintage pieces have stories. So I have a little bit of vintage and a little bit of now. Also, it really depends on my mood day-to-day. Sometimes I’m bohemian chic, or sometimes I’m like ‘I’m definitely a man right now,’ while other times it’ll be like ‘I’m in a music video.’ It really depends on how I’m feeling. R: How much money do you spend on outfits? And how do you decide what pieces to really invest in? C: To be honest, I don’t spend a lot on each outfit. I’m lucky that vintage stores aren’t always very expensive, so what I end up doing is I choose to not spend that much on my big ‘wow’ pieces as I do on my jeans, for example. You want those basic pieces to be very well done, while for the vintage pieces you can rely on them being well done because they are from a different era when things were better made. But I feel like that’s a decision that’s different for everybody. Sometimes a woman will decide that she wants to spend more on her statement pieces, but I’ve decided to do the reverse because I like vintage shopping and sewing and fixing things. R: How do you think your style fits into the Colgate dynamic? C: To be honest, I don’t think it necessarily does, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I don’t think it’s typical. But I don’t know, I still get lots of compliments! So that’s always nice! R: Where do you get most of your fashion inspiration? C: In that respect, I’m kind of like a lot people and read a magazine and see something that I think is cute and make an outfit based on it. But, more of the time, things just come from my head. Like things I wish actually existed, but I can’t seem to find anywhere. I feel like most of the time I have a look in my mind and if I can’t find it, I just make it. Contact Rachel Eisen at

March 29, 2012

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This Week at the Movies The Hunger Games By Margaretta Burdick Maroon-News Staff

The world has been set on fire this past weekend with the release of the highly anticipated film The Hunger Games. Based on Suzanne Collins’s best-selling book, this film is the first of a trilogy (or possibly more) of movies based on one of the most popular young adult series out there today. As an avid fan of the books, I was both nervous and excited to see the movie this weekend. Would it live up to the brilliant source material that is a fascinating commentary on our obsession with media, violence and particularly reality television? The author reportedly said that the idea for the book came to her when she was flipping between channels of reality TV shows and news videos of the war in the Middle East. Thus, The Hunger Games was born. Could a movie do the source material justice? I waited tensely in my seat for

the movie to begin, hoping beyond hope that it would not fall so very short of the book, as many film adaptations have. It is with great relief that the movie was one of the best adaptations of a book I have ever seen. For those of you who have not caught The Hunger Games fever, the story of the series takes place sometime in the future in a dystopian society in North America where 12 districts surround one capital city. The districts had tried to rebel, but failed. As punishment, the Capital instigated the annual Hunger Games, during which a boy and a girl ages 12 to 18 would be chosen randomly from each district to compete in a televised game where they must fight to the death. The story’s heroine, Katniss Everdeen, is from District 12. Her sister is chosen out of the hundreds of names to go to the Hunger Games, causing Katniss to volunteer to go to the games in her place. There are many factors that made this

movie amazing. First off, the project was approached in the way I wish every book adaptation was. The author, Suzanne Collins, helped write the screenplay and worked closely with the director to ensure the film would be true to her original vision. The casting was spot-on, with upand-coming stars in the main roles flanked by some tried and true old Hollywood hands. Heading the cast was the amazing Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the series’s heroine, Katniss Everdeen. Already with an Oscar nomination under her belt at age 21, Lawrence is one to watch. She plays Katniss brilliantly as the strong, self-possessed girl from District 12 who has learned how to survive her whole life. She gives audiences what we desperately needed – a strong female lead that can kick ass and doesn’t need a man to take care of her. That is the reason all comparisons to the Twilight series should end, besides the plain fact that the stories are barely similar. Alongside Lawrence is Josh Hutcherson,

who plays Peeta Mellark, the boy tribute from District 12. This is where I must give a spoiler disclaimer. There is a slight love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Katniss’s best friend from District 12, Gale, who she hunts with secretly in the woods outside of the district for food. However, romance takes a back seat to action and survival in this series. The filmmakers thankfully did not make it the focus of the film, as some may have wanted to. The supporting cast of this film is superb, including Stanley Tucci playing Ceasar Flickman, the game’s host and commentator, and Elizabeth Banks as Effie, who oversees the tributes for District 12. What sealed the deal for me on loving this movie is its unflinching depiction of the story Collins originally wrote. The concept of the games is sickening – kids killing kids for people’s entertainment. Every moment in the arena is televised. Do not be fooled into thinking the filmmakers will shirk at showing kids killing each other because they do not. The raw emotion of putting children into a situation where they are forced to kill each other is obvious in every moment in the arena. The games are not about simply surviving; they are about winning the audience over, transforming a poor kid from an outlying district into a painted, dressed-up star of reality TV. The games do not allow, as the Capital says, the odds to be ever in your favor; instead, the Games manipulate the odds to make the audience like you. This is not a happy tale. But the filmmakers do not make it cheesy or overly-dramatized. One of my favorite moments of the movie was the heart-wrenching “reaping” scene when Katniss volunteers to take her sister’s place in the Hunger Games, knowing it is almost certain death. There is no music scored for the scene – it is simply silent, so you can sense the terror of the world in which these people live. There is also a lot of hand-held camera action in both the games as well as District 12 in the beginning, which helps gives the film more of a rough, edgy feel, unlike the sanitized dramatic feel of many Hollywood action movies. I implore you to not only see this movie but also to read the books. If the first movie was any indication, the adaptation of this series will be one of the best Hollywood has ever churned out. Full of raw emotion that captures the source material, fantastically acted and directed, The Hunger Games is the best film I’ve seen so far this year. Contact Margaretta Burdick at

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March 29, 2012

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2012 MLB Season Preview By Pete Koehler Maroon-News Staff

Before you even get a chance to think about it, I want you to name to yourself the top team in the NL. Alright, who’d you go with? Philadelphia, I’m guessing? Well, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are majorly banged up. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco are all starting to get pretty old and are coming off mediocre years. Finally, Roy Oswalt’s departure makes baseball’s big four now a big three. Halladay, Hamels and Lee are going to get theirs, but the 2012 Phillies success hinges on the health of Utley and Howard and the ability of back-end starters Joe Blanton, who was hurt for most of last year, and Vance Worley, a promising but inexperienced rookie, to make meaningful contributions. The Phillies still have to be the favorite to come out of the NL, but they are not the offensive juggernaut they once were. Hunter Pence was a nice trading deadline addition last year, but he doesn’t bring quite the pop that a guy like Jayson Werth did back when he remembered how to hit. If not the Phillies, who? The defending World Champion St. Louis Cardinals? They, like the Phillies in the East, deserve to be the favorites in the Central, but are far from a sure thing. Obviously, the loss of Pujols is huge, but it could send ripples throughout their whole lineup. Lance Berkman, who was thought to be seriously on the decline going into last year, submitted a monster year with the privilege of hitting behind Pujols and generally coming up in favorable spots. Carlos Beltran, who was brought in to try to plug the gaping hole Pujols’s absence leaves, should do a decent job of getting on base, but

PHILLIES’ ACHILLES: With the health of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in question, as well as the loss of starter Roy Oswalt, the Philadelphia Phillies have an uphill battle in 2012. as far as power goes, unless he goes on a Ryan Braun diet, he won’t be sniffing 30 homers ever again. Injury questions also surround the front end of their rotation, with ace Chris Carpenter experiencing lingering shoulder troubles and number two man Adam Wainwright not having thrown a meaningful pitch in 17 months after coming off Tommy John’s surgery. If one of those two can be their usual selves and not go John Lackey on them, the Cardinals should be fine, but everybody’s going to have to step up their game a little in Albert’s absence. Looking at the rest of the league, Arizona definitely outplayed their potential last year with guys like Ian Kennedy forgetting they’re guys like Ian Kennedy. Milwaukee is down a short, stout ball-masher but gained longtime Cub (oh boy!) Aramis Ramirez,

and must have invested about 50 percent of their payroll in Ryan Braun’s lawyers, because otherwise they’d be dead in the water. San Francisco still can’t hit and though Washington and Miami are trendy but legitimate sleeper picks, anytime you’re dealing with those two organizations, the proof is in the pudding. It’s not as if the National League is suddenly Double-A baseball compared to the AL with the departures of Pujols and Fielder, but there is suddenly a lot more parity across the board, which should undoubtedly make for an exciting race to the finish. There’s parity in the AL as well, but only at the top, with New York, Boston, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Texas and Los Angeles all having fair claims to being the team to beat. The thing to look for is how the individual divisions set up this year. While the

Yankees, Sox and Rays and a solid Toronto team all beat each other up, Texas and Anaheim will get to bully Oakland and Seattle and the Tigers will get to pound the Central into submission. How big of a difference this is can’t be overstated because the Rays will have to play 54 games against the Red Sox, Yankees and Blue Jays where, comparatively, the Tigers get 54 against the Twins, Royals and White Sox. It’s going to be a bare-knuckles fistfight to win the AL East, whereas the Tigers, Rangers and Angels all have a far better shot to win their respective divisions. This gives these guys a huge advantage over their adversaries in the East because they have a much better shot at both avoiding the new playin game and getting to host a divisional round matchup. So who’s the pick then to come out of the AL? The Rangers have undoubtedly put themselves in position to make a run at a three-peat, but I think it’s got to be their divisional foe to the west, the Angels. You never want to sign a guy just to take him away from the enemy (see Carl Crawford), but the Angels got C.J. Wilson for his fair value and managed to elevate their rotation to elite status while seriously thinning the Rangers. C.J. is no ace, but they don’t need him to be, they’ve got Dan Haren and Jered Wever. So, if he eats innings and throws strikes, two things he does quite well, and Ervin Santana submits another solid year, suddenly the Angels have a rotation arguably on level with the Phillies, whereas starting pitching for the Rangers remains a serious question mark. Colby Lewis as your horse in the playoffs? Oh yeah, and the Angels have some Pujols guy now too. That doesn’t hurt. Contact Pete Koehler at

NHL: Fight to the Finish By Ben Glassman Maroon-News Staff

With only two weeks left in the 20112012 season, the NHL is at its finest. As league leaders vie for the ever-desired homeice advantage in April and May, bubble teams battle it out for playoff spots, and top performers Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos go head-to-head for the MVP award. This time last year, the New York Rangers were sitting in the ninth spot in the

East, trying desperately to claw their way into the eighth and final playoff spot. My, what a difference a year makes. A few freeagent acquisitions, some timely prospect development and 48 wins later, New York is sitting pretty as the kings of the East – for now. One of the hottest teams in the league, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are nipping at the Blueshirts’ heels, just three points behind the top spot in the conference with six games to go. If the Pens can beat out their Atlantic Division rivals by April 11, the Rangers would

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?: Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin has stepped up in the absence of the oft-concussed Sidney Crosby, making his case for the Hart Trophy.

drop to the fourth seed, as all three divisionwinners are granted the top three seeds in the playoffs. Needless to say, tensions are not nearly as high in Manhattan as they were a year ago, but the Rangers’ battle for playoff position is once again one of the more compelling storylines in the East. In the West, things look all but wrapped up for the league-leading St. Louis Blues. With 105 points through 77 games, the Blues are in position to win their second ever President’s Trophy, awarded to the team with the best record. After missing the playoffs by ten points last year, General Manager Doug Armstrong signed key free agents Brian Elliot, Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner, and hired Ken Hitchcock as head coach in November. Miraculously, Hitchcock has turned the team around, racking up 90 points in his 61 games since coming to St. Louis. While teams at the top of the heap play for home ice in the playoffs, teams at the bottom are fighting just to get in. Out West, the race for the eighth spot is tighter than ever before, with seventh place Dallas and 11th place Calgary separated by just two points. In situations like these, no one can know what to expect in the way of seeding. It seems like every season the eighth spot in one of the conferences comes down to a key injury for one of the contenders, a sudden hot streak by a goalie or just dumb luck. In the Eastern Conference too, the race for the playoffs is extremely heated. While New York has

propelled itself from eighth/ninth place last year to first place this year, the Washington Capitals have done the exact opposite. After winning the East for the second consecutive time last season, the Caps now sit in ninth place, franticly trying to keep pace with eighth place Buffalo, who has won five straight. Going into Tuesday night, the Sabres and Capitals were tied with 84 points each, and were slated for a showdown in Washington. The game, however, was hardly the clash it had promised to be, as Buffalo trounced goaltender Braydon Holtby and the Caps 5-1. Both teams now have five games remaining, with Buffalo facing three of the conference’s top four teams in that span and Washington facing three of the top five. In any good Hollywood blockbuster, you can never see the end of the film coming. If there’s one thing that past hockey seasons have taught us, it’s that in the NHL, the ends to seasons are much like those movies, with twists and turns leading to an ultimate conclusion. With four or five games left for each club, there’s no way of knowing what that conclusion is quite yet. Will Washington catch Buffalo in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot? Will Dallas and Phoenix hold on to their positions in the West? In the NHL era we’re currently in, answering those questions is impossible, and that is exactly the beauty of April hockey. Contact Ben Glassman at

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Final Four: Making Sense of the Madness By Travis Basciotta Maroon-News Staff

After two weeks of all-you-can-watch college basketball, four teams remain in the hunt for the NCAA Championship. Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas and Ohio State emerged from the chaos that is March Madness and are now within two victories of basketball history. Before we dive headfirst into Final Four analysis, let’s first take some time to reflect on the most exciting two weeks in college sports. For the first time in tournament history, two second-seeded teams lost their opening games. In Omaha, Missouri allowed 86 points to Norfolk State, confirming the rumor that the selection committee was inebriated when declaring them a two-seed. Merely hours later, Coach K’s Blue Devils lost 75-70 to Patriot League Player of the Year C.J. McCollum and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. McCollum is a talented player and Lehigh really did deserve the victory. That being said, Duke has some serious problems going forward. The play of Austin Rivers this season has me seriously questioning high school scouts, and wondering how much family lineage inflated his reputation. Rivers was an effective scorer, but he was nowhere near his classmates Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Bradley Beal. Finally, I have to comment on the performance of the zebras thus far. Charges, which used to be one of the most exciting calls in college basketball, have become far too common. Defenders are entitled to their space on the floor, but those on offense are also entitled to make plays at the rim. Basketball is a contact sport and defenders are going to get

bumped, but if the officials call a charge every time a player theatrically falls to the ground, college basketball is going to become significantly less entertaining. And now, on to the Final Four. Kentucky: The Unequivocal Favorite John Calipari’s talented group of freshmen and sophomores has steamrolled opponents en route to New Orleans. Kentucky not only has the most dynamic player in the country in Anthony Davis, but also a second-rated NBA prospect in versatile forward Michael KiddGilchrist. Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist could have probably played alongside the Lollipop Guild and still made it to the Final Four. Instead, they executed seamless fast breaks with the likes of Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones and Marquis Teague, all future NBA players. The team John Calipari has assembled in Lexington is talented enough to give the Charlotte Bobcats a run for their money. But with great talent comes great pressure. Analysts have all but handed the Championship trophy to the Wildcats, and if they aren’t the last team standing, the season will ultimately be viewed as a failure. LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and the Heat have proven that talent alone is not enough to secure a title. Kentucky must continue to play as an unselfish team in order to hoist the trophy in New Orleans. Louisville: The Underdog Once ranked in the top-five nationally, Rick Pitino’s Cardinals struggled late in the season, but recovered in time to claim the Big East Championship over talented teams like Marquette, Cincinnati and Syracuse. As a four seed, they defeated Davidson, New Mexico, Michigan State and Florida to make it to New

Orleans. Oddly enough, their most convincing win came against Tom Izzo’s top-seeded Spartans. So how does a team without an ounce of NBA talent come within two games of a title? I think the answer is a combination of toughness, conditioning, unselfishness and a defensive press that frustrates opponents. Speedy point guard Peyton Siva is the heart and soul of the team, and his energy sets the tone for everyone else. The full court press that Pitino seemed to shy away from late in the season is back, frustrating opposing teams and forcing turnovers. On top of that, Senegalese center Gorgui Deng is one of the best in the country at altering shots at the rim. Louisville’s 57-44 win over Michigan State was a perfect example of how the Cardinals put pressure on opponents and force them out of their game plan. However, it will be interesting to see whether they can force the most talented team in the country into bad shots and turnovers. In order to beat Kentucky, Louisville needs the game to be ugly, and I’m not sure if Kentucky is even capable of playing an ugly game. Kansas: The Two-Headed Beast The Jayhawks’ season has been defined by the impressive play of forward Thomas Robinson and point guard Tyshawn Taylor. Both average over 17 points per game, while Robinson pulls in 12 rebounds and Taylor dishes out five assists in a typical contest. Robinson, a consensus All-American, is second in the nation in rebounding despite his 6’8” frame. He should pose a serious challenge for Ohio State star Jared Sullinger, as both players like to operate in the paint. The main issue for Kansas in the tournament is that they just haven’t been playing impressive ball. The Jayhawks barely

squeaked by the second and third rounds with three point victories over 10-seed Purdue and 11-seed N.C. State. Their win in the Elite Eight against North Carolina doesn’t really tell us much because UNC was such a different team without their point guard, Kendall Marshall. Ohio State will pose the greatest threat to Kansas thus far in the tournament, and it will be interesting to see whether Robinson and Taylor will be able to carry the Jayhawks to a National Championship. Ohio State: The Sleeper The Buckeyes had perhaps the easiest path to the Final Four other than Kentucky, mainly attributable to the absence of Syracuse center Fab Melo. Their Elite Eight win over the Orange was their smallest margin of victory in the tournament at seven points. What makes Ohio State so formidable is their balanced offensive attack and suffocating man-to-man defense. Jared Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas and William Buford all average over 14 points per game while feisty floor general Aaron Craft pitches in nine per contest. This balance allows the Buckeyes to win games despite bad shooting nights from either Thomas or Buford. Craft is a disruptive force on defense, and seems to actually annoy his opponents with his peskiness. Even if he doesn’t make a steal, he still manages to alter the offense’s flow and tempo. All this seems to add up to a team that has all the right pieces to challenge Kentucky for the National Championship. Predictions: Kentucky over Louisville, 82-67/ Ohio State over Kansas, 67-65 Final: Kentucky over Ohio State, 76-69 Contact Travis Basciotta at

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Was the recent game between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder an NBA Finals Preview? By Alexander Frost Maroon-News Staff

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Heading into the year, these two teams were the favorites to meet in the Finals and both have done little to change people’s minds. The Miami Heat have been favorites to win an NBA championship since they put together the “Big Three” two summers ago. In LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Miami has two of the most dynamic players in the entire league. James is having one of his best seasons ever, averaging close to 27 points per game while shooting close to 54 percent from the field. Wade has had an upand-down season (for his standards), but he remains one of the most clutch players down the stretch in the game. The Heat have the second best record in the East at 35-13, and they will face a tough test if they have to go through Chicago to get to the Finals, but I just can’t see them losing with a healthy James and Wade. Oklahoma City has its own starfilled roster with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Durant is having an MVP-type season, averaging 28 points per game, 8 rebounds and 3.5 assists, and Russell Westbrook might be the most athletic point guard in the game not named Derrick Rose. They have the top record in the West at 3812 and are poised to clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Los Angeles Lakers are the only potential obstacle on the road to the finals, if they get hot. With five rings, Kobe Bryant is always a dangerous force to be reckoned with. The Thunder have made major strides this year and deserve to be recognized with Miami as the favorites to win their respective conferences. Both teams are loaded with All-Star talent and would make for a great Finals matchup. Here’s hoping they make it through.

This entire season has seemed to foreshadow a Heat/Thunder finals – from the All-Star game battle between Durant and Lebron to the ridiculous stats each has put up in their battle for league MVP, all signs point to an inevitable clash of the titans in the Finals. If I had to bet right now, however, I’d say that this will not be the Finals matchup. I’d say that the Thunder are more likely to make the Finals than the Heat, particularly because of the massive questions about every other Western Conference contender. San Antonio looks like the best shot to knock them out, and Memphis can hang with the Thunder, but it seems unlikely that OKC will fall to either of these teams in a seven game series. The Heat, on the other hand, recently lost to a Chicago team that was without Derrick Rose or Rip Hamilton and have a decimated roster with big injuries to Luol Deng and C.J. Watson. This would appear to bode negatively for the Bulls, but while these players rest and take lesser to no minutes, the Bulls have extended their league-leading record and defeated their archrival Heat. Based on current standings, the Heat would have to beat the Celtics, Magic and Bulls to reach a Finals clash with the Thunder, and it is far from certain that they will be able to beat a Bulls team anywhere near full health after those grueling first and second round matchups, let alone get past the Celtics and Magic.

By Albert Raminfard Maroon-News Staff

I don’t think that the Heat/Thunder game this week was a potential Finals preview. First off, I don’t even think the Heat will be involved this year when it comes to the Finals. The Chicago Bulls are who I see coming out of the Eastern Conference – they’re just too good. The Bulls have depth, chemistry and a good player at

NOT SO SUPER MARIO: Mario Chalmers and the Miami Heat struggled in their matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but remain favorites to reach the Finals from the East. every position. Obviously, you also can’t forget that they have the best point guard in the league in D-Rose and a solid center in Joakim Noah, which I have always considered to be the foundation of any basketball team. Keep in mind also that the Bulls have performed well even without Derrick Rose, due to good coaching and strong team chemistry. The Thunder, on the other hand, I’m convinced will not only be in the Finals, but will win it all. They are steamrolling any competition and Durant is playing at an MVP level. Not to mention that whether or not the Heat or Bulls do make it into the Finals, that team will be tired from what will be a dog fight of a conference Finals playoff series. I expect Durant, Westbrook, Harden and Ibaka to make playing defense against the Thunder more than difficult, especially if they can drop 60 in a half against the Heat defense, with all kinds of assists as well. They are clicking right now and they are also the team to keep track of in the next week, as they play the Lakers, Bulls and Heat again, all of which should be strong assessments of how they are doing, and what will happen in the playoffs.

By Chuck Erikson Maroon-News Staff

Indeed, it is quite likely that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat will meet up in the Finals. With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, it’s hard to imagine it not happening, especially considering that their only real comepetition in the East is the Chicago Bulls. Teams like Boston, Philadelphia and Indiana are all very good, but it is nearly impossible to conceive them overpowering and defeating the Heat come the postseason. That being said, I really don’t want to slight the Bulls. They are clearly a highly talented team that has as good a chance as any at frustrating the “Big Three” for yet another season, but it’s getting to the point where I don’t think LeBron is having fun anymore and won’t be content just playing ball with his friends; he needs a championship. I think that will be the deciding factor. LeBron, Wade and Bosh are going to come out of the gate ravenous and will see Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook again in the Finals.

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Duel in the Dome Ends in a Draw for Colgate Raiders Softball Loses to Syracuse, Defeats Canisius By Emma Barge Sports Editor

The Colgate women’s softball team split its weekend games at the Duel at the Dome at Syracuse University with a loss on Friday against Syracuse, 6-0, and a 5-4 win on Saturday against Canisius. Syracuse came out to a commanding lead on Friday when the team scored four runs in the first inning. One came from a sac fly that marked the first ever run in the Dome, while the other three runners made it to the plate after a three-run homer by an Orange batter. Sophomore Rachel LeCoq, the Raiders’ pitcher, was able to focus after the hectic first inning and only allowed one more hit over the next two innings. At that point, the Orange burst ahead again after a fielding error by Colgate brought two more runs home in the fourth inning. Sophomore Tera Vaughn was the sole Raider to record a hit with two singles under her belt, but it was not enough. Three Syracuse pitchers combined to tally 11 strikeouts in six innings throughout the game. The Raiders were able to pick up and brush off for the second game of the weekend against Canisius. Senior Stephanie Hartquist was a key player in the game as

she was able to clear the bases in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull Colgate above its opponent. Colgate was the first to round the bases when a pair of runs in the second inning were tallied from an impressive homer by junior Natalie Siedhof. The Raiders remained on top until the Griffins were able to pull off two runs, one in the fifth and a second in the seventh. The tie forced the game into extra innings. Canisius scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 4-2 lead over the Raiders. Colgate refused to let the game slip, however, and crept up on the Griffins’ lead. Senior Jennifer Ortega came out strong in the eighth inning with a double that brought Vaughn home to score. Junior Emmie Dolfi followed suit as she reached on a fielder’s choice to put runners on first and third. Harquist finished the job when she hit a fly ball to left field that was dropped by Michelle Del Prince. Ortega and first-year Kate Zucker rounded the bases to score the winning runs. Colgate will be back in action to begin Patriot League play with a double-header at Bucknell this Saturday. The first game will begin at noon. THINGS ARE LOOKING UP: After a challenging preseason schedule, the Colgate Contact Emma Barge at women’s softball team triumphed in its last game before the start of Patriot League play.

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Midshipmen Open Fire on Raiders’ Winning Streak Colgate Men’s Lacrosse Falls to Navy After Five-Game Glory

SUNK BY THE BATTLESHIP: The Colgate men’s lacrosse team fell to the Navy Midshipmen in a close, heartbreaking battle, 12-11, last Saturday. Despite the team rallying to keep the match close in the second half, they fell just short of defeating their opponents. Bob Cornell

By Steve Urban Maroon-News Staff

The Colgate men’s lacrosse team’s five-game winning streak was snapped in a rather heartbreaking fashion last Saturday, as the men lost to the Navy Midshipmen, 12-11. The Mids got a goal in the final seconds to earn the dramatic victory, improving their Patriot League record to 3-1. Colgate fell to 1-1 in Patriot League play, but held on to their ranking despite the defeat. The Raiders proved resilient on the afternoon though, twice being down five goals to tie the game up in the fourth quarter. However, they could never get back on top after losing the lead with just over five minutes gone in the first quarter. The Raiders got on the board first, as they have done in all nine contests this year except one. Senior attackman Jeff Ledwick found the back of the net, but it would be the only Colgate goal of the period. Navy went on a five-goal run spanning the rest of the first quarter and continued through

the first five minutes of the second period. Junior midfielder Robert Grabher was able to get a fast break off the faceoff and find junior attackman Peter Baum for Colgate’s second goal, stopping the Mids’ run. “I do have a go-to move on the faceoff that I use every time I’m out there as long as I’m winning,” Grabher said. “If I start to lose two or three in a row, I’ll adjust the speed and power I put into the move in order to play around my opponents’ strengths.” The score stood at 5-2, and if Colgate could piece together a goal or two before half, the deficit would certainly be manageable. Unfortunately, the Raiders were not able to shift the momentum away from Navy, as they bounced back with a goal a mere 25 seconds later. The teams remained scoreless until Navy scored with 75 seconds left in the half to increase their lead to 7-2, the largest lead they had enjoyed in the game to this point. First-year attackman Ryan Walsh added a late goal for Colgate, but the Raiders headed into the locker room

facing their largest deficit of the season at 7-3. With the start of the third quarter, Colgate needed a fast start as well as a big offensive period if they wanted to get back into the game, and that’s exactly what they got. The Raiders doubled up the Midshipmen 6-3 on the quarter, as well as getting two early goals to keep the game close. Walsh tallied his second goals, and senior midfielder John Donnally scored off the restart to make the score 7-5. The two offensive spurts by the Raiders this period were broken up by a three-goal run by Navy. Colgate found themselves being doubled up 10-5 with about a period and a half to play. At this point in the game, Grabher stepped up his play at the face-off X and really helped initiate the Raider comeback. “Whenever our offense gets going and strings together a bunch of goals, the adrenaline makes winning face-offs easier for me,” Grabher said. “The other guy tightens up and has to press a little more and try to create momentum while I can continue to do what I’m doing. The closer the game is and the more of a rally our team is on helps me concentrate and focus more and helps us come up with big possessions and goals.” Sophomore attackman Brendon McCann started the comeback, beating the Navy goalie off an assist from fellow attackman Ryan Walsh. Grabher then secured the next face-off and found Donnally who scored his second goal of the game, this one coming just nine seconds after McCann’s. Baum and junior midfielder Matt Baker scored the final two goals of the quarter, and the Raiders found themselves down just one with nearly all the momentum heading into the final quarter. The final quarter started the way many of the Colgate rallies had started – with Grabher. He won the opening faceoff and took it to the goal himself, finding the back of the net bringing Colgate level at 10-10.

“Whenever I’m bringing it down the field, I have to read what the other team is giving me before I do anything,” Grabher said. “I try not to make the decision until I see how the defense is playing, particularly on Peter Baum, and use that to make a split decision. With a shooter like Pete at the point, it makes scoring for me a lot easier as teams will play him tighter and let me shoot from close.” The next several minutes of the contest remained scoreless as the teams vied for the go-ahead goal heading into the waning minutes of the contest. Navy got that goal, refusing to relinquish the lead they had held nearly the entire contest. Yet, as had been the theme of the contest, Colgate bounced back when Baum tallied his third goal of the afternoon with under two minutes to go, leveling the score again at 11-11. Yet despite the valiant effort the Raiders displayed in hanging around in the game, Navy’s sophomore attackman Sam Jones tallied the game winning goal with just three seconds left to ensure the victory for the Midshipmen. The goal capped off a nice afternoon for Jones who led all scorers with five points on three goals and two assists. Leading the way for the Raiders were Baum, Grabher and Walsh, all tallying three points on the afternoon. The Raiders won 19 of 27 faceoffs on the afternoon due to an incredibly strong performance by Grabher. The Raiders look to bounce back again as they face another Patriot League opponent this weekend. They travel to West Point, NY to take on the Army Black Knights this upcoming Saturday. The game is slated for a 12 p.m. start. “At 7-2, we’ve proven that we’re good enough to beat any team with the guys we have,” Grabher said. “But at the same time, we know that it is crucial to get a victory in every Patriot League game.” Contact Steve Urban at

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SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS Patriot League Standings Women’s Lacrosse

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

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

Team Navy American Colgate Lehigh Holy Cross Lafayette Bucknell

Overall 7-3 9-1 5-3 7-2 4-5 4-5 2-6


League Overall 2-0 10-2 2-1 6-5 2-1 2-8 2-1 6-5 1-1 5-5 0-2 6-5 0-3 3-8

Team Army Lehigh Bucknell Lafayette Colgate Holy Cross

Raider Results

League 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Overall 13-12 13-13 5-12 4-10 5-14 3-15

Raider Action

Men’s Lacrosse: Navy 12, Colgate 11* Men’s Tennis: Navy 7, Colgate 0* Women’s Lacrosse: Binghamton 16, Colgate 11; Colgate 12, Holy Cross 11* Women’s Tennis: Navy 7, Colgate 0* Softball: Syracuse 6, Colgate 0; Colgate 5, Canisius 4 (8 inn)

Friday: All day Men’s Golf at Fireline Towson Invitational Saturday: All day Women’s Track at Maryland Invitational 11:00 a.m. Women’s Tennis at Army 11:00 a.m. Men’s Tennis at Army 12:00 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse at Army 1:00 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse vs Yale 1:00 p.m. Women’s Softball at Bucknell * denotes Patriot League opponent

Sports Spotlights Stephanie Hartquist ’12

John Donnally ’12

Sport: Softball Hometown: Homer, N.Y. Major: Educational Studies Why Stephanie? She batted two teammates home in Saturday’s game against Canisius to help put the Raiders on top in extra innings. 1. This past weekend, Colgate participated in Syracuse’s first ever “Duel at the Dome.” Briefly describe the experience, including what it was like to play in such an amazing venue. Playing at the Dome was very exciting, especially being the first collegiate softball team to ever compete there. It Athletic Communications is amazing to feel like part of something that will become historical. It was a little nerve-racking in the beginning to see a close-up of your face lit up on the big screen behind the pitcher, but after the first inning, it really felt like we were given the stage that we deserve as a sport and as a program. 2. Although you dropped the first game against Syracuse, the Raiders came back in dramatic fashion against Canisius. Describe the game-winning hit you had, and what that type of win will mean going forward. I had gone 0-2 in previous at-bats that game, but was making pretty good contact, so I went into the box amped up at the opportunity of moving the winning run into scoring position. I stayed aggressive and found the pitch I thought I could drive. I lined it over the shortstop’s head, and for a second I thought the left fielder might dive and catch it, but she missed, and it rolled to the fence, allowing both Jen Ortega (the runner on second) and Kate Zucker (pinch runner on first for Emmie Dolfi) to score. As soon as Kate slid in safe, I walked off third base elated to see my team’s enthusiasm and energy at the highest point yet in our season. (So much so, that Jen managed to knock my helmet into my nose, leaving a bruise the next day). I think we really needed that win as a team to remind us all that we have it in us. After a rough preseason, facing really competitive teams, that game will help bring us into Patriot League play with confidence and the will to win. 3. Canisius had scored two runs in the previous inning to take the lead, so what does it say about your team that you were able to respond? I think responding in the bottom of the 8th just stated exactly what our team is capable of doing every game, and every inning. My hit could have come from any player on our team and we should be confident in knowing that. 4. Next weekend you begin league play with a double-header against Bucknell. What will the team need to focus on to win these important games? I think the last inning in the game against Canisius shows that we can do a better job of bringing that urgency and “fire,” as we call it, into every inning and not leave it up to the last inning to respond. If we can focus on gaining a little ground every inning, as well as remembering that feeling of desire and the will to win, we will be golden for Patriot League play.

Sport: Men’s Lacrosse Hometown: Madison, N.J. Major: English Why John? He tied his career high with two goals against Navy last weekend. 1. You guys were able to answer any run of Navy’s with a run of your own to keep the game close. How hard is it to slow a team’s momentum once they tally a few goals in a row? I think in such a fast and up-tempo game like lacrosse, it’s common for teams to score goals in bunches. Navy went on a five-goal run in the first and second quarters, but we Athletic Communications were able to respond to it with a run of our own. While we did dig ourselves a bit of a hole by going down 7-3 at halftime, we were winning the majority of the face-offs and knew that our offense would have opportunities to even the game. 2. The team found itself facing its largest defect of the season against Navy. How did you guys change your game plan to get back into the game? I don’t think that we made any significant changes to our game plan at halftime. We were losing the ground ball battle and some of the “toughness” and “attitude” stats and we just needed a better effort. Without looking too far ahead, we wanted to focus on winning the next minute of the game. 3. After a tough loss, what’s the best thing the team can do to take positives from the game and move forward to prepare for next week? I think the best thing for our team to do is to learn from our mistakes and move on from this loss. We look at each team we play as being its own “mini-season.” We’ll move on and learn from Navy and dedicate our focus to Army this week in practice. 4. Given the familiarity teams in the Patriot League have with each other, does it mostly come down to execution or can you install new offensive/defensive looks to get them off balance? While I think we do make some adjustments to our offensive and defensive strategies depending on the team and types of players we’re facing, I think that these Patriot League games usually come down to a few plays. There’s so much parity in the league that these games can be decided by what team executes and makes plays when they have to. 5. There’s always the chance that you could face Navy in the Patriot League tournament. Would the team want another shot or is it too early on to think about? I think it’s too early to think about getting another shot at Navy. Right now, our only focus is Army.

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March 29, 2012

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Raiders Defeat Holy Cross in Tyler’s Field Triumph By Allie Silverman Maroon-News Staff

This past Saturday, on a gorgeous afternoon in Hamilton, N.Y., the Colgate women’s lacrosse team defeated Holy Cross by a single goal to pull off an impressive 12-11 win over the Crusaders. Junior midfielder Amanda O’Sullivan earned the Patriot League Player of the Week title after tallying a whopping nine points on four goals and five assists. Senior captain and attacker Katie Sullivan also had an outstanding game with three goals, followed by midfielders, junior attacker Quincey Spagnoletti and senior captain Courtney Miller who each posted two goals on the scoreboard. First-year goalie Jennie Berglin played another amazing game with a total of eleven stops to earn her second career win. Holy Cross, 1-1 in the Patriot League, was

led by rookie Lauren Ryan who used her speed and agility to put five goals in the back of the goal. Maddie Carrellas made a solid effort for her team with two goals of her own. The two teams started off the game in a back-and-forth trade-off of goals for the first nine minutes of play. Sullivan put two goals on the board for the Raiders, while Ryan and Sara Hennesey tallied points for the opposing team. Holy Cross then climbed to a 9-4 lead in the remaining time left in the half. The Crusaders posted seven of the final nine goals, while Spagnoletti and Miller were responsible for Colgate’s two points. The Raider women seriously upped their game in the second half, outscoring Holy Cross 8-2. O’Sullivan put back-to-back goals on the board. The Crusaders swiftly answered back with two consecutive goals from players Ryan and DiBari to bring the score to 11-6. These were the Crusaders final two goals of the game.

The Colgate women finished the game with an astounding 6-0 run in the remaining 22 minutes of play. Spagnoletti dodged past two defenders in an individual effort to cut Colgate’s deficit to 11-7. O’Sullivan posted her third goal of the day with 19:28 left in the half. First-year midfielder Megan Ark made a solid shot to slice the lead to 11-9 with just over twelve minutes left to play. Holy Cross began to stall the Raiders’ offense in hopes of scraping by with a win. However, after Berglin made a save off a Holy Cross player’s shot, possession changed over to Colgate. Miller put a solid second goal in the back of the net to cut the lead to a single goal. This was Miller’s 29th goal of the year. Sullivan tied the game with 4:51 remaining of play off a fantastic behind-the-back shot. Junior attacker Kate Sheridan found Sullivan who cut into the middle of the 12-meter on a 3-2 fast break for the Raiders. Sullivan caught the pass

and nailed the shot to knot the score. Colgate maintained possession on a clutch draw, before Head Coach Heather Young decided to call a timeout. Miller held the ball at the wing, dodged toward the middle of the field and tossed the ball off to O’Sullivan who used her teammates pick to screen off into an open alley toward the net. O’Sullivan fired a shot past the Crusader goal to clinch the win with a mere 11 seconds left of play. Holy Cross did have one final opportunity in the last several seconds of play, but with a shot just wide of the net, the Raiders improved to 2-1 in the Patriot League with an exciting and well-deserved 12-11 win on Tyler’s Field. The Colgate women’s lacrosse team will be back out on Tyler’s Field on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. for a non-conference match-up against the Yale Bulldogs. Contact Allie Silverman at

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