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“Bro-ing” Goes Viral. A-2
SGA Election Scandals Explained. B-2
Volume CXLIII, Number 22
Lady Gaga Meets Country at the Barge. C-1
March 31, 2011
Graham Tooker Breaks School Record. D-3
Spring Party Weekend Acts Announced
SGA Presidential Tickets Profiled
By Rebekah Ward Maroon-News Staff
A schedule of this year’s Spring Party Weekend (SPW) concert lineup has now been released to the public, finally clearing up rumors that inevitably shroud the weekend each year. A full schedule of events will mena little break time for the dedicated party-goer. But this year’s SPW Planning Committee is making sure that at least people’s decisions will be well-informed: a schedule has already been posted on Face-
By Taylor Fleming Maroon-News Staff
Last year controversy surrounded the Student Government Association (SGA) election. The 2010 student government presidential election ended in a two-week period of appeal, postponement, an SGA Senate vote and finally a run-off electing seniors Liz Brodsky and Mike Newberg. Last year many senators believed the unprecendented course of the election to be embarrassing, no one can guess the fate of this year’s election. It is evident, however, that the 2011 presidential tickets are no less qualified or prepared than the tickets of 2010. The elections will be held from Thursday, March 31 at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday April 3 at 9:00 p.m. on the Colgate Portal. This year the two tickets are juniors Michael Miller for President and Andrew Schlenger for Vice President, versus juniors Alex Restrepo for President and Mike Frank for Vice President. Although both presidential
During a Brown Bag lunch on Thursday, March 24, at the Ho Science Center, President Jeffrey Herbst presented his thoughts on the effectiveness of foreign aid, focusing on the Sub-Saharan African countries. Citing his work and research experiences throughout his discussion, he explained the successes and shortcomings of foreign aid. Herbst stressed the importance of an informal lecture environment and set the stage for a dialogue between speaker and listener. He stood in the fifth row so as to better engage with the audience. Herbst provided an explanation of the origins of foreign aid which did not exist prior to the Marshall Plan in 1948. He said that because of foreign aid’s “rock star” effect, with American dollars flowing freely to African countries, there has been a significant counter-effect. Herbst mentioned that there are other ways of helping countries in need, such as facilitating an effective trade system, strengthening the military and creating order or expe-
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AVOIDING A (WATER)’GATE: SGA and the two Presidential tickets are hoping for a clean and orderly election in 2011. Facebook.com and votealexandmike.com
tickets have been heavily involved with SGA since the beginning of their time here at Colgate, Michael Miller’s passion for, and commitment to, the association is overwhelmingly apparent. Miller, one of the 2011 candidates for SGA President, served as a senator
President Herbst Leads Dialogue on Foreign Aid to Africa By Kelly Cattano
book, and posters with the full concert lineup are in the works. This year there will be a slightly earlier start than normal to the weekend of concerts: Phi Delta Theta fraternity is hosting a unique kickoff event titled Concert for the Cure on Thursday, April 14. White Panda will be coming to play from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. in honor of junior Victor Krivitski (Vic), a Phi Delta Theta brother. “[Vic] was diagnosed with cancer at the end of last semester, and a lot of campus groups have been
diting foreign development. However, he said those approaches are not as appealing as hard cash. “Trade is a less ‘sexy’ topic than giving money,” Herbst said. He argued that monetary aid is not the end all, be all, of African development. For example, Herbst said the most dynamic sector of African development was the proliferation of mobile telephones. This managed to transform economies but foreign aid was not involved in any way. President Herbst shared his own observations about foreign aid, which he followed with a brief explanation of the different types of foreign aid. His first observation was that aid is always political. This comment particularly moved junior Vashti Ziegler. “I learned that foreign aid should not be as politically motivated as it has in the past because politically motivated foreign aid doesn’t benefit the country that needs the aid, but rather it serves to benefit the donor’s reputation in the international sphere,” Ziegler said. Herbst also highlighted the fact that while volunteer groups like the Continued on A-3
during his first year at Colgate. In his sophomore year, he was a member of the Student Affairs Board and this year was elected Speaker of the Senate. “I am proud of the work of many senators and look forward Continued on A-3
Killing Fields Journalist Speaks on American War Trends
SYD IN REAL LIFE: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sydney Schanberg was played by Sam Waterston in The Killing Fields. Carly Keller
By Colin Sheridan Maroon-News Staff
Renowned American journalist and war correspondent Sydney Schanberg visited Colgate Monday, March 28, to give a lecture on the nature of American war. Schanberg is best known for his
reporting for the New York Times during the early 1970s, when he spent time in Vietnam, Cambodia and East Pakistan. The 1984 Academy Award-winning film The Killing Fields was based on his reporting from Cambodia, in which Schanberg was played by Sam Waterston.
In 1976, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, and among many other commendations, he was the recipient of two George Polk Awards. Schanberg was also the New York Times Metropolitan Editor and an Op-Ed columnist. He has published three books including his most recent, Beyond the Killing Fields, an anthology of his writings on war. “Everybody in America should understand that if this is a democracy, we should know what war is like,” Schanberg said, whose lecture focused on the importance of an informed public during times of war and the danger of unnecessary conflict. Schanberg began by referencing Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell speech, in which the former president warned about what he called the “military industrial complex.” He said that since wars stimulate economies, there would be a larger incentive to go to war in the future. “Eisenhower was really on to something,” Schanberg said, who fears Eisenhower’s prediction has come true. Continued on A-3
March 31, 2011
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COLGATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS SAFETY REPORT Monday, 3/21
No case activity reported.
Tuesday, 3/22 1:43 a.m.: Received a report of a broken window at 92 Broad Street (Phi Kappa Tau fraternity). 3:10 p.m.: Fire alarm at Parker Apartments was caused by a Styrofoam container left on a hot stove burner. 5:35 p.m.: Students at Andrews Hall were found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Case referred for disciplinary action. 5:35 p.m.: Underage students at Andrews Hall were found in possession of alcohol. Case referred for disciplinary action.
Wednesday, 3/23 11:30 a.m.: A staff member was disorderly toward Campus Safety staff at 88 Hamilton Street (Campus Safety Department) after he received a parking ticket.
4:43 p.m.: Received a report of a two car, property damage, motor vehicle accident at the Townhouse Apartments. Campus Safety was assisted by the Hamilton Police Department.
Thursday, 3/24 1:13 a.m.: Received a report of an underage intoxicated student near the Colgate University Bookstore who was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary action. 1:36 p.m.: A staff member reported damage to a University vehicle and it is unknown when, where or how the damage occurred. 11:32 p.m.: Students at Newell Apartments were found in possession of drug paraphernalia. Case referred for disciplinary action.
Friday, 3/25 1:30 a.m.: Hamilton Police reported an underage intoxicated student near the Hamilton Flower Shop
who was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary action. 1:40 a.m.: Hamilton Police reported an underage intoxicated student on Utica Street who was left in the care of a friend. The student was also in possession of two fictitious driver’s licenses. Case referred for disciplinary action. 3:06 a.m.: Received a concern for welfare report of a student at Newell Apartments. 2:15 p.m.: A student reported his unattended laptop missing from Lawrence Hall. 3:39 p.m.: A student was injured after jumping on his bed at Gate House and was transported to a dental office by campus safety. 9:42 p.m.: A student was injured after falling at Huntington Gym and transported to Community Memorial Hospital by Campus Safety. 10:15 p.m.: Underage students at Parke House were found in possession of alcohol and one student was in possession of a fictitious driver’s license. Case referred for
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Saturday, 3/26 12:44 a.m.: An underage intoxicated student was injured after falling on Lebanon Street and transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance. Student was also in possession of a fictitious driver’s license. Case referred for disciplinary action. 12:50 a.m.: Received a report of an underage intoxicated student at Curtis Hall who was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance. Case referred for disciplinary action. 2:00 a.m.: Received a report of an underage intoxicated student near 88 Hamilton Street (Campus Safety Department) who was left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary action. 2:10 a.m.: Students at Curtis Hall were found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and had covered a smoke detector. Case referred for disciplinary action.
4:26 a.m.: Fire alarm at East Hall was caused by a maliciously activated pull station. 4:34 a.m.: An underage intoxicated student and non-resident of East Hall failed to evacuate for the fire alarm. He was transported to his residence and left in the care of a friend. Case referred for disciplinary action. 2:13 p.m.: A student reported her wallet and contents taken from 88 Broad Street (Beta Theta Pi fraternity). 3:34 p.m.: A student reported his wallet and contents taken from 88 Broad Street (Beta Theta Pi fraternity). 9:34 p.m.: A student was injured at 110 Broad Street after falling on the stairs and was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by campus safety.
8:00 a.m.: An ill student on Hamilton Street was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by SOMAC ambulance.
Featured Video “Brodate” Enjoys Viral Success By Mike McMaster Editor-in-Chief
On Friday, February 11, Colgate’s satirical newspaper, The Monthly Rag, launched its new website under the URL www. themonthlyragonline.com. The site debuted simultaneously with the February 11 edition of The Monthly Rag and enjoyed moderate success in February, accumulating 2,273 page views. Traffic to the site exploded last week after The Monthly Rag released its new featured satirical video “Brodate” on March 14. Filmed both on Colgate’s campus and in local Hamilton businesses, the video mocks the advertising campaigns of online dating services and claims to be an aid in “the search for bromance.” Soon after it was published on The Monthly Rag’s website, the video was picked up by the popular blog barstoolsports.com. Although it was
criticized by the editors of the blog, “Brodate” was voted on by 213 viewers and received an average of 3.61 stars out of 5. In under two weeks, the video has accumulated more than 9,336 views and the Monthly Rag’s page views grew to 3,336 in March. Editor-in-Chief of The Monthly Rag and senior Ceci Menchetti believes that the early success of the site is another sign of progress for the publication. Founded in the spring of 2007 under the mantra “13 writers with 13 stories after 13 beers,” the paper was originally printed in the Cooley Science Library and stapled together by enthusiastic students without support, permission or funding from the University. The popularity of the paper encouraged students to apply to the Student Government Association for recognition and funding, which it received officially in Spring 2009. Menchetti called the launching of the website “another step” and
added that she hopes The Monthly Rag will continue to have “an impact on campus for many more years.” The website was designed and created by first-year Daniel Swiecki who registered the domain name with Godaddy.com. The site is currently hosted on a private server. It now offers visitors the opportunity to interact with the newspaper by leaving comments, writing to the editors and viewing archived issues of the paper dating back to its beginnings in 2007. It is currently “liked” by 102 people on Facebook. “I think the team at The Monthly Rag really ‘gets’ new media, as evidenced by the new video content on the site,” Swiecki said. Executive Editor and senior Greg Reutershan reports that there are currently several new video projects under consideration and that “Brodate”’s success has been very encouraging. Starring seniors Jason Cohen
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and Mike Newberg and firstyears Peter McEnaney and Ben Mandell, the video was written by Reutershan and is narrated by sophomore Nick Andreassi. Junior Andy Peng filmed and collated “Brodate.” The lighthearted video claims to offer a solution for male, “bro” friendships and asks, “Wouldn’t it, like, be great if you met someone who shared your interests, and appreciated you for who you really are?” Newberg said that working on the video was a “great experience,” adding that ordering ten shots of water at the Hour Glass was an interesting experience because “people were giving us weird looks.” Reutershan has been very pleased with the success of the video and is excited to generate new content for the website. He also noted that he was surprised by how easy the process was for students. “We had been wanting to branch out to a website for a long time,” Reutershan said. “The pieces just kind of fell into place when a couple of first-years said they knew what they were doing with web design.”
The launch represents a new moment of creativity for Colgate students. Without any additional technical support from the University, students were able to launch the site in just “two to three weeks,” according to Reutershan, and the actual web page coding and launch took only three days. The Monthly Rag’s website is not currently linked to Colgate University’s website. Other student groups are also currently pursuing online options. Swiecki reported that he is also currently working on a “music sharing and discovery website” for the student music organization, Broad Street Records. The Maroon-News launched its new website in November 2009, and like The Monthly Rag, it was also created without funding from the University. As other student groups follow suit, The Monthly Rag has vowed to keep its content fresh. Reutershan hinted that students could see a “Saturday Night Live, Weekend Update-esque” satirical news program this semester. The next issue of The Monthly Rag is scheduled to appear April 7. Contact Mike McMaster at email@example.com.
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March 31, 2011
SGA Presidential Election Campaigns Gear Up Continued from A-1
“I am proud of the work of many senators and look forward to finishing the semester on a high note,” Miller said. Miller and Schlenger have created an eager platform aimed at several major areas of improvement for the university and campus life. One area they hope to change for the better is “professor accountability to students,” they therefore suggest requiring online syllabi for all courses, mid-semester class assessment sessions and timely return of student assignments, ideally before the subsequent assignment and unquestionably before the end of course withdrawal. The platform also emphasizes sustainability by working with Buildings and Grounds to “replace all incandescent light bulbs with more energy efficient bulbs.” They hope to begin composting in all Colgate-owned properties on Broad Street and donate leftover food from these houses to charity. Additionally, Miller and Schlenger hope to create a brand new Cruiser GPS service allowing students to track the Cruiser by smart-phone or computer, and a Redbox DVD rental system in the O’Connor Campus Center (Coop). Both campaigns emphasize Greek Life as a major point of their platforms. Miller and Schlenger address the need for an-
other sorority on campus to better the Greek community and intend on working to improve the relations between the administration and Greek Life. They encourage students to visit www.votemillerandschlenger.com for further information regarding their platform. Restrepo and Frank share an equally comprehensive platform for the 2011 election. Emphasizing their teamwork and past experience, they said, “We believe we are the most qualified candidates for this position due to our experience, dedication and strong ties with the administration.” Both members of this ticket have had great involvement with a wide range of organization on this campus. Collectively, Restrepo and Frank represent members of Brothers, Phi Kappa Tau, Residential Life, Link Staff, Africana, Latin American, Asian American and Native American (ALANA) Center, club soccer, Latin American Student Organization (LASO) and WRCU 90.1 FM. They have earned such SGA positions as Senator, Liaison to Student Groups, Policy Coordinator of Greek Life and Policy Coordinator of Diversity. Restrepo and Frank’s platform is founded on “getting students what they need and want.” Specifically, they hope to change the school’s policy for the Colgate Activities Board (CAB). They recognize the 2009 losses to the CAB
budget and “will fight to restore” it in order to bring back the ability “to sign big name artists to Colgate.” Like Miller and Schlenger, Restrepo and Frank have big plans for the university’s Greek community. “Our official policy on Greek Life is expansion.” They believe bringing a new sorority to this campus will encourage the administration to create a larger and more open Greek system. An innovative aspect to their platform is the creation of a Student Leaders Council. The goal of this organization would be to allow members of different student groups to come together in order to discuss and influence SGA policy. Restrepo and Frank hope that this council will allow for more input from the student body when enacting campus policies. Although both Restrepo and Frank are studying abroad, they maintain a close relationship with the campus. They are connected to and uphold communication with members of the student body. Restrepo and Frank hope that students will visit their website www.votealexandmike.com, and welcome questions and ideas via www. facebook.com/votealexandmike or e-mail. Contact Taylor Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pulitzer Prize Winner Delivers War Lecture Sydney Schanberg Discusses His Reporting in Cambodia Continued from A-1
Vehemently anti-war, Schanberg expressed his desire to see Americans “get angrier” about the unnecessary wars in which the nation now finds, itself. Schanberg addressed the American trend of “mindlessly” going to war, saying that this problem has only grown worse, as the U.S. is now involved in multiple wars overseas. “I feel that America has lost its way,” Schanberg said. “The idea of multiple wars does not sound very American to me.” Schanberg expressed that his career as a journalist exposed him to flaws in the United States’ approach to international politics, especially concerning war. “I don’t think we realize just how broken our Washington government is,” Schanberg said. “I don’t think we’ve learned how to be world citizens yet.” “Mr. Schanberg’s lecture was a unique opportunity to hear from one of the most respected journalists in U.S. history,” first-year Michael Barber said. Visiting Assistant Professor of History Robert Rakove was responsible for coordinating the lecture. “I thought that Sydney Schanberg had something unique to of-
fer the Colgate community. Here is someone able to really talk about what happened in Southeast Asia and convey it to contemporary audiences. That showed in tonight’s lecture, and I’m delighted that we were able to host him,” Rakove said. “Sydney Schanberg’s reporting from Cambodia, Vietnam and East Pakistan forms a crucial part of our collective understanding of the wars and genocides that ravaged those places and that era,” Associate Professor of Anthropology and Peace & Conflict Studies Nancy Ries said. In his lecture, Schanberg may have expressed a more negative perspective on U.S. politics, but he has hope for a better future. Schanberg stated that he believes President Obama knows the correct way to approach (or avoid) war, but that a larger ideological transformation concerning international conflict is still needed. “Can we look at the idea of only going to war as a last resort?” Schanberg asked. “Because that’s the only way we can make it a better country.” Contact Colin Sheridan at email@example.com.
Herbst Discusses Foreign Aid Continued from A-1
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ConCon Peace Corps have good intentions, they are typically only on-site for a relatively short amount of time. “Money will always be used by the people on the ground for what they want to use it for. Where the money is redirected is your contribution to a foreign country,” Herbst said. Westerners cannot “fix” a desperate country all at once, which Herbst claimed to be a general western assumption. The countries first need to effectively manage foreign aid implementation themselves. “Very poor countries can’t democratize at the same time as they undergo all these small tasks,” Herbst said. From his personal experiences, Herbst said Africans know everything about the aid debate and they do try to structure their own actions accordingly. The problem is that the effects of monetary aid are difficult to evaluate because it is nearly impossible to see where the money goes. A component of being successful in aid is therefore seen as the continuous giving. This creates an issue of arbitrarily giving money without actually doing anything. “Actual implementation must be considered,” junior Ariana Minella agreed. “How is this done? How does our cultural
context within a developing country’s cultural context affect the implementation of aid? These questions definitely make me second guess participating in the Peace Corps, etc., although I still believe that helping and giving is better than not trying at all.” In the question and answer session, President Herbst addressed the positives and negatives of any foreign aid contribution. For example, globalization is more dynamic and faster than foreign aid, as communication among people like farmers and traders becomes more effective.
However, globalization also facilitates the communication among terrorists. “It is interesting to think about how we are led to believe that what we are doing is helping people in need, but in the end our good intentions are worthless in the political game of foreign aid,” junior Jessica Tenny said. Herbst advised students not to lose hope in the foreign aid system, but rather to be conscious of the fact that “having good intentions is not always enough.” Contact Kelly Cattano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
POWER LUNCH: Herbst discussed the complexities of awarding African nations aid money in a Brownbag lunch last Thursday.
March 31, 2011
The Colgate Maroon-News Volume CXLIII, Number 22 March 31, 2011
Geoff Guenther • Mike McMaster Editors-in-Chief Caitlin Holbrook Executive Editor
The Importance of Athletes
Elisabeth Tone • Harry Raymond
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From the moment we are kids to when we become college students, the word “sports” is synonymous with one thing: winning. That may be an effect of the emphasis the media constantly puts on professional sports and which teams are on top and which are on the bottom. It may be fine to concentrate solely on victories and defeats once you are at that level. But when dealing with lower levels there are other, less tangible things that are equally as, or more important than, winning. The life of a student athlete in college is as difficult as that of professionals. For one, they do not get paid for what they do. At the same time, they have to juggle the rigorous life of being a student at a prestigious and challenging university such as Colgate, while being expected to perform at outstanding levels on the playing field, court or rink. For that reason alone, all of their accomplishments are already remarkable. Colgate has the best of both worlds. It is a small school of under 3,000 students, which is able to field several competitive athletic teams at the Division I level. Those student athletes deserve the support of their fellow students. It would be one thing if this was a school like Ohio State, where the student body is over 55,000 students and student athletes are treated like superstars who are unreachable to others. In a school such as ours, students get to know student athletes very well in the classroom and in other extracurricular activities. A topic that comes up often when discussing the athletic program is that of attendance. For the past several years, attendance at sporting events has been down, especially when compared to what it used to be in the 1990s. Everybody wants to, and will, go see a winner. However, when it comes to athletics at a school such as this one, it is great to win, but that is not what it is all about. Student athletes at Colgate are prepared to be more than the best they can be; they are also working on becoming future leaders in their field or career of choice. These men and women deserve the support of the entire student body. Win or lose, the effort, pride and love for what our university represents is always there in every goal, every tackle and every check. These young men and women are the face of Colgate University in the national spotlight and they represent Raider Nation better than most, if not all, others. While there may have been bad moments throughout the past few years, there have also been occasions in which the taste of victory has been over the top. Some moments that come to mind include the men’s lacrosse team’s Patriot League Championship game and ensuing victory over eventual national champion Syracuse in the spring of 2008, and the football and soccer teams both clinching Patriot League Championships against Holy Cross in back to back weeks in the snow. The most recent victory came a few weekends ago when the men’s hockey team traveled to Schenectady, New York to take on top-seeded and fourth-ranked Union College in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals and managed to pull off an upset to become the lowest seed to ever advance to the semi-finals of a conference tournament. This upcoming weekend the Colgate men’s lacrosse team will be hosting its biggest game of the year yet against the defending Patriot League Champions, No. 9/8 Army. It is time for spring and the third annual Springcoming. It is also time for Colgate student athletes to start receiving the support they deserve from both students and the Colgate community. Contact Jaime Heilbron at firstname.lastname@example.org
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March 31, 2011
All Politics or Just For Kicks? By Amy-Elise McBeth
jected the idea that future candidates are “handpicked” by current Presidents, but instead stated Today is a big day. No, it’s not yet another statthat those on the E-Board tend to run for ofutory holiday on which Colgate makes us go to fice simply because they are the most involved class, and don’t worry, you haven’t forgotten your members of SGA or because, as Brodsky stated, mother’s birthday. No, tonight, Thursday March they decide to run after seeing that “the E-board 31, at 9 p.m. the Student Government Associais where you get stuff done.” So all this leads tion (SGA) will open polls on the portal and for us to ask ourselves: why do people want to be the first time ever, students will select not only SGA president in the first place? Well, believe it their choice for President and Vice President, but or not, the presidential position provides much also their class Senators.SGA’s recent election hismore than just a great parking spot. The Presitory is littered with scandal: broken promises, atdent and Vice President have a say in almost tempted impeachments, personal vendettas and, every student issue; Vice President Newberg last year, with our very own (water) ’Gate scandal. comments: “When I am in meetings I genuinely ELECTION WOES: The Student Government Association election is quickly apPenalties for hanging sheets with water bottles bebelieve that my opinion effects policy.” In addicame one of the deciding factors of 2010’s exceed- proaching, yet last year’s election was surrounded by scandal. Riddled with contion to this, past student body presidents have ingly tight election. Though most students remain troversey, whether the mistake made while counting the ballots be repeated this served on presidential search committees, have unaware, our current student government is in its year is a concern for some on campus. Only time will tell. helped to interview candidates for other adCourtesy of Colgate SGA relative infancy. ministrative positions, and have spoken at high The constitution under which the SGA now functions was In some respects, the statistics speak for themselves. For the profile events such as President Herbst’s inauguration. passed in 2007, written by then-president, Jeremy Lipstein and past three consecutive elections, the winning presidential ticket If this hasn’t convinced you that SGA might be more powerful other members of the SGA. Even so, its short history has been had helped run the former president’s campaign, and four out of than students typically expect, consider this: in this year alone the anything but monotonous. five previous presidents had served on the Executive Board. SGA has changed academic and disciplinary policy, negotiated Throughout the last five years SGA has become a vastly poThe Executive Board, referred to colloquially as “the E-Board”, parking with Campus Safety, and saved our cable television (you litical realm, complete with accusations of slander, planted in- is different from Senate and Class Council in that members are can thank SGA next time you turn on Jersey Shore). SGA also criminating photographs and even theoretical political parties, appointed by the President and Vice President, rather than voted receives 2.5 per cent of the student activities fees that equal out to all of which culminated in last year’s election, which became the in by the Student Body. This undoubtedly leaves room for some about $20,000 annually. Not surprisingly, after last year’s exciting closest and most dramatic election in Colgate’s recent history. amount of nepotism and the positions are often promised to sup- election, tensions were high and apprehension growing over th draThe creation of the constitution itself caused controversy dur- porters during the campaign period. It is almost always from this ma that might unfold in this year’s elections. Yet to many this year ing its formation as, according to former presidential candidate pool of selected students that the future president is elected. seems different. Senior Max Weiss, Dave Kusnetz ‘09, the future President and Things changed last year, however as, according to former The atmosphere at this year’s debate, unlike the charged then-Speaker of the Senate, had “created the speaker position to presidential candidate Max Weiss “the anointed candidate atmosphere of last year’s equivalent event, seemed more like a be a stepping stone to president.” didn’t run.” Instead, three different tickets began what would friendly conversation than a presidential debate, as candidates This apparent strategy proved successful for former President be one of the closest, and messiest, elections in SGA history. Miller and junior Alex Restrepo chatted pleasantly beforehand Kusnetz, but has not come to fruition since, unless junior Mike After a myriad of allegations, violations, appeals and an even- about what hostels one should visit in Prague. Miller, Presidential candidate and the current Speaker of the tual tie down to the very vote, a runoff was required and Liz So is this election devoid of potential drama? Only time will Senate, wins this year. Brodkey and Mike Newberg were declared the winners. Fol- tell. Keep your fingers crossed. The point is that this Sunday The Kusnetz affair brings history and intrigue of its own, as lowing what became such a personal and heated election, Brod- night, after what hopes to be one of the first clean elections in Kusnetz’s election led to the attempted impeachment of the pre- sky and Newberg surprised a great deal of the student body several years, Colgate will usher in a new Student Government vious president, Rob Sobelman ‘08, who was accused of abus- by appointing an E-Board that contained not only members which will, perhaps more than you may like or realize, signifiing his presidential power in supporting Kusnetz’s campaign. of opposing campaigns, but also one of the other presidential cantly affect your future Colgate experience. And if last year’s Though Sobelman was never successfully impeached, the episode candidates: senior Ethan Levitt. During an interview, both election has taught us anything, remember this: your vote counts. brought up general questions of favoritism within the SGA. current President Brodsky and Vice President Newberg reContact Amy-Elise McBeth at email@example.com. Class of 2013
Alumni Column My First Apartment
By Laura Kurlander Class of 1984
I was lucky. When I graduated from Colgate, the economy was strong. I was already accepted to law school, but I had the option to defer my admission and take a break from academics. I accepted a job in sales with Prudential because I knew the skills were transferable and would be an asset to my eventual career as a lawyer. However, I was not aware that I would move six times in three years. My first move was a huge mistake. I rented a room in a lovely old house in rural New Jersey while training for my new job in Parsippany. The rent was perfect, the house was gorgeous and the commute was okay. But my social life was terrible. Long Valley, a quaint suburban town, became known to me as “Death Valley.” I couldn’t wait to escape. Luckily, my grandparents offered me a room, for free, in their Brooklyn home. It was a much longer commute, but a much more convenient place for me to enjoy life outside work. Still, I was too young to be hanging out with Lucy and Irving. In the knick of time, I was transferred to Hartford, Connecticut, and nine months after graduation I was finally on my own. I knew no one in Hartford but my boss told me that I should rent an apartment in a young community in Rocky Hills, a.k.a. “Sensuous Thrills.” Intrigued, I visited and discovered that I couldn’t afford the one bedroom apartment at $700 per month. However, a two-bedroom apartment was only $300 more. But that meant I needed a roommate. The apartment complex had a roommate listing and I interviewed a few different people over the next week, and signed a lease with a woman who became my closest friend. 18 months later, I was transferred to Boston, where my moves were more
entertaining, and taught me invaluable lessons about lease negotiations and finding roommates. The process will be easier for you. With the ability to network via the Internet, you can find roommates to help you share the cost and have a higher standard of living. You still have the concerns about sharing food, cleaning, loud music and compatibility. And you have the issue of signing the lease. Here’s a list of things to keep in mind before you sign your first lease. -What is the rent and how much extra do I have to pay? Your rent should be clearly listed. You will typically pay monthly rent to the landlord and pay your utilities bills directly to the utility provider. Make sure you know the form in which payments are to be made (e.g. by check, in cash or certified check). Review the late fees and when they are charged. Make sure the landlord can’t kick you out for late payment without written notice. Finally, make sure you know the date upon which the first rental payment is due. -Security Deposit. Confirm the amount you must pay and how and when you will get it back. -Lease Term? If you don’t know where you will be in a year, sign a 1-year lease and add an option to renew, on a month-to-month basis or for another fixed term. You might be able to add a clause limiting the rent increase during the renewal period. -This will help you budget in the event you decide to stay another year. If you are truly uncertain about the length of your commitment to a specific location, starting off with a month-to-month lease is also an option. However, the rent might be higher because the landlord has a greater risk that she will have to re-let the space in a shorter period of time. In addition, the landlord can often terminate your tenancy with no more than 30 days notice.
-Are there any termination rights? Most residential leases do not allow you to terminate the lease early. But what happens if your apartment is uninhabitable? My first apartment by Boston College was perfect, until I turned the lights on in the middle of the night and saw dozens of cockroaches scrambling back into the dark crevices of the floorboards. My landlord attempted to rid the place of these awful demons, but within one month of my move-in, agreed to break my lease due to the health hazards that were outside my control. My second apartment was equally fabulous. But, knowing I had to test the waters first, I signed a 6-month lease. Located behind Fenway Park in an old, updated warehouse, my studio loft was funky and cool, and in the heart of all things Boston. But my next-door neighbor was not. Every morning at 4:50 a.m., I was awakened by the sound of a minister preaching the gospel at 100 decibels. I’m a supporter of freedom of religion, but my tolerance is non-existent at four in the morning. Realizing I was the victim of poor insulation and a neighbor unable to wake up at less than 100 Db, I left after six months of little sleep and moved to the suburbs, where better insulation and larger apartments were available for people my age at a much lower cost. -Condition of Apartment and Maintenance Obligations. Make sure you do a “walk-through” before you sign the lease. You want to make sure that the apartment is clean, painted and that all systems are working, particularly the A/C and heat. You might also add this as a condition to your lease. Alas, it might seem intimidating as you start out on your own. But keep in mind that your options are now unlimited and you are about to enter a new and exciting period of your life. Good luck and have fun!
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The Perils of Facebook
By Jackson Leeds Class of 2014
Mark Zuckerberg has always been the one to say that the purpose of Facebook is to make the world a more open, connected place. He wants people to be able to share what is important to them in an easy way that is free for everyone. However, it is tough to imagine that he knows exactly what the negative effects are that his website causes for its daily users. I am not one to say that Facebook is solely a timewasting site with a completely negative effect on our society. I have Facebook and use it almost daily, so for me to have one and say it’s completely useless would be hypocritical. Since the creation of Facebook and Twitter, the world seems to be much more in sync with itself. We can hear about the protests in Egypt from the same place we hear about what our friend had for lunch, and somehow it works. Facebook is making social interaction less human, though. When I first got a cell phone when I was 11 years old, I noticed myself immediately become a different person. All of the sudden, I had more independence; I was able to talk to my friends more and stay in better touch with my parents at the same time. Fast-forward three years to ninth grade. That was the year I started to hear about Facebook and how everyone in my high school had one. One of my friends at the time convinced me to get an account, and after a few days, I already had 100 friends. I was shocked at how many people were connected through
the site.There was a frightening amount of information on this site, even just at a cursory glance. People were putting everything up on their pages, from their favorite music and books to pictures of themselves on vacation with their families. Friends would have conversations in public cyberspace as if no one was paying any attention to their discourse. Facebook has allowed us to create a digital map of our social position in the world. It now even allows us to link family and relatives to our account. However, with this “digital map” there are a few problems. First of all, the people who are going to enjoy a site like Facebook the most are more likely teenagers or college students. Teenagers and college students say hurtful things to each other, and recently it seems like Facebook has become an outlet for such banter. Classmates can make subtle inside jokes about others and post embarrassing photos. Whether it is in good fun or mean spirited, Facebook has no concern: it just wants to know as much about you as possible. Saying something online or on Facebook is usually a very weak way to communicate with others. It is difficult to show your true emotions, say anything significant or too private (although Facebook does offer a certain amount of privacy within itself ). My fear is that those growing up with Facebook, email and Twitter are weaker at communicating in person because so often they use these outlets. Facebook started as a website with little ads, applications or games. The site was originally quite tidy and neat for such a grand idea;
now advertisements, games and spam overrun the site and make it quite different than it was before. The advertisements on Facebook are catered to you: after all, Facebook knows where you live, what you like and who your friends are. It’s an advertiser’s dream. By signing up for the site, you are guaranteed countless solicitation by the site’s many incessant advertising companies. Facebook has also made it difficult for students to prioritize their lives. Should their profile be catered towards what employers would like to see or what friends would like to see? I think about this every time I see someone tagged in a photo with a beer in his or her hand. I’m not saying I have never had a beer, but I probably would not like a picture of myself on Facebook with one. Maintaining a reputation is difficult enough; managing one’s self-worth on the Internet is an even more dangerous proposition. Facebook also makes far too much information visible, even if you may not believe such a thing possible in the digital age. If someone I have recently met adds me on Facebook, I am instantly handing out hundreds of photos, displaying my personal taste and showing everyone who I know. Are these things people who hardly know you should be able to find out in an instant? I have to say I will probably not stop using Facebook in the near future, but I certainly am cautious about the effect it is having on others and myself. As cliché as it sounds, we need to not forget that human interaction comes first, not some social networking site. Contact Jackson Leeds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breaking the Bubble Democratic Austerity Crisis in Libya By John Lyon Class of 2011
By Becca Friedland Class of 2013
Civil unrest in Libya has been the result of an incredibly oppressive government taking a no mercy approach to squash any opposition or revolutionary action in the country. This is exactly what I feared would happen when the revolts in the Middle East began. Thankfully, this was not the fate of the Tunisian or Egyptian people. However, things are different in Libya. The world now has on its hands a situation that we have all been dreading, one where the underdogs are not gaining an upper hand and desperately need some help from the outside. Naturally, the strong, democratic Western powers had no choice but to go in and help the rebel forces trying to make headway against military leader Muammar Gaddafi. Too many times, powers such as the United States, Britain, France, Italy and other countries in the current coalition that is lending a hand to the Libyan rebels have let atrocities similar to those that have been committed in Libya go on without intervention. It’s no news to anyone that oppressive regimes squash rebels and commit human rights violations. With so much attention on the Middle East, we had no choice but to go in and do something about it, lest our children ask us one day why we stood idly by. Yet, something feels odd to me about our recent intervention. Though the circumstances are very different, our recent excursion into Libya conjures up thoughts of our quick entrance into Iraq, without open deliberation with the American public. In Libya, we are utilizing our navy instead of sending in ground troops, but it still feels as if things have moved a bit too quickly, and that much of this recent development has been lost on the general public. Obama does not need permission from Congress, as he appealed to the United Nations to take action in Libya. However, many Congressional leaders are demanding more information on the greater plan of the intervention. This is why many are questioning Obama – are we or are we not getting ourselves into something we can’t control, or will it even be effective? Another important question to ask is – who exactly are we supporting by supporting the ‘rebels’? Who are the rebels? Who leads them? Most news outlets present the rebels as the disenfranchised day laborers, lawyers and average civilians, who were fed up with Gaddafi’s iron hold on Libya for the past 40 years, and amid the excitement of Middle Eastern revolution finally felt a reason to do something about it. It is about time that these people stand up for the things in life that they deserve. But how much help are we to them if there is no provisional government in the works? Good leaders are hard to find, and the rebels are tough to organize. I don’t know the answer to this question because it is something that Obama still needs to reveal to the American public. If our mission is to save lives by destroying the Libyan air capabilities and instituting a no fly zone so Gaddafi’s government can no longer massacre its people from above then we are on the right track. However, if the expectation is that the rebels will soon topple Gaddafi’s government, then they are going to need a lot more help than aerial support. They are going to need guns, proper training and a fast track to organizing their future. Is this a commitment the coalition is willing to make? I would hate for us to help the rebels gain control, only for us to abandon them. But as I said before, it is still unclear whether that is even the plan. Hopefully, the results of this week’s meeting in London will clear up some of the ambiguity surrounding this recent ambition of the U.S. and its allies. Contact Becca Friedland at email@example.com.
In the months following the 2010 election, newly-elected officials at the state level are trying to repair inflated governments through controversial austerity measures. Going against the demands of entrenched corporate and union interests, officials on both sides of the aisle have stated the need for heavy spending cuts and budget restructuring. Surprisingly, these officials are converting their rhetoric into policy early on in their tenures. Governors like Democrats Andrew Cuomo of New York and Martin O’Malley of Maryland have pushed for budget cuts against the will of state legislatures and interest groups. As a conservative, I did not support either of these gentlemen in the 2010 elections, and I specifically voted against Cuomo in the New York State gubernatorial election. However, I realize now that it could only be Democrats like Cuomo and O’Malley that could assuage interest groups and officials and pave the way for states to make these cuts. Cuomo promised to make spending cuts throughout his campaign. His promises were difficult to believe because of the behavior of past Democratic New York governors in regard to spending. Governors have consistently yielded to the leaders of the two Houses of New York State’s legislature. Sheldon Silver, who has run the Assembly with an iron fist for two decades, has been crucial in keeping spending high and budgets bloated. Silver is also a master politician, who played basketball with state officials such as Mario Cuomo and Alan Hevesi. The younger Cuomo has not been so friendly with Silver, insisting that the Assemblyman and his minions yield cuts to spending or face temporary shutdown. Cuomo’s measures are the type necessary in governments like New York State. No state has been more beholden to entitlements or special interests than New York, which spends twice as much on Medicare as any other state and spends the second most per pupil on education. These spending patterns have made the state a slave to the interests of teachers unions and medical industries. Conveniently, these interests have been major political allies for the likes of Silver and company. Thus, no Republican reformer would ever be able to penetrate the Democrats’ bloc of special interests and make significant changes in Albany. No such official would be politically viable. Only a Democrat like Cuomo can have both the foresight and the political clout to enact these changes. The same thing appears to be true in Maryland. Governor O’Malley is a longtime champion of union interests. However, with his state requiring budget cuts, O’Malley is demanding that state employees contribute more to their pensions and sacrifice some government contributions. While the unions have protested loudly about these changes, O’Malley is cashing in on his political support from these union leaders. He is able to make changes without giving up a large amount of political capital. In fact, O’Malley continues to speak at pro-union rallies while simultaneously proposing budget cuts. To many, such two-faced behavior from Democrats Cuomo and O’Malley is atrocious. However, pragmatists should realize that these governors are taking necessary action. New York, particularly the Upstate region, is crippled by years of heavy spending, high taxes, heavy government regulation and corruption from state leaders like Joe Bruno. The only way to reverse the tide of misery is to chop up programs that were previously seen as third rails. Governors like Cuomo are the only ones who can accomplish these changes because of their political identity. Union leaders and members will continue to identify with and vote for a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, regardless of what programs he cuts. For the time being, out of necessity, it seems the only conservative heroes at the state level will be Democrats like Cuomo and O’Malley. Contact John Lyon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FALL 2011 COURSES James Richard Wetzel
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James Richard Wetzel Augustinian Endowed Chair in the Thought of St. Augustine and Professor of Philosophy Villanova University
Augustine on the Origin of Evil: Myth and Metaphysics
Monday, April 4, 2011 4:15 PM 209 Lathrop Hall
Arts & Features
March 31, 2011
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Out of This World
Galactic Cowboy Orchestra Visits the Barge By Zoe Blicksilver
O’Day on drums/percussion. Each memOn Saturday, March 26, the ber has had a long hisGalactic Cowboy Orchestra, a tory and background “Newgrass Art-Rock” ensemble with music, and has from Minneapolis, Minnesota worked with many came to the Barge Canal Coffee musical greats of difCompany. They gave a memoraferent genres. Dan ble performance that was enjoyed Neale is a “Semi-Regby both Hamilton residents and ular” on Garrison KelColgate students alike. lor’s A Prairie Home The Galactic Cowboy OrCompanion and was chestra played a wide range of in the House band music in various styles that were of the Buddy Holly undoubtedly satisfying to the Fiftieth Anniversary audience members. Their styles Tribute. Lisi Wright ranged from country and bluehas played with Margrass to rock music and more tin Zellar and Mick jazzy tunes. Additionally, they Sterling. John Wright played international songs such has been a member as “Raga Piloo,” which is from of the Celtic/AmeriIndia, and told the audience that can Folk/Folk-rock they had to guess the country HOWDY, SPACE PARTNER: The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra offered band Lehto &Wright. that the song originated in. glammed up covers of Lady Gaga alongside tangy bluegrass and country. Lastly, Mark O’Day Galactic Cowboy Orchestra These NPR veterans were welcomed by Barge Canal Coffee Company. has toured with blues performed had some energetic and Leyan Li legend Willy Murphy fast-paced songs whereas others were more laid back. They did and is endorsed by Paiste Cymbals. various covers of well-known songs including Lady Gaga’s “PaAll of the musicians as they played and danced passionately along parazzi,” however, they added many of their own twists, mixing it to the beat as they performed, which added to the overall experiwith various instrumental pieces. Much of what they performed ence. While together, the quartet had a unique and eclectic sound; was purely instrumental, yet they did include some vocal duets however, each performer had at least one brilliantly executed solo that contained beautiful harmonies. The band had many self-writ- during the performance. ten songs as well that were also wonderfully composed and well The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra has gained much popularity over the received by the audience. last few years among audience members of all ages. Two of their songs Hillary Stark, a first-year who was in attendance stated how were in A Prairie Home Companion in 2008. The band has also released “the group impressed [her] with their diverse range of song styles. two CDs, the first entitled Lookin’ For A Little Strange, in 2009, and the Some pieces had a bluegrass twang while others were jazzy and second All Out of Peaches was just released this year. Their popularity can relaxed. It takes true talent to accomplish this.” also be seen by their various upcoming shows throughout multiple states The eclectic ensemble had four extremely talented members. Dan in the US. Their music is also available on iTunes. Neale on guitar, Lisi Wright on fiddle, John Wright on bass and Mark Contact Zoe Blicksilver at email@example.com. Maroon-News Staff
In The Light Kirsten Lalli
By Stephanie Jenks Assistant Arts & Features Editor
As a student athlete, senior Kirsten Lalli has learned to balance a demanding schedule of both academics and athletics. The field hockey player recently retired as the goalie for the women’s field hockey team for the past four years. “I knew college would be my last chance to play a sport like that. Colgate competes at the Division I level, but also has good academics,” she said. “I visited Colgate and really liked the feel of it. Everyone was really friendly and I met people that I felt I could connect with.” Lalli was attracted to the community feel that Colgate embodies. “At Colgate, it’s easy to match a name with a face and not just be a number. Whether it’s an organization or a class, everyone gets associated with something and everyone gets to know each other,” she said. The molecular biology major from Pound Ridge, New York has made an impact on campus outside of the athletic field. Lalli has been a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee since her sophomore year, tutored a semester for the biology department and is currently the President of Beta Beta Beta, Colgate’s biology honor society. Although Lalli wasn’t able to go abroad, this past January the senior went to Uganda with two geography professors and directed student research under the AMS Fellowship, focusing on community health research. For advice to others, Lalli recommends that everyone get involved and take advantage of what Colgate has to offer. “Try to get involved in different things. It’s easy to find your niche where it’s comfortable, but it’s nice to meet other people and branch out,” Lalli said. Looking back on her four years, Lalli will always remember her first Spring Party Weekend and every year she looks forward to the Giants of Science performance. After graduation, Lalli plans to head into the work field and ideally would like to work in law enforcement. The senior finds it hard to believe she will soon be leaving Colgate and facing the real world. “It’s really surreal. Going out into the real world seems bizarre. I feel it hasn’t hit me yet that this could be my last time in school. Balancing everything has been a worthwhile skill developed at Colgate and a life skill for the future.”
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Rhythm and the Beats
Step Afrika Entrances Sold-Out Crowd By Kat Kollitides Maroon-News Staff
On the nights of March 25 and 26, sensuous, rhythmic beats poured out of the Palace Theatre as the world-renowned dance troupe Step Afrika took center stage for two sold-out shows. The troupe, which specializes in a percussive dance form known as stepping, dazzled the packed audience with their sizzling moves and intimate performances. Choreographed and led by Athena Feldshon Step Afrika artistic director Jakari Sherman, the show featured ten dancers who traced the history of stepping via original dance acts, many featuring spoken word performances and TO THE STEP AND BEAT OF AFRIKA: Step Afrika stomped out a percussive dance form in intricate costumes. A voiceover “sizzling moves“ that filled the Palace with rhythm and sound. step_ethnicevents.com narration at the start of the performance explained that stepping began in a “pledge” in Greek life. That act was fol- dancers were beautifully adorned in tradithe pledge classes of black fraternities in the lowed by the chance for audience participa- tional African dress, while two members of 1990s. Stepping served as a way for new tion, as the performers engaged in a male the troupe performed crowd-pleasing drum fraternity members to connect back to his- against female dance-off. The audience was solos. The evening ended with a standing torically African forms of movement, words asked to cheer the loudest for the group ovation from audience members, who revand sounds which communicated fidelity which performed best, the results of which eled in the night’s intense, rhythmic beauty and allegiance. The troupe then performed ended in a dead tie. and cultural distinctiveness. a funny and entertaining dance and spoken The concluding dance numbers brought Contact Kat Kollitides at word skit to illustrate what it was like to be the audience back to Africa. All of the email@example.com.
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This Week at the Movies: Sucker Punch
by margaretta burdick
well. Many times I found myself wondering why the girls suddenly appear in Japan, or what just happened in reality versus fantasy when the setting suddenly In Zack Snyder’s film Sucker Punch, the line between fanshifts back to the insane asylum. This also prevents tasy and reality blurs in the world of female protagonist Baby the audience from forming a connection with the Doll, played by Emily Browning (who some may remember characters – confusion just overwhelms those feelfrom Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events). Unfortuings. It’s difficult to figure out even at the end of nately, the line between the movie’s plot and utter confusion the film what exactly happened to them in the real blurs for the audience. world. It also is puzzling as to why Baby Doll would Although the film looked quite promising with writer/dichoose to live in a fantasy where the girls were still rector Zack Snyder’s imaginative and highly entertaining previprisoners instead being free. But then there wouldn’t ous works, including 300, Watchmen and Dawn of the Dead, be much of a story, would there? as well as a strong group of female leads including, Abbie CorThe shining parts of the movie are definitely art nish (Stop-Loss, Limitless), Vanessa Hudgens (need I even say it: direction, which at least keeps the audience somewhat High School Musical), Jena Malone (Pride and Prejudice) and entertained with eye candy of these fantasy worlds, as Jamie Chung (who you will see in the upcoming Hangover sewell as the soundtrack. Whether set to the girls fighting quel), along with Browning. It also stars Carla Gugino and an off Nazis or escaping from the asylum, the songs chosen unfortunately very underused Jon Hamm. Regardless of this add a much needed layer of intensity to the film and cast and director, the film’s storyline falls short of expectations. make the action sequences all the more fun. They are The movie revolves around Baby Doll, a young girl who a collection of remixes to familiar songs, such as mashis locked away in an insane asylum by her abusive stepfather, ups of classic Queen songs and Annie Lennox’s “Sweet where she awaits a lobotomy. In order to deal with the horrible RAUNCHY, RAUCOUS, RIDICULOUS: Zack Snyder of 300 directs Dreams” (sung very well by star Emily Browning). world around her, she retreats into her imagination, where she the first movie that he scripted himself. The movie is a spectacle of All in all, Sucker Punch was an interestcreates a fantasy world out of the asylum. In this world, she confused, indecipherable violence and raunch. ing movie to watch. It was full of action, scantcomicbookresources.com ily clad girls (always a crowd pleaser) and a fight and four other girls at the asylum are dancers at a club instead of inmates, but they are still prisoners. Together, they plot to es- destruction and action-packed sequences. Through these worlds, to be free. If while watching you are able to let yourself go cape. However, within this fantasy world there are still other fan- the girls fight to escape their fantastical and real horrors. and accept all that is happening without inquiry, the movie tasy worlds in which the girls fight zombie Nazis, slay dragons and Synder’s directorial style comes out especially in the combat could be quite enjoyable. In the end, however, confusion do battle. This is meant to symbolize their fight to escape the first scenes, and they are certainly enjoyable to watch. However, it feels and the resulting lack of investment in what happens to fantasy world as well as the reality of the insane asylum. You can more like a video game sequence than part of a movie. Although the characters make the film fall very short of its potential. see where confusion can arise. Confusion aside, the fantasy worlds at times there are overlaps of characters and elements from fantasy Contact Margaretta Burdick at are incredibly cool with their monsters, artfully depicted settings of world to real world, they sometimes do not seem to weave together firstname.lastname@example.org. Maroon-News Staff
Life on the Fringes
Festival Showcases Student Work By Bridget Sheppard Maroon-News Staff
Each year in Edinburgh, Scotland, the entire city erupts in the celebration of the Fringe Festival, which consists of performances of thousands of plays for several consecutive weeks. This year, Colgate had its own version of the festival, having seven brief plays all performed in one night. The idea for the event originated in sophomore Coco Vonnegut’s experience participating in the Scottish Fringe Festival in 2007; when the time came to brainstorm new events for Masque and Triangle’s Student Theater Department, Vonnegut and Masque and Triangle President senior Lauren Harries decided to create their very own version of the festival, scaling it down to merely one venue and one night, but, as Vonnegut said, “the same spirit of the Fringe was upheld.” After the audition week, the cast and their directors and student managers – all students – rehearsed three times a week, adding on more practices each week that the final performance drew nearer. On March 4, that night arrived at last. With the play “Beer Girl,” starring sophomore Lindsay Martin, first-year Stephen Day and sophomore Leah McKnight and directed by first-year Sydney Pollock, the festival opened with a comic piece concerning a college fraternity brother who falls in love with a girl made entirely out of beer cans. The pieces that followed were “Creation,” a post-apocalyptic tale of two men restarting civilization on Mars, which sophomore Xavia Weaver both wrote and directed, and director first-year Jake Sapon’s “Cinnamon Rainbow” a play that focused on the bizarre role reversal that occurs when the woman whom a thief intends to be his victim ends up holding him at gun point instead. In “The Problem,” first-year Pablo Sasso and sophomore Coco Vonnegut brought more laughs for the audience as they acted out a married couple’s odd nighttime routine in which they each fabricate elaborate tales about seeing other people. The light comedy continued with director sophomore Nadya Greenberg’s “The Chocolate Affair,” which centered on an
amusing Mr. Goodbar – played by sophomore Corin Kikhabwala – consoling and guiding a mother through her chocolate craving with the assistance of a Green M & M. With the following performance, “Tape,” however, the evening briefly showed the darker side of theater, as the audience witnessed firstyear Rodney Agnant, first-year Becca Atkinson, and junior Bryan Rasbury debating whether or not a rape had been committed. The night concluded climactically with director first-year Jessica Hall’s “’Dentity Crisis,” a bewildering yet extremely humorous play about a young girl struggling with her own identity and with the constantly changing identities of all of those around her, including her therapist, who switches bodies with his wife. The crowd enjoyed watching Udbhav Joshi transform from son to father to grandfather and even to a French man who is a friend of the mother in the play, as well as watching junior Alex Magnaud, first-year Benn Ayd, first-year Meagan Adams and first-year Anne Miettinen in their roles. When creating the Fringe, Masque and Triangle aimed to provide an opportunity for new directors and stage managers to challenge themselves and to demonstrate the essential role that the directors and stage managers have in the success of a production. The stage managers, first-year Ally Macey and first-year Mary Rose Devine, illustrated their abilities throughout the plays, as did all of the directors. Vonnegut, who besides acting in one of the performances co-produced the event with Halley Goldman, said that the best part for her was opening night. Besides the rush of being on stage, she said, “It was so exciting to see all of our hard work with the Festival as a whole paying off” and to see the Fringe attract such a large audience. By producing, casting, directing, managing and acting in all of these plays performed in one marathon event of theater, the students in the Fringe Festival displayed how capable they are of creating drama pieces that entertain us, amuse us and confuse us, but that most of all engage us. Contact Bridget Sheppard at email@example.com.
Spring Party Weekend Events and Concerts Continued from A-1 involved in raising money to help support his treatments,” Phi Delta Theta brother and one of the concert organizers Will Hazzard said. “We’ve been doing a lot of things for Vic, but we wanted to do something that stood out, something that was very present and that people could get involved in. We were already planning to have a Spring Party Weekend concert, but we decided to tie the two ideas together and turn it into a benefit.” White Panda is a well-known mash-up duo, and Phi Delta Theta is expecting the event to be a well-attended hit. It will not be catered, so it will be a dry event. “We’ve decided to split all proceeds between Vic’s family to offset his medical costs, and a charity of his choice,” Hazzard said. “One of the cool things about this concert is how much support we’ve been getting from a lot of the groups on campus.” There are two events planned for Friday evening, one hosted by Theta Chi and one by Sigma Chi (Sigma), both currently scheduled from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.. The concert at Theta Chi has been a long anticipated plan, and rumors spread quickly about the different possible acts. At one point, Major Lazer was rumored to be coming; later, people thought it would be Afroman. Now that Theta Chi and its collaborator, CAB, are in the final stages of their negotiations, some of these rumors can be put to rest. “We finally have our set list confirmed. We’ve had MSTRKRFT, one of the best current electro artists, booked for a while. For the other half of our set, The Dean’s List and XV, two up-andcoming hip hop/rap artists, will be playing as part of their national tour called The Animal House,” sophomore Kit Norris said, one of three Theta Chi brothers who organized the concert. “Essentially we tried to get Major Lazer, but they weren’t available. Afroman had booked a concert the night before out in California, and he is deathly afraid of planes. Though we offered him more money to fly, he was unwilling to take the only mode of transportation that would have gotten him here on time. Biz Markie was another possi-
bility for a while; but we are very happy with the way it all worked out,” Norris said. The Theta Chi event is not catered and therefore non-alcoholic, and admission is free. Tramps Like Us, a Bruce Springsteen cover band, will also be playing on Friday night at Sigma. Sophomore Brad Anglum of Sigma Chi said there would be an admission price, although the exact amount has not yet been decided. The event will be catered by the Rusty Rail. “It’s now turned into an annual concert; they love coming to play for us. They’ll play requests, and they can play all the Bruce Springsteen classics,” Anglum said. During the day on Saturday, the much-anticipated B.o.B. concert will occur on Whitnall Field at 4:00 p.m. For Saturday night, although Delta Upsilon (DU) will have its annual Giants of Science catered and ticketed concert, it will be book-ended by a new concert series hosted right across the street from DU at 49 Broad Street, also known as the Unity House. “Brothers is organizing two concerts that night, Theophilus London from 8:30-9:45 p.m., and later Phony Ppl at 11:00 p.m.” Brothers Wiseman (senior adviser) and senior Medvis Jackson said. “Theophilus London is the big one; he is an up-and-coming artist, has been featured in GQ and Rolling Stone... He is a rapper and his style is a little electro-funk – people often compare him to Kid Cudi.” Besides the music, Brothers has also promised that this concert will provide food: possibly pizza, possibly a grill. “For the 11:00 event, Phony Ppl, an instrumental rap group, will be playing a 45 minute set. Afterwards, a DJ will come on to make it a dance party. Both this event and Theophilus London are free and not catered,” Jackson said. In between these two artists, across the street, DU will be hosting its famous annual SPW event. Giants of Science is a 4-piece party band that plays mostly classic hits from the ’80s. As usual, the concert will be catered with kegs, and tickets can be bought at the door. The DU concert is scheduled to go from 8:00-12:00 a.m. Contact Bekah Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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March 31, 2011
Hollywood on the Hill A Disappointing Comeback: The Stroke’s Angles Hollywood News and Notes By Josh Glick
By Brad Anglum
As we eagerly anticipate the summer movie season, film studios and agencies are making numerous behind the scenes move to set up 2012 as the most exciting year in film history. From superhero flicks to Tom Hooper’s next big thing, below are some of the biggest things coming for us next year. -Although Zack Snyder’s film Sucker Punch was a bust, Warner Bros is still extremely excited for his next project, Superman. Snyder and producer friend Christopher Nolan have already cast Henry Cavill as Superman and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as his parents. It is now reported that Amy Adams will play Lois Lane. This is a great move for both Adams and Warner Bros. Warner Bros needed to fill that spot with not just a pretty face but also a respected actor. Adams, who is coming off her best supporting actress nomination from The Fighter, will do great being the face of such a commercial project. The last major role waiting to be filled is who will be the infamous General Zod. Viggo Mortensen and Gerard Butler are the leading two candidates as of now. -Universal’s next big project Snow White and the Huntsman has Kristen Stewart as Snow White. This is an interesting casting for Stewart, as I thought her representation would have pushed her to more serious and less commercial roles after Twilight. Charlize Theron has been cast as the evil queen and Viggo Mortensen is also now in talks for the titular huntsman. -Mila Kunis has now officially signed on to be the wicked witch Theodora in Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and the Powerful. This prequel to The Wizard of Oz will star James Franco as the wizard and according to Variety, Raimi is looking at Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, Kate Beckinsale, Keira Knightly and Rebecca Hall for the roles of the other two sisters. -Tom Hooper who recently won the Oscar for best director (The King’s Speech) has now decided his next project will be a remake of the classic French tale Les Miserables. This move seems to fit in perfectly with Hooper’s style of serious historical European dramas. -Disney is now developing a full-length feature film centered around Mickey Mouse. This announcement was made after Disney’s extreme success with the Mickey Mouse video game. The film will most likely incorporate all of the other Disney characters and be filmed in 3-D. -Showtime has announced that their next big project will be the comic book adaptation of Chew. The network is describing the show as a dark comedy with extreme violence. I am guessing the network is trying to follow the same marketing technique as their show Dexter. Showtime is also preparing for their premier of The Borgias this Sunday night. The show is about one of the most famous crime families in the Catholic Church. Contact Josh Glick at email@example.com.
Everyone wants The Strokes to succeed so badly, but at some point we are going to have to realize that the band isn’t what they once were, and that the past is in the past. The band’s overpowering media and dynamic personalities have both worked to suffocate the genius that was once there. The Strokes were simply a product of the time, a time when rock and roll needed saving, and they were the messiah, clad in leather jackets and skinny jeans. Is This It featured their own fuzzy, honest, garage, post-punk sound that repulsed just as much as it intrigued critics. Fast forward 10 years, and now these 30-somethings are suffering from the hangover of success that has plagued many bands in the long history of rock music. But this is The Stokes, and they aren’t just any other band. These are the saviors of New York rock, genius 19-year-olds whose future was as bright as any. It seems like something has been lost in The Stokes new album Angles. The irony about The Strokes is that they recognize that they are doing the whole rock star drinking and drugs thing, but this lifestyle is accompanied by the utterly striking indifference that their band has always displayed. They possess incredible ingenuity and they have something to give the public, but they are way too caught up in themselves, as seen in the countless solo projects that the bandmates took part in during their five-year hiatus. In many ways, they are simply a product of their generation. In an interview with Spin Magazine, guitarist Nick Valensi stated it best: “I don’t know what it is about these lazy New York bands – we’re all busy getting drunk in high-end f**king lounges and eating fancy f**king food. We did absolutely f**k-all for five years … As soon as we got back together, people wanted to pay us more money than we’d ever seen. Jesus, if that’s the lesson….” So who’s to blame, the system or the band? I personally would take the money and run, but that’s just me. On to the actual music, “You’re So Right” sounds like Radiohead’s “Insert Song-Title Here,” simply sped up in an almost mocking fashion. “Two Kinds of Happiness” seems to be some messed up ode to Huey Lewis and the News or The Cars. In a similar fashion, “Games” conjures up ’80s pop at its worst or finest, depending on how you look at it. What makes this album so disconcerting is that there are many good songs, but in comparison to the band’s illustrious past it just seems dull, unorganized and completely uninspired. Some of the songs on Angles are so instantly catchy. In “Machu Picchu” and “Under Cover of Darkness,” you almost forget, for a second, what “Last Nite” sounded like and then, in comparison, Angles seems trivial. While this may seem like a plea rather than a review, I, like many others, hope that this is not their last album; they owe it to themselves. Contact Brad Anglum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
13 Beats for the Week Jackson Leeds Maroon-News Staff
1. “French (ft. Hodgy Beats)” by Tyler, The Creator Tyler, The Creator makes boisterous claims over a low-fi beat that shows Odd Future’s signature style. Enjoy this one. 2. “Psychic City” by YACHT Infectiously catchy and fun, a great song for the start of spring. 3. “Comin’ Through” by The War On Drugs A smooth, country-like folk song that is great to listen to on a winter cruise. 4. “Under Cover of Darkness” by The Strokes Although their album Angles may be a disappointment, the lead single certainly holds up to the band’s name. Don’t expect the rest of the album to sound like this, though. 5. “Sunrise” by Yeasayer Yeasayer knows how to make a great instrumental; “Sunrise” is no exception. 6. “Modern World” by Wolf Parade An old Wolf Parade song – one of my favorites. Depressing and uplifting at the same time.
7. “Gravel Pit” by Wu-Tang Clan The Wu is in full force on this one. Take that, B.o.B. 8. “Collapsing At Your Doorstep” by Air France Another relaxing song that lines up well with the start of spring. 9. “Not A Robot, But A Ghost” by Andrew Bird Andrew Bird cries his heart out in his typical mystical manner on this fun song off album Noble Beast. 10. “Round and Round” by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Pitchfork named this the best song of 2010. I don’t know if it holds up to that name, but it’s a good one nonetheless. 11. “Walkabout (ft. Noah Lennox)” by Atlas Sound Atlas Sound grabs Noah Lennox (from Animal Collective) for one of the best songs off their album Logos. 12. “Retrosuperfuture (ft. Wiz Khalifa)” by Rick Ross Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa have a good time discussing their usual activities and for the recently released video, Wale drops a guest verse. 13. “Norway” by Beach House One of the best songs off the album Teen Dream uses a drum machine and dream-like guitar to satisfy the listener’s ears. Contact Jackson Leeds at email@example.com.
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March 31, 2011
Spring Accessories Report By Lisa Mischianti Maroon-News Staff
Shopping for clothes can sometimes be very stressful. I am sure most of us have thrown our hands up in dismay and bitterly concluded that clothes simply were not made for the human body. Who has not experienced the unsuccessful hunt for that everelusive “perfect” pair of jeans or the crushing disappointment of a beautiful dress that’s back refuses to zip? It’s times like these when retail therapy can end up frustrating, egodamaging and decidedly untherapeutic. And, it is for this very reason that accessories are so great. Accessories are the wonderful pieces in fashion that do not care if you have gained a few pounds this month or if your genetics do not have you towering at nearly 6 feet. They are simply and reliably fun. This spring season in particular has some really fantastic trends and takes on warm weather accessories that will have you itching to go out and shop. Of course, most evglamour.com eryone’s favorite spring
accessory is a nice pair of sunglasses. In the recent past, the rule for chic shades was simple: the bigger the better. This season, big is not necessarily out, but keeping your eyewear trendy and up-to-date requires more than just size. For Spring 2011, stylish eyewear is looking to the past (sorry, bad pun). Namely, 1950s and 1960s inspired glamour is at the forefront. Anna Sui and House of Harlow have both declared these eras their inspiration, while Versace has taken the idea one step further and released a line of sunglasses dedicated to Madmen’s Betty Draper called “January J.” So what does all this mean? For one thing, the cat eye frame is back in a big way; think Audrey Hepburn’s pair in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. At first, I was unsure about this look, but I quickly realized that the shape emphasizes the cheekbones and gives the face great definition. So give it a shot, you probably will be pleasantly surprised. Also on the rise are the small, round, granny-esque frames that are often associated with Beatles phenomenon John Lennon. It is a cool, edgy style that has found its modern-day poster child in Mary-Kate Olsen. Interested in buying these looks vintage? Check out vintage-sunglasses-shop.com for an awesome selection. Another exciting spring accessory is the sandal. Last season it was all about strappiness. Now, it is the platform’s time to shine. But, what makes spring 2011’s platform so special is that it flouts the traditional “heeled” style. That is, the new platforms are characterized by a highly elevated but completely flat sole, leading many fashion writers to dub them “flatforms.” This uniform elevation of the sole gives the shoe a fabulously unique, quirky, clunky vibe. The soles are often crafted from cork, woven rope or wood. It is an interesting and exciting change of pace to say the least. Finally, we cannot forget about the handbag. Spring 2011’s most notable contribution is in the realm of color. This season calls for a sunny orange tote. Surely, it is an unusual hue, but it definitely brightens any outfit and has a fabulous sense of seasonality. So, go shop without anxiety; and remember, accessories are our friends. Contact Lisa Mischianti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ACROSS 1. Birds __ _ feather 4. Keeps you safe at the airport 7. I’ve got it! 11. Greek life invitation 12. Dwarf from Eragon series 13. Militarize, again 15. Only one try 16. A leg bone 18. Where one might deposit a check 19. Measure of Ω 21. Much ___ About Nothing 22. Web feed 23. Character with thunder, fire, and a baseball bat 24. Hit Prince song with purple 27. The suffix of a fisherman synonym 28. Exchange of old 30. Many places 33. Al Pacino’s face 37. Vegan chocolate 39. Faster than a walk 40. Verizon’s 4G Network (abbr.) 41. Area of the brain 42. Belonging to those in charge: abbr. 44. How planes are dynamic 46. I understand 47. Cowboy call 49. Lord of the Rings footsoldiers 51. Carey of improv TV show 52. ’69 Creedence Clearwater Revival 54. New Deal creation
57. Batter’s stat 59. Amazon, Overstock. com eg. 61. Musician Bryant 62. Action in The King’s Speech 65. COVE group: paired with Hamilton kids 67. It’s used in your printer 68. Colored part of eye 69. How birds lose their feathers 70. Cardinal points 71. More east than south, but still both 72. Before DOWN 1. Newspaper announcements where you don’t want to be (abbr.) 2. Collections of lawyers 3. They’re seen everyday, by everyone 4. What a gardener does to hedges 5. “Yes, more!” in Spanish 6. Not allowed on campus 7. RISD specialty 8. Norwegian greeting 9. Spicy orange peppers 10. Dry climate 11. At a distance 12. “Lost” island inhabitants 14. Red China Leader 16. “Don’t use that ____ of voice with me!” 20. Error, in Boston 25. Inverse trig function 26. Emphasized words in writing 27. Trash 28. Fictional fox and rab-
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Your Week in Preview By Krutika Ravi Maroon-News Staff
BACHELOR’S AUCTION A Bachelor Auction is being held as a part of the Brothers Charity Week. Check out the auction on Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. at Love Auditorium and support the Brothers on Charity Week.
GO PINK! Support the Breast Cancer Awareness Coalition (BCAC) by attending a charity cocktail at Phi Kappa Tau Thursday Night at 7:00 p.m. Semi-formal attire requested. Meet the members of BCAC and enjoy sushi, cocktails, wraps and a 21+ cash bar. BCAC co-president Julia Mendez will speak at the event. Tickets are available at the Coop for $10.
REMEMBERING HAITI Join the Caribbean Students Association in their celebration of Haiti and raise awareness of sexual assault in Haiti’s camps. Be a part of this night of remembrance and good food from the English and the Spanish speaking Caribbean. The event takes place at Palace Theater on Friday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for a single person and $8 for two people.
OPEN MIC NIGHT Join Hamilton residents and fellow Colgate students at the Barge for Open Mic Night hosted by sophomore Will Hazzard this Friday at 8:00 p.m. Show off your talent or listen to talented local musicians.
ONE NIGHT STAND On April 1, watch performances by Masque and Triangle/Student Theater for their April Fool’s Day show One Night Stand, taking place at 94 Broad Street. Performances include short scenes, SNL sketches and other comic acts put up by Colgate students. Contact Jamie Bergeron for further information.
LIVE MUSIC WITH BEECHER’S FAULT Kick off Saturday night with Ben Taylor ’10 as he returns to Hamilton with his new band Beecher’s Fault. So go on down to the Barge Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. and enjoy a night of alternative/ indie music.
JAZZ CONCERT bit share this name 29. Worn by kings and college grads 30. Finance term, last year: abbr. 31. Threesome, e.g. 32. They make you laugh, hopefully 34. Arguably the best part of a lobster 35. Consumed 38. Maker of honeycombs 43. First word of Shakira’s hit song last year 45. Lots, colloquially
48. Great! With some 50. Inherent in any investment 52. Enemy hideouts 53. “An _____ but goodie” 54. On the walls 55. Can get twisted in a pothole 56. Days with snow during Colgate academic year 57. Decay 58. NYFD Architect Napoleon Le____ 60. Internet engine on ev-
ery Windows comp. 63. Rhode Island Pirate Thomas 64. Initials of actress portraying Stephanie in The Wrestler 66. Mischievous small person
Listen to the Colgate Jazz ensemble perform with Glenn Cashman, their director, and Joe Carello, a guest saxophonist. Carello is one of the top regional jazz performers and will be featured in the ensemble for an afternoon of stylistically rich and diverse jazz. Catch the ensemble perform Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
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March 31, 2011
Dine or Decline: By Maggie Carey
onions, olives and Greek oregano. She too was disappointed by the thinly sliced yellowish-red tomatoes and the dusting of feta, and felt that After indulging in everything delicious the appetizer was not worth the $5.95. For her during Spring Break, it was time to tighten entrée, she ordered the Souvlaki sandwich made up my diet. Thus I set out in search of a resfrom marinated Greek shish kebab, yogurt sauce, taurant that specializes in healthy, fresh and lettuce, tomato and onion wrapped in pita bread. flavorful food. Needless to say, my thoughts The sandwich was improved by the Greek dresswent straight to Greek food. Fresh tomaing, which was provided by the waitress for the toes, olive oil, seasonings and chunks of feta? previously mentioned tomato salad. Count me and my four nearest and dearThe two remaining guests had meals that were est friends in! So we piled into the car and slight variations of two previous entrées. One had took the 40-minute drive to Symeon’s (4941 the Greek chicken salad, which was a Greek salCommercial Dr, Yorkville). ad with Thracian chicken, artichokes, roasted red Luckily we had called ahead, because the gipeppers and pita bread croutons. She thought the ant, multi-room venue was packed. We actuchicken was nicely seasoned and a quality cut of ally needed directions to get to our table: walk meat. She also enjoyed the fact that the chicken was through the spacious entry room to the front warmed. However, this attendee was disappointed desk, take a left, walk down the hall, then a that there were only three olives in the salad. Simitake right, walk through that room, take a left larly, the menu was misleading in stating the dish and walk to the back of the room and take a GOT GREEK?: Located in Yorkville, Symeon’s offers an array of Greek cuisine. How- includes “artichokes,” as there was only half of an seat. I did not mind the pre-meal exercise be- ever, some dishes were unsatisfactory and lacked many of the typical ingredients artichoke on the plate. She felt that she could have cause it gave me time to build up an appetite expected at a Greek restaurant. mvny.org made a better salad herself, but this did not stop and heightened my anticipation. her from eating the whole thing. The second guest Once we were seated, I spent minimal time looking over the menu. Yes, I cheated. I had had the gyro sandwich, which was the same as the Souvlaki sandwich but was made with marilooked at the menu online, and the image of the Souvlaki Platter was all the convincing I nated ground beef rather than shish kebab. She also thought that the meat was well prepared, needed. However, my fellow attendee and I found the image to be slightly misleading. The but the remainder of the wrap was not outstanding. dish was comprised of a skewer of lamb served over a Greek salad with yogurt sauce. The Greek The meal ended on a high note with dessert. The Baklava did not fail to disapsalad aspect of the dish failed to satisfy my high expectations. Instead of juicy wedges of red point and neither did the Galaktoboureko, which is a thick, creamy custard, baked tomatoes, I received thin pink slices of tomato that were better fit for a McDonald’s burger. slowly between buttered filo leaves and topped with a honey syrup. Overall, our main Similarly, my craving for chunks of flavorful feta was unfulfilled by the sprinkling of feta dust. critique of Symeon’s was the quality of ingredients used in the various entrées. The On the positive side, I hate olives and only had to pick one of those pesky little guys out of lettuce and tomatoes did not satisfy our desire for fresh, healthy food. Furthermore, my dish. The yogurt sauce and shish kebab, on the other hand, were fantastic. The lamb was the additional ingredients were used sparingly. However, it is important to note that excellently seasoned and greatly enhanced the meal. the dinner party ordered similar meals that do not demonstrate the complete scope of Another attendee faced a similar struggle with the quality of the ingredients in her everything Symeon’s has to offer. meal. She started off with the tomato salad, which was made with tomatoes, feta cheese, Contact Maggie Carey at email@example.com. Maroon-News Staff
By Amy Gould and Sophie Greene Maroon-News Staff
Where is spring?! Amy and Sophie are both pretty bothered by the Colgate weather right now, particularly Sophie who dreams of being home in the tropics, and it doesn’t seem like spring is coming anytime soon. Spring Party Weekend in our down jackets? It’s inevitable. While the sun refuses to come out, Amy and Sophie refuse to let this extended winter ruin spring. The best part of spring, aside from glorious weather, is fresh produce. We decided that we wanted to pretend it was springtime and make something that is colorful, fresh and that won’t make you revert to sweatpants for the entire season. If you are bored with the typical rice and pasta dish, you have to try this recipe. Quinoa is 100 percent whole-wheat grain with nutritional stats that will keep you satisfied and healthy. A bowl of this is quinoa salad makes the perfect meal and just like any recipe, is extremely versatile. You can use whatever spices or vegetables you like, and if you’re dying for some meat, chicken and shrimp would also be a delicious addition. Enjoy creating your next favorite springtime meal. Red and Green Quinoa Salad (Serves 4-6) 2 cups of dry quinoa (We recommend Ancient Harvest, Organic Quinoa located in the pasta aisle) 1 bunch of large asparagus 6 cloves of garlic 1 cup of cherry or grape tomatoes 10 leaves of fresh basil (equivalent to about one pack at Price Chopper) ¼ tablespoon of olive oil 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice salt and pepper 1 cup of crumbled feta Cook the quinoa according to the directions on the box. We used the energy saving method. Be sure to note whether or not the quinoa needs to be washed first. Clean the asparagus and cut it into about one inch pieces and steam it. Allow asparagus to steam while preparing the rest of the ingredients. If you prefer a bit more flavor, you may opt to sauté it or even roast it in the oven. Chop the basil; halve the cherry tomatoes (this will bring the flavor out more); and mince the garlic. In order to keep the garlic from being too raw, you may want to sauté it lightly in a pan for about a minute, just to bring the flavors out. Once the quinoa is cooked, place it into a large mixing bowl and add
the asparagus, tomatoes, basil and garlic. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, mustard and olive oil. You may want to sample to taste and add more or less of these ingredients based on your preferences. Once the vinaigrette is to your liking, pour it over the rest of the salad Amy Gould and Sophie Greene and mix thoroughly. Add feta and then salt, pepper and any other spices to taste. There is no doubt that Quinoa is super hip right now and after eating this dish, we understand why! It definitely has a unique texture that not everyone is a huge fan of, but we suggest you try and see. It is a similar shape to couscous, but has the chewiness of brown rice. The biggest advantage? It’s diverse. This is one of those recipes that you can play around with and add or subtract whatever you like. It also happens to be incredibly filling. Don’t let a small bowl deceive you! We hope that you enjoy this meal and are inspired to try new things with quinoa as well. More than anything, we certainly hope that we can enjoy this dish outside sometime soon. Contact Amy Gould and Sophie Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
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ESPN Should Show Sports, Right? By Rebecca Silberman Maroon-News Staff
To the people who run programming for ESPN: I regret to inform you that your network has been involved in a most egregious form of false advertising – I thought this was a sports network. And yet, I am unconvinced that many of the programs you feature are in any way sports. So, let’s break it down. Let’s sift through the mass of sponsors and advertising representatives to lay down a good general rule for what constitutes a sport. When discussing this question, I often ask myself this: what would Buffy do – no, wait, that’s not it – is this “sport” more or less physically demanding than chess? Seriously, you would be surprised. Poker is not a sport. Sorry guys, but just because some particularly talented individuals are capable of developing wrist injuries due to the extreme physical toll of holding playing cards in your hands does not give you legitimacy. Until the Olympics include speed typing (carpal tunnel is a real problem), you can all take your sponsor promotions off your casts and deal. Let’s consider our model question: both poker and chess require a great deal of strategizing, math, luck and pretending to know what you’re doing. But in chess, there is no pretense of sporting legitimacy. Chess players are intense – some of them make Benedictine monks look like frat stars – and they don’t need to be called athletes to know that they are wildly more talented at their game than anyone else. This leads me to another crucial question: can a computer beat you at your “sport” (note: Jeopardy! will now be removed from the master list). Also note that when I say computer, I mean of the desktop, immobile variety that we currently have on earth. I personally don’t want to play rugby against a Terminator. The point of these questions is that if you don’t need to engage in specialized, challenging physical move-
POKER FACE: Jonathan Duhamel may have won just short of nine million dollars for winning the World Series of Poker in 2010, but that doesn’t make the game a sport. ments in order to perform your sport, it doesn’t count. That is the essential distinction which makes poker (chair-sitting abilities aside) not a sport and, though it pains me to admit this, billiards a viable one. Of course, this opens up a host of other potential sports to be considered. What about The Challenge Rivals: The Jungle (the newest incarnation of The Real World/Road Rules Challenge which, yes, is on MTV not ESPN)? Although the contestants are clearly involved in physically demanding tasks which have a clear winner and loser and a set of rules, I am reluctant to call this a sport because of its exclusivity. I have never heard of a pick-up game of The Challenge, and am fairly sure that they don’t sell jerseys. Not that I am saying that fan base or public attention necessarily makes something a sport (just look at tennikoit. I know, I want to see the Sportscenter guys pronounce that one too), but a sport should be universal. Although variations exist in strategy or even house rules, there is only one
way to play tennis. Games, or game shows, make up their unique set of rules for one, highly specific situation and it is these rules that govern the game. Conversely, in sports, the skills needed to play the game are ubiquitous – there is only one way to approach the problem of hitting a baseball (hit with stick). From this, the rules have been formed to streamline the methods used in approaching that basic challenge (so, no steroids or cork, just great hand-eye coordination). Challenge before skills, skills before rules – that’s the tagline, folks. So now that we know what we’re looking for, let’s make this clear: surfing – yes; fishing – eh, I’ll give you that one; bull riding – oh yes, and a great one at that (also, see mutton busting). But we get into problems when we talk about car or motor cycle racing. Driving is a universal (physically centered) skill in response to a problem that can be governed by certain rules allowing some to excel at it to a greater degree than others leading to our traditional structure of
closed competitions and prizes. Let’s face it, I can drive to Price Chopper any day of the week but that doesn’t make me NASCAR-worthy. Great – we’re all good on that checklist. But, where does the distinction lie between the skills of the mechanic and engineer who make the car (are they athletes too?) and the person who drives it. Which skill is the response to the challenge that shows the most disparity of talent and thus confers the title of athlete? And, furthermore, how can we reconcile this with our technology issue? I realize that this seems insignificant, since we all have grown up accepting that the drivers are the athletes (and we have Sports Illustrated to confirm our choice), but I bring it up because it establishes another distinction, this time in the relationship between athlete and sport. I suppose the mechanic never really had a chance – though there is a certain tactile skill required in putting together the machine, the competition to produce the best car is still dependent upon the driver. Following this logic, this is why both jockeys and racehorses are distinct athletes, but horse trainers are not. They are all acting physically in response to a challenge, but only the ones that are actively engaged in physical contest during the course of competition (of course, pit crews are a whole separate argument) get the distinction of athlete. This is relevant to our discussion because it hints at the source of my problem with the way programming is chosen: sports are greater and more extensive than just the athletes that participate in them. Show us sports, not games centered on colorful characters. To conclude this exhausting analysis, next time you’re sitting around, trying to plan your television programming for a night, ask yourself this question: does this program, this sport, put its emphasis on the athlete and their physical response to a challenge, or is it really just poker? Contact Rebecca Silberman at email@example.com.
VCU Wreaks Havoc on March Madness By Matthew Kurtz Maroon-News Staff
In any other year, the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams would have been excluded from March Madness absolutely and entirely. However, this season’s expansion to 68 teams granted the Rams the opportunity to participate in a play-in game against the University of Southern California Trojans that would determine who would merit a chance to be a member of the remaining 64 teams vying for the National Championship. Five shocking victories later, all against BCS conference teams, VCU has spurred some coaches and sports enthusiasts to call for even greater expansion to a field of 96 teams. The Rams have persevered despite being bashed and criticized by college basketball analysts like Jay Bilas and Greg Anthony, who argued that the Final Four team did not deserve a chance to play in the NCAA tournament over other bubble teams like the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Colorado Rams. Ironically, VCU’s unheralded domination thus far in the tournament might pave the way for a drastic change in the amount of teams that are able to experience March Madness. The VCU Rams’ decisive victories against college basketball powerhouses like the Kansas Jayhawks of the Big 12, the Purdue Boilermakers of the Big 10 and the Georgetown Hoyas of the Big East in concert with the nearly incomprehensible two-year run that the Butler Bulldogs are
experiencing, have the potential to change the landscape of college basketball. Butler and VCU are proving that teams from mid-major conferences can legitimately compete against teams from the BCS conferences despite what the so-called experts say on the matter. Arguably, the Rams are in the midst of the most improbable run that March Madness has ever witnessed. In ESPN.com’s tournament challenge, exactly two people out of nearly six million competitors picked this Final Four correctly. For the first time in Final Four history, there are no one or two seeds remaining. Furthermore, this Final Four easily exhibits the highest combined seed total in NCAA tournament history (26). Although madness is usually attributed to the NCAA tournament, the VCU Rams’ astonishingly dominant run through elite college basketball teams makes this tournament feel bizarre rather than just intense. VCU defeated USC by 13 points, Georgetown and Purdue by 18 each and No. 1 seed Kansas by 10. Also, in a truly gritty and commendable performance in the Sweet 16, the Rams were able to surmount the tenth-ranked Florida St. Seminoles in overtime behind a game winning lay-up in the closing seconds by Bradford Burgess. That close victory advanced the team to the Elite Eight against Kansas, who had only lost two games all year and was coming off of an impressive 11-game winning streak. Led by 33-year-old head coach Shaka
Smart, VCU continues to prove the doubters wrong in a resounding fashion unlike any underdog that has come before them. Smart shows his players videos of the analysts picking against his team so that his players can relish and revel in the underdog role. Clearly, his players have responded to this tactic. The highest seed to ever win the NCAA tournament was the Villanova Wildcats who were a No. 8 seed in 1985 and, thanks to the VCU Rams in the 2011 NCAA tournament, a No. 8 seed in Butler will actually be favored. Though they were so very close to winning the National Championship last year, Butler came into the tournament as an underdog again. VCU, however, has made sure that, at least for one game, Butler will be the odds-on favorite. Resolve, confidence, consistent shooting and excellent defense are the staples of a VCU team that has allowed them to achieve immense success in the tournament. Right before tip off, Kansas forward Marcus Morris said to VCU point guard Joey Rodriguez, “You guys have had a good run, but now its over.” Rodriguez responded to Morris with a “we’ll see.” Nobody other than the Rams themselves could have realistically expected to see a ten- point victory in their favor en route to the Final Four. VCU caused a barrage of turnovers and contested shot after shot from the Jayhawks who only managed a miserable 31 percent from the field. The Jayhawks blamed themselves after the game for
missing too many open shots. Conversely, the Rams attributed the off-night to their persistent up-tempo style of defense that they like to call “havoc.” The team was led in its bout with Kansas by Jamie Skeen, who came into the game averaging around 15 points and seven rebounds a contest. By playing against the Morris brothers, who most likely will be top15 picks in the next NBA draft, Skeen elevated his game and his own draft status. He had only made 29 three-pointers the entire year, but against the Jayhawks he contributed four crucial shots from downtown. The threes were just a part of his monstrous evening, which consisted of 26 points and 10 rebounds, and lead to Skeen’s selection as the Most Outstanding Performer of the Southwest regional. March Madness earns its title because of the unpredictable and inexplicable outcomes which inevitably take place during every NCAA tournament. With that said, the VCU Rams are currently on one of the most remarkable runs that an underdog has undertaken in the history of sports and, should they win it all, it might be the greatest feat in recent memory. I did not compose a bracket this year and I take solace in my decision because I know there would not have been 3 perfect Final Four brackets. Still, I am only discouraged to complete a bracket next year thanks to the VCU Rams and all the crazy complications that come with them. Contact Matthew Kurtz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Will Big-Money Baseball Pay Off in 2011? By Macklin Woodruff Maroon-News Staff
As the opening day of America’s favorite pastime finally arrives, anticipation is quickly rising. Obviously, all eyes are on the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, but there are a whole slew of other teams worth talking about. The big market teams like the Red Sox, Yankees and Phillies have all made substantial moves over the off-season to make their case for World Series favorite. None of these teams needed too much improvement, but that didn’t stop them from shelling out large sums of money for the players they wanted. The Red Sox probably had the best offseason out of any team in the pros. They acquired Adrian Gonzalez, who is a consistent .300 hitter and a great fit at first base for the Sox. Gonzalez hit 31 homeruns last year with 101 RBIs. This acquisition was one of the biggest signings by any team this offseason but the Sox weren’t done. The team also signed Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million deal. Crawford, known for his speed on the basepaths and his range in the outfield will undoubtedly bolster the lineup. Perhaps even more importantly for the Red Sox is the healthy return of Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury will add even more speed and will most likely bat first in front of Crawford. Kevin Youkilis, if he returens to where he was pre-injury, will be another offensive force in the AL East. He is an RBI-machine and will continue that trend when he bats fourth or fifth for this lineup. Dustin Pedroia only played about half of the season last year, but still looks to improve upon his 2009 stats when he batted near .300 and had 72 RBIs hitting
out of the second spot in the lineup. Questions do surround the team however. Can they stay healthy long enough to still be a contender at the end of the season? Pedroia was out for almost 100 days, Mike Cameron out for 101 and Youkilis for 62 last year. Obviously, health will always be a big factor in any team’s season, but since the Red Sox are a big market team they will be under an even bigger microscope this year. Still, the pitching staff was also affected by injury last season. Josh Beckett missed twelve starts and Daisuke Matsuzaka missed about five. These are two key pitchers whose injuries potentially cost them the division last year. The Yankees, meanwhile, had a less impressive off-season but, for the Yankees, that doesn’t mean much. The biggest point of emphasis was the starting rotation. They can’t be blamed for Andy Pettitte’s retirement or Cliff Lee’s decision to sign with the Phillies, but nonetheless the gaps needed to be filled. With a lack of options on the free agent market, they decided to go with experience over youth. New York signed Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon and Kevin Millwood, all players perhaps a little past their primes. During the spring, Freddy Garcia has proved that he still has what it takes to be in the rotation. He’s changed up his approach from a power pitcher, and has added a slider and a changeup to build an already strong repertoire. The Yankees did resign Derek Jeter, whose viability at shortstop has come into question, but you cannot deny the offense that he brings to the table day-in and day-out. Even with the additions, there are a lot of doubts coming out of New York about the pitching staff. While nobody can really question C.C. Sabathia’s ability to win games, there is a substantial drop-off after the top spot. Phil Hughes had a 4.98 ERA in his last 23 starts last season, not too impressive from one of the top pitching
GOING GOING GONZO: Newly acquired offensive machine Adrian Gonzalez (right) joins David Ortiz on a deadly Red Sox team that looks primed for a title run in 2011. prospects coming through their farm system. A.J. Burnett also had a disappointing season in New York, posting a 5.26 ERA with 10 wins and 15 losses. It isn’t clear who is going to step up and be that 15-game winner behind Sabathia. They all have potential to succeed, but they all also have great potential to fail in the 2011 season. The Phillies are the other big market team that had a very successful off-season. Cliff Lee, probably the most sought after free agent in baseball, ended up settling for less money to sign with the Phillies, his former team. This was one of their only acquisitions, but it was significant enough to deem their off-season successful. They solidified an already stellar rotation, which has now become the “Fab Four”: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt. But the fifth starter, Joe Blanton, shouldn’t be disregarded by any means. The return of a healthy Jimmy Rollins will definitely bring some energy back to an aging lineup. Injuries could potentially hinder the
success of this promising team in the 2011 season. The early loss of Chase Utley, who was diagnosed with patellar tendinitis in his left knee, will give Ryan Howard less protection in that lineup. Brad Lidge, the Phillies’ phenomenal closer, is also on the disabled list with shoulder soreness. He is supposed to be out for three to six weeks, but it could be a recurring injury that hampers Utley the entire year. The success of the Phillies could depend on the timetable of Utley’s return. If he’s only gone for a couple months, than the talent of the Phillies can cover the gap in the lineup. But Luis Castillo, who hit .235 with zero homeruns last year, can only hold his own for so long in the competitive NL East. Regardless of the off-season successes of each team, it only matters what sort of product each team puts out on the field in 2011. At this point, predictions don’t mean much. Only time will tell which team is able to claim the title and follow in Giant footsteps. Contact Macklin Woodruff at email@example.com.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Entering the 2011 baseball season, what are you most
excited to see on or off the field? By Adam Settle Maroon-News Staff
I am actually not too excited about the regular season right now, to tell you the truth. As a Phillies fan, anything less than another trip to the World Series and another parade down Broad Street would be a disappointment. All that has happened since my Phillies locked down one of the greatest rotations in baseball
is their future all-star right-fielder, their future Hall of Fame second baseman and their trusted (sometimes) closer have gone on the disabled list. What is happening to my 100-win team? In the mean time, I am excited to kick back and watch greatness toeing the rubber for the Phils every night this season. And yes, I am including Kentucky’s finest, Joe Blanton, in the conversation (he of the home run in Game 4 of the 2008 World Series). Otherwise, just wake me in October.
OH HEY LEE: The return of Cliff Lee to the Phillies, in addition to the rest of the team’s starting pitching staff, could mean big things for Philadelphia come October. thegoldensombrero.com.
By Jordan Plaut National Sports Editor
Now that Opening Day is finally upon us, the main question on my mind and the minds of many is if the San Francisco Giants can repeat their incredible 2010 season and make a run at another title. I admit that as a Giants fan, I am biased towards believing my team has the ability to come through and go deep into the post-season. However, Major League Baseball is not limited to the Giants and I have to consider other teams and players around the league that will spark my interest during the season. This may surprise some people, but I’m really looking forward to seeing how the season pans out for the Milwaukee Brewers. The Giants and Brewers have shared a bit of bad blood over the past two years, stemming from a Prince Fielder walk-off home run incident, but that does not take away from the fact that this team really has a chance to challenge in the NL Central. With a combination of reliable hitting and pitching, led by new number one Zach Grienke and the power-hitting combination of Fielder and Ryan Braun, respectively, the Brewers have the components to make the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals sweat. Fielder and Braun have the firepower
to carry this team a long way. The big lefty will have to prove himself in his contract year after hitting just .261 last season with his lowest slugging percentage and RBI since his first full season in 2006. I think he can step up to the challenge and really put the team on his back, even when facing some of the hardest competiton in the league. Braun, on the other hand, had a fairly typical year in 2010 by hitting .304 with 25 homeruns and 103 RBI. As his OPS of .918 indicates, Braun gets on base often and hits for power (he had 45 doubles last year). The left fielder might make some noise in the NL MVP race and unseat Pujols in the Central (alright, that won’t happen). Despite all of my Brewers praise, I am still a Giants fan, of course, and wish nothing but bad luck on Milwaukee this season (at least once they make the playoffs or play the Giants). The Giants won the World Series last year and have only improved during the off-season, so they are still clearly the team to beat. Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson and Buster Posey are all I need to be happy. Still, I believe that the Brewers’ success this season is fairly likely and I’d rather be prepared for it early on before they sneak up on the National League in September. The bottom line is that baseball season is here. Get excited.
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SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS Patriot League and ECAC Hockey Standings
Softball Team Army Lehigh Colgate Bucnell Holy Cross Lafayette
League 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Men’s Tennis Overall 13-9 13-11 8-11 7-19 6-10 1-20
Team Army Navy Lehigh Lafayette Bucknell Colgate Holy Cross
League 4-0 2-0 2-1 1-2 0-1 0-2 0-3
Women’s Tennis Overall 9-9 14-7 11-5 4-7 7-6 5-9 0-6
Team Army Navy Lehigh Lafayette Bucknell Colgate Holy Cross
League 2-0 2-0 1-0 1-1 0-1 0-1 0-3
Overall 16-7 17-9 3-9 1-3 5-9 3-10 0-4
Team Colgate Army Bucknell Lehigh Navy Lafayette Holy Cross
Team Colgate Navy Lehigh American Holy Cross Lafayette Bucknell
League Overall 2-0 6-3 2-0 7-2 2-0 8-2 2-1 6-4 2-3 4-5 0-3 2-6 0-3 0-8
League Overall 3-0 5-4 2-0 9-3 2-1 6-4 2-1 5-4 0-2 3-8 0-2 1-9 0-3 2-9
Men’s Tennis: Navy 5, Colgate 2*; Colgate 5, George Mason 2 Women’sTennis: Navy 6, Colgate 1*; George Mason 7, Colgate 0 Men’s Lacrosse: Colgate 5, Navy 4* Women’s Lacrosse: Colgate 12, Holy Cross 8*; Colgate 19, Binghamton 9 Men’s T&F: Second out of Four at Navy Invitational Softball: Albany 1, Colgate 0; Delaware State 4, Colgate 2 Women’s Rowing: Varsity 8- Seventh of 22 at Murphy Cup; Varsity 4- Second of 32 at Murphy Cup Men’s Rowing: Varsity 4- First of 27 at Murphy Cup
Friday: TBA Golf @ Yale Spring Invitational thru Sat. 10 a.m.Women’s Track @ Howell Invitational thru Sat. 11a.m. Men’s Track @ Princeton thru Sat. 4 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse @ Yale Saturday: 10 a.m. Women’s Tennis vs. Bucknell* 1 p.m.Men’s Lacrosse vs. No. 9 Army* 1 p.m. Softball @ Army* (DH) 2p.m. Men’s Tennis vs. Bucknell* Women’s Rowing @ University of Massachusetts Sunday: 10 a.m.Women’s Tennis vs. Lafayette* 1 p.m. Softball @ Army* (DH) 2 p.m. Men’s Tennis vs. Lafayette* Wednesday: 3 p.m. Softball @ Albany (DH)
* denotes Patriot League or ECAC Hockey opponent
Sports Spotlights Jimmy Ryan ’14 Sport: Men’s Lacrosse Hometown: Stony Brook, NY Major: Undecided Why Jimmy? He scored a goal to help his team beat Navy on the road last Saturday by a 5-4 score. 1. A win on the road against Navy is always a big win. What allowed you guys to get the W? A win against Navy is always an important win. We had a strong week in practice that really had us prepared and focused going into the game. Our defense was unbelievable and came up with Athletic Communications some big stops especially at the end. We were able to get some good possesions on offense and then shut them down when we needed to. 2. You scored an important goal against the Midshipmen this weekend. How were you able to score? I was able to dodge past my defender from up top. The slide was slow to come and I was able to get a shot off that snuck past the goalies stick. 3. Any 5-4 win needs to rely on an effective defense. How was your defense so solid? Our defense played an unbelievable game. They were the reason that we were able to come out with the victory. They played great team defense and made sure that Navy took shots from outside of 10 yards. Our goalie junior Jared Madison also made some amazing saves to help out our defense. 4. As a first-year, the game must be different to you. What are the most notable differences from high school? There are many differences from the college and high school game but the biggest one that I’ve experienced is the speed. The players are all faster and the overall tempo of the game is faster. It is a tough adjustment from high school because the defense is always rotating and sliding so quickly which some high school teams don’t do so well. 5.Highly ranked Army comes to Hamilton next weekend. What things must the team focus on to get the win? We are looking forward to our game against Army and we know that it’s going to take a lot of hard work to beat them. Our team needs to focus on getting better every day in practice and just playing our game. In order to get the win, we need to have the same effort from our defense and we need to finish our opportunities that we get on offense.
Interview by Mitchell Waxman
March 31, 2011
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Women’s Lacrosse Defends Undefeated PL Record Topples Holy Cross in Game on the Road, 12-8
By Alexandra Silverman Maroon-News Staff
On Saturday, the Colgate women’s lacrosse team traveled to Worcester, Mass. to compete against Holy Cross in its third Patriot League match-up of the season. The Raiders earned a 12-8 victory over Holy Cross, continuing their undefeated run in the Patriot League. “This season our team has had a focus on team unity,” sophomore defender Beasley Hays said. “We have really been focusing on playing as a unit and supporting each other both on and off the field. If one person is having a bad day the rest of the team is there to pick her up. Our mentality has been to play to our full potential and be the best team that we can be.” Senior midfielder Colleen Bubnack extended her goal-scoring streak to 17 games straight, with three goals and three assists. First-year midfielder Monica White posted her second hat trick of the season and was named Rookie of the Week by the Patriot League. Attacker Kate Bergstrom returned to the lineup for her first game back from injury when she played on March 2 against Holy Cross. Bergstrom didn’t miss a beat and tallied two goals for the Raiders. She netted the first goal of the game just 1:24 into off an assist from firstyear Ali Flood. The Crusaders answered, storming out to a 4-2 lead with 16:32 left in the first half of play. Bubnack fought back with her 30th goal of the season, followed by an assist on the next goal shot by fellow teammate O’Sullivan. The game was tied up at 4-4. Junior Katie Sullivan also scored a point to give the Raiders a 5-4 advantage with 13:17 remaining in the first frame. In the last 10 minutes of play for the half, both Colgate and Holy Cross found the back of the net, rounding the score to a 6-5 lead over the Crusaders. Monica White came out to play in the second half, posting her first goal of the game just 53 seconds into the action off an assist by
EVEN WITH MY EYES CLOSED: First-year Monica White tallied up three goals in the game against Holy Cross. Courtney Miller. Holy Cross challenged with back-to-back goals tying up the match at 7-7. The Raiders then swept the lead, scoring the next five goals to spread the gap to 12-7. Miller started the run with a point on a manup play. White tallied two goals and junior Greer Goebels added a point to the scoreboard as well. Bubnack was a factor in three of the five goals with a goal of her own and an additional two assists. Holy Cross’ Kayla Dibari made a run at the score and was able
to score with just ten seconds of play remaining; however, it was too late and the Raiders were able to close out the game with a 12-8 victory over Holy Cross. Colate narrowly out-shot Holy Cross, taking 24 shots against Holy Cross’ 22. The Raiders, however, were able to capitalize on their opportunities. Possession was tight as well, as Colgate won 11 of the 21 draw controls and only possessed 16 ground balls as opposed to Holy Cross’ 17.
On the defensive end, junior goalie Christina Roa posted 10 saves, including seven gamechanging stops in the second half. Eight of her saves were on free-position shots. The defense also posted 11 turnovers, their second highest number of the season. Contributing to the point total were defenders junior Kailey Krause and sophomore Beasley Hays who each had two caused turnovers on the day. “We worked hard on a new defense for Holy Cross – a ‘backer’ style defense that really threw them off,” Krause explained. “The defense collectively did a great job causing turnovers and communicating together. And Beasley did an awesome job as a backer. As we keep playing this defense I think it’ll only get better and make us a greater threat against other teams.” “Our zone defense works to force attackers into double teams,” Hays agreed. “These double teams allowed us to cause a number of turnovers and caused turnovers. Our defense worked so well as a unit on Saturday and the stats show it. We hope that this new defense will help eliminate some of the fouls our defense gets, and continue to lead to more caused turnovers and victories for our team.” Colgate is the only team in the Patriot League to currently carrly a 3-0 record because Navy did not play a conference game this past weekend. “This year we’ve had great team chemistry both on and off the field, and I think that it definitely contributes to our success, especially in league games,” Krause said. “The team is extremely focused on Patriot League games, with the end goal being to host and win the tournament. I think we all know that if we keep working hard and playing our game, no one will be able to beat us”. The Raiders travel to Yale University on April 1. The game is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. Contact Alexandra Silverman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tooker Breaks School Record on the Road, DeRoo Runs in Stanford Invite By Matt Flannery Maroon-News Staff
Last Saturday, members of both the men’s and women’s track teams traveled to compete in separate meets. Junior Elise DeRoo journeyed out to northern California to take part in the Stanford University Invitational. The men’s team travelled down to Annapolis, Maryland to take part in a meet hosted by the Navy
Midshipmen. Both DeRoo and the men’s team represented Colgate well, posting very strong showings at their respective competitions. DeRoo voyaged across the entire country to take part in the prestigious Stanford Invite and performed very well in it. The junior was matched up against tough competition from elite athletic conferences including, but not limited to, the Big East, Pac-10, Big-10 and the Ivy League. DeRoo participated in her first outdoor
5000-meter run of the season and completed the event in a very respectable 16:43.61, good enough for tenth overall in her heat. The men’s team competed well in its meet at Navy, placing second overall out of four teams. The Raiders finished the meet with a total of 84 points, trailing only Navy, who posted a dominant 258 team points. ’Gate was followed in third place with 57 points by American University. Colgate finished behind Navy mostly due to the physical number of athletes on Navy’s squad, but junior Graham Tooker, who broke a school record in the meet, noted that finishing second was a victory in itself for the Raiders. “It felt particularly good to beat American since we are often very close to them in the Patriot League standings,” Tooker said. “Hopefully that success will continue through to the Patriot League Championships.” Several athletes had standout individual performances at the competition, most notably Tooker. The sprinter took home first place in the 100-meter dash with a Colgate record time of 10.31, posting nine team points for the Raiders. “As for new benchmarks, I hope to be a strong contributor to our relays, particularly the 4x1 and 4x4, in pursuing Patriot League medals and Colgate records,” Tooker said. Tooker followed up the dominant performance with another strong showing in the 200-meter dash. The experienced junior got out of the blocks quickly en route to a final
time of 22.07. The time was good enough for second place in the event, and was just a tenth of a second behind the event winner, Alexander Jackson of Navy. Colgate received yet another top-3 performance in the last of the sprinting events, the 400-meter dash. Senior middledistance runner Andy Smith placed second in the event with a final time of 50.02, and earned seven points for the Raiders in the process. The squad experienced an uncharacteristic lull in the middle-distance and long-distance events, with the exception of the 3000-meter steeplechase. In his first ever attempt at the event, sophomore Chris Johnson placed second overall, posting a time of 9:33.15. The time was the third fastest in the Patriot League this season. Colgate really began to pick up the pace in the medley events, posting a first and second place performance in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays, respectively. In the 4x100, Colgate’s ‘A’ squad of junior Emmanuel Christian, sophomore Preston Hodge, sophomore Jason Hodge and Tooker won by default after Navy’s foursome was disqualified for an exchange out of the designated zone. In the 4x400 meter relay, Colgate’s ‘A’ squad of junior Tim Metivier, senior Jonathan Knowlton, Smith and Tooker placed second with a final time of 3:25.37. The men’s and women’s teams will return to action this upcoming by participating in a meet hosted by Princeton University. Contact Matt Flannery at email@example.com.
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March 31, 2011
Tennis Teams Lose Footing on Opponent’s Courts
Men Fall to Navy, Best George Mason; Women Fall to Both
TROUBLE WITH THE FOLLOW THROUGH: Colgate first-year Kelsey Shea and sophomore Alec Goldstein represented the women’s and men’s tennis teams on the road at Navy and George Mason, where the women went 0-2 and the men split the weekend match-ups. Bob Cornell
By Julie Tarallo Maroon-News Staff
The Colgate men’s and women’s tennis teams kicked off league play on the road this weekend, facing the Naval Academy Midshipmen on Saturday. The teams also took on the George Mason Patriots Sunday in Fairfax, Va. The men were defeated by the No. 1 ranked Mids on their home court by a score of 5-2, but were able to bounce back, defeating GMU on their home court, 5-2. The women, however, dropped both match-ups, falling to the No. 2 ranked, Patriot League powerhouse Navy 6-1 and the George Mason Patriots, 7-0. This gives the men a 5-9 record and the women a 3-10 record this season. First, the women kicked things off, finding early success versus the Mids Saturday. First-year Alex Petrini and junior captain Stephanie Brown stepped up to secure the No. 1 doubles victory over Navy’s Das and Griffin, 8-6, hoping to set the tone for the rest of the match. Unfortunately, the Raiders were unable to follow suit, falling in the next two doubles matches, 8-1, 8-3. Without the
important doubles point, the women entered singles with a deficit that would prove to be impossible to overcome. Unfortunately, Colgate was only able to take home one victory in singles play, giving the Midshipmen an easy win over the young Colgate squad. Petrini took home her second victory of the day, continuing her impressive play this season. The rookie defeated Navy’s Emani Decuir at No. 2 in convincing straight sets by 6-2, 6-3. Despite Petrini’s success, the Raiders could not overcome the talented Mids and dropped five of the six singles matches to lose by an overall score of 6-1. The women returned to action on Sunday in Fairfax, Va. versus the George Mason Patriots, but could not overcome the prior day’s defeat. The women did not win a single match, falling again by a score of 7-0. The men’s squad had a bit more success this weekend, despite falling to their Patriot League foe on the Mids’ home turf Saturday. First, the men competed in doubles play, dropping No. 1 and No. 2 in rare losses for the Raiders. At No. 3, the sophomore duo of Alec Goldstein and Parker Lewis battled
Navy’s Heward Drayton and Jeremy New all the way to a tiebreaker, but could not hold off the pair, ultimately being edged 8-7, 7-4. Despite the loss of the doubles point, the men bounced back for singles in hopes of overcoming the early deficit. Goldstein continued to play well, defeating Navy’s Nicholas Gutsche decisively by 6-4, 6-4. At No. 4, Ruslan Goussiatnikov was able to fight back after splitting the first two sets, securing the victory with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 score. While first-year Bobby Berkowitz was not able to bring home a victory for the Raiders at No. 2, he battled to the finish in a three-set tiebreaker dropping the match by 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8). While the men showed guts and spirit, they were unable to defeat their Patriot League rival, falling to the Midshipmen 5-2. On Sunday, Colgate took on George Mason hoping to redeem itself after the loss the day before. The Raiders got off to a terrific start, sweeping all three doubles matches for the first point of the day. At No. 1, captains Goussiatnikov and senior Phil Bernasek showed their strength, besting the Patriots, 8-4. Lewis and Goldstein followed their lead to secure the doubles point with
an 8-4 win at No. 2, while sophomore Luke Gensburg and junior Sean Spellberg sealed the deal, taking the third spot with a decisive 8-3 victory. In singles, the Raiders continued to dominate, winning four of the six matches. At No. 1, Gensburg continued his excellent season play, winning the first set 6-3 and taking the match after his opponent was forced to retire in the second set due to injury. At No. 2, Berkowitz secured his fifth singles win of the season, besting Mason’s McMillen in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6. Colgate sealed the victory with wins at No. 3 and No. 4, as Goldstein and Goussiatnikov defeated Patriot rivals in straight sets, Goldstein by a score 6-4, 7-6 and Goussiatnikov by a margin of 6-4, 6-3. The Colgate tennis teams return to action this upcoming weekend with a series of Patriot League matches at their home court in Turning Stone against Bucknell on Saturday and Lafayette on Sunday. The women’s matches will begin at 10:00 a.m., to be followed at 2:00 p.m. by the men. Contact Julie Tarallo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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March 31, 2011
Women’s Softball Drops Two at Sean Savage Memorial Tournament By Emma Barge Sports Editor
The women’s softball team traveled to Delaware this weekend to compete in the Sean Savage Memorial Tournament and faced Delaware State, the tournament’s host, and the State University of New York at Albany. Unfortunately, the team was unsuccessful in both match-ups and lost to Albany 0-1, and Delaware State 2-4. In the first game, sophomore Courtney O’Connell pitched and only allowed one hit in her seven innings of service, but even this amazing run was not enough to prevent the Great Danes from scoring their only run. In the third inning, Albany’s Diane MacDowell found an open opportunity to advance to second base after Colgate notched a fielding error, pushing Adrianna Walraven to third. MacDowell then took third and finally took home on another Colgate error. In game two, Colgate (8-11) got off to a great start, scoring two runs in the first inning off a single by first-year Haley Fleming that
shot down the right field line to bring home sophomore Alana Dyson and junior Jennifer Ortega. Delaware State (14-8) quickly answered back in the bottom half of the inning when they tallied two runs. They then tallied a third in the second inning, which was followed by an insurance run in the fourth inning to secure the win for Delaware and mark the second Colgate loss of the weekend. First-year Rachel LeCoq pitched six innings giving up eight hits and four runs, while striking out six in the second loss. Colgate was slated to play Morgan State on Sunday to be followed by the consolation game of the Memorial Tournament, but both games were canceled due to weather conditions. The Raiders will be back in action next weekend when they open Patriot League play with a couple of double-headers at Army. Their debut game is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at the Army Softball Complex. MAKING CONNECTIONS: Colgate batter makes contact with the ball at the Sean Contact Emma Barge at Savage Memorial Tournament at Delaware State this past weekend. email@example.com. Bob Cornell
March 31, 2011
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Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Navy; Defend Undefeated Record By Brendan Gibney Maroon-News Staff
The Colgate men’s lacrosse team won its second Patriot League contest on Saturday, March 26, edging out league rival Navy 5-4 in Annapolis in front of a crowd of 1,834. Each of the last three games between the Raiders and the Midshipmen has been decided by a single goal, with Colgate coming out on top in two of the contests. The gritty victory was key for the Raiders, who improve to 2-0 in league play and 6-3 overall as they enter their third Patriot League match at home against Army this Saturday, April 2. Despite the fact that the Navy offense had not been held under eight goals yet this season – scoring over ten goals in five of their game – the Raider defense was able to limit the Midshipmen offense to only four goals, two of which came within the first five minutes of play and the last of which snuck through with
only two seconds left in the game. Senior captain Greg Perkins attributed the strong defensive effort to the unit’s ability to put forth a complete game, saying “I would have to say that [Saturday] was the first time that our defense has demonstrated the true ability that we possess on that end of the field. We have strung together a good half, and a couple good quarters in previous games, but this was really the first game where we executed for the entire 60 minutes.” The hometown Mids scored the first two goals of Saturday’s contest, but Colgate midfielder Jimmy Ryan snuck an unassisted tally past Navy net minder R.J. Wickham with 47 seconds left in the first quarter to bring the Raiders within one. Colgate capitalized on this momentum in the second quarter; senior Jim Carroll found sophomore Peter Baum at the start of the period to even the score at two apiece. The game remained tied for the next nine minutes, until Baum as-
sisted senior Dave Tucciarone, giving the Raiders a 3-2 lead. Navy countered four minutes later, tying the game once again, but Baum responded with his second of the game – and number 25 of the season – off a feed from senior captain Rob Bosco to recapture the one-goal lead. Baum’s 25 goals currently rank as the most in Division I competition (along with Drexel attackman Scott Perri’s 25). Sophomore James Queeney assisted senior Ben McCabe for the lone goal of the third, and although Navy notched the sole tally of the fourth, the Raider defense was able to hold tight and seal the win. Colgate goalie junior Jared Madison was outstanding in net, stopping eight shots and letting in only four. The contest was not close in score alone: Colgate successfully converted 19 of 21 clear attempts to Navy’s 19 of 22 attempts; the Mids scooped 30 groundballs to the Raiders’ 28; Colgate won seven of the 13 faceoff draws, all of which came from senior Jim Carroll. Navy had only
five more shots than the visiting Raiders. Such a hard-earned victory should be an ideal stepping stone for the Raiders as they head into their next game against the eighth-ranked Army Black Knights and attackman Jeremy Boltus, who leads the nation in points along with Cornell’s Rob Pannell. Perkins stressed, however, that while the team faces an important game and strong opponent, they ultimately need to focus, improve each day, and execute the game plan that has worked all season: “Looking forward to this weekend, and Army, we are again going to put the primary focus on ourselves and executing our system, both offensively and defensively. Army is a talented team this year and at this point in the season, every team is continuing to get better, so we must do the same.” Saturday’s match-up should prove to be a great contest. The Raiders will play next at 1:00 p.m. at Andy Kerr Stadium on April 2. Contact Brendan Gibney at