AROUND THE COLLEGE

compiled by Anne Milmoe '97 and staff


Dorm dedications

"We've never had the extraordinary pleasure to dedicate two buildings in the same day, let alone the same hour," President Neil R. Grabois said with utmost enthusiasm. By 11:30 a.m. on November 11 the New Dorm and KED were no more and Drake Hall and Curtis Hall had taken their place.

Many students (including the entire ATO and Beta houses in honor of Harrington Drake, a Beta, and Henry Curtis, an ATO), administrators and alumni attended the dual dedications and the ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

Neil Grabois presented Duke Drake '41 a print of Drake Hall during a dedication ceremony.

Duke Drake addresses audience
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Wm. Brian Little, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees, spoke with high regard of Drake and Curtis, both Class of '41. He recalled Duke Drake's eight-year tenure as board chairman and Curtis's activity in the Colgate Club of Atlanta. Plaques and framed sketches of the buildings were presented to Drake and to Curtis's daughter. Henry Curtis was unable to attend because of medical problems.


Dedication of Curtiss Hall
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"I've never heard so many nice things in my life," Drake said, "and a couple of them were even true. What you didn't hear is that it took two years of interrogating until they found someone who would accept this honor."

Robert Tyburski '74, vice president for alumni affairs, communications and development, said: "Duke Drake and Harry Curtis are two of Colgate's most generous donors. They share a strong interest in the well-being of Colgate students, so the dedications were an ideal way for Colgate to express our thanks."

Director of residential life Donna Swartwout was especially pleased with the new facilities, recalling her old office in KED with its ragged carpet and green cement walls, and bragging about her new office in Drake as the envy of many housing directors elsewhere.

Drake and Curtis Halls are among the most popular dorms on campus, housing more than 400 students. Curtis is also the site of the satellite health clinic, while the office of residential life and WRCU are in Drake. Together with Curtiss Dining Hall, the two residences form a residential quadrangle.

First-year students Jennifer Erickson and Matthew DeMonte also praised the residences as "hubs of activity" and "a home that answers every need."

Out of the past

Last month university librarian Judy Noyes received a large package with no return address. In it she found a beautifully framed map of the United States depicting the principal railroads, canals, steamboat and stage routes of the Union. The map was dated 1851. Puzzled, she read the enclosed letter.

"Please accept the attached map for the library. It's not a gift; it's rightfully yours. You see, when I attended Colgate in the '60s I was just leafing through old books in the stacks one day when this map, then folded, fell out. I took it home, i.e. stole it.

"I'm currently involved in trying to right my past wrongs, and I can't rest as long as this is hanging on my office wall. Please accept it with my sincere apology and regret. It's preservation framed, with acid-free matting and ultraviolet-proof glass.

"I hope you'll understand why this gift has to remain anonymous."

The University Chorus and Chamber singers, directed by Stan Scott, with the EurAsia Ensemble from Boston, performed ceremonial music of the Whiriling Dervishes of Turkey during a hypnotic and lovely concert.

Noyes was astounded. "I think it's wonderful that the person cared enough to return the map which can now be treasured by Colgate students again," she said. "We are delighted and excited. It certainly will be placed in public view where it will be safe and where people will be able to enjoy it."

Persson design a winner

Colgate's Persson Hall and Tai Soo Kim Partners of Hartford were recently recognized for architectural design by the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Completed in 1994, the award-winning building provides a gateway between the lower and upper campus, continuing "a sequence from down the hill, under the bridge, to the upper campus," said architect Kim. The footbridge connecting Persson's two sections, and the stair tower on the south end, "add some vitality, a more modern element."

Built of bluestone with a slate roof, Persson Hall has a cupola on each section which, lighted from inside at night like lanterns, frame the illumined chapel tower on the hill above. Materials and building style reflect the influence of other campus buildings.

The new academic building houses the departments of economics, political science and geography. Classrooms, offices and common areas are bright and open, and incorporate the latest technology.

Persson Hall was named in honor of principal donors A. Theodore Persson '42, a trustee emeritus, and his wife, Helen Karpelenia Persson H'84.

The real world

What good will organic chemistry and existenialism do you in "the real world"?

Colgate seniors found the answer to that question and got a taste of life after Colgate when Real World '96 came to campus January 11-13.

Organized by the senior class council, Konosioni and the Interfraternity Council, and chaired by seniors Jung Pak, Heidi Kim, Monique Glover, Lindsay Rovick and Dan Kaleba, and junior Paul Favale, the three-day program aimed to "ease the transition from college to work or graduate school," according to Pak, president of the Class of '96.

The program offered career workshops and seminars presented by Colgate alumni in several fields, including business, health services and communications, as well as strategies for marketing a liberal arts education and discussions on career ethics. Panels on auto purchasing, real estate, insurance and personal finance were also incorporated into the program.

"This is the first time this has been done," Pak said. "We're starting a new Colgate tradition."

Jesse Jackson electrified his Lecture Series audience
Jesse Jackson

The Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke to a captivated audience of more than 900 students, faculty and administrators October 31 in the chapel.

"You who are here tonight inherit the burden to heal a broken nation. You have the burden of pulling down cultural walls that divide and building bridges," Jackson said. His speech covered several topics, including anti-semitism, duality and, most notably, the Million Man March held in Washington October 17.

After a dynamic hour-long speech Jackson answered student questions for nearly 90 minutes. Questions varied from Jackson's association with Louis Farrakhan and the apparent invisibility of the black woman in history, to sophomore Errol Lewis's query as to how he could address W.E.B. DuBois's concept of "the double consciousness" he experiences as an African-American student at Colgate.

Jackson advised Lewis to stand proud of who he is. "We all have the power to help shape our environment," he said. "Don't let them break your spirit."

Jackson's appearance was sponsored by the student-run lecture series which opted to splurge for one big event instead of hosting several guest speakers during the fall semester.

"It was one of the best events I've seen at Colgate," said Josh Bowman '96, head of the Colgate Lecture Series, in an interview with The Maroon-News. "The speech surpassed my expectations and the response to the speech surpassed what I thought would happen at Colgate."

Coalition for a Better World

Since 1989 the Cultural Center has sponsored Coalition for a Better World, a monthly open house with a particular theme the organizers felt the campus community needed to address. Although well-planned and presented, the event had a relatively low turnout.

However, this year, in cooperation with the office of residential life, the Coalition has been revitalized. The first three open houses of the fall semester brought out tremendous numbers of students. "We think it's great, " Coalition coordinator Carrie Tsui '96 said. "There's been a lot of sharing and communication going on. The ideas have been basically the same but the presentation has been much different."

The September open house was labeled "Knowing Yourself." Various Colgate resources, including career services, the health center, religious life and the women's study center, explained their function and how they could help students better understand themselves. Students also talked about common stereotypes on campus and how those could be changed.

"Religions and Cultures of the World," with a dinner that included ethnic foods from Greece, the Caribbean and India, was presented in October. Music instructor Stanley Scott and junior Subhadeep Gupta played Indian music, and the Sojourners and Latin American dancers entertained the crowd.

In November the Coalition focused on "Poverty and Health Issues" in the Edge Café. Participants were divided in half and one group was given food while the others watched their friends eat. Then senior Monique Glover initiated a project to illustrate how quickly AIDS is spread. Several students spread glitter on their hands (to represent the disease) and shook hands with others in the group. A few minutes later all hands glittered. Hal Walker '98 presented information about poverty and high infant mortality in South Africa.

"I think it's a great collaboration," said Donna Swartwout, director of residential life. "If this helps students see things in a different way, then I think we're onto something."

Student theater

Stephanie Rosenbloom '97 has always been interested in theater. Her ambitious acting career began at a young age and as a high school senior she landed her first directing job. It was the beginning of a string of off-stage theatrical achievements.

In her first year at Colgate, Stephanie played Margaret Mead in Hair and last fall she directed Sweeney Todd for University Theater.

Stephanie also directed City of Angels presented by the Student Musical Theater. After months of preparation dating back to last spring when Stephanie chose the script, auditions and casting were held in September, rehearsals in October, set designs in November, and in early December the cast and crew presented three thrilling performances in Brehmer Theater.

"I wanted to see good, strong theater on the stage, whether or not it was called a `musical,'" Stephanie said. "Unfortunately, the term has a rather negative connotation in that most people consider the musical to be a lighter, less meaningful piece of art than a play. I have made a point of choosing

Stephanie Rosenbloom '97, well-known to Colgate audiences for her work on the Brehmer Theatre stage, stayed behind the scenes to direct "City of Angels."

musicals that have strong plot lines. The thing that attracted me most to City of Angels was that it is a play within a play or, to be precise, a movie within a play."

This duality required special sets and costume design. The movie part of the play was performed in black and white whereas the Hollywood scenes used color. Each cast member played multiple roles.

As resident adviser in Creative Arts House, Stephanie has been part of a movement that promotes the arts at Colgate. With a dual concentration in English and theater, she will be taking on additional direction in an advanced theater class in Shakespeare this spring.