The Colgate Scene
January 2001
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Bickering politicos James Carville and Mary Matalin staged a "debate," with Professor of Philosophy Jerry Balmuth and Professor of Political Science Michael Hayes sitting in. The panel was moderated by Assistant Professor of Political Science Nina Moore.
Eismeier moves on to Vassar
Financial Vice President and Treasurer Elizabeth A.S. Eismeier will leave Colgate June 30, 2001, to accept the position of vice president for finance and administration at Vassar College.

     Eismeier joined the college in June 1980 as associate provost. She was promoted to associate vice president for business and finance July 1, 1985, and on January 1, 1987, Eismeier succeeded Raymond Krehel as the college's financial vice president. A year later, the Board of Trustees elected her treasurer.

     "Betsy has served in the administrations of three Colgate presidents. She is a trusted colleague of the board, the administration and faculty," said President Charles Karelis. "Anyone who has worked closely with Betsy knows her to be a person of the highest integrity, with an analytical business sense that she has always applied to the advancement of Colgate's academic mission. As I have worked to understand the college's fiscal operations, Betsy's wisdom and insights have been most helpful to me, as I am certain they were to George Langdon and Neil Grabois."

     A national search for Eismeier's replacement is currently being conducted.

Orlando Crespo '86, national director for Latino Ministry for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, spoke to the Colgate Christian Fellowship in November about his journey as a Latino and Christian on campus and beyond. Crespo visited campus with his wife Maritza Jiminez Crespo '84 and their two sons. [IMAGE]

Erika Miller '01, president of the Student Government Association (right), responds to a question following a "town meeting" held in the wake of the fatal accident on campus. Also leading the discussion were Dean of the College Mike Cappeto and David Duong '02, a member of the SGA executive board.
Colgate suspends Alpha Tau Omega
In early November, Colgate announced the suspension of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity for four years, for violations of the Student Code of Conduct, including fighting and a pattern of behavior that dates to 1997.

     Most recently, members and guests of the house were involved in a fight September 30 that sent several students to the hospital emergency room and resulted in the suspension of six students and probation for three others. ATO members and associates are also implicated in a September 17 fight that was under investigation when the latest altercation was reported.

     Colgate had earlier suspended the ATO chapter for three semesters for hazing violations that occurred in 1997. When the house reopened, it was the subject of a regularly scheduled assessment by a committee that reviews each Colgate fraternity on a two-year basis. As a result of that review, on June 22, 2000, the house had been placed on probationary recognition for fighting.

     The collective infractions led to a decision to close the house until the fall semester 2004. Virtually all currently enrolled Colgate students will have graduated by the time the house may be re-chartered by its alumni and national organization in 2004. Because only sophomores will be allowed to join the fraternity in 2004, the sanction means that ATO members will not live in the house until 2005.

     The ATO student leadership presented an appeal to Dean of the College Mike Cappeto. After a careful review, Dean Cappeto denied the appeal on December 5, 2000.

     "Our overarching obligation is to protect the safety of the members of the community and to ensure an environment in which students can learn and grow as young adults," said President Karelis. "This type of behavior will not be tolerated on our campus."

     Following a criminal investigation of the incident by Madison County District Attorney Donald Cerio, as of press time, charges had been filed against 12 students. Charges included harassment, disorderly conduct, second-degree assault and third-degree assault.

Renowned archaeologist Tom Dillehay visited Colgate November 5 through 7 to meet with faculty and students in the natural and social sciences, and to lecture on the origins of the earliest Americans. His work at the Monte Verde site in southern Chile has forced archaeologists to reject the long-accepted Clovis theory, which held that the first Americans came overland from Siberia 13,000 years ago. [IMAGE]

Colgate adopts DWI policy
In mid-December, the Student Affairs Board governance committee, made up of students, faculty and administrators, voted unanimously to assign the "minimum sanction of a one-semester suspension for any student arrested for driving while alcohol impaired."

     The new policy comes in the wake of a fall semester that included three significant alcohol-related incidents: the brawl at Alpha Tau Omega; 34 Colgate students arrested for underage drinking at Peabody's tavern in Hamilton in December; and the November 11 motor vehicle crash that killed four young people and injured three others.

     The misuse of alcohol, and ways the college might deal with it, have become a major focus of the Colgate community. Under discussion on campus are the re-institution of the Safe Rides van program, continued alcohol education efforts, as well as establishment of strong deterrents to drinking and driving including the new DWI policy.

     Effective January 2001, any Colgate student who is arrested for driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher, either in the area, or while attending a study group, will be sent before the Disciplinary Board. A finding of responsibility by the board will result in, at minimum, the immediate suspension for the remainder of that semester.

Green Party candidate Ralph Nader during a press conference before his lecture.
Nader calls for student action
Before a capacity crowd at the Student Union on November 15, consumer activist and Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader encouraged his audience to become more active citizens.

     His talk, "Democracy, Big Business and American Duopoly" emphasized the danger of corrupt politicians, apathy amongst citizens, and the corporate influence on government. Students were encouraged to look past party politics and focus on these issues.

     Nader's visit was sponsored by the Colgate Lecture Series, as well as the Division of University Studies; the Center for Ethics and World Societies; the Core: Challenge of Modernity course; and the departments of economics, peace studies, international relations and environmental studies.

Picker Gallery exhibition will highlight alumni collections
"Colgate Collects," a major art exhibition scheduled for fall 2002, will draw from the private collections of Colgate alumni and friends. During the coming months, Picker Art Gallery director Dewey Mosby and an advisory committee will seek out alumni and friends of the college who would be willing to lend artworks to the exhibition.

     "We're aware of a number of art collectors among our graduates, and we're eager to know more," says Mosby. "Once we have an overview of the art that would be available on loan, we'll develop the themes that will shape the exhibition."

     Art collector and Colgate trustee Howard A. Ellins '73 is heading up the "Colgate Collects" advisory committee. "This project has exciting possibilities -- not only for a wonderful exhibition at Colgate, but also to bring together alumni from the worlds of art and collecting."

     Mosby urges potential lenders of art to call him at 315-228-7634 or e-mail; or contact Howard Ellins at 212-450-4248, e-mail

Little Hall, seen from the Student Union, will be open for the spring semester. The art and art history building features gallery space, classrooms, studios, offices and a lecture hall. One of the highlights of the weekend-long rededication of the Ralph Bunche Peace and International House was the unveiling of Assistant Professor of Art and Art History Lynette Stephenson's portrait of the statesman. With Dean of the Faculty Jane Pinchin.

Balakian honored
Professor of English Peter Balakian was honored as Educator of the Year by PBS Station WLIW Channel 21 of New York, the fourth-largest PBS station in America. The WLIW Awards Gala was a black tie event at the Pierre Hotel on November 9, and was televised twice in November.

     Balakian was featured in the documentary film, "The Armenian-Americans," which Channel 21 aired this past March, and he provided live commentary about Armenian culture for the show's debut. The documentary, which became the most successful film in the station's ethnic American series, went on to play in various major cities around the nation.

     Other honorees included musician Jose Feliciano as Entertainer of the Year and AIDS researcher Dr. David D. Ho. Balakian is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in the humanities, and the author of many books including Black Dog of Fate and the forthcoming June-tree: New and Selected Poems, 1974-2000

Holbrow elected VP
Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics Charles H. Holbrow has been elected vice president of The American Association of Physics Teachers. After a year as vice president, he will become president-elect, then president and, finally, past-president.

     "It's a four-year commitment to an organization that I greatly admire," said Holbrow, who has taught at Colgate for 33 years.

       The more than 10,500 members of the American Association of Physics Teachers work together to support the advancement of the physics education profession and the quality and effectiveness of physics education in the United States and throughout the world. The membership includes teachers of physics in high schools, in two-year colleges, in four-year colleges and universities.

       "This is an honor both for me and for Colgate" said Holbrow. "I think my election is due to the strong reputation of Colgate's physics and astronomy programs. All the members of our department have made major contributions to building that reputation."

       Holbrow is also an active innovative teacher outside of physics. He is collaborating with colleague and diplomatic historian Andrew Rotter to teach a course on the history of the making of the atomic bomb, and he is working with mathematician Thomas Tucker to teach a course on the mathematics and mechanics of the 18th century French mathematician Joseph Louis Lagrange. To place Lagrange's math and physics in the broader context of the Enlightenment, the course has enlisted three historians of science from distant universities to initiate and lead discussions on the course's electronic bulletin board.

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