The Colgate Scene
January 2004

A behind-the-scenes tour

[Photo by Jim Burger]

When Professor Tim Byrnes suggested to the students in his first-year seminar, Politics and World Religions, that they join an upcoming trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Allie Frumin '07 spoke up. Would they also be interested in going to the Capitol and meeting her dad? He just happened to be Alan Frumin '68, who has been the United States Senate parliamentarian for 27 years.

Frumin (far left) treated the group to a two-hour, behind-the-scenes tour of one of the most historically significant buildings in the nation. In addition to describing his own role as advisor to the Senate on points of procedure to honor precedent, Frumin provided myriad anecdotes and little-known facts about the rooms, furniture, artwork, congressional procedure, and significant figures past and present as the group walked through the Capitol building.

"I saw some of the artwork that I had recently learned about in my American art class," said Bernadette Sarlo '07. "As a potential art history and political science double major, I was able to see how I might possibly combine my two passions."

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