The Colgate Scene
January 2006

Around the college

Participants in the Picker Art Gallery's Art for Kids program work on a Saturday morning project seated beneath artwork on display. Workshops are open to area schoolchildren, and are led by gallery student interns and assisted by the Picker's education coordinator. [Photo by Jimmy Maritz '05]

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New York State Supreme Court Judge William F. O'Brien III has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of Phi Delta Theta alumni that challenged the sale of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house to the university.

In the summer of 2005, the fraternity's alumni board sold the house to Colgate, a decision that was supported by a majority vote of Phi Delta Theta alumni.

Charles Sanford '58, John Willard '65, Norman Platt '64, Peter Hanson '55, and approximately 70 other alumni members of Phi Delta Theta filed the lawsuit that sought to reverse the sale of the house.

Phi Delta Theta undergraduates are currently living in the Phi Delta Theta house and functioning as members of the Broad Street Community, which includes 10 Greek-letter organizations, seven theme houses, and 13 townhouses.

The Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity chose not to transfer ownership of its house to Colgate and is instead pursuing legal action against the university. A group of Beta Theta Pi alumni is pursuing a lawsuit nearly identical to the one dismissed by O'Brien.

National Arts Club (NAC) presented Colgate with its Medal of Honor at the organization's 107th anniversary celebration in New York City on Nov. 14. At the black tie event, John Golden '66, chairman of the Board of Trustees; Rebecca Chopp, president; and Peter Balakian, Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the humanities, spoke and accepted the award on behalf of the university.

"It is very important for college students today to study the classics, math, and science, but it just as vital for them to experience the arts," said Arnold Davis, a member of the NAC and chairman of the organization's anniversary event. "At a time when many institutions are focusing less on arts, Colgate clearly has a commitment to supporting and stimulating them on campus and in the community."

Past NAC Medal of Honor recipients include Carnegie Corporation President Vartan Gregorian, award-winning writer Maya Angelou, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Cheryl Long, assistant professor of economics, has been named a Hoover Institution postdoctoral W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow for the 2005-2006 academic year. Her research topic is "Stock Market, Corporate Governance, and Labor Market for Managerial Talents in China."

Recognized as one of the preeminent fellowships in the United States, the program, now completing its 33rd year, provides scholars an opportunity to spend one year at the Hoover Institution conducting independent research on current or historical public policy issues.


Popular singer/songwriter Chris Pureka plays to a full house in November as part of the Barge Canal Coffee Co. weekly performance series. Students perform in one of the many cultural dance groups during Colgate's annual World Expo event at the Palace Theater in October.

Jame Makawa, co-founder of the The Africa Channel, spoke to students in December at the women's studies center. [Photo by Aubrey Graham '06]

John Crespi, Henry R. Luce Assistant Professor of Chinese language and culture, was named a 2005-2006 Fulbright Scholar.

The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. professors and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Crespi is based at Peking University in Beijing, China, from September 2005 to June 2006. His research is titled "Catching Poetry in the Act: Culture and Recitation in Today's China."

That beautiful crimson hue of maple trees enjoyed by leaf-peepers each fall could actually disguise a killer, a Colgate research team has found.

Studies conducted by biology professor Frank Frey and former student Maggie Eldridge '05 were featured in a science column on the ABC News website.

Frey and Eldridge believe they have evidence that red-colored leaves contain substances harmful to other plants. After carrying out a series of experiments with lettuce seeds and several different-colored types of foliage, the two discovered that only the seeds treated with a mixture of ground-up red maple leaves did not grow.

"When scarlet-tinted autumn leaves are dropped in the fall, it appears that anthocyanins leach from the leaves into the soil and protect seedlings and saplings from interspecific competition the following spring," said Frey. "This seems a viable possibility, since the molecular structure of anthocyanin is nearly identical to catechin, a well-described toxin that causes root cells to self-destruct."

This development, said Frey, could one day have implications for humans. "Recent work also suggests that anthocyanins may inhibit the growth of some vertebrate cancer cells."


John W. Glendening '38 christens the Catherine Long Glendening, the women's crew team's new Vespoli V1 eight-person shell, at the Glendening Boathouse on Lake Moraine in October. The boathouse, dedicated in April 2004, was given in memory of Catherine Long Glendening by John, her husband and Colgate trustee emeritus, and sons John W. Glendening III, Robert L. Glendening '71, and Bruce B. Glendening '77. [Photo by Aubrey Graham '06]

In November, the film and media studies program hosted a symposium that included what organizers believe to be one of the first public screenings in the United States of two rare films, Soviet Toys and In Springtime, by movie pioneers David (also known as Dziga Vertov), Moishe, and Boris Kaufman.

The symposium addressed the Kaufman brothers' work and experience and was sponsored by Colgate's Art Mix 05-06; the film and media, Russian, and Jewish studies programs; and the art and art history, and sociology and anthropology departments. The New York State Council on the Arts also provided funding.

There are a few figures in history who are so recognizable that it is difficult to think of them outside the pantheon of great men and women, or to imagine a time when their names did not grace the pages of countless books on our library shelves. Albert Einstein is such a figure.

More than any other, his name has come to be synonymous with genius. And the image of the elderly Einstein is the one that most readily comes to mind when we think of a scientist: the gray, drooping mustache; the tuft of slightly disheveled hair; the weathered, distant eyes that seem to suggest sleepless nights in which accepted notions of the universe were confronted, questioned, and turned upside down.

While pretty much everyone is well acquainted with Einstein's reputation as a brilliant physicist and with the magnitude of his contributions, far fewer share the same intimacy with Einstein's theories themselves.

In October, Colgate hosted a symposium on Einstein's scientific legacy that celebrated the centennial of his "Miraculous Year." In 1905, at the age of 27, Einstein published five theories that established him as a major figure in the scientific world.

"They revolutionized the way we understand science," said Enrique Galvez, professor of physics and astronomy, who helped to organize the symposium. "The motivation was to raise awareness about what Einstein did and how relevant it is to our daily lives."

The symposium was sponsored by the New York State section of the American Physical Society, and included 10 lectures on Einstein's scientific legacy by Einstein scholars and professors from around the country.

To Mehul Malik, a senior physics major, the implications of Einstein's work are not confined to the world of science. Malik's senior project on quantum computing has much to do with Einstein's theory of quantum mechanics, for which Einstein laid the groundwork in a 1905 paper and developed years later.

"Many of us are not aware of it, but the impact on our lives of quantum mechanics is huge," said Malik. He added that quantum computing is likely to impact cryptography -- the writing and deciphering of codes -- and could one day affect world politics as nations attempt to break foreign codes and obtain confidential information.

"Even some of the more theoretical aspects of what Einstein did have practical applications," said Galvez.

The conference was an opportunity for those interested in Einstein's work to be part of a celebration that truly spans the entire world.

"Almost every physics society is hosting some event," said Galvez.

Students, professors, industrial physicists, and Einstein enthusiasts from across the nation and from around the world attended the symposium.

"I hope people will appreciate how long-lasting Einstein's legacy is," said Galvez. "There are still things today that rest on his general principles." — Gregory Beyer '06


Susie Taffe '06 views the Sylvia de Swaan Sub-version photography exhibition in the Clifford Gallery. Sub-version, a series of photographs begun in the aftermath of 9/11 that looks at how politics and world events increasingly enter people's daily lives, was featured by the gallery in the fall. The photos combine documentary and staged photos to juxtapose the reality of life outside the artist's window with the scenes of horror found at the same time on television screens. De Swaan visited Colgate in November for a gallery talk and reception.

The Clifford next hosts work by Department of Art and Art History faculty including Luke Buffenmyer, DeWitt Godfrey, John Knecht, Lynn Schwarzer, Lynette Stephenson, Allyn Stewart, Linn Underhill, and Marion Wilson. The media, on display in February, will range from drawing and painting to video, photography, and sculpture. [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]


Junior Ryan Colameo spent six grueling weeks last summer learning what it takes to be a leader.

He attended Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Va., with hundreds of other young men and women hoping to earn the opportunity to become an officer with the U.S. Marines.

When the 12-mile midnight hikes were over, the in-your-face verbal barrages by platoon sergeants had quieted, and the sleep-deprived blur of drills, classes, and chores had finally found focus, it was the Colgate junior who stood above the rest.

Colameo graduated number one, surpassing 296 others in his battalion and earning him the coveted Commandant's Trophy.

"Ryan's strong background in academics and athletics provided a solid foundation for his success at OCS, but his leadership potential is what set him apart from his peers," said Capt. David Doucette, a recruitment officer.

Physical training and academic components each count for 25 percent of a candidate's final grade, while the leadership evaluation counts for 50 percent.

Being in good physical condition and making the most of his free time at the hot and humid Quantico camp helped Colameo.

"When the lights went out at night, instead of talking with people for 30 minutes I would study my notes for as long as I could and then go right to sleep. I always had notes in my pocket, and I would keep studying, trying to remember everything," said Colameo.

The school tries to simulate combat on some level and see how candidates react to situations when they are not at their best physically.

"It was a great experience, and I'm looking forward to going back next summer," Colameo said.

Colameo plans to return to Colgate to complete his degree in mathematics, accept his commission as a second lieutenant in the Marines, and move on to what is called The Basic School at Quantico for six months. After The Basic School, Colameo is slotted to go to flight school in Pensacola, Fla., where he will train to become a Marine aviator.

Several other Colgate students attend Officer Candidates School, including senior Kyle Stuart, junior Thomas Leonard, junior Ryan Harbison, sophomore Scott Nicholson, senior Parker Laite, and senior Reid Diamond. Dave Peters '05 and Ramsey Brame '04 are graduates of the OCS program.

Colameo believes his Colgate mathematics degree and flight school experience will be a good combination.

"I grew up in northern New Jersey; I watched the twin towers burn and it hit me pretty hard. I wanted to do something about that, and I've always wanted to do something with the military. It appeals to me, that way of life," said Colameo.


The Jewish Student Union collaborated with Frank Dining Hall during Israel Week to provide the student body with a taste of Middle Eastern food. [Photo by Aubrey Graham '06]

Democracy Matters sponsored a November lecture and panel discussion on "Legislative Process and the Influence of Money in Politics" featuring state Senator David Valesky, state Assemblyman Bill Magee, and Hamilton Mayor Sue McVaugh.

"The lecture was meant to serve as a link for students on campus to realize how close they can come to the politicians whose decisions affect our daily lives here at Colgate, as well as learn more from the professionals about what exactly politics at different levels entails," said junior Deanna McKay, Democracy Matters campus co-coordinator. "We also reached out to the local newspapers in an effort to provide the townspeople of Hamilton an opportunity to talk to their elected officials, as well as interact with the students here on campus."

According to McKay, the event served two purposes: to have politicians explain what they do and how they got to the positions they hold, and to discuss issues surrounding campaign finance reform and its pertinence at different levels of politics.

"The fact that the politicians were willing to speak to and answer questions from both the students and local citizens who attended shows that they are accessible and respond to their constituents," said senior Whitney Meredith, Democracy Matters campus co-coordinator. "This is important to the mission of our chapter of Democracy Matters because we try to fight the idea that normal citizens cannot actually influence politics. The panelists affirmed that they do, in fact, listen to citizens that actively try to get their voices heard."

Approximately 40 students and Hamilton community members attended the discussion. Democracy Matters, founded by Adonal Foyle '98, is a nonprofit, bi-partisan organization that aims to give college students a voice in the movement for campaign finance reform and encourages civic engagement.

Case Library received two grants in recent months. A $200,000 grant was awarded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations in Jacksonville, Fla. The George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, Ma., also provided a grant of $150,000. The funds will be used for the continuing renovation of the library.

Rebecca Costello, former acting managing editor of The Colgate Scene, has been promoted to managing editor of the publication.

Costello joined Colgate as a writer/editor in the communications office in May 1996 and was promoted to associate editor of university publications in March 2002.

A 1991 Hamilton College graduate, Costello has worked in the Office of Publications at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and was the internal communications coordinator for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. She was the editor of the college's alumni magazine and wrote and edited a variety of publications.


Student musicians performed a variety of music in the Chapel at a Luncheon Musicale sponsored by the music department. Students in Colgate's British comedy seminar course perform Tom Stoppard's Arcadia in the Ho Lecture Room in Lawrence Hall in November.


Leading scholars gathered at Colgate in November to discuss Middle East events from the past 10 years and share their insights with students.

The panel discussion, moderated by Daniel Monk, director of the university's peace and conflict studies program, was coordinated with a campuswide celebration of Israel Week.

Other events included a Middle Eastern food festival, screening of an award-winning docudrama, and a special Shabbat service and dinner. The panel discussion was held on the 10th anniversary of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination (according to the Hebrew calendar).

Monk led the panelists through a discussion of Rabin's legacy and the leading role he played in the creation of the 1993 Oslo Accords, the peace initiative that earned Rabin a share of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize but which also polarized Israeli society.

Dan Rabinowitz, of Tel-Aviv University, said the accords were the "first step toward peace" between Israelis and Palestinians. He said, however, that the accords were too ambiguous regarding a Palestinian state, and the end result was the militarization of the occupied territories.

Other panelists spoke about a sense of fatigue that has enveloped both Israelis and Palestinians battered by violence. They questioned where the resolve for a final peaceful resolution would come from.

When asked about prospects for peace today, Yuval Neria, of Columbia University, said there were some hopeful signs, but he wasn't certain that Israel had enough of an incentive to move the process ahead, and that extremists on both sides of the issue were proving difficult to contain.

Monk talked about the implications of the elections within the Israeli Labor Party that had taken place the previous week, in which Shimon Peres was ousted as party leader by Amir Peretz.

"These internal processes in Israel will create a significant change in the direction of negotiations," said Monk.

The other panelists were Ian Lustick, of the University of Pennsylvania; Noor Amin-Khan, of Colgate; and Khawla Abu-Baker, of Emek Yizre'el College.

Monk thanked the Department of History and the Colgate Jewish Union for co-sponsoring the panel discussion.

Junior Allie Weinreb, who serves as co-president with junior Ben Suarato of the Colgate Jewish Union, said his group started talking with Monk last year about commemorating Rabin's assassination.

But the student group also wanted to show the campus community that Israel is about more than the violence that most often appears in newspaper headlines.

The group invited Nonie Darwish, an Arab raised in Egypt and the Gaza Strip who founded ArabsforIsrael.com,

to speak about the importance of building peace and mutual respect between Israel and the Arab world.

"We wanted to bring in someone who was not Jewish because we recognize the importance of seeing multiple points of views today," said Weinreb.

The weeklong events also were sponsored by the ALANA Cultural Center, Sophomore-Year Experience, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hasbara Fellowships, and StandWithUs.

Members of the Colgate community, family, and friends assembled on the fifth anniversary of the November 2000 automobile accident on Oak Drive that took the life of Colgate student Katherine Almeter and three others.

Almeter's father, Robert Almeter, joined a small gathering of Colgate staff and friends to remember the victims. The morning ceremony, organized by campus chaplains, was held outside in the memorial garden near West Hall.

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