The Colgate Scene
January 2008

Family Weekend 2007

Families attend the Muslim Student Association's Eid-ul-Fitr dinner commemorating the end of Ramadan with a sumptuous South Asian feast.
[Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]

Campus was brimming over with hundreds of guests who flocked to informational sessions, concerts, exhibitions, athletic events, and numerous other events on Family Weekend.

Parents and others were treated to a South Asian dinner at the Hall of Presidents sponsored by the Muslim Student Association, which hosted the event to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Swinging 'Gates, Resolutions, Dischords, and Colgate Thirteeen performed for receptive audiences, and guests visited a contemporary art exhibition at the Picker Art Gallery and a unique collection of art by Alex Katz, Richard Serra, and Chuck Close at James B. Colgate Hall.

Hardy football fans braved the rain as they watched the Raiders beat Towson, 27-17 in Saturday's game.

President Rebecca Chopp and Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson delivered a "state of the college" address, and various academic departments held informational meetings.

Other more informal sessions were held with faculty members throughout the weekend.

13 Realities of the First Colgate Year

Parents of first-year students listened intently as Beverly Low, dean of first-year students, imparted the following truths that combine good humor and practical advice to provide a parent’s-eye view:

  • 13. Your child is probably going to make a decision with which you disagree. It is probably not the first time and definitely not the last.
  • 12. Your student may express frustration after the first calculus or philosophy exam because the professor did not tell the class exactly what would be on it. Colgate faculty do not "teach to the test."
  • 11. Not every roommate situation is perfect, but most are manageable and ALL are memorable.
  • 10. Some Colgate students party more than others. Some do not party at all. Most students find a healthy balance and develop a meaningful social life.
  • 9. Your child has become nocturnal.
  • 8. Friendships and relationships from high school may begin to take a back seat to those newly developed at Colgate.
  • 7. "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times."
  • 6. Your straight-A student may actually receive a few Bs and maybe a C on a paper.
  • 5. "What you don't know won't hurt you." Grade reports are sent to the student.
  • 4. Try not to be upset if your student is really excited to get back to campus for the spring term.
  • 3. Happy New Year! Many students return in January with a renewed interest in study skills and academic performance.
  • 2. Cabin fever and other winter maladies.
  • 1. The young person you sent off to Colgate in August should be a different and more independent individual when he/she returns home in May. If not, you should ask for a refund.
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