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Barron's Ranks Colgate Among 'Most Competitive'

Barron's Profiles of American Colleges, one of the most popular guides used by college-bound students in making their college decisions, has ranked Colgate among the 'most competitive' colleges in the country.

Barron's annually provides statistics and descriptions of 1,650 of the nation's colleges and universities. The guide includes a College Admission Selector that assesses the competitiveness of a college's admission process based on criteria such as class rank, grade point average, scores on standardized admission tests, and the percentage of applicants offered admission.

The admission selector sorts colleges in six categories from 'noncompetitive' to 'most competitive.' Until this year Colgate had been included in the 'highly competitive' category. The reassignment to the 'most competitive' ranking places Colgate among the top 50 most competitive colleges in the country, according to the editors of the college guide.

The new ranking is based on statistics for the class that entered Colgate in the fall of 1995 when applications totaled just over 6,000 prospective students, approximately 40% of whom were offered admission. For the class that will enter the college in August 1996, applications exceeded 6,800, of whom approximately 36% were offered admission.

The Women's Studies Center in East Hall was especially busy last semester when kids from the Waterville Head Start program visited for a get acquainted session -- and cake. The children and Colgate students will continue to meet as part of Working Together, one aspect of the Center's outreach program for pre-school, elementary and high school students.

Costello knows semi-colons

There's a new guru of grammar and commandant of commas at the Scene. Rebecca A. Costello has taken up the pen as writer/editor in the Office of Communications. Chosen from among 250 applicants, Costello will compile the class notes section as well as write, copy edit and help plan bimonthly issues.

The 1991 Hamilton College graduate has worked in the Office of Publications at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and most recently 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.

"We are happy to have Rebecca serving the Scene and communications and look forward to working with her to advance Colgate," said James Leach, director of communications.

Academic awards

George Cobb Fellows for 1995-96 were honored at the annual Awards Convocation. Representing the Class of 1997 are Philippe Aba, Amy Allocco, Dwight Benn, David Debusschere, Louis DiLorenzo Jr. (president), David Harwood Jr., Stuart Hicks, Anne Milmoe and Kavita Sharma. Class of 1998 Cobb Fellows are Abigail Henrich, Errol Lewis Jr., Carla Maine, Meredith Matty, Emily Park, Caroline Reid, Rachel Reiss and Seth Schaeffer. And Class of 1999 Fellows are Tabber Benedict, Matthew DeMonte and May Ling Lai.

Also honored at this year's convocation were six recipients of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Award -- Michele Alexandre, Jacqueline Colon, Jennifer Cooper, Jamiel Hussain, Carrie Tsui and Joseph Ugarte.

Nagina performed several times this spring, dancing in both the classical and modern style. The group includes (front row, from left) Miesha Tate '99 and Malvika Malhotra '97 and (back row, from left) Victoria Rivera '99, choreographer Kavita Sharma '97 and Tara Gupta '96.

Keeping busy

The Hill is alive with the sound of back hoes, dump trucks and jack hammers as summer construction projects race toward completion.

Alumni Road is being realigned to allow for a sidewalk along the Persson Hall side, which requires detouring traffic through campus on a temporary road.

Lawrence Hall is slated for two summers of work. This year the Humanities Resource Center is being created on the garden level along with offices, lounge, classroom and 45-seat auditorium. The second and third floors will be the focus of next summer's work.

Renovations are also underway in East Hall (toilet and shower areas), Frank Dining Hall (cosmetic changes to the dining area and improvements to the service section) and 209 Lathrop, which is being transformed into a hi-tech teaching facility.

While 209 is being outfitted with hookups for CD-ROM, laser and computer graphics, masonry repair is taking place at Andrews Hall, the Hascall Hall foundation is being waterproofed and there's a new roof going on the Ryan Art Studio.

Athletic facilities are undergoing everything from waterproofing at the Dunlap Stands and slate repairs at the Sanford Field House to the creation of a hockey lounge and renovations of the training room and basketball locker room in Reid Center. New lockers have also been constructed at Seven Oaks and renovations to the clubhouse will begin in November.

The 1996 Senior Class gift has provided for the renovation of the Career Resource Library area in Spear House, allowing for increased reference space and the creation of an improved atmosphere.

Summer is sizzling in all corners of campus.

John Carter, director of Chapel House, took his fellow Rotarians on a tour of the facility and then hosted the service group to lunch. Chapel House is open year round for retreats and the study of world religions.

A winner

When Dean of the College Mike Cappeto was asked to fund the first Senior Class Award he readily agreed to find the money for a silver bowl that would become emblematic of someone on campus to whom the Class of 1996 felt indebted. He never thought he was the leading candidate for the tribute.

Jung Pak, class president, made the announcement at the Senior Day luncheon. Upon accepting the award, Cappeto immediately made his class gift and thus became a member of a winning effort. The '96ers set a record for participation with 81 percent and raised $43,000 to renovate the Career Services library area.

Summer on the lake

Two swans, three ducks, 45 Canada geese -- that's the summer population of Taylor Lake. Adam and Eve, not unlike the Chapel, are campus landmarks and the unnamed ducks have been around almost as long, but the geese are newcomers.

Three years ago a pair set up light housekeeping on Taylor Lake where they raised their flotilla of goslings. Last summer concerns focused on a gosling born with a deformed wing. Before the snow, B&G workers captured the flightless but otherwise healthy young goose that was then transported to a new home at Rogers Environmental Education Center.

This season's flock seems hale though messy. If you plan a campus visit any time soon, a word of caution: Watch your step on the Willow Path.