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Commencement '96

Andy Rooney '42, renowned writer and 60 Minutes personality, will be the featured speaker at Colgate's 175th commencement on May 19. A frequent visitor to the campus, Rooney was awarded an honorary degree in 1986.

"This is one speech no one is apt to forget," said Yung Pak, senior class president. "Andy Rooney is one of Colgate's most famous alumni. The Class of '96 is very happy to have him as our commencement speaker."

The author of 10 books and producer of award-winning television essays, Rooney is in his 18th season on 60 Minutes. He has won the Writers Guild Award for best script of the year six times, more than any other writer in the history of television.

Drafted for Army service in his senior year at Colgate, Rooney was a correspondent for The Stars and Stripes in the European theater. After World War II he wrote for several CBS Radio shows and for movies at MGM. Between 1962 and 1968 he collaborated with the late Harry Reasoner on CBS News essays (bridges, hotels, women, chairs and war were among their notable subjects).

Colgate's commencement speaker is recommended by a committee of three faculty members and members of the Board of Trustees in conjunction with the senior class officers. A postcard poll of a number of seniors last summer indicated Rooney's popularity, Pak said.

The 1996 baccalaureate address will be delivered by educator and author Donald W. Shriver Jr., former professor of applied Christianity at Union Theological Seminary.

Senior Day speaker will be university trustee Gloria Borger '74. As assistant managing editor of U.S. News & World Report, Borger covers political issues. She is a regular panelist on public television's Washington Week in Review and CBS's Face the Nation.

Andy Rooney '42

Gloria Borger '74
The Table of Babel

Colgate students are keeping up their foreign language skills outside the classroom at the weekly "Table of Babel" lunch in Frank Dining Hall.

German professor Dierk Hoffmann, as an intern at the University of Texas, was responsible for a German lunch table for students and faculty. He has continued the tradition at Colgate with the help of a student intern from Germany. Hoffmann believes strongly in the benefits of "getting as much exposure as possible to foreign language, not just in the classroom but also in a relaxed conversational setting."

Professor Dierk Hoffmann unterhält sich mit einigen Studenten während des wöchentlichen Mittagessens as "Table of Babble."

For several years the Monday lunches were solely for German speakers, but last fall Hoffmann enlisted the help of the German, French and Italian interns to organize an international Table of Babel (pronounced incorrectly to rhyme with table) where speakers at all levels of all foreign language study can come together to converse and share the culture of their native or chosen tongue.

Hoffmann emphasizes the importance of Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum (FLAC) in encouraging students to study, speak and be exposed to foreign languages and cultures. FLAC offers students a foreign language speaking and writing component in history, art and music as well as in the language departments.

This year's student intern from Italy, Lorenza Savini, French intern Aurelie Bordet and German intern Katja Wittwer agree that the Table of Babel is "an opportunity for all language students, not just separate departments." For the 25-30 people who gather every Monday in Frank, the Table of Babel lunches are "a really fun way of practicing a foreign language."

New in Development

Colleen Sullivan Bartlett, director of special gifts at Dartmouth College, has been named director of development at Colgate, filling the post vacated by Robert Tyburski '74 when he assumed the vice presidency for alumni affairs, communications and development.

Bartlett joined the Dartmouth development staff in 1990 as associate director of major gifts and moved into the special gifts position in 1993. She had earlier been with Tucker Anthony as an investment manager.

A 1979 Dartmouth graduate, Bartlett captained the varsity field hockey team and lettered in basketball as a student.

At Colgate she will assume responsibility for many of the key development program areas that are part of Campaign Colgate, the college's $130 million fundraising effort.

Nearly 40 debators from Yale, Dartmouth, NYU and several other schools took part in Colgate's Harry C. Behler Debate Society mid-February tournament.

Chowing down for charity

A sign bearing the words "Slices Come Plain Only" may not sound like a coveted prize but due to its prominent place above the New York Pizzeria counter, senior Larry McCrudden found it the perfect trophy for the winner of Theta Chi's pizza eating contest for charity.

With a plethora of pies donated by the Pizzeria and support from area businesses and individuals, McCrudden and Martin Herbst '95 organized the first annual contest last spring to benefit the Madison County Children's Camp. They raised $1800, allowing 12 needy children to attend the camp.

This year McCrudden teamed up with sophomore Matt Catanzaro to organize the second annual contest on February 21 following the Colgate-Army basketball game.

The only rules for contestants in the pig out? "They have to eat whole slices including the crust," McCrudden said.

Ouch! Not! The wounds were faux but the lessons real during an eight-day wilderness first-responder course sponsored by Outdoor Education in January.

Hamilton meets Hollywood

For Allison Russell and Robert Doherty, Hamilton, New York seemed a long way from Hollywood, but alumni connections changed all that for the two seniors with entertainment career aspirations.

The visit last fall of Lydia Woodward '73, co-executive producer of the hit TV series ER, did more than offer helpful advice to Russell, the general manager of CUTV, and Doherty, a creative writer. When Woodward learned about Career Services' efforts to pair students with alumni for a couple weeks between semesters, she invited interested students to submit résumés. As a result, Russell's TV production experience and Doherty's writing background landed them spots on the set of the top-rated show.

"We observed everything from meetings of writers, producers and directors to sound editing and watching them film on the set," said Russell. "We had free run of everything. It was an unbelievable experience."

Doherty concurred: "Looking at actual scripts was a great way to learn about television screenwrit-ing."

Although they got to visit other studios, watch a taping of the hit sitcom Friends and appear as extras in the February 8 episode of ER, both agreed that their favorite part of the internship was sitting in with Woodward (who also writes for the show) and others at writers' meetings. "They have no idea what's going to happen next," exclaimed Russell.

Dana Scholars

Based on 1995 grades and activities, 60 members of the classes of 1996, 1997 and 1998 have been named Dana Scholars. The award, established by philanthropist Charles A. Dana in 1965, recognizes superior academic achievement as well as demonstrated leadership in the college community.

Michael Cappeto, dean of the college, has announced this year's Dana Scholars, noting that the academic award is perhaps the most significant after Phi Beta Kappa.

Selected seniors: Zed David Adams, Michele Alexandre, Kristen Babinski, Jennifer Brady, Courtenay Brooks, Moira Cannon, Stephen D'Amico, Suzanne Daly, Sanjoy Ghosh, Julie Glick, Sarah Harpster, Jamiel Hussain, Carrie Johnson, Sumedh Kanetkar, Lori Krim, Jeffrey Lessard, Lauren Mayer, Catherine Olson, Jun Pak, Jenny Perlman, Susan Pratt, George Stuckey, Kalee Thompson, Allison Van Lare and Scott Worden.

Juniors: Kara Cissell, Tania Connaughton, Louis Dilorenzo, Mary Dispenza, Michelle Garretson, Kelly Gendreau, Subhadeep Gupta, Ashley Kayser, David Kirby, Heather Lindamood, Rachel Lutwick, Jonathan Lyon, Andrea Maldonado, Mridul Mehta, Karyn Mitchell, Kerry Reynolds, Darcy Rollins, Stephanie Rosenbloom, Liza Schibuk and Jennifer Zale.

Sophomores: Meredith Butler, Jana Dimitrova, Rebecca Evans, Adonal Foyle, Mark Hayes, Munira Khalil, Meredith Matty, Cheryl Meltz, Emily Park, Kelly Polinsky, Caroline Reid, Catherine Rottkamp, Mayank Singh, Cem Varon and Laurent Wiesel.

Gretel Ehrlich
`A regular cowboy'

"In nature there are no rewards or punishments -- only consequences," writes Gretel Ehrlich in her widely acclaimed first work, The Solace of Open Spaces, a collection of narrative essays on the vast and beautiful but often unforgiving Wyoming wilderness she has grown to love. On January 23 Erhlich read from her work to a packed audience of Colgate students, faculty and fans who drove from Hobart College and other areas to hear the author's descriptive prose.

As part of the Humanities Colloquium series, Ehrlich's Colgate visit only one day prior to her departure for Greenland was a treat for readers and budding writers. English professor Leila Philip brought the young author to campus to share her work and insights. Philip, herself an author, introduced Ehrlich, saying her writing "is about questions," the kinds of questions one encounters in situations of solitude or in enduring the physical and mental challenges of nature and the great "open spaces" of her title.

Ehrlich admitted that she did not begin to write seriously until she arrived in Wyoming 17 years ago, which was "like being dropped on another planet." She began to put her myriad experiences with the sometimes harsh elements and beautiful landscapes on paper, and devoted her most recent book, A Match to the Heart, to the experience of being struck by lightning.

Although much of her work is based on her Wyoming experiences, Ehrlich has traveled and written about places from the Arctic to Asia, earning honors such as Writing Foundation and Hubben-heim Awards along the way. Despite these literary lauds, one of her proudest achievements, Ehrlich intimated, was graduating from sheep-herding to becoming "a regular cowboy, which is really a big honor!"


As a native of France and frequenter of European dance clubs and raves, Phil Aba '97 felt that Colgate lacked a dance space as a social option. After organizing and DJ-ing dance events in the Hall of Presidents and at private parties, Aba and Lauren Groff '97 approached Dean of the College Michael Cappeto with their lofty ideas for a Colgate dance club.

Cappeto, who was working with architects to redesign the Bryan complex dining hall, said he "knew immediately that Phil and Lauren reflected the interests of a range of students."

With support from President Grabois, Cappeto asked the architects to create not only a dining hall/multi-purpose space but to make it a state-of-the-art dance club for the new Colgate Dance Movement (CDM) started by Aba and Groff. Thus the Edge Café, which serves meals to 200 students each day and transforms into a modern dance club weekend nights as well as a space for concerts, speakers and socializing any time.

Once construction of the Edge Café was under way, Student Activities helped Aba and Groff organize events. In addition to planning, promoting and executing dance parties with themes ranging from techno, reggae and Mega Mix nights to a huge '80s Bonanza, CDM is responsible for training interested students to use the high-tech lighting, sound system, fog machine and other equipment.

"We started from nothing and a lot of people said [a dance club at Colgate] wouldn't work," Aba said. "But Dean Cappeto, President Grabois and Student Activities have been behind us 100 percent. It's a great opportunity for students as a social option, and for those who get involved on the technical side, to learn things they can use later in life. People go to The Edge because it has an atmosphere that can't be beat anywhere except at a real dance club. That makes it a great marketing point for the school."

Cappeto emphasized that Aba and Groff are to be thanked not only for bringing their ideas for CDM and The Edge to life, but for making them "successful beyond our wildest expectations."