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Governor Pataki will address graduates
New York State Governor George Pataki will deliver the commencement address when the Class of 1998 - the largest class in the college's 179-year history - graduates May 17.
"We're happy and honored that the governor is taking time out of his busy schedule to come speak to us at our commencement," said senior class President Carmella Alvaro.
Elected governor in 1994, Pataki is the state's first Republican-Conservative chief executive. In his campaign address he committed himself to the principle: "Much good can come from the people's determination to see that the government remains their servant and not their master."
Pataki is the fourth governor to address Colgate commencements in the past 13 years. New York State Governor Mario Cuomo gave the 1985 address; former governor Hugh Carey spoke in 1986; and New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman addressed the 1997 ceremony.
As high school seniors, the Class of 1998 accepted Colgate's offers of admission in record numbers that far exceeded predicted rates. Where recent graduating classes have numbered about 700, the Class of 1998 is 840 strong.
|African American History Month features scholar
Noted author and Harvard professor William Julius Wilson delivered the inaugural W.E.B. and Shirley Du Bois Lecture, a feature of the February observance of African American History Month. Olin Hall's Love Auditorium was filled to overflowing for Wilson's talk, titled "Bridging the Racial Divide."
Named by Time magazine as one of the country's 25 most influential people in June 1996, Wilson is the author of eight books, including The Truly Disadvantaged. He lectures widely and is often a source for media coverage of race issues.
"As the turn of the century approaches," he said, "the movement for racial equality needs a new political strategy. That strategy must appeal to America's broad multi-ethnic population, while addressing the many problems that afflict disadvantaged minorities and redressing the legacy of historic racism in America."
Wilson foresees "a multi-ethnic reform coalition united by economic distress caused by forces outside their control." And he advocates restating affirmative action in favor of "affirmative opportunity - emphasizing equal opportunity and not concepts such such as quotas or reverse discrimination."
|Poet Hayden Carruth gave an often whimsical, always powerful reading as part of the Poetry Series. Carruth, who lives in nearby Munnsville, has published 34 books, is former poetry editor for Harper's and is retired from Syracuse University's graduate creative writing program.||
|Faculty reacts to ATO
At their January meeting opening the spring semester, members of the faculty registered their reaction to a November 1 incident at the Alpha Tau Omega house by passing the following resolution. Introduced by the Faculty Affairs Committee and approved by a margin of 56 to 4 with 3 abstentions, the resolution reads:
"The Colgate Faculty views the abuse of a new member education event and the use of a social occasion by the ATO fraternity on November 1, 1997, for collective lewd behavior as disgusting and shameful. It derogates women; it diminishes men. It casts disgrace on Colgate University, and is not to be tolerated in an educational environment.
"The Faculty resolves to increase its efforts to educate the student community regarding the devastating impact of such behavior. We urge the Dean of the Faculty and the Dean of the College to work with faculty and students to organize educational programs addressing these issues."
After a November investigation revealed hazing and violations of the university's code of student conduct, ATO was suspended and its house closed through July 1, 1999, though supervised fraternal activities may resume outside the house in January 1999.
|Author Kurt Vonnegut filled the Hall of Presidents for his February talk, "How to get a job like mine." The rambling discourse included his comentary on the state of the short story, observations about the impact of technology, a suggestion that students write and then teaar up a siw- to eight-line poem (rewarding themselves with their own creativity) and a blackboard graphing of popular story plots. His own stories, he said, are about "ordinary people ["saints," he called them] who behaved decently in an indecent society." He concluded by asking the audience to share the names of teachers who made a difference in their lives. Vonnegut had visited classes in the afternoon, and stayed on after his talk to meet with students.|
|A good internship
Dr. Matthew Golombek of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) lectured to a capacity crowd in Love Auditorium early this semester. The topic of Golombek's science colloquium talk was the Mars Pathfinder mission. Video of the July 4th landing day, 3-D images and Golombek's enthusiasm and comedy were highlights of the presentation.
The Colgate visit was of special interest to Chapin Brackett '98, who was mentored by Golombek last summer. Accepted by the Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program, Brackett was assigned to work with Golombek at JPL in Pasadena, CA. Although the majority of his time was dedicated to analyzing the structural features of Viking images, Brackett feels the high point of the internship was being a member of the Pathfinder team. During the week of the 4th, he was placed with David Dubov, the Web Master for the Pathfinder Mission. From July 4 to July 7, Brackett took advantage of his unrestricted access badge to mission control, where he observed, learned and celebrated. Between moments of tension and excitement, he also wrote most of the captions (Sol 1 to Sol 4) that appear with the images on the Pathfinder web site (http://www.mpf.jpl.nasa.gov).
Says Brackett, "My intern experience was both fun and educational. I learned an immense amount about Martian geology and the community of planetary geologists. I continued my summer's work this fall in Geology 440, a senior seminar. I employed nine Viking images to analyze the stress history of the Elysium Rise. Although the Colgate lab is not as exciting as JPL, I enjoyed the research and produced a quality paper. A pretty good summer!"
|Joey Bartolomeo '95, assistant to the editor-in-chief of Conde Nast Sports for Women, spoke about publishing and finding a job as paart of the Brown Bag Lunch series at the Center for Women's Studies.|
|Seniors mount exhibition
In 1993, the Longyear Museum of Anthropology received an outstanding gift of Mesoamerican art from the collection of David and Barbara Hunter, who lived in Mexico for several years during the late 1950s. Hunter worked for UNICEF, and as the couple traveled throughout the country and in the villages, they would "scuff" through newly plowed fields, turning up small figurines and shards. To these, the Hunters added pieces they bought from villagers and dealers. During their residence in Mexico and on subsequent visits, the Hunters amassed a collection representing the majority of ancient Mexican cultures, including Olmec, Maya, Aztec and Zapotec.
The collection will be shown publicly for the first time when
the exhibition "Pieces of the Past: Mesoamerican Art from the David and Barbara Hunter Collection" opens with a reception in the Long-year Museum on March 31. Under the guidance of assistant professor Carol Ann Lorenz, curator of exhibitions, the exhibition is being co-curated by Jessica Deckard '98, with research and curatorial assistance from fellow seniors Ben Vining, Kristina Saddlemire and Ella Esente. Two of the students have extensive experience with the Hunter collection. As a Longyear Museum assistant, Vining helped to catalogue the collection in 1994, while Deckard researched the collection during the summer of 1997 with a grant from the Division of University Studies. All of the students are pleased to be able to share what they have learned with the Colgate community.
|President Neil Grabois kicked off the university's third Real World with an address to the seniors who had come back a few days before the beginning of the spring semester. In addition to the president, alumni offered career advice and tips for living a non-campus existance to the Class of '98. Also on the stage were Director of Student Activities Marnie Terhune and Carmella Alvaro, senior class president.|
Sixty members of the classes of 1998, 1999 and 2000 have been named 1997 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. This year's scholars were selected based on 1997 grades and activities.
Selection as a Dana Scholar is a significant honor, "perhaps the most significant after Phi Beta Kappa," according to Dean of the College Michael Cappeto, who made the announcement in early February.
Class of 1998: James A. Barlow, Erica Bramley, Meredith L. Butler, Jana D. Dimitrova, Timothy W. Hawkins, Mark H. Hayes, Ethan M. Hecht, Karly D. Henney, Abigail A. Henrich, Alisa R. Herrin, Theresa M. Keeley, Munira H. Khalil, Andrew M. King, Emily A. Loeb, Cheryl E. Meltz, Daniel J. Patenaude, Christina M. Pavlak, Catherine Rottcamp, Erin Schlag, Matthew S. Shaw, Jordan P. Taylor, Cem Varon, Gretchen E. Ward, Laurent S. Wiesel and Noah M. Wintroub.
Class of 1999: Aarti Angara, Ashli J. Baker, Tabber B. Benedict, Rikiya S. Brown, Heather M. Brown, Adam D. Burgoon, Kieran J. Campion, Douglas J. Cowie, Antonio R. Delgado, Matthew T. DeMonte, Matthew S. Godleski, Nathan Lane, Marianne E. Miller, David E. Mills, Scott A. Milten-berger, Andrew W. Rome, Meagan A. Smith, Michael B. Tilley, Michael D. Wyner and Boryana V. Zamanova.
Class of 2000: Marlene L. Boothe, Kristina L. Carroll, Jennifer A. Greer, Bradford D. Heath, Lara N. Hueth, Jonathan R. Lee, Taylor B. Lies, Kimberly A. Lynch, Robb J. Marchione, Rachel A. Owens, Joshua S. Rivkin, Gabriel T. Schwartz, Devon M. Skerritt, Ronald M. Varnum and Katherine A. Wiley.
Konosioni revived a tradition and raised $3,379 for charity. The senior
honor society held a charity auction to benefit Madison Family Outreach.
Auctions had been a fundraising fixture in the '80s and under the direction
of Konosioni President Meredith Matty the bidding was brought back to life.
|The college's trustees and major donors toasted the success of Campaign Colgate during a January 13 black-tie dinner at The Pierre in New York. HOlding a check for the campaign total $157,968,113 are President Neil Grabois (center), Vice President Bob Tyburski '74 (far left) and teh campaign's three successive chairs (left to right): Van Smith '50, JOhn Golden '66 and Brian Little '64.|
|Block C, Will Travel
Carleton Clay, teacher of trumpet and longtime member of the university
orchestra, told an interesting tale while introducing Five Case Studies,
music by President Emeritus Everett Case, during a Sunday afternoon Chapel
"Colgate-Tulane, 1937. I listened to the game on the radio."
Clay has worn his Colgate hat around the world and whether in Norway or France it always gets a mention. The South Carolina lecture on how to return to big-time football was a first, though. For the record, Colgate lost the game 7-6 and had its first losing season, 3-5, in 15 years.