The Colgate Scene
March 2006

In the news
Colgate and its people have been spotlighted this year in regional, national, and international media. Here is just a sampling.

Frank Frey, assistant professor of biology, whose research on red maple leaves made headlines last fall
[Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]
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  • The discovery of two ancient campsites in Cyprus by Albert Ammerman (senior research associate, classics) and three other archaeologists was covered by Reuters, the New York Times, Oregonian, Cyprus Mail, MSNBC, and numerous other outlets worldwide. The sites could be the earliest evidence of seafaring in the East Mediterranean.
  • Peter Balakian (English), author of The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response, was consulted for a Scripps Howard News Service article debunking myths about World War II.
  • A study by evolutionary ecologist and plant biologist Frank Frey (biology) and undergraduate assistant Maggie Eldridge '05, which Frey said may have implications for cancer research, made headlines this fall, from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Toronto Star to KCBD-TV in Lubbock, Texas, ABC, and more. The researchers discovered that red maple leaves, when dropped in the fall, release chemicals that may prevent nearby saplings or other vegetation from taking root.
  • sculptures of DeWitt Godfrey (art and art history) have been featured in international exhibitions for more than two decades, and have received resounding critical acclaim. Recently, Godfrey's work has appeared in several regional museums, generating buzz on both the regional and national art circuits, including the Buffalo News, Globe and Mail(Toronto), Boston Globe, and ARTnews.
  • Research by Ron Hoham (biology) on snow microbes -- the tiny life forms often found in upstate New York snow during the spring thaw -- was featured in four segments of National Public Radio's Pulse of the Planet and a story on National Geographic Channel Canada's website.
  • In a Cosmopolitan piece about how a woman's makeup and hairstyle can influence how others view her, Carrie Keating (psychology) commented on how two typical "looks" are perceived.
  • A Washington Post story highlighted the discovery of a previously unseen community of bacteria and clams on the Antarctic Ocean floor by a team of researchers including Amy Leventer (geology). It also ran in other publications nationwide, including the Philadelphia Inquirer and Seattle Times.
  • Meika Loe (sociology and anthropology/women's studies) discussed the implications of the Viagra phenomenon in an article in New Zealand's Rangitikei Mail
  • A study of lawyers conducted by Cheryl Long (economics) and a Rice University colleague, published in the Journal of Law and Economics, was featured in a story.
  • Beth Parks (physics and astronomy), who teaches a course called Energy and the Home, was consulted for two articles (1, 2) on home heating and energy efficiency for the Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.). The stories also ran in outlets such as the Chicago Tribune and Greenwich (Conn.) Times, and the website of Los Angeles-based television station KTLA.
  • Omid Safi (philosophy and religion) commented on Islamic tradition and the breadth of an antiterror edict in an article that was distributed nationally via the Associated Press's religion wire.

Residential education

  • An Associated Press story, "Colleges try to contend with hovering parents," discussed the residential education plan's emphasis on self-governance and the university's approach to dealing with overinvolved parents. The story -- which quoted President Rebecca S. Chopp, Dean of the College Adam Weinberg, Dean of Students Jim Terhune, and Director of Counseling and Psychological Services Mark Thompson -- ran in numerous outlets across the country, including USA Today, MSNBC, CNN, and the Boston Globe, Gainesville Sun (Fla.), Contra Costa Times (Calif.), and Chicago Tribune, among others. "Colgate is making educating students a higher priority than customer service," the piece reads. "The liberal arts college . . . has concluded that helicopter parenting has gotten out of hand, undermining the out-of-the-classroom lessons on problem-solving, seeking help and compromise that should be part of a college education."
  • In a Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Letting go," Thompson explained Colgate's policy: "We are not looking to cut parents out, but a vital part of living in a residence hall is to learn about interpersonal relationships in and out of the classroom."
  • Weinberg authored "An alternative to the campus as Club Med," an in-depth essay for the Chronicle of Higher Education's Review section. He outlined Colgate's residential philosophies and initiatives, and placed the university's leadership position in the context of trends at other liberal arts colleges.
  • The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World article "Grounding `helicopter parents'" reported that "Colgate used to send students' parents a list of administrators' phone numbers. Not anymore. This year, parents received a statement about Colgate's philosophy of self-reliance."
  • "Uneasy relations" in the Baltimore Sun mentioned Colgate's policy of letting roommates attempt to work out grievances with each other before having a staff member intervene.

Students pal around in Curtis Hall. In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article about parental involvement, counseling center director Mark Thompson commented that "a vital part of living in a residence hall is to learn about interpersonal relationships."
[Photo by Jimmy Maritz '05]


  • Colgate's policy of waiving the application fee for students filing online was mentioned in a trend article in the Wall Street Journal.
  • The university's career-oriented winter and summer break programs were spotlighted in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette piece exploring employment options for liberal arts college graduates.
  • Stephen A. Lake, a 55-year-old casino worker from Las Vegas who is attempting to travel to 500 colleges, spoke with the Chronicle of Higher Education about his belief that Colgate's campus is the most beautiful he's visited.
  • Proud dad Peter King wrote of Colgate's beautiful campus in a piece. He went on to describe his Family Weekend experiences visiting his daughter Mary Beth '08.
  • A full-page Entrepreneur magazine article featured Chili Willy's Underground, the Mexican eatery in Hamilton founded by seniors Matt Brown, Preston Burnes, and Chris Nordsiek after they won the Colgate business plan competition.
  • A New York Times story discussed the student volunteers — who number more than a dozen — with the Hamilton fire department.
  • NPR's Here and Now interviewed dean Adam Weinberg about Facebook, an online directory that allows students to discover each other through mutual friendships and interests.

Picker Art Gallery

  • With a strong and growing collection of more than 10,000 objects, the Picker Art Gallery plays a significant role in Colgate's teaching mission and the reputation of its arts programs. The gallery has experienced a revitalization of sorts after the hiring of director Elizabeth E. (Lizzie) Barker, a former assistant curator with the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the subsequent reinstallation of a permanent collection; and the rediscovery of a trove of rare drawings done by displaced Nyoongar Aboriginal children of the Carrolup settlement in Australia. The story of the drawings was told in articles here and abroad, from the New York Times, The Australian, The West Australian, Albany Great Southern Weekender (Australia), Juxtapoz magazine, and The Bulletin (Australia).
    Jenkins is associate director of media relations at Colgate.
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