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1996-97 charges

A 4.5 percent increase in student charges for the next academic year was announced in March after approval by the Board of Trustees.

The comprehensive charge of $27,610 includes tuition ($21,525, an increase of 5% or $1,025), room ($2,865) and board ($3,070), both up 3%, and student activity fee ($150).

Referring to the development of the university's 1996-97 budget of $95.5 million, financial vice president Elizabeth Eismeier said: "Our objective has been to provide the highest possible value for students who choose a Colgate education." To achieve that goal she said Colgate must "recruit and retain the best teacher-scholars . . . provide state-of-the-art access to information . . . invest in new programs for off-campus study and undergraduate research . . . sustain the quality and integrity of classroom instruction . . . encourage undergraduates to think about their future with new initiatives in career planning and student activities."

US News & World Report, in its fall 1995 assessment of national colleges and universities, cited Colgate among the country's six most efficient liberal arts colleges. The magazine also ranked Colgate 25th among "best buys" for students who pay full tuition, and 7th for students receiving financial aid. And for the past 8 years USN&WR has included Colgate among the nation's top 25 liberal arts colleges.


    Mark Lawrence '88 (left) gave an alumni recital during a luncheon musicale, one of a series of weekly concerts sponsored by the music department. The tenor performed works by Beethoven, Donaudy, Hovhaness and Tchaikovsky.

    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (right) brought an evening of jazz to the chapel in March. Fleck, with bluegrass roots, has wielded his banjo through funk, blues and jazz with arresting results. The Flecktones warmed a lingering winter's night.

Happy Birthday

Everett Needham Case, Colgate's ninth president, quietly celebrated his 95th birthday with his daughter Josephine, son-in-law Robert Mason and brother-in-law Richard Young at his home in Van Hornesville, N.Y. on April 9. The Case Library staff and many others remembered him with flowers, and several poems, expressions of admiration and congratulations marked the occasion. Sons John and James and their families journeyed to Van Hornesville the following weekend to join the celebration (third son Sam lives in California).


President Grabois introduces Robert Rothstein (right), the Harvey Picker Professor of international relations, at the dedication of the Picker Classroom in Case Library. Seated center with the new classroom's benefactor, Harvey Picker '36, are his daughter Bobbi and her husband.

Moscow study group

As a result of the sweeping political, economic and social reforms that have occurred throughout the former Soviet Union since its dissolution in 1991, Colgate has restructured its long-standing study program in Russia. This fall 16 students will participate in the newly revised Moscow study group, which focuses less on language and more on the complex processes at work in Russian society in the post-Soviet world.

At least half of the participants will enter this fall's program with a year or less of Russian. They will travel first to Vladimir in early August for an intensive four-week language course. With that preliminary boost, they will officially begin the program in September, taking a required language course and choosing from among a broadened selection of courses, including literature, political science and history. Supervised internships are another exciting feature of the new program. Students will have the choice of working in Russian businesses, non-government organizations or social service agencies.

Political science professor Martha Olcott will direct the program, stemming off her vast knowledge of political changes in the successor states of the former Soviet Union and her sabbatical experience this year as senior associate for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. She will be joined by Leonid and Leslie Chekin, visiting assistant professors, both of whom have taught at Colgate in the past.

Citing "excellent opportunities for adventurous young Americans," Gerry Nordberg '57 and his wife Linda are helping to fund the Moscow study group for the next three years. The Nordbergs have become quite familiar with changes and opportunities in this part of the world, and Gerry Nordberg is a shareholder in the largest cellular telephone system in Moscow.

Family Outreach

Tamara Henry Kurtz '79, executive director of Madison Family Outreach, has been working with Colgate volunteers who provide mentoring, childcare and assistance with community awareness programs. The focus of much of their activity was Child Abuse Prevention month (April).

Among the students taking part in this spring's programs were Jenny Perlman of Volunteer Colgate, Mike Donlin of Sidekicks, and Meaghan McElroy.

In addition to her Colgate AB degree, Kurtz, who grew up in Oneida, earned an MA in counseling at Colgate in 1981 and was involved in the Big Brother/Big Sister program while on campus.

Clothesline Project

If you walked through the Coop on March 18 you would have seen a colorful display of T-shirts, part of the national Clothesline Project that serves as a visual representation of the sexual violence that occurs in our society. The project provides shirts for victims or friends of victims of sexual violence to decorate as an expression of the pain and repressed emotion that accompany their experiences.

The project was introduced at Colgate by Mary Leal '94 who had been working at the YWCA of the Mohawk Valley. She now volunteers with the Y and takes projects such as Clothesline to area colleges. She reported that some 15,000 shirts have been created nationally.

Colgate's Sexual Crisis Resource Center provides a strong support system for survivors of sexual violence. Each year SCRC dedicates a week to community awareness.


    Mary Leal '94 hangs some of the heart-rending T-shirts that make up Colgate's Clothesline Project: Bearing Witness to Violence.

Spring Party Weekend

Hip hop music, live bands, free food, carnival rides -- at Colgate? It is the end of April which in Hamilton is synonymous with the start of spring and party time. Beginning under the stars with a big screen showing of the film Pulp Fiction, the weekend included an all-campus barbecue on Whitnall Field, several bands and fireworks.

Rides, games and food vendors, a tie-dye station, face painting and a sumo wrestling competition were among the many non-alcohol-related activities that carried out the carnival theme. Whatever the weather, students were more than ready to don spring clothes and sunglasses.

`A family thing'

You know it's a small world when four students claim the same street address in the same small Connecticut town. Sport Hill Parkway, a street of no more than 15 houses in Easton, is home to four Colgate students, one from each class. So how did Colgate attract this incredible foursome? Well, it seems Kelly Connolly '96 spoke so highly of her experiences at Colgate that family friend Josh Perles '97 inquired about the school and decided to attend. Chris Connolly '98, Kelly's sibling, liked what he saw on frequent campus visits to see his sister and made it his top choice. Finally, Zac Perles '99 joined his brother here last fall.


We aren't sure if the Seven Oaks golf carts are equipped with snow tires, but some optimistic soul had the fleet ready when a spring storm delayed tee times once again.

Race and Class

An April 2 symposium titled "Considering Race and Class in American Society" focused on race, education and structural economic change in late 20th century America.

Mediated by English professor Phillip Richards, who coordinates Colgate's African American studies program, the day-long meeting included contributions from professors Jack Dovidio (psychology), Lourdes Rojas (Africana and Latin American studies), Roy Bryce-Laporte (sociology) and Jane Pinchin, provost and dean of the faculty.

Gary Orfield, professor of education and social policy at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, presented a paper on the patterns of segregation in American education, and William Darity Jr., professor of economics at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, discussed the impact of structural economic change on the African American population.

Two Watsons

Seniors Michele Alexandre and Hannah Newhall are among 60 U.S. college students who have won Watson Fellowships for a year of independent study and travel abroad. Since 1969, 47 Colgate students have been named Watson Fellows. Their study has ranged from archaeoastronomy in Peru to theater and film in Europe, from alternative energy policies in France and Kenya to guitarmakers in Spain.

This year's Watsons will undertake independent 12-month overseas wanderjahr to explore topics of their own devising.

As a second generation Haitian whose home is in Brooklyn, Michele has struggled to define her relationship with Haiti and its people. She will travel to France, Canada, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo and Guadeloupe to study the socialization of second generation Haitian emigres. The term "Haitian Diaspora" refers to Haitians currently living outside their native land. Michele's first language is Haitian Creole; she speaks French fluently and will pursue her study of Spanish this summer as she embarks on her research year.

Hannah's six weeks of teaching English to Burmese Karen refugees in Thailand last summer resulted in more questions than answers. She longed to understand the complexities behind the different Karen people and research their cultural identity. Traveling to Thailand and Burma after graduation, she will live with Thai Karen, city-dwelling Karen and the Burmese hill tribe Karen, as well as Burmese Karen refugees, while teaching and working in the fields and medical clinics.


Robert Christgau of the Village Voice, a pioneer in serious rock criticism, spoke to a full house in the Ho Lecture Room in late March. Christgau had a simple definition for the music he treats with erudition and wit: "If I like it, it's rock." The critic's appearance was in conjunction with English professor Michael Coyle's GNED course, Music, Markets, and the Construction of Youth Culture.


Joe Berlinger '83 and his daughter Sarah listen to a query during the question-andanswer session that followed a screening of Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. Berlinger showed his latest documentary as part of the Alternative Cinema Series. The film, shot in Arkansas and populated by haunting people, will be shown on HBO in June.

A good save

A Good Friday fire in the 200 section of Parker Apartments destroyed one living unit, but quick action by people at the scene and Hamilton's volunteer fire fighters prevented a conflagration.

Chemistry professor Ernie Nolen, Debbie Bordelon from accounts receivable, and Jim Andrews '69 were attending a dinner in the Commons when the fire alarm sounded and they saw flames blow out the front windows of an apartment along College Street. While they grabbed fire extinguishers and started battling the blaze, Wayne Sherwood, husband of Cindy, an annual support secretary, called the fire department. At about the same time students in nearby apartments smelled smoke and raced to the scene with their extinguishers. In all 31 were used.

Once the fire department arrived, fire fighters knocked down the flames and conducted a search of the second floor. Five women lived in the apartment but all were out to dinner at the time.

"Another few minutes and the sheetrock wouldn't have held and the fire would have gotten up into the open wooden truss area and spread both ways," said assistant director of fire safety John Basher who credits the quick call for help and the training of Hamilton's fire department.

The fire apparently started in a couch. It is the first campus blaze since the late '80s when fire destroyed a room in Cobb House. There have also been two fires on the Row in the last 10 years.

One veteran standing outside the gutted apartment as fire fighters began the clean-up said, "This was a good save."

Careers collaboration

The career centers at Colgate and Hamilton College co-sponsored a Nonprofit Career Fair at Colgate on April 10 to provide students from both campuses an opportunity to learn more about careers with nonprofit organizations.

In this first-ever program collaboration between the two centers, the fair featured a keynote address by Martin Caravano, a former Hamilton president currently with the New York State Nature Conservancy.

Participating organizations included the Children's Defense Fund, Amnesty International, Americorps,  Laubach Literacy International, United Way, CARE, Planned Parenthood, Catalyst for Women, Nature Conservancy and the Sagamore Institute. A total of 130 students from the two colleges attended.


University Theater's Spring Festival consisted of short versions of eight Shakespeare plays. Top: Seniors Jeffrey Mathews and Hillary Rogers were riveting in The Tragedy of Richard III. Above: Sarah Jaycox '98 and Craig

Sweeney '96 staged a powerful Macbeth. More than 100 students participated in the creation of the popular productions, including members of theater director Jacques Levy's advanced directing seminar.

Children's Theater

The Good, The Bad, and The Backwards, created by students in the two-semester Children's Theater Workshop, was presented on campus and at area elementary schools this spring. Part of the university's theater program, the workshop is directed by Katherine Liepe-Levinson.

Workshop participants read and analyzed familiar children's plays, adventure stories and fairy tales, and collectively decided on a storyline about a country town named Gatesville. They developed their performance piece through improvisation and dramatic techniques.

The workshop touring group, which aims to introduce young audiences to the delights of the theater experience, also performed their play at the Children's Museum in Utica and a New York City school.

A boost for WRCU

WRCU-FM has received a $50,000 grant from the estate of Mortimer J. Harrison. The funds will be used for leadership development, the purchase of new equipment, and to underwrite the tie-in for PBS programming.

Former university trustee Richard Kessler '52 helped facilitate the gift, which was earmarked for support of the media and communications. This summer WRCU will begin leadership workshops and training programs. The station will also add computers and update the music library.

The Harrison estate was interested in Colgate's proposal because of the impact of WRCU's broadcasting on the central New York area.


Concern about the accumulation of throwaway styrofoam and paper cups led Chad Jemison '99 to initiate a program to cut waste by distributing reusable plastic mugs for students to use at all campus eateries and local businesses.

CUPPS (Can't Use Paper, Plastics or Styrofoam) originated at UVM in 1989 and has spread to campuses across the country. Starting with the Class of 2000, the Colgate program will provide cups to entering students and make them available to other students for a nominal fee. Users of the cups will receive beverage discounts on campus and at downtown businesses.

Everyone wins with CUPPS: the user saves money on each beverage purchased; businesses save on their purchase of paper cups; the university saves thousands of dollars on disposable cups; and the environment is protected from litter and waste.

McPhee reading

The chapel was nearly full for the April 11 reading by John and Yolanda McPhee of his Rising from the Plain, a book McPhee described as a combination of biography, diary and collection of geological information

English professor Leila Philip introduced the readers, explaining that McPhee's style does not preach, rather it tells a story. Philip described her former professor at Princeton and the impact he had on her writing. She said, "McPhee takes the stuff of the world, the facts, and reshapes them into narratives."

    Author John McPhee, his wife Yolanda (left) and former student Leila Philip, assistant professor of English.

The Otani connection

Visitors from Japan's Otani University came to Colgate in March to forge an agreement establishing a summer program in American studies as a follow-up to a 1994 summer program coordinated by philosophy and religion professor John Ross Carter.

Thirty-four Otani students will come to Colgate this summer (July 22 - August 16) to work with 18 Colgate professors and two Hamilton College faculty representing three disciplines. Professor Carter is again coordinating the program, which is expected to continue every year.

Retirement community

The university is investigating the possibility of establishing a retirement community for faculty and alumni in Hamilton. The first step will be a survey of older alumni and retired faculty to determine interest in such a community.

The proposed community would provide independent living apartments as well as assisted living arrangements. The survey would also provide demographic data (marital status, age, annual income) and projected costs for the sale/rental of units in the project.

Gary Ross '77, assistant to the president, may be contacted to express interest or for more information.

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