The Colgate Scene
May 1999
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The Sojourners Gospel Choir filled the Chapel with song and praise during the annual spring concert. The Sojourners were joined by the University of Buffalo Choir in the rousing show.
Program enhancements for 1999-2000 academic year
In March, the Board of Trustees approved a $91 million operating budget for 1999-2000 that includes a number of program enhancements made possible by strong income growth in endowment support and gifts from alumni, friends and private foundations.

     Among the highlights of next year's operating budget are new initiatives in financial aid to attract top students; a three-year program to increase the number of small classes and expand offerings in fields where demand is high by adding new faculty positions; a new study group in Scotland and additional "extended study" travel components for several courses; further investment in information technology services; growth in funding for athletic programs; and new efforts to maintain alumni connections with a dedicated alumni website.

     Combined student charges for 1999-00 will rise 3.2 percent, the lowest percentage increase in the past 26 years, to total $31,080. Financial Vice President and Treasurer Elizabeth Eismeier said that the college is limiting the increase to the average growth rate of family income nationally over the last two years. "We understand that families are concerned about the rising cost of college tuition. Our goal is to contain the increase while relying on greater support from sources other than tuition and fees to permit enhancements in the quality we can deliver to students."

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Sculptor David Hayes supervises the installation of one of his 25 pieces that cropped up on campus as part of his Picker Gallery exhibition, which will run through mid-June.
Six students receive fellowships, scholarships
Associate Director of Career Services Judy Fischer reports it's been "a banner year" for fellowships and scholarships. Six students have received prestigious honors, including the Rhodes Scholarship awarded to senior Antonio Delgado, reported in the January Scene.

     A Fulbright Grant was awarded to senior Kjersti Nichols, who will teach English in eastern Germany next year. Senior Tanner Johnson received a Watson Fellowship to study national identity and the performing arts in Russia.

     Michael Neidig, a senior, is the recipient of Colgate's first Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship, which allows students who have excelled in engineering, mathematics or science to attend a year of graduate school at Churchill College of Cambridge University (see People on the go).

     Juniors Marlene Boothe and Kristina Carroll were awarded the competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, which provide $7,500 towards tuition and are given to math and science concentrators.


Former hockey great and one-time world's-highest-paid-athlete Derek Sanderson kicked off Alcohol Awareness Week with the chilling tale of his own substance abuse problems. Sanderson's appearance was sponsored by Delta Kappa Epsilon, the Dean of the College, the athletic department, Silver Puck and BACCHUS. [IMAGE]


Academic Honor Code
First proposed two years ago, an Academic Honor Code was adopted by the college in April.

     After months of discussion and development among students, faculty members and the administration, the code was put forth in a student referendum and passed with more than 78 percent of eligible students voting in favor. Prior to the referendum, students were required to attend information sessions to learn about the honor code in order to be eligible to vote.

     Following passage by the student body, the code was approved overwhelmingly by a vote of the faculty.

     The code reads as follows: "At Colgate University, we believe honesty and integrity are fundamental in a community dedicated to learning, personal development, and a search for understanding. We revere these values and hold them essential in promoting personal responsibility, moral and intellectual leadership, and pride in ourselves and our University.

     As Colgate students we will represent ourselves truthfully, claim only work that is our own, and engage honestly in all academic assignments.

     Since articulated standards and expectations can influence attitudes, and because each of us shares the responsibility for maintaining academic integrity, we are committed to upholding the Academic Honor Code."

     Furthermore, the accompanying Academic Honor Pledge reads:

     "As a member of the Colgate community, I pledge to live by and to support the letter and spirit of Colgate's Academic Honor Code."

     The honor code will be implemented for the fall of 2000.

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The scholarship recognition dinner brought together student recipients and donors. The featured speakers were, from left, John Fallon '77 (who, with his wife Susie, funds the Mr. And Mrs. Thomas W. Hickey Scholarship in honor of his in-laws), President Neil Grabois and senior Antonio Delgado, who spoke about the attention Colgate gives students.
Balakian appointed Guggenheim Fellow
Professor of English Peter Balakian is one of 179 artists, scholars and scientists to receive a 1999 Guggenheim Fellowship. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. This year, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation selected its fellows from nearly 2800 applicants, for awards totaling $6,062,000. Decisions are based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors and are approved by the foundation's board of trustees, which includes three new members who are themselves past Guggenheim Fellows: Joyce Carol Oates, Wendy Wasserstein and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.


Colgate among Yahoo!'s 100 Most Wired Colleges
Colgate ranked number 12 on Yahoo! Internet Life magazine's 100 Most Wired Colleges list, released in the May issue. In addition, an article sidebar highlighted Colgate as third out of the Top Five Liberal Arts Schools in the country to be "Ahead of the curve" in the area of computers and technology.

     Now in its third year and becoming ever-more competitive, Yahoo!'s ranking of wired institutions is compiled from surveys submitted by participating colleges and universities. "We again sought the research expertise of Peterson's, the leader in educational services and publishing," the article reported. "They surveyed the schools with our questions; we ranked them."

     The survey ranked schools according to categories in the areas of Hardware, such as "Wired Dorm Rooms"; Academics, including "Online Registration"; Free Services like "Alumni Access"; and miscellaneous factors such as the option for prospective students to apply electronically.

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Professors of political science Robert Kraynak, at the podium, and Joe Wagner packed Love Auditorium for a debate on a wide range of topics, from conservative and liberal points of view. What set the evening apart, aside from the erudition, was CUTV's live broadcast of the event. Antonio Delgado '99, host of CUTV's RACEing Time, was the moderator.


The Muslim Student Association Dinner featured Dr. Qamar-ul Huda '90, assistant professor of Islamic studies in the Boston College theology department, who spoke on "The Sacred Qur'an in Islamic Spirituality." The evening also featured traditional foods and authentic dress. [IMAGE]


Campus rallies for Page
Beta Theta Pi hosted a blood drive and fundraising campaign in March to help the search for a match for alumna Page Bertelsen '98, who has chronic myelogenous leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. The fraternity became interested in organizing the drive when they learned of Bertelsen's illness through her boyfriend Austin Zeiderman '98, a Beta member. The campus community answered the call, and more than 450 students were tested as potential donors.

     The fundraising campaign raised more than $25,000 toward testing, which is very expensive, about $55.00 per person, said senior Jason Gichner of Beta Theta Pi. A pasta dinner in the Commons raised approximately $6,100 -- at times there was an hour's wait and at least 500 meals were served, reported Gichner. The students also collected donations on campus, and the drive received $1,500 from the Bone Marrow Foundation of Minneapolis.


Frequent flier miles to the rescue
Geography major Jeff Rurka '99 recently found himself in a dilemma. His joint research with Professor Ellen Kraly on healthcare usage by U.S. immigrants was accepted for the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, but he couldn't afford the plane ticket to the conference, which was taking place in Hawaii.

     Rurka happened to mention his problem while at his job in the admission office. On a lark, Gloria "Mrs. V." Vanderneut, the admission receptionist, sent Jeff downstairs to inquire of Liz Edsall, the university's grants officer, if there were any programs available that could help him. Edsall learned that Chase Carey '76, a Colgate Trustee and chairman and CEO of the FOX Television Group, had more frequent flier miles than he could use, and Carey transferred his plane tickets to Rurka.

     Rurka and Kraly presented their findings at the five-day conference. Now he is focused on his plans to attend University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's School of Public Health next year.



Wonderfully nasty Annie the Ringmaster (senior Annie Attina) wants to damn everything, especially the circus, in the delightful See You at the Circus. The cast and students of the two-semester course known as the Children's Theater Workshop took their show on the road, including a stop at Hamilton Central School.



BACCHUS 98.6 campaign recognized
At the BACCHUS-GAMMA Spring Regional Conference at SUNY-Oswego in early April, Colgate's student chapter won the Area 11 award for Outstanding Program, for its Alcohol Awareness Week "social norms" programming campaign, 98.6. BACCHUS is an international organization that focuses on awareness of alcohol abuse and other health issues on college campuses, and Area 11 includes colleges from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

     Under the leadership of president John Sutton '99 and faculty advisor Jane Jones of the counseling and psychological services office, the BACCHUS group set out to educate students about misconceptions of campus drinking trends. Contrary to some common assumptions, in a recent survey of Colgate students, 98.6 percent reported that they do not drink on a daily basis. The number, 98.6, could have several connotations, and thus made an ideally intriguing theme for the campaign.

     Early in the week, posters bearing only the number 98.6, displayed prominently around campus, sent rumors flying.

     "As intended, many students associated the number with body temperature," wrote Tim Bramfeld '99 in the group's award application summary, "while some more creative folks believed it was a promotion for a new campus radio station." On Wednesday night BACCHUS members chalked "98.6" and the phrases "It's not your temperature" and "It's not a new radio station" on campus sidewalks, piquing greater curiosity. On Thursday each student received a flyer that doubled as a raffle ticket. Students entering the raffle on Friday would receive 12-oz. plastic cups bearing the 98.6 logo that could be used to keep track of the number of drinks that they might have in an evening. The Friday Coop raffle table was swamped with students entering the raffle and curious about what BACCHUS and the campaign, made possible through a gift from Michael A. Jones '81, were about.

     "We got tremendous responses from the students," said Jones. "More than 400 cups were picked up by students, so we know they were connecting with the material." Jones explained that the purpose of "social norming is to literally throw in a question mark that makes people look at their assumptions" and helps them to make choices in their best interests. "The 98.6 campaign gave a very upfront message that challenges the assumption that students drink more often than they actually do."


Six attend APS anniversary
In late March, the Department of Physics and Astronomy made it possible for six Colgate students to attend the 100th anniversary celebration of The American Physical Society in Atlanta, Georgia. "It was the largest meeting of physicists in the history of the APS," said Charlie Holbrow, Charles A. Dana professor of physics, "and was accompanied by a stellar array of Nobel laureates giving talks in their areas." The conference also featured an exhibition of research technology as well as exhibits of current and recent research of the various divisions of the APS. Among the Colgate contingent were Chris Barrett '00, Tim Glotch '99, Lauren Heilig '01, John McVeigh '01, Yvonne Okoh '99 and Henry Sztul '01.

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