The Colgate Scene
May 2001
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The sparkling grape juice flowed at the annual Konosioni auction in the Hall of Presidents, dressed up for the "Reach for the Stars" theme. The event, with master of ceremonies Sam Solovey '98, raised $6,240 for Madison Family Outreach.
Rather at Commencement
Dan Rather, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, host of the news magazine 48 Hours and a correspondent for 60 Minutes II, will deliver the commencement address at the May 20 ceremony.

     During his 35 years with CBS News, Rather has held many prestigious positions, ranging from co-editor of 60 Minutes to anchor of CBS Reports and anchor of the weekend and weeknight editions of the CBS Evening News. He has served as CBS News bureau chief in London and Saigon and was the White House correspondent during the Johnson and Nixon administrations. Rather has received virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, and speaks out frequently on journalistic ethics.

     "I'm very happy that [Rather] has agreed to come," senior class co-president Ashley Pontius told the Maroon-News. "He has obviously devoted his life to educating the public, and has endured difficult and dangerous circumstances to do so effectively and with integrity."


Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who was wrongly accused of a triple murder and spent nearly 20 years in prison, delivered a stirring message of hope. "Dare to dream," Carter told his Chapel audience. [IMAGE]

The Space Exploration Society, with a goal to heighten intellectual excitement, held its first discussion with a panel of faculty representing history, psychology, political science, geology, art history, sociology and anthropology and moderated by Johny Chaklader '03.
Budget and tuition
At its March 14 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved several key initiatives and a modest increase in tuition costs as part of a $101.3 million operating budget for 2001-2002.

     Total student charges (the sum of tuition, room, board and an activity fee) for 2001-2002 will increase to $33,480, or 4.4 percent. According to Elizabeth Eismeier, financial vice president and treasurer, support for operations provided by Colgate's endowment will increase by 14 percent, based on strong investment performance. "In addition, we are continuing to benefit from the charitable support of alumni, parents and friends of the college and have outlined plans to increase those resources to reduce further our dependence on tuition," she said.

     The 2001-2002 budget provides $21 million for need-based financial support for eligible students, while supporting new and existing programs. Examples of new initiatives included in the budget plan are four new faculty positions in the fall of 2001 in the departments of classics, economics, mathematics and music; the campus-village shuttle service; an 80 percent increase in the Student Activities budget to expand extracurricular choices and recreational programs for campus residents; and elevation of the women's varsity ice hockey program into the ECAC Division I league.


[IMAGE] Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky gave a charming reading, one of a series of weekly poetry events that concluded with Professor of English Peter Balakian reading from his new book, June Tree.

JavALANA, a coffee house and gathering spot, opened in the Cultural Center to rave reviews.
Shuttle service
Students can leave their driving to a free-of-charge shuttle. Underwritten by university funds, the bus service, which began in March, was created to provide a safe and reliable system connecting the campus with the village of Hamilton.

     Two white 21-passenger vans, one equipped with a wheelchair lift, roll along a route with stops at several campus locations -- O'Connor Campus Center, Frank Dining Hall and the athletic complexes -- and downtown destinations including Ames Plaza and the Barge Canal Coffee Company.

     "There are several goals for the shuttle service," said Mark Spiro, vice president for administrative services. "We hope it will stimulate the Hamilton economy by helping students gain easy access to the goods and services offered by downtown merchants, reduce campus traffic and parking congestion and provide an alternative to driving for our students and community residents."

     The shuttle operates seven days a week, coinciding with times of heavy traffic on the hill. The buses have been contracted through Birnie Bus Service, Inc. of Rome, New York.


DU at CU
New York's first student chapter of Ducks Unlimited has been organized by seniors Jason Kirchner and Matt Andrus, with help from classmates Peter Browning and Bart Larmouth. DU is an international nonprofit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to the creation, enhancement and protection of wetlands.

     Gary Will, DU senior regional director, says, "I was impressed with the genuine interest these students have in the environment and their eagerness to volunteer time and energy."

     A gun and hunting safety course was held at Delta Upsilon this winter and the fraternity hosted a Ducks Unlimited display and silent auction. The event raised more than $2,500.


Aaron D. Miller, deputy special Middle East coordinator for Arab-Israeli negotiations at the State Department, delivered the keynote address, "The Pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian Peace: A Retrospective," to open "The Lessons of Oslo," a three-day Middle East forum at Colgate. Participants included ten internationally known scholars, among them Harvey Picker Professor of International Relations Robert Rothstein, who hosted the event. [IMAGE]


Best-kept secrets
College houses are, according to the office of residential life, "Colgate's best kept secret," yet the number of applications for living in one of ten college houses during the next year was significant and the selection process was competitive.

     Traditionally, the college houses have attracted students who want to escape from the residence halls on the hill but wish to stay in university housing. This option allows them to live in a cooperative environment and participate actively in the theme projects of each individual house.

     Open for next year will be Asia Interest House, Ralph Bunche Peace and International House, Creative Arts House, Ecology House, French/Italian House, Class of 1934 House, La Casa Pan-Latina Americana, 104 Broad Street and 118 Broad Street.

     The top choice of many applicants was the newly renovated Bunche House. With its 16 single rooms, a nice kitchen and the student-run Cecilie's café in the basement, the Peace Studies House serves well as the home of students who share an interest in international cultures and global peace. Sophia Georgieva '03, a current resident, will live there next year as well. "I guess I just like the people. Also, the kitchen is really neat and clean," says Georgieva. -- Elena Kirtcheva '03


Theater on the menu
We are Dramatic. This is Important. You Must Listen. Do you want to start with a cheesy sappy love story or with silence? Do you prefer linear algebra, or do you have a trilingual mind? Would you like to have attention deficit disorder or do you prefer onomatopoeia? How about some orgle-borgle to go with all that?

     These are only some of the questions that "Experimental Theater" provoked in its audiences this semester. Actually, their performance was a provocation in itself: 30 plays listed on a "menu" with 60 minutes to get all you could "eat."

     Each theatrical dish tasted different. One had a hint of alcohol; another left your palate strained. Some made you feel a bit frustrated; others set your mind in motion and you could almost hear the "clink, clink" sound of your deep thoughts. The plays had a common feature, however: they were all an ode to one's insides. -- EK


[IMAGE] Seemi Ghazi, a well-known Indian vocalist, performed with instrumentalist Amir Koushkani and later recited from the Qur'an in Arabic.


Busch short story medal
Frederick S. Busch, Edgar W.B. Fairchild Professor of literature, was selected to receive the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit Medal for the Short Story "in recognition of a writer's lifetime achievement." A medal and $10,000 accompany the award. The academy presents literary awards to recognize established and emerging writers of drama, fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

     Busch received the award in mid-May at a ceremony hosted in the academy's Manhattan headquarters. Busch's latest short story collection, Don't Tell Anyone (W.W. Norton & Company, 2000), is his 24th book.


Associate Professor of Biology Barbara Hoopes, right, participated in a panel discussion during Human Genome Week. On the panel with her, talking about the present and future of the genome, were Jinnie Garrett of Hamilton College, Robert Halliday of Utica College and moderator Damhnait McHugh (at the podium), assistant professor of biology.
Bacchus campaign cited
Bacchus, the student peer alcohol/drug peer education group, won the Outstanding Program Award at the Bacchus-Gamma Peer Education Network Area 11 Conference for their creative passive programming campaign. Area 11 consists of 127 colleges and universities in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

     To disseminate information about alcohol to a large number of people in a fun and innovative manner, the students covered cereal boxes with informative games such as a crossword puzzle, connect-the-dots and a maze, information on alcohol and a want ad seeking peer educators.

     The crossword puzzle had words like "buddy-up," "responsibility," "liability," "intoxication" and "BAC." The other two puzzles explored concepts such as designated drivers and proper care for an intoxicated person. The theme was continued with small prizes in the boxes, which were also printed with the group's spring campaign slogan, "The Power of Choice. The Power of One." The cereal boxes were placed on tables so they would take students by surprise when they arrived for breakfast at the dining halls one morning in late March.

     "We are asking the students on campus to look at themselves. We are also encouraging them to become involved with peer education," wrote the Bacchus members, who wanted to ensure students had facts "from which to fashion healthy decisions about drinking."

     In addition, Bacchus advisor Jane Jones, staff counselor, received the Most Outstanding Advisor Award.


Faculty-student dinners
This semester, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty began sponsoring faculty-student dinners at the Merrill House faculty club. The idea for the program came about through discussions about creative ways for faculty and students to spend time together outside of the classroom.

     Coordinated by Merrill House chef Davis Barnes, parties ranging from four to 30 are treated to a restaurant-style meal. The events are flexible and faculty members have taken various approaches with their guests. Nigel Young, leader of the Northern Europe -- Peace Studies study group, invited the next participants, to give them a chance to meet each other ahead of time. Professor of Geology Bruce Selleck '71 teaches a senior seminar on Thursday evenings, and he commented that "it's been a nice opportunity to sit and chat in a relaxed and informal setting before class."

     Originally limited to Thursday evenings, "response has been so great, we already added two Wednesdays and a Monday," Barnes remarked.


The students of the children's theater workshop are also the cast of The Great Rainbow Caper. The class and troupe, under the direction of Michael Schwartz, created the play and performed it more than 13 times both in Brehmer Theater and on the road.
Interlibrary Loan
Colgate's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) departments figured prominently among the top lending and borrowing college and university libraries in New York State, according to a recent survey by Nylink that examined data from July 1999 through June 2000.

     Colgate's ILL Lending department ranked eighth in the state, loaning more than 17,000 items in that period of time. "This is a remarkable tribute to both the quality and breadth of our collections and the responsiveness of our ILL Lending staff," remarked Ellie Bolland, head of ILL Borrowing.

     In borrowing, Colgate ranked number one, with more than 13,700 requests during the same period, a number "driven by the specialized research needs of our faculty and students," Bolland said. Courses in neuroscience, for example, often demand work from students beyond the usual undergraduate level. Faculty members are deeply engaged in a wide range of research and publishing projects. As well, unique capstone seminars and honors projects ranging over the academic spectrum contributed to the numbers.

     "We go all over the world for our patrons, knowing that as their interests expand, so must our means of supplying them," explained Bolland, who also praised the borrowing staff's organization and hard work.

     "We should take pride in the fact that our superior service promotes itself," Bolland remarked. "Both ends of ILL do tremendous work, efficiently serving the diverse needs of our own Colgate community and the larger world of international academic research."


DKE suspended
Colgate has suspended the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity for one year. The decision was made in early March, following an extensive inquiry and judicial advisory board hearing in which it was determined that on November 10, 2000, the DKE fraternity committed several violations of the Student Code of Conduct and the Fraternity and Sorority Alcohol Policy.

     DKE was found responsible for hosting an unregistered party where alcohol, purchased with fraternity funds, was served to underage guests and the distribution of alcohol was not responsibly monitored. Rob Koester '02, who has been indicted on 22 counts by a Madison County grand jury following the car accident that took the lives of four young people, was allegedly at the party.

     All non-essential activities of the fraternity had been suspended since November. For the balance of the academic year, current undergraduates will continue to reside and take their meals in the DKE house. In May, the house will be closed. During the 2001-2002 academic year DKE fraternity members will reside in campus housing.

     In February 2002, the university's sanctions will be reviewed by the dean of the college's staff to determine whether the fraternity should reopen in the fall of 2002.

     DKE may appeal the decision to the dean of the college, but had not as of press time.


Peace Corps legacy continues
This year, Colgate ranks seventh nationally on the list of small colleges and universities (less than 5,000 undergraduates) with alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers.

     "The Peace Corps and Colgate University have developed a significant relationship over the years," wrote Peace Corps acting director Charles R. Baquet III in a letter of thanks to President Charles Karelis. Sixteen alumni are currently representing the United States abroad by serving the people of the developing world as part of the Peace Corps, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

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