The Colgate Scene
November 1999
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Dave Guinotte '02 and Jason Kirchner '01, both members of Delta Upsilon, helped with a fall pheasant release. Through the program, sponsored by the Earlville Conservation Club, 125 male and female pheasants were released into suitable habitat in Madison County. The birds, pen-raised at Camp Georgetown, are transported to release sites by volunteers such as Guinotte and Kirchner. Release programs are vital to maintaining a healthy pheasant population in central New York's changing landscape.
Class of 2000 gift
The Class of 2000 held a kickoff event to announce their class gift, a fountain on the village green. The class gift committee felt the fountain, which will be engraved with a message from the class, would be a fitting and enduring tribute to their four-year relationship with the village, and a landmark to which they can return as alumni. The kickoff event, where the gift was announced to the general community, was held at the Colgate Inn on October 23.

Assistant Professor of Geology Karen Harpp and three students had an opportunity to do field work on the Galapagos Islands in August. Along with representatives from Macalester College and from Ecuador, the Col-gate researchers worked in geochemistry and environmental geology to address questions about the island region's past and future.

     Janna Pistiner '01 and Alicia Newton '02 traveled to the Darwin Research Center to gather data, collect soil samples and photograph the Galapagos Islands and Santa Cruz. Their work included taking 360-degree panoramics that will be part of an informational CD-ROM produced by the Beloit College effort titled BioQuest. The photographs charted various vegetation zones as well as the volcanic formations of the islands. The pictures and other evolutionary data will help students discover the science and geology of the islands made famous some 150 years ago by Charles Darwin through a modern, virtual experience.

     Professor Harpp and Dan Korich '00 spent ten days on the relatively unexplored island of Genovesa, just north of Santa Cruz. Their research included extensive geology fieldwork into Genovesa's evolution to determine whether the island is related to the Galapagos hotspot region or, rather, is an adjacent mid-ocean ridge. As Harpp stated, "The island hasn't been examined in any detail before, beyond reconnaissance mapping, so we're into some new ground here."

     Back on campus, Harpp and the students began spectral analysis of numerous soil samples to learn more about the storied islands' histories, as well as uncover the extent and effects of human impact on the region.

     "It was a rather ambitious trip that included fundamental geological research and educational development for use in a wide variety of places and for many different ages of students," Harpp added. The trip was funded by an NSF Career grant, which aids the integration of educational and research-related exploration. -- Devon Skerritt '00

Violinist Midori
Violinist Midori, who first came to public attention at age 10 when she debuted with the New York Philharmonic, and her partner-pianist Robert McDonald are the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artists-in-Residence at Colgate for the 1999-2000 academic year. The duo presented the first of two public concerts on October 7 in the Chapel.

     Now age 27 and an international performer, Midori devotes a significant portion of each season to her work with Midori & Friends, a nonprofit organization that she founded to provide concerts and other educational activities to elementary schools in areas where children might otherwise not be exposed to classical music. McDonald currently serves as a member of the piano faculty at the Peabody Conservatory.

     After their October 7 performance, which included Mozart's Sonata in A Major, Corigliano's Sonata, Schoenberg's Phantasy, and Franck's Sonata in A Major and earned them a standing ovation, the musicians graciously performed not one, but two, encore pieces for a most enthusiastic and appreciative audience.

     Midori and McDonald will return on March 4 and 5 to perform again and hold a master class.

Center for Ethics and World Societies
The fall programming for the Center for Ethics and World Societies, "Homeless in the World: Refugees, Immigrants and the State" included two visits by Thomas Bass, author of Vietnamerica: The War Comes Home, about the resettlement of Amerasian children of U.S. soldiers from Viet-nam into the United States. The class of 2003 had read Bass's book for their summer reading assignment and discussed it during orientation. Bass spoke about the book in a public lecture September 21, and his second visit took place during a symposium sponsored by the center during Family Weekend, September 24-26.

     The Family Weekend symposium, "Legacies of Vietnam," also included a presentation with slides by Colgate history professor Andrew Rotter on "Vietnam at Century's End: War and Reconciliation" and the Emmy Award-winning film AKA Don Bonus, the story of Sokly Ny, a Cambodian refugee, during his senior year in high school. Ny, the filmmaker, was present to answer questions.

     Also on the center's fall programming, anthropologist Christine G.T. Ho discussed "The Caribbean Diaspora and the Globalization of Caribbean Carnival" in the ALANA Cultural Center. Ho, author of Salt-Water Trinnies: Afro-Trinidadian Immigrant Networks and Non-Assimilation in Los Angeles, is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Her lecture was co-sponsored by the departments of Africana and Latin American studies, sociology and anthropology, and the CORE Cultures program.

     Hunter College geography professor Ines Miyares discussed "The State, Immigrants, and Refugee Law: Salvadoran Adaptations to Legal Limbo," co-sponsored by the geography department, in October.

     This month, Marguerite Feitlo-witz '75, an independent writer and translator, will appear to discuss "A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture" about the "dirty war" in Argentina; and Douglas Massey, Dorothy Swaine Thomas professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and co-author of American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass, will speak on "Reasonable Immigration Policies for a Globalizing Economy."

Enhanced Learning
In response to the growing interest on campus for assistance in using the potential of information technology to enhance student learning, the University Libraries and Information Technology Services have announced the establishment of the Collaboration for Enhanced Learning (CEL). This initiative will provide coordinated support to faculty members who want to develop more creative connections between teaching, learning and technology.

     These connections could take many forms: developing special projects that require more resource-based learning, analysis and synthesis of information; exploring asynchronous tools to create new learning communities; fostering international or cross-cultural collaborative activities; and implementing online projects and group problem-solving activities, to name a few. CEL members will work with faculty members to improve the educational uses of technology at Colgate and to develop information technology and information literacy across the curriculum.

     A new facility for faculty and CEL staff collaboration will soon open in the Allen Room in Case Library. In addition, the CEL committee is seeking grant funding to support additional staff positions and programs to assist faculty members who wish to adopt technology-based pedagogical strategies.

Robert Kennedy Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson River-keeper and senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, spoke about "Our Environmental Destiny" on September 27 in the Chapel.

     Kennedy told Colgate students they have a "personal responsibility to protect the environment. Nature enriches us aesthetically, culturally, historically, spiritually and recre-ationally."

     Also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University in New York, Kennedy has been called "a pioneer in the area of municipal and government responsibility for environmental problems." His reputation as a defender of the environment stems from many successful legal actions: prosecuting governments and companies for polluting the Hudson River and Long Island Sound; winning settlements for the Hudson Riverkeeper; arguing cases to expand citizen access to the shoreline; and suing sewage treatment plants to force compliance with the Clean Water Act.

Students get a kick out of Equipment Assistant Jim Matott's (far right) self-defense course for the physical education department.
In June 1998, a Year 2000 Committee was formed to coordinate Y2K preparation activities across the college.

     The major thrust of the university's preparation has been directed toward four areas: computing and networking systems, assurance of utilities and basic services, communication with financial institutions and investment managers (making sure that third party administrators and managers are Y2K compliant) and campus communication and contingency planning.

     The core administrative systems are Year 2000-compliant. Equipment purchases and other software changes needed to support a Year 2000-compliant computer network and central servers have been implemented. The Buildings and Grounds Department reviewed the installed systems that provide support to campus facilities. This effort involved communication with the vendors who have supplied equipment operated by computer chips, as well as vendors who supply resources such as wood chips and fuel oil. In addition, more than 200 vendors were identified as key resource providers. This list includes companies who provide Colgate's food service, phone system, elevators, heating system and locks.

     Regular communication to the Colgate community about the progress and potential problems related to Year 2000 was implemented through a series of memos, e-mails and newsletters and the development of a Year 2000 web site (

     Meetings were also held with Town of Hamilton officials to determine the state of local readiness. The Colgate Emergency Response Team prepared a plan for responding to serious disruption of critical services.

     The Year 2000 Committee mem-bers include Tim Borfitz, director of technology support; Brenda Dutcher, administrative coordinator, treasur-er's office; Andy Lamb, director of purchasing; and Karen Leach, chief information officer.

     "We expect to have very few problems on the Colgate campus," reported the Y2K committee in early October.

Two fraternities sanctioned
Two fraternities were sanctioned in October after violating Colgate policies. Kappa Delta Rho will not be permitted to serve alcohol until May 20, 2000. This decision was made after the fraternity was found to have served alcohol to minors at a new member education event, an incident that occurred after the fraternity was already on probation for a pattern of alcohol violations. As part of their probation, the chapter's executive board will be required to plan alcohol education programs throughout the year.

     The Theta Chi chapter, charged with hazing, has been suspended for the remainder of the fall semester and will remain on probation for 2000. Administrators determined that members of the house verbally abused new members and created an expectation that new members would be physically abused (they were not physically abused). The fraternity is prohibited from holding chapter events and from initiating its current pledge class. Residential members may remain in the house. Theta Chi will be required to plan a hazing education program to help prevent the recurrence of hazing at Colgate.

Learning to survive
Arlene Torres '82, assistant professor of anthropology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who is in residence at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. on a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, returned to campus to speak on "Afrolatino: Blackness and Representation in the Americas" as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

     Delores Walters, director of the ALANA Cultural Center, had the following to say in her introduction of Professor Torres:

     "Professor Torres considers herself a scholarly activist, who happens to be a cultural anthropologist. She also sees herself as a historian of necessity because she believes that a historical perspective not only enhances, but is essential to, the discussion of the ethnographic present in her research.

     "In her work, Professor Torres explores racism and racial categories, but she realizes that one must also understand how class, gender and sexual orientation influence peoples' practices and how the categories themselves are used and interpreted.

     "Professor Torres incorporates her unique perspectives in her work. She is interested in the ability to survive, which characterizes the people whose lives she studies. Arlene is a survivor herself, as people of color and especially women of color who have made it in academia tend to be. She was able to survive her four years at Colgate; and like Cicely Wilson '93 in the recent PBS TV series, An American Love Story, resisted having her experience and identity as a Latina be inappropriately categorized or marginalized. In her class, 1982, she was one of only 12 Latino students on a campus that was only 20 percent female.

     "I have learned from my own work in the Arab Muslim world that it can be particularly challenging to find successful funding sources and mentors for the study of racial identity, racial stratification and inequality in contexts that tend to be perceived as not racially diverse. That Arlene Torres has pursued her racial studies in the Caribbean, Latin America and Puerto Rico itself is even more noteworthy because her activism and scholarship point us in the direction of building those coalitions that will help us to bridge our differences."

Senior Steve Little chatted with Village Mayor and Professor of Political Science Emeritus Charles Naef at the annual Town/Gown Picnic.
A new arrangement between the Village of Hamilton and Colgate authorizes the college's campus safety officers to enforce village regulations on campus.

     Under terms of the arrangement, Colgate campus safety officers will be sworn in as part-time officers of the Hamilton Police Department. Campus safety officers will receive the same combination of in-service and Police Academy training that is required of village police officers.

     Two members of the campus safety staff have successfully completed training already. Campus Safety Director Gary Bean estimated that it will take three to four years to cycle his entire staff through the training process, which amounts to upwards of 600 hours' training for each officer.

     Campus safety officers will use the new authority primarily to enforce vehicle and traffic laws on campus. Beginning the first week in October, the department launched a two-week public education program, issuing warning tickets and using traffic control monitors to raise awareness of the new enforcement procedures. At the end of the education phase, campus safety began ticketing traffic violators.

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