The Colgate Scene
November 2001

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The downtown building that houses Main Moon, and before that the Blue Bird Restaurant, sprouted scaffolding this fall as workers renovate the façade, repairing masonry, replacing trim, cleaning bricks and installing new windows. When finished, the building will include retail space and offices on the second and third floors.
Center for Ethics explores development

In its fourth year, the Center for Ethics and World Societies is exploring the theme of "Development: Progress, Modernization and Well-being" under the direction of David McCabe, associate professor of philosophy. The center devotes each academic year to the exploration of a single theme of great urgency in the international realm.

As part of the center's fall programming, Michael Sells, Emily Judson Baugh and John Marshall Gest Professor of comparative religions at Haverford College, spoke about "Shattered Society, Blasted Shrines: Interreligious Reconstruction as a Redevelopment Strategy in the Balkans." Lawrence Harrison, senior associate at the Academy for International and Area Studies at Harvard University, gave a lecture titled "Culture Matters: Why Some Countries and Ethnic Groups Do Better than Others." Filmmaker Stephanie Black came to screen and speak about Life and Debt (adapted from a book by the novelist Jamaica Kincaid), which chronicles the experience of Jamaica as it has undergone various strategies of development sponsored by agencies like the International Monetary Fund. Richard Peet, professor of geography at Clark University, discussed "Neo-Liberalism as Global Hegemony." Henry Shue, professor of ethics and public life at Cornell University, spoke about "The Kyoto Protocol's Legacy of Danger: Pitting Today's Poor against Tomorrow's Poor."

Aveni takes Mellon professorship

Anthony F. Aveni, Russell B. Colgate Professor of astronomy and anthropology, has accepted the Mellon Professorship in the Humanities at Tulane University in New Orleans for the 2002 spring term.

Tulane has one of the foremost Maya studies programs, housed in its anthropology department. While there, Aveni will teach an interdisciplinary seminar, give a public lecture, advise graduate students and help organize a conference on decoding and dating the Madrid Codex, perhaps the least understood of the four surviving Pre-Columbian Maya documents.

Adam and Eve seemed unruffled by a wayward osprey who spent a couple of days on Taylor Lake. Rather than swan, the predator was interested in perch and carp. Ari Vigoda '03, right, and Erin Brad-field '02 appeared in Colgate Drama Society's and Off-Broad Street Productions' Oleanna, David Mamet's piercing study of teacher-student relationships. Senior Laurence Berkowitz produced and directed the play.

The Space Exploration Society with Sergei Khrushchev
Khrushchev visits

The Space Exploration Society sponsored a visit by Sergei N. Khrush-chev, senior fellow at the Watson School for International Studies at Brown University and son of the late Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, who spoke twice at Colgate in September. His topics were "The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Soviet Perspective" and "Footsteps on the Moon: The Defining Cold War Battle."

From 1958 to 1968, Khrushchev, a winner of the Lenin Prize, participated in the Soviet missile and space program, including work on cruise missiles for submarines, military and research spacecraft, moon vehicles, and the "Proton," the world's largest space booster. Khrushchev writes extensively about the history of the Cold War and the turning points in the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union in the Khrushchev, Eisenhower and Kennedy periods. The editor of his father's memoirs, Khrushchev has authored Khrushchev on Khrushchev, Nikita Khrushchev: Crisis and Missiles, The Political Economy of Russian Fragmentation, Three Circles of Russian Market Reforms and Nikita Khrush-chev: Creation of a Superpower.

The Space Exploration Society, whose goal is to heighten intellectual excitement on campus, is a student-run group founded by its president, Johny Chaklader '03.

Jammin' at the Pub

Every other Tuesday night this semester, a new entertainment venue called Alt-T Jammin' at the Pub has brought together student, faculty, staff and community musicians, from 10:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. in Donovan's Pub at the Student Union.

Organized by Scott Kraly, professor of psychology, the pub jam event has attracted a number of regulars and a variety of folks from campus, Hamilton and the region. Himself a drummer, Kraly and two local musicians, Jim Wunderlich, guitar, and Zach Fleitz, bass, form the core group that comes every week. In addition, "we've had anywhere between seven and 15 musicians on a given Tuesday," he says. Kraly notes that Aaron Robertson, an assistant professor of mathematics who plays guitar, and drummer Mark Shiner, husband of psychology professor Rebecca Shiner, come often, as do bassists Kevin Reilly '02 and Dave Sherman '04, guitarist Charlie Stack '04, drummer Dave Millman '03 and keyboardist Michael Scherr '04.

Rock, blues, and even a bit of funk and jazz have been on the menu for this twice-a-month get-together.

"We just wing it. I can't tell you what songs you'll hear until we start playing," says Kraly, "but the level of musicianship has been impressive."

Colgate moves up on U.S. News list

Colgate moved up from 18th to 17th on the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Liberal Arts Colleges - Bachelors list, in a three-way tie with Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and Claremont McKenna College in California. This category, which this year was changed due to The Carnegie Foundation's redefinition of a liberal arts school to one that awards at least half of its degrees in the liberal arts (the benchmark was previously 40 percent), includes the 218 liberal arts schools that emphasize undergraduate education.

Charlie McClennen, right, and Albert Ammerman, center, chat with author John Berendt, left, who is writing a book on Venice, and Brown Professor Emeritus Juergen Schulz, who spoke on land use patterns, during the "Venice Before San Marco" conference.

The conference included an exhibition that featured some of the equipment used during the multifaceted research.

Venice Before San Marco

The Italian city of Venice is renowned for the long sweep of its history and its contribution to the arts. Its earliest centuries have long remained obscure, but in recent years, archaeology has begun to reveal what life was like in the lagoon and the city in the years before the body of Saint Mark was brought there in AD 828 -- and provide important lessons for us today about issues like how we care for our environment.

In early October, an international group of archaeologists, historians, environmental scientists and other scholars gathered at Colgate for the conference "Venice Before San Marco: Recent Studies on the Origins of the City." An accompanying exhibition in the Active Arts Gallery of Case Library gave viewers a window into the earliest history of the city and why its environment is threatened today.

"Venice Before San Marco" was organized by Charles McClennen, professor of geology, and Albert Ammerman, director of the summer program in archaeology of the American Academy in Rome, and senior research associate in Colgate's classics department. The two have collaborated for several years on groundbreaking research in the Venetian lagoon. Based on their research, in 2000 Ammerman and McClennen published an article in the journal Science, in which they raised serious questions about the plan to save Venice from flooding by building a series of mobile floodgates at the three inlets of the lagoon. The Italian government decided last March to put the project on hold and has called for a further round of studies with regard to the feasibility of the mobile floodgates, since they may raise pollution levels and put the lagoon's ecology at risk.

The exhibition featured artifacts, dating back to Roman times, that came from recent excavations at archaeological sites, as well as coring equipment of McClennen's own invention for the investigation of the Venetian lagoon. Maps and diagrams showed how the lagoon and the city have changed over time. A rare Venetian chronicle, which contains the traditional legends of the origins of Venice, was on loan from the Syracuse University library; and a video showed how the fieldwork is conducted under demanding conditions in Venice.


Alumni returned in force for tailgates, reliving old times and games during Homecoming.

With the Raiders comfortably in control of Fordham, what better way to pass the Family Weekend game than by resting a head on Mom's shoulder?
Laying Claim

A conference of nationally renowned experts on the art of people of African descent in the Americas highlighted a series of campus events in late October showcasing African American culture.

"Laying Claim: (Re)Considering Artists of African Descent in the Americas," brought together scholars, students and museum directors to discuss aspects of art made by African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans. Topics included the variety of media used by the artists -- including painting, sculpture and photography -- as well as the historical, social and cultural contexts in which the artists worked.

The Picker Art Gallery exhibition "Life Impressions: 20th Century African American Prints from the Metropolitan Museum of Art" included works by artists such as John Thomas Biggers, Calvin Burnett, Elizabeth Catlett, Hughie Lee-Smith and John Woodrow Wilson that illustrate the artists' feelings about lynching, slavery and racism and portray work, family life, interracial relationships and escapes from the Depression through music and dance.

"Six Contemporary Artists," on display in Little Hall's Clifford Gallery, presented the work of women artists, many of African descent, and examined the diversity of work being done by women in the world of contemporary art. This exhibition included a floor installation by Polly Apfelbaum, photography and sculpture by Daphne Fitzpatrick, sculpture by Nancy Shaver, drawing and painting by Amy Sillman, photos and text by Lorna Simpson and works on paper by Kara Walker.

Go Down Death, directed by and starring Spencer Williams, is among the handful of independent films -- made by black directors for black audiences -- that have been preserved. The film, which was screened on campus, was made in 1941 and is an important example of the genre, which typically reflects Christian themes, feature jazz and blues music and examine the urban vs. rural conflicts faced by blacks. Williams later played Andy on the television series Amos and Andy.

Jerome Handler, senior fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, spoke on "Survivors of the Middle Passage: Autobiographical Accounts by Enslaved Africans in British America." Handler illustrated his talk with a slide presentation showing portraits of enslaved Africans, as well as contemporary images of different aspects of the slave trade, such as life aboard slave ships. Handler's talk was sponsored by the sociology and Africana & Latin American studies departments and was part of the ALANA Cultural Center's "Freedom Fighters" program.

An infestation of bedbugs forced 33 students from their apartments in building 4 of the Newell complex early this semester. The university relocated the students, first to the Colgate Inn, and then to the vacant Delta Kappa Epsilon house and 118 Broad Street, and hired an exterminator to get rid of the bugs.

Bedbugs, which are nocturnal, can hide in carpets, mattress seams, luggage or cracks in plaster and woodwork. Adult bugs can live six months without feeding. While they do not transmit disease to humans, their bites cause discomfort.

"Bedbugs are extremely difficult to eradicate," Mark Spiro, vice president of administrative services, told the Maroon-News. "They've been making a comeback on college campuses due to the extensive travel of students and dry weather."

In addition to relocating the students, the university provided laundry service, complimentary meals, munch money and other assistance to help alleviate the inconveniences of relocation.

The aggressive extermination treatment included four incremental sprayings, several rounds of carpet vacuuming and shampooing, and the replacement of bed frames, mattresses and pillows. Students will be able to move back once university administrators are convinced the infestation has been eliminated, and the university will treat the apartments periodically during winter break and over the summer.

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