The Colgate Scene
September 2007

In the news

Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]

A small sampling of the past year's regional, national, and international media coverage of Colgate faculty, students, staff, and programs compiled by editorial intern Rachel Pancoe.

Faculty and administration
  • Kevin Carlsmith (psychology), an authority on morality and justice, commented on the jailbreak of a dangerous convict in an article that ran in the Columbus Dispatch (Ohio).
  • President Rebecca S. Chopp's charge to Colgate's Class of 2010 was quoted by University Business in an editorial highlighting presidential welcome speeches.
  • Popular Colgate rock band Dangerboy — which is made-up of professors Frank Frey (biology), F. Scott Kraly (psychology), and Aaron Robertson (mathematics) — was featured in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about faculty participating in extracurricular musical organizations.
    Featured faculty
    • Graham Russell Gao Hodges, George Dorland Langdon Jr. Professor of history and Africana and Latin American studies, has been receiving much praise for his latest book, Taxi! A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver. A critique in the Wall Street Journal, for example, hailed Taxi! as "not only lively and erudite social history; it is probably the best account of taxi men that is ever to be written," while the New York Times Book Review called it an "informative, solid history." But the press for Hodges didn't stop there; favorable reviews ran in several other outlets — including the Library Journal and on China Radio International — and led to a lengthy NPR Weekend Edition feature.
    • Michael Johnston, Charles A. Dana Professor of political science and an expert on corruption and campaign finance, has been a regular in the press since the January 2006 publication of his book Syndromes of Corruption: Wealth, Power, and Democracy. Just a few of the outlets that have quoted him include the Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.), Straits Times (Singapore), Dallas Morning News, BBC Radio (UK), Newstalk 93 (Jamaica), and Slate.com.
    • Anthropology professor Allan Maca and his team of researchers made headlines in May when they announced their 2005 discovery of an ancient tomb in Copan, Honduras, dating back to the 7th century AD. First featured by National Geographic News, the story was picked up by Reuters, the Philanthropy News Network, and Science Daily, among other outlets throughout the world.
    • Colgate's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and its faculty coordinator, economics professor Nicole Simpson, were mentioned several times this past tax season in the Advocate (Conn.), Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. Simpson also made it into the media spotlight for her academic research on the Earned Income Tax Credit, a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families; the Washington Post quoted her in a story that ran in several other publications across the country.
  • The Wall Street Journal consulted Robert Garland (classics) for a story on the modern-day comeback of chariot racing. Garland commented on the initial demise of the sport.
  • Spencer Kelly (psychology) and his research on hand gestures were featured in an article in Scientific American Mind magazine and on television segments aired in Amarillo, Tex.; Kansas City, Mo.; San Francisco; and Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Meika Loe (sociology), author of The Rise of Viagra: How the Little Blue Pill Changed Sex in America, was interviewed for a story in the Charlotte Observer about sexual dysfunction.
  • In a Leadership Magazine article, Beverly Low, dean of first-year students, provided her advice to students about starting college. Low was also featured in a similar piece in the Miami Herald.
  • Lyle Roelofs, provost and dean of the faculty, discussed new hiring processes and diversifying faculty in an Inside Higher Ed article.
  • Mark Thompson, director of counseling and psychological services, was quoted throughout the year by several news outlets, including the Jersey Journal (N.J.), Reuters Health, Scientific American, Newsday, and WRVO-FM, an Oswego, N.Y.-based National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate. Among the topics he discussed were empty nest syndrome, the rise in the number of college students seeking psychological help, and the university's philosophy on self-reliance.
Students
  • Talented hockey defenseman Mike Campaner '07 went public this year with his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and discussed how he is coping with the disease while continuing to attend classes and play for the Raiders. The Associated Press, Newsday, Post-Standard (Syracuse), and Observer-Dispatch (Utica), among other outlets, picked up Campaner's inspirational story.
  • Adrian Mason '10 was featured in the Bainbridge Island Review (Wash.) for his campaign to donate bicycles to students in Togo. The Sun (Wash.) and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published similar stories highlighting Mason.
  • In a Voice of America Radio Network interview, Dahlia Rizk '08 discussed her move to the United States from Egypt for college and described her alma mater in glowing terms, saying, "One of the best parts of Colgate is its charm and its intimacy . . . You are encouraged to come out of your shell and make connections."
  • WRVO-FM ran a story on a student-organized falafel stand that was co-sponsored by the Colgate Jewish Union and Muslim Student Association last fall.
Campus and programs
  • Kaplan and Newsweek listed the university as one of the country's 25 "New Ivies" — schools with exceptional educational programs and campus offerings that have seen a rise in stature to rival the Ivy League and other powerhouses in competing for top students. In the write-up on Colgate, the article described a few of the "array of opportunities" available to students, including the university's off-campus study groups and athletics.
  • Time magazine mentioned Colgate in an article titled "Who needs Harvard?" that urged applicants to look beyond the Ivy League. "Students see that schools like Vassar, Lehigh, Colgate, and Dickinson really care about the quality of undergraduate life," a California guidance counselor said in the story.
  • The New York Times, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Post-Standard spotlighted the university's new Student Philanthropy Seminar course, which teaches participants how foundations operate and disburses $10,000 to local nonprofits.
  • The university's success with the Sophomore-Year Experience was featured in "After the Freshman Bubble Pops," an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • U.S. News & World Report included Colgate in a piece on summer reading requirements for incoming college first-year students. (This year's book was Tim Flannery's The Weather Makers.)
  • An Associated Press story noted the efforts of the Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE) as they gathered items left by students leaving campus for the summer and then donated them to local charities. The story was picked up by MSNBC, Newsday, Buffalo News, and the Florida Times-Union, among other outlets.
  • The opening of the newly renovated Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology was featured in a Post-Standard story titled "Library Dazzles Colgate."
  • An article in the Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe mentioned Colgate's residential education program and its focus on "themed living."
  • Men's Fitness and the Princeton Review ranked Colgate the number two school on its second-annual list of the nation's top 25 most fit colleges. Stories about the ranking appeared in numerous outlets throughout the country.
Campaign/fundraising
  • The Wall Street Journal ran a piece spotlighting the $25 million gift made by Dan Benton '80 and his successful challenge to fellow alumni to match his donation to Colgate.
  • The Observer-Dispatch and Post-Standard, among other publications, covered the launch of Colgate's $400 million fundraising campaign.
  • A $1 million gift to Colgate's Wellness Initiative Program from Jay Shaw '76 and his wife, Debi, were featured in stories in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Post-Standard, and Advocate (Conn.).
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