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Appearances by Shimon Peres and Jonathan Franzen highlight busy week on campus

October 23, 2014

In the midst of midterms, and with Family Weekend right around the corner, here are some of my highlights from what’s happening at Colgate this week. With several well-known speakers on campus, there are plenty of things to do with your parents when you’re not going to as many restaurants as possible while they are here.

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Konosioni looking to revive Colgate Hello tradition

October 22, 2014

Konosioni, the university’s senior honor society, is working hard this week to bring back the Colgate Hello tradition. Members have distributed nametags through student mailboxes and at tables in the O’Connor Campus Center. You can follow the society’s efforts on its Facebook page and on Twitter by using the #ColgateHello hashtag.
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Students share experiences, including internships, from off-campus study programs

October 21, 2014
Students in the Manchester Study Group visit Wales as part of their two-week course "Technology, Science, & Culture in the History of Manchester. (Photo by Ashlee Eve)

Students in the Manchester Study Group visit Wales as part of their two-week course Technology, Science, and  Culture in the History of Manchester. (Photo by Ashlee Eve)

Dozens of flags representing countries around the world hung from the balconies of the Ho Science Center atrium during the Study Group Fair held earlier this month. Hosted by the Office of Off-Campus Study, the fair featured poster presentations for each of the 19 Colgate-sponsored study groups.

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Lounge events showcase students’ talents

October 17, 2014
Bunche House is transformed into a coffee house atmosphere during Lounge, a regular event where students perform and display their artwork. Photo by Nicholas Gilbert '18

Bunche House is transformed into a coffee shop atmosphere during Lounge, a regular event where students perform and display their artwork. Photo by Nicholas Gilbert ’18

Hannah O’Malley ’17 stands in front of Bunche House’s fireplace, which has been transformed by student artwork and white lights strung across the mantle. Before the performances start, she tells the students who have congregated, “Love the people who are performing and show them respect, because it takes a lot of courage to get up here. Let’s make this a safe space.” Read more

NBC.com covers Colgate’s ‘Yes Means Yes’ positive-sexuality program

October 16, 2014

As a new affirmative-consent law took effect this month in California, schools across the country are scrambling to create programs to educate students and administrators about the new standard: that both partners need to enthusiastically agree to every step of a sexual encounter.

Not so at Colgate, where an extracurricular program, “Yes Means Yes,” has been in place since 2010.

NBC.com covered the program today, describing participants as “rugby players, theater kids, frat brothers, and hipsters — of all races, sexual orientations, and genders,” together on an otherwise-typical Wednesday night, calmly discussing sex.

The program, developed from a senior thesis by Jaclyn Berger ’09 , is based on a 2008 anthology called Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. The six-week-long course, which earns physical education credit for participants, is one of many initiatives at Colgate designed to promote healthy sexuality on campus.

Watch the video below, which features Emily Hawkins ’15, Caroline Hurwitz ’17, and Nicholas Yap ’16, all who serve as “Yes Means Yes” facilitators. Read the full story at NBC.com.


Author Moustafa Bayoumi discusses Gaza Conflict

October 16, 2014

In the hopes of facilitating a dialogue about Israel and Palestine after the events of this past summer, Moustafa Bayoumi, an author and English professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, gave his perspective. Read more

Colgate hosts Native American Arts and Culture Festival this Saturday

October 16, 2014
The Native American Arts and Culture Festival will once again be held at Sanford Field House.

The Native American Arts and Culture Festival will once again be held at Sanford Field House.

This Saturday, October 18, Colgate will host the annual Native American Arts and Culture Festival. The celebration of American Indian art, music, and dance will be held inside Sanford Field House from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Updated Colgate app offers up-to-minute info about Cruiser routes

October 15, 2014

An update of the official Colgate app features up-to-the-minute information about the Cruisers, providing students an easy way to see exactly where the buses are and where they are headed.

The new functionality, which also provides key information about bus routes and their stops, can be accessed from any Android or iOS mobile device, as well as desktop computers.

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Pamela Druckerman ’91 writes about hyper-parenting in New York Times

October 14, 2014

Author Pamela Druckerman ’91 has again appeared in the pages of The New York Times, this time writing a featured op-ed piece titled “A Cure for Hyper-Parenting.”

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Student group raises more than $12,000 for Make-A-Wish

October 13, 2014

Colgate’s “Walk/Run for Wishes” was coordinated by the university’s Wishmakers on Campus club. The event raised more than $12,000 for Make-A-Wish® Central New York. Pictured from left to right are club members Alex Castle, Sarah Weber, Mary Clare Manfred, Katie Guiliano, and Charlie Murphy.

Colgate’s Wishmakers on Campus club raised more than $12,000 at the Walk/Run for Wishes on September 28. Pictured left to right: Alex Castle ’16, Sarah Weber ’16, Mary Clare Manfred ’16, Katie Guiliano ’16, and Charlie Murphy ’16.

The Colgate Wishmakers on Campus raises funds for and awareness about Make-A-Wish throughout the school year. The funds from the 5K run and 5K walk in the Village of Hamilton were donated to Make-A-Wish Central New York.

“For a first-time event to be so successful speaks to their abilities and passion, as well as to the incredible support extended by the Colgate and Hamilton communities,” said Make-A-Wish Central New York President/CEO Diane Kuppermann.

The nonprofit organization is dedicated to granting the special wishes of children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions. Since its inception in 1985, Make-A-Wish Central New York has granted more than 1,500 wishes.

Colgate University announces new protocol to limit head trauma in student-athletes

October 7, 2014
President Jeffrey Herbst (center) speaks to members of the Colgate football team. At right is head coach Dan Hunt.

President Jeffrey Herbst speaks to members of the Colgate football team. At right is head coach Dan Hunt.

As more data becomes available about the long-term dangers of sports-related head injuries, Colgate University is implementing a strategy to minimize general contact as well as contact to the head experienced by student-athletes during practice sessions.

The mandatory practice protocol covers all varsity athletic programs, with emphasis on sports where the risk is highest and injuries may be unavoidable — particularly basketball, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, and soccer.

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Colgate community comes together for Homecoming 2014

October 4, 2014

The Chenango Valley echoed with the cheers of Colgate faithful during Homecoming 2014, September 18–21. More than 1,000 alumni, parents, and friends came for the festivities, which included sports, a bonfire, fireworks, and receptions.

The keynote address featuring Mark Divine ’85 was sponsored by the Presidents’ Club. A retired Navy SEAL, author, and founder of SEALFit, Divine encouraged students to affirm their core values and work hard every day, tapping their physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual strength to achieve success. He also urged them to sit quietly in this often-noisy and frenetic world, saying that, in silence, you find your reason for being. “If you don’t know your ‘why,’ in the most trying moments,” he said, “you’re going to quit.”

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Two faculty perspectives on ebola

October 3, 2014

Two recent talks by Colgate professors give some context to the ebola outbreak response from two angles, one by a virologist examining the nature of epidemics, and the other from a perspective of government response, specifically in Liberia.

Mary Moran

Mary Moran

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‘This is Not a Play About Sex’ performances are this weekend

October 3, 2014
December 2012 performance of "This is not a play about sex" photo by Andy Daddio

December 2012 performance of This is Not a Play About Sex (photo by Andy Daddio.)

From a bilingual presentation to a moonlit canoe ride, here are some events to check out next week before heading out for the mid-term break.

Mirta Yáñez, a renowned writer known for her short stories, essays, and poetry will be on campus Tuesday, October 7, to read from her work in a bilingual presentation.

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Students gain access to world-class telescope in New Mexico

October 1, 2014
Colgate students will be able to use the Astrophysical Research Consortium 3.5 meter telescope.

The Astrophysical Research Consortium 3.5 meter telescope.

Colgate students will have the opportunity to get closer to the stars thanks to a three-year arrangement that provides them with valuable access to a world-class telescope at the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. Read more