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A step forward for dance at Colgate

December 16, 2014
Colgate Professor Tanya Calamoneri dances during one of her classes

Professor Tanya Calamoneri leads a contemporary dance class. Photo by Andrew Daddio

You wouldn’t expect to walk into a dance class and see 14 men and only two women. But that’s the makeup of Professor Tanya Calamoneri’s Dance Imagery and Improvisation course. Read more

Hope for Colgate’s future is key message at candlelight service

December 11, 2014
President Herbst at candlelight service

President Jeffrey Herbst speaks at the candlelight service in Memorial Chapel. (Photo by Dylan Crouse ’15) SEE MORE PHOTOS

Last night’s Candlelight Service of Reconciliation in Memorial Chapel was as hopeful as it was poignant, capping off a turbulent semester that many believe will make Colgate a more inclusive, safe, and respectful community.

The candle-lit event was pitch perfect, from the opening chords of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” to the Colgate Resolutions’ harmonious rendition of Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes.”

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Colgate Thirteen to perform at Radio City Christmas Spectacular

November 30, 2014
Colgate Thirteen

The Colgate Thirteen perform at Memorial Chapel. (Photo by Janna Minehart)

Christmas is coming early this year for Colgate Thirteen fans.

The a cappella crew is pleased to announce that it will kick off the 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City on Friday, December 12, taking the stage at 9:10 p.m. — just before the curtain rises on the Rockettes at 9:30 p.m.

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Raider says Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Seeing the Beast plays with relationship between humans and deer

November 21, 2014
Colgate University Seeing the Beast play

Colgate University Theater performed Seeing the Beast (photo by Gerard Gaskin)

Last weekend, University Theater presented Seeing the Beast, an experimental play that was part TEDtalk, part fairytale, and part nature documentary.

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Student bystander training helps prevent sexual assault

November 19, 2014

Seated in a semi-circle, students in a recent Bystander Intervention training session took turns stating the reasons they were there. Some wanted to be better informed for their work building awareness about sexual and relationship violence. One student was trying to make sense of a personal situation. A few others said they simply wanted to be better community members.

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Professors lead discussion to promote self-care at Women’s Studies Center

November 17, 2014

I know we’re all thinking the same thing. One more week until Thanksgiving recess. One more week until we can head home, eat turkey, and watch football.

But while you’re cramming for your last exam before break, or working on that 10-page Shakespeare paper due the day you get back from break like I will be this week, here are some events you don’t want to miss before catching up on some much needed sleep.

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German Club creates Berlin Wall remembrance

November 17, 2014
Two students examine a commemorative Berlin Wall in Lawrence Hall at Colgate University

German Club members Rachel Ernst ’16, of New York City (left), and Sarah Gorayeb ’15, of Morristown, N.J., read writing on a commemorative Berlin Wall.

A symbolic Berlin Wall, set up by the Colgate German Club in the foyer of Lawrence Hall, commemorates the 25th anniversary of the November 9, 1989, conclusion of the separation between East and West Berlin.

Spray-painted with the German words, Kein Ausgang, meaning no exit, and the opposition statement, Wir Sind Ein Volk, meaning, we are one people, students passing by the wall were welcomed to add their own graffiti, as was common on the west side of the actual barrier.

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Polynesian Awareness Week boasts full slate of events

November 10, 2014

From Polynesian Awareness week, to a University Theater production, to a Battle of the Bands, there are a wide variety of things to do around campus this week.

This week, the ALANA Cultural Center, Native American Studies Department, Office of Residential Life, and Hawai’i Club have teamed up to host Colgate’s first Polynesian Awareness Week. Come learn about the culture of places located within the Polynesian Triangle, such as Samoa, Tonga, Aotearoa, Tahiti, and Hawai’i.

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Students, professors to offer analysis of Election Night results

November 3, 2014

From Election Night to a live performance by the Manhattan String Quartet, here are four events I think are particularly exciting this week at Colgate.

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Sexual Climate Forum facilitates open dialogue

November 3, 2014

Last Monday evening, October 27, approximately 300 students filled Memorial Chapel for a two-hour Sexual Climate Forum intended to inspire open dialogue about sexual respect at Colgate and provide knowledge of the resources and support systems available on campus. Read more

Colgate student-athletes rank fourth nationally in graduation success rate

November 1, 2014

Colgate’s NCAA Graduation Success Rate is 98 percent for the third straight year, placing Raiders student-athletes fourth nationally in Division I for the second year in a row, according to data released last week.

The Raiders were joined by Stanford, Harvard, Yale, and Brown universities at the 98-percent mark, just ahead of Columbia, Duke, and Princeton.

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Author Jonathan Franzen visits Colgate as part of Living Writers course

October 30, 2014
Jonathan Franzen at Colgate University

Jonathan Franzen speaks to students in the Living Writers course.

Our class starts the same way it does on any other Thursday, except this week English professors Jennifer Brice and Jane Pinchin walk in with renowned author Jonathan Franzen. They introduce him and say, “He knows the drill,” which we all know means we get to spend the next 75 minutes asking him any questions we want.

Franzen starts by saying, “I am a writer, and I am alive.”

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Lauren Yeary ‘15, Farah Fouladi ‘15 organize trip to NYC with other female computer science majors

October 28, 2014
Colgate Women in Computer Science visit tech firms including Facebook

Colgate Women in Computer Science members visit tech firms, including Facebook. View more photos.

During midterm break, Lauren Yeary ‘15 and Farah Fouladi ‘15 organized a tech trip to New York City with nine other female computer science majors who are members of the Women in Computer Science Club (WiCS) at Colgate.

The trip included visits to Bloomberg, Facebook, Shutterstock, ZocDoc, Google, Twitter, and Foursquare. The two-day immersion trip was the brainchild of Yeary and Fouladi, developed while they were interning at tech companies.

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La Casa to host special Halloween-themed Lounge event

October 27, 2014

It’s hard to believe that Halloween is this Friday, and that October is already coming to an end. There are still plenty of events to check out when you’re not channeling your favorite superhero this weekend.

On Thursday, October 30, Lounge: Late Night Arts Event, will be having a special Halloween-themed event hosted at La Casa.

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

October 20, 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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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.

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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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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.

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

Chapel bell tolls 13 times to mark end of 100-hour-long demonstration

September 26, 2014
Students celebrate the conclusion of a 100-hour sit-in Friday, September 26.

Students celebrate the conclusion of a 100-hour demonstration Friday, September 26. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

“Can you hear us now” gave way to “We love Colgate, Go ‘Gate, No Hate” as about 400 students, faculty, and staff marched together from the Hurwitz Admission Center at James B. Colgate Hall to Memorial Chapel on the Academic Quad.

The euphoric and historic ceremony marked the end of a peaceful, 100-hour-long demonstration that was initiated by students on Monday, Sept. 22, in order to create a culture of greater inclusivity on campus.

Amidst the chanting came a fitting sound: the Chapel bell tolled a ceremonial 13 times. Read more