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Fresh produce from Colgate’s own garden available at the Coop

September 26, 2014

With midterms rapidly approaching, here are some events happening around campus next week that are worth taking a study break for.

On Wednesday, October 1, the Office of Off-Campus Study will hold a Study Group Fair in the Ho Atrium from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The event is a great opportunity to get an idea of the wide range of Colgate study groups available from Wollongong, Australia, to Kyoto, Japan.

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September 25 update on campus-climate demonstration

September 25, 2014
A new plan of action, "Colgate For All," is the result of collaboration between sit-in participants and Colgate administrators.

Talks between Colgate administration and student demonstrators moved forward Thursday. (Photo by Dylan Crouse ’15)

Constructive talks between Colgate administrators and student representatives of Colgate University Association of Critical Collegians (ACC) are continuing into the evening on day four of a peaceful demonstration at James B. Colgate Hall.

Both groups continue to collaborate on the fine details of what can become an action plan that is consistent with the university’s mission, and that is a continuation of the hard work put into the strategic plan.

As the document is a work in progress, both groups have mutually agreed to keep the work private until it is finalized and agreed upon.

“We recognize with all these achievements that further work needs to be done to realize our ambition of a campus where every student is fully supported,” said Colgate University President Jeffrey Herbst.

This fall, consistent with the university’s strategic plan, Colgate welcomed the most diverse first-year class in its history and offered the most financial aid to students ever; promoted internationalization, especially of regions outside of our traditional areas of study; and embarked on a residential learning communities program that seeks to enrich student life.

The campus leadership believes the discussions with the students advances the university’s efforts to-date and makes our future action steps stronger.

“We are proud of how our talks are moving toward a positive resolution, and we are proud of our students, who have taken a stand for what they believe,” said Dean of the College Suzy Nelson. “The students’ initiative reflects the best of a Colgate education.”


Colgate supports students’ calls for a welcoming and supportive campus environment  

September 24, 2014
Students demonstrate outside James B. Colgate Hall

Students demonstrate outside James B. Colgate Hall. (Photo by Dylan Crouse ’15)

A peaceful demonstration supporting inclusion and diversity, which began on Monday, Sept. 22, continued at Colgate today. Progress has been made toward mutual understanding regarding the 21-point list of “concerns and action plans” that were submitted to the administration by the Colgate University Association of Critical Collegians (ACC). Read more


September 23 update on campus-climate demonstration

September 23, 2014

As students continue their sit-in in James B. Colgate Hall, we’ve been in dialogue with representatives from the group. We have found the conversations to be very valuable and constructive.

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Update on campus-climate demonstration in James B. Colgate Hall

September 22, 2014

Dear members of the Colgate community:

We are writing to publicly state our solidarity with members of our community who are concerned about acts of racism and bias that have happened on Colgate’s campus.

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Lecture on Islamic State, indie film, and sushi fill campus calendar

September 19, 2014

Homecoming events fill this weekend’s calendar, while the week ahead features lots of different events to choose from, including a lecture on the Islamic State, an indie film, and even some late night sushi.

On Monday, September 22, the International Relations Council will host Daniel Benjamin, the former coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department and ambassador-at-large. He served as the main adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in that role, and now works as the director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

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Freedom on My Mind screening builds on yearlong theme of civil rights

September 17, 2014
It was a brisk evening on the Quad for the free barbecue.

It was a brisk evening on the Quad for the free barbecue. (Photo by Dylan Crouse ’15)

Last Friday, hundreds of first-year students gathered on the Academic Quad to watch a screening of Freedom on My Mind, a 1994 Academy Award-nominated documentary directed by Connie Field.

The film was presented as part of a campuswide initiative called “Civil Rights: Then and Now.”

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Video: Colgate students lend a hand during COVE day of service

September 14, 2014

Giving back to the community often involves application of old-fashioned elbow grease, but sometimes it’s also a good game of kickball accompanied by a big smile and laughter.

A new video captures a few moments during an August 21 day of service in Utica in which nearly 40 first-year students pitched in to help nonprofit organizations through participation in the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (COVE) pre-orientation program.

Students painted rooms, cleaned out garages, and played games with children during the daylong outing at six local groups: Hope House, Johnson Park Center, the Thea Bowman House, Emmaus House, the Utica Rescue Mission, and the Neighborhood Center.


New Picker exhibitions and Homecoming fill busy calendar

September 12, 2014

This post is by Jessica Rice ’16

As students are concluding their second full week of school, there are tons of events happening around campus. It’s going to be a busy week at Colgate with Homecoming Weekend around the corner, so here are some of the events you don’t want to miss.

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Addressing race relations in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting

September 11, 2014
Colgate community members collectively put their hands up in a demonstration of their solidarity with Ferguson. Photo by Salote Tenisi '15

Colgate community members collectively put their hands up in a demonstration of their solidarity with Ferguson, Mo. Photos by Salote Tenisi ’15

Editor’s note: This report was co-authored by Hannah O’Malley ’17 and Kellyann Hayes ’16

Colgate has been participating in the nationwide conversation about race relations in response to the death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American who was unarmed when he was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Read more


Natasha Torres ’15 assesses study abroad experiences of students of color

September 8, 2014
Natasha Torres '15

Based on her own experiences studying abroad, Natasha Torres ’15 developed her research project about how other students of color navigated their experiences.

Colgate students are reflecting on their summer research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Natasha Torres ’15, an educational studies major and women’s studies minor from Cleveland, Ohio, who was given an award for outstanding research at the fall student poster session.

My study abroad experience, which included a semester in Italy and extended study to South Africa, was life changing — in far more complicated ways than I had expected. My two experiences were drastically different, but both informed the reasons for conducting my research and are deeply embedded within my project. Read more


Academic year begins with strong message of sexual respect and safety

September 4, 2014
Yes Means Yes training has been held on campus for several years.

Yes Means Yes program training has been held on campus for several years.

The expectations for 2014–2015 are crystal clear: Sexual violence will not be tolerated at Colgate.

As stated in a September 3 campus-wide e-mail signed by President Jeffrey Herbst, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Douglas Hicks, and Dean of the College Suzy Nelson, the administration is “especially keen to bring the issue out in the open … during the first several weeks of the semester, when new students are proven to be most at risk.” Read more


Summer Institute provides invaluable mentorship for first-year students

September 3, 2014
Manny Heredia-Santoyo '14 (second from right), a residential academic coach for the Summer Institute, has served as a role model to this group of first-years.

Manny Heredia-Santoyo ’14 (second from right), a residential academic coach for the Summer Institute, has been a role model for these first-years.

Staying at Colgate for one last summer, Manuel (Manny) Heredia-Santoyo ’14 wanted to bring to the Summer Institute what he learned through his own experience. For five weeks, Heredia-Santoyo lived, ate, took classes, and shared stories with 13 incoming students. As a residential academic coach (RAC), he was a role model in every sense of the word. Read more


Ben Mandell ’14 spends summer as assistant director/producer of LONEtheater

September 1, 2014
Ben Mandell '14 played a role in the performance titled "Pact," part of LONEtheater, for which he also served as assistant director/producer.

Ben Mandell ’14 played a role in “Pact,” part of LONEtheater, for which he also served as assistant director/producer.

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Ben Mandell ’14 who, after graduating with a theater major and Spanish minor, discovered a unique type of theater that combined both of his academic pursuits.

LONEtheater was a theatrical experience different than any other. Read more


Video: A special guest joins the Class of 2018

August 29, 2014

Members of the Class of 2018 received a huge welcome during arrival day last Saturday, and Raider was among those who enjoyed the day and shared a big Colgate hello.