“Hang in there. You get surprised” Haddity ’83 tells Class & Charter convocation

Surprise was the word of the day at this year’s Class and Charter ceremony. Whether it was class of ’83 alum John Hadity’s speech or student and faculty awards, everyone left surprised. This year marked the 65th Class and Charter convocation—the tradition was started in 1950 by then-President Robert Ward McEwen—and was held for the first time in Wellin Hall.

College hires new Career Center Director

Class & Charter Day Award Winners 2015

Senior Week Issue

Spectator Seniors

From left to right: Siranna Santacrose, Kevin Welsh, Sara Kleinman, Shannon O’Brien, Emily Moore, Jack Cartwright, Beth Comatos, Ben Fields, Patrick English

Go forth, eat Brussels sprouts

You should drink a lot of coffee

Making friends after college

Beers with Ben


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Better ways to talk about ‘privilege’

The term ‘white privilege’ had not been used until 1965, when Theodore W. Allen began studying it with his pamphlet “White Blindspot.” The term began to be publicized in newspapers, but even now the concept of privilege is new to many Americans, even threatening to some. From first-hand experience, I can say that introducing the term ‘privilege’ can easily lead to defensiveness and outright hostility from either side.

We must stop glorifying domestic abuse

THE SOAPBOX: More diversity needed in TV’s LGBTQ characters


Stress about the important things

After writing over 100 articles for The Spectator, I assumed that it would be easy to crank out a few hundred words about my time at Hamilton. I was wrong. I have tried to start this piece several different times, and each time I end up deleting everything on the page. How can I possibly distill such an amazing experience into just one article? Hamilton is so much more than just a school to me; it is even more than a community and a home. Hamilton is to me what Hogwarts was to Harry Potter. It is a place where I have learned to be someone I can be proud of, where I have met the most important people in my life and a place that I could not imagine my life without.

Hamilton students take the reigns on teaching

Beers with Ben at the Little Pub


Reflecting on our year

The Spectator has never been as active in The Spectator as it was this year. While our dedicated staff and generous writers provide news, opinion, reviews and results, as an institution we tend to stay out of the fold. However, this year we found ourselves in the middle of several conversations on campus and had to explain and protect our work and beliefs. Sometimes we threw the first punch; sometimes we bowed out. Media big and small typically struggle to figure out if they are a medium for others or a player in their own right, and after this year it may be time to more closely consider the latter argument.

Every publication at Hamilton is meant to share information, opinions or muses. They provide language and imagery that other publications cannot, and they inspire conversations over early breakfasts and study breaks. The Spectator tries to inform students about events in their daily lives and give them a space to comment about life on the Hill. The Duel Observer tries to do something similar, except with more dick jokes. Red Weather opens up students’ journals and The Daily Bull explores their imaginations. In short, they are members of the Hamilton community in their own right. These roles as


Spotlight on Senior Art Majors
Sara Wortman, Sean Henry-Smith, Jess LeBow, Lesley Klose, Cassie Pepin, Sarah Scalet, Hideko Naram, Weconday Murray, Kate Bickmore, Kaily Williams, and Laura Donaldson, of the class of 2015, exhibit their work.

IMF brings Pell to Barn

Olympics of the Visual Arts


Women’s crew earns first NCAA bid ever

Women’s crew has made its mark on Division III sports this year, culminating in the announcement of its first NCAA bid in program history last Monday. The team’s two Varsity 8 boats will travel to California at the end of this month to compete against top NCAA-returners Trinity, Williams and Bates, among others. The women’s team is currently ranked first in New York State and No. 4 in the U.S. Rowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division III Top 15 poll, which is its highest ranking to date.

W. Lax stuns champions, heads to Sweet 16

conversation starters and opinion influencers mean that every publication ought to, in some way, acknowledge their power and carefully consider how they use it. Editors, writers and photographers should interrogate what their issues and editions are trying to achieve and continually push themselves to do better. Since their glossy pages and official mastheads hold a little more power than the average student, they should appreciate and employ their influence productively.

Despite the long hours and serious implications, working on The Spectator this year has been enjoyable, productive and a pretty good use of our Wednesday nights. Whether the whole staff admits it or not, none of us would find new stories or hunt down class years for captions if the work did not feel meaningful every week. We know we are hardly professional journalists, and we all hope that each issue contains few mistakes. We try our best; we make mistakes, and for better or worse we have to show up each week and put ourselves out there again. Although it has been a hectic semester, and year, we remain proud to call ourselves Hamilton College’s only newspaper. Here’s to another 166 years in print!

2014-15 in headlines

September 2014
9/4/2014 Culture of disrespect forces policy review
9/11/2014 College recommends changes to Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy
9/18/2014 College mourns loss of Wellin and Vaughan
9/25/2014 Hamilton students join in People’s Climate March

October 2014
10/2/2014 HOC Conquers All 46
10/9/2014 College brings Alex to the Hill for the first time
10/23/2014 Hamilton dedicates Kennedy Center during Fallcoming Weekend
10/30/2014 Community pounces on Great Names tickets

November 2014
11/6/2014 Saving swipes and fasting for a cause
11/13/2014 Hamilton struggles in energy use competition

December 2014
12/4/2014 Hamilton under federal Title IX investigation
12/12/2014 Jeter Great Names event a homerun

January 2015

1/22/2015 Hamilton welcomes new students to the Hill with January Orientation
1/29/2015 Students lend a hand at MLK Day of Service

February 2015
2/5/2015 Project SHINE celebrates tenth anniversary
2/12/2015 Panelists challenge stereotypes about Islam
2/19/2015 Pharoah warms up FebFest
2/26/2015 Minds for Change hosts speak out on mental health

March 2015
3/5/2015 Former Ambassador to give Commencement address

April 2015
4/2/2015 Michael Chabon delivers 2015 Tolles lecture
4/9/2015 Acceptance rate low and tuition high
4/16/2015 Lockdown
4/23/2015 Success for all-gender bathroom initiative
4/30/2015 Community unites to support one of its own

May 2015
5/7/2015 College sanctions Theta Delta Chi fraternity

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