College recommends changes to Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy

Last week, the Title IX Task Force, formed by President Joan Hinde Stewart in May, released its recommended changes to Hamilton’s Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy. Senior Associate Dean of Students for Strategic Initiatives and Title IX Coordinator Meredith Harper Bonham announced the draft recommendations via an all-campus email.

Off the Hill Challenge connects students with locals

On Saturday, September 6, Hamilton students braved wind and scattered showers to embark on the Off the Hill Challenge. Participants went from storefront to storefront, collecting complimentary flowers from the Clinton Florist, sharp cheddar cheese from Tom’s Natural Foods and perfectly proportioned half-moon cookies at Village Crossing. For many first-years, the event was not only their first chance to explore downtown Clinton; it was their first time off the Hill at all since arriving on campus.

Dovidio lectures on psychology of prejudice

On Tuesday, September 9, faculty and students alike piled into the Bradford Auditorium of the Kirner-Johnson building to listen to John F. Dovidio speak. Dovidio, the Carl Iver Hovland Professor of Psychology at Yale University, does research centered around issues of social power and social relations. His lecture, entitled “The Subtlety of Contemporary Racism: Implications for Intergroup Perceptions, Interaction, and Policy,” was the John Rybash Memorial Psychology Lecture for this year.

The Soapbox: Gazan children are not collateral damage

When the Gaza-Israel conflict first broke out this summer, it seemed similar to many of the previous conflicts that have happened in the region. The death of three teenage Israelis sparked this latest itineration. Hamas launched Stone Age rockets, and Israel reacted with a full scale military operation. However, this time the war was horrifyingly different. Seven weeks of dehumanizing stupidity from both sides have yielded more than 1,473 civilian losses in Gaza, including 501 children, according to the UN.

Harassment and Sexual Misconduct policy changes will lead to fewer legal problems

In my experience, the best policy in the face of uncertainty and complexity is to listening to people who are smarter than you. This strategy is precisely what Hamilton’s administration is doing in regards to the sexual misconduct  policy changes on the Hill.

The pressures of being a first-year

Before even being admitted to college, admissions offices across the country are putting us into categories. They judge us based on test scores, GPAs, disciplinary reports, volunteerism and athleticism, then label us based on these simplified versions of ourselves. The designation of scholar, philanthropist, athlete, author or activist—among many others—is thrust upon each of us, and we are expected to adhere to those titles to fill the mold and play our part. This branding amplifies as we step on campus.

Re: Sex and the Campus: The First-Year’s Guide to Getting Some (Respect)

Although I applaud the ideas behind The Spectator’s “Sex and the Campus” column which promotes a healthy sexual culture, the eradication of slut-shaming, and mutual respect between partners, I take issue with some of the points expressed in its most recent article.

Student disengagement with policy recommendations prevents real progress

Recently, officials at Hamilton College announced several changes to the way in which the College handles incidents involving sexual assault.  As detailed in The Spectator’s cover story, the changes were sparked by both new federal regulations as well as by an institutional desire to craft a more effective and just sexual assault policy.


Where in the world is: Isabella Schoning ’16

My alarm goes off at 8 a.m. and I open my eyes to sunlight. During the summer-white nights, the sun never truly sets. I get dressed and head into the kitchen for breakfast, where a pot of warm kasha (oatmeal made from buckwheat) awaits. Since the tap water is undrinkable here, my host family has to boil the water before drinking it. After filling my water bottle, I take copies of my papers in my bag and head out the door. I enter the busy street and cars scream by me  swerving around each other. I shake my head and make my way towards the bus stop.

Senior Reflection: Piertotum Locomotor

Being asked to write a senior reflection column is daunting for all sorts of reasons, one of which is the gentle reminder that you’re on the way out. Plus you need to find a place to live, a job and write two theses while you figure it out. Another reason is a familiar one:What in the Hell do I write about?  After sifting through some of the misty, water-colored memories of the Hill, I found a recurring theme: duty. It’s a seemingly strange theme for one’s fondest memories, but it has fueled my campus experience for longer than I’ve known. By the end of this, hopefully, you’ll understand why.

Arts & Entertainment

First CAB acoustic coffeehouse showcases promising young talent

A new year on the Hill means a new set of exciting acoustic coffeehouses presented by CAB.  Last Thursday, Sept. 4, recording artists Marc Scibilia and Alice Limoges performed in the Filius Events Barn.

Coming soon to Hamilton: A Far Cry

This Saturday, Sept. 13, a self-conducted chamber orchestra called A Far Cry will be visiting campus.  Founded in 2007 by a young collective of Boston-based artists, the group focuses on testing the boundaries of traditional Western classical music. For this performance, A Far Cry will be joined by former child prodigy and current professional violinist Augustin Hadelich.

Jazz Kick-Off concert brings the funk

Celebrating his 21st year at Hamilton, Professor of Music Michael “Doc” Woods let loose in his annual Jazz Kick-Off concert. In contrast to last year’s chamber music-infused “Chambuh Flav,” Woods combined classic funk and swing in his program, “Funk Republic.” According to the program notes, the pieces depicted a “magical kingdom that can exist inside any nation…where there is no war, no hatred and no lies being told.”


Cross country teams win short course invitational

For most sports, running is a form of punishment, and most athletes will attest that conditioning is always a dreaded part of practice. However, that is not the case for cross-country runners, as they are wired to run miles on end while enjoying every bit of it. Though the Hamilton College cross country team is just starting its season the runners have been training year round.

M. Soccer beats Oswego, rallies against Trinity

For any team, a win is a great way to start off the season. The men’s soccer 3-0 victory against the SUNY Oswego Lakers last Wednesday Sept. 3, followed by a 1-1 tie with the Trinity Bantams on Saturday Sept. 6, proved to set just the right tone for the start to the rest of the season.

Brown and Weston lead volleyball

After a long summer of hard work, Hamilton volleyball entered its season ready to surpass all expectations.