College mourns loss of Wellin and Vaughan

Keith Wellin
Hamilton College life trustee and longtime benefactor of the college Keith Wellin ’50, GP ’11, ’14 passed away last Sunday morning, September 14, at the age of 88.

Jonathan Vaughan
On Sept. 15, President Joan Hinde Stewart announced the passing of James L. Ferguson Professor of Psychology Jonathan Vaughan. Vaughan died the day before due to complications from pneumonia.

Off the Hill Challenge connects students with locals

On Saturday, September 13, more than 150 Hamilton students took part in Make a Difference Day, sponsored by Hamilton Association for Volunteering Outreach and Charity (HAVOC), an event which served a total of 23 sites in the area. Service projects included clearing weeds and branches at Heritage Farm, sorting books at the Utica Public Library, cleaning cages, doing laundry and playing with cats at Spring Farm Cares animal shelter and spending time with nursing home residents at the Masonic Care Community.

Shelly Haley discusses racial history at Hamilton

On Thursday, September 11, students, faculty and staff crowded into the Red Pit to hear Professor of Classics and Africana Studies Shelley Haley speak about the history of diversity and inclusion at Hamilton College.

Roper discusses modern feminism

On Friday, September 12, the Womyn’s Center brought Danielle Roper ’06 to the Hill to speak about her personal experience with feminism.


Colby College inaugurates 20th president

Wesleyan bans students from off-campus fraternity house

Connecticut College reaches out through Opportunity Network

Rand Paul’s planned abolishment of Education Department could change financial aid

Every time I read or hear about Republican Rand Paul’s current political campaign for the 2016 election, all I can remember is the first time I drove on the interstate. I careened in and out of lanes at 35 miles per hour as every other vehicle on the road honked and swerved in a desperate attempt to avoid what probably looked like reckless driving.

Anonymity and intimacy of Yik Yak will create a malicious community

Before I start chiding Yik Yak let me begin by saying I think that the Internet is the greatest invention in the history of mankind and that social media in general is one of its best manifestations. I adore the opportunity to engage and express afforded by different platforms, and I think it is a necessary and healthy part of our society. But I have to draw the line somewhere.

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.

How to actually “Make a Difference”

In last week’s NESCAC News column, The Spectator noted that on September 6, more than 700 Trinity students participated in the college’s “Do It Day.” On this day,  Trinity students volunteer their time and services throughout the city of Hartford, Conn. Hamilton’s annual version of Do It Day, called “Make a Difference Day,” occurred this past weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 13.  Like Trinity’s event, Hamilton students volunteer at various sites throughout the local Mohawk Valley community.


Sex and the Campus: In defense of using caution, A response to last week’s Letter to the Editor

This column covers both silly and serious topics about sex and dating from the perspective of a poetry-loving, feminist psychology major. For topic suggestions, questions  or other perspectives on sex in college, please email

Fall Recipes: Gerard Pozzi’s Creamed Garlic Spinach

Gerard Pozzi '18 shares a fall-time recipe for creamed garlic spinach.

Beers with Ben at The Little Pub

“Beers with Ben” features various members of the Hamilton faculty in off-the-cuff interviews at the Little Pub.

This week features Director of Diversity and Inclusion Amit Taneja, drinking an Ommegang Hennepin.

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.

F.I.L.M. series continues to showcase unique voices in film

Forum on Image and Language in Motion (F.I.L.M.) will celebrate its 10th year as a Hamilton institution this fall by continuing its tradition of showing unique and over-looked films for free to students and faculty, as well as the general public.

Self-conducted chamber orchestra, A Far Cry, delights Wellin Hall Wat Wellin Hall

On Saturday, Sept. 13, Wellin Hall hosted A Far Cry, a world-renowned chamber orchestra featuring an innovative structure of on-stage leadership.


Task Force examines student-athlete culture

Last December, Athletic Director Jon Hind ’80 and Dean of Faculty Pat Reynolds, along with several other Hamilton administrators, began a full review of the athletics program.

W. Soccer starts with three wins

Less than two weeks after the beginning of the soccer season, the Hamilton women’s soccer team has already competed in four matches. Starting off with a game against Trinity on Sept. 6 and playing its latest match against Rensselaer on the 14th, the squad has endured an exhausting four-games-in-nine-days stretch.

Football builds towards new season

The Hamilton football team’s days of preparation have not been easy so far, with players battling injuries, fighting for starting positions, adjusting to a new head coach and playbook and, of course, facing the greater task of rebuilding a program from the ground up.