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Community pounces on Great Names tickets

Recently retired New York Yankee shortstop and captain Derek Jeter will visit Hamilton College for this year’s Great Names event on December 10. Tickets were available for free to the Hamilton community beginning at noon on Monday, Oct. 27 and they sold out early Wednesday afternoon.

Mullainathan speaks on the prevalence of scarcity

On October 23, the Levitt Center Speaker Series hosted a lecture titled “Scarcity: A Talk for People Too Busy to Attend Talks” presented by Harvard University Professor of Economics Sendhill Mullainathan. Mullainathan’s talk centered around his research when writing his book Scarcity: Why Having too Little Means So Much.


Bates College cancels Halloween “Trick or Drink” party

Tufts provides pay raise, improved job security to part-time professors

Peres lecture leaves something to be desired

There are several advantages to a liberal arts institution: small classes, educational freedom and an emphasis on critical thinking and resources. Here, I am referring to physical monetary resources that have easily allowed Hamilton to build an elegant new art center, or to bring a celebrity to campus for a speech each year. However, we are not the only ones who do that.

‘Alex’ mascot continues a negative trend of conformity

Last weekend, Hamilton hosted a regional water polo tournament, giving me a chance to hang out with an old high school friend of mine who plays for Renssalear Polytechnic Institute. As we talked about our respective colleges, we began to notice that there were rather stark differences between our two institutions. Oftentimes, being isolated on the Hill can blind us to just how different Hamilton can be, compared to other colleges.

Hamilton deserves distinction as changemaker campus

Ashoka U recently recognized Hamilton as one of 29 changemaker campuses. For students’ work in Utica and the surrounding area, Hamilton joined colleges such as Duke, Cornell and Brown as leaders in social innovation. Similar to the economic diversity ranking I wrote about earlier this year, this ranking allows us to ask a few questions about Hamilton’s social innovation: What is it? and Does Hamilton have social innovation?





Ignorance is no excuse for inaction

In recent weeks, it has become clear that the ideology of The Movement has expanded to encompass even more minorities groups on campus, including gender nonconforming students. The Movement has been pushing for a specific number of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus. They say, “We demand Hamilton College to make one gender neutral restroom for every two gendered restrooms in every residential, academic, and administrative buildings.”


Arts & Entertainment


From Where I Sit: Hamilton’s International Perspectives

I am an American Korean college student at Hamilton College, and I’m from New York City, where there is a variety of cultural foods. After spending time in Clinton, I have noticed that the ethnic cuisine is limited to Chinese, American and Mexican. I want to share a part of my background with Clinton residents and share my knowledge about why Korean food is healthy and can be part of a well-rounded diet.

Hogwarts takes the Hill

Forget chemistry and history—last weekend Hamilton was home to potions and divination, and for two brief nights turned itself into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. On the evenings of  Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25 evening, over 60 students gathered in Benedict Hall to put on improvised skits for local residents and Hamilton students, all while acting out characters from the Harry Potter series.

Sex and the Campus

Over the past few days, images on BuzzFeed and other websites have surfaced depicting ‘the offensive couple’s Halloween costume to trump all offensive couples’ Halloween costumes’. I almost  couldn’t believe it, but there it was: costumes depicting a domestic violence perpetrator  and survivor.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure in “trash” cinema series

This past summer, Bennett Glace ’16 worked with Professor Scott MacDonald to explore the history of a cinematic movement known as trash film.  The result of his research can be seen in the ongoing film series “Another Man’s Treasure: An Exploration of ‘Trash’ Cinema.”  The response to the series has been positive so far: according to Glace, “No one has run out screaming.”  The Spectator sat down with Glace as he prepared to screen the final films of his series.

The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet is a glorious showcase for its cast

The tragedy of Hamlet is well-trod territory for actors and directors alike.  At a slim 95 minutes, The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, playing now in the Chapel, does not reinvent the wheel when it comes to interpreting Shakespeare’s words.  The production plays like a greatest hits of Hamlet, demonstrating the play’s capacity as an actor’s playground.

Piano prodigy George Li visits the Hill

Hamilton’s music department is known for providing students with an engaging and dynamic array of talented artists. Last Friday’s concert in Wellin Hall, headlined by 19-year-old pianist George Li, certainly upheld the stage’s reputation for excellence. His performance demonstrated an extraordinary level of technical and interpretive prowess for someone so young.

Football drops close contest vs. Williams

The Hamilton College football team came up short as the men tried to surpass a 21-point deficit on Oct. 25. With the 21-14 loss Hamilton falls to 0-6 while Williams improves to 2-4.

Senior Athlete of the Week: Katie Steates

Katie Steates is a senior member of the Women’s Varsity Golf team at Hamilton. She was not only on the first women’s golf team at Hamilton, but also ran varsity track her freshman year at Hamilton

Volleyball earns 1st ever NESCAC playoff berth

Two weeks ago, the Continentals made team history when they beat Trinity College for the first time in a conference match. This qualified them for the NESCAC quarterfinal, a first in the volleyball team’s 29-year history. The Trinity win was followed by a strong showing in the Hall of Fame Classic, hosted at Amherst and Smith Colleges, the following weekend.