On Tuesday, April 18, Assistant Professor of Communications Jennifer Grygiel from the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Communication, delivered a speech in Hamilton’s Kirner-Johnson auditorium, which she titled “#fakenewstrainwreck.”
The first one hundred days of the Trump presidency have given us a taste of the style of governance we are to expect for the next four years. For many, this has been a cause of consternation as travel is restricted and our alliances wither. Next on the President’s firing line are the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which are to be eliminated in Trump’s budget proposal. Now more than ever, the arts community has to show its fangs and demonstrate that it has the capacity to make lasting change, even if it must fight tooth and nail under adverse circumstances.
Hamilton’s latest mainstage production is an example of how theatre can both entertain audiences and subvert our commander-in-chief to great effect. Antigonick features a 2,000 year-old story, re-energized by Anne Carson’s translation and re-invented by Mark Cryer’s needlepoint direction. Yet the core message remains the same: a warning about the perils of demagoguery and the rulers who use it to circumvent justice. In a similar vein, Get Out has pushed the glaringly problematic nature of modern racism to the forefront of American cinema.
Here’s some breaking news: you’re not slick. Yes, you. The one blowing Juul smoke inconspicuously into the hem of your shirt from the back of the class. Or you. Congratulations for cordoning off a KJ study space, but everyone can see the thin vapor clouds that appear intermittently over your computer screen like a wall of fog making its way across a coastal landscape. We see you, you purveyors of Juul, you demigods of vape, you nicotine fiends.
As a student at Hamilton college my GPA factors into my class rank, and class rank is used as a diagnostic tool for both personal and professional usage. At first blush there is no issue with how GPA and class rank are determined at Hamilton, indeed at colleges across the United States, but there are several factors I believe that should be discussed.