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Jeter steps off the field for Great Names

Former New York Yankees captain and shortstop Derek Jeter spoke at Hamilton College Wednesday night as this year’s speaker in the College’s Sacerdote Great Names Series. Hamilton originally distributed over 5,000 tickets for the event and anticipated a to-capacity crowd; however, there were handfuls of empty seats, potentially due to the poor weather conditions.

Students stage die-in protest on College Hill Road

Last Thursday, a 200-person group compromised of students, faculty members and staff gathered at the crosswalk on Martin’s Way to protest the recent non-indictments of the officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner and to stand in solidary with victims of police brutality. The event was called “Student Walk-Out and Die-In Protest,” and students were invited to participate via Facebook.

President Stewart announces retirement

President Joan Hinde Stewart informed members of the Hamilton College Board of Trustees last week that she plans to retire on June 30, 2016. After 13 years leading Hamilton College. Stewart has led the College for 13 years, making her the eight longest serving president in its history.

Update on Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Letter to the Editor: In response to recent conversations around diversity and inclusion, we wanted to update the campus on some progress and ongoing efforts at the College.

Community should be proud of its students for speaking out

Letter to the Editor: The profiling and killings by police officers or self-appointed vigilantes of unarmed African-Americans and the recent controversy over New York City’s infamous stop-and-frisk policy police profiling of people of color may finally be generating a real national conversation about systematic, ingrained racism in our criminal justice system and society at large.  At Hamilton, the conversation was most recently manifest in a Dec. 1 community-wide meeting and a Dec. 4 protest that blocked traffic on College Hill Road.

Regarding Title IX and the OCR complaint

Letter to the Editor: I write in response to concerns expressed by Student Assembly and The Spectator editorial staff about the recent complaint filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). As Title IX Coordinator, I am determined to be as transparent as possible regarding the College’s sexual misconduct policy and procedures.





Reflecting upon another semester

Believe it or not, the fall semester is drawing to a close.  As more and more snow begins to fall and Hamilton students spend dreadful amounts of time in the Library in preparation for the upcoming exams, The Spectator is reflecting upon the major events of this semester.


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Senior Reflection: Be-You-tiful

Want to know the only thing that I know about my time at Hamilton? It is that I do not have it figured out. My years at Hamilton have been a whirlwind of mistakes, achievements, diner breakfasts and Beyoncé dance parties.

Sex and the Campus

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

From Where I Sit: Hamilton’s International Perspectives

After hearing many people’s reactions to the fact that I’m from Poland, I can now narrow down what people know about Poland to three things: pierogi, vodka and Warsaw. But there is so much more to Poland.

CAB Comedy presents: Steve Macone and Tommy Ryman

At the beginning of finals period, Steve Macone amd Tommy Ryman brought some much-needed laughter to the Barn on Saturday night, Dec. 6.

Preview: holiday classic The Nutcracker promises to enthrall audiences

This weekend, Utica Dance will come to the Hill to perform Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker accompanied live by the Hamilton College Orchestra, conducted by Associate Professor of Music Heather Buchman.

Directors’ Showcase exhibits students’ theatrical talents

Last week, I had the opportunity to take part in an enjoyable Hamilton theatre tradition: the Directors’ Showcase.  This event included five one-act plays, each directed by students in Directing.  In many ways, the Directors’ Showcase is a miniature version of a full production process.

Senior Athlete of the Week: Tina Choinski

Tina Choinski is the senior athlete of the week.

Squash teams playing up to expectations

The men’s and women’s squash teams recently kicked off their 2014-2015 campaigns looking to improve on last year’s success. So far, both teams have  shown signs of their potential but are both looking to establish a signature victory to announce their arrival as contenders in the highly competitive NESCAC.

Swimming and diving compete in home invite

The energy was high as fans and swimmers alike cheered on their friends and teammates at Bristol Pool last Friday afternoon. Hamilton men’s team racked up 1,068.5 team points for the win and the women conquered with 1,131 team points over the course of two days. SUNY Oneonta came in second, followed by SUNY Cortland, Colby and SUNY Potsdam.