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Hamilton struggles in energy use competition

On and off the Hill, environmental sustainability is a pressing issue. Hamilton participates in a competition every year with other area colleges to monitor energy use. However, there are many initiatives being done at both the governmental and local levels in order to slow this damage and preserve the world.

New signs by crosswalk hope to promote caution

When walking across campus, students tend to show more caution to avoid walking across a map than when walking across a busy town road. Following what Director of Campus Safety Fran Manfredo calls “several close calls” at the crosswalk on College Hill Road, Hamilton will be placing two signs, one on either side of the street, encouraging pedestrians to “STOP” and “make eye contact with driver before crossing.”

Death penalty panel sparks intense debate

Last Thursday, November, 6, students, faculty, and staff crowded into the Bradford Auditorium to hear a heated debate about the use of the death penalty in American society. The event, which was sponsored by the Levitt Center, featured Senior Counsel at the Constitution Project Sarah Turberville and New York Law School Professor Robert Blecker. Hamilton Professor of Government and Law Frank Anechiarico moderated the forum.

Bias response team must increase transparency

Around 11 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, my friend and I were walking down the Hill to his dorm room.  We had enjoyed a lovely night in the Filius Events Barn seeing Shakey Graves, and were chatting about his music as my friend fiddled with his bike.  We had just passed Couper Hall when a vehicle turned toward us off of campus road.  It drove up the hill toward us, a bright LED flashlight flickering on in the passenger seat as it neared us.  The flashlight worked as intended, dazzling our eyes and keeping us from identifying the vehicle’s occupants.  The car slowed to a crawl as we passed. Then a voice called,“Hey, nigger boy!”

After Ayotzinapa: What the Mexican protests mean

In Mexico, there have been waves of protests and citizen upheavals that it has not experienced in recent memory. The protests before the 2012 presidential elections pale in comparison to the current situation, and perhaps now more than ever it is critically important to be watchful of the development of this latest chapter in the country’s history.

We should have fewer As on our transcripts

Wouldn’t it be nice to have 100 trillion dollars? Hold on! What if that money is in Zimbabwean dollars? Oops, but due to inflation, you can only spend your entire wealth on a Big Mac.





Setbacks should not prevent environmental efforts

Currently, Hamilton College is a participant in the NY6 regional competition of the Campus Conservation Nations.  Despite our strong showing in previous years, as reported in The Spectator’s front page story, we are off to a slow start.  Members of HEAG point out that there are likely several reasons for this including the timing of competition and the systemic problems of how Hamilton heats its buildings.  While it may be true that these roadblocks keep us from being as competitive as we have been in past years, they do not represent valid excuses for individual environmental apathy.


Arts & Entertainment


From Where I Sit: Hamilton’s International Perspectives

When I first landed my feet on this foreign country, I knew I would face challenges. As my fears escalated, I looked for ways to avoid these challenges, so I would avoid problems and embarrassments. At times when I had to face the task that I was reluctant to do, I just simply gave up, then moved on. But after a significant incident in seventh grade, I realized I would never move forward if I cannot challenge myself.

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 kcieplic@hamilton edu.

Senior Reflection: Personal Perception

I’m having a fight with Hamilton right now. Not one that is physical, legal or financial, but an emotional one. Hamilton, I am tired of you.

Dream Play begins a new era of Hamilton College productions in Kennedy Center

For the first Hamilton College Theatre Production of the academic year, Professor Carole Bellini-Sharp directed A Dream Play, originally written by August Strindberg and now adapted by Caryl Churchill. Written as a precursor to early 1900s dramatic movements, the play focuses on a series of events surrounding a young woman who comes from another world to experience what life is like, and if it is really as difficult as human beings make it out to be.

Nate Taylor ’11 captivates Chapel

Last Sunday, Nate Taylor ’11 performed a set of folk music in the Chapel. Sitting at the front of the altar, Taylor smiled as the last chords of the title cut rung out.

Brian Brooks Moving Company provides a varied dance experience

On Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 pm, the Brian Brooks Moving Company performed in Wellin Hall. The Company was brought to Hamilton through the Mohawk Valley Dance Partnership. The performance consisted of five dances, all choreographed by Brian Brook, and two of the five were performed by Brooks himself. All the dances utilized unique styles and each performance stressed how the dances, costumes, lightings, props and music came together to form a compelling experience.

Hockey teams drop the puck this weekend

The ice is down on Russel Sage Rink, and the all too familiar smell of hockey wafts into the surrounding hallways. Ice hockey has returned to the Hill, with both the men’s and women’s teams beginning practices this past Saturday.

Ultimate teams compete at Northeast Classic

The Ultimate Frisbee teams are among the most competitive club teams on the Hill.  On Nov. 1 and 2, both the Hot Saucers again reaffirmed their standing as one of the campus’ best squads, as the women and men took first and second, respectively, in the Northeast Classic in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Volleyball comeback vs. Williams falls short

The volleyball team wrapped up one of their most successful seasons (15-12) in recent memory on Nov. 7. Hamilton suffered a tight loss at the hands of Williams (23-4 overall), the defending conference champion and No. 2 seed, in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC tournament at Tufts. The girls fought hard in their first NESCAC tournament match since 2000, erasing an early two-set deficit, only to fall just short of completing the comeback with a fifth set loss.