On our campus, school spirit has surged with the successes of both the men’s and women’s hockey teams. As students prepare their cheering voices and break out their “Back Our Blue” t-shirts for this weekend’s NESCAC playoff game, the Hill continues to buzz with an extraordinary sense of pride and support. Hosting such major athletic events has sparked a surge of school pride that rarely graces our campus. Especially in the midst of stressful midterms, it is easy to lose sight of how much we genuinely care for our school and our peers.
Around the middle of February, the income from tuition, room, and board runs out. From that point until the end of the academic year, the College relies on donations from Hamilton’s alumni, parents and friends. In other words, whether you receive financial aid or not, we all benefit from the generosity of thousands of people who care about Hamilton and its future.
As an 1812 Ambassador for the Development Office, I have had the opportunity to meet some of these generous donors and volunteers such as Paul McGiffin ’57. After sharing my Hamilton story at the Class Leadership Committee Meeting during Fallcoming Weekend this year, he personally congratulated me at a reception that followed. I noticed cool Hamilton embroidery on his blazer and was surprised to find out that it was from when his father graduated from Hamilton in 1924.
In the midst of wiretapping accusations, hysteria over ratings for “The Apprentice” and a revised immigration ban, you might have missed the House Ways and Means Committee’s quiet approval of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the early hours of March 9th.
Every weekend night, Hamilton students flood the bars in downtown Clinton. Dressed to the nines with (fake) IDs, Hill Cards and money in their pockets, students expect to be welcomed with open arms to the town’s bars and food spots.
Ascension, an online card game requiring intense concentration and complex strategy, garners hundreds of players every month from all over the world. The leaders in this online world are competitors in monthly tournaments—competitive matches between skilled players who play the game frequently, even every day. Every year, the player with the most monthly victories becomes the uncontested champion of that year.
After a few weeks into the semester, college students can easily feel overwhelmed by the never-ending essays and midterms that all professors seem to schedule for the same time. Especially with the addition of other campus responsibilities, it’s important to remember how to indulge in self-care and relaxation.
Though the recent stretch of warm days and clear skies has been a frustrating tease, it has also been a pleasant reminder that spring is around the corner, and that Hamilton men’s lacrosse will be hitting the turf soon.