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Hamilton dedicates Kennedy Center during Fallcoming Weekend

On October 10, the College dedicated the long-awaited Kevin and Karen Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts before more than 100 guests. Opening the center made the College’s goal of housing a first class arts facility a reality.

2015 Senior Gift will be an outdoor learning space

Bringing a Hamilton education to the great outdoors, the Senior Gift Committee announced last week that the class of 2015’s senior gift would be an outdoor classroom in memory of Professor Jonathan Vaughan. The gift was announced at the fundraising kickoff event as the winner of a survey of the senior class, which included two other potential gifts.

Hamilton students spend day at Goldman Sachs

Tanning at the beach, waiting tables at the local diner or being a camp counselor are all ways many students spend their summers. However, for some students, the dream summer is a 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. day of work in the fast-paced environment of New York City, dream of interning at banks like Bank of America Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and many others.

Fall break leaves students inactive and bored

Every year, most students leave campus for fall break, with only a smattering of students remaining – principally West Coasters and international students. This year, because Fallcoming and Family Weekend happened both on the same weekend and right before fall break, a fair number of students who would usually go home remained. This highlights a perennial problem for those who stay on-campus: an almost complete lack of things to do.

Plush Pink Pig Thing vs. Alex

Let’s talk about whimsy.  Dictionary definition:  playfully quaint or fanciful behavior or humor.  (Examples: Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Monty Python’s Dead Parrot sketch, the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski, Diane Keaton’s fashion statement in Annie Hall, half the tracks on Sgt. Pepper or The White Album)  I realize I’ve dated myself with that list, but you get the point.

Letter to the Editor: Vance Joy Concert Cancellation

Less than one week ago, CAB and I were informed by Vance Joy’s management that due to personal issues, Vance Joy would be unable to perform at Hamilton on Oct. 24.





Senior Gift should reflect senior class

Two weeks ago, the Senior Class Gift Co-Chairs announced the Class of 2015 Senior Gift– an outdoor classroom named for the late James L. Ferguson Professor of Psychology Jonathan Vaughan.  While the Senior Gift Campaign generally makes a positive impact on campus and allows seniors to give back to the school, we at The Spectator wanted to point out a few things the Senior Gift Committee can do better.


Arts & Entertainment


Beers with Ben

“Beers with Ben” features various members of the Hamilton faculty in off-the-cuff interviews at the Little Pub.

This week features Professor of English and Creative Writing Onno Oerlemans and Professor of Mathematics Sally Cockburn, drinking a Saranac Legacy IPA and a Woodchuck Hard Cider, respectively.

Where in the world is: Nejla Asimovic ’16

“So, what’s Madrid like?”

Senior Reflection: Choose Your Own Adventure

I toured Hamilton entirely against my will.


Force of Nature is a historic new Wellin exhibit

The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art unveiled its newest show, Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature, on October 11. While Alyson Shotz is primarily a sculptor, she filled the gallery with a wide range of visual media, including large-scale sculptures, ceramics, prints, vinyl decals, a wall drawing, and an animation. The Wellin Museum proved largely successful in its first attempt to dedicate the entire gallery space to a single artist.

Catherine Wright’s performance piece ‘Tough Love’ is a primal tour-de-force

Last Sunday night at 7:30, The Emerson Literary Society brought Catherine Alice Wright and Co. to the Blood Fitness and Dance Center for a lei’d back evening of performance art.

Jazz All-Stars return to the Hill for annual concert

Anticipation was the air. The musicians tuned their instruments while the audience took their seats. I looked down at the band from the balcony, eagerly awaiting their set as I listened to the final words of introduction. The return of the Jazz All-Stars was one of the highlights of Fallcoming for many members of the Hamilton community.

Cross country competes at home invitational

The cross country teams have continued their productive seasons over the past few weeks. Not only do they have individual standout performances, but also the teams as a whole are performing at a high level. The teams last competed in the Hamilton College Invitational on Oct. 11.

Football’s late surge vs. Polar Bears falls short

The Hamilton football team put on a show during Fallcoming, fighting until the very last second against Bowdoin.  Featuring a kickoff return for a touchdown, an onside kick recovery and a blocked punt from Hamilton, the Continentals proved their strength as a unit in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.

Soccer teams close out regular season schedules

As the fall soccer season comes to a close, both the Hamilton men’s and women’s teams look to end the season on a high note. Both teams have just a few games left and are looking to make a push to proceed into the postseason.  These remaining games are virtual must-wins for each squad with playoff aspirations on the line.