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Orientation trips become universal for new students

Announcing to the arrival date of students for this year’s freshman orientation, Andrew Jillings, Director of the Outdoor Leadership Center, wrote, “‘What could possibly go wrong?’ we hear you ask. Well, that’s why we’re writing.” Nearly all of Hamilton’s first-year class was coming to campus on the same day for the first time in over 30 years, when Adirondack Adventure (AA) trips were first started in 1984.

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Students explore new places, new experiences

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Editorial

Universal orientation: A net positive

August 18 was a crazy day on the Hill. For the first time in over thirty years the entire first year class moved in on one day. These students, greeted by more than 100 student leaders and countless other community members represented the culmination of a multi-year project to standardize the orientation experience. This change was the result of the (probably correct) belief that pre-orientation, once a niche experience for some first-years, was becoming exclusionary, and students who were not participating were being left with an on-campus orientation experience that was generally seen as lackluster. While this was a serious undertaking that was never going to be seamless in the first iteration, the team that worked together to plan and execute these trips did a phenomenal job.

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Opinion

Orientation Review: senior vs. first-year

Caroline Harrington '16
Two weeks ago, a new crop of first-years showed up on the Hill to crowds of cheering AA, OA and XA leaders. The enthusiastic leaders, dressed in Salvation Army’s finest mix of colorful ’80s paraphernalia and ugly hats, welcomed Hamilton’s newest students with their classic signs promising “ice cream for breakfast” and “no bedtimes...."

Sophia Wang ’19
Is huddling inside a cold sleeping bag, listening to the scratching sound of roaring wind enjoyable? Probably not....

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Features

Morris: The new kid on the block

Hamilton’s newest residence hall also has perhaps one of the most interesting campus histories. Present day Morris House was originally a structure built in 1872 called the Hiram Perry Smith Library, named after an alumnus who owned a successful railroad company and contributed half the cost of the building. The Hiram Perry Smith Library underwent its first renovation 52 years later in 1924 to become the Knox Infirmary, and some four decades later it was converted into Minor Theater. For over half a century Minor Theater was home to theater productions on the Hill, but after the construction of The Kevin and Karen Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts in 2014, the administration decided to convert the old theater building into a suite-style residence hall.

   

A&E

This weekend: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
While many college students choose to spend their summers relaxing, a dedicated group of theatre students spent their time away from the Hill studying Shakespeare. However, their upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been in the works for far longer.

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Sports

First-years bring fresh look to football team

The past few years have been difficult ones for the Hamilton football team. The 2013 and 2014 campaigns were both winless, and many of the team’s losses were landslides. As the losses stacked up on the gridiron, support for the Continentals dwindled on campus and attendance for home games was the poorest in the NESCAC.

Cross Country teams look to improve under senior leaders

Joe Lin ’15 signs with pro Taiwanese basketball team

Men’s Rugby program continues to strengthen reputation

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