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In Defense of College Journalism

“Know Thyself.” For over 200 years, Hamilton’s motto has inspired students to cultivate and appreciate their own abilities and interests. More ...

Letter to the Editor, February 9

We accept the upcoming retirement of Dean Nancy Thompson with reluctance. She deserves rest and quiet, but we receive this news as a loss. When appointed dur- ing our sophomore year, she was a warm and welcoming administrator. She soon became much more. More ...

In Favor of Intellectual Diversity

Straying from its usual panoply of liberal visiting lecturers, the Hamilton Community has invited speakers with unexplored takes on commonly dis- cussed campus issues this semester--and, importantly, students have been attending. More ...

Hamilton’s response to exective orders

On Friday, January 27, President Trump signed an executive order banning the entry of citizens from seven Muslim majority countries. The order also suspended the US refugee program for six months and the Syrian refugees program indefinitely. The executive order has been met with a swift and fierce reaction from the many who viewed it as a discriminatory policy. The order was also viewed as contradictory to American’s promise of humanitarian leadership.   More ...

February 2, 2017, Letter to the Editor

More than a quarter century ago, while working at another college, I was sent to meet a Somali and his family at the airport and bring them to their new home in the United States. It was a moving experience – one of the most profound of my life. More ...

Advocating for Grassroots Efforts

Welcome home, Hamilton students. Many events have taken place since The Spectator was last published, not the least of which was the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, followed by worldwide demonstrations led by women to promote women’s rights as human rights. The morning of the march, Washington, D.C. was brimming with buses of protesters visiting to express their discontent with the rhetoric promoted by the new presidential administration. Three among those busses carried students, faculty, staff and community members from Hamilton College and the surrounding area. More ...

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I wish to personally acknowledge Lana Gura in these pages not only because she was a classmate, a friend, a one-time Spec copy editor, and a fellow young journalist. Lana was also a hidden fixture of my tenure as editor in-chief of this newspaper. More ...

Reflecting on an Eventful Semester

As the Fall 2016 semester draws to a close, it’s time to reflect upon our experiences of this past semester. The Spectator has engaged with a variety of important conversations on campus. As we approach the end of 2016 and begin to look forward to next year, we want to take a moment to review the issues that have emerged over this semester and set some tasks for our newspaper and our campus to take up again in the coming semester.  More ...

A Letter to the Editor

To the editor:  The 2016 presidential election was marred by verbal abuse and misrepresentation, by the use of language to obfuscate, injure, and divide. That campaign rhetoric has already begun to spur actions that further weaken social bonds, violate individual rights, and threaten lives.  The members of the Literature and Creative Writing Department at Hamilton College renew their commitment to language as a means of creating understanding across differences and of improving the world. As individual citizens and as teachers, we dedicate ourselves to supporting those of our students and colleagues who are most immediately affected by the current political climate, and to resisting the coarsening of both language and political life. Finally, as members of the broader Hamilton community, we support efforts to make Hamilton a sanctuary for undocumented students.  More ...

Our Power

Tuesday’s Our Power rally provided community members with an outlet to express disapproval and anger with the values President- elect Donald Trump represents, as well as solidarity with marginal- ized communities. This rally represented Hamilton’s participation in a nationwide demonstration that included at least 27 other colleges and universities throughout the United States. It was met with en- thusiasm and support by members of the Hamilton College, Utica College and Colgate University communities, accompanied by local residents who joined in the march as well. Still, while protests are vitally important in demonstrating discomfort, anger and support, they are inconsequential without further concrete action. Protests are not social events; they are intended to be a stepping stone for further political and social action. Within our community, we must not fail to take subsequent steps. More ...

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