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Sex & the Campus: boundaries of exclusivity

It’s Thanksgiving. You’re sitting around the table with extended family that you don’t see often enough for the type of personal questions they ask you. To me, it’s a dodgeball game. They’re whipping fast balls at you left and right: “What are you majoring in?” “Oh, and what can you do with that?” “Any jobs lined up yet?” So far it’s a success. You’re diving, dipping, dodging, successfully avoiding confrontation while simultaneously convincing your parents and your family that you have your life together. Feeling pretty comfortable, you breathe a sigh of relief and reach for the gravy, but, just as your turn your head, you’re smacked right in the ear by the one fateful blow: “So, are you dating anyone?”  More ...

Horoscope: you are where you live

Due to the temporary misplacement of my astrological charts, this week’s horoscopes are based on students’ dorms. I understand that it may seem silly to predict future events based on one’s housing and not the movement of celestial objects, but let me assure you that divine communication is kind of my thing. So please, take a few minutes to check what you and your housemates have in store for the day.  More ...

Survive dining hall life with a few simple tricks

We can almost all agree that one of the important aspects of choosing a college—perhaps even the deciding factor for some—is the food. While some just want consistent, edible nourishment, others prefer a large variety with surprisingly scrumptious sweets. Hamilton delivers on both ends, but, just because the food is there, doesn’t mean it’s easily accessible.  More ...

Exploring new clubs and groups on campus

At the outset of each year, students at Hamilton College can satisfy their diverse interests through a number of clubs and organizations. Besides curious passersby and eager club heads clamoring for a student’s attention, this year’s club fair looked a little bit different. In case you missed the interest meetings or want to learn about a club housed in the Dunham basement, here is a compilation from the leaders of Hamilton’s new groups about what to look forward to this year.  More ...

Sex Abroad: Sex(uality) shop lessons

When I told people that I had interned at a sex shop while studying abroad in Amsterdam, I received a wide variety of responses. My friends supported me and asked questions about my experience; my mom asked if I had participated in live sex demonstrations; and my grandparents fell quiet.  Despite these responses, I persevered, determined to bring my passion for sexuality and sex-positive feminism to a whole new level. I realize that not everyone reading this will be presented with this kind of opportunity, so I’ve decided to compile a list of lessons that I learned from working in a high-end sex shop in the Netherlands.  More ...

Beat the heat

For all those students who spent move-in day unloading flannel sheets, fuzzy sweaters and remarkably heavy comforters, this heat wave is less than ideal. Hamilton’s infamous seasons of bitter cold (and darkness) are blessed with a month-long hiatus—one filled with excruciating heat. Here are a few ways to stay cool during the last hot days of summer. More ...

Sex and the Campus: Bundy Benefits

So it’s your sophomore year and you’ve been banished down the Hill to Bundy due to a terribly unfortunate lottery position. Bundy is confusing, it’s far away, the walk is a killer. The laundry list of complaints goes on and on. Some choose to try to see the bright side of living in Bundy, hoping for a bangin’ “Bundy Butt” because—let’s face it—anyone can appreciate the benefits of great glutes. More ...

Spending a Summer in Sweden

Summer: a season typically associated with extreme heat, hours of daylight, and, for most college students, replacing the worry of classes with thoughts of relaxation and freedom from school.  More ...

Into the bowels of Hamilton College

When tasked with finding the best public restrooms on campus, I faced a surprisingly complex question: what qualities make bathrooms good?  More ...

Finding love at first print

Most people know The Spectator, the College’s oldest publication, for its news, restaurant reviews, sports rundowns—and now matchmaking. They say that 40 percent of Hamilton College alums meet their future spouses as undergraduates.  In two weeks, two graduates will tie the knot, making their way into that 40 percent.  More ...

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