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Learning Leadership with the Levitt Institute

While most students spent their winter break in the comfort of their homes and on vacation, 28 Hamilton students braved the snow and came back from the break early to take action, initiate change and learn how to become leaders in their communities. With plenty of team building exercises and resources at their fingertips, they participated in the sixth annual Levitt Leadership Institute (LLI), learning what it truly takes to create personal and societal change. More ...

An open letter: Dear January Admits

Welcome back to Hamilton! We at The Spectator would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the returning students, and we hope that your journeys in the past semester were both meaningful and memorable. Second semester has already begun, and for most of the students it’s a lot like last semester, just with significantly more snow. You all, however, had an unorthodox first semester. This one will bring novel excitements, but also the stress of figuring out college five months later than the rest of the first-years.    More ...

Tackling the Beast of the East: Hamilton's Powder Club takes Killington

If you’re a ski bum, you know the adrenaline rush of your first moments on the mountain all too well. While clicking in and strapping up, you hear the zip of jackets and the whistle of cold wind. One binding, then the next, then your first push, drop in, and finally flight down the hill. The feeling is nearly unparalleled—the only thing that makes it better is sharing the joy of the ski mountain with friends. Hamilton’s Powder Club seems to understand this, and so on the last weekend of Winter Break the Pow Club brought a group of Hamilton students on a trip to Killington, VT for a weekend of tackling the Beast of the East. More ...

Gift Guide: Everything you never knew you needed

The holiday season is overwhelming. My mom once told me, “Everything happens at once,” and that rings especially true come late December. If you find yourself scratching your head over whether you accidentally sent your dog a sweater and your uncle a collar while being conversationally barraged by visiting family and operating on a diet of exclusively peppermint products, you are not alone.  We understand how important it is to get the perfect present for that special someone, so we prepared a brief summary of this season’s hottest gifts with hopes of alleviating your holiday stress. Let us start off with the easy stuff:  More ...

Sex and the Campus: Season's Greetings

Hi everyone, happy holidays! This week, to get you in the holiday mood, I’ll be talking about ways to *spice* up your time in the bedroom.  First, let’s begin with some flavors. Did you know that condoms come in all sizes, shapes, textures, AND flavors? We’re talking about every (pleasant) taste you could possibly imagine: strawberry, cherry, banana, chocolate, grape, vanilla... The list goes on and on. They even come in special holiday flavors, such as candy cane.  More ...

Festive things come in threes

Winter is here, and the month of December is one of the most festive times of the year. This month people will celebrate various holidays from Hanukkah to Christmas to Kwanzaa, each of which has a rich history and cheerful traditions. These three major holidays are celebrated by not only people across the world but also many students across the Hamilton campus, with each individual having their own personal traditions and ideas of what the holiday means to them.  More ...

Eggnog and Estrogen: Christmas with a house of women

After a night of twisting and turning over the strange, deep-seated excitement that comes every Christmas Eve no matter how old I am, I’ve finally slipped into a slumber. A slumber so deep that, when a sharp pang in my stomach shoots my eyes open, I wake to the sound of my own shrill screaming. Luckily, it’s not an intruder intent on impaling me on Christmas morning, but my youngest sister Paige using my sleeping body as a trampoline and expecting me to immediately join in her excitement, because, well, “It’s Chriiiiiisssstmaasss!”  More ...

If Santa were a student, I wonder who he’d be...

Santa is one of those people you just can’t imagine being any younger than he is now. Sort of like Ben Franklin or Betty White or your grandma. They’re just old. Santa without a big, white beard is sort of a weird concept, but Santa as a college student is an even weirder one. Santa was probably a light-sider who spent more of his time eating Opus cookies than he did actually doing work. He was definitely also that kid who violated every fire code regulation at Christmas time, or more likely, all of the time.  More ...

Thanksgiving in Chinatown: Beyond cultural borders

I was lucky enough to beat the Upstate New York snowstorm and instead make an appearance in sunny Los Angeles for my very first Thanksgiving Break. Leaving campus, I was disappointed to find out that I would not be riding one of the 20-foot long Hamilton-chartered limousines. However, this dismay quickly subsided when our own van passed by a familiar limo that had ended up on the side of the road at the expense of a flat tire.  More ...

Prof Talk with...Marianne Janack

Position: Chair, Professor of Philosophy  At Hamilton since: 2001  More ...

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