Profile: Junior Student-Trustees

By Hrithik Biswas ’23Operations Manager Junior Student-Trustee Samari Brown ’24 and Jesse Whelan-Small ’24 have quite a presence around the HWS campus. Jesse can be seen giving tours to prospective students, but while not on campus, he was in Washington D.C. as a Legislative Intern for Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr (NJ-10) this past summer. Samari’s talent in theater, self-expression, and innovative thinking is at … Continue reading Profile: Junior Student-Trustees

Cannabis and Fentanyl on Campus

By Jack Hanson ’25Design, Web Editor On September 24th, the HWS Administration sent out a school wide email warning students that, “we have learned from health officials that fentanyl – a life threatening, synthetic opioid 50-100 times stronger than heroin – has been found locally, including in marijuana,” and referred students to the amnesty policy. The New York Department of Health (DOH) press release linked … Continue reading Cannabis and Fentanyl on Campus

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Student Activists Fight to Make Abortions Accessible on Campus and in Geneva

By Kylie Rowland ‘24Staff Writer Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last June, movements across the country sprung up to defend abortion rights. In New York, abortion is legal—but legal does not always mean accessible. Both the Geneva Women’s Assembly and HWS student activists have been organizing and demanding increased access to abortions and other reproductive healthcare in the Finger Lakes. … Continue reading Student Activists Fight to Make Abortions Accessible on Campus and in Geneva

The Search for the New Vice President of DEI

By Paige Wilson ‘26Staff Writer As the 2022-23 school year commences here at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, so does the search for our new Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  With the former Vice President Khuram Hussain stepping down at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year, the Colleges are more than eager to begin the search for the next VP with such … Continue reading The Search for the New Vice President of DEI

A First Year’s Perspective on Orientation

By Spencer Pinque ‘26Staff Writer Orientation all began on a Thursday.  The chaos of the student arrival: the sea of cars, and the inevitable cries of parents lingering in the air.  When matriculation came, smiling faces were literally everywhere.  The shaking hands with the Colleges President, which is regarded as a very important benchmark because it will be followed up with another handshake upon graduation.  … Continue reading A First Year’s Perspective on Orientation

Brown and Whelan-Small ’24 Elected as New Student Trustees

By Hrithik Biswas ’22  The new Junior Student-Trustees Samari Brown ’24 and Jesse Whelan-Small ’24 have quite a presence around campus. Jesse can be seen around campus giving tours to prospective students, while not on campus he was in Washington D.C. as a Legislative Intern for Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr (NJ-10) this past summer. Samari’s talent in theater, self-expression, and innovative thinking is at … Continue reading Brown and Whelan-Small ’24 Elected as New Student Trustees

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Questions and Answers with Mark and Mary Gearan

By Paul Janes ‘24, Caitlin Carr ‘23, and Aidan Grieff ‘25Editor-in-Chief, Copy Editor, and Staff Writer How does it feel to be back and what drew you back?  “It feels great to be back we are very honored and excited for this next chapter, this is a special place, Hobart and William Smith. We were here for 18 years, and then our daughter came here … Continue reading Questions and Answers with Mark and Mary Gearan

Perspectives on Civil Discourse from two Hobart Alumni

Editors Note: The opinions shared in this article do not reflect the overall position of The Herald, but rather offer insight from the authors. By Jim Anderton ’65 & Nick Hurd ‘64 Please allow us to use this forum to explore some of our concerns about education today and how our undergraduate years at HWS prepared us to deal with them. We are all familiar … Continue reading Perspectives on Civil Discourse from two Hobart Alumni

Beautiful Minds hosts fifth annual AFSP Out of the Darkness Fundraiser 

By Morgan Murphy ‘22  Copy Editor On Saturday, April 9, the Beautiful Minds club hosted a successful event. The Out of the Darkness Fundraiser engaged students, faculty, and members of the community to raise awareness of mental health resources in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).   Club presidents Angelica Knudson ’22 and Shea McIntyre ’22 told the Herald they were extremely pleased … Continue reading Beautiful Minds hosts fifth annual AFSP Out of the Darkness Fundraiser 

Vice President of DEI Khuram Hussain Leaves Behind a Legacy of Community

By Ani Freedman ’22 Editor-in-Chief Khuram Hussain has been a steadfast, empathetic, and reliable advocate for the HWS and Geneva communities since his arrival at the Colleges years ago. Following the announcement of his newly accepted position at Middlebury College as leader of their Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and as Associate Professor of Education Studies, The Herald spoke with VP Hussain to … Continue reading Vice President of DEI Khuram Hussain Leaves Behind a Legacy of Community

The Housing Coalition and Questions about Housing Answered

By Caleb Austin ’22 and Jack Hanson ’25 Staff Writers As students returned to campus for their Spring 2022 semester, they were greeted with pressures to find their next housing arrangements and substantial changes to the future of student housing on campus. Long ago the administration canceled the ability to live off-campus senior year and has instead sponsored campus-owned houses or the Odell’s neighborhood as … Continue reading The Housing Coalition and Questions about Housing Answered

Giving “Write” Now: The Power of Mentorship within the Writing Colleagues Program

By Katelyn Oswalt ’24 Staff Writer Inspired by the Athletic Day of Donors, the Writing Colleagues Program is beginning a fundraising campaign entitled “Give Write Now!”, which will help to continue to fund equity planning, as well as other day to day functions of the program. The fundraiser is functioning as part of a pilot for an eventual, wider Academic Day of Donors.   When asked … Continue reading Giving “Write” Now: The Power of Mentorship within the Writing Colleagues Program

Hobart Hockey Loses in Quarterfinals of NCAA Tournament

By Emma Lucas ’23 Staff Writer On Saturday March 12, the Hobart ice hockey team took to the ice for the first round of NCAA against the Elmira Soaring Eagles. The following Saturday, March 19, the Hobart Statesmen traveled to Adrian, MI for quarter final play, falling short against the Adrian College Bulldogs.   The Geneva Ice Rink was packed full of students and parents watching … Continue reading Hobart Hockey Loses in Quarterfinals of NCAA Tournament

The Value of College: A Look at Economic Diversity

By Jaheim Pierre ’25 and Paulina Tejada ’25 Staff Writers Access to education in the United States has been unequal for centuries and has affected all facets of the social, economic, and cultural life of America. The first African American to attend college was reported to be Alexander Lucius Twilight who graduated from Amherst College in 1823, and the first woman, Catherine Brewer, obtained her … Continue reading The Value of College: A Look at Economic Diversity

HWS on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

By Caleb Austin ’22 Staff Writer On Thursday, February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. Russian forces bombed cities across the country and immediately advanced on metropolitan centers throughout the north and east. The invasion and denunciation of Ukrainian sovereignty shook the world and, in response to Ukrainian diplomatic efforts, many nations around the globe rallied together to oppose Russian imperialism and support the defense of … Continue reading HWS on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Op-Ed: The Scissors

By Abby Leyson ’22 Staff Writer The Martini has come back to our campus just in time to enjoy the light of spring blooming in Geneva, NY. Their most recent issue was published on March 28. The Martini is back to its usual hard-hitting attitude, especially with some of their latest issue topics. Poetry and prose express sex, love, heartbreak, disappointment, and the most disappointing … Continue reading Op-Ed: The Scissors

Hannah Dickinson, Professor and Activist

Katelyn Oswalt ’24 Staff Writer Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Hannah Dickinson has been involved with numerous social movements in the Geneva area, specifically surrounding the Sixth Ward of the Geneva City Council.  The Sixth Ward of the City of Geneva is located on the Northeast of the city, bordering Seneca Lake. It is described by Dickinson to be “one of the most diverse, … Continue reading Hannah Dickinson, Professor and Activist

Admissions Office adds Paynter to the Team

By Jaheim Pierre ’25 Alan Paynter joins the admissions team at Hobart and William Smith Colleges as its director. In his purview, he will oversee the entire marketing and recruitment process. Part of the job description is to design and implement a recruiting and marketing strategy to help HWS meet its overall admissions goals.  Reflecting on his own life story, Paynter emphasized the importance of … Continue reading Admissions Office adds Paynter to the Team

Winter Wonderland Comes back to HWS

By Abby Leyson ’22 On January 29, 2022, the Campus of Activities Board hosted the Colleges’ annual Winter Wonderland, an event that welcomes students back to HWS for their spring semester and embraces the winter season in Geneva, N.Y.   This year, CAB kicked off Winter Wonderland with skis, sled rides, and tubes to take advantage of the recent snow that fell upon campus. The quad … Continue reading Winter Wonderland Comes back to HWS

Alpine Skiing becoming a Varsity Sport at HWS

By Molly Matthews ’22 In the Fall of 2021, Hobart and William Smith Colleges announced that there would be an addition of twelve new varsity sports over the next five years. Two of these will be Varsity Alpine Skiing teams for both Hobart and William Smith.   The school currently has a very successful club Alpine ski team with both men’s and women’s teams currently being … Continue reading Alpine Skiing becoming a Varsity Sport at HWS

Six New Varsity Sports Starting at HWS this Fall

By Emma Lucas ’23 This fall, there will be six new teams added to the Colleges: William Smith (WS) bowling, WS volleyball, Hobart swim and dive, Hobart baseball, Hobart and WS alpine skiing! The Herald sat down with Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation Brian Miller and new WS volleyball head coach Derryk Williams to find out what they have to say … Continue reading Six New Varsity Sports Starting at HWS this Fall

Haughnted Houghton Brought Back from the Dead

By Abby Leyson ’22 Staff Writer With Covid cases trickling down to zero, CAB was able to host Haunted Houghton once again, a beloved spooky HWS event that culminates Halloween in all its amusement and horror. The Herald was able to attend and observe the event, as well as speak to several students about their experience upon its return.  After a year of HWS silently appreciating the seasons … Continue reading Haughnted Houghton Brought Back from the Dead

HWS Higher Education Opportunity Program and HEOP Students

By Paulina Tejada ’25 and Emily Echavarria ’25 Staff Writers What is HEOP, exactly?   The Higher Education Opportunity Program was founded in 1969 by Aurther O. Eve to financially and academically support marginalized students in over 50 colleges, including in our very own Hobart and William Smith colleges. This is a program that affords opportunities to students within New York State looking to further their higher education by allotting them the necessary tools … Continue reading HWS Higher Education Opportunity Program and HEOP Students

Failed Econ Courses, Now an Economics Professor at HWS

By Hrithik Biswas ’23 Operations Manager Assistant Professor of Economics Anastasia Wilson received her PhD in Economics from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. With prior experience in teaching at larger research universities, she is originally from Western Massachusetts and moved to Geneva during the pandemic. “I actually failed a couple of my first econ courses; I had thought it wasn’t for me,” she told the Herald.  Professor Wilson had an interesting shift in life––a fact some students might be unaware of. She … Continue reading Failed Econ Courses, Now an Economics Professor at HWS

Opinion: Student Government: A Source of Change, an instrument of hope and a catalyst for development-if students engage!

By Jaheim Javel Pierre ’25 First-Year Class President As one of the first-year class presidents, I was intimidated by the opacity of my new role in the first weeks of the semester. To me it seemed to rash at the time and lacked a logical basis, to be a first-year class president. I was inspired by government meetings, seeing students across all walks of life here at … Continue reading Opinion: Student Government: A Source of Change, an instrument of hope and a catalyst for development-if students engage!

Professor Maggie M. Werner Discusses Her New Book, “Stripped: Reading the Erotic Body”

By Ani Freedman ’22 Editor-In-Chief On the night of October 28th, Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Maggie M. Werner stepped onstage at Bartlett Theater in Coxe Hall in front of a room filled with her students and colleagues, wearing Halloween masks and eager to hear her read from her recently published book. In the midst of the pandemic, Werner’s book Stripped: Reading the Erotic Body was published by Penn State University Press. The … Continue reading Professor Maggie M. Werner Discusses Her New Book, “Stripped: Reading the Erotic Body”

Attica Untold: A Unique Look into an Infamous Event

By Katelyn Oswalt ’24 Staff Writer On October 26th, the Department of Sociology sponsored Attica Untold: Seeking Justice for the Attica Prison Uprising, an event that is part of a larger series of talks on Crime, Victimization, and Justice.   The event featured Deanne Quinn Miller, author of The Prison Guard’s Daughter and Gary Craig, a journalist who covered the aftermath of the Attica Prison uprising. Miller’s father, Billy … Continue reading Attica Untold: A Unique Look into an Infamous Event

Interview with Newly Appointed Provost Sarah R. Kirk

By Liz Crimmins ’24 Staff Writer The Herald (TH): Tell us about yourself, where did you go to school, how did you wind up here?  Provost Sarah Kirk (PK): I went to Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, which is a small liberal arts college and studied chemistry there.  While at Whitman I played on the soccer team and was panhellenic president.  I then spent seven years in San Diego, first … Continue reading Interview with Newly Appointed Provost Sarah R. Kirk

Afrofutures: Before and Beyond at the Davis Gallery

By Abby Leyson ’22 Staff Writer On October 15th, The Davis Gallery at Houghton House opened its latest art exhibition Afrofutures: Before and Beyond. To get a closer look at the artwork and its meaning, The Herald went to the gallery and spoke to several individuals involved with it. Afrofutures: Before and Beyond includes an array of art forms that conveys the philosophies, politics, and … Continue reading Afrofutures: Before and Beyond at the Davis Gallery

Opinion on Freshman Orientation

By Paulina Tejada ’25 Staff Writer There were many aspects of freshmen orientation that made it a memorable time for all of us first years. There was a mixed bag of fun activities, information, and new friendships. Even though many people could say that through orientation they forged new bonds with their peers, there seemed to be a disconnect between the time that we as … Continue reading Opinion on Freshman Orientation

Campus COVID-19 Policies

By Brayton Slusser ’23 Staff Writer The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff are the primary concerns of Hobart and William Smith Colleges this academic year, ensuring that students can fulfill their academic goals, while still preventing the spread of Covid-19. With many of last year’s major restrictions being lifted, the administration is focused on returning the campus to certain stages of normalcy, … Continue reading Campus COVID-19 Policies

President Jacobsen Confident in HWS Athletic Programs Amidst COVID-19

By Jaheim Javel Pierre ’25 Staff Writer Upon arrival three years ago, President Joyce Jacobsen was impressed and excited about the activities and athletics programs at the Colleges. Jacobsen told the Herald she “enjoyed the activities fair” and she was “impressed by the level of student creativity that is expressed through the development of the variety of clubs on campus.” According to the president, the … Continue reading President Jacobsen Confident in HWS Athletic Programs Amidst COVID-19

Global Village at HWS

By Kseniya Slutskaya Herald Contributor Six Fulbright recipients from different parts of the world came to HWS this year to both teach their native languages and study. The Fulbright is the US program which provides grants for foreign students to travel to the US and be Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) as well as for the American students to go abroad for the same reason. … Continue reading Global Village at HWS

Kinetic Dance Collective to Host Annual Performance November 12th and 13th

By Molly Matthews ’22 Staff Writer Need something to look forward to this semester? The Kinetic Dance Collective, previously known as the Koshare Dance Collective, will once again be putting on their annual performance at the Smith Opera House on November 12th and 13th. There will be 19 total dances in the show and a total of 102 dancers taking part.  While the name is different the group itself remains … Continue reading Kinetic Dance Collective to Host Annual Performance November 12th and 13th

Davis Gallery’s Fall Exhibit: Telluric Transformations

By Rafael Aguilar ’25 Staff Writer At the end of August, the Colleges’ first exhibit of the 2021-22 school year started with the showing of Telluric Transformations. Rebecca Murtaugh, the John and Anne Fischer Professor of Fine Arts at Hamilton College, presented 25 different sculptures. These sculptures aimed to capture the relation between nature and humanity’s manipulation of it. Entering this fall semester, this acknowledgment of humanity’s connection with the world is necessary, because … Continue reading Davis Gallery’s Fall Exhibit: Telluric Transformations

Writing Colleagues Host Antiracist Developmental Workshop

By Mary Hanrahan ’22 and Abby Leyson ’22 Staff Writers On September 5th, the Writing Colleagues program held its first professional development workshop of the year with a focus on antiracist pedagogical practices. The five-hour long program involved remarks given by various members of the program, several group activities, large group discussions, and a presentation by visiting speaker Alex Hanson. The large group discussions were … Continue reading Writing Colleagues Host Antiracist Developmental Workshop

It’s Time to Divest, HWS

By Mikayla Gullace ’22 Herald Contributor The past few months have undeniably shown record effects of climate change, ranging everywhere from some of the most destructive hurricanes in history to rampant forest fires across the globe. These natural disasters tend to impact marginalized groups, specifically people of color, more than any other. According to many scientific studies, two-thirds of the emitted greenhouse gases triggering these … Continue reading It’s Time to Divest, HWS

Sophomore Check-In: Adjusting to College In Person

By Katelyn Oswalt Staff Writer The Classes of 2024 entered college in perhaps the most unique, distanced, and nerve-wracking semester in HWS history. While COVID is still present, the Classes of 2024 have been able to experience some normalcy this semester.  The Classes of 2024 had the typical unpredictability of the first year of college, plus the added stress of COVID. Kennedy Jones ‘24 described her experience having a single dorm room by saying, “The pandemic already … Continue reading Sophomore Check-In: Adjusting to College In Person

Professor Drennen Launches Master of Science in Management Program

By Liz Crimmins Staff Writer Professor Tom Drennen, professor of economics and environmental studies, follows his passions around campus whether it be sustainability, economics, or finding practical solutions for students of the future. Drennen is the chair of the entrepreneurial studies program and launched the new Master of Science in Management program. The following is a selection from the Herald’s recent conversation with him regarding his professional interests and hopes for the new program.   The Herald (TH): What course do you consider to be … Continue reading Professor Drennen Launches Master of Science in Management Program

Haughnted Houghton

By Julian Gurman ’22 Herald Contributor Johnny and Evan were sneaking along the broken-down brick wall, keeping their heads low. As they neared a broken spot on top of the wall, Johnny peaked out over and saw that they were getting close. Starting to loom in the distant darkness was Houghton House, the streetlights illuminating only a small portion of the ominous house. The entire north side was shrouded in darkness and the small … Continue reading Haughnted Houghton

HWS Lovestruck

By Abby Leyson ’22 Herald Contributor Love.  With stay-at-home work occupying many people’s newfound lifestyles due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the act of sharing love can be hard to find. Love is not as vividly seen as it once was before the pandemic as a result of public displays of affection dwindling due to social distancing. To resolve this matter, Sarah Spears, William Smith ’23, … Continue reading HWS Lovestruck

A Closer Look at the CTL and Accommodations

By Ani Freedman ’22 Photo Editor The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is known for the various ways it aims to offer students academic support and accommodations to ensure their success at HWS. The Herald spoke with CTL Director, Susan Pliner, as well as several students to get a better understanding of how applying for accommodations works. The process for applying for academic accommodations … Continue reading A Closer Look at the CTL and Accommodations

No Layoffs During the Pandemic – Departmental budget Held Constant

By Hrithik Biswas ’23 Staff Writer When COVID-19 hit the United States with growing cases around the country in March 2020, students were sent home for spring break with many uncertainties in mind. The pandemic added financial strains to many sectors and industries throughout the country, including transportation, retail and restaurants. Although HWS was not exempt from this downturn, the Colleges still had to work … Continue reading No Layoffs During the Pandemic – Departmental budget Held Constant

Student Experience a Year into the Pandemic

By Julissa Ramirez ’23 Staff Writer April 9, 2021 Our world was taken by storm by COVID-19 in March 2020. A wave of universities, small businesses, and public schools were forced to close, and life as we knew it hit a pause. Spring break of 2020 turned into months of remote classes, watching COVID cases rise, and whipping up the new Delgada Tik Tok coffee. … Continue reading Student Experience a Year into the Pandemic

HWS Teams Return to Competition

By Andrew Lynch ’23 Staff Writer April 7, 2021 As Hobart and William Smith Colleges approach the final weeks of the spring semester, sports teams have begun the process of returning to a somewhat normal schedule. Prior to the start of the semester, HWS athletic director Deb Steward made the announcement that allowed spring athletic teams to compete against other schools. What ultimately led to … Continue reading HWS Teams Return to Competition

Konstantinou and Bowen ’23 Elected as Student Trustees

By Elise Donovan ’22 Staff Writer April 8, 2021 Irini Konstantinou ‘23 and Zaheer Bowen ‘23 will serve as Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ next Student Trustees for their respective colleges. An initial vote for the position was held on March 23, with a Hobart run-off extending the vote to March 24. These results came at the end of a two-week strenuous campaign and election … Continue reading Konstantinou and Bowen ’23 Elected as Student Trustees

Davis Gallery Reopens: Better than Good & Hair Stories Untold

By Roman Vargas-Garcia ’24 Staff Writer April 4, 2021 In March, the Colleges had the privilege to host the works of artists Nakeya Brown and Nafis White at the Davis Gallery in Houghton House. Even during times when social interactions are limited, students, faculty and staff can physically see and learn from these pieces of art. The gallery focuses on the experiences of African American … Continue reading Davis Gallery Reopens: Better than Good & Hair Stories Untold

Staff Spotlight: Amy Jackson

By Katelyn Oswalt ’24 Staff Writer April 4, 2021 The Herald was recently able to speak with Amy Jackson, Assistant Director of The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCSEL). This year, Jackson has had to handle the task of moving the HWS Corps tutoring program to a completely remote setting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a traditional year, HWS students would … Continue reading Staff Spotlight: Amy Jackson

Addressing Race in First Year Seminars

By Kayleigh Aquino ’24, Julissa Ramirez ’23 Photo Editor, Staff Writer March 7, 2021 For decades, liberal arts schools have implemented special courses for first-year students to help them adjust to their environment and develop a more holistic understanding of their own education. FSEMs at HWS aim to provide an introduction to college learning for students, with topics ranging from pop music to issues surrounding … Continue reading Addressing Race in First Year Seminars

Student Employment During the Pandemic

By Elise Donovan ’22, Ruby Auman ’22 Photo Editor, Staff Writer March 7, 2021 Since its onset last spring, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of student employment at HWS. Students who used to work at the college store, Au Bon Pain, and Winn-Seeley Gym, among others, had their hours cut entirely. At the same time, other student employees have been given more responsibilities … Continue reading Student Employment During the Pandemic

COVID-19 and the First Year Experience

By Katelyn Oswalt ’24, Aiden Walsh ’21 Staff Writers March 7, 2021 The HWS Classes of 2024 had long expected a normal college experience going into the fall of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, this class doesn’t know when they will experience that “normal,” or let alone what that normal is even like. Although most first-years have experience with online classes from their … Continue reading COVID-19 and the First Year Experience

What Happened to my Test? COVID-19 Recoveries, Testing, Isolation and Delays

By Russell Payne ’21, Henry Duerr ’21 Editor in Chief, Managing Editor March 4, 2021  In the aftermath of a serious COVID-19 outbreak on campus earlier this year, the Herald was able to speak with Robb Flowers, Director of Student Life, and Cathy Williams, Vice President for Marketing and Communications, about some of the questions that have been on many students’ minds. What constitutes a … Continue reading What Happened to my Test? COVID-19 Recoveries, Testing, Isolation and Delays

Common Spaces Closed Due to COVID-19

By Molly Matthews ’22, Sarah Lorenz ’21 Staff Writers March 3, 2021 As of Feb. 22, the upper floors of Warren Hunting Smith Library and the Bristol Field House have reopened for HWS community use after closing on Feb. 5 for the campus pause. Many students were upset about these closings, as they further limited the services and spaces available to students during the pandemic. … Continue reading Common Spaces Closed Due to COVID-19

Behind the Super Bowl Star

By Brayton Slusser ’23, Mary Hanrahan ’22 Staff Writers March 3, 2021 Many people hold misconceptions about college athletes, including the “jock” stereotype of athletes who are heavily invested in maintaining their fitness and athletic talent rather than their academic capabilities. In contrast to this trope stands Hobart Football alumnus Ali Marpet ’15. On Feb. 7, 2021, starting on the offensive line for the Tampa … Continue reading Behind the Super Bowl Star

Coaches Help Keep Campus Safe

By Andrew Lynch ’23 Staff Writer As Hobart and William Smith Colleges have entered the spring semester, COVID-19 testing has ramped up. Students and staff are eager to return to a somewhat normal schedule, which requires frequent testing for the safety of the campus community. In order to meet testing needs, athletic coaches have been asked to help conduct COVID-19 tests at the Hubbs Health … Continue reading Coaches Help Keep Campus Safe

The Hour of Power: A Conversation with Fatim Cisse

By Steven D’Alterio ’21 Staff Writer The Herald recently got the opportunity to catch up with an amazing leader of love, self-growth, and empowerment here at HWS: Fatim Cisse ’23. Cisse hosts a weekly Zoom program called Hour of Power Chats, which she describes as a collective endeavor to save and foster lives that have been lied to and told that they are not as … Continue reading The Hour of Power: A Conversation with Fatim Cisse

A Conversation with the Rising Panthers

By David Peck ’22 Staff Writer The Herald met with organizing members of The Rising Panthers Gabriele Nieves, Fatim Cisse for an interview. The Herald (TH): So who and what are The Rising Panthers? Mercy Sherman (MS): Well we’re not really a club you know? Consider us as a rising grassroots organization. What we stand for and our goals are combating systemic racism. Whether that’s … Continue reading A Conversation with the Rising Panthers

Drop Sodexo

By Olivia Rowland Copy Editor Note: I did contribute research to the Rising Panthers’ first demand, and so many of the same sources I use here are also in that document.    Over the past few years, there has been a good amount of talk about the Colleges’ relationship with Sodexo. Despite hopes that President Jacobsen would offer the impetus needed to get the Colleges … Continue reading Drop Sodexo

COVID Testing on Campus

By Russell Payne ’21 Editor Hobart and William Smith have, like many other Northeast colleges, partnered with the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT for their testing strategy. The Broad institute, according to their COVID-19 Diagnostic Processing Dashboard, has converted a “large-scale genomics facility” into a rapid result COVID-19 testing facility that as of Sept. 26 has conducted 2,000,000 tests since March 25. Hobart and … Continue reading COVID Testing on Campus

Career Journeys: Laura Sydell ’83

On this final episode of Career Journeys we welcome Laura Sydell ’83 by phone from San Francisco. Laura is the Digital Cultural Correspondent for NPR and was a Russian Cultural History and Theatre major at the Colleges. She started out as a journalist at WNYC in New York reporting on culture and politics of New York City’s racial communities. When she made the move to NPR, Sydell was … Continue reading Career Journeys: Laura Sydell ’83

Career Journeys: Josh Horowitz ’98

On this episode of Career Journeys we have Josh Horowitz ’98 on the phone from New York City. Horowitz graduated from HWS with a degree in English before beginning his career in media. He is a current MTV News correspondent and host of the TV show After Hours and the podcast Happy Sad Confused. Since 2006, Josh has been the face and voice of MTV News’ movie coverage on-air and … Continue reading Career Journeys: Josh Horowitz ’98

Career Journeys: John Sipher ’83

On this episode of Career Journeys we are joined by John Sipher ’83 P’19 by phone from Washington D.C.  After a 28-year career in the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, John retired in 2014 and has become a sought-after foreign policy and intelligence expert. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Politico among other publications, and he has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, CNN, NPR, … Continue reading Career Journeys: John Sipher ’83

Career Journeys: Sara Wroblewski ’13

On this episode of Career Journeys we welcome Sara Wroblewski ’13 by phone from Boston. Sara is the founder and CEO of One Bead, a company she founded while a student at HWS. Sara was a Media & Society and Economics major at the Colleges and was the inaugural winner of The Pitch. One Bead partners with schools and after-school programs to provide unique enrichment programs for elementary-aged … Continue reading Career Journeys: Sara Wroblewski ’13

Career Journeys: Lt. Stuart Hillenbrand ’04

On this episode of Career Journeys is Lieutenant Stuart Hillenbrand ’04 by phone from Washington D.C. Stuart is Lieutenant with the Secret Service Special Operations Branch. A Uniformed Division Federal Officer, Stuart provides protection for the President, Vice President, and people designated by the Executive Branch of the United States government for protection. A political science major at the Colleges, he worked with the Geneva Fire Department as … Continue reading Career Journeys: Lt. Stuart Hillenbrand ’04

Career Journeys: Rick Wallace ’91

On this episode of Career Journeys, we are joined by phone by Rick Wallace ’91 who is in Atlanta. Rick is a Change Management Specialist at KPMG, one of the big four accounting firms in the world. An international studies major at the Colleges, he serves as a consultant and works with various companies and people for KPMG. He brings financial expertise and strategic advice to all of … Continue reading Career Journeys: Rick Wallace ’91

Career Journeys: Cat Gorman ’15

On this episode of Career Journeys we welcome Cat Gorman ’15 by phone from New York City. When this episode was recorded, Cat was a Private Equity Associate at Quad Partners in New York City. She recently joined BlackRock’s Long Term Private Capital fund in September; it is BlackRock’s first direct investing private equity fund. After graduating with a degree in economics from the Colleges, she worked as an … Continue reading Career Journeys: Cat Gorman ’15

Career Journeys: Bill Whitaker ’73

On this episode of Career Journeys we have Bill Whitaker ’73 on the phone from New York City. Whitaker graduated from HWS as an American History major before going on to earn a master’s degree in African-American studies from Boston University and later attending a graduate Journalism program at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a correspondent for 60 Minutes on CBS News, where he has been … Continue reading Career Journeys: Bill Whitaker ’73

Career Journeys: Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk ’98

On this episode of Career Journeys we welcome Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk ’98 by phone from New York. Aloysee is the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor of Operations in New York City. Previously she served as the Chief of Staff in the Division of Operations for the New York City Department of Education, which oversees 1 million students. At Hobart and William Smith, Jarmoszuk was a political science … Continue reading Career Journeys: Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk ’98

Jacobsen Inaugurated as President

By Olivia Rowland ’21 Copy Editor On Friday, Oct. 18, Joyce P. Jacobsen was officially inaugurated as the 29th president of Hobart College and the 18th president of William Smith College. The inauguration ceremony, held on the Quad and open to all members of the HWS community, was the centerpiece of a day filled with celebration, which included a community lunch and the President’s Ball … Continue reading Jacobsen Inaugurated as President

Meeting The Masterminds Behind Geneva’s Climate March And What It Means For The Future Of The Colleges

By Gabriel Pietrorazio ‘20 Herald Staff A community’s charge and dream for climate change recognition and reconciliation was realized when more than 150 activists united along Seneca Lake for the Geneva Climate March on Sept. 27. In particular, three professors at the Colleges who are affiliated with the Geneva Women’s Assembly were instrumental in coordinating the march. In this article, the Herald connects with them … Continue reading Meeting The Masterminds Behind Geneva’s Climate March And What It Means For The Future Of The Colleges

Title IX Welcomes Bill Boerner

By Olivia Rowland ’21 Copy Editor This semester, the Title IX Office welcomed Bill Boerner as assistant vice president and Title IX coordinator. Boerner was hired following an extensive and rigorous search to fill the position vacated by former Title IX Coordinator Susan Lee, who retired at the end of last semester. His arrival on campus ensures that the Title IX Office, which also includes … Continue reading Title IX Welcomes Bill Boerner

Coordinate System

By Julia Cilano ’23 Herald Staff From the first moment prospective students step onto campus, they can witness the unique history of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Standing on Pulteney Street, one stands on the old dividing line between the Colleges and sees in the scissors statue on Stern Lawn the unity of two pieces coming together as one. However, what do those two united … Continue reading Coordinate System

Candidates of Consequence: The Colleges and Politics of City Council Amid the 2019 Election Cycle

By Gabriel Pietrorazio ‘20 Herald Staff This year’s citywide municipal election sparks conversations about the Colleges and its their position in Geneva between stakeholders, constituents, residents and even college students. Hobart and William Smith Colleges play a vital role in the City of Geneva and impact the lives of all residents, especially amid a crucial election cycle that may dictate the future of this learning … Continue reading Candidates of Consequence: The Colleges and Politics of City Council Amid the 2019 Election Cycle

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Speaks at 20th Genocide and Human Rights Symposium Anniversary

By Gabriel Pietrorazio ‘20 Herald Staff Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published by FingerLakes1.com.    Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Eli Saslow ventured to Hobart and William Smith Colleges Oct. 3 to retell the transformative story of a young white nationalist who eventually expelled his racist beliefs by attending higher education. Inside a well-packed Albright Auditorium, community members gathered at an event … Continue reading Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Speaks at 20th Genocide and Human Rights Symposium Anniversary

Vaping on Campus: It’s Risky Business

By Hrithik Biswas ’23 Herald Staff With high levels of vaping among young adults and incidences of vaping-related illness continuing to increase, many are calling vaping an “epidemic.” This is encapsulated in recent news headlines, including The New York Times: “The prevalence of e-cigarette use among minors has doubled from 2017 through this year, despite national campaigns warning of dangers” and Vice News: “People Are … Continue reading Vaping on Campus: It’s Risky Business

HWS Debate to Host Humans Versus Zombies Debate

By Reed Herter ‘22 News Editor In the event of a zombie apocalypse, would you rather be a human or a zombie? This is the question HWS Debate Team members will answer in the Sanford Room outside of the library next Thursday, Oct. 31, in a show debate open to the public. To know what you’ll be in for, here’s a quick rundown on the … Continue reading HWS Debate to Host Humans Versus Zombies Debate

How to Improv(e) Your Life

By Bailey DiSanto ‘21 Herald Contributor You’ve seen the posters. You’ve heard people talking about the shows. But you still don’t know what Improv Club is. You’re not alone. So here’s a crash course on what exactly HWS Improv Club does and why you should attend their next show. What is improv? Improv is short for improvisation. It’s a form of live theatre where the characters, … Continue reading How to Improv(e) Your Life

Career Journeys: Andrew Gelfuso ’97

On this episode of Career Journeys we are joined by Andrew Gelfuso ’97 by phone from Washington D.C. Andrew is the director of global business development at TCMA (A Drew Company) which manages the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C. Andrew has had a career in government and trade, which has allowed him to develop a network of contacts and partners to help implement … Continue reading Career Journeys: Andrew Gelfuso ’97

William Smith Soccer with Charlotte Carrau ’21 and Eileen Rath ’20

The William Smith Soccer team led an excellent streak this semester setting the team on the right foot so to speak for another marvelous season! Listen to Charlotte Carrau ’21 and Eileen Rath ’20 discuss the team and the year ahead! Listen to the full episode below and be sure to subscribe to The Seneca Scene on iTunes and on Spotify to stay updated on all events … Continue reading William Smith Soccer with Charlotte Carrau ’21 and Eileen Rath ’20

Career Journeys: Ayesha DeMond ’01

On this episode of Career Journeys we have Ayesha DeMond ’01 on the phone from Buffalo. DeMond graduated from HWS with a degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies. She is currently a survey analyst with Mathematica Policy Research, working with a wide range of clients, including the United States government, on research and methods. She has previously worked as a production associate for The Today Show, … Continue reading Career Journeys: Ayesha DeMond ’01

President Jacobsen Begins Tenure

By Elise Donovan ’22 Herald Staff Within some of her first weeks on campus, President Joyce P. Jacobsen seems as optimistic and pragmatic as she did during her acceptance of the position back in February. In an effort to gauge how her adjustment has been since her arrival, the Herald sat down with the President during her school-wide open office hours. After being announced as … Continue reading President Jacobsen Begins Tenure

Digging-Up Convocation With Lamanna ‘97

By Gabriel Pietrorazio ’20 Herald Staff This year’s Convocation ceremony welcomed world-renowned paleontologist Matthew Lamanna ’97 to the Colleges. A Hobart College Class of 1997 graduate, Lamanna issued the Convocation address as its keynote speaker on Monday, Aug. 26. Throughout his career, he has uncovered fossils on all seven continents—a rarity in his profession—and is the associate curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Carnegie Museum … Continue reading Digging-Up Convocation With Lamanna ‘97

William Smith Students Celebrate With Inductees at NWHF Induction Ceremony

By Gabriel Pietrorazio ’20 Herald Staff William Smith College was well-represented with seniors who attended and even coordinated the 27th annual National Women’s Hall of Fame induction celebration that honored 11 exceptional women: Gloria Allred, Angela Davis, Sarah Deer, Jane Fonda, Col. Nicole Malachowski ret., Rose O’Neill, Louise Slaughter, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Laurie Spiegel, Diane Von Furstenberg and Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal. Although this … Continue reading William Smith Students Celebrate With Inductees at NWHF Induction Ceremony

New Students on the Block: Orientation 2019

By Julia Cilano ’23 and Hrithik Biswas ’23 Herald Contributors The transition from high school to college is no easy task—upon arriving on campus, first-year students are immediately plunged into a new world and a new way of life with much more freedom, independence, and responsibility. The first-year experience is entirely new and different, and the culture shock is jarring to say the least. Thankfully, Orientation … Continue reading New Students on the Block: Orientation 2019

Professor Profile: Brian Clark, Anthropology

By Cameron Miguel ‘22 Herald Contributor Professor Brian Clark is an intelligent visiting professor in the Anthropology department who agreed to this bite-sized biography, enabling the students of this campus to take a peek into his thoughts. The following is a selection from The Herald’s recent conversation with him. The Herald (TH): What do you think of the campus so far? Brian Clark (BC): It’s … Continue reading Professor Profile: Brian Clark, Anthropology

Professor Profile: Ed Quish, Political Science

By Maya Striuli ‘22 Herald Contributor Coming to a new environment can be extremely daunting for many individuals. However, for Ed Quish, a new Political Science professor, arriving on campus felt rather familiar. Before becoming a professor at a liberal arts college, he was a graduate of one. From a small town in Connecticut, Quish studied Philosophy at Wesleyan College in Middletown, CT, 40 minutes … Continue reading Professor Profile: Ed Quish, Political Science

Standing with Hong Kong from HWS in Geneva

Note: This article was originally published by FingerLakes1.com and is reprinted in The Herald with permission. By Gabriel Pietrorazio ’20 Herald Staff King Hei Ho, who calls himself Gordon, stands as the sole exchange student from Hong Kong currently enrolled at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and continues his peaceful protests while his homeland remains in a volatile state of crisis amid mass demonstrations and … Continue reading Standing with Hong Kong from HWS in Geneva

First-Year Class Profile

By Malika Panjabi ‘23 Herald Contributor The Classes of 2023 are made up of athletes, artists, future politicians and students who are determined to make their mark on the school. Each seeing the school through a different perspective, as a different opportunity to make the most of their education, this first-year class has some thoughts about Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In talking to first-year … Continue reading First-Year Class Profile

Low Turnout in Student Elections

By Olivia Rowland ’21 Copy Editor & Herald Staff With the beginning of a new school year comes another round of student government elections. As the Herald has reported in the past, turnout for these elections is usually small, and this year’s elections were no exception. The main elections for class presidents, the William Smith Congress (WSC) executive board, and the Hobart Student Government (HSG) executive board … Continue reading Low Turnout in Student Elections

State of The Colleges with President Joyce P. Jacobsen

To start the 2019-2020 Academic Year, The Seneca Scene welcomed President Joyce P. Jacobsen to introduce them and discuss Hobart and William Smith Colleges as we begin the academic year. It is the first episode in this years’ series on the State of the Colleges. In the next few weeks we will also speak with William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig and Interim Hobart Dean Khuram Hussain. Wren … Continue reading State of The Colleges with President Joyce P. Jacobsen

Geoscience, Theatre, and More with David Kendrick

This week on the Seneca Scene we have an in-depth conversation with David Kendrick an Associate Professor of Geoscience. Professor Kendrick passionately talks about how he fell in love with geoscience and their journey to become a part of the HWS Community. We also delve into his research with geology of the fingerlakes and how that impacts our world today. Professor Kendrick discusses his role in John Cariani’s … Continue reading Geoscience, Theatre, and More with David Kendrick

Ecology, Politics, and More with Meghan Brown

This week The Seneca Scene welcomes Professor of Biology Meghan Brown. Professor Brown is an aquatic ecologist that has done research in the finger lakes and all around the world including Italy, Guatemala, Australia, and Siberia. We have an interesting discussion about their work with invasive species in the finger lakes, the relationship with politics and science in the world, and climate change. Professor Brown also … Continue reading Ecology, Politics, and More with Meghan Brown

Career Journeys: Warren Littlefield ’74

On this episode of Career Journeys we have Warren Littlefield ’74 on the phone from Toronto. Littlefield graduated from HWS with a degree in psychology before beginning his career in television. He is the current Executive Producer of the Emmy award-winning shows Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale. Previously, he was President of NBC during the Must-See TV era and helped shepherd in hits like Seinfeld, E.R., … Continue reading Career Journeys: Warren Littlefield ’74

Money, Mindset, and Meaning with Craig Talmage

This week The Seneca Scene welcomes Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies Craig Talmage. Professor Talmage has a PhD in Community Resources and Development from Arizona State University and has a strong background in entrepreneurship. We discuss many topics including his journey to HWS, key skills that every entrepreneur need in order to succeed, and how the entrepreneurial studies minor can help you develop a mindset that will benefit … Continue reading Money, Mindset, and Meaning with Craig Talmage

Mummies, History, and More with Tricia McEldowney

This week on The Seneca Scene we have an interesting discussion with  Tricia McEldowney who is the Colleges’ Archivist and Special Collections Librarian. Trisha discusses how her love of history, combined with her passion for learning, lead to her joining the HWS Archives. We also hear the story of how HWS came to be the home of a mummy and how the Archives records the history of … Continue reading Mummies, History, and More with Tricia McEldowney

Career Journeys: Jessica Knoll ’06

On this episode, we have Jessica Knoll ’06 on the phone from Los Angeles. Knoll graduated from HWS with a degree in English, concentrated in creative writing, as an Arts Scholar. She is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels Luckiest Girl Alive and The Favorite Sister. Her first novel was optioned for film by Lionsgate with Reese Witherspoon set to produce and … Continue reading Career Journeys: Jessica Knoll ’06

Abbe Center, Hillel, and Community with Julianne Miller

This week on The Seneca Scene we have an informative and passionate discussion with Julianne Miller, Director of the Abbe Center for Jewish Life and Hillel Advisor. Julianne discusses how she became a part of the HWS community and involved in Jewish Life on campus. She goes on to tell the amazing story of how Abbe Center has grown to be the place it is today. … Continue reading Abbe Center, Hillel, and Community with Julianne Miller

Orientation with Sophie Ritter ’20 and Steven D’Alterio ’21

This week on The Seneca Scene the Orientation Coordinators Sophie Ritter and Steven D’Alterio are giving insight into orientation including details on all the fun events planned, registration, and tips to be successful in college. Sophie is an English major with a double minor in child advocacy and public policy and is also pursuing a teaching certification in early childhood and special education. Steven is majoring in … Continue reading Orientation with Sophie Ritter ’20 and Steven D’Alterio ’21