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

Career Journeys: Michael Rawlins ’80 P’16

On this episode of Career Journeys, we have Trustee Michael E. Rawlins ’80 P’16 in the studio. Michael is the principal user experience design architect at the Walt Disney Company’s Direct to Consumer and International Division. Previously he worked at ESPN and worked on the company’s fantasy tools and design. Rawlins has remained involved at the Colleges, and returns each year to mentor students and … Continue reading Career Journeys: Michael Rawlins ’80 P’16

Reair-Year in Review with Alex Kerai ’19

The Seneca Scene is off this week and, in preparation for the upcoming school year, we are revisiting the second-annual “Year in Review” episode with our guest Alex Kerai ’19. Alex will be discussing topics including the presidential search, the coordinate system, diversity and inclusion, student activism, and graduation. A member of the class of 2019, Alex graduated with honors in English. He is a … Continue reading Reair-Year in Review with Alex Kerai ’19

Reair: Zahra Arabzada ’19 on Activism and Triumph from Geneva to Afghanistan

The Seneca Scene is off for the next two week to prepare episodes for the fall. This week we are revisiting Zahra’s story which we first shared back in February.  For this episode we welcomed  Zahra Arabzada ’19 to tell her story of her life as a runner, starting in her home country of Afghanistan, and how her advocacy has impacted women in the United States … Continue reading Reair: Zahra Arabzada ’19 on Activism and Triumph from Geneva to Afghanistan

Career Journeys: Dr. Mark Mapstone ’89

On this episode of Career Journeys we have Dr. Mark Mapstone ’89 on the phone from California. Dr. Mapstone graduated from HWS with a degree in psychology, a Master’s in psychology from Boston University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He is a translational neuroscientist, currently working at the University of California Irvine. Studying cognitive function in health … Continue reading Career Journeys: Dr. Mark Mapstone ’89

Pre-Orientation Adventure Program with Anna Moreau ’20 and Zane Piedmonte-Lang ’21

This week The Seneca Scene welcomes POAP Coordinators Anna Moreau ’20 and Zane Piedmonte-Lang ’21 to talk about this year’s trips. Join us to learn more about the POAP application process, how to pack and prepare for your trip as well as Anna’s and Zane’s tips and tricks to make the most of your expedition before Orientation. The Pre-Orientation Adventure program is a unique part of … Continue reading Pre-Orientation Adventure Program with Anna Moreau ’20 and Zane Piedmonte-Lang ’21

Reair: Sarah Walters ’19 on HWS and Beyond

The Seneca Scene is off this week, so instead we’re airing an episode from our first season, way back in October, that we think encapsulates our mission of finding great people and stories at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. For this episode we welcomed  Sarah Walters ’19, a major in Genocide, Human Rights, and Peace Action, for a discussion on taking action and how to remain committed … Continue reading Reair: Sarah Walters ’19 on HWS and Beyond

Career Journeys: Aileen D. Gleason ’85

On this episode of Career Journeys we welcome Trustee Aileen D. Gleason ’85 to the studio for an in-person interview. Gleason is the Managing Director of Wealth Management Banking at Bank of America Corp. and graduated from HWS with a degree in finance. She is a regular speaker and panelist at the “Finance Experience” New York and has worked closely with Career Services as a Professional in … Continue reading Career Journeys: Aileen D. Gleason ’85

Tommy the Traveler 10: The End

Join the Herald and Seneca Scene as they trace one of the most altering times in America and its effect on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in 1968 and continuing until 1972, Tommy Tongyai went to campuses all across upstate New York, riling up students and inciting violence. It wasn’t until he arrived on the HWS campus that the violence really started. … Continue reading Tommy the Traveler 10: The End

Tommy the Traveler 9: The Trial

Join the Herald and Seneca Scene as they trace one of the most altering times in America and its effect on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in 1968 and continuing until 1972, Tommy Tongyai went to campuses all across upstate New York, riling up students and inciting violence. It wasn’t until he arrived on the HWS campus that the violence really started. … Continue reading Tommy the Traveler 9: The Trial

Career Journeys: Hon. Shireen Avis Fisher ’70

On this episode of Career Journeys we have Hon. Shireen Avis Fisher ’70 on the phone from Ireland. Judge Fisher graduated from HWS with a degree in History before attending the Catholic University of America for Juris Doctor and then University College London for her LLM and Ph.D. in International Law. Judge Fisher was appointed to the Appellate Bench of the Special Court for Sierra Leone in 2009, … Continue reading Career Journeys: Hon. Shireen Avis Fisher ’70

Tommy the Traveler 8: Tommy’s Aftermath

Join the Herald and Seneca Scene as they trace one of the most altering times in America and its effect on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in 1968 and continuing until 1972, Tommy Tongyai went to campuses all across upstate New York, riling up students and inciting violence. It wasn’t until he arrived on the HWS campus that the violence really started. … Continue reading Tommy the Traveler 8: Tommy’s Aftermath

Tommy the Traveler 7: The Raid at Superdorm (Part 3)

Join the Herald and Seneca Scene as they trace one of the most altering times in America and its effect on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in 1968 and continuing until 1972, Tommy Tongyai went to campuses all across upstate New York, riling up students and inciting violence. It wasn’t until he arrived on the HWS campus that the violence really started. … Continue reading Tommy the Traveler 7: The Raid at Superdorm (Part 3)

Tommy the Traveler 6: The Raid at Superdorm (Part 2)

Join the Herald and Seneca Scene as they trace one of the most altering times in America and its effect on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in 1968 and continuing until 1972, Tommy Tongyai went to campuses all across upstate New York, riling up students and inciting violence. It wasn’t until he arrived on the HWS campus that the violence really started. … Continue reading Tommy the Traveler 6: The Raid at Superdorm (Part 2)

Tommy the Traveler 5: The Raid at Superdorm (Part 1)

Join the Herald and Seneca Scene as they trace one of the most altering times in America and its effect on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in 1968 and continuing until 1972, Tommy Tongyai went to campuses all across upstate New York, riling up students and inciting violence. It wasn’t until he arrived on the HWS campus that the violence really started. … Continue reading Tommy the Traveler 5: The Raid at Superdorm (Part 1)

Career Journeys: Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68

This week on Career Journeys our guest is Thomas S. Buzzoto ’68 L.H.D. ’18 who joins Alex in the studio. Bozzuto graduated from HWS with a degree in English and was a Theta Delta Chi brother, Druid, football player, member of Hobart Student Association and Little Theatre, worked at Saga, and was president of the student body. After graduation, Bozzuto served in Vietnam before earning a graduate degree … Continue reading Career Journeys: Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68

Tommy the Traveler 4: The Night that Sherrill Burned

Join the Herald and Seneca Scene as they trace one of the most altering times in America and its effect on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in 1968 and continuing until 1972, Tommy Tongyai went to campuses all across upstate New York, riling up students and inciting violence. It wasn’t until he arrived on the HWS campus that the violence really started. … Continue reading Tommy the Traveler 4: The Night that Sherrill Burned

Tommy the Traveler 3: The New Kid

Join the Herald and Seneca Scene as they trace one of the most altering times in America and its effect on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in 1968 and continuing until 1972, Tommy Tongyai went to campuses all across upstate New York, riling up students and inciting violence. It wasn’t until he arrived on the HWS campus that the violence really started. … Continue reading Tommy the Traveler 3: The New Kid

Tommy the Traveler 2: A Rodeo Clown’s Tale

Join the Herald and Seneca Scene as they trace one of the most altering times in America and its effect on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in 1968 and continuing until 1972, Tommy Tongyai went to campuses all across upstate New York, riling up students and inciting violence. It wasn’t until he arrived on the HWS campus that the violence really started. … Continue reading Tommy the Traveler 2: A Rodeo Clown’s Tale

Career Journeys: Brad Falchuk ’93

For the first episode of our new podcast Career Journeys, we have Brad Falchuk ’93 L.H.D. ’14 on the phone from Los Angeles. Falchuk graduated from HWS with a degree in English, with a concentration in Theatre, before graduate school at the American Film Institute. After writing scripts for a variety of shows in the early 2000s, Brad was hired by Ryan Murphy to work … Continue reading Career Journeys: Brad Falchuk ’93

Tommy the Traveler 1: Setting the Scene

Join the Herald and Seneca Scene as they trace one of the most altering times in America and its effect on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in 1968 and continuing until 1972, Tommy Tongyai went to campuses all across upstate New York, riling up students and inciting violence. It wasn’t until he arrived on the HWS campus that the violence really started. … Continue reading Tommy the Traveler 1: Setting the Scene

Career Journeys: Trailer

Career Journeys, a new limited-run podcast from the Herald and the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, is designed to help introduce parents, students, alums, and prospective students to the wealth of opportunities and pathways that Hobart and William Smith alumni and alumnae have taken following their graduation. The show is produced and hosted by Alex Kerai ’19 in conjunction with the Herald and the Salisbury Center. It … Continue reading Career Journeys: Trailer

Tommy the Traveler: Trailer

Join the Herald and Seneca Scene, beginning May 29th, as they trace one of the most altering times in America and its effect on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in 1968 and continuing until 1972, Tommy Tongyai went to campuses all across upstate New York, riling up students and inciting violence. It wasn’t until he arrived on the HWS campus that … Continue reading Tommy the Traveler: Trailer

Year in Review with Alex Kerai

For the final episode of in the first season of The Seneca Scene, our guest is Alex Kerai who will be covering the Year in Review and discussing topics including the presidential search, the coordinate system, diversity and inclusion, student activism, and graduation. Alex is a member of the class of 2019 and will be graduating with honors in English. He is a double major … Continue reading Year in Review with Alex Kerai

State of the Colleges with President McGuire, Dean Kaenzig, and Dean Hussain

For our closing State of the Colleges for the 2018-2019 academic year, we welcome Interim President Patrick A. McGuire, William Smith College Dean Lisa Kaenzig, and Hobart College Dean Khuram Hussain to the studio for a wide-ranging conversation on the year and their plans for the future. This is a fascinating continuation of our three-part State of the Colleges from the beginning of the academic … Continue reading State of the Colleges with President McGuire, Dean Kaenzig, and Dean Hussain

Professor Justin Rose on his new book, activism, and campus

On this episode of The Seneca Scene, we welcome Professor Justin Rose, from the political science department and Africana Studies. Professor Rose talks with us about the inspiration for his new book – The Drum Major Instinct: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Theory of Political Service – and discusses his work on the Presidential Search Committee, along with many others, and diversity on campus. This is a … Continue reading Professor Justin Rose on his new book, activism, and campus

Race and Diversity on College Campuses

On Friday, April 26, 2019 the Herald published an extensive 14-page section on race, diversity, and equity at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The viewpoints examine all aspects of campus life and come from students spanning across different socioeconomic, sexual, international, religious, and educational backgrounds. We did not discriminate on any basis and were accepting new names for viewpoints up until the print deadline – in … Continue reading Race and Diversity on College Campuses

Real Food Challenged?

By Henry Duerr ’21 Herald Staff Food. Something so simple, yet so vital to life. Here at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, food comes through the Sodexo corporation. Sodexo is a French food service and facility management company that operates on 13,000 sites in North America alone. Founded in 1966, Sodexo states that “wherever we work, our dedication to making every day a better day … Continue reading Real Food Challenged?

New Participatory Budgeting

By Olivia Rowland ’21 Copy Editor & Herald Staff Have you ever wondered where exactly your tuition money goes, or wished that you had more control over how the school spends your money? One group of students is addressing these concerns by working to increase students’ control over the Colleges’ budget. Eva Catanzariti ’20, president of William Smith Congress; Nuzhat Wahid ’22, WSC vice president; and … Continue reading New Participatory Budgeting

EMS Keeps Campus Safe

By Reed Herter ’22 Herald Staff Emergency Medical Services is a Basic Life Support agency on campus made up of trained medical professionals. They are all volunteers, trained to be able to do everything EMTs in ambulances can do. They act as first responders for any medical emergencies on campus no matter how small, helping anyone who is on campus and is injured. As Chief … Continue reading EMS Keeps Campus Safe

WSC Provides Menstrual Products

By Ani Freedman ’22 Chief Photographer & Herald Staff If you’ve used any of the bathrooms in the library, Scandling Center, Stern Hall, or many other buildings, then you’ve probably noticed the containers with a bold “Aunt Flo” label and array of menstrual products free to the public. Around midway through this semester, the menstrual product pilot project was implemented after William Smith’s first-year Class … Continue reading WSC Provides Menstrual Products

Context: Race and Diversity at HWS

By Alex Kerai ’19 Editor-in-Chief On Monday morning, April 22, 2019, spray-painted words were discovered across campus. The words noted “Make America Great Again,” the campaign slogan of President Donald Trump, and included “Trump 22” and the campaign chant “Build the Wall.” This was only the most recent in a string of incidents in the last few weeks on the campus of Hobart and William Smith … Continue reading Context: Race and Diversity at HWS

Viewpoint #1

By  Valerie Cuellar ’20 Diversity is always a point of reference when having conversations about inclusivity. In HWS, it is all about appearance and image. This institution brings in groups like POSSE, HEOP, and other organizations that bring in that diversity they want to showcase. Once those students are on campus, any discrimination or oppression they face gets pushed onto the back burner because of … Continue reading Viewpoint #1

Viewpoint #6

This piece was written by a William Smith student. Being a student of color at HWS feels like being a speck of dirt on a blank, white canvas: unwanted, undesirable, outcasted, the list goes on. It’s apparent that this institution, as well as many other collegiate environments, never intended to accommodate for students of color. The systematic disadvantages translate to the social dynamics surrounding diversity … Continue reading Viewpoint #6

Viewpoint #8

By Donovan Hayden ’19 This piece was conducted as an in-person interview with a single question asked: “What has been your experience at HWS as a person of color?” The student’s response was transcribed and approved by the interviewee prior to publication. In terms of my experience as a black person on campus, it’s been through a lot of changes throughout my four years. In … Continue reading Viewpoint #8

Viewpoint #9

Written by a student under the label of “good minority”, “minority”, “diversity factor to the power of 100”, “person called by the name of the two other people on campus that happen to be the same race” and/or a female student of William Smith college that entered her first year recently. Plural monoculturalism. Were it not for attempt at education in the field of comparative … Continue reading Viewpoint #9

Viewpoint #13

By Carolin Martinez Diaz ’19 This piece was conducted as an in-person interview with a single question asked: “What has been your experience at HWS as a person of color and international student?” The student response was transcribed and approved by the interviewee prior to publication. I think my experience as a Dominican Latina immigrant, those are my identities, the main ones, I think that … Continue reading Viewpoint #13

Viewpoint #15

By Nhung Nguyen Recently, the first ever image of a black hole was released. Prior to this, scientists have been able to visualise stars, moons, planets, solar systems, galaxies, and more. This achievement marked a milestone in scientific advancement and general understanding of our universe. The imaged black hole was at the center of another galaxy, 53.49 million light-years from our own. With this image, … Continue reading Viewpoint #15

Viewpoint #16

By  Pamela Icyeza ’19 This piece was conducted as an in-person interview with a single question asked: “What has been your experience at HWS as a person of color and international student?” The student’s response was transcribed and approved by the interviewee prior to publication. My experience as a student of color here has been overall positive. I have had the pleasure of being deeply … Continue reading Viewpoint #16

Viewpoint #19

Written by a student under the label of “good minority”, “minority”, “diversity factor to the power of 100”, “person called by the name of the two other people on campus that happen to be the same race” and/or a female student of William Smith college that entered her first year recently. To me, the shifting skies were always a turncoat- for the purples and blues … Continue reading Viewpoint #19

Viewpoint #20

By Daniel Pedemonte ’20 Currently I’m a third year Economics major at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. When I first think of diversity at HWS I think of the illusion the colleges try to portray. As a Posse Scholar I had a vague idea of what I was coming to. Before stepping foot on campus Posse Scholars undergo a “Pre-Collegiate Training” program where they begin … Continue reading Viewpoint #20

Viewpoint #21

“I am someone who values the opinions of others and believe in having a voice.” This piece was conducted as an in-person interview with a single question asked: “What has been your experience at HWS as a person of color?” The student’s response was transcribed and approved by the interviewee prior to publication. As an international student I feel like we don’t have enough support … Continue reading Viewpoint #21

Viewpoint #22

“I am a rising junior at HWS. Although I was raised in a predominantly white state, I attended schools where a majority to all of my friends and colleagues were people of color. I am passionate about social change and believe in the power of allyship. I understand that it is impossible to entirely destroy the barriers constructed by socialization and experiences; however, I do believe that others … Continue reading Viewpoint #22

Viewpoint #23

Written on the behalf of a student on her lived experiences and shared perspectives. Peeling yellow paint decorated the top half of the house, mismatching the ill-chosen brick brown paint of its bottom half. The hallow halls lined with cracking wall paper and lively insects gave way to ill-fit utilities and molding furniture. The sounds of laughter and conversation are weighed down by the penetrating … Continue reading Viewpoint #23

A Note on the Issue

This issue of the Herald contains 24 viewpoints written by current students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges who identify as people of color. This process began on April 8, 2019 when the Herald began reaching out to students. Emails were sent based on student involvement and recommendations by faculty, staff, and other students. (We recognize that these research methods do not include every student … Continue reading A Note on the Issue

New Student Center Proposed

By Ryan Skinner ’19 Herald Staff Bartlett Theatre, built in 1900 as an integral part of Coxe Hall, may see new life next semester as Hobart Student Trustee Albright Dwarka makes plans to create a student center. Dwarka, who was elected in March on a platform that included a promise to create a new student center in Bartlett Theatre, confirmed that this initiative is underway. … Continue reading New Student Center Proposed

Muslim Prayer Space

By Tayah Payne ’22 Herald Staff The Herald recently had a conversation with Sarim Karim ’22 about the current accommodations for Muslim prayer on campus. Sarim is a student from Pakistan hoping to study international relations and economics, and is also a member of both the South Asian Student Association (SASA) and the debate team. He and the South Asian Student Association are working together … Continue reading Muslim Prayer Space

Student Art Exhibit Begins

The Student Art and Architecture Exhibit begins on Friday, April 26th at Houghton House and around the Arts Campus. The gallery celebrates the work of student artists on campus and includes “Visual invention in color and in black and white, in silkscreens and in photographs, in charcoal and in paint, in sculpture and digital media from students in studio classes,” according to the press release. … Continue reading Student Art Exhibit Begins

Earth Week Wrap-Up

By Yellie LaBare ’19 Special to the Herald Our annual Earth Week celebration is in full swing!  Led by the EcoReps and Campus Greens, it is a weeklong celebration of our planet. This year, the week kicked off with Earth Day on Monday, April 22, which featured more Saga options for Meatless Monday as well as the planting of new grape vines in the campus garden. … Continue reading Earth Week Wrap-Up

Remembering Rachel McKay ‘18

Army Sergeant Rachel Reve McKay ’18 passed away unexpectedly at the United States Army’s Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia on April 8. The death is under investigation and no immediate cause of death was provided. Rachel was twenty-three years old. McKay graduated from Marblehead High School, in Marblehead, Massachusetts, prior to attending William Smith in the fall of 2014. She graduated from William Smith last … Continue reading Remembering Rachel McKay ‘18

Michael Amadori on HWS Sustainability Initiatives

On this episode of The Seneca Scene, we welcome Michael Amadori, the Sustainability Manager at HWS. Michael is on the Climate Task force and is the advisor and coordinator for the EcoReps program on campus. Michael has created and led many programs and events involving sustainability and is coordinating the earth week events. Listen to the full episode below and be sure to subscribe to The … Continue reading Michael Amadori on HWS Sustainability Initiatives

Mark Gearan on Politics, the Media, and Getting Involved

On this episode of The Seneca Scene, we welcome another special guest back to campus…over the phone.​ President Emeritus Mark D. Gearan currently the Director of the Harvard Institute of Politics and was formerly the President of Hobart and William Smith for 18 years. With the release of Robert Mueller’s impending, we chatted last week, on Friday, about the role of media in this changing … Continue reading Mark Gearan on Politics, the Media, and Getting Involved

Professor Tom Drennen on Entrepreneurship and Climate Change

On this episode of The Seneca Scene, we welcome Professor Tom Drennen. Professor Drennen is a member of the Economics department and serves as the chair of Environmental Studies as well as Entrepreneurial Studies. He has helped launch and fosters several sustainability initiatives here at the colleges. Professor Drennen gives insight into sustainability as well as his views on climate change and entrepreneurship.​ Listen to … Continue reading Professor Tom Drennen on Entrepreneurship and Climate Change

This Land Is Not Your Land

By Grace Ruble ’21 News Editor Hobart and William Smith Colleges value history. Students waiting in line to matriculate are quizzed by the Orientation Team on fun facts like the founding dates of each college. Every admissions tour involves a stop at the Elizabeth Blackwell statue, and anyone who’s taken a Women’s Studies class knows how close we are to historic Seneca Falls. However, there’s … Continue reading This Land Is Not Your Land

Arts Campus Has Real Issues

By Niki Russell ’19 Herald Contributor The arts campus seems like a faraway, mystical place to many students here at HWS, but for 21 percent of the student population it is a very real part of each week. Anyone who has taken a class there knows that it is not at all mystical and, indeed, very far away. The campus consist of three buildings: Houghton … Continue reading Arts Campus Has Real Issues

New Academic Day Schedule

By Ani Freedman ’22 Photography Editor & Herald Staff As students approach fall 2019 registration time, panic begins to set in — concerns arise about what classes to take next semester, fulfilling majors and minors, and whether or not students will get into the classes they want or need. With this sense of uncertainty comes the newfound uncertainty of the new academic day schedule that … Continue reading New Academic Day Schedule

Feminist Activism on Campus

By Olivia Rowland ’21 Copy Editor Anonymous social media accounts are commonplace at schools, and HWS is no exception. While most of these accounts are primarily focused on entertainment, there is one anonymous Instagram account at HWS with a more serious purpose: @bossbitchtheory, which has been posting about feminist theory and feminist issues on campus since the fall of 2017. The Herald met with the … Continue reading Feminist Activism on Campus

Geneva Music Scene: Shrimps

By Wren Andrews ’21 Arts & Entertainment Editor Welcome back to the Geneva Music Series – a column focused on illuminating the musical venues, artists, histories, and opportunities across Geneva, both on and off campus. This issue, we interviewed Brady Leo, one of two members of the local band Shrimps. Shrimps has been a prominent part of the Geneva music scene over the years, playing … Continue reading Geneva Music Scene: Shrimps

New Junior Student Trustees

By Elise Donovan ’22 Herald Staff After a close runoff election, it was decided that Hobart student Albright Dwarka ‘21 and William Smith student Audrey Platt ‘21 would be the newest student additions to the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees. The Student Trustee position consists of aiding the Board of Trustees in decision making and voting and acting as a student voice … Continue reading New Junior Student Trustees

Barnes and Noble Moves In

By Ryan Skinner ’19 Herald Staff It is official: the College Store will be closed as early as June 1 and replaced with Barnes and Noble College. BNC, which operates hundreds of campus bookstores nationwide, is tasked with renovating the HWS store and updating its website, as well as managing merchandising and day-to-day affairs. Interim President McGuire maintains that the Colleges’ partnership with Barnes and … Continue reading Barnes and Noble Moves In

Search for New Chaplain Nears End

By Ryan Skinner ’19 Herald Staff The search for a new chaplain and dean of Spiritual Engagement has been in full swing in the months since Chaplain Maurice Charles left his position to be with his partner, Cliff Chan, who accepted a position at Emory University. Professor Nan Crystal Arens, who co-chairs the search committee with Julianne Miller, director of the Abbe Center for Jewish … Continue reading Search for New Chaplain Nears End

“Fraternal Forever”

By Will Fuller ’22 Herald Staff ** This article was updated on April 5, 2019 following performances of Fraternal Forever and the April 5 issue of the Herald. ** March 8th and 9th the Phoenix Players presented their new play, Fraternal Forever, written and directed by Donovan Hayden and produced by the Phoenix Players. Countless others worked toward creating and putting the play out to be seen … Continue reading “Fraternal Forever”

Now What: Davis Gallery Exhibit

By Grace Ruble ’21 News Editor The Davis Gallery’s current exhibit Now What?! Advocacy, Activism and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968 is a departure from the paintings and sculptures usually on display. This gallery, which is the first architecture focused installment the Davis Gallery has hosted, is an interactive exhibit which invites visitors to fill in the gaps on a timeline of the history … Continue reading Now What: Davis Gallery Exhibit

Creative Writing and Trias at HWS with Professor Melanie Hamilton

On this episode of The Seneca Scene, we welcome Professor Melanie Conroy-Goldman Hamilton. Professor Hamilton has served as chair to the English department and helped create the Trias program. Talking about creative writing on campus, Professor Hamilton showcases the various outlets and resources for writers. ​ Listen to the full episode below and be sure to subscribe to The Seneca Scene on iTunes and on Spotify to … Continue reading Creative Writing and Trias at HWS with Professor Melanie Hamilton