Coordinate System Viewpoint #1

By Noah D. R. Feeman, Class of 2016 “What does Coordinate mean to you?” How many HWS students (alums, staff, faculty, passers-by, families, friends, neighbors, invested local businessmen, the stranger on the street) come and gone, have been asked this question? How many different pieces of school promotional material have contained some version of this phrase; how many of us have had it sprung on us … Continue reading Coordinate System Viewpoint #1

Coordinate System Viewpoint #2

By Kels Veeder, Current Student Though it occurred well over a year now, my most prominent memory at HWS is still the first day of Orientation. Walking through the Hobart matriculation tent alone was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life; being ignored by the Alumni Association and having to endure questioning side glances made it immediately clear that I did not belong … Continue reading Coordinate System Viewpoint #2

Kavanaugh Walkout

By Grace Ruble ’21 News Editor On Oct. 4, the voices of HWS students chanting “Kava-what? Kava-no!” over the South Main Street overpass joined the voices of those across the country who participated in the #CancelKavenaugh Walkout Against Patriarchy. The walkout protested Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court in the wake of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations and offered support for Dr. … Continue reading Kavanaugh Walkout

Coordinate System Viewpoint #3

This piece was written by a student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I walk across campus alongside 5-10 other families on my first tour as a prospective student of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In the first few steps the coordinate system and the “four main differences of The Colleges” are mentioned. It sounds really cool that women have unique opportunities, but for some … Continue reading Coordinate System Viewpoint #3

Coordinate System Viewpoint #4

This piece was written by a sophomore non-binary student currently enrolled at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. When I decided to come here, I was in the process of accepting my identity as a non-binary person. I struggled with the idea that I was not, in fact, a woman, despite knowing deep-down that I did not fit into the binary idea of gender. Being a … Continue reading Coordinate System Viewpoint #4

Tackled by School Administration

By Nicola Russell ’19 & Makayla Pydych ’19 Herald Contributors On March 30 this year, Hobart and William Smith Colleges officially announced the building of a new indoor turf field for the school’s varsity sports teams, funded through Hobart Lacrosse Alumni donations. The development would create an additional winter space for varsity athletes to practice. However, this indoor turf field is being built on what was once … Continue reading Tackled by School Administration

Coordinate System Viewpoint #5

This piece was written by an upper-class Hobart and William Smith student. I am a non-binary student. “Genderqueer, also known as non–binary, is a catch-all category for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine‍—‌identities which are outside the gender binary and cisnormativity. Genderqueer people may express a combination of masculinity and femininity, or neither, in their gender expression.” (Wikipedia, 2018) I am strong … Continue reading Coordinate System Viewpoint #5

Campus Connections

By Reed Herter ’22 Herald Contributor The Campus Connections Program is a newly instituted service for first-year students. It takes all first-year students and pairs them up with a mentor on campus. These mentors are staff members who volunteered, and they “are the people not interacting with students on a daily basis,” as John Young, the Dean of Admissions, put it. The purpose of the … Continue reading Campus Connections

Coordinate System Viewpoint #6

By Cameron Gaynor, William Smith ’14 When I was looking at colleges back in 2008-9, I wasn’t out to myself as transgender and non-binary, let alone queer at all. I’d grown up in simultaneously a very gendered and non-gendered world. I am an only child, assigned female at birth, and grew up competitively horseback riding. I was a Rhetoric and English enthusiast and so many … Continue reading Coordinate System Viewpoint #6

Coordinate System Viewpoint #7

This piece is written by a senior Hobart and William Smith student. The Coordinate System and Beyond: What HWS can do Better As a transgender student, I despise the coordinate system. That is not to say that I do not recognize why it exists, nor am I ignorant of the struggle it would take to remove it. So, this article shall be separated into two … Continue reading Coordinate System Viewpoint #7

Coordinate System Viewpoint #8

This piece was written by a recent graduate of Hobart and William Smith. The following list of questions is the best way that I’ve found to express my experience, and that is all I have to contribute right now. Questions I asked myself on a daily basis when I came out as transgender on the HWS campus: Do I have to leave William Smith if … Continue reading Coordinate System Viewpoint #8

William Smith Congress Reaching Out

By Grace Ruble ’21 News Editor “We never really leave our roles,” says Eva Catanzariti ‘21, Vice President of William Smith Congress. “What we want to do is take issues that students care about on campus and take them out of just conversations with friends, and bring them to the next level where we can figure out how can we support you going forward and … Continue reading William Smith Congress Reaching Out

Student Voter Engagement

By Olivia Rowland ’21 Copy Editor The Herald’s coverage of Hobart class president elections in last month’s issue revealed that most students were apathetic when it came to voting. With the midterm elections coming up in less than a month, students have another, arguably more important, chance to let their voices be heard. But will they vote? In short, the data is not promising. Young people … Continue reading Student Voter Engagement

Competitive Gaming Starts on Campus

By Jackie Steinman ’20 Herald Contributor The new E-Sports Gaming House opened on Pulteney Street with its ribbon-cutting ceremony just a few weeks ago. E-Sports refers to video gaming competitions in which individuals or teams can play against one another at the amateur, collegiate, or professional level. Overwatch and League of Legends are two games that have their own professional leagues and have led the … Continue reading Competitive Gaming Starts on Campus

Intercultural Affairs Center

By Will Fuller ’22 Herald Staff Exciting times are upon the International Affairs Center. The center, which creates a supportive place for international students, will soon be under renovation. Ideas and plans for the new renovations have already began. “The process is following the timeline,” says Alejandra Molina, one of the directors of the International Affairs Center. This timeline started in the spring of last … Continue reading Intercultural Affairs Center

Gravitational Waves with Professor Steven Penn

This week The Seneca Scene welcomes Professor of Physics Steven Penn to discuss the discovery of gravitational waves and his work with LIGO on coating design for the interferometer detectors. Join us for this chat where we learn more about Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, the collision of black holes and neutron stars, and what this discovery means for our understanding of the Big Bang. Listen … Continue reading Gravitational Waves with Professor Steven Penn

Fribolin Farm and Food Systems with Sarah Meyer

This week The Seneca Scene welcomes Sarah Meyer from the Finger Lakes Institute to discuss the Fribolin Farm, sustainability, community garden, upcoming events, and beekeeping. Join us for this half-hour chat where we learn more about the HWS campus farm and its mascot, along with ways you can get involved on campus with Campus Greens or the Eco-Reps. Don’t forget to follow the farm on Instagram … Continue reading Fribolin Farm and Food Systems with Sarah Meyer

First Impressions from the Classes of 2022

By Grace Ruble ’21 News Editor According to the “Welcoming the Classes of 2022” article published by the HWS Update before the new class of First Years arrived on campus, the Classes of 2022 include “class presidents, all-star athletes, engaged volunteers and inspired artists.” Statistically, this same article identified that 40 percent of the Classes of 2022 applied to HWS Early Decision, 25 percent identify … Continue reading First Impressions from the Classes of 2022

Title IX Update

By Olivia Rowland ’21 Copy Editor Last April, the Herald published six articles about Title IX and sexual assault on campus. The series investigated how reports of sexual assault are handled on campus in addition to the campus culture around the issue. The Herald found that there seemed to be less openness to discussion about sexual assault on campus than there was in 2014. In … Continue reading Title IX Update

Beginning Again: The Presidential Search

By Abbey Frederick ’20 Managing Editor When an individual is appointed to the presidency of an institution of higher education, he or she takes on the responsibility to guide the institution into the future. This year, Hobart and William Smith Colleges face the challenge of selecting the person who will not only represent the alumni, faculty, staff, and students of the Colleges, but also represent … Continue reading Beginning Again: The Presidential Search

Elections Reveal Apathy

By Ryan Skinner ’19 Herald Staff This year’s class president elections were defined by a continuing trend of uncompetitive elections, voter disengagement and revealing defects in the electronic ballot. As the vice president of Hobart Student Government, I have made the unusual decision to publicize some limited data from the elections. I believe this is a necessary course of action because only through a shared … Continue reading Elections Reveal Apathy

Lasher: ‘And So There I Was in Poland’

By Elise Donovan ’22 Herald Contributor On August 27, the greater population of Hobart and William Smith Colleges gathered in the Vandervort Room to celebrate the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Featuring remarks from esteemed alums, student leaders, and HWS faculty, the ceremony presented inspiratory comments for the Classes of 2019, as well as words of welcome for the Classes of 2022. To commence … Continue reading Lasher: ‘And So There I Was in Poland’

Orientation

By Henry Duerr ’21 Herald Staff Orientation. For some, it marks an exciting new chapter in life. For others, it’s a tooth-grinding formality. Regardless of background, all students, be it First Year or transfer, undergo the process. Except this year, the incoming Classes of 2022 had a few things changed for them. Tanner Arnold, one of the two student Orientation Leaders, spoke to me a … Continue reading Orientation

125 Years: the Smith Opera House

By Grace Ruble ’21 News Editor For six weeks over the summer, HWS students Gretty Hollister ‘20 and Austin Jennings ‘19 assisted Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Woodworth in researching Geneva’s own Smith Opera House. Woodworth, who has performed and directed at the Smith and serves on the Board of the Opera House, said she wanted to “focus on the history of the building as … Continue reading 125 Years: the Smith Opera House

New William Smith Deans Outline Vision

By Elise Donovan ’22 Herald Contributor As of July 2018, two out of the three William Smith deans will have stepped into their roles within the past few months. However, despite being new to William Smith administrative roles, both Assistant Dean Kelly Payne and Assistant Dean Lisa Salter are far from inexperienced. Both Dean Payne and Dean Salter bring their experiences of teaching and advising … Continue reading New William Smith Deans Outline Vision

Faculty Work on Display at the Davis Gallery

By Abbey Frederick ’20 Managing Editor This month, the Davis Gallery began its 2018-2019 exhibition lineup with the Faculty Exhibition, featuring artworks in sculpture, printing, photography, drawing, digital rendering, fashion, installation, and textile arts. This collection displays the wide range of talent held by the faculty of the Department of Art and Architecture. The Davis Gallery usually features the work of one faculty member each … Continue reading Faculty Work on Display at the Davis Gallery

‘Love/Sick’ from HWS Theatre

By Will Fuller ’22 Herald Contributor My first time walking into the Gearan Center was an impressive feat – the scope of the building is huge and intimidating. After wandering the halls for a while, I was finally able to find and talk to Professor Chris Woodworth, the director of HWS Mainstage’s fall production Love/Sick, written by playwright John Cariani, author of the critically acclaimed … Continue reading ‘Love/Sick’ from HWS Theatre

Fostering Conversation & Self-Confidence: an Interview with Eye-to-Eye Chapter Leader Isabelle Jeppsen

By Abbey Frederick ’20 Managing Editor On the first Friday of the new school year, students wander from one table to the next at the Involvement Expo, writing their names down on mailing lists. For many students, signing up at the expo is the first step toward finding a community where they can explore their passions alongside like-minded peers. But Isabelle Jeppsen ’21 had her … Continue reading Fostering Conversation & Self-Confidence: an Interview with Eye-to-Eye Chapter Leader Isabelle Jeppsen

The State of the Colleges with William Smith Dean Kaenzig

In the final of its State of the Colleges series, The Seneca Scene welcomed William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig to discuss William Smith advancement opportunities, the achievement gap, and plans for the future of the institution. In the last two weeks we have spoken with Interim President Patrick A. McGuire and Interim Hobart Dean Khuram Hussain. In conversation, Kaenzig spoke about the values of Hobart … Continue reading The State of the Colleges with William Smith Dean Kaenzig

The State of the Colleges with Hobart Dean Hussain

In Part 2 of its State of the Colleges series, The Seneca Scene welcomed Interim Hobart Dean Khuram Hussain to discuss Hobart traditions in the changing academic environment. Last week we spoke with Interim President Patrick A. McGuire and next  week we will also speak with William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig. In conversation, Hussain spoke about the values of Hobart and William Smith, traditions of Hobart … Continue reading The State of the Colleges with Hobart Dean Hussain

The State of the Colleges with Interim President McGuire

To start the 2018-2019 Academic Year, The Seneca Scene welcomed Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12 to discuss Hobart and William Smith Colleges as we begin the academic year. It is the first in our three-part series on the State of the Colleges. In the next two weeks we will also speak with William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig and Interim Hobart Dean Khuram Hussain. In … Continue reading The State of the Colleges with Interim President McGuire

Year in Review with Quinn Cullum

It’s been quite a year at Hobart and William Smith Colleges! As we look ahead to the Classes of 2018 Commencement, News Editor Quinn Cullum ’18 walks us through the events that have defined this past year in news. In her wide-ranging interview, Cullum discusses the resignation of President Gregory J. Vincent ’83, the instatement of Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12, the Herald‘s … Continue reading Year in Review with Quinn Cullum

Continuing Progress: Moving HWS Forward with Pat McGuire

By Alex Kerai ’19 Editor-in-Chief When Emeritus Professor of Economics, Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D.’12, was named as Interim President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, it was another homecoming for the thrice-retired Professor. Having lived in Geneva since 1968, McGuire has served the Colleges for over 40 years. After retiring as Professor of Economics, McGuire was tapped by then-President Mark D. Gearan L.H.D. ’17 to … Continue reading Continuing Progress: Moving HWS Forward with Pat McGuire

An Interview with Gregory Vincent: What’s Next?

By Theodore Nappo ’18 Herald Contributor On Tuesday, April 24, the Herald sat down with the Gregory J. Vincent ’83, former President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In his first sit-down interview, we discussed the accusations of plagiarism that resulted in his resignation. Vincent seemed relaxed in person; he was not focused on the past but rather looking ahead to the future. When asked … Continue reading An Interview with Gregory Vincent: What’s Next?

Seven Individuals Cited in Fake ID Bust Downtown

By Dan Bristol ’18 and Alex Kerai ’19 Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief Seven individuals were cited for possessing counterfeit identification or criminal impersonation two weeks ago in an enforcement operation by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department, and the Geneva Police Department, several of them were students of the Colleges. The operation featured several undercover officers working with door people … Continue reading Seven Individuals Cited in Fake ID Bust Downtown

President Gregory Vincent Resigns

The Board of Trustees at Hobart and William Smith Colleges announced on Friday, April 13 that President Gregory J. Vincent ’83 would be resigning as the 27th President of Hobart and the 16th President of William Smith. The announcement comes in the midst of an investigation into claims that President Vincent plagiarized parts of his 2004 dissertation, which was completed for a Ed.D. degree at … Continue reading President Gregory Vincent Resigns

Seating Opinions: Commencement 2018

At the end of March, the Classes of 2018 voted to decide between joint seating and processions for commencement or separate seating and processions by college. The debate prompted discussion about gender differences and inclusivity within the coordinate system. To shed greater light on the discussion the Herald asked three campus leaders and active participants in the conversation to express their views in print. Their … Continue reading Seating Opinions: Commencement 2018

Seating Opinions: Bex Czajkowski

At the end of March, the Classes of 2018 voted to decide between joint seating and processions for commencement or separate seating and processions by college. The debate prompted discussion about gender differences and inclusivity within the coordinate system. To shed greater light on the discussion the Herald asked three campus leaders and active participants in the conversation to express their views in print. By … Continue reading Seating Opinions: Bex Czajkowski

Seating Opinions: Jackie Fisher

At the end of March, the Classes of 2018 voted to decide between joint seating and processions for commencement or separate seating and processions by college. The debate prompted discussion about gender differences and inclusivity within the coordinate system. To shed greater light on the discussion the Herald asked three campus leaders and active participants in the conversation to express their views in print. By Jackie … Continue reading Seating Opinions: Jackie Fisher

Seating Opinions: Alex Santiago

At the end of March, the Classes of 2018 voted to decide between joint seating and processions for commencement or separate seating and processions by college. The debate prompted discussion about gender differences and inclusivity within the coordinate system. To shed greater light on the discussion the Herald asked three campus leaders and active participants in the conversation to express their views in print. By … Continue reading Seating Opinions: Alex Santiago

Social Space & Social Responsibility in Fraternities

By The Herald News Team As with many other colleges and universities, fraternities play a dominating role in social life at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and, as a side effect of their social role on campus, are frequently tied to instances of sexual assault. The 2017 Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey found that of the 46 students who self-reported … Continue reading Social Space & Social Responsibility in Fraternities

Troubling Statistics of Campus Sexual Assaults

By The Herald News Team The National Criminal Justice Reference Service published two reports under the U.S. Department of Justice, one in December 2000 and another in December 2007, which highlight troubling facts about campus sexual assaults: nationally in more than 90 percent of rapes and unwanted sexual contact incidents on campus, the student did not report. This is based on the December 2000 report, which … Continue reading Troubling Statistics of Campus Sexual Assaults

Trias Astounds

By Wren Andrews ‘21
Staff Writer

It wasn’t an exceptionally nice evening out—it was rainy, dark, and cold.  However, despite the weather, a reasonably-sized swarm of people were walking in the direction of the Hirshson Ballroom. Inside was a completely different world: the room was bright, and full of light and energy as much as it was full of people. As Associate Professor of English Kathryn Cowles said, people were “hanging from the rafters,” standing in the aisles, sitting in places where no seats were left.  The sheer number of students in attendance was an incredible anomaly, especially for this campus, but it was a crowd well-deserved for a poet as incredible as Danez Smith. Continue reading Trias Astounds

Mosaic New York

By Alex Kerai ‘19 & Quinn Cullum ‘18
Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

Beginning first in the 2014-2015 academic year, Mosaic New York is a small theatrical company that writes and performs pieces in an effort to create dialogues on campus and in the Geneva community related to social justice issues. Associate Professor of Theatre Heather May continues to work as the founder and Artistic Director of the company with the support of the Office of Student Affairs and the Department of Theatre. Continue reading Mosaic New York

Blue Lights at HWS: A Complicated Necessity

By The Herald News Team Referred to by Marty Corbett, director of Campus Safety at HWS, as “rarely used,” the blue lights and call boxes on the Hobart and William Smith campus exist as a safety measure to protect members of the HWS community in the event of an attack. Both the lights and call boxes contain emergency buttons that can be pressed to directly contact … Continue reading Blue Lights at HWS: A Complicated Necessity

Respect on Campus: Power of the Human Voice

The author of this piece requested that it be published anonymously as it contains sensitive and personal reflection “What do you do on the weekends? Get hammered and go home with someone?” This disrespectful and generalized comment was made to me by a male student on the yellow couches of the first floor of the library, a public space for all to use. Following that … Continue reading Respect on Campus: Power of the Human Voice

Letter to the Editor 4-6-18

By Professor H. Wesley Perkins

Department of Sociology

I write in response to Phoebe MacCurrach’s March 2, 2018 Herald article titled “HWS Social Norms and Just Facts.”  Ms. MacCurrach is not happy about the 20% of students who engage in unintended sexual activity as a result of drinking during the academic year, the 27% who are not offended by sexist comments, and the 21% who do not use a designated non-drinking driver.” Neither am I, nor are others who work in the field of health promotion and risk prevention, nor most people who simply care about themselves and others. I applaud her concern about these potentially harmful behaviors.  I wish she had taken the simple step and a few minutes of her time, however, to speak with me or my colleague, David Craig, about our Just Facts information (we routinely invite students to do so and our doors are open) before launching her apparently uninformed critique of our work. Continue reading Letter to the Editor 4-6-18

Free Speech Discourse on Campus

By Phoebe MacCurrach ‘18
Herald Staff

On the Friday before spring break at noon, President Gregory Vincent ’83 sent out an email with the subject “Diversity of thought and the First Amendment Right to freedom of speech.” The email addresses his belief in the importance of complying with the community standards, he even included a link to an online version. Continue reading Free Speech Discourse on Campus

Classes of 2018 to Have Joint Graduation Seating

By Dan Bristol
Managing Editor

Through a decisive vote last week, the Classes of 2018 decided to make this year’s commencement ceremony on May 13th a joint ceremony with Hobart and William Smith students sitting and graduating together. This marks the second year in a row that students from both schools will be seated together, returning to a graduation arrangement more familiar to President Vincent ’83 and his peers from the 70s and 80s. Continue reading Classes of 2018 to Have Joint Graduation Seating

A Culture of Respect?

As policy, the Herald follows Associated Press guidelines and does “not generally identify those who say they have been sexually assaulted…except in unusual circumstances.” The four interviews with survivors of sexual misconduct on this campus were conducted on the record, and the Herald will not identify those victims of sexual assault and harassment. Instead we have given them the opportunity to choose a pseudonym with … Continue reading A Culture of Respect?

William Smith Walkout

By Grace Ruble ’21
Herald Staff

March 8, 2018 was International Women’s Day. This year, many Hobart and William Smith students celebrated by participating in a walkout and rally on the Coxe steps and then marching to a rally in downtown Geneva. The walkout and Coxe steps rally were organized by a group of William Smith students including Hilda Agyekum, Kerry Bartholomae, Madeline Cook, Bex Czajkowski, Loretta Hauslauer, Alex Holmes, Sydney Hummel, Lara Johnson, Megan Mahar, Morgan Neils and Ainsley Rhodes. Continue reading William Smith Walkout

Reporting Concerns: Survivors Describe Experiences with the Office of Title IX

As policy, the Herald follows Associated Press guidelines and does “not generally identify those who say they have been sexually assaulted…except in unusual circumstances.” The four interviews with survivors of sexual misconduct on this campus were conducted on the record, and the Herald will not identify those victims of sexual assault and harassment. Instead we have given them the opportunity to choose a pseudonym with … Continue reading Reporting Concerns: Survivors Describe Experiences with the Office of Title IX

Board Investigates President Vincent

By Ryan Skinner ‘19 Staff Writer On March 21, while students were enjoying Spring Break, a bombshell struck HWS. An anonymous email signed by “A Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges” was sent to Professor Scott Brophy, Professor Tom Drennen, Professor Steve Penn, and senior officials at the University of Pennsylvania as well as news agencies such as The New York Times, Washington Post, … Continue reading Board Investigates President Vincent

Four Years Later: the Herald Investigates Sexual Misconduct Response at HWS

By The Herald News Team On July 12 2014, The New York Times published an article on the front page of its Sunday edition titled “Reporting Rape, and Wishing She Hadn’t: How One College Handled a Sexual Assault Complaint” that specifically focused on the adjudication process of the alleged rape of a first-year student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The article was preceded by a … Continue reading Four Years Later: the Herald Investigates Sexual Misconduct Response at HWS

Journey Beyond: An Interview with John Grotzinger ’79

By Quinn Cullum ’18 News Editor As announced on February 9, John Grotzinger ’79  will  be  giving the Commencement address for the classes of 2018. He studied Geoscience, was a member of the Hobart Lacrosse team, and a brother in Theta Delta Chi while at Hobart. Now an accomplished geoscientist and an endowed chair at CalTech, he upholds the liberal arts philosophy and he reflected … Continue reading Journey Beyond: An Interview with John Grotzinger ’79

A Plea for Renewed Student Autonomy

By Dominique DeRubeis ‘18 and Ryan Skinner ‘19 Herald Contributors What is it like to be a member of the Budget Allocations Committee? In one word: frustrating. In many more words: a unique opportunity to maximize opportunities and events on campus for other students. Too often, BAC is seen as an impediment — another perimeter of red tape— to student clubs and organizations. At its … Continue reading A Plea for Renewed Student Autonomy

Davis Gallery: 10 Years of ‘Choices’

By Mary Warner ’21 Arts & Entertainment Editor A new exhibition is on display at the Davis Gallery at the Houghton House, called “Choices from The Collections.”  Architects, Art Historians, and Studio Artists from the Colleges have chosen their favorite pieces from The Collections to be showcased.  The exhibit also includes explanations of why the specific pieces were chosen to be shown in this context.  … Continue reading Davis Gallery: 10 Years of ‘Choices’

Annual Finger Lakes Photo/Plays Showcase Creative Spirit

By Grace Ruble ’21 Herald Contributor On Friday, February 23, HWS students and faculty, as well as members of the Geneva community gathered at the Smith Opera House for the reveal of a photograph taken by HWS’s Chief Photographer Kevin Colton. This photo would serve as the inspiration for seven plays to be written that night, then rehearsed and performed for an audience the next … Continue reading Annual Finger Lakes Photo/Plays Showcase Creative Spirit

Food Pantry Opens for Students

By Wren Andrews ’21 Herald Staff Following the recent addition of Au Bon Pain, renovations to SAGA, and revised meal plan options including docked hours of food availability, elimination of meal swipes outside of SAGA, and a mandate for all first years to purchase the most expensive meal plan, food and nutrition on campus have been contemptuous topics of discussion. These changes have been even … Continue reading Food Pantry Opens for Students

Illness Strikes HWS

By Ryan Skinner ’19 Herald Contributor ​As the United States endures a national flu pandemic, concern has risen among many students at HWS about health standards at the colleges. This concern was exacerbated by a small outbreak of influenza and influenza-like illnesses on our campus. Rumors began to swirl about quarantines being imposed on certain residences. Students may have noticed their professors liberalizing their policies … Continue reading Illness Strikes HWS

Role of the Student Trustee

By Abbey Frederick ’20 Herald Staff Three times every year, the Hobart and William Smith Board of Trustees assembles to discuss issues on campus, meet with faculty, clubs, and sports teams, and make crucial decisions about the future of the Colleges. The Board includes alumnae and alumni from the class of 1961 to the class of 1996 and from a wide range of professions. It … Continue reading Role of the Student Trustee

‘Ding Dong!’ The Library is Dead

By Kathleen Fowkes ’18 Herald Contributor As full-time college students, I can, with almost absolute certainty, guarantee that each and every single one of us has a moment in our day where we hate everything about existing on this campus. A moment where all we really want is some peace and quiet. To not have to listen to that *one, specific* Hobart student talk about … Continue reading ‘Ding Dong!’ The Library is Dead

HWS Social Norms and Just Facts

By Phoebe MacCurrach ’18 Staff Writer The intent behind the HWS Just Facts campaign is in the right place, but the fact is that there’s more to the number we are presented with than what they are showing. For every time, we see that “80% of students never engage in unintended sexual activity as a result of drinking during the academic year” we also know … Continue reading HWS Social Norms and Just Facts

Accessibility & Inclusivity at HWS

By Phoebe MacCurrach ’18 Herald Staff Access is not a privilege or a convenience but a fundamental human right. Without equal access, there is no equality. Our understanding of disability has grown, we know now that it is a spectrum, you meet a person with a disability and you have only met one person with a disability. From physical disabilities to learning disabilities to psychological … Continue reading Accessibility & Inclusivity at HWS

Lack of Engagement with WSC & HSG Elections

By Dan Bristol ’18 Managing Editor Another William Smith Congress and Hobart Student Government election passed at the end of January with a worryingly small amount of fanfare. Not only did students pass through the two-day period in which the polls were open unaware of the election, but most positions were also uncontested. Of the eight positions up for election across the two governments only … Continue reading Lack of Engagement with WSC & HSG Elections

Disconnect in Sodexo Kitchens

By Henry Duerr ’21 Staff Writer When I first arrived on campus at HWS, I was a little disappointed with the food options on campus. I come from a household that really focuses on communal eating: meals are meant to be shared, savored, and prepared in the home. I was unfamiliar with this centralized hub of food activity on campus. So, I did what any … Continue reading Disconnect in Sodexo Kitchens

Sacred Thunder and Auto-Mending

By Abbey Frederick ‘20 Herald Contributor Two new exhibitions are on display at the Davis and Solarium Galleries at Houghton House. Sacred Thunder features the ephemeral paintings of Barry Lee Darling, and Stephen Reber’s sculpture Auto- Mending explores the manufacture of cultural objects. Barry Lee Darling’s vibrant paintings, on display in the Davis Gallery, explore fleeting moments of wonderment. His vibrant, life-sized works may inspire … Continue reading Sacred Thunder and Auto-Mending

John Grotzinger ’79 Named Commencement Speaker for 2018

By Quinn Cullum ‘18 News Editor The 2018 Commencement Address will be delivered by John P. Grotzinger ’79 S.D. ’13. A leader the field of geology, Grotzinger made history as the project scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory when the NASA team that he led successfully landed the Curiosity rover on Mars and confirmed that the environment there could support life. Grotzinger’s contributions the field … Continue reading John Grotzinger ’79 Named Commencement Speaker for 2018

Welcome Back Concert Leads to Student Criticism

By Wren Andrews ’21 Staff Writer Common adjectives used to describe this year’s Welcome Back Concert included, but were not limited to: messy, disorganized, unsafe, and bad. Any calculated or logical attempt to enter the venue proved futile – there was apparently a massive bottleneck leading up to the doors, featuring extremely loose security that culminated in grapevine stories rumoring that a ten-year-old and multiple … Continue reading Welcome Back Concert Leads to Student Criticism

‘Polarization’ Polarizes

By Jackie Fisher ‘18 Herald Contributor A serious question for AJ McFarlane: If I’m sexually harassed in jeans, was it my fault? Your article wasn’t clear on that issue. When a speeding car drove past me, threw a beer can at me, and yelled that my friend and I were whores, was it because I was wearing a tank top? No, and no. I really … Continue reading ‘Polarization’ Polarizes

Seneca Falls Women’s March

By Mary Warner Arts & Entertainment Editor On January 20, 2018, millions of protestors gathered in cities around the world to participate in the Women’s March.  One of these protests took place in Seneca Falls, NY, home to the Women’s Rights National Historic Park.  Around 15,000 people attended the march and a number of people spoke at the event, including Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and … Continue reading Seneca Falls Women’s March

‘The Martini’ Publishes Incendiary Piece

By Alex Kerai ‘19 Editor-in-Chief On Monday, February 5, the Martini published an incendiary piece that can only be qualified as an Op-Ed –although there was no real purpose, opinion, or point to the piece as a whole. By the late afternoon, one particular paragraph from that piece was circulating around campus, from the @BossBitchTheory Instagram account to messaging chains. To say it provoked a … Continue reading ‘The Martini’ Publishes Incendiary Piece

Changes for the College Store

By Phoebe MacCurrach ‘18 Herald Contributor Upon return from Winter break, many students noticed there have been some large changes made to The College Store. While what students have noticed are mainly changes in layout and organization, there is a much larger change that is underway. Under the new administration, The College Store now under the direction of the Communications Office. Under this new direction … Continue reading Changes for the College Store

Theatre Takes Audience Back in Time

by Abbey Frederick ’20 Staff Writer HWS Theatre will be taking audiences back in time to 1956 with their upcoming production of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche. The show, written by Andrew Hobgood and Evan Linder, will run Thursday and Friday, Feb. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m in the McDonald Theatre at the Gearan … Continue reading Theatre Takes Audience Back in Time

A Boogie wit da Hoodie to perform at HWS in January

By Dan Bristol ’18 Student Activities announced on Instagram on Thursday that A Boogie wit da Hoodie will perform this year as the headliner for the Welcome Back Concert in January. The Welcome Back Concert is an annual concert hosted by the Concert Advisory Committee in the Bristol Field House in January featuring artists such as T-Pain, Waka Flocka Flame, and B.O.B in recent years. The … Continue reading A Boogie wit da Hoodie to perform at HWS in January

To “Go Greek”or Not, an Honest Opinion

By Ryan Carson Opinions Editor I hear a lot of discussion recently about whether or not the administration of Hobart and William Smith should allow first year students to rush fraternity and sorority organizations in the spring of their first year. Frankly, I’m indifferent to the idea. I say so in large part because I’ve attended two different schools in my undergraduate education. One university … Continue reading To “Go Greek”or Not, an Honest Opinion

Sustainable Development to be Built in Geneva

By Aldo Giannattasio ‘19 Part of downtown Geneva is being revamped with the development of townhomes that run off of solar power in what is an estimated 8.5 million dollar project. Known as Lake Tunnel Solar Village, the project shall be built on a vacant three-acre lot near the pedestrian tunnel running under Routes 5&20. Under the proposal roughly 38 single-family townhomes will be built … Continue reading Sustainable Development to be Built in Geneva

Don’t Throw Out Your Jack-O-Lanterns!

By Noelle Nichols ’18 Composting your pumpkins just got a whole lot easier with the help of Organix Green Industries. Instead of throwing your pumpkins away, Ontario County officials are urging residents to drop off their old pumpkins at designated vermicomposting collection stations to avoid a mass amount of pumpkins ending up in the Ontario County landfill. Organix Green Industries is a large-scale vermicomposting facility … Continue reading Don’t Throw Out Your Jack-O-Lanterns!

HWS Theater Opens Season With Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”

“FAST PACED MODERN APPROACH, BUT STILL SHAKESPEARE” By Julian Ruf Staff Writer The upcoming evenings at the HWS Theater  promise to be spectacular. Shakespeare’s classic and famous tragedy is coming to the college stage at HWS. Macbeth is the fearless and respected warrior who becomes a murderer rather than waiting to become the next in line to the throne, yet he has the reverence of … Continue reading HWS Theater Opens Season With Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”

Climate Youth Summit Debuts in the Finger Lakes Region

By Noelle Nichols ‘18 The first-ever Youth Climate Summit in the Finger Lakes region will be held at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and it’s all thanks to the initiative of a William Smith College student.The Finger Lakes Youth Climate Summit, FLYCS, is a one-day summit that seeks to educate, empower and engage students to be change agents in their local schools and communities. On … Continue reading Climate Youth Summit Debuts in the Finger Lakes Region

IFC Considers First Year Bids

By Dan Bristol ‘18 Editor in Chief As offices around Hobart and William Smith Colleges work to improve retention rates of first year students, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) has a suggestion of its own: allow Hobart students to join fraternities in the spring semester of their first year. Currently students may only join Greek Life if they are of good academic and social standing, are … Continue reading IFC Considers First Year Bids

Alpha Phi Alpha Revealed to HWS

By Dan Bristol ‘18 Editor in Chief Hobart and William Smith’s newest Greek organization was revealed on October 16 as the new men of the Upsilon Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha were unmasked in the Vandervort Room. Alpha Phi Alpha joins Theta Phi Alpha and Sigma Chi as a new addition in a flurry of new Greek organizations as the third in as many … Continue reading Alpha Phi Alpha Revealed to HWS

Toxic Algae Blooms in Owasco Lake Sparks Concerns About Safe Drinking Water

By Noelle Nichols ‘18 High levels of toxins from algae blooms have been reported lakewide in Owasco Lake on Sept. 24, and people in the region are concerned about the future of their safe drinking water. The Cayuga County Health Department recently published information regarding a previously undetected cyanotoxin, homo-anatoxin, in Owasco Lake which as a result has led to traces of this toxin in … Continue reading Toxic Algae Blooms in Owasco Lake Sparks Concerns About Safe Drinking Water

Hobart and William Smith Expands Downtown

By Aldo Giannattasio ‘19 In what has become a highly popular minor since its creation in 2015, the entrepreneur department has decided to expand its reach into downtown Geneva, N.Y. Currently, in its infancy stage, Hobart and William Smith Colleges are starting the renovation of 22 Castle Street, which will be used by the Entrepreneur department. The Incubator as it will be known first become … Continue reading Hobart and William Smith Expands Downtown

Composting Buckets Distributed to Odell’s Units

By Alex Borreil Staff Writer Odell’s has a new composting system that has been set up by the Office of Sustainability. This effort was put in place to help reduce the amount of waste that is continuously put into our landfills each year. But there is question on whether or not students will be loyal to the system. On August 30th, the Office of Sustainability … Continue reading Composting Buckets Distributed to Odell’s Units

D’Agata Reads for Trias

By Mary Warner Arts and Entertainment Editor The English Department is currently holding a series of readings curated by John D’Agata, this year’s Trias Writer in Residence. In September, D’Agata, a Hobart alumnus, read from one of his older books, About a Mountain.  This is a non-fiction book of lyrical prose that centers around Las Vegas, Yucca Mountain, and the suicide of a 17-year-old boy. … Continue reading D’Agata Reads for Trias

Thread Bare Debuts at Davis Gallery

By Mary Warner Arts and Entertainment Editor The Davis Gallery at Houghton House will have a new exhibition, entitled Thread Bare, in November of chosen works by artist Kate Kretz. Kretz uses conventionally feminine mediums such as embroidery and sewing to engage with the theme of the formation of female identity as both a lived experience and ideological construct.  In particular, Kretz focuses on the … Continue reading Thread Bare Debuts at Davis Gallery

Area Records Enters Final Days

By Dan Bristol ’18 Editor in Chief Gregory Vincent ’83 was inaugurated as the President of Hobart and William and Smith Colleges. The ceremony at Trinity Episcopal Church in Geneva, NY marked the official installation of President Vincent who has been serving in this role since the summer. While this inauguration was the official start of President Vincent’s term, it is merely ceremonial for a … Continue reading Area Records Enters Final Days

Area Records Enters Final Days

By Mary Warner ’21 Arts & Entertainment Editor Area Records and Music has been a Geneva institution for forty years, beloved by students and community members alike.  However, the store will be closing its doors.  Area Records’ owner, Mikel George, loves the store and is passionate about music but also ready to retire.  “I could have kept going for two or three more years, but I … Continue reading Area Records Enters Final Days

Davis Gallery Explores Signs

By Mary Warner ’21 Arts and Entertainment Editor The Davis Gallery at Houghton House will have a new exhibition in October focusing on signs. The artists in the exhibition explore the ways signage reflects the consumerist values of our society, by physically overwhelming the built environment, conveying authority and authenticity, and blurring the lines between politics and the economy.  The exhibition is especially focusing on printed … Continue reading Davis Gallery Explores Signs

When Mandatory Attendance Policies Hurt Students

By Adelaide Fowle ’19 Every student knows the feeling; your alarm is blaring impossibly loudly, your head is pounding, you’re tired, you’re groggy and your bed has never felt more comfortable. But what’s the one thing that drags you out of bed? Nine times out of ten it’s knowing that your professor’s attendance policy means that you need to get your sorry butt out of bed … Continue reading When Mandatory Attendance Policies Hurt Students

Career Services Office Offers “Handshake”

By Jack Krivit ’21 Staff Writer As of this school year, the Career Services Office is offering students a revolutionary new way to connect and interact with recruiting employers and build their career community. This program, known as Handshake, offers guidance to students who are looking to find and achieve the best jobs and internships available to them in a personal way. Handshake is a fast-growing … Continue reading Career Services Office Offers “Handshake”

Title IX Office Mandates New Online Course: “Not Anymore”

By Quinn Cullum ’18 News Editor The Title IX Office at Hobart and William Smith has launched a new online course, Not Anymore, for all students this Fall. Completion of this course is mandatory for all students and must be finished by Sunday, October 1. If left incomplete by the deadline, students will be placed on social probation until the course is taken. Katie Stiffler, the … Continue reading Title IX Office Mandates New Online Course: “Not Anymore”

Geneva Awarded $10 Million Development Grant

By Jack Krivit ’21 Staff Writer As part of a Downtown Revitalization Initiative in the Finger Lakes region, Downtown Geneva was awarded a grant of $10 million dollars in 2016. Currently, the area represents over 200 firms and nearly 1,500 jobs in the central business district alone, already making it a center of major employment. This grant will allow Geneva to transform its historic downtown into … Continue reading Geneva Awarded $10 Million Development Grant

Why Everyone Should Study Aborad

By Ryan Carson ’18 Opinions Editor I think its fairly common these days, someone you know updates their Facebook profile picture to reflect their newfound freedom in a foreign country. I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else, as I don’t think I was in Greece for more than two days before I updated mine.  While I might be a bit facetious here, I really … Continue reading Why Everyone Should Study Aborad

FLX Live Opens Doors

By Dan Bristol ’18 Editor in Chief “Let’s start a bar.” It is a thought that many college students have across the country, but very few see their dreams come true. Hobart alumni Ian Pattison ’16, Nick LaChance ’16 and Scott Heffner ’16 accomplished that dream in August when they opened Geneva’s newest music venue: FLX Live. What began as an idea for just another … Continue reading FLX Live Opens Doors