In Defense of the Herald and Free Speech

By Jackson Mischler ’24 Herald Contributor “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” -Aristotle Hobart’s collegiate crest contains a single word: Disce. Latin for “learn.”  Disce encapsulates the core value of any liberal arts college, an educational environment that serves as a marketplace for the free exchange of ideas and exposes students to a wide … Continue reading In Defense of the Herald and Free Speech

Hobart Celebrates 200 Years With Bicentennial Gala

By Paige Wilson ‘26Staff Writer As Hobart College celebrated 200 years of existence and excellence this past October, a gala was hosted here at the Colleges to celebrate the birthday. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni were invited to attend the gala and spend the weekend enjoying additional activities and events to celebrate the bicentennial.    The school spared no expenses in the planning and coordination of … Continue reading Hobart Celebrates 200 Years With Bicentennial Gala

Leading the Way

By Spencer Pinque ’26Staff Writer Studies report that above 77 percent of organizations report a lack of traditional leadership, and now more than ever, efforts are put forth to find specialized employees that exude qualities of ethical, inclusive, and value-based leaders.  The Hobart & William Smith Centennial Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation is located at 603 South Main Street in Geneva, and serves as … Continue reading Leading the Way

Student Art Centered At New
Provenzano Art Gallery

By Elinor Brunner ‘26Staff Writer Art students on the HWS campus were given a reason to celebrate at the beginning of this school year when the Provenzano Student Gallery opened in the Scandling Center. But the gallery’s team hopes that it will be able to reach the larger student body as well. “The whole point of the Provenzano is to bring the arts campus to … Continue reading Student Art Centered At New
Provenzano Art Gallery

Saga Hours Extended, Does it Solve the Problem?

By Hrithik BiswasOperations Manager It was recently announced by Vice President for Campus Life Dr. Becca Barile that following Thanksgiving break, November 28th, Saga will remain open until 9pm during weekdays and until 8pm on weekends.   These extended hours were much hoped for by many athletic teams on campus, as well as the greater HWS community. This new progress in campus life was much advocated … Continue reading Saga Hours Extended, Does it Solve the Problem?

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

Several people marching outdoors, carrying signs that say "Legalize Abortion Once and For All!" etc.

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

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

Photograph of Mark and Mary Gearan indoors, wearing business atrire.

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

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Voting on Campus: From U.S. Congress to William Smith Congress

By Olivia Rowland ‘21 Copy Editor Almost a month after the midterm elections, students had the opportunity to vote in another election, this time for the executive board of William Smith Congress. But the atmosphere surrounding both opportunities for civic participation was unmistakably different. The HWS community put a lot of effort into mobilizing for the midterm elections. By Nov. 6, HWS Votes and the … Continue reading Voting on Campus: From U.S. Congress to William Smith Congress

Chief Diversity Officer Search

By Ryan Skinner ‘19 Herald Staff Last spring, amid a flurry of emerging vacancies at the colleges, it was announced that Interim Chief Diversity Officer Solomé Rose would be leaving the position she had held since March of 2016 to join Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York. Her exit prompted a series of emails from more than a dozen faculty members congratulating Rose … Continue reading Chief Diversity Officer Search

Hobart Deans Envisioning Change

By Ani Freedman ‘22 Photography Editor Over the past year or so, HWS has had some noticeable administrative changes across various offices and departments, including a new interim president, professors joining and retiring within various departments, and of course new additions in the Dean’s Office. A notable aspect of these changes for Hobart College students is the appointment of Interim Dean Khuram Hussain and Interim … Continue reading Hobart Deans Envisioning Change

‘No Exit’ Comes to HWS

By Alex Kerai ’19 Editor-in-Chief What do three random strangers, locked together in a room for eternity, have in common? In Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1944 classic No Exit they are there to torture each other in the afterlife. On Sunday, December 9, at 2 p.m. the play will be performed in Williams Studio (located in Williams Hall) with all-student actors and a student production team. It … Continue reading ‘No Exit’ Comes to HWS

The Coordinate System: History & Context

By Alex Kerai ’19 Editor-in-Chief When William Smith gave about $475,000 to the Trustees of Hobart for the founding of William Smith College for women on December 13, 1906, the college was to be coordinate with the “men’s department” and under Hobart’s Board of Trustees. The coordinate agreement is unique among American colleges; it is touted by the Colleges as being in place for exploration and … Continue reading The Coordinate System: History & Context

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

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

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

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

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

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