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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY - FOUNDED IN 1911 .Vol. CXI No. 13 Friday, February-17, 2006 -www.thehillnews.CGm Canton, New York Chiarella <83 and McNally,'''71.- Read at Writers Series Jamie Dyer Advertisement Manager Tom Chiarella, '83, and Deh- .nis McNally, 71, read and' reminisced in Syke's formal lounge February 9 as part of the Writer's Series and St. Lawrence's Sesquicentennial celebration: Chiarella began the evening with \Hobie's Love Contract,\ from his unfinished novel \Things I Already Know in a Language I Don't Understand.\ \Hobie's\ is a quick read that relays the narrator's fear of in- -' compatibility in the form of an amusing and insightful con- tract. The \initial here\ sections ensure lighthearted chuckles, as do various odd-ball requests. However, it is the small, vivid memories and personal prefer- ences scattered throughout that give the reader a glimpse into the intricacies of his desires and fears that classify this piece as a whimsical satire of love, more than, a contract. Chiarella concluded his time with \The Vineyard Where the Grapes of Wrath Grow\ a short story from a collection of such that focus on car accidents. Chiarella was intrigued with this topic after a 1995 car acci- dent left, him seriously injured and separated from his wife. When .com- pleted, the book will ' capture Chiarella's love of paint- ing, in the form .of sixty- four . hand painted in- serts that will .correspond with particu- lar stories. \The .Vine- yard\ is an in- teresting story about a man whose wife tries to kill him not once, but twice while .driving his personal history. After graduating from St. Lawrence, Tom Chiarella'83 Dennis McNally'71 Photos, by University Communications together. The narrator suspects his wife of cheating on him, and at the end his suspicions become reality when she empties his bank account and has her lover beat him up. Despite his past experience, the story ends with the narrator painfully trying to follow his wife. •McNally's reading took a dif- ferent approach ,than Ghiarella's, focusing rather, on McNally entered UMass Amherst with \a wonderfully romanticized view of what I thought college was.\ \It wasn't until I arrived at U-Mass Amherst,\ McNally said, \that I realized graduate school is more like a food pro- duction line at McDonald's than college.\. McNally chose Jack Kerouac for the subject of his doctoral thesis his freshman year, so a s to avoid an assigned doctoral thesis. \I wanted to write a book pubhshablein New York, not just an aca- demic press, and Kerouac hadn't been done.\ Thus began the seven year process of re- searching and writing Deso- late Angel: Jack-Kerouac. the Beat Gen- eration, and Ampw'cn pub-. lished in 1978. McNally quickly read a scene describ- ing Kerouac's death and funeral, interrupting himself generously to explain things and add infor- mation. He proceeded to describe his obsession with the Grateful Dead,- a topic sought by many at the reading. McNally vowed to write a biography of the Grateful Dead after attending his first Grateful Dead concert and experimenting with psycho- tropic drugs, and sent Jerry Garcia, an avid fan of Kerouac, a copy of his book as a sign of interest. One thing led t o an- other, and ^he became close friends with Garcia, but a few years passed before he was asked to write the Grateful Dead's biography. In 1985 McNally put writing on hold to work as the Grateful Dead's publicist. In 1997, two years after Garcia's death, he resumed the biography. \A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the -Grateful Dead\ was published in 2002, the first biography sanctioned by the group. McNally finished his visit with a passionate reading of a concert scene excerpted from \Long Strange Trip\. Chiarella, has authored such books as Thursday's Game: Notes from a Golfer with Far to Go. Writing Dialogue, and Foley's Luck; which was pub- lished in 1992 t o wide acclaim. Currently he is an associate pro- fessor of\ English at Depauw University and free-lance writer for Esquire Magazine. McNally continues to work as a biographer and publicist for Grateful Dead Productions as well as free-lance for various publications. • Wintetfest 2006 Consumes Quad; Oafketistein Appears MiaVachon Contributing Writer Students took over the quad on Saturday afternoon as par- ticipants in The Class Council's 2006 Winterfest. The event, whose origin and original popu- larity on campus date back to the 60's and 70's as a St. Lawrence tradition, was resur- rected last winter and warmly received by the students. The idea for its revival was simple: the class councils wanted to get students together. Haying been a success last year, with the cre- ation of nine elaborate, detail oriented and large snow sculp- tures, the councils collaborated to \make it [the event]' bigger\ and thus, Clarkenstein was born at the suggestion of' a. member of RLG. To.defend our lovely campus from the monster/students . were encouraged to again build snow sculptures which would stand in its .-de-, fense. There was a sHght problem, however: not much snow. \We had wanted to do it [Winterfest] again be- cause it went so well last year. Last year ths snow was really great and the day was perfect, so this year it was a bit harder.\ Class Council members. didn't want to postpone the event, due t o lack of snow, so decided to use what was available, and with the help of facilities, had snow trucked in from other parts of campus and from The Canton Ice Pavilion. \It went oyer well\ Danielle Weaver . said. , • ~ The upside of little snow rested in the sunny afternoon and milder than usual temperature, and students made due with the snow provided io them: scattered in clumps around the center of the quad. Each of the four Greek women's houses participated, • in celebration of Bid Satur- day and their New Mem- ber classes: The class of 2008, The Outing Club and ACE, the event's win- ner; were among .partici- pants as well. ACE, whose sculpture included a tunnel, was presented with a plaque in recogni- tion of their win \at the hypnotist later that evening. The all-day event was made possible though the hard collaborative work of each class council. Photo by Claude Bartholemew • Events like Winterfest . are an important and vitalpart to life on campus. The amount of organization and planning that goes into an event like this should not b e overlooked. Loyal Dana customers may have no- ticed the advertisements and decoration in the dining hall, created by_the First Year Coun- cil. Publicity was left to the jun- ior class, leaving event logistics and set-up to the upperclassman class councils. T-Shirts are still available and may b e purchased by contacting sophomore class council members. The t-shirts - are wonderful. For those-of you who are seniors, perhaps be- coming a bit nostalgic at the thought of leaving Larryland in a few short months, what bet- ter to remember our time here at Old St. Lawrence than with a royal blue t-shirt with large green monster on the back? And, as expected, Saints de- feated the Clarkenstein., SEX IN THE NORTH COUNTRY PAGE 2 WINTERFEST PHOTO SPREAD PAGE 6 BOOK TRANSLATION PAGET7 . CORNELL HOCKEY PAGE 8

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