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Herald By and for the students of Hobart and William Smith Colleges VOLUME CXXX ISSUE 12 FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2008 GENEVA, NY Project Eye-to-Eye, Empowering Middle School Students with Learning Disabilities By Shena Vagliano ’10 Opinions Editor Project Eye-to-Eye is a nation-wide mentorship program aimed at empowering students with learning disabilities, such as Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder. College and high-school students with learning disabilities participating in the program are paired with elementary, middle, or high school students with the same or similar LD. In a weekly meeting,- referred to as “art room sessions”, these students help their younger counterparts to identify and establish solutions for the frustrations they encounter in school. Through one-on-One conversation with their mentors, art projects, and group exercises students develop confidence in themselves and their ability to succeed in life as well as in school. Alex Connell ‘10 founded the Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ chapter of Project Eye-to-Eye last semester. Having been diagnosed with dyslexia in the second grade, Connell understood full well the challenge that kids with learning disabilities face in the academic as well as social environments. Her experience along with a desire to see more self-advocacy in children with disabilities inspired her to launch the program here on campus in conjunction with Geneva Middle School. Twelve HWS students joined the program in its initial phases and underwent extensive training in order to prepare them for their role as mentors. Cat Patterson ’10, one of the mentors, stated that her goal for participating in the program was “to show my middle ‘school student that kids with disabilities are just as normal as those without disabilities”. This semester the number of mentors has increased to fifteen and the program continues to expand. Zoe Larson ‘09 and Liz Poulos ‘10 have recently established “Club Project Eye-to-Eye”, in an effort to incorporate students without learning disabilities into the program’s effort By planning fundraisers and various events on campus the club hopes to increase awareness about learning disabilities and hope that it will aid in making our campus more inclusive overall. For more information about participating in Project Eye-to-Eye please contact Alex Connell at alex.connell@edu and check out the activities planned in the coming weeks as a part of The Center for Teaching and Learning’s celebration of March as Disability Awareness month. HSG Update N e v e r S a y N e v e r L a n d The Hobart Student Government (HSG) continued to nudge through the winter months last week after getting some great things done in the first part of the meeting. The representa­ tives of the HSG approved $200 to benefit The Geneva Food Pantry. These funds will be used to supple needy Geneva residences with much needed foodstuffs. Dan DeNose ’ 10, who was behind the can drive, was then presented with a certificate congratulating him as the Student Leader of the Month. There were multiple student clubs either ap­ plying for club status, or having last weeks ap­ plication voted on. This caused concern among some attendees since any club who applies for official status is pretty much approved by the HSG regardless. The buck is then passed to the complicated realm of the BAC for funding. Vince DeFabo ’08 caught the mood by jesting, “HSG: AKA rubber stamp.” While all of these groups have substantial qualities and interest that completely legitimize them as clubs, there is much concern by those involved in the process that some clubs over the past few years die out when their founders graduate. This leaves the BAC with dealing with many clubs that either overlap the interest of other clubs or academic departments. Last week HSG heard a proposal for the re­ administration of The Law Society. This club will combine with the interests o f the already existing Pre-Law Club, which is composed of students in the program here on campus. The By Trippe Duke Managing Editor ^ Law Society aims to provide some lectures, as well as provide potential pre-law students to share ideas and questions, in an attempt to bring the subject of Law to the HWS community. The HOT SPOT club was then approved. This is a geology club that aims to provide out of class trips for students interested in the regional geology of the Finger Lakes, and hopes to bring in students not affiliated with the Geology de­ partment here at HWS. The Media Club, Eye-to Eye, and Active Minds were also approved to club status. Each status verification received a near unanimous vote of approval, despite the issues raised concerning the durability of many previous student clubs. The Committee on Academic Affairs (CO A) then gave a brief update with more to come next week. COA has been reviewing position requests for tenure track professors. There were also 27 new courses added to the curriculum in addition to two new abroad programs in South America and Rome. The Geneva program was unfortunately dropped due to faculty advisor issues. There was also an announcement of a complete refit of the Spanish curriculum. Student Web Services will also be receiving a refit and a new pin number program called People Soft, which will replace the existing system. This new program will allow students to access their accounts 24 hours a day, whereas the previous system was only available during limited daytime hours. Band Battle in the Barn: Victory for “Hidden Valley Ranch” By Jonah Levy'08 Herald Contributor The “Battle of the Bands” which took place the evening of Saturday, March 1st, was in support of the fantastic organization Colleges Against Cancer, with all proceeds going towards the HWS Relay-for Life. The dress code was purple, the official color for such a life- saving battle, and if you wore it to the event, a second raffle ticket would be awarded to you providing the $5 entrance fee was paid. The first band, Park Life, was the perfect kick- off for the classic college event. Cute, jammy and hold­ ing down the mini-quad aesthetic, these guys rocked the crowd in all the right ways. Their fan base seemed to be out in full force, which only extenuated the circumstances of grooviness. From a critical standpoint, quite a few transitions came out more than sloppy and not all of the predictable covers were optimal, but the front man held it together throughout. Their opening track, an original, was the most impressive: the highly recognizable classical tune riffed out rock-wise put was quite remarkable. The second band. The Tyger Tyger (Inside Yr Head) Show, with their simplistic percussion, lyrical guitar and vocally driven version of the broken folk rock scene is not entirely whacked out. No one should deny that the teaming of two of the three lead vocalists, Hayley Mason ’09 and Erin Laskey ‘ 10, is revelatory. Furthermore, the composition of guitarists Benjamine Mason ’08 and Dave Dickinson ‘09 leaves something to be admired. The 5th and youngest member of the band, Reina Apraez ‘11, isn’t entirely superfluous on the washboard and xylophone, as her effervescent smile and onstage antics confirm the tone of the performance. The third band and rightful winner of the Battle is Hid­ den Val ley Ranch. Rumor has it that this team of talented, experienced and knowledgeable musicians of the class of ’08 played a sloppy set in comparison to their prior rehearsals, but a majority o f their fans would disagree. Ranch managed a set o f blues-rock tunes showcasing sick licks from lead guitarists Nick Wallace and Andrew Siskin. Siskin, lead vocalist and local celebrity, has been recognized as a rather inconsiderate individual in the past, but onstage his charm is indelible. Despite Siskin’s leadership, the band may have felt a slight lack of confidence at their “shoddy” set, which unfortunately led to a lack in stage presence from two of the other band members; but thank god for James Wilby. This drummer put up some great stage faces for those who could see him. Not only did he barely miss a beat, but he also laid down some properly synched-up thrashing on the faster numbers. The band that everyone should have stuck around for was Bonus Plus. It’s no secret that the Metal scene on the HWS campus is sorely lacking, but the important thing is that it doesn’t matter if you don’t like the music. These guys get a double check plus for stage antics and a triple check plus for body/fat index. This insistently self-referential cock-rock trio consists of King Walnut on guitar and vocals, Mayor Grape on drums, and Aquarium on vocals. Despite their fame in the YouTube universe, Bonus Plus kept the non-sequiturs and scatological humor to a minimum, for which I am thankful. Instead, they wrecked and rocked hilariously in the face of a grateful crowd all too small. After the votes were counted and the cans and bottles were recycled, Hidden Valley Ranch was announced the winner of $100 and the opportunity to open for singer/ songwriter Deidra McCalla this Saturday at 7 PM in the Bam. This time, it’s free. William Smith Congress Update This week’s meeting for William Kearney, and Tegan & Sara. Up next on After the club proposal a two part Smith Congress started with Hi Timiai the list of performers as a result of the discussion began. The first part centered requesting funds from .the Congress to grant is Deidra McCalla performing Sat- around the William Smith Fundraising fund the 3rd annual gathering of William urday in the Bam as part of the Reclaiming Committee in an effort to help bolster Smith students. The event remained the Sunlight event. The committee that the fundraising already planned for this nameless throughout the discussion, but handles the New York State Music Grant semester. There was a discussion about the essentially it’s the last hurrah for .William will be holding an open forum Wednes- upcoming loose change collecting com- Smith seniors: to enjoy eacl/others com- day March 12“l from 12p.m.-7p.m. in the petition between classes. Also, a possible pany while sampling wine, oir punch, from library atrium to share information about event was discussed; a take-off on Danc- the Geneva area. Hi Tinfiai approached .the grant and also Solicit student input ing with the Stars highlighting professors, for a significant amount o f funds and the about bands to perform in Geneva. deans and students was proposed. Societyreceived approximately halfofthe William Smith Congress also approved The final discussion of the night fo- proposcd amount. another club this week. The Law Society cusedon suggestions for Sodexho mainly , Following the funds allocation, the Club, was proposed as a resurrection of regarding the cafds and pub. Also, Jake Congress was given an update , on the previous, popular clubs here on Campits.lt Napier, HSG President, approached the CQiieert grant. Ihere Was a checklist sent was proposed in hopes to create an easily Congress to propose another joint meet-- around the quorum indicating suggested accessible information source for students ing. This meeting, voted On and approved bfinds, within the current price range, in planning on going on tti law School, as by WSC, would feature the playing of an attempt to get more student input. The Well as to provide the basis for potential the game Star Power, a game intended to list included artists such as Faboloy s, Mat law related clubs in the future. highlight diversify in all areas. INSIDE CA M P U S H A P P E N IN G S U p c o m in g E v e n ts T h e G r e e n C o lum n : D r iv in g C lu b P r o f i l e s : CAB an d R o t a r a c t O P I N I O N S ... ' , W o m e n A r e N o t M e a t i . ■ . • • }■,. 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