Four years ago, I wrote my college essay about being too nervous to speak in class throughout high school. I was afraid of what others would think of me, my answers or my opinions. But if you’ve gotten to know me over the past four years, “shy” and “quiet” are two words you would never use t…

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Whenever I get nostalgic about being a senior and graduating in 20-something days, I often find myself reflecting on how far I’ve come over the past four years. In terms of personal, academic and professional growth, I am leaving Colgate as a completely different person than I entered it. I …

For my final Maroon-News article, I wanted to write about my sustainability journey, both at home and at Colgate, in the hopes that it will inspire others to either follow a path like mine or to become more sustainable in general. I think that to most people, my lifestyle and habits seem alm…

Colgate has pushed me past my comfort zone more times than I can count. As an incoming college student, I had never conversed in a language other than English. Determined to change that, I entered into a six-month-long language intensive program in Germany, studying Economics and German Cult…

On April 25, former Vice President Joe Biden announced his official bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2020 election. In a video released online, Biden began his campaign quoting the U.S. Constitution, stressing the importance of reinvigorating America’s core values as a n…

Being a first-generation student of color at Colgate is difficult. I remember once thinking that I’d look back at my college experience as the best years of my life. I will always be grateful for Colgate’s commitment to meeting 100 percent of demonstrated financial need. Without it, I wouldn…

When I received my acceptance letter from Colgate, my eyes were still red from crying after being rejected from my dream school. I told myself that the rejection was only a momentary setback, that I would go to Colgate for a year, study hard and then transfer for my sophomore year. Obviously…

I remember borderline quivering in my FSEM advisor’s office, not knowing what I wanted to do with my time at Colgate. I was uncertain about what I wanted to major in, what clubs I wanted to join or if I had even picked the right school for me. As he asked me about any extracurriculars I was …

The first time I arrived at the door of the Maroon-News office, I made my way to the third floor of the James C. Colgate Student Union and, after breathless and anxiety-ridden contemplation, decided that I was too nervous to enter Room 304. I made my way back down the steps and returned to m…

During our first meeting as editors-in-chief last fall, the two of us decided upon a primary goal that we hoped to achieve come May: leave the paper in a better place than we found it. The goal, at the time, seemed unfeasible. With a budget $3,000 in debt, a smaller-than-average staff and a …

As a graduating senior, I’ve spent much of my time over the past few months reflecting on my Colgate experience in order to prepare for an inevitable onslaught of interview questions. Looking back, I really will miss Hamilton. And not just in the late night stroll down Broad Street type way—…

Individuals who care deeply about the environment and sustainability may often feel frustrated searching for ways to have a positive impact, given that many of the environmental issues we face today are caused by large corporations or governments, which are often outside of our control. Howe…

Many of you within the Colgate community may have noticed that our campus recently hosted Slater Brothers Entertainment and their multi-million dollar production of “Odd Man Rush.” Todd and Grant Slater, along with Jonathan Black, produced the film right here in Hamilton, NY, spending countl…

I’m sad, Colgate. I’ve been sad, or stressed or angry, pretty much for the past two and a half weeks. My mood can mostly be attributed to my involvement with a certain student organization and the recent debacle that occurred. If you know, you know. While dealing with the recent series of ev…

The 2010 midterm elections swept House Democrats out of power and with it their say in handling the information the 2010 Census found. The Census can seem like a boring, administrative feature of bureaucracy. Count the people. Redistrict accordingly. But its impact is much greater than that.…

As phones have become smarter, they’ve progressively become better at figuring out what we like and giving us more of that. Curated advertisements and news recommendations are hardly a novel concept, but they’ve become eerily accurate in recent years. It’s an experience we’re all too familia…

While we recognize that the majority of the work we do is not directly solving the “big issues” on campus, this does not mean we are not working in our capacity to impact the culture of the community. We hope that you can recognize how difficult and often impossible those issues are to tackl…

Colgate struggles with inclusivity. I think most people would agree with that. You don’t even need to be a student here to notice it. Just walk into Frank Dining Hall at dinner time. A certain amount of clique-ishness at any college is inevitable. In fact, it’s inevitable pretty much anywher…

Colgate’s CORE curriculum requirements are a well-advertised aspect of the university, yet I have found them to be quite overlooked around the hill. While seemingly burdensome to some Colgate students, the CORE requirements are some of Colgate’s course catalog’s golden treasures. In essence,…

Nearly a week has gone by since SPW, and it is now that point in the semester when everyone is drowning in work and stress. It seems like the whole school is scrambling to salvage grades and find internships, and this past weekend feels like nothing more than a distant memory. I feel like th…

I’ve been doing some thinking. Surprising, I know. Lately I’ve been trying to think of ways to make this column’s discussion of hookup culture and sex a little more... sexy. I really did my best. I binged a whole two seasons of “Sex and the City,” the very show that inspired this column. I t…

Just a heads up: when the Jonas Brothers make their famed time travel journey to the Year 3000, that red solo cup that you took two sips out of and then left in the bathroom will still be around to greet them. What an image, right? All jokes aside, what a lot of people don’t seem to realize …

The last two weeks have been a busy time for the foreign policy efforts of President Trump. Trump announced last week that he will officially declare the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran a terrorist organization, which is likely to put U.S. troops in the region at an increased risk …

“Student Government” seems like an oxymoron. I’ve often wondered just what exactly it is the Student Government Association (SGA) intends to do. They get elected, talk with each other in their own circuits for the rest of the year and occasionally propose some minor, inconsequential change t…

What, exactly, defines a Democrat? Is it a strong commitment to environmental policy? A desire for a comprehensive socialist welfare system? An interest in a powerful government actively pursuing social justice? Maybe it’s any of these things, but most of the sitting Democratic representativ…

For the past year or so, I’ve sat down once a week to write this very column. Each time, I spend a solid amount of time considering the different things I could write about. While I try to take the column in a different direction, there is one topic that invariably comes to mind each week, b…

Since Donald Trump has taken office, he has confirmed judicial nominees at a record rate. To date, 93 federal judge have been confirmed, and many will serve lifetime appointments. This past Wednesday, the Republican-led Senate took the most recent and alarming step in further pushing their j…

After going abroad last semester, and as the end of this one fast approaches, I feel like I have been a junior for about five-and-a-half minutes. I am registered for my senior fall courses already and attempting to close in on my final internship of my college career. People definitely warne…

At 12:17 a.m. on Friday night, a cruiser pulled up to the Bookstore. The lights on the front read “Apartments.” It was going exactly where I was. I hopped on and sat in the front row. A few more kids trickled on. There was light drunk-fueled chatter and some classic rock on the radio. I woul…

New York State recently passed a state-wide ban on most kinds of single use plastic bags, a huge step toward a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle. Single use plastic bags are often cited when discussing the large amount of plastics that end up in oceans. Because of the c…

If you ever sit and ponder sustainability like I do in my spare time, you might think that clean energy and energy use reduction are some of the most important parts of sustainability, and you would be absolutely correct. Now, if you were to think about sustainability at Colgate, you might t…

Wonderful debate can be an extremely enriching and fulfilling pursuit. In our communities, academic environments, places of work and families, taking time to view any discussion through an opposing lens can be enlightening and, yes, fun. For some time, we have all heard about the narrowing o…

My super original and unique plan to post a low-quality photo of myself from fraturday came to an abrupt halt when I received a follow request from my 82-year-old grandpa on Sunday morning. Upon further investigation (i.e, calling my mom later that day), I learned my uncle set up my grandpa’…

The day we had all been waiting for finally came: Robert Mueller finished his investigation of collusion and obstruction of justice within the Trump administration and submitted his report to the Attorney General for review.

It’s the last full month of the school year. When rubber hits the road. When people begin to venture outside again, at least on the days when it isn’t still snowing. When SPW seemingly takes over campus for a weekend (or a week, depending on your choices). When I finish my thesis, #halp. As …

One of the most prominent environmental issues today is climate change and the amount of carbon that is being released into the atmosphere. Most of the conversations on climate change revolve around the carbon that is released by large corporations, as well as the carbon that is released fro…

Colgate University has the moral obligation to divest its $925 million endowment fund from any ownership position in the fossil fuel industry. Ownership in such assets conflicts with both the moral mission of the university and fiduciary mission of the endowment—the future is renewable, and …

The judicial branch was established as the politically uncharged branch of government, with its purpose being to check the executive and legislative branches by upholding and interpreting the constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court, our country’s highest court, has played an undeniably importan…

We all have our morning routines. Some of us shower, some of us skip breakfast, some of us listen to our morning playlists. While none of our routines are entirely the same, I’m sure there’s something we all do: ignore the daily 9 a.m. “Campus Calendar” email.

When you ask most college-aged people how they feel about opera, you might be met with a groan or a look of confusion. I’ve noticed that opera is an art form that is seldom appreciated among individuals my age. When I was in high school, I was a proud member of Opera Club. While we did not l…

Operation Varsity Blues may have disheartened the public with a major college admissions scandal, but it’s inspired a necessary national debate around elitism in the US. The actions of the parents indicted were, simply put, elitist. They used money and fame to influence the admissions office…

Nearly two weeks after the college admissions scandal broke, the conversation about ethics and equality in the college admissions process already seems to be dying down. For a hot minute there, everyone actually seemed concerned about the deeply-rooted inequality plaguing our higher educatio…

Growing up in central Florida, I was a private school kid. My parents weren’t very wealthy, but I’d begged them to let me transfer to a school with better facilities—after trying the advanced programs of the advanced programs in the public school system, I still felt like I was learning noth…

Going home from school is weird. Each time I head home I am reminded that another world completely separate of Colgate exists that knows nothing of life in Hamilton, NY. People don’t know my friends, what the Jug is or the terrors of Challenges of Modernity. They also don’t understand how th…

Community. It’s an overused word that means different things to people. I had no idea that when I said ‘yes’ to Colgate over 40 years ago, I would be joining an everlasting community through which I would learn the beautiful meaning of the word. I think I may be one of the few who committed …

Every ten years, Colgate embarks on a revision of the CORE Curriculum, a set of course categories every student must complete to graduate. Led by the heads of each of the University’s academic divisions, and depending on the approval of the entire faculty, this revision process has the poten…

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the day I finally write my column about Juuling. However, I’m not going to simply say “Unpopular opinion: Juuling is stupid.” No, Maroon-News readers, I would never attack you like that. Believe it or not, I too have partaken in this illicit activ…

Your carbon footprint is higher than you think it is. But don’t despair—there are really simple steps you can take to bring it down. I took a few different tests to get a general idea of my personal carbon footprint to show you, loyal readers, what a sustainably minded person contributes to …

After receiving recommendations from multiple friends, I started binge watching “Sex Education” on Netflix. I don’t have time for a synopsis, but it is my new obsession and I suggest you check it out for yourself. The title of the series made me think of a conversation I had with another gro…

“What is a ghost? A terrible event, condemned to repeat itself time and time again. An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead that appears for moments to live still. A feeling suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph, like an insect trapped in amber.”—“The Spine of the Devil” (2001).