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  • The Colgate Maroon-NewsThe Oldest College Weekly in America Founded 1868 Volume CXLIV, Number 14 February 2, 2012

    Natural Gases in Green Gate. A-3

    Returning from Abroad. B-3

    2011 Konosioni Grants. C-1

    Womens Basketball Tops Holy Cross. D-3

    Students and Faculty Reflect on Gingrichs 2009 VisitBy Nate Lynch

    News Editor

    As a self-described historian, Newt Gingrich has always been the sort of person that does research be-fore coming to an important con-clusion. Some of that research may have been done previously during his visit to Colgate in 2009.

    [Newt] was making strategic decisions about seeing different parts of the countrythere were a couple of local Republican con-nections he was visiting like Dennis Vacco, the former Attorney General of New York. He was clearly testing the waters for a presidential run, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization Robert Kraynak said, who helped bring Gingrich to Colgate.

    Gingrich came to Colgate on March 26, 2009 as part of an event sponsored by the Center for Freedom and Western Civiliza-tion and the College Republicans. His lecture, entitled President Obama and the Future of Ameri-can Freedom, set him in direct opposition with President Obama and his policies: a stance that he has maintained in his many months on the campaign trail.

    I think were at a very big crossroads between a govern-

    ment-dominated country and a country where the center of power and opportunity lies with the people. And I think the Obama administration and its left wing allies in Congress have moved very aggressively to cre-ate a big government model with higher taxes, more bureaucracy, more power and control to the politicians, Gingrich said as he summarized his speech.

    In retrospect, it seems like a campaign speech, but at the time it really didnt, recent graduate Max Weiss 11 said. I can also say that in 2012 he is very similar to 2009.

    Gingrich drew upon the tradi-tional Republican positions that he fought for as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999, as well as a less orthodox, Tea Party-style approach.

    Newt was angry not just with the government and peo-ple who bought homes they couldnt afford, but also Wall Street. He didnt like that AIG executives were able to take bonuses, Weiss said. Weve seen this narrative reemerge in his criticisms of Romney with Bain [Capital].

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    ON THE ROAD TO CANDIDACY: Former Speaker of the House and current presidential candidate Newt Gingrich gave a lecture in the Colgate Memorial Chapel in 2009.

    Andy Daddio

    The Games Afoot Holds Most

    Successful Event YetBy Matthew Knowles

    Maroon-News Staff

    Last Friday evening, students mobbed the Hall of Presidents (HOP) during The Games Afoots most recent event, The Game, an event in which stu-dents came together to play games. In partnership with Late Gate, The Game drew an un-precedented crowd due to its wide variety of entertainment options including a Nerf War, Super Smash Brothers, Pokmon tournaments and various other video and board games. Over 150 students attended the festiv-ities, making it the clubs largest event in club history.

    Planning for The Game

    began well before the New Year, dating to the tail end of the fall semester. After the Sony PlaySta-tion College Tour sponsored by The Games Afoot in November, the club was approached by Late Gate to hold a large event in the spring semester.

    I cant tell you exactly how much money they gave us, but I can tell you that it was over three times our clubs annual budget, sophomore and The Games Afoot officer Ian Dwyre said.

    The assistance from Late Gate allowed The Games Afoot to launch a highly effective advertis-ing campaign which began im-mediately when students returned from break.

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    Guest Speaker Reminds Students of MLKs Message

    SMASHING THE COMPETITION: Colgates gaming club The Games Afoot launched The Game this past weekend in the HOP, where participants played Nerf Wars, Super Smash Bros. and other video and board games.

    By Amanda GoldenMaroon-News Staff

    Last Thursday in Love Audito-rium, Colgate welcomed William S. Tod Professor of Religion and Afri-can American Studies at Princeton University Eddie S. Glaude Jr. as the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Key-note Address speaker. Glaude is the chair of the Center for African Amer-ican Studies at Princeton Univer-sity, as well as a senior fellow at The Jamestown Project at Harvard Uni-versity, which is a think tank of new leaders who reach across boundaries and generations to make democracy real according to the organizations website. He has also written several award-winning books.

    Professor Glaudes lecture was cen-tered on the power of young folk. Glaude explained how he believes young people in America no longer have the message that Martin Luther King Jr. preached ingrained in their actions. The event brought out a large group of students and faculty, filling

    the auditorium almost to capacity. Glaude shared his ideas on how

    passive the new generation has been and how he believes that because of our own self-interests and distrac-tions, such as material possessions, we no longer possess much of Dr. Kings influence and message.

    We must orient ourselves to the greatness of our past, Glaude said. We, right now, Americans of all colors, must discover our mission.

    Professor Glaude addressed his feelings on young people in America, stressing that they need to not only come together as a collective, but also to use their skills in a positive way moving forward.

    Young people must take their ability to multitask, their technol-ogy, their swag, etc., to create the movement of now, he said. Today is our day to make history and to transform the world.

    Assistant Dean of Multicultural Affairs and the Director of African, Latin, Asian & Native American (ALANA) Cultural Center and In-

    ternational Services Thomas A. Cruz-Soto was instrumental in bringing Professor Glaude to campus.

    Ive been working on getting him here for two years now, Cruz-Soto said. Were really lucky to have him.

    MLK week has served as a kind of kickoff for Black History Month in the past at Colgate.

    Every year, the Cultural Center takes charge of the events, Cruz-Soto said. I believe that this years MLK week has been one of the best years so far at Colgate.

    In an effort to make the fes-tivities more integrated into life on campus, Cruz-Soto and others involved in organizing the MLK week events also reached out to

    other departments, including Womens Studies, and other key faculty members.

    Theyve been fantastic and have brought their students and research into MLK week, Cruz-Soto said.

    He also explained what those who helped put on the festivities surrounding MLK hoped to accomplish.

    The goal has been to expose students to diversity, gender, reli-gion and race diversity. Its mainly to expose students to all walks of life, acceptance over tolerance, Cruz-Soto said.

    Cruz-Soto expressed his con-cerns with Colgates openness to diversity dialogues.

    Race is always an issue, he said. Colgate students are so bright, but as far as complete tolerance, I dont know if were there yet. I think this can be a great breeding ground to expose ignorance so people can talk, so they arent stigmatized for a certain belief.

    Contact Amanda Golden at

    HONORING KING: As part of the MLK Celebration Week, Col-gate welcomed guest lecturer Professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr., who gave a speech last Thursday in Love Auditorium.

  • The Colgate Maroon-News

    A-2 February 2, 2012News

    by matthew knowlesMaroon-News Staff

    If one were to run a Google search on the phrase Patrick Riley Colgate, at least three re-sults would display that phrase. Of course, Associate Professor of French and the Chair of Ro-mance Languages and Litera-tures Patrick Riley would down-play that reputation, but there is a reason why he is so well liked by his students.

    Early in his academic career, Professor Riley knew that he wanted foreign language to be an important part of his life.

    I discovered in high school that I was good in foreign lan-guagesand I decided when I was about 16 that thats what I wanted to do for a career, Professor Riley said in a previous interview. That set me up for majoring in French and German in college and it went from there.

    Professor Riley does a lot more than teach and speak Romance languages, though. He also focus-es on novels written in Romance languages. This semester, he is teaching two seminar courses on 18th century literature, one on the epistolary novel and the other on Libertine fiction.

    Libertine fiction isrough-ly speakingliberating ones self to practice free choice in the area of seduction, Professor Riley said, laughing. And the literature thereof.

    However, despite his varied lit-erary interests, Professor Rileys true passion lies in the realm of French autobiography. In 2004, he pub-lished the book Character and Con-version in Autobiography: Augustine, Montaigne, Descartes, Rousseau, and Sartre, which chronicles several centuries of biographies written by famous Frenchmen. Of these historical figures, though, Riley is particularly interested in Rousseau.

    Rousseau is my main research guy, Professor Riley said, chuckling.

    In fact, his work on Rous-seau is what inspired him to un-dertake his most recent research

    project. Though still in its early stages, Professor Riley is do-ing research on authors shame and how it contributed to their writing process.

    Thats exactly the sort of thing you don