200 Days in the Life of the College


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Student Writers

The following students researched and wrote all the bylined stories for this project:

Rebecca Behrens '11 Rebecca Behrens ’11 graduated with a neuroscience major and English minor. From Glendale, Ariz., she was a founding member of the a cappella group Duelly Noted and a Writing Center tutor. She is  studying acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and plans to obtain a master of fine arts degree in the near future.

While at Hamilton, Jeff Cardoni ’11 was an economics major, a creative writing minor, a Writing Center tutor and captain of the crew team. In the future, he will pursue a career in publishing and beer brewing. Today he resides in Kensington, N.H.

Ayebea Darko ’13 is an economics major and a dual mathematics and French minor from Accra, Ghana, who is active in HAVOC activities. She enjoys playing and watching soccer as well as listening to music. She aspires to enter the world of finance after graduation.

Russ Doubleday ’11 graduated with a degree in public policy. He was a member of both The Spectator newspaper staff and the College Choir while at Hamilton. The Seattle, Wash., native plans to move to Washington, D.C., this fall to put his degree to good use.

Allison Eck ’12 is a double major in comparative literature and physics from Clarence, N.Y. As editor-in-chief of The Spectator, a Writing Center tutor, principal clarinetist in the Orchestra and fledgling French hornist, she is considering a career in either science writing or arts-and-culture journalism.

Leigh Ercole ’11, from Westport, Conn., graduated with a major in psychology and a double minor in Spanish and education. She was on the swim team and served as a HAVOC site coordinator and a Writing Center tutor. She enjoys reading, baking, international traveling and chocolate. She attends Teachers College, ­Columbia University, pursuing a mas­ter’s degree in elementary education.

Courtney Flint ’11 majored in history with a minor in comparative literature. At Hamilton, she worked as a Writing Center tutor and was involved in various student activities including New Student Orientation and the Gamma Xi sorority. She has moved from the Hill to New York City, where she works at a small firm doing market research.

Caitlin Fitzsimons ’11 graduated as a dual English literature and art history major. On the Hill, she was a Writing Center tutor, a tour guide and a member of both HALT and the 2011 Senior Gift Committee. From Hingham, Mass., she now lives and works in Manhattan as a legal assistant with Sullivan & Cromwell.

Nora Grenfell ’12 is a comparative literature major and geosciences minor from New York City. She works as a Writing Center tutor and serves on The Spectator editorial board. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in journalism.

Katie Hee ’14 is a prospective dual major in creative writing and world politics from Ambler, Pa., who writes for The Spectator and swims for Hamilton. She hopes to become a foreign correspondent reporting from countries around the world.

Lauren Howe ’13 is an environmental studies major from Easthampton, Mass. She co-founded Slow Food at Hamilton, participates in the Hamilton Environmental Action Group, the equestrian team and intramural sports, and is philanthropy co-chair of Gamma Xi. She hopes to enter the nonprofit field for social justice and food access or attend law school for environmental law.

Tucker Keren ’13, a native of Middlebury, Vt., is a geosciences major. He recently traveled to Colorado with Professor Barbara Tewksbury, where they presented the findings of summer research at the annual Geological Society of America conference. He also enjoys live music, Tex- Mex and pick-up games of practically any sport.

Chip Larsen ’13 is an anthropology major from Wilton, Conn. He plays varsity football and is Delta Upsilon’s community service chairman. He has tentative plans to study law after graduation.

Jesica Lindor ’12 has a concentration in philosophy. Her engagement in the Hamilton community includes her membership in several student organizations, receipt of a 2010 Emerson Summer Collaboration Grant on knowledge and happiness, and participation in a New York City internship and the Junior Year in France program. Lindor endeavors to become a teacher.

Lauren Magaziner ’12 is a creative writing major from New Hope, Pa. At Hamilton she is a resident advisor, a Writing Center tutor, a Hogwarts at Hamilton board member, a participant in Hillel and Writer’s Bloc, and a copy editor and writer for The Spectator. She hopes to become a novelist and either an editor or a literary agent.

Julia Mulcrone ’11 majored in English and French. She was a poetry editor for Red Weather, a features editor for The Spectator, and one of the founding DJs of the WHCL radio show Cookie Party. She is spending this year working for the French government as an English teaching assistant near Avignon.

Lexington, Mass., native Alexandra Orlov ’13 is a philosophy major and economics minor who founded the Hamilton/Colgate competitive synchronized skating team. She enjoys playing ­Ultimate Frisbee, serving as a residential advisor and adventuring with the Outing Club. Aspiring to continue writing, she hopes to pursue a career in publishing, journalism or advertising.

Ryan Park ’12, a creative writing and theatre major and a Moraga, Calif., native, has found it very easy to pursue his passion for writing at Hamilton College. He hopes to further explore his passion and spread the benefits of his edu­cation in the publishing industry.

Dana J. Quigley ’11, a Boston Posse scholar, was a creative writing major with a double minor in Asian studies and digital arts. He considers himself equally a writer and digital artist, though he plans to pursue a career in photography. He likes crafting things out of pixels, paper, words, code and various other things.

Redwan Saleh ’13 is a government major with a history minor from New York City. He is president of the Muslim Students Association and an Oral Communication Center tutor. With his writing experience at Hamilton, he hopes to become a lawyer, informing and persuading people to help the world at least a little.

Jacob Sheetz-Willard ’12 is a history major from Haverford, Pa. He is a captain of the varsity football team, an Adirondack Adventure leader, a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity and a representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He hopes to find a career that includes writing and climbing mountains.

Virginia Slattery ’12 is a sociology major and art minor from Brooklyn, N.Y. She joined the crew team as a novice rower her first year. She was the special events coordinator for the Campus Activities Board her junior year and is co-chair of CAB this year.

Nick Stagliano ’11 majored in archaeology while also writing and editing for The Spectator; singing in the Choir, the College Hill Singers and the Oratorio Society; serving on the Senior Gift and HALT committees; and working for two years as the Choir Tour manager. He is now development assistant to the vice president for development and public affairs at The Juilliard School in New York.

Kate Tummarello ’11 studied public policy and served as editor-in-chief of The Spectator. Since graduating, Kate has begun working as an editorial assistant at Roll Call, a D.C.-based newspaper that covers Capitol Hill.

Alyssa White ’11 majored in creative writing and minored in environmental studies and French. What she learned while working on “200 Days,” particularly through the mentorship of Judy Silverstein Gray K’78, helped her land a writing position at the North Star Academy charter school network in Newark, N.J.

Julia Wilber ’11 graduated with an interdisciplinary concentration in social justice, peace and development. At Hamilton, she led trips for Adirondack Adventure and was Duelly Noted’s first president. She is now traveling the world as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, writing about her adventures studying the fair trade clothing industry.

While at Hamilton, Olivia Wolfgang-Smith ’11 was a double major in creative writing and Russian studies. She worked as a tutor in the Writing Center and served as editor-in-chief of Red Weather. She currently lives in Tallahassee, where she is pursuing a master of fine arts degree in fiction at Florida State University.

John Wulf ’12 lip-synchs to The Temptations, is more embarrassed by the fact that he enjoys Bugles, and is deathly afraid of life after College. He’s also the proud brother of Bo, Eve and Elizabeth, the grateful son of Steve and Bambi, and a captain of the Hamilton baseball team.

Anna Zahm ’13 is a dual major in classical languages and anthropology from Buffalo, N.Y., who is active on campus in Outing Club trips, the Classics Club and the a cappella group Tumbling After.


Also contributing:

Joanna Fier ’11
Michael Harwick ’11
Ryan Karerat ’12
Emi Katsuta ’11
Chiquita Paschal ’10
Abigail Seadler ’11
Mari Terasaki ’14
Ian Thresher ’12


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Alumni Mentors

The following alumni journalists and writers served as mentors for our student writers during this project:

An award-winning storyteller, Judy Silverstein Gray K’78 has also received praise for her strategic communications work. At Kirkland College, her passion for history, film, the natural world and the lives of ordinary people sparked a journalism career, spurring her to explore remote corners of the world, write a book about the Coast Guard’s history and help train young writers.


Susan Hartman K’74 twice won the College’s Watrous Poetry Prize; she earned a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University. She has written cover stories for The New York Times, Newsday and The Christian Science Monitor. Her books of poetry include Dumb Show and El Abogado. She teaches journalism at New York University.


Edvige Jean-François ’90 is a producer for CNN International’s special projects unit, based in Atlanta. She earned a number of literary prizes as well as the Samuel F. Babbitt Kirkland College Fellowship at Hamilton, and since has garnered more than 20 awards, nominations and commendations for her writing and producing, including seven television Emmy nominations.


Kathleen McGrory ’05 is a reporter at The Miami Herald. After Hamilton, where she was editor of The Spectator and a founding member of Kappa Sigma Alpha sorority, she attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has won national and statewide journalism awards and was named Florida’s Young Journalist of the Year in 2007.


John McMillan ’52 was an editor and publisher of daily newspapers until retiring in 1991. He then taught writing for 13 years as an adjunct professor at the graduate school of business at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. He is a former fellow at the Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia.

Cameron McWhirter ’86 reports for The Wall Street Journal. He majored in history at Hamilton, holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He is the author of Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America (2011).


A. James Memmott ’64 served as managing editor of the former Times-Union and of the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y. He was a senior editor and columnist before retiring in 2007. He continues to write a column for the Democrat, and he teaches journalism at the University of Rochester.


Lauren Reynolds Nelson ’02 is the senior college football editor for ESPN.com. She was rudely introduced to sports journalism at The Spectator when colleague David Zane ’02 threw an AP Stylebook at her head. Prior to ESPN, the former lacrosse player was the managing editor of The Globe in Jacksonville, N.C.


Dick Patrick ’72 worked as a newspaper sports reporter for 35 years — 25 of them at USA Today, where he wrote some incredibly brief stories — and is now trying to write books. His first, Run to Overcome with Olympic marathon medalist Meb Keflezighi, appeared in November 2010.


John Pitarresi ’70 graduated from Hamilton as a history major. He was co-captain of the football and lacrosse teams in his senior year and was a member of Delta Upsilon. He lives in New Hartford, N.Y., and has been a sportswriter with the Utica Observer-Dispatch since 1972.


Geoffrey Precourt ’70 has worked as a writer and editor in the newspaper and magazine businesses since graduation. He has been deputy managing editor of the San Francisco Examiner, contributing editor of Fortune magazine and founding editor of Adweek, Smart Business and Selling magazines. He currently is U.S. editor of Warc, a British business-news service, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Advertising Research, working from his home in Western Massachusetts.


A. Barrett Seaman ’67 spent 30 years as a correspondent and editor for Time Magazine before retiring in 2001. He served in five bureaus, including a stint as senior White House correspondent during the Reagan administration, and later served as special projects editor for the magazine in New York. He co-authored Going for Broke: The Chrysler Story with Michael Moritz in 1981 and wrote Binge: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess, published in 2005. He has been a trustee of the College since 1989.


A reporter at Sports Illustrated for 20 years as well as a documentary and feature film writer, Damian Slattery ’80 now works in marketing for Time Magazine. He lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, with his wife, Melissa ’82, daughter, Virginia ’12, and son, Jack, 17, a senior at Poly Prep.


Jim Willse ’67 retired last year after 15 years as editor of The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, during which time the paper won two Pulitzer Prizes. While at Hamilton, he covered night cops for the Utica Daily Press and was paid with wrinkled dollars and quarters from the circulation receipts. He has conducted writing seminars at Princeton and Columbia universities.


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Professional Photographers

Massachusetts native Claudette Ferrone ’88, a biology major, spent nine years as the laboratory coordinator in Hamilton’s Biology Department before taking a position in the Alumni Office. She has been a photographer since her first experience with a camera at age 13 and in 2005 con­verted her passion into a free­lance business. Her work has won recognition in local photography contests and appears frequently on Hamilton’s website and in the Alumni Review.


Nancy L. Ford has been a freelance photographer in Central New York for 30 years, specializing in editorial, commercial, corporate, portrait and stock photography. Ford worked at the Observer-Dispatch in Utica for 15 years as a staff photographer and photo editor, winning more than 20 awards from the Associated Press as well as others from the National Press Photographers Association, New York State Publishers and the Gannett Co. She is a graduate of Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and Syracuse University.

Susan Kahn specializes in capturing the essence of a personality with her environmental portraiture for colleges and hospitals. Susan has also traveled the country photographing furniture, gardens and architecture for national magazines. She has enjoyed photo­graphing VIPs visiting Hamilton College, including Bill Clinton, Aretha Franklin and Jon Stewart.


Freelance photojournalist Laura C. Laurey is a 2004 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology. Originally from North Carolina, Laura and her husband Ryan operate Paris Hill Studios and specialize in editorial, wedding, portrait and entertainment photography. Laura also partners with Nancy L. Ford Photography on many editorial assignments.


J.D. Ross was the director of new media at Hamilton from 2006 until 2011. He is now the communications director at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. His photographs have appeared in various Hamilton publications, including the Alumni Review, On the Hill: A Bicentennial History of Hamilton College and the Hamilton College website.

Phil Scalia left a lucrative job as a locomotive engineer for Conrail in order to pursue a career as a cameratologist. He worked in photojournalism for several years before opening a commercial studio in Exeter, N.H. He moved in 2003 to the Mohawk Valley, where he shoots commercial and stock photography.


Dave Tewksbury, a geosciences technician at Hamilton, combines photography with geology-related travel. He has photographed geological research from land, air and sea in Antarctica, Egypt, Iceland and East Africa as well as many places in the United States. His current work involves high resolution GigaPans.

Also contributing:

Matthew Sussman


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Student Photographers

Leah Koren ’12 is a communication major from New York City who has been studying photography since she was 12. She hopes to work in Internet ad sales after she graduates and continue to build her photography skills.


Matt Poterba ’12 is a double major in economics and math from Belmont, Mass., and is a rower on Hamilton’s crew team. Upon graduation, he hopes to utilize the skills he has learned at Hamilton to pursue a career in investment banking.


Lily Reszi Rothman ’13 is a communication major, also petitioning for a second major in foreign languages to combine Spanish and Arabic. A Brooklyn, N.Y., native, she is active with the College radio station, hosting two shows each semester, designing WHCL’s website and sitting on the WHCL E-board as webmaster. Her interest in media continues with her involvement with The Spectator and the Campus Activities Board.

Suman Sarker ’11 was a dual biology and art major from the Bronx, N.Y. In addition to gallery shows, hehas made several short films and commercials. He is also a biochemistry and bioinformatics research student; he is attending the University of Buffalo for a master’s degree in public health in epidemiology.


David Schwartz ’13 is a dual government and sociology major from Orlando, Fla. When he isn’t taking pictures, he plays the drums and works on the WHCL E-board as the assistant general manager. He hopes to pursue a graduate degree related to public policy or urban studies.

Tom Youngblood ’13 is a history major from the northwest corner of Connecticut who competes on the water polo and swimming teams. A lifelong lover of art and visual storytelling, he hopes to use the writing and communication skills he acquires at Hamilton to find a career in the film industry.

Also contributing:

Katie Hoar ’11


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Catherine D. Brown is the director of visual communications at Hamilton College, where she designs and oversees the design development of a broad range of print and digital communications, including this Alumni Review bicentennial issue. Before coming to Hamilton in 2002, she managed her own design business for 15 years. Among her design awards are honors from Graphic Design USA, CASE, Distinguished Technical Communications, TED Magazine Best of the Best and the American Association of Museums.