Tutors 2004-05

Patrick Cooke '06

A passenger train traveling east at 53 mph leaves Sacramento at 4:43 am. A freight train traveling south at 47 mph leaves Cincinnati at 7:26 am. How much will a dozen eggs cost in Chicago? Thinking like this guaranteed that Pat would never work at the Q-Lit center so he became a writing tutor instead.

Greg Gencarello '06

Movie: The Shawshank Redemption, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Bands: Opeth, Emperor, Immortal
TV shows: The Daily Show, The West Wing
Author: Shakespeare, Blake, Donne
If I could be any superhero, I'd be: The Silver Surfer. He rides a wicked board through space, he's absurdly shiny, and he can create something out of nothing. Beat that! Greg is a junior who is majoring in Asian Studies. A faithful devotee of the arts, he enjoys spending time in museums and attending concerts in his native New York City, as well as building a modest reputation with his own drawings and paintings. When not in a conference, he spends much of his time either studying or taking up space in friends' rooms. Greg also proudly fills the need on campus for Scandinavian melodic metal, so feel free to consult him on all matters pertaining to rockin' out.

Emily Grim '05

Emily is a senior and a giant.

Karen Haedrich '06

Hi everyone! My name is Karen Haedrich. I'm a junior, a life-time Darksider, a Creative Writing major, and a Japanese minor. I will be heading to Tokyo for a study abroad next semester, so sign up for appointments with me while you can! Seriously, though, I am excited to be a Writing Center tutor again this year, and I hope everyone has a great semester.

Cameron Hanft '06

Cameron is a junior born and raised in the beautiful state of New Jersey. She enjoys history, English, government and sociology. In her free time Cameron can be found with her friends, at the gym, online shopping or plotting to take over Martha Stewart's fallen empire.
Movie: The Goonies
Album: Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP
Authors: Hemingway, Tim O'Brien
Color: Pink
Role Model: Her mom!

Ashley Herriman '05

Ashley is a senior and a government major.

Joe Jansen '07

Joe is a sophomore Government major from Ilion, New York. Where is Ilion you might ask? It's about twenty miles east of Clinton; so yes, he is a "local." And in keeping with local custom, he recently attended a demolition derby at his county's fair. It was amazing! Joe had never been surrounded by such a wide array of mullets and so few teeth in his entire life. Plus, did you know there are actually rules in a demolition derby? Apparently a driver broke them at the derby Joe attended, and a toothless woman used every expletive imaginable to correct the situation. If you want to hear more exciting stories about local indigenous culture you must sign up for an appointment with Joe.

Liz Jones '05

Liz is a senior Anthropology/Philosophy major.

Allison Kerbel '05

Allison is a senior Anthropology/English major.

Emily Kerr '05

Emily is a senior World Politics major.

Sarah Lozo '06

Sarah, a native of Rochester, NY, is a junior English major. She enjoys movies, music, thunderstorms, and Diner Breakfast; she can't stand being late and, like most college students, is perpetually sleep-deprived. Also, after three years of college and twenty years of life, Sarah still has trouble sitting properly in chairs. She's planning to spend the Spring semester in Scotland, although once Winter hits Clinton, she'll probably regret that she didn't choose Australia or some other (warm) place with beaches.

Brendan Mahoney '05

Brendan is a senior history major who spends most of his productive time reading about dead people. Having spent the past year in England, he is ready to read some good, old-fashioned, to-the-point, American prose. So stop by and visit if you have some, or you just want to distract him.

Ian Mandel '06

Ian Mandel put off writing this bio for several weeks, and it was not until he saw all the other writing tutor bios up on the website, that he finally decided that action needed to be taken.  He felt left out that other tutors had their pictures on the website, but that his was not.  Yet deep down he knew that he had noone to blame but himself for repeatedly putting off writing his bio.  Sure, he was busy doing homework, working at the SPEC, in the Writing Center and with the Hamilton College Democrats, but there really wasn't any excuse for his laziness.  So here it is: Ian's bio.  Want to know more?  Ian is currently a Sophomore and hails from Nyack, New York, a town 18 miles north-west of New York City.  Still need to know more?  Well, then you'll have to come to the Writing Center and sign up for an appointment...

Matthew C. Marks '05

Born: December 18, 1982
Hometown: Guilford, New York
Major: World Politics
Minor: Environmental Studies
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Books: Silmarillion, LOTR, Song of Ice & Fire, Death Gate Cycle
Favorite Movies: Star Wars (the originals!), LOTR, Braveheart, The Last Samurai
Favorite Music: Metal (tune in to the Hard and the Heavy, Monday 10-12PM), Country, Celtic, Medieval/Folk Favorite Bands: Journey, Blind Guardian, Stratovarius, Emmylou Harris, Corvus Corax Hobbies: Spending time outdoors, camping, reading, computers, music, Texas Hold 'Em, Warcraft III, and of course writing! "So I ran with the moon and I ran with the night, And the three of us were a terrible sight. Nipple to the bottle to the gun to the cell To the bottom of hole of a deeper well." ~ Emmylou Harris - Deeper Well

Lindsay Martin '07

Ryan McGuirk '07
Ryan is good at writing. He is, however, near-sighted. Nobody's perfect.

Shayna McHugh '05

Shayna, a.k.a. the Elf of Steel, is only 5 feet 2 inches tall, but she makes up for her miniscule height by being 135 lb. of pure muscle. She is addicted to capoeira, a Brazilian martial art. A chemistry major, Shayna hopes to get a Ph.D. and discover the cure for cancer. If that doesn't work out, she'll probably join the circus. Shayna's favorite Snapple flavor is Lime Green Tea, and she can get dangerously hyper if she overdoses on sugar. Bring her your paper at the Writing Center, but if you're a Red Sox fan, prepare for an argument.

Silas McKee '07
Alex Morrison '05

Alex is a senior Economics major and Music minor. When he's not singing in the College Choir or in The Buffers, he's probably playing the piano or the guitar in a small, dark practice room. Alex is happy to be your humble writing tutor servant for as many hours as you'd like. Alex also enjoys playing basketball, ultimate frisbee, and larger than average slices of pecan pie. This bio has been brought to you by the number 12 and the color green.

Mark Mullett '05

Mark Mullett is a senior Economics major and English minor.

Laura Oman '07

Laura is a sophomore this year and will soon be forced to pick a major. She enjoys English and other subjects lacking concrete answers, mostly because she doesn't like being wrong. After surviving four years in the winter wonderland we know as Hamilton, Laura hopes to teach English in the temperate state of Hawaii.

Katie Plumb '05

My name is Katie Plumb first name like everyone else's and last name like the fruit. Most people just call me Plumber (endearing and affectionate I know). When I am not obsessing over a 15 page English paper and lecturing strangers on the golden rules of grammar (that is what we do as writing tutors right?), I can be found dancing myself into sweaty oblivion in the Kirkland Loft or out on the basketball court with the dance team trying to ignore the animalistic hooting of the overdressed Dogpound (you know you love them-GO CONTINENTALS). So anyways, don't be scared and run away. Come on over to the writing center. We promise to help you write real good.

Heather Schrum '05

Heather Schrum, lover of oldies and oil paints, formerly has been spotted behind the help desk at the Science Library. Seeing, however, that the Science Library been emptied and deserted, she now looks forward to spending her next two years as a Writing Center Tutor. When she is not enjoying her classes, friendships, and the lovely weather at Hamilton College, Heather, a sentimental, family girl, enjoys spending time with her fellow Schrums in the fine state of Connecticut. Over the years, she has also taken a liking to Erik, trilobites, sushi, and levels (yes, the tool).

Alex Sear '05

This virgo brunette hails from Canterbury, Connecticut, and she is equally interested in philosophy, math, film, pinot grigio, good grammar and dancing like a fool to the oldies. In Alex's world (like Wonderland, but on a snow-covered hill in the middle of nowhere), things that are good include ice cream, napping in hammocks, the Upper West Side, British movies and raincoats. Things that are horrible and generally no good include cucumbers, traffic, rollercoasters, people who are not logical, and especially orange, because, let's face it, "Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed"(1). She is most often compared to Hermione from Harry Potter, mostly because she frequently manages to be in two, if not three, places at once. Senior year saw Alex shift her campus hangout from Opus to the Little Pub, and she is quite happy they now have Blue Moon. And, before you ask, she has absolutely no plans for after graduation and she's keeping it that way for as long as possible. Citation is cool: (1) Legally Blonde

Michelle Skornicki '06

Michelle is a junior biology/math major. She plans to study in France next semester!She reminds others to never use a long word when a diminutive one will do and to never split an infinitive. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos and the passive voice is to be avoided. Finally, writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided. For more friendly and sound advice, you'll have to come meet her at the writing center.:)

Chris Takacs '05

Chris is a Senior, Philosophy and Sociology double major and a Senior Fellow. He Hails from San Juan Capistrano California, New York City, Chicago Illinois, London England, Missoula Montana, Stone Ridge New York, Madison New Jersey and finally Clinton New York. He spends most of his time drinking Cafe Kilimanjaro coffee from McEwan, reading, and applying for a Ph.D. program in Philosophy or Sociology. Role Model: Once again, the immaculate Daniel Walker '05

Dan Walker '05

Dan is a senior with a double concentration in English and music. He is a member of the College Choir, College Hill Singers, and is co-music director of the Buffers. The closing of McEwen on weekends dealt Dan, like many other diehard Dark-Siders, a crushing blow from which he has still not fully recovered. Dan enjoys playing bass, running, and watching Schwarzenegger movies. He also sleeps every now and then.
Check these out:
Authors: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Langston Hughes, Milan Kundera
Bands: Bright Eyes, Our Lady Peace (pre-sellout), Majority Rule
Cartoons: The Simpsons, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021
Composers: Johannes Brahms, Charles Ives, Anton Webern


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