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[9 Mar 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Dean of Students’ Return to Office Provokes a Mixed Response

On February 23, a couple hundred of students gathered on the lawn in front of Venable Hall to protest a proposed drug policy as well as actions by the Dean of Students Office related to the policy.  The following day, Dr. David Klein, Dean of Students, was put on temporary administrative leave and temporarily replaced by Thomas Shomo, Director of Communications.
About two weeks later, this situation is still a hot button and divisive topic amongst members of the student body. Regarding the policy itself and its content, students for the …

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[9 Mar 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Replacing Pen, Paper and Our Professors?

Personal computers are the new fashion in Hampden-Sydney classrooms, and it’s not because professors added them to the list of required school supplies (if we ever had one). You’ve probably noticed the increasing number of students who take their laptop to class every day, if you’re not already among the many who do. While it once was the case that the only person in a classroom to have access to any kind of technology was the professor, today we see more and more students depending on more than one form …

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[9 Mar 2012 | Comments Off | ]

Recently, a group of students formed the Chi Phi colony on campus. The process of a group of interested members forming a colony, and later a chapter, for a fraternity involves many different parties that all have a role in the progression. This information comes from David Klein, Dean of Students at Hampden-Sydney College. Klein goes on to say that the colony has been given recognition on the national level, but has yet to be recognized by the school because the Interfraternity Council has not voted on the matter as …

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[26 Feb 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Administration Introduces New Campus Emergency Call Boxes

In recent weeks, a few blue lights have begun to illuminate on the Hampden-Sydney campus.  These new lights indicate the three brand new emergency call boxes installed in different locations throughout campus. The box stations are located next to Theta Chi at fraternity circle, in the parking lot behind Venable Hall and between Cushing Hall and the Carpenters.  In addition to the installation of these three call boxes, three pre-existing ones, located across from Crawley Forum, near the Alphabet Dorms and behind Bortz Library, were upgraded to be the same …

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[26 Feb 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Career Development: Is it Really Working?

As a second semester senior, the prospects of life after college have become more of a reality than ever before. As my classmates and I spend countless hours sending out resumes and graduate school applications, we hope that by May we will all have planned the next step in our lives. But as I prepare to take the next step, I find myself looking back at the past three years wondering if there was anything  that I could have done better to prepare myself for life after graduation.
One of the …

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[26 Feb 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Freshman Excels in High School Business Venture

In January of 2011, freshman Samuel Thomas III received a phone call from his long-time friend and soon to be business partner, James Adams. James called to ask what some good names for a potential tie company might be. Adams was working on a senior project in which he came up with this idea of a tie company. After a little encouragement from Thomas, the duo decided to embark on the business journey that is now Southern Ties.
The product they sell is high quality bow ties and the motto their …

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[26 Feb 2012 | One Comment | ]
Proposed Policy For Drug Violations:

The following policy proposal is a draft. It attempts to articulate a procedure to be followed anytime a student is found to be in possession of, using, or distributing drugs. Such charge could come from a Campus and Security Police report, referral from residence life staff, College personnel, or outside law enforcement.
Any student charged with possession, use, or distribution of drugs will be given twenty four hours from the incident to submit a written explanation of the incident (a defense of his actions) to the Dean of Students. This written …

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[26 Feb 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Young Entrepreneurs Help Virginia’s Youth

On Monday, February 6, a group of Hampden-Sydney students made a visit to the local Prince Edward County Middle School, where they underwent a project putting together a Perry Wilson, founder of innovative organization, If I Had a Hammer, to provide the youngsters with a new perspective on learning math. Having struggled with his own education as a student, Wilson created a new curriculum that focuses on elementary and middle school students who struggle in the subject of math, more specifically fractions.
The group’s belief is that fractions are a pivotal …

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[26 Feb 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Updating The Master Plan

Hampden Sydney contracted third party strategists in 1999 to devise a master plan “…which guided development, programmatic growth, and fundraising into the twenty-first century,” according to the college website. The main product of that plan was the construction of the Bortz Library. This past January, the college once again held a meeting with off-campus parties in order to update the 1999 plan. The plan is presented to and influenced by the College’s Steering Committee charged with overseeing the plans formation and production. Although the new plan is in its very …

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[26 Feb 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Dr. Hight Inducted into Literary Society

On January 30th the Union-Philanthropic Society inducted Dr. Marc A. Hight as the newest Honorary Member of the Society joining the ranks of numerous other professors and staff members that have been given membership into the College’s oldest student organization. The event, which was open to the public, is similar to the ones undertaken by students seeking to become senior members in UPLS.
It began with a speech topic, to be given by Dr. Hight, which had been promised to be controversial and which was presented to the society as: “Resolved: …