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Hartwick College's Student Newspaper

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Hartwick Responds to the Passing of Former President

11.04.14


Richard P “Dick” Miller (1943-2014) died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 25. He was born in Norfolk, VA, and raised in Pittsford, a suburb of Rochester, NY. He will be remembered by the Oneonta community as a man of many great achievements: as the twice-elected Mayor of Oneonta, decorated U.S. Army combat veteran, Hartwick College President, SUNY Vice Chancellor, Vice President at the University of Rochester and President and CEO of Case-Hoyt Corporation.


By Alaina Shires

Student Arrest Rates in Oneonta

09.30.14


     This past January, The Daily Star reported that student arrests declined by 30 percent. In the past couple of months,  however, that decline has been reversed. The future of OH-Fest is in question, and Oneonta residents are fed up. College student-related disturbances on weekends, such as high noise levels, fighting, and vandalism are plaguing Oneonta....


By Susan McLean

Students React: Drunken Disruption in Town

09.30.14


     In the past two weeks, at least six articles have been printed in local media concerning an increase in disruptive behavior by drunk students and what the City of Oneonta plans to do about it—including the possibility denying the permit for this spring’s OH Fest concert. The voice of the local residents has been heard in the papers and in a City Council meeting held September 16, but the voices of students have mostly been heard....


By Alaina Shires

Consequences for Disruption Threaten OH-Fest Concert 

09.23.14


Complaints concerning disruptive college students rose from local residents, city officials, and SUNY Oneonta officials in the past weeks. To discuss this issue and find possible solutions, the Oneonta Common Council and concerned residents gathered at City Hall on Tuesday, September 16. The top concerns from the residents appear to be the noise level caused by students walking home through neighborhoods, vandalism, public fighting, and littering. While these issues are not new, residents report that the incidents are worse than ever and must be addressed by city and college officials.


By Alaina Shires

OH Fest: Bringing the Community Together, Rain or Shine

04.29.14


You saw the posters, you heard the chatter, but maybe you weren’t quite curious enough to brave the rain and clouds to check out Main Street this Saturday. If so, you missed out on OH Fest. one of the most different, engaging, and fun events of the year. Being a first-year student myself, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and the presence of uniformed guards at the roadblocks at either end of Main Street put me a little ill at ease. I thought this was supposed to be a family-friendly street fair sort of thing, so where did the uniformed guards come from? 


By Jenny McInerney

Venues of Oneonta: The B-Side Ballroom

03.18.14


There are plenty of things to do on and off campus when weekends hit. Many people like to go out into town and check out the various restaurants and bars. Sometimes, these places will host bands from the local area where people can sit back and enjoy the tunes. There are a few venues that incorporate a mix of food, drinks, and music altogether. One of these places is the B-Side Ballroom & Supper Club. For those who are twenty-one and over, the space serves as a more relaxing, calming alternative where people can meet up and chat while enjoying a nice selection of drinks and fine cuisine.


By Roderick Coffey

Relay for Life at SUNY Oneonta

03.04.14


This Friday, March 7th, over forty teams from the Oneonta area, including fraternities, sororities, sports teams and other organizations from both Hartwick and SUCO, will be participating in this year’s Relay for Life, which will be held in SUCO’s Alumni Field House.  The event is “superhero” themed, and is aiming to raise $60,000 to support cancer research and cancer patient services. Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society, raising over $400 million every year in over 2,500 communities and 20 countries. 


By Jenny McInerney

Oneonta Hosts Snommegang!

03.04.14


Through the first weekend of March, Oneonta hosted the Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival. Both Ommegang and Duvel Moortgat breweries came together on Main Street of Oneonta to present their various selections. There was live music and plenty of food and beer for interested consumers. The event was for people twenty-one and above, and encouraged participants to drink safe and responsibly. I arrived on Main Street and presented both my license and student I.D. (students get a ten dollar discount) and the security granted me passage into their tents. I was overwhelmed by the choice of beverages that they had to offer.