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Code of Conduct Cases – Tiger Fall 2013 – Week 3-5

9/9            A student was sanctioned for a DUI, UPA, and a vehicular infraction.  His sanctions: DP for two semesters, AP for one semester, a $100 fine, 15 hours of community service, and loss of motor vehicle privileges.

9/12            A student was sanctioned for underage drinking and alcohol poisoning.  His sanctions: AP for one semester, health and wellness education, and a Wellness Center consultation.

9/12            A student was sanctioned for possession of marijuana.  His sanctions: DP for one semester, a Wellness Center consultation, and 10 hours of community service.

9/17            Two students were sanctioned for possession of marijuana.  Their sanctions: DP for one semester, a Wellness Center consultation, and 10 hours of community service.

9/24            A student was sanctioned for being intoxicated in public.  His sanctions:  Reprimand for two semesters and 10 hours of community service

9/26            A student was sanctioned for underage possession of alcohol and a traffic violation.  His sanctions:  Reprimand for two semesters and 15 hours of community service.

Reprimand: A written censure indicating the likelihood of more severe disciplinary action in the event further infractions occur within a specified period.

AP – Alcohol Probation:  A specified period during which a student may neither possess nor consume alcohol on campus, nor may he return to campus after having consumed alcohol.

DP – Disciplinary Probation: A specified period during which a student’s conduct will be closely scrutinized. Certain privileges may be suspended. Violation of the terms of the probation or of the Code is likely to result in suspension or expulsion from the College.

UPA – Underage Possession of Alcohol.

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Code of Conduct Cases – Tiger Fall 2013 – Week 6-8

10/1       A student was sanctioned for simple assault.  His sanctions:  Reprimand for two semesters and meeting with the Student Court Chairman.

10/8       A student was sanctioned for a UPA and DIP.  His sanctions:  AP for two semesters and  health and wellness education.

10/16     Three students were sanctioned for causing damage to another student’s property.  Their sanctions:  Restitution for damages incurred.

10/16     Two students were sanctioned for being in a verbal altercation.  Their sanctions:  Reprimand for two semesters and meeting with the Student Court Chairman.

Reprimand: A written censure indicating the likelihood of more severe disciplinary action in the event further infractions occur within a specified period.

AP – Alcohol Probation:  A specified period during which a student may neither possess nor consume alcohol on campus, nor may he return to campus after having consumed alcohol.

DIP – Drunk in Public

DP – Disciplinary Probation: A specified period during which a student’s conduct will be closely scrutinized. Certain privileges may be suspended. Violation of the terms of the probation or of the Code is likely to result in suspension or expulsion from the College.

UPA – Underage Possession of Alcohol.

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H-SC Democrats’ Message to Boykin

Dear Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin (Ret.),

It is the intent of the Hampden-Sydney College Young Democrats to address you with our specific concerns over your recent statements, which we believe to be offensive and uncharacteristic of a decorated public servant and a United States military leader.  As the main student organization at Hampden-Sydney that promotes the ideals and agenda of the Democratic Party and/or “the left,” as you often refer to it, we feel it imperative to respectfully add our organization’s voice to other inquiries regarding this issue.

We intend to focus on your recent comments about the “declining morality in our military.”  You stated, “the military has been targeted by the left…largely by the gay and lesbian lobby, ah, but also by other elements of the left to bring the military down because the military has been a bastion of morality and ethics.”  In making these comments, you continued to assert that the left is to blame for General David Petraeus’s infidelity, a ludicrous and baseless claim, to say the very least.  While we may not entirely share your view that it has always been “a bastion of morality and ethics,” we firmly believe that the US military, despite a few unfortunate isolated incidents, has been a force for good throughout history and has served the United States well in defending our freedom and our values.  As a party or an ideology, we are neither interested in nor desire to “bring down the military.”  The President, along with the support of Admiral Mike Mullen, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, numerous bipartisan former Generals and Admirals, including General Petraeus, and bipartisan majorities of Congress, made a change to military policy to allow gay and lesbian Americans serve their country openly and without fear of retribution or harassment.  This move did not impair the military’s ability to serve as a global force for good.  There is no evidence to prove that an individual’s sexual orientation serves to limit or hinder his/her job performance, no matter what his/her chosen field.  Likewise soldiers’ sexual orientation does not negatively affect their ability to give or follow orders, their skills or abilities or limit their degree of courage to complete intricate missions and defend our country. Both history and the expert opinion of a broad, bipartisan majority of military experts and veterans have repeatedly refuted claims similar to yours regarding homosexual individuals in military service.   The repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’  strengthened the military’s moral fabric and helped to align its ideals and official policy with the common views of a broad majority of Americans, ensuring that no one American has to lie about his/her identity in order to serve their country.  Further speaking on the “the left’s” commitment to the military, President Obama has orchestrated the responsible end to the War in Iraq, is leading us responsibly out of Afghanistan, and has decimated Al-Qaeda and other terrorists networks, thereby strengthening our nation and saluting the strength and resolve of our armed forces.
Moving past our analysis of President Obama’s record as Commander-in-Chief, which is likely different from your view, we seek to express even deeper concerns about your conduct.  You do not seem to realize, or attempt to accept even, the reality that there are gay and lesbian Americans who have served, or are currently serving, this country with distinction and honor. They have fought courageously to defend all of our freedoms, even your freedom to lash out at them publicly. They are honorable men and women and are in no way whatsoever deserving of your vitriolic derision.  Any man or woman, gay or straight, liberal or conservative, of whatever race or religious preference, who serves our nation with valor is worthy of our gratitude and respect.  Even though we disagree with your comments and views, we are indeed truly appreciative and grateful for your years of service to our nation.  Yet we cannot ignore the fact that your recent comments are not representative of the honor and leadership that your résumé suggests.

In further discussing this issue, we seek to make another important objection regarding your words and your conduct, stemming from your position as a professor at Hampden-Sydney College with the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest.  While we acknowledge your freedom of speech, we remind you that your position renders you a representative of this institution and your words harbor meaning beyond your personal political opinions.  Hampden-Sydney College has established the creation of “Good Men, Good Citizens” as its primary goal and motto for decades.  Your comments are not reflective of a good man or a good citizen, nor are they reflective of Hampden-Sydney’s emphasis on academic excellence and intellectual honesty.  Frankly, the fact you would make such ill-informed, inconsiderate, and offensive tirades, in whatever capacity, makes you a poor representative of Hampden-Sydney and the students and faculty who make up our community.  It would truly be a travesty and embarrassment if one outside of our community were to hear your bellicose words and assume that it reflects the culture and character of the Hampden-Sydney community.  Such an assumption could not be further from the truth.

As an organization of “the left” at Hampden-Sydney, we are disappointed and concerned that this is the representation of our college that you seek to project.  We also believe it to be essential that our school’s leaders work towards bringing our campus together to foster diversity and open academic debate, as opposed to further dividing our campus along the lines of race, political belief, sexual orientation, or any other classification.  Inspiring unity and acceptance of diversity are clearly not goals or feasible outcomes of your comments.  For that reason, we encourage the Hampden-Sydney community to reject your words in a most unquestionable manner.

In making this inquiry, we have only a few simple requests.  We urge you to find it in your disposition to apologize publicly to those in both this community and in the armed forces for your conduct and your words.  We ask that you recant, in no uncertain terms, your statements that demean Democrats and/or “the left.”  Even if you disagree with our party on numerous social, political, economic, and foreign policy issues, for you to assert that we do not care about our brothers and sisters in the armed forces or that we want to “bring down the military” is irresponsible and derisive.  We ask that you apologize to the LGBTQ community for your offensive claims about their capability to serve our nation.   We further ask you to apologize for your erroneous representation of Hampden-Sydney College.  While there are political differences among our students and faculty, we are largely a community that respects each other’s differences and appreciates each other’s brotherhood.  We are Hampden-Sydney men before we are Democrats or Republicans, and we signed an honor code to our brothers, which we hold above any pledges to our party.  Finally, we ask you to refrain from making such outlandish comments and ridiculous assertions so long as you maintain a connection to Hampden-Sydney College.

We will close this letter by alluding to your position at Hampden-Sydney.  You are a professor of Leadership and Ethics, yet your comments and your conduct very clearly reflect a disregard for both.  Hampden-Sydney College and its community deserve better.  Those who serve our nation in uniform deserve better.  We invite your public response to this inquiry and hope you will engage us in public discourse over this matter.  I will close with the words of President Lincoln, “Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”  Our words and our actions represent the caliber of our character.  We feel it our duty to make this inquiry with you and we sincerely hope you feel it your duty to respond appropriately.   Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
On behalf of the Hampden-Sydney Young Democrats

M. Braxton Marcela ‘13, President, H-SC Young Democrats

Diego Velasco ’14, Communications Advisor

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Concerning Article Accuracy

Dear Mr. Editor,

As a former Staff Writer for The Tiger, I know that that accuracy and fairness are guiding tenets of the publication. When I read The Tiger, I expect articles to exhibit the same level of integrity as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, or Time Magazine. I expect the aptitude of writers at The Tiger to be on par with the greatest levels of professionalism because here at Hampden-Sydney we value a rhetoric program which strives to ensure that students can write clearly, convincingly, and grammatically. With this in mind, Guest Writer Greg Robinson ’15, reported in the last edition of The Tiger that the Student Senate has a plan to enforce campus-wide cleanups on the weekends. I spoke to Mr. Robinson briefly before the article was published, but there is a great deal of information that I believe the article purports incorrectly and which should be addressed.

First, I must plainly state that the Student Senate has no plan to enforce campus-wide cleanups on weekends. More than any other time in past, the Student Senate has committed to being transparent and informing the student body on any course of action we pursue on its behalf. The goals of the Senate currently include a proposal for a Medical Amnesty Policy, participation in the redrafting of the College’s bylaws, improving campus technology available to students, collaborating on the implementation of a new college homepage, working with the Downtown Farmville organization to attract more college students, and working with organizations to increase their long-term sustainability and participation on campus. Over the next few weeks, we will also begin meeting with architects to discuss the implementation of a student center in Eggleston Hall. If all goes well, the Student Senate will host an open forum meeting in Crawley Forum next week to solicit student input on how to use the space.

Mr. Robinson’s article intended on reporting on the college policies that regulate themed housing – specifically, the Student Senate’s role when it comes to morning lawn cleanups after an event. At the moment there are few guidelines that govern themed housing besides those policies which govern all residence life and which the organization originally agreed to in a proposal with the Associate Dean of Students and Student Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee is interested in finding a way to get repeat offenders who violate their theme housing agreement to act appropriately with the property entrusted to them. The College reserves the right to revoke an organization’s occupancy at any time due to inappropriate behavior or failure to satisfy the obligations that the group originally agreed to. The Student Senate may also levy social closings or other measures on a themed house if an organization violates college policies frequently or if the Senate is asked to intervene by the Dean of Students.

Mr. Robinson’s article made me realize that while we have come a long way, Student Government at Hampden-Sydney College should still be more transparent. We are committed to finding ways to inform everyone of the great deal of work that goes on behind the scenes. Student Senate meetings always occur every Tuesday night in Blake A at 7 PM (unless otherwise stated) and they are always open to the public. In the past, students have attended Senate meetings to lobby for concerns regarding anything from laundry fees to fire codes to a vast number of other grievances. Public participation; however, has significantly decreased. Therefore, it can be difficult to disseminate information.

Frederick L. Antoine ’14

Chairman of the Student Senate

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Minority Student Union Leaders Attend Conference

The Minority Student Union’s Executive leaders recently attended the 2013 National Black Student Leadership Conference held in Raleigh North Carolina. Representing Hampden Sydney were David Coe, John Barber, Jonathon Wade, and Karlton Davis, along with advisor Hakeem Croom to represent the college. They were all welcomed by beautiful North Carolina weather during check-in at the Sheraton where the conference was held.  The National Black Student Leadership Conference provides an opportunity to help development leadership in students. This development was propelled by workshops, key speakers, and networking opportunities.

The opening speaker was the energetic Dr. Dennis Rahiim Watson. Watson strutted across the ground floor to deliver his message to the students present instead of from his elevated platform. His message was similar to a fill-in-the-blank activity describing events during his life; the whole room was full of black college students from similar cultures which ended with the same words shouted once Watson cued it was our turn to interact in his speech. The experience was electrified once Watson announced he had Denzel Washington as his best man during his wedding; students viewed Watson in a more respectable light because of his celebrity association. His ethos increased immediately. His overall theme was “you are always on” no matter where you are. This message could help many people out, or at least anyone who is worried about the future. You don’t know whom you will meet daily; you never know what someone’s life is like, or how a random stranger could help you out in your life dream. So why wouldn’t you keep yourself dressed the part and prepared one hundred percent of the time? Committed students listened to this speech and applied it to their plans during this stay.

Following morning events, various eighty minute workshops were devoted to certain topics, which students could choose among freely. Topics ranged from “Wrap-a-Round Leadership; When the Opportunity Comes, Am I Ready?; Greek Leaders: What will you leave, Legacy or Liability?”; to “Breaking the Chains: Death to Willie Lynch”. The messages delivered came from respected individuals thriving in different fields of their lives. David Coe showed a great initiative during the “When the Opportunity Comes” workshop as he actively engaged when others wouldn’t. Presentation styles varied: some involved students getting up and joining groups, where as others were simply listening to the presenter read power points. These sessions were helpful to all that attended, and most presenters had business cards available for contact and booking information. Karlton Davis took the opportunity to network with Johnny Brownlee after a presentation. Mr. Brownlee is a ghost writer, professional blogger, and a music consultant for the MTV and BET networks. Students’ attention was heightened throughout the event, because of the energetic nature of the conference.

Personally Cullen Jones’ name was unfamiliar before this weekend because I did not follow the swimming events during the Olympic Games. He is an Olympic Gold Medalist, the first African American to win a gold medal at the World University Games, and also the first African American to break a swimming world record. It’s a stereotype that African Americans cannot swim; however, Jones did not let that deter him from his Olympic dreams. Cullen Jones discussed his troubles, lessons learned, and his celebrity introductions with Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, and others on the Olympic basketball team. Jones’ take away message emphasized the importance of goals. Everyone should have goals and a list of steps to obtain that goal, and when you reach that goal set another one.

The executive board had a reflection meeting during this trip to discuss last semester’s progress and ways to improve it this semester around. Ideas were contributed from every member. The Hampden Sydney campus will see a continued increase in visibility in the Minority Student Union in a positive direction despite the obstacles in the way. As long as there’s a strong majority, there will be a strong minority.

-Karlton Davis

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Another Simple Request for General Boykin

Dear Editor,
I write to stand with David Williams in his disgust for the remarks made by Jerry Boykin.  While Mr. Boykin has the right to say any abhorrent thing he wishes, we have neither to agree nor condone such repugnant world views.
Let’s start with the notion that the military is the “bastion of morality and ethics” or the idea that the military is “the anchor of our society.”  For lots of reasons, I believe neither is true, but I am willing to debate those points.  One needs only to recall the Tailhook scandal in 1991 where more than 100 officers sexually assaulted more than 90 men and women, the recent San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base scandal where nearly 50 female students were sexually assaulted by in excess of 25 instructors, the 1995 Okinawa incident where three serviceman kidnapped and raped a 12-year old Japanese girl, the mutilation of Japanese war dead in WWII, the Incident on Hill 192 were a Vietnamese woman was kidnapped and gang raped during the Vietnam war, etc. to see a crumbling edifice.  Given that most of these incidents occurred long before the military was “targeted by the gay and lesbian lobby,” the argument that the mere desire to have gays in the military is the reason that individuals in the military are behaving immorally is at best false and at worst ridiculous.  According to a recent AP story, in recent years 10 generals and admirals from one star to four stars lost their jobs because of sex-related offenses; the idea that the gays made them do it, is patently absurd.
I would argue that the “anchor of our society” is the notion that all individuals are created equal with the right to pursue ends of their own choosing.  The notion that some individuals do not deserve respect because of some characteristic that someone else does not find to his liking is as far as one can get from the “anchor of our society.”  Our society is based on the freedom and liberty of individuals, not some militaristic notion of right and wrong.  While national defense is necessary as a protection from invaders or aggressors, it does not imply that it is the sine qua non of a free society.  A free society is based on the mutual respect of the individuals that make up the society, anything less will spiral into an unjust, unfree, immoral chaos.
In 2013, the notion that being gay is immoral is laughable, plain and simple.  A free society is based in the mutual respect of individuals for individuals regardless of their differences.  So, I respect Boykin’s right to share his ideas, as repugnant as they are.  He should do the same.

Sincerely,

Anthony M. Carilli
Professor of Economics

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A Message From Brinkley Week Chairman

Tarun Sharma ’15

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I’m pleased to announce that during Brinkley Week we reached 39% student giving participation and collected over $7500 in gifts that will go towards the Hampden-Sydney Fund–those are both records for the Student Giving Campaign. This campaign has been a rousing success, and it’s all because of our great volunteers. Our guys were out there knocking on doors and talking about giving to Hampden-Sydney. They called their friends, asked their teammates, fraternity brothers, and even courageously asked folks they didn’t know about giving whatever they could to Hampden-Sydney. I especially want to thank the Brinkley Week Board—Connor Rund ’13, Jack Cantlay ’13, Khobi Williamson ’14, Brandon Long ’14, Peter Dooley ’15, and RM Pfeiff ’16—each of them was indispensable to this campaign.
The Senate as a whole deserves to be commended for their work on this campaign. They paved the way for this campaign to happen by allowing us to incorporate Brinkley Week with the long-standing tradition of Macon Week. However, Fred Antione, Sydney Henriques, and Kelly Puls warrant special recognition. I appreciate their help.
The Senate’s unanimous vote to let the week of the Macon Game be known as Brinkley Week united Student Government around this common goal of bettering Hampden-Sydney. But it wasn’t just the students. From the top down, our administrative staff made this a campus-wide priority. I’ve only been on the Hill for a short time now, but I can’t remember this campus being so united surrounding such a new idea. We appreciate all of the support.
I’d also like to thank the Publications staff–Tommy Shomo, Kevin Tuck, and Kevin Kirsche. They did a fantastic job designing all of our promotional materials–from posters to the shirt design. I appreciate all of the time that they put in to ensure that our campaign looked as good as it sounded.
Finally, I’d like to thank the Students. We are so very thankful for all the support we’ve received over the past couple of months. Our message of consistently giving what you can to the College seemed to resonate with the primary beneficiaries of these gifts–students. We set out to get this message out to our student body, and thanks to all of you who gave or just took the time to listen, it’s clear that we achieved just that.

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