Grit is Not Enough
Apr04

Grit is Not Enough

It isn’t enough to be strong and resolute. We all need each other’s help. In the past year, I’ve read a torrent of articles and papers about college students. Two concepts receiving considerable attention are the traits of grit and resilience. I’ve read how the lack of these qualities has purportedly left today’s students ill-equipped to succeed. I’ve read about college student “snowflakes” who, according to a Washington Post op-ed,...

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Chenussio
Apr04

Chenussio

A glimpse into the past. Distinguished Professor of History Michael Leroy Oberg looks at a map dated 1771 and can’t help but wonder. What was life like back then? — when Geneseo was known as “Chenussio,” a Seneca Iroquois town along the Genesee River. Trails through the woods — forerunners to Ridge Road, Route 20A and others — connected the Senecas with their Haudenosaunee kin in the “Land of the Iroquois.” People were constantly...

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A Lifetime of Friendship
Apr04

A Lifetime of Friendship

Former Geneseo roommates Joanne Goldstein Siegel ’47 and Eleanor Bonnet Betlem ’47 became lifelong friends shortly after they arrived on campus in 1943. “She didn’t have a sister, and I didn’t have a sister,” said Betlem, “so we became sisters.” Though Siegel settled on Long Island and Betlem in Rochester, they’ve remained close for 75 years. Their husbands, who are both deceased, also became good friends. After Geneseo alumni...

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The Junior Ice Knights
Apr04

The Junior Ice Knights

Geneseo hockey players team up with a youth club on and off the ice. Hockey practice might not be the place where you’d think to find examples of what makes Geneseo a great community. But, when the team comes off the ice after practice, there’s a special interaction that occurs — one that’s been forged for more than 15 years. As the team exits, they cross paths with a scurry of pint-sized hockey players, the Junior Ice Knights, whose...

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… If it Ain’t Got That Swing
Apr04

… If it Ain’t Got That Swing

Jazz-Era Swing is back in style — a student club revives ’20s dance moves. It’s 7 p.m. in Sturges, and “Just Sitting and a Rockin” by Duke Ellington can be heard through the halls. Although it’s 2018, it’s swing dance time. Members of the Geneseo Swing Dance club form a giant circle for a group stretch before more experienced student dancers demonstrate a few new moves, and share the history of the dance. They focus on the...

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Motivate from the Sidelines
Apr04

Motivate from the Sidelines

An ice hockey fan gives the lowdown on cheering your team to victory. Every Geneseo athletics event includes cheering fans, from classmates, friends, and family members to residents who pull on their favorite team garb and chant, “GEN-UH-SEE-OH” until they are hoarse. We have a passionate community that supports all who compete in the Blue and White. The Blue Crew, the enthusiastic, chest-painted fans in the student section of the...

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