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Down 3-0? No Problem

Posted on Nov 12, 1999

What do you do when your soccer team is down three

goals to none at halftime?

Give the ball the Missy Matusewicz '02.

Following a halftime talk in which Coach Brian Speck

told the players to simply score one goal every 15 minutes against Ithaca,

Matusewicz did just that. She then assisted Katie Smith in triple overtime

to propel the Dutchwomen into Saturday's second-round game at UCAA rival

William Smith, a contest Union lost 4-1.

“We played a lot of soccer that day,” said

Matusewicz, the leading scorer in Union history. “Coach was positive

at halftime. He told us to play like a desperate team, because that's

what we were.”

Not only was this the soccer team's first NCAA

appearance, it was the first NCAA win in the 30-year history of women's

sports at Union.

The team finished the season at 16-3-1 and 4-1-1 and

second place in the UCAA.

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International Study Sparks Watson Hopefuls

Posted on Nov 12, 1999

International study was the “intellectual

pivot” of this year's Watson Fellowship applicants, according to

Prof. Harry Marten, co-chair of the Watson Selection Committee. “I

think it would be fair to say that the College's emphasis on

international study has really stimulated these people,” he said.

Four seniors have been chosen as finalists for the

Thomas J. Watson Traveling Fellowships, which provide full support for a

year of study abroad. They are Loralynne Krobetsky, Courtney Randall,

Kimberly Rohback and Molly Shaner. Final selection takes place in


Among all 14 who applied, the international study aspect

of Union was visible in the applications, Marten said. Though the

committee discourages students revisiting a term abroad for a Watson, the

applicants built on their international experience and in some cases

involved some of what they began on a term abroad, he said.

Krobetsky previously studied in Italy, Shaner in the

Czech Republic and Germany, Randall in London; and Rohback in Japan.

Krobetsky's proposal, “Mysticism in the Post

Modern World: The Stigmata,” would have her study the role of

stigmata in art and culture in Italy, France and Ireland. She also plans

to write a novel based on her study.

Randall has submitted a proposal titled “An

Activist Outlook on European Gay Culture.” She would like to visit

London, Paris, Vienna and Athens to observe gay culture from an activist

and literary perspective.

Rohback has proposed a fellowship study titled

“Vestiges of Mao,” a year-long trip through China to observe how

Mao is remembered 50 years after the founding the People's Republic of


Shaner has proposed “Photojournal: Fathers and

Daughters in India, Kenya and the Dominican Republic” in which she

would observe relationships among the three cultures.

Other committee members are Doug Klein (co-chair), Grant

Brown, Sharon Gmelch, Joyce Madancy, Louisa Matthew, Byron Nichols and

Andrew Wolfe.

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Last Chronicle of the Term

Posted on Nov 12, 1999

This is the last issue of the Chronicle for

the term. Publication will resume with the start of classes in January.

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Calendar of Events

Posted on Nov 12, 1999

Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13, 8:02 pm.

Yulman Theater.

Proctor's Too presents Baal by Bertolt Brecht by the troupe Fovea

Floods. The play is a meditation on celebrity worship and society. Tickets

are $15 ($10 for students). For information, call 346-6204.

Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7 to 9 p.m.

F.W. Olin Center Observatory.

Public open house and observing sessions.

Sunday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m.

Memorial Chapel.

Paula Robison, flute, with the Budapest Strings in a concert to include

works by Marcello, Elgar's Serenade in e, Op. 20; Doppler's

Hungarian Pastorale Fantasy for Flute and Strings; and Bartok's Divertimento.

Thursday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Old Chapel.

Human Resources Benefits Fair.

Through Dec. 3.

Arts Atrium.

“Fields and Streets,” an exhibition of mezzotint prints and

pastels by artist Peter Jogo.

Through Dec. 19.

Mandeville Gallery, Nott Memorial.

Exhibit of antique toys from Schenectady Museum.

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Ballston Lake Ecology May Help in Search for ET Life

Posted on Nov 12, 1999


life from the depths of Ballston Lake may shed some light on the kinds of

life forms that NASA scientists should look for on Mars and elsewhere.

Paul Gremillion, assistant professor of civil

engineering, traveled to Kennedy Space Center in Florida recently to speak

to scientists on “Understanding Biological Artifacts of Extreme


He related the highly unusual water chemistry and

microbial ecology of Ballston Lake with some of the ongoing work at NASA,

including the search for evidence of microbial activity on Mars and

exploration of the perennially ice-covered oceans of Europa, a moon of


He presented this talk to a group of scientists and

engineers working in ecological programs at the Merritt Island space

facility and on the Mars and lunar colonization program.

Gremillion, who specializes in chemical systems found in

lakes, was invited by a former colleague who directs life sciences support

for shuttle missions.

NASA recently lost a Mars probe – the Climate Orbiter

— that was to aid in the investigation of life on Mars. Its sister ship

– the Polar Lander – is to land on Dec. 3. Scientists are designing a

probe to penetrate the ice and sample the water on Europa, Gremillion

said. The next mission to Europa is planned for launch in November 2003.

“I wanted to tie in the unusual environment of

Ballston Lake with some of the things that they study,” Gremillion

said. “Nobody there studies lakes, but they do a lot of biological

and ecological work on odd systems, like looking for evidence of what

microbial evidence on Mars might look like. If life exists or existed, it

stands to reason that it may be astonishingly different than on


For example, scientists might expect microbial life on

Mars to be photosynthetic but not use oxygen, much like some of the

microbes Gremillion, his students and colleagues have found in Ballston


NASA scientists are investigating microbes found in

extreme environments on earth, like those found near hydrothermal vents on

the ocean floor, Gremillion said. “These life forms are not the

typical base of the food chain, the chlorophyll-bearing algae,” he


On the surface, Ballston Lake is like any other. But the

south end is deep and narrow; there is not adequate wave action to

circulate the water column, as happens in most lakes. About 18 meters

down, you'll find the chemocline – a chemical stratification of

oxygen-depleted water that has high levels of iron and low levels of

sulfate. In other words, the environment at and below the chemocline is

extreme, Gremillion said. Yet, there are life forms – microscopic

bacteria — that thrive there.

Gremillion is one of a number of faculty and students

doing research under the Ballston Lake Initiative, a multidisciplinary

research project examining the natural processes and effects of human

impact on the lake. Project director in John Garver, director of

environmental studies.

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