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Dear, Colgate Community.

Tomorrow, we arrive at Gate 2, and I want to thank everyone for the hard work that made it possible. Two students remain in isolation and others are in quarantine at the Wendt, but that extra week at Gate 1 allowed us to reduce our occupancy.

Gate 2 will be slightly modified, however, to meet the current reality. Group size will stay at 10 or fewer, except for activities led by faculty, coaches, and staff — these can be up to 20. Groups visiting the village should be 10 or fewer as well. All of this will help keep our potential for close contacts low. Remember to stay 6 feet apart and wear a face covering.

As planned, Gate 2 will allow for visits to common rooms in other residence halls. (CLs and residential life staff will have specifics, because every residence is built differently.) Trudy Fitness Center and Lineberry Pool will open for the campus community. Read more Gate 2 details on the website.

The road to Gate 2 has not been straight, and everyone will react differently to the ongoing uncertainty. Prof. Rebecca Shiner recently wrote about the psychology of uncertainty in Colgate Magazine. Kelsey McGeough spoke about her own experience in the Maroon News — both articles are worth engaging.

For my part, I’m tempted to ask, “Why me?” There hasn’t been a pandemic like this in more than 100 years. My studies are disrupted; I can’t see friends or travel as I usually would. But, because I can’t escape my liberal arts experience, I’ve also started to do a thought experiment and ask the opposite: “Why not me?” I’ll be pondering that tonight during my class over Zoom, and I’ll be sending gratitude out to everyone who has made Gate 2 happen.

Laura H. Jack
Vice President for Communications

Take Note

On-campus flu clinic registration is full, but Student Health Services is working on setting up additional clinics with our local pharmacy partners. Information will be shared soon!

Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to enjoy all of the new dining options on campus including:

  • Colgate Inn at Merrill House: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Fojo Beans in front of Olin Hall: Wednesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Ray Brothers BBQ at the Hall of Presidents: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5–7:30 p.m.
  • Royal India Grill Food Truck in the Case-Geyer parking lot: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–7 p.m.
  • SONO at the Edge Café: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–7:30 p.m.
  • Sushi with Gusto at Donovan’s Pub: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m
  • Donovan’s Pub: Monday–Wednesday, 5 p.m.–midnight; Thursday–Saturday, 5 p.m.–1 a.m.
  • Chobani at the Hieber Café: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–midnight; Saturday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–midnight
  • Grab Goodness at Frank: Monday–Sunday, 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m. 
  • Grab Goodness at the Coop Conference Room: Monday–Sunday, 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m. 


Come support our local businesses — right here on campus.

A friendly reminder to Colgate employees and students working on campus: October is right around the corner, so please fill out your on-campus work schedule for the coming month. Don’t forget to fill out the health screening form each day you are working on campus. The schedule and the health screening form are conveniently located on the portal.

Thank you to the many who have responded to the call for volunteers to staff testing locations. Currently, we continue to seek staff who are able to commit to a fairly regular schedule: Monday 3–5 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Wednesday 8–10 a.m. Due to the training that is involved, we are seeking staff who can be available each week (or most) between now and November 18. If you are able to contribute, please email to be added to the contact list. We understand that your regular responsibilities dictate your availability.  

A Closing Thought

To all those observing Yom Kippur today, we say G'mar chatima tova.

Upcoming Events

Beyond the Scientific Perspective: COVID and the Humanities
Sept. 29
5 p.m.
Panel discussion facilitated by Lesleigh Cushing, Murray W. and Mildred K. Finard Professor in Jewish studies and professor of religion, as part of the AHUM Colloquium Series. All are welcome.

The Myth of Independence: How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve
Oct. 1
11:30 a.m.
The Lampert Institute hosts Sarah Binder, senior fellow of governance studies, Brookings Institution, author of The Myth of Independence: How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve.