Ask Charlotte Answers 10/1/07

Question: Your archives aren't listed properly anymore. Another question, OPT now has a new service running on campus everyday (or so I hear). What are the hours of operation and/or schedule of when they will be stopping?

Answer: I'm glad you alerted me to the problem of archived questions! Thanks to my good friends on campus, that has been fixed. And yes, it is true there is an expanded bus schedule. Hartwick College and Oneonta Public Transportation (OPT) have collaborated on a free bus service for Hartwick students (you will need your ID). The bus stops at the Lower Yager parking lot, and from there goes to downtown Oneonta, Southside Mall, and Wal-Mart. This service starts at 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and runs to 11:30 p.m. on weekdays, and to 2:30 a.m. (heavens!) on Fridays and Saturdays. You can see the whole schedule at

Question: Charlotte, I missed you over the summer! I was wondering why every year I come to school something is broken in my room? This year my desk drawer was busted and was set next to the desk. Obviously someone knew it was broken, so why couldn't they fix it before the students came back? Now I have to send out a work request form and god knows when maintenance will come to actually fix it. Thanks a bunch!

Answer: It's nice to know I was missed! Each residence room is thoroughly cleaned and inspected over the summer. However, Hartwick is a busy place, and during the summer many rooms are in use for housing for sports camps and conferences. Unfortunately, at time problems like these slip through. Please complete a work request form,, and I hope that your desk is taken care of promptly.

Question: How many different kinds of dinosaurs did Noah take on the Ark? And how do you account for their extinction over the last 4,300 years or so?

Answer: This sounds like a question for folks who are interested in debating the age of the Earth, not for a ghost answering questions about Hartwick. Even though some consider me to be a dinosaur, I'll leave this question to debate among those counted as living.

Question: Dear Charlotte, I actually have two kinds of different questions for you. One, since coming back from Awakening, I've wanted to go back to Pine Lake. I know there's a shuttle but when does it run, and where does it pick you up? Two, I'm pretty interested in self defense, I've never done any kind of karate though, is there anything like that on campus for me?

Answer: Pine Lake is a lovely spot, isn't it--and it's especially beautiful this time of year (fall has always been my favorite season). There is a weekday shuttle van to and from Pine Lake that is parked opposite Clark, next to Dewar Union. The current week's schedule is posted on it (and it changes a bit every week--so be sure to check it). The shuttle is designed to transport Pine Lake residents to class--but there is room for others, too. Unfortunately, there are no drivers for weekend shuttles yet. Here is the schedule for the week of 10/8 (and remember--the last shuttle goes to Pine Lake and stays there until the next morning).

Leave PL7:30 a.m.7:30 a.m.7:30 a.m.7:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m.8:30 a.m.8:30 a.m.8:30 a.m.8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Leave Clark1:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
9:15 p.m.9:15 p.m.9:15 p.m.9:15 p.m.

In answer to your question about self defense classes, Hartwick does offer a karate class--but at this point it is offered only once a year, and this year it is offered in the current semester. As it is a very popular class, we are looking for ways to offer it both semesters in 2008-09.

I know of one karate dojo (or center) in Oneonta--in case you would like to pursue a class off campus. It is on Main Street, across from the Fire Department, and its phone number is 432-0746.

Question: Charlotte: I know that the student surveys at the end of the semester are a great opportunity to voice our personal opinions about professors. But several students, including myself, have some problems with the poor quality of lectures and large quantity of outrageous expectations doled out by a certain professor. Who should I talk to if I feel a professor needs to be reviewed immediately?

Answer: Your first step should be to make an appointment with the department chair to discuss your concerns with him or her. I would suggest that you go into this meeting prepared with specific examples of the lectures and expectations that you feel are inappropriate in order to clearly communicate these issues to the department chair.

If, after this meeting, you don't feel that the issue has been resolved, your next step would be to contact the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Hunsberger.

Question: Exactly how do I set up a wireless router (Linksys) in a Smith Hall dorm room?
Answer: This was a question quite beyond my ken. Happily, the HELP desk was able to assist me. They let me know that Hartwick's current network security setup doesn't support personal wireless routers. Only network equipment that is compatible with Hartwick's Sygate security software can be used, and wireless routers can't obtain the required security certificates.

Question: Have you heard the rumor that the "green monkey" is the real reason responsible for Hartwick football's team recent success. What is your opinion of that matter?

Answer: No, I haven't heard that rumor-but it certainly is wonderful to have enthusiastic fans enjoy the games!

Question: How come it seems that each department at Hartwick has little to no communication with one another? As a result of this and other bureaucratic red tape something that should logically take 5 minutes to complete ends up taking up half of my day!

Answer: Hartwick is always working to make your interaction with College offices as easy and as pleasant as possible. For example, this year we combined the Registrar's Office and the Academic Center for Excellence/Advising into the Office of Advising and Registration. The intent was to eliminate overlap-and also to make it clearer to students whom they need to see for advising help: first year students need to see Nejla Camposneschi; undeclared students and sophomores, Joe Ficano; and undeclared transfers, Jane Bachman. All declared majors must see their major advisor-and although I know it can be frustrating to have to obtain these signatures, the major advisor is really the person who can help each student make the best decisions on how to proceed academically.