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Analyzing the GOP’s Big Win and a Look Ahead to 2016

With the recent defeat of incumbent Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, the Republican Party will hold 54 Senate seats–a net gain of nine–in the next Congress.The midterm elections also saw the Republicans increase their advantage in the House of Representatives and add to their lead in governorships.

What were the reasons behind the GOP’s dominating performance?

To answer that question and others, Doug Lippincott, executive director of grants, governmental relations, and compliance invited Associate Professor of History Chris Leahy to be his guest on the December edition of Keuka College Today, which airs on WFLR (Dundee).

Leahy,who regularly appears on the show, talks about the obvious and not so obvious reasons behind the GOP’s big win and what it could mean for President Obama’s final two years in the White House. He also opines on what impact the midterm elections will have on the Tea Party, and while he weighs in on a possible Clinton-Bush rematch in 2016 (Hillary and Jeb, that is), he also offers up a somewhat surprising prediction for the GOP standard-bearer in 2016.

 

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U.S. Rep. Reed Talks Campus Safety, Other Higher Education Issues

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-23rd District) is one 18 members of the House of Representatives championing the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. Like the House, the bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate by a bipartisan group of legislators. One of those leading the fight in the Senate is Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

In this Sept. 25 interview on Keuka College Today (WFLR), hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Governmental Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott, Reed outlines the provisions of the bill, why it means so much to him on a personal level, and what students can do to make their campuses safer.

In addition, Reed tells why small, independent colleges such as Keuka College are so important to New York state and offers his take on the hot-button issue of the value of a college education.

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President Reflects on Past, Outlines Vision for the Future


Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera is now in his fourth year as president of Keuka College.

Doug Lippincott, executive director of grants, government relations, and compliance and host of Keuka College Today interviewed the president Thursday, Aug.28. In a wide-ranging discussion, the president recalled his early days on the job and how confident he is in the College’s ability to “create the liberal arts curriculum for the 21st century,” a goal he outlined in his May 4, 2012 inauguration.

The president also recapped a busy and successful summer, including the College earning a Start-Up NY designation and what it means for the College and Yates County. He discussed the College’s plans to build a Center for Business Analytics and Health Informatics and create a ”college-town experience.” Lippincott also asked the College’s CEO about the future of the international program and Accelerated Studies for Adults Program.

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Audio Feature: A Program of Note, and Notes

The Keuka College music program is on the move.

Kelley Hamilton, music instructor and director of the Chorale, is starting a select choir that will perform at on-campus events and alumni gatherings, and travel for student recruitment.

“It will be a polished, professional group that will showcase the College and give students a high-quality music experience,” said Hamilton,

Hamilton, who has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and other well-known groups, says the spring semester will also bring the formation of a jazz band, private instrumental lessons, and a concert with the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester.

In this interview with Doug Lippincott, executive director of communications and host of Keuka College Today on WFLR (Dundee), Hamilton discusses these initiatives and others, the increased interest in music among students, in particular athletes, and the future of the program.

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Audio Feature: A Novel Look at the JFK Assassination

Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone?

Fifty years after the assassination of President Kennedy, this question is still debated and probably will be for 50 more years.

Stan Wilczek Jr., assistant professor of business management in the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), subscribes to the lone-gunman theory but that did not stop him from writing a novel about the assassination that is filled with  “secrets, seductions, sex, lies, cover-ups, and conspiracies,” according to the jacket of the book.

Last Witness opens Nov. 22, 1963, with 4-year-old Reece Landis and his father anxiously anticipating a glimpse of the president as his motorcade moves toward them in downtown Dallas.  They are just 20-feet from Kennedy’s limousine when shots ring out. Fast forward to present day and Landis is a 54-year-old faculty member at Syracuse University “who is still haunted and obsessed with what he saw in Dealey Plaza that day,” said Wilczek.

In this latest installment of Keuka College Today, hosted by Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott on WFLR, Wilczek tells what inspired him to write the book, his fourth mystery-thriller. The former nuclear engineer also shares some plot tidbits and a few facts he uncovered about Oswald.

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