News Digest

December 5, 2011

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Chewing Gum Helps Test-Takers, Research By SLU Psych Prof Shows
Have an important final exam coming up? Maybe your test prep should include chewing some gum. St. Lawrence University Assistant Professor of Psychology Serge Onyper conducted a study that showed that students who chewed gum for five minutes before taking a test did better on the test than non-gum-chewing students. "Mastication-induced arousal" is credited for the boost, which lasted for about the first 20 minutes or so of testing. Results of the study were published in the journal Appetite.
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St. Lawrence University Candlelight Service December 7
The 90th Annual Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols will be held in Gunnison Memorial Chapel at St. Lawrence University on Wednesday, December 7, at 7 and 9 p.m.
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New York Six Consortium, Including SLU, Awarded Teagle Foundation Grant
The New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, of which St. Lawrence University is a member, has received a $15,000 planning grant from The Teagle Foundation for a project titled "Faculty Work and Student Learning in the 21st Century," aimed at exploring the changing nature of faculty work at leading liberal arts colleges.
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Journal Publishes Article By Prof. Olesker
An article by Assistant Professor of Government Ronnie Olesker, titled "Israel's Societal Security Dilemma and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process," has been published in the journal Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (Volume 17, Issue 4, 2011).
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Prof. McConnell Co-Editor Of Book On Sandinistas & Nicaragua
Assistant Professor of Government Shelley McConnell is co-editor of a new book, The Sandinistas and Nicaragua Since 1979, published by Lynne Rienner Publishers. It includes a chapter by McConnell, titled "The Uncertain Evolution of the Electoral System," on Nicaragua's electoral politics.
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FedChallenge Team Fares Well In Competition
St. Lawrence's team for the Fed Challenge did well in this year's competition, beaten in the regionals by the team that ultimately finished second in the competition.
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Report of Appreciation Available Online
The University's Report of Appreciation is now available online, and the site includes a student-made video, demonstrating some of the many ways that donors' gifts assist and support students every day at St. Lawrence. The Report of Appreciation website is The video is accessible from the homepage; to view the report, select "click here to enter"
in the bottom right corner and enter the user name "slu" (lower-case) and password "1856."

St. Lawrence in the News

The December 2 "Streetscapes" column in the New York Times centered on the real estate development efforts of Class of 1887 graduate Emily Eaton Hepburn; her affiliation with the University was noted in the story.
A study by Assistant Professor of Psychology Serge Onyper, showing that there may be short-term benefits to chewing gum briefly before a test (see press release, above), was mentioned in stories on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" on November 30 and in Wired magazine online on November 29. The study was also the subject of reports by the UPI wire service, the Wall Street Journal,, the Toronto Globe & Mail, and KMPH TV news in Fresno, CA.
A December 1 blog post on the popular notes Martha E. '62 and Gregg E. Peterson Professor of Mathematics Duncan Melville's extensive website on Mesopotamian mathematics.
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Saints Sports

Women's Hockey Sweeps ECAC Weekend Series
Women's Hockey ended a three-game losing streak in style last weekend, defeating Union 3-1 and RPI 6-3 at Appleton Arena. Men's hockey was on the road and lost 1-0 at Cornell and 6-2 at Colgate. Men's basketball split a weekend road trip to end the first semester, losing at Ithaca 89-80 and winning at Elmira 54-47. Garrett Sharlow '12 and Ralph Temgoua '12 each reached the 1,000-point mark. Women's basketball had identical results, losing at Ithaca 67-49 and winning at Elmira 63-51. Men's squash defeated Columbia 7-2, but dropped a 9-0 decision to 6th-ranked Cornell. Women's squash lost at Cornell and Columbia. Swimming competed at the LIberty League Championships, with the women placing third and the men sixth. Track and field hosted the Saints Can-Am Classic, with the men taking first place and the women placing second.
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