The Oct. 9 Daily Messenger ran an editorial praising The Finger Lakes Institute. According to the editorial, “the Finger Lakes Institute will aspire to become a world-class research and education center that advances the economic, environmental and tourism potential of the entire region. That's a tall order, but Hobart and William Smith are well positioned to make it happen. The Environmental Studies Program at the college is populated by an accomplished faculty and talented students. The William F. Scandling, a 65-foot research vessel owned by the colleges, already monitors the ecology of Seneca Lake. Colleges president Mark Gearan sees synergy in the plan. The colleges' environmental students will gain valuable hands-on experience by conducting research projects, while local environmental groups will profit from the manpower, expertise and technical assistance that a full-fledged research facility can offer.” This said, the editorial calls for support from the community.