Valentine’s Day Magic – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Valentine’s Day Magic

William Smith students present magic show for area youth on Saturday

(Feb. 12, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Setting snowballs aflame, making slime and writing with invisible ink are a few of the activities area 5th-grade girls will perform on Valentine's Day thanks to members of William Smith's senior honor society.

Hai Timiai, with assistance from Professor Christine R. de Denus, presents a chemistry magic show from 1 until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, in Lansing Hall, room 200, on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges' campus.

Since the fall, the members of Hai Timiai have mentored the participating elementary school students, who are from North Street and West Street schools in Geneva.

Just like a real chemist, each 5th grader will don a lab apron, goggles and latex gloves before the interactive show. Professor de Denus will demonstrate the characteristics of liquid nitrogen by freezing a few items, which the young students will then throw against a brick wall to shatter. Another headliner is the flaming snowball trick. William Smith students also plan to ignite money, magically showing how it does not burn.

Holiday-specific fun includes writing valentine messages using invisible ink the students themselves concoct in the lab.

A member of Hai Timiai and the Colleges' Chemistry Club, William Smith senior Rebecca Splain says the event was organized as a way to encourage kids to attend college.

“We hope we can show this group of smart, hardworking girls that academics can be fun,” Splain says.

“The whole mentoring program is designed to open the girls' minds to the idea of college as a real possibility in their lives. That's our goal every time we meet with them — not just this particular event.”