Taylor and Elliott: Neighbors get closer

Taylor and Elliott: Neighbors get closer

BY GRACE FITZGERALD ’20

First-year Taylor* was looking for someone she would be happy to spend time with. Elliott* — also a first-year — was looking for a partner with complimentary vibes. Both envisioned going out for coffee and getting to know each other as their perfect date.  This week we set Taylor and Elliot up on a date to get coffee before visiting  the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College. What could be more romantic than a walk amongst dinosaur fossils on a winter day? The two met on the PVTA and here’s what happened…

V-Card How to do love letters for Valentine’s Day virgins

V-Card   How to do love letters for Valentine’s Day virgins

BY MIA PENNEKAMP ’20 

“I love last Valentine’s Day, our first. Purple orchids and high black boots. You gave me a letter and a memory and a bottle of maple syrup wrapped in paper, and it was the best present I had ever received,” begins the Valentine’s Day card I wrote this year. It continues with 12 more “I love…” until the last one: “I love you. Happy Valentine’s Day.” Signed: “Always, M.” 

Should I stay or should I go? A look into Mount Holyoke transfers

Should I stay or should I go? A look into Mount Holyoke transfers

BY FALGUNI BASNET ’21

For many, the phrase “applying to college” evokes the image of an anxious 17-year-old, laden down by a multitude of test prep books. But for some, applying to college is a process which occurs again, this time as a college student, sitting on a sunny quad or secluded in a dimly lit library. 

Deputy Chief Barbara Arrighi reflects on time at Mount Holyoke

Deputy Chief Barbara Arrighi reflects on time at Mount Holyoke

BY SABA FIAZUDDIN ’21

Deputy Chief Barbara Arrighi has worked for the Mount Holyoke police department for almost 44 years. Throughout her career in law enforcement, Arrighi maintained a fervent passion for karate. She has an eighth-degree black belt and is possibly the only woman in the world to be awarded the title of Hanshi, a name given to teachers of masters in Shito-rya International Karate DO Kai. 

Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentine’s Day is for ace people, too

BY SHEBATI SENGUPTA ’19

Throughout Mount Holyoke’s history, there have been numerous student organizations which cater to members of the queer community. One of the most recently founded organizations is the Coalition for Asexual and Aromantic Awareness (CFAA)... Last week, CFAA held their first Valentine’s Day event, a self-care night entitled #NOROMO.

Penelope and Helen: Love and music in the air

Penelope and Helen: Love and music in the air

BY GRACE FITZGERALD ’20 

It’s Valentine’s Day season and love is in the air! For this special edition of MoRomance, we set up junior Penelope* with senior Helen* on a romantic date to drink coffee, listen to live music and potentially fall in love

Letter to my first-year self: Sally Ma

Dear first-year Sally,

You will hate snow. Really hate snow. Continue to take photos, especially of your friends. Don’t confuse homesickness with actual sickness. Go to the health center. Don’t let anyone judge you for eating ice cream for dinner (and for dessert). Eventually, you will need to stop saying “I think” and start saying “I feel.” Lowell High School will follow you around in weird ways.

The Fluff: (Not so) secret Mount Holyoke pleasures

BY MIA PENNEKAMP ’20 

There are many things I claim to love: cheeseburgers, books, tube tops, ginger ale, airports, lingerie — none of which surpass my love for Mount Holyoke College. As a self-proclaimed die-hard MoHo, you may be interested in how I find my ~bliss~ on campus. Or maybe not. Either way, let’s dive in to some of my not-so-secret Mount Holyoke pleasures. 

The Fluff: Seven things I learned my first year of college

The Fluff: Seven things I learned my first year of college

BY MIA PENNEKAMP ’20

1. Take the class. Email the professor. Wear the backless silk top. Go to the party. Take the road trip. Run to the stop to catch the last bus. Listen to the lecturer. Walk around the lake. Get lost in the museum. Hike the mountain and eat ice cream at the top. Kiss them. Laugh hysterically on your dorm room floor. These are the things you’ll remember. 

Frida and Georgia: Crafting romance?

Frida and Georgia: Crafting romance?

BY GRACE FITZGERALD ’20

We at MoRomance are working diligently to help MoHos find new love, or at least a new pal this Valentine’s season. This week we set up “cute but anxious” sophomore Frida* with junior Georgia,* who described themself as “funny but quiet.” The two seemed like a good match. Both said that they love art, so we thought an arts and crafts date in Mead’s Golden Pear would be perfect. The pair arrived to find the common room stocked up with origami paper, coloring pages and Shrinky Dinks for an afternoon of crafts and romance. 

The Nice Shoes drops “feminist” label from group title

BY FALGUNI BASNET ’21

The Nice Shoes, one of Mount Holyoke’s a cappella groups, was founded in 1992 by women who wanted to have an intentionally feminist a cappella group. “Their goal, at that time, was to perform music that was by women and for women, which they felt was lacking on campus,” said Leanna Bonafini ’19, who has been a member of the Nice Shoes for four semesters.

Halal station incorporates community feedback

Halal station incorporates community feedback

BY SHEBATI SENGUPTA ’19

With the opening of the new Dining Commons in January, the College set out to build community through food. Reflecting the diversity of Mount Holyoke’s students, the Commons features new stations such as the Global station, the Wok station, the L’Chaim (Kosher) station and the Baraka (Halal) station. The latter is undergoing changes as the College works with students to create a more inclusive dining experience.

Mental health conversations captured in the news

Mental health conversations captured in the news

BY EMILY BERNSTEIN ’18

“1,800 women is a hell of a lot of problems,” said Professor Suarez-Galban, in a Choragos-sponsored discussion group among faculty and students in November 1969. The discussion, which began as a dialogue on campus drug use, ultimately turned to the availability of counseling services at Mount Holyoke, or the lack thereof.

Sofia Rivera ’18 makes strides in Puerto Rico and Holyoke

Sofia Rivera ’18 makes strides in Puerto Rico and Holyoke

BY SABA FIAZUDDIN ’21 

When Sofia Rivera ’18 first arrived at Mount Holyoke College in the fall of 2014, she was thousands of miles away from her vibrant community in Puerto Rico and, like most students, felt anxious about being in a place so culturally different. Her anxiety soon subsided as she realized that Puerto Ricans make up almost 50 percent of the population in Holyoke. She instantly felt an affinity for her new home and soon became involved in movements to solve the political issues which affected her community.

Students and staff weigh in on new Dining Commons

Students and staff weigh in on new Dining Commons

BY FALGUNI BASNET ’21 

As the daily lunch rush begins, a crowd of people come flooding in to Mount Holyoke’s newest addition — the Dining Commons, popularly known as SuperBlanch. This is a chaotic hour for students, especially during the weekdays, as they hurry to find good seats,  line up for food and then return to classes. There are piles of utensils on the dishroom conveyor as student workers and staff members rush around to keep things in order.

Laura and Caroline: An Aquarius meets a Gemini

Laura and Caroline: An Aquarius meets a Gemini

BY ELEANOR HARRIS ’20

At MoRomance, we’re strong supporters of the November rule, so it wasn’t easy for us to make a tiny exception for first-year Caroline* and sophomore Laura.* They seemed perfect for each other — and, in all fairness, it was Oct. 24. 

From Harding to Trump: How the News has covered presidential elections

From Harding to Trump: How the News has covered presidential elections

BY LINDSEY MCGINNIS ’18

CNN, Fox, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC… Every one of the Mount Holyoke newsroom computers was live-streaming the election on Nov. 8, 2016. A small group of staff members had gathered there, two floors above the main viewing party in the Blanchard Great Room, to watch Hillary Clinton make history. It was their first election, as voters and as reporters, and one of the News editors had brought champagne to celebrate.