Students and staff out of sync on AccessAbility Services, misconceptions lead to campus tension

BY MADELINE FITZGERALD ’21

There is a predictable rhythm to starting college. Scan department store lists of dorm room essentials. Check Rate My Professor. Check the Facebook group. Check everything, then load the car and leave home.  For Caroline Castonguay ’20, however, there was one more necessary task to complete. Castonguay, who has cystic fibrosis, a chronic and debilitating illness, needed to meet with AccessAbility services, the office that provides students with disability accommodations. 

So what’s the deal with the housing lottery?

So what’s the deal with the housing lottery?

BY FALGUNI BASNET ’21

It’s that time of the year when rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at Mount Holyoke participate in the housing lottery. The process can be stressful, and students often worry about who they are going to end up sharing a room with and whether they will get into their desired residence halls or living learning communities (LLCs). 

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.

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.

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. 

Leslie Crossen lights up the Rockies

Leslie Crossen lights up the Rockies

BY SABA FIAZUDDIN ’21

If you happen to stop by Rockefeller dining hall for lunch any day during the week you will likely run into Leslie Crossen, a checker who has been working in the dining hall since 2016. Unbeknownst to Leslie, her uncle John Herr also worked as a checker at Rockies in the exact same spot for 15 years before he retired two years ago. Leslie remembers the shock when, during her interview with Dining Services, the interviewer told her that she would be taking John Herr’s spot. “I knew he worked at a women’s college but I always assumed it was Elms College in Chicopee,” said Crossen. “My cheeks turned red when I realized I would be filling my uncle’s shoes; I couldn’t believe it. I always remembered him telling me that I should work [where he did] because it’s such a great place but I never knew he was talking about Mount Holyoke.”

Battle of the Majors: Comparing workloads across depts.

Battle of the Majors: Comparing workloads across depts.

BY CAITLIN LYNCH ’20 AND HELEN ELDRED ’20

“Most majors will tell you that you only end up in this major if you really, truly love it,” said theater major Miranda Wheeler ’19. Although all majors require students to be dedicated, the application of their commitment varies across departments. A significant factor influencing each student’s Mount Holyoke experience is the type of work their major demands.

The evolving tradition of gracious dinners

The evolving tradition of gracious dinners

BY SABA FIAZUDDIN ’21 

The gracious dinner tradition has been a key component of Mount Holyoke life for decades. In the 1950s students would dress up for a special meal, known as “gracious living” dinners, which were served in dorms and often followed by tea or coffee in the common room. Through the years, the tradition has evolved — for example, students are no longer required to come wearing stockings and heels — and the launch of centralized dining in the spring will kick-start a new phase. 

Students celebrate Halloween at Spooky Skate

Students celebrate Halloween at Spooky Skate

BY SABA FIAZUDDIN ’21 

On Saturday, Halloween spirit reached its peak as Mount Holyoke students dressed up in costumes and made their way to Spooky Skate in Chapin Auditorium. From 8 to 10 p.m. Chapin was converted into a roller rink with games, a photo booth, pizzas and numerous other activities. Students clad in elaborate costumes started queuing up outside Chapin at least 30 minutes before to seize their chance at the roller rink.

Housekeeping language rumor clarified

BY SABA FIAZUDDIN ’21  AND FALGUNI BASNET ’21 

Mount Holyoke’s Building on our Momentum (BOOM) conference that was held on March 26 and 27 featured a number of sessions reflecting on Mount Holyoke’s efforts to be diverse, equitable and inclusive. One of the workshops led by Acting President Sonya Stephens was titled “Mount Holyoke in the 21st Century,” and featured group discussions addressing community concerns.

Changes to LEAP Symposium 2017

Changes to LEAP Symposium 2017

BY CAITLIN LYNCH ’20

The LEAP (Learning from Application) Symposium is an annual gathering where Mount Holyoke students present on their summer internships or research to the public. According to the Mount Holyoke website, the LEAP symposium for summer work has been around at the College for 13 years, and has gone by the name LEAP since 2008.

What did Mount Holyoke students do over fall break 2017?

BY FALGUNI BASNET ’21

“I went camping at Brighton State Park in Vermont, about 20 minutes from the Canadian border. Although it rained for three days straight, we didn’t let the weather get us down! We went on a beautiful hike and even took an accidental drive through Canada.” —Ellie Viggiani ’20

Hannah and Rose: “Are you here for the MoRomance thing?”

Hannah and Rose: “Are you here for the MoRomance thing?”

BY ELEANOR HARRIS ’20

Tinder? Tired. Bumble? Boring. MoRomance? Magical.This week, we matched Hannah*, a sophomore, who described herself as “spunky, fun-loving and artistic,” with Rose*, a “silly but thoughtful” junior. On paper, they seemed like a perfect match. Both told us that they like dance, music and similarly wholesome activities. Rose called her romantic history “limited,” while Hannah referred to her own as some “friendly flirting.”

Mountain Day predictions hit the mark this year

Mountain Day predictions hit the mark this year

BY CAITLIN LYNCH ’20

“I feel the campus hum with wishful thinking about this time of year,” said Rachel Fink, a biology professor who’s been working for Mount Holyoke since 1986, on the prospect of Mountain Day. “Every year there is the same level of excitement and enthusiasm, and everyone has their own way of calculating odds.” 

Internat’l students tackle language barriers

Internat’l students tackle language barriers

BY SABA FIAZUDDIN ’21

Moving to a new place is always challenging, regardless of who you are and where you come from. International students, however, not only have to deal with the complications of acclimating to a new place, but also have to spend a significant period of time trying to get accustomed to the culture and social life of their new home.