SGA hosts Town Hall to discuss the future of Dining Services

BY LIZ LEWIS ’22

The final Senate meeting of the fall semester began with cheerful chatter and cookies, and quickly moved into a discussion with dining staff representatives Mike Helm, Chris Kostek and Richard Perna. Helm is a chef from the Cochary Pub & Kitchen, Kostek is a chef from the Classics section of the Dining Commons and Perna is the Director of Dining Services.

UMass Amherst experiences acts of hate on campus

UMass Amherst experiences acts of hate on campus

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

On Nov. 13, in the John Quincy Adams Residence Hall at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass), a student’s door was defaced with homophobic and transphobic slurs as well as a swastika. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst Police Department (UMPD) investigated the event and the school sent out an email denouncing the act.

Leah Penniman discusses race, food justice

Leah Penniman discusses race, food justice

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

“I feel like so often we’re supposed to have everything figured out,” said Leah Penniman, a black Kreyol educator, farmer, author and food justice activist to the audience gathered in Hooker Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 29. “But the first step in healing and making change is to admit that we don’t know everything.”

New classes added to course catalog for Spring semester 2019

New classes added to course catalog for Spring semester 2019

BY ANNA HASSON ’21

Several new courses are being offered at Mount Holyoke in the upcoming spring semester. Many of the new course offerings are interdisciplinary, while others were developed specifically for first-year students. The new classes are being taught both by visiting lecturers and tenured professors. Many professors have adapted their material to fit inside the ever-changing world of academia.

Working groups report to SGA

BY MERYL PHAIR ’20

This week’s senate meeting took place in the Blanchard Great Room on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Senate opened with a short debrief about the town hall meeting held on Nov. 6 before moving into action plan presentations from each of eight working groups.

Ayanna Pressley elected MA’s first black woman in Congress

Ayanna Pressley elected MA’s first black woman in Congress

BY LILY REAVIS ’21

“I know for a fact none of us ran to make history. We ran to make change,” said Ayanna Pressley during her Congressional election acceptance speech. “However, the historical significance of this evening is not lost on me.”

Former EPA administrator discusses policy, climate change

Former EPA administrator discusses policy, climate change

BY ANNA SHORTRIDGE ’19

“Democracy is not a spectator sport. It requires everybody to participate,” said Gina McCarthy, the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, at a lecture titled “The Future of the Planet: Climate Change, Health Equity & Environmental Justice” on Nov. 8. “So get engaged — be part of the democracy, be bold, be excited. And for crying out loud, be hopeful, this is a time for great hope and great action,” she said.

College and town of South Hadley consider crosswalk safety

College and town of South Hadley consider crosswalk safety

BY ANNA HASSON ’21

Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer Shannon D. Gurek sent the Mount Holyoke student body an update on the safety of the crosswalk on College Street on Oct. 31. Representatives of the Mount Holyoke administration “have met with Town and State officials regarding pedestrian and traffic safety on the section of College Street that runs in proximity to the College,” according to the email. The parties involved have agreed on preventative actions that will ensure the safety of both pedestrians and drivers.

SGA hosts Town Hall with admissions and financial aid

SGA hosts Town Hall with admissions and financial aid

BY LILY REAVIS ’21

Kathryn Blaisdell, Director of Student Financial Services (SFS), joined Robin Randall, interim Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions, for a Town Hall about admissions and financial aid on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

2018 midterm election results in Massachusetts

2018 midterm election results in Massachusetts

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

As of Wednesday evening, midterm election results from around the country were still coming in. In Massachusetts, Democrats won all of the Congressional races on the ballot, including the state’s nine seats in the House of Representatives and one Senate seat, to which Senator Elizabeth Warren was re-elected. At the state level, Republican governor Charlie Baker was re-elected, defeating Democrat Jay Gonzalez.

Proposed change to Title IX alters definition of gender

Proposed change to Title IX alters definition of gender

BY LILY REAVIS ’ 21

The Trump Administration is working with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to establish a legal definition of gender under Title IX, according to a New York Times article published on Oct. 21.

Student-run cafe opens in the library atrium

Student-run cafe opens in the library atrium

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

“It’s about time,” said Deyscha Smith ’19 when she heard that a new cafe would be opening its doors in the Williston Library atrium on Thursday, Nov. 8. The space has been vacant since Rao’s Coffee Shop closed on Monday, Sept. 17, and students have felt the absence of a library coffee shop since.

Speaker Beck Gee Cohen addresses addiction in LGBTQ+ lives

Speaker Beck Gee Cohen addresses addiction in LGBTQ+ lives

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

Content warning: this article references suicide.

Beck Gee Cohen, a traveling speaker and licensed counselor for LGBTQ+ and addiction issues, spoke to the Mount Holyoke community on Oct. 26 in Gamble Auditorium about the adverse effects of stigma and discrimination that impact LGBTQ+ lives, recovery and wellbeing. Cohen was brought to the College by the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP), a counseling and information program for students.

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

College is supposed to be a time to learn and grow as a young adult into a fully contributing member of society. However, at Mount Holyoke today it seems to have become an environment where students who are longing for a fantasy pretend the world is black and white.

ResLife hosts Wilder haunted house

ResLife hosts Wilder haunted house

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

Content warning: this article references suicide.

Residential Life staff transformed the vacant basement of Wilder Hall — widely rumored to be haunted — into an eerie haunted house on the night of Monday, Oct. 29. Wilder’s Fright Night welcomed Mount Holyoke students to tour the haunted space, followed by a “Fright Ball” on the building’s first floor.

How to vote in Massachusetts

How to vote in Massachusetts

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

Early voting has been underway in Massachusetts since Oct. 22, and in under a week, voters will have the opportunity to go to the polls on Election Day. On the ballot in Massachusetts, there are candidates for both state and federal offices as well as three statewide ballot questions.

Jewish Student Union responds to Pittsburgh shooting

Jewish Student Union responds to Pittsburgh shooting

BY LILY REAVIS ’21

After an anti-Semitic shooter took the lives of 11 people in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, members of Mount Holyoke’s Jewish Student Union (JSU) turned to each other for communal support. The group decided to organize and host a candlelight vigil on the night of the attack, Oct. 27.

Carl Zimmer discusses role of fake news in science

Carl Zimmer discusses role of fake news in science

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

“Fake news consistently undermines the notion that what you’re reading has some basis in reality,” science writer Carl Zimmer said to the Mount Holyoke community at his talk on “Science Reporting in the Age of Fake News” on Oct. 23.

Senate holds town hall with Deans

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

Senate hosted the second town hall meeting of the year on Tuesday, Oct. 23, attended by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Jon Western and Associate Dean of Faculty Dorothy Mosby. Following the “Support MHC Survivors” Rally on Skinner Green earlier that day, Western and Mosby responded to several questions about the faculty response to sexual assault allegations against a Mount Holyoke professor.