Healey speaks on student debt, American values at UMass Amherst

Healey speaks on student debt, American values at UMass Amherst

BY  KATE TURNER ’21

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey addressed an assembly full of college students and community members alike at her town hall meeting on Monday night, located on the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus and hosted by the student Democrats Association and political science department.

Elizabeth Warren discusses college debt at town hall in Greenfield

Elizabeth Warren discusses college debt at town hall in Greenfield

BY AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

This past Sunday, Senator Elizabeth Warren held a town hall event in Greenfield, Massachusetts, where citizens were encouraged to pose questions and voice concerns. A range of topics were addressed, but the issues of student debt and income inequality were at the forefront of the discussion.

Mount Holyoke hosts annual Seven Sisters Conference

Mount Holyoke hosts annual Seven Sisters Conference

BY ABBY BAKER ’19

Student government officials from the Seven Sisters gathered at Mount Holyoke on Nov. 11 for the annual Seven Sisters Leadership Conference. The conference, which takes place at a different Seven Sisters college each year, provides students with the opportunity to network and discuss student governance. 

Students spearhead new film-making organization

Students spearhead new film-making organization

BY ANNA KANE ’20

Mount Holyoke Broadcasting Channel (MHBC) is a new student organization and a filmmaking resource on campus. Students can create films to use as informational or promotional material for the student organizations in which they are involved. 

MERT seeks recognition from the administration

MERT seeks recognition from the administration

BY  MERYL PHAIR ’21

“If someone is dying, you’re not going to be telling them molecular equations,” said Maddy Berkowitz-Cerasano ’18, director of the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT). MERT is a student-run organization consisting of 24 first responders and six certified EMTs. For many volunteers, MERT offers real world experiences, unlike the textbook equations they learn in class. 

Auxiliary Services declares the laundry problems to be resolved

Auxiliary Services declares the laundry problems to be resolved

BY  MERYL PHAIR ’21

Since the start of the 2017 fall semester, Mount Holyoke students have been experiencing problems with the dorm laundry, including washers and dryers that shut off at random, bad card reads, money getting lost in transactions and one incident of a smoking washing machine in Prospect. But according to Doug Vanderpoel, director of Auxiliary Services, all these problems may be coming to an end sooner than it seems.

CNN Journalist Tanzina Vega discusses race and media

BY EMMA RUBIN '20

The Mount Holyoke Weissman Center for Leadership welcomed award-winning journalist Tanzina Vega as part of its “Advocacy and the Public Domain Series” last Thursday. Vega, a visiting professor at Princeton University who specializes in reporting on race, previously worked for The New York Times and now works for CNNMoney. Her lecture “The Media and Race: Why it Matters” discussed her professional experiences as a reporter and as a female journalist of color.

South Hadley golf course remains open despite the financial strain

South Hadley golf course remains open despite the financial strain

BY  KATE TURNER ’21

The South Hadley Selectboard voted unanimously on Tuesday, Oct. 24 to keep the Ledges Golf Course open for another fiscal year. This decision comes despite a recently released report by Town Administrator Mike Sullivan which concluded that Ledges has lost the town $8.5 million since opening.

Students express concern on lack of menstrual products

BY EMMA RUBIN '21

Ever since the Mount Holyoke Campus Store moved out of its previous location in Blanchard to make room for the Student Life suite, students have had difficulty accessing personal goods the campus store used to stock, notably pads and tampons. 

Miller Worley responds to report on MHC sustainability

BY  MERYL PHAIR ’21

Nancy Apple, Associate Director of Sustainability for the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, and Shannon Seigal ’19, Miller Worley Center for the Environment’s fellow and task force member, met with Mount Holyoke students on Friday, Oct. 27, to discuss draft recommendations in light of a report released by the Sustainability Task Force earlier this month which evaluated Mount Holyoke’s current level of sustainability. 

Senate discusses diversity spaces, Unity Center and Spiritual Life

Senate discusses diversity spaces, Unity Center and Spiritual Life

BY ANNA KANE ’20

At Senate on Tuesday, Oct. 31, Assistant Dean of Students Latrina Denson and Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life Annette McDermott presented on the work of both departments to encourage diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus. 

#MeToo ignites conversations on campus sexual assault

#MeToo ignites conversations on campus sexual assault

BY EILEEN O’GRADY ’18

A yellow pamphlet titled simply, “Rape,” was circulated through Mount Holyoke in November 1977. Produced by a student organization called “Women Concerned About Rape” in conjunction with Residential Life, the pamphlet addressed questions like, “What is rape?” “What should I do if I am attacked?” and “How unsafe is hitchhiking?” It was the second year that the student organization, later known as W.A.S.H. (Women Against Sexual Harassment), existed, and discourse about sexual harassment was uncommon on campus.

South Hadley to apply for infrastructure grant

South Hadley to apply for infrastructure grant

BY ABBY BAKER ’19 

The South Hadley local government has introduced the “Complete Streets Prioritization Plan,” a compilation of project proposals for local infrastructure improvement. The development of the plan was prompted by the local government’s decision to apply for a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). 

Senate discusses washing machine problems, endowment

Senate discusses washing machine problems, endowment

BY ANNA KANE ’20

Mount Holyoke’s weekly senate meeting on Oct. 24 included presentations from a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Committee, a statement from Doug Vanderpoel regarding laundry machines and procedures and information about the College’s financial status.

Bringing BOOM back: diversity initiative will be made annual campus event by 2019

Bringing BOOM back: diversity initiative will be made annual campus event by 2019

BY  KATE TURNER ’21

The Mount Holyoke campus shut down to allow faculty, students and staff to participate in the BOOM Conference, a new community-wide initiative that stands for “Building On Our Momentum” and is the first step in the College’s newly born Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (or DEI) initiative on March 27, 2017. 

Mount Holyoke changes health insurance provider

Mount Holyoke changes health insurance provider

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

This school year, Mount Holyoke is using a different health insurance provider, enrolling participating students with Blue Cross Blue Shield instead of the previous provider, UnitedHealthcare. The premium, or the annual cost to enroll in the plan, increased from $1,900 to $1,930 according to fact sheets about each of the plans. 

Mount Holyoke Professor recieves grant from National Institute of General Medical Science

Mount Holyoke Professor recieves grant from National Institute of General Medical Science

BY KATE TURNER ’21

Mount Holyoke Professor Andrea Foulkes was awarded a $452,759 grant by the United States Department of Health and Human Services — specifically from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) on Sept. 21, 2017. Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA), who represents Massachusetts’ first Congressional District (where Mount Holyoke is located), congratulated Foulkes in a press release issued from his office.