Representatives speak on Progressive Politics in the Age of Trump at UMass Amherst

BY ANNA SHORTRIDGE '19 

On the evening of March 26, Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., and DNC Deputy Chair Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., held a forum in Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Asbestos in Porter forces students to relocate

Asbestos in Porter forces students to relocate

BY ABBY BAKER '19

Last week, residents of Porter Hall’s basement were informed that Facilities Management would be repairing a steam leak on the floor, and in the process removing insulation around a pipe. It was revealed that the insulation contains asbestos.

MHC reacts to BOOM!

BY LEAH WILLINGHAM '17

Sunday marked the start of the first-ever Mount Holyoke Building on Our Momentum conference. The 2-day event hosted programs examining diversity and inclusion in college admissions, arts, STEM fields and residential life.

Campus store to be replaced with Student Life Hub

BY MADELINE SKRAK '18

After this semester, the Blanchard Campus Store will be no more. After Reunion II — which falls during the last weekend of May — the store will be closed permanently and its space will be converted into a Student Life Hub as part of the new Community Center’s construction. The spirit apparel and Mount Holyoke- printed items will be sold at the Odyssey Bookstore in the Village Commons.

Cornell William Brooks, President of the NAACP, comes to Amherst

Cornell William Brooks, President of the NAACP, comes to Amherst

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON '19

By 7:40 p.m. on Friday, March 24, the pews of Amherst College’s Johnson Chapel were nearly full. A crystal chandelier hung above guests’ heads as they filed into the room, shuffling across the red carpet to their seats. Students, faculty, alumni and community members alike had gathered to hear from, Dr. Cornell William Brooks.

Elaine Chao ’75: From Mount Holyoke to the White House

Elaine Chao ’75: From Mount Holyoke to the White House

A 1974 yearbook photo shows Elaine Chao ’75 as a junior at Mount Holyoke, reclining in the sun on Skinner Green. Clad casually in jeans and a striped t-shirt she looks every inch the Mount Holyoke student as she smiles off to the right of the camera, a slight breeze buffeting the ends of her long black hair.

Dolores Huerta selected as commencement speaker

Dolores Huerta selected as commencement speaker

BY MADELINE SKRAK '18 

Dolores Huerta — a civil rights activist, feminist and labor leader — was announced as the commencement speaker for Mount Holyoke’s 180th Commencement Ceremony this week. Joan Biren ’66 and journalist Kathryn Finney will receive honorary degrees.

Girls in Tech Conference brings high school girls into STEM

Girls in Tech Conference brings high school girls into STEM

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON '19

On Sunday, March 5, Mount Holyoke hosted the annual Girls in Tech Conference. High school students from towns all over Massachusetts traveled to campus and spent the day occupied by a full schedule of workshops and presentations.

BOOM comes to campus

BY ANNA SHORTRIDGE '19 

The Building on Our Momentum Conference is fast approaching. Starting on Sunday and running through Monday evening, Mount Holyoke students, faculty, staff and other members of the community will have the opportunity to participate in events surrounding topics of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Board of trustees confronted with apartheid past

BY ABBY BAKER '19

Evidence from the Mount Holyoke Climate Justice Coalition suggests that after briefly divesting from companies that did business with apartheid South Africa in 1991 as the result of student activism, Mount Holyoke may have subsequently and discretely reinvested.

A girl and her lost city: Nada Al-Thawr '19 remembers wartime in Yemen

A girl and her lost city: Nada Al-Thawr '19 remembers wartime in Yemen

BY SHELL LIN '17

It was 2 a.m. on March 26, 2015, in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. In early spring’s chilly air, the street was empty and quiet, with only a few street lamps flickering dusky lights. Inside a warmly- lit room with four windows, Nada Al-Thawr ’19 was lying on her purple cotton sheets and flannel blanket, scrolling down Facebook, too bored to sleep. Suddenly, streetlights went off. Her phone stopped charging. In the complete darkness, she heard a distant sound like a car crash.

Northampton Police stops program with elementary schools

BY NICOLE VILLACRÉS

The Northampton Police Department has ended their “High Five Friday” program, in which a group of officers would rotate between the four elementary schools every Friday to welcome kids to school. The NPD initiated the program in December of 2016 to foster positive encounters between police and young children. The program was shut down due to parents’ concerns about the presence of officers and the effect it might have on their children, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

SGA discusses First Gen Students, AccessAbility Services and more

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON '19

On the evening of Tuesday, Feb 28, MHC Senators could be found sitting in four separate working groups. Each of these groups aims to address specific topics of student interest: AccessAbility Services, first generation and low income students, Facilities Management and the Career Development Center. The goal of these groups is to connect students with the respective offices regarding their specific concerns in order to generate positive change. Tuesday’s meeting updated attendees on the progress and concerns of each working group and introduced the directors and officers from each of the college departments addressed.

Community leaders meet at Mount Holyoke, discuss sanctuary cities

BY SHELL LIN '17

Last Wednesday, the Community Based Learning program sponsored “Creating Brave Communities,” a panel on immigration, refugee resettlement and sanctuary cities. 

Best-selling author Roxane Gay speaks at Mount Holyoke

Best-selling author Roxane Gay speaks at Mount Holyoke

BY ABBY BAKER '19

Best-selling author Roxane Gay appeared at Mount Holyoke College on Feb. 16. She spoke on topics ranging from the writing process to the current presidential administration. Gay, a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, is well-known for works such as “Bad Feminist,” “Difficult Women” and “An Untamed State,” as well as numerous articles, short stories and one comic series. 

UMass officials, Amherst police: Shrubbery as crowd deterrent

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON '19

On Saint Patrick’s Day, the evening of the Super Bowl or even just a sunny Saturday afternoon in the spring semester, University of Massachusetts, Amherst students can often be found celebrating outdoors.

Whatever happened to never fear / change?

BY ABBY BAKER '19

The 2016 Baccalaureate poem written and recited by Carly Bidner ‘16, was entitled “Never Fear / Change,” and began, “When Mount Holyoke told us to Never Fear / Change It’s safe to say we all [stepped] back and wondered how that slogan was arranged?”