Senate coordinates response to PVTA budget cuts, hears reports from Be Well Steering Committee and several working groups

BY  ANNA KANE ’20

The Feb. 20 Student Government Association (SGA) senate meeting included a continuation of the discussion of proposed scheduling changes for the PVTA, a presentation by the Be Well steering committee and updates from working groups. Chair of Senate Liz Brown ’20 spoke first, encouraging senators to sign petitions supporting an increase in funding for the PVTA and the bill H.2998, which has recently been introduced to the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee. 

South Hadley Rep. Scibak will not run for re-election, launching race for seat in Massachusetts State House

South Hadley Rep. Scibak will not run for re-election, launching race for seat in Massachusetts State House

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

“It’s the best job in the world,” said Representative John Scibak (D) of South Hadley, “but you need to understand what it entails.” Scibak currently represents Hampshire County’s Second District, which includes the towns of South Hadley, Granby, Hadley and Easthampton in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The House is composed of 160 members elected from districts within the state’s 12 counties. Representatives serve two-year terms, with all seats up for election every two years. The next general election is Nov. 6, 2018.

Class of 2019 J-Show canceled due to lack of interest

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

Junior Show, or J-Show, is a Mount Holyoke tradition that dates back to the early 20th century. Typical performances are entirely student-led and intertwine both comedy and student talent in a performance to both entertain the Mount Holyoke community and fundraise for the junior class. This year, however, the tradition was cancelled. 

Health Center to open new wellness space for meditation, relaxation

BY  MERYL PHAIR ’21

A new wellness space will open in the Pattie J. Groves Health Center on Feb. 26. The wellness space is a part of Mount Holyoke’s Be Well initiative, a student-focused and community-based program made up of 15 members of faculty, staff and student representatives who are in charge of promoting well-being on campus.  

Senate announces proposed cuts on Five-College PVTA bus services

BY MERYL PHAIR ’20

This week’s SGA Senate included discussion of PVTA schedule changes, increasing campus sustainability and use of locally sourced food. Camille Gladieux ’18, executive board president, spoke first. She announced a future increase in fresh smoothies at the Dining Commons once there is more staff available, as well as a grab-and-go station coming soon to the Dining Commons. She then explained proposed changes to the PVTA schedule. 

Prospect Dining Hall set to be converted into Makerspace Lab

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

Unoccupied rows of tables and chairs line what was formerly Prospect Dining Hall. Locked doors and an air of vacancy contrast starkly with the previous  bustling environment and ever-changing culinary showcase the dining hall once held.  However, as was announced Feb. 2, the 7,000 square-foot space will not stay empty for long.

Proposed tobacco ban stirs controversy on campus

Proposed tobacco ban stirs controversy on campus

BY ANNA KANE ’20

When Maddie Desfosses ’21 and Lili Paxton ’21 arrived on campus in the fall, they were immediately struck by how prevalent smoking and tobacco-use are on campus. They felt that the campus policy of maintaining a distance of 20 feet from buildings while smoking was ignored and inadequate.

Weissman Center for Leadership announces new semester in Washington, D.C. program

Weissman Center for Leadership announces new semester in Washington, D.C. program

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

This week, The Weissman Center for Leadership announced a pilot program in which students may spend a semester in Washington D.C. The program will begin fall 2018, and it is coordinated by Associate Director Janet Lansbury with Calvin Chen, Associate Professor of Politics, serving as the faculty director. 

The College approves plan to become carbon neutral

The College approves plan to become carbon neutral

BY AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

Last month, Mount Holyoke’s Board of Trustees convened in New York City and decided to accept the Sustainability Task Force’s cornerstone goal of becoming a carbon-neutral campus by 2037. Still, to some students on campus, the Board’s decision last April to vote against divestment from fossil fuels serves as a reminder of the limitations of this long-term carbon neutrality goal. 

Presidential search continues with “role specification” process

Presidential search continues with “role specification” process

BY KATE TURNER ’21

This week a small committee, including several members of Mount Holyoke’s Board of Trustees, were present on campus to meet with students, faculty, staff and other community members to kick off the presidential selection process.

APAU celebrates 50 years with Black History Month kickoff

APAU celebrates 50 years with Black History Month kickoff

BY KATE TURNER ’21

This February marks the 50th anniversary of Mount Holyoke’s Association of Pan-African Unity (APAU). Created in 1968 after multiple protests by students of color, the APAU is looking back this month at the legacy of black student activism on campus, as well as its history as an organization within the broader environment of the College.

New class meeting times will take effect next semester

New class meeting times will take effect next semester

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

A new set of class meeting times will be implemented for Mount Holyoke courses beginning in fall 2018. The new schedule will include longer lunch periods, classes that run later into the afternoon and designated meeting times for labs and seminars, as well as various other adjustments to the current system. 

Senate discusses the new semester in D.C. program, growing student employment needs in SuperBlanch

Senate discusses the new semester in D.C. program, growing student employment needs in SuperBlanch

BY AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

Last Tuesday, the SGA Senate convened in Hooker Auditorium for the semester’s second meeting. Student representatives shared a number of concerns and updates, but the main focus of the meeting was a presentation by Janet Lansberry, associate director of the Weissman Center for Leadership.

New communities will bring the College LLC count to 14

New communities will bring the College LLC count to 14

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

In an email sent out to the student body on Feb. 1, Rachel Aldis, assistant Dean of Students and director of Residential Life, announced  that three new Living Learning Communities (LLC) will be added to Mount Holyoke housing at the start of the 2018 fall term: the Mi Gente LLC, for students who are of Latinx descent, the Interfaith LLC and the Outdoor Adventure LLC. Proposals for these LLCs were submitted by Nov. 10. 

Overwhelming demand creates unexpected work-study opportunities at SuperBlanch

Overwhelming demand creates unexpected work-study opportunities at SuperBlanch

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

When Mount Holyoke first made the decision to transition from six dining halls to a centralized dining system, the  question on many students’ minds was whether there would be the same number of work-study opportunities in the new Dining Commons. Until now, Mount Holyoke Dining Services has provided the bulk of jobs for first-year students, and the new dining system marks a dramatic shift in student employment.

Senate meets in Hooker Auditorium, discusses Board of Trustees

Senate meets in Hooker Auditorium, discusses Board of Trustees

BY  MERYL PHAIR ’21

The first SGA Senate meeting of the 2018 year was held in Hooker Auditorium last Tuesday, the official new location due to the closing of Blanchard Great Room, where it was previously held. One of the main topics of discussion for the night was Mount Holyoke’s Board of Trustees.

Daisy Vargas addresses students on the relationship between Mexican religion and law enforcement

Daisy Vargas addresses students on the relationship between Mexican religion and law enforcement

BY  AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

Daisy Vargas, a graduate student at the University of California Riverside, visited Mount Holyoke last Thursday to present a lecture on the criminalization of Mexican religious symbolism within law enforcement, border patrol and legal proceedings in the United States. The talk, which was held in Skinner Hall, was sponsored by the religion department. 

Blanch wall displays mix antique plates with modern replicas

Blanch wall displays mix antique plates with modern replicas

BY  KATE TURNER ’21

Since its opening at the beginning of the spring semester, the Mount Holyoke Dining Commons (more commonly referred to as SuperBlanch) has been the talk of campus. And the display of plates on the wall in several areas of the Dining Commons are no exception.