Mount Holyoke responds to new G.O.P. tax bill

Mount Holyoke responds to new G.O.P. tax bill

BY  ANNA SHORTRIDGE ’19

In the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 2, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of the Republican tax bill, “Tax Cuts and Job Act” 51-49. The bill focuses on cutting taxes for businesses, including lowering the tax rate for big businesses from 35 percent to 20 percent. Also, according to the Washington Post, the bill will make large changes to health care that may lead 13 million Americans to drop insurance, open up more land for drilling in Alaska and alter the treatment of state and local taxes, affecting local government budgets. The House of Representatives passed their version of the tax bill on Nov. 16.

Mount Holyoke to implement Hurricane Maria scholarships

Mount Holyoke to implement Hurricane Maria scholarships

BY ANNA KANE ’20

As Puerto Rico continues to struggle in the wake of Hurricane Maria, many colleges and universities in the United States are offering students who experienced an interruption in their studies a place to continue their education. Mount Holyoke College is among these institutions.

Mount Holyoke named in Paradise Papers scandal

Mount Holyoke named in Paradise Papers scandal

BY  AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

In early November, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) publicized a cache of over 13 million confidential documents, all relating to the offshore — meaning tax-exempt — investments of world leaders, politicians, and corporations. Included in these entities are over 100 colleges and universities.

Trespass warning issued to the suspicious man in Williston

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

Kayla Dillon ’20 was filling up her water bottle on Wednesday, Nov. 29 when she saw a familiar-looking man on the fourth floor of the library. She said that he looked around before entering the alcove where the restrooms are located, and went into the single person bathroom.

Students vaccinated in wake of UMass meningitis outbreak

Students vaccinated in wake of UMass meningitis outbreak

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

George A. Corey, M.D., executive director of the UMass Amherst Health Services, declared an outbreak of meningitis B on the UMass Amherst campus on Nov. 28. Now the Mount Holyoke administration is urging students to get vaccinated against the disease.

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).