Mount Holyoke Title IX policy remains, despite national shift

BY AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

The recent announcement that the Department of Education has rescinded and replaced the Title IX guidelines put forth by the Obama administration marks a significant change in the way colleges are required to address sexual misconduct on campus. Nevertheless, Mount Holyoke’s policy remains unchanged. 

In duck socialization, size does matter

In duck socialization, size does matter

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

Patricia Brennan, a visiting lecturer of biological sciences at Mount Holyoke, is a “basic scientist,” meaning she does research to provide knowledge on previously unexplored topics. She has spent her life studying the genital evolution in vertebrates. 

Senate has first meeting of the academic year

Senate has first meeting of the academic year

BY KATE TURNER ’21

The first official Senate meeting of the 2017-2018 academic year took place on Oct. 3, which also coincided with the annual Mountain Day tradition. Turnout was still strong. Senate chair Liz Brown ’20 ran the meeting and featured Acting President Stephens, Dean of Students Marcella Runell Hall and Dean of Faculty Jon Western as speakers.

Mead residents all fired up about late-night alarms

Mead residents all fired up about late-night alarms

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

Early in the morning on Saturday, Sept. 16,  Amanda DeBellis ’18 and her rabbit, Hazel, were woken up around 1:30 a.m. in Mead Hall by the sound of a blaring alarm. When DeBellis went out into the hallway to check it out, she immediately smelled smoke. Grabbing her rabbit and her roommate, the trio made their way down from the second floor and outside into the night. 

MHC’s ADAP Celebrates 40 year anniversary

BY KATE TURNER ’21

This week marked the 40th anniversary of Mount Holyoke’s Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP). To celebrate the occasion, ADAC, or the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Committee — an offshoot organization of the college-run program — is holding several awareness-raising events, including a reading by Anita Devlin, the author of “S.O.B.E.R.*,” free training with Narcan kits for emergency response in the case of an opioid overdose and a history exhibit which will be featured in the library for the upcoming weeks.

Shaughnessy Naughton contemplates methods of integrating science in politics with MHC students

BY ANNA SHORTRIDGE ’19

On the evening of Sept. 21, the Mount Holyoke community gathered in Gamble Auditorium to hear from chemist, former congressional candidate and now nonprofit founder, Shaughnessy Naughton. The event was titled “From the Chemistry Lab to Public Policy: The Science of Creating a Political Movement” and was sponsored by the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, the department of environmental studies, and the Science Center. 

Spelman College to admit transgender women starting fall 2018

BY EILEEN O’GRADY ’18

Spelman College became the latest women’s college to change their admissions policy Sept. 5, announcing that it would be in opening their admissions and enrollment to “students who live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth.”

Mount Holyoke ranked second in international student body

BY ABBY BAKER ’19

Mount Holyoke has the second-highest international student population of the nation’s liberal arts colleges, according to the 2018 rankings that were recently released by the U.S. News & World Report. Twenty-seven percent of the student body are international students, according to the report.

Effects of Irma felt at Mount Holyoke

BY KATE TURNER ‘21

Hurricane Irma was the most intense Atlantic storm to make landfall in America since Katrina in 2005. The hurricane developed near the Cape Verde Islands in late August and grew to a Category 3 storm shortly after its creation. It made its slow but devastating way up the Atlantic Ocean, reaching Category 5 on Sept. 5 and growing to peak intensity on the next day. During its time in Category 5, Irma devastated the Caribbean Islands in its path, including Barbuda, Saint Martin, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and Cuba. 

New Uncommon Grounds promises better aesthetics and alcohol

New Uncommon Grounds promises better aesthetics and alcohol

BY EILEEN O’GRADY ’18

In Blanchard’s southwest corner, the long counter with the Uncommon Grounds logo is gone. The glass pastry case which previously contained cookies and cakes has disappeared, and the ice cream window is there no more. Instead, two brown sofas and a thin brown rug fill the floor space against the southern wall. The trash bins and the café seating area are gone, and in their place are cushy modern armchairs for student lounging. 

Involvement Fair 2017 brings changes to an annual event

Involvement Fair 2017 brings changes to an annual event

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

Over 100 of Mount Holyoke’s student organizations and academic departments joined in this year’s Involvement Fair, which took place on Sunday, Sept. 10 on Skinner Green. Every year the Involvement Fair serves as an introduction for first-year students to the extracurricular opportunities the College has to offer.

Mount Holyoke awash in new changes, even in laundry rooms

Mount Holyoke awash in new  changes, even in laundry rooms

BY ANNA SHORTRIDGE ’19

There are many new changeson the MountHolyoke campus this fall, including the renovation of Blanchard Campus Center, the consolidationof the campus store withthe Odyssey Bookshop and the move of student mailboxes to Auxiliary Services. And now, each dorm on campus has been equipped with new washing machines and dryers.

Noose found at Amherst College, suspects identified

BY ABBY BAKER ’19

Early last week, a noose was found on Amherst College’s Pratt Football Field, setting the campus on edge and prompting a police investigation. According to police, the noose was placed there on either Sept. 4 or 5.