Letter to the Editor

What follows below are the comprehensive demands of student workers. Approximately 170 students have been involved in the process of writing, editing and supporting these demands. The first draft of these demands was written by a group of student workers sharing our stories, grievances and hopes for the future.

Senate holds town hall with Stephens, Hall, Sanders-McMurtry

Senate holds town hall with Stephens, Hall, Sanders-McMurtry

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Blanchard Great Room was filled with Mount Holyoke senators and students as the first town hall meeting of the semester kicked off. The meeting featured three panelists: President Sonya Stephens, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Marcella Runell Hall and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Kijua Sanders-McMurtry. The meeting gave students space to express their concerns and questions they had about their organizations and personal lives on campus.

Community holds annual Hortense Parker celebration

Community holds annual Hortense Parker celebration

BY LAYNE MCCARDLE ’22

Hortense Parker was the first recorded African-American student to graduate from Mount Holyoke. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the SGA Students of Color Committee organized a celebration in honor of the 10th annual Hortense Parker Day. Members of the community gathered in Gamble Auditorium to listen to students, faculty and guest speakers discuss the significance of Hortense Parker’s life and her ongoing legacy, as well as honor the experiences of current students of color.

Senator Elizabeth Warren holds town hall in Holyoke

Senator Elizabeth Warren holds town hall in Holyoke

BY ANNA HASSON ’21

“After Nov. 6, I will take a hard look at running for president.” U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren made this statement during a town hall in Holyoke last Saturday, after an attendee asked if she was planning to run in 2020. Up until this point, Warren had deflected questions about a potential presidential run by emphasizing her focus on the Nov. 6 midterm elections, the importance of which she continues to emphasize.

Sonya Stephens inaugurated as College’s 19th president

Sonya Stephens inaugurated as College’s 19th president

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

“It’s a tradition,” said Momo Jin ’19. “I mean, this only has happened 19 times in the history of Mount Holyoke.” On Saturday, Sept. 29, Sonya Stephens was officially inaugurated as the 19th President of Mount Holyoke College.

Hurricane Florence makes landfall, campus responds

Hurricane Florence makes landfall, campus responds

BY ANNA SHORTRIDGE ’19

Hurricane Florence hit the coast of North Carolina in the early morning of Friday, Sept. 14, according to the National Weather Service. North and South Carolina suffered the most damage, but Virginia, Georgia and Maryland were also affected. These states all declared states of emergency as monumental levels of rain were expected. 100,000 people lost power the night before the storm began, according to the Weather Channel. The storm has caused at least 34 deaths since Sept. 14.

Black bear recently spotted wandering near Upper Lake

Black bear recently spotted wandering near Upper Lake

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

On Monday, Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m., Cayley Evans ’20 was making her way along the wooded path off the Upper Lake loop at Mount Holyoke College, concentrating on an observation lab for her biology class. She was passing through a ferny area by a stream when a loud crashing noise caused her to temporarily lose her bearings.

Remembering Mika McKinney ’18

Remembering Mika McKinney ’18

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

“She believed she could, so she did!” This was the quote painted in gold letters on Mika McKinney ’18’s graduation cap last spring. Despite the many challenges she faced, this phrase became representative of the way Mika lived her life as her resilience and strength inspired those around her.

New dining plan introduced for juniors and seniors

New dining plan introduced for juniors and seniors

BY FIONA HINDS ’22

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life Rachel Alldis introduced a new meal plan as an option for juniors and seniors in an email to seniors on Sept. 20. As opposed to the original meal plan available for all students, which has unlimited swipes, 30 Dining Dollars and three guest swipes, the new plan would give upperclassmen 19 swipes per week with 200 Dining Dollars with the three standard guest swipes.

John Kerry discusses new book with community

John Kerry discusses new book with community

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

Mount Holyoke students, faculty, staff and neighboring community members gathered in Chapin Auditorium on Sept. 25 for a conversation between former secretary of state and Massachusetts senator John Kerry and Dean of Faculty Jon Western. Western facilitated a relaxed discussion with Kerry about his new autobiography, “Every Day is Extra.”

South Hadley receives pedestrian safety grant

South Hadley receives pedestrian safety grant

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

South Hadley is one of 22 local communities to which the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded funding to be part of the Complete Streets Program. According to the Massachusetts government website, “a Complete Street is one that provides safe and accessible options for all modes of transportation — walking, biking, transit and vehicles — for people of all ages and abilities.”

Shattuck elevator breaks, prompting accessibility concerns

Shattuck elevator breaks, prompting accessibility concerns

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

On Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 2:50 p.m., smoke rose from beneath the elevator door in Shattuck Hall. The smoke triggered a fire alarm and Campus Police arrived on the scene. When the reporting officers entered the elevator machine room, located to the right of the elevator door on the ground floor of Shattuck, they noticed something that concerned them on many levels, according to Director of Facilities Management and Planning Paul Breen.

Mount Holyoke students react to Brett Kavanaugh hearings

Mount Holyoke students react to Brett Kavanaugh hearings

BY ANNA HASSON ’21 AND ANNA SHORTRIDGE ’19

Senate confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh concluded on Friday, Sept. 7. Several activist groups protested the event; the groups opposed his nomination for a variety of reasons. Many Republicans, however, are hoping to confirm his nomination as soon as possible.

Mount Holyoke alumnae run for office

Mount Holyoke alumnae run for office

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

The 2018 election cycle has been known for its almost unprecedented number of women running for office at all levels of government. This year, women have appeared on the ballot in record- breaking numbers, according to Time. Several record-breaking women who filed candidacy in races across the country are Mount Holyoke alumnae.

Rao’s closes in wake of management controversy

Rao’s closes in wake of management controversy

BY ANNA SHORTRIDGE ’19 AND ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

The Rao’s Coffee Shop located inside Williston Library closed their doors indefinitely on Monday, Sept. 17. The disruption of service is due to an alleged incident in which the cafe’s manager used racially insensitive language when speaking to cafe employees.

MGM Casino Opens in Springfield

MGM Casino Opens in Springfield

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

Just 20 minutes down the road from Mount Holyoke, the MGM Springfield Casino has officially opened its doors to the public after years of construction. Despite controversy over the $960 million project, the casino now sits in the heart of Springfield, Massachusetts.  

Massachusetts at moderate-level risk for West Nile Virus

Massachusetts at moderate-level risk for West Nile Virus

BY ABIGAIL BAKER ’19

The state-wide risk level for West Nile Virus (WNV) was raised from low to moderate by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Aug. 21 following the discovery of multiple WNV positive mosquito samples. WNV is a viral infection that is spread from mosquitoes to humans or animals. The virus cannot be transmitted between humans. 

Community weathers the heat to welcome incoming students

Community weathers the heat to welcome incoming students

BY EMMA RUBIN '20

The temperature was almost 90 degrees, but the blazing heat didn’t stop the spirited Mount Holyoke community as they celebrated the start of a new academic year at Convocation on Tuesday.

Cochary Pub & Kitchen and Grab 'n Go open in Blanchard Hall

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

The Cochary Pub & Kitchen opened on Monday on the first floor of Blanchard Hall. The space, with cozy groupings of brown chairs and a variety of locally sourced organic food, welcomed students back to campus for the fall semester.