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 students 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.                             

New student co-op to bring affordable coffee to campus

New student co-op to bring affordable coffee to campus

BY KATE TURNER ’21

Mo’Coffee, the newly-established Mount Holyoke coffee co-operative held their inaugural event for the year on Sunday. Hosted in the All Saints Episcopal Church, the Kick-Off Coffee House featured music, board games and, of course, a steady supply of coffee and tea provided by student worker-owners and participating faculty throughout the night. 

O-101 doubles down on “MoHo Chop” tradition

O-101 doubles down on “MoHo Chop” tradition

BY CAITLIN LYNCH ’20

As per Mount Holyoke tradition, the class of 2021 rounded out their orientation experience with a night of excitement, skits, songs and haircuts known as “Orientation 101.” Members of the classes of 2020, 2019 and 2018 welcomed first-years with chants of “2021” and “YO-KE” as they filed into Chapin auditorium.

“You Belong Here.”: Speakers welcome new and returning students at convocation ceremony

“You Belong Here.”: Speakers welcome new and returning students at convocation ceremony

BY ANNA SHORTRIDGE ’19

Mount Holyoke celebrated the start of its 180th academic year on Tuesday, Sept. 5 with the traditional convocation ceremony. Although it was an overcast, cloudy morning, the atmosphere was anything but dreary as students dressed in various shades of blue, red, yellow, green and purple proceeded towards Gettell Amphitheater for one of the most anticipated events of the year. 

Students respond to professor’s accommodations article

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

On March 26, professor of psychology Gail Hornstein’s article “Why I Dread the Accommodations Talk” was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ‘Advice for Faculty’ column. The content of this article has fallen under scrutiny by some readers, especially Mount Holyoke students.

What will student employment look like in SuperBlanch?

BY MADELINE SKRAK ’18

Student workers, especially those who work in dining halls, are unsure how their jobs will change next year with the arrival of the new and improved Blanchard Community Center, colloquially known as SuperBlanch. Of the 70 percent of undergraduates who work on campus, “A little less than half are on work study,” said Janice Kane, the coordinator of student employment at the Career Development Center.

Senate discusses Ways and Means guidelines

BY EILEEN O’GRADY ’18

At SGA Senate on Tuesday April 18, senators voted to implement changes to the Ways and Means committee guidelines and Dean Marcella Hall addressed student concerns regarding a potential ethnic studies department as well as a controversial article written by a Mount Holyoke professor. Furthermore, there were SuperBlanch updates.