2018 midterm election results in Massachusetts

2018 midterm election results in Massachusetts

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

As of Wednesday evening, midterm election results from around the country were still coming in. In Massachusetts, Democrats won all of the Congressional races on the ballot, including the state’s nine seats in the House of Representatives and one Senate seat, to which Senator Elizabeth Warren was re-elected. At the state level, Republican governor Charlie Baker was re-elected, defeating Democrat Jay Gonzalez.

Proposed change to Title IX alters definition of gender

Proposed change to Title IX alters definition of gender

BY LILY REAVIS ’ 21

The Trump Administration is working with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to establish a legal definition of gender under Title IX, according to a New York Times article published on Oct. 21.

How to vote in Massachusetts

How to vote in Massachusetts

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

Early voting has been underway in Massachusetts since Oct. 22, and in under a week, voters will have the opportunity to go to the polls on Election Day. On the ballot in Massachusetts, there are candidates for both state and federal offices as well as three statewide ballot questions.

Local communities consider switch from “Columbus Day”

Local communities consider switch from “Columbus Day”

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

The second Monday in October, known in most cities throughout the U.S. as Columbus Day, has recently been the subject of increasing contention. The growing controversy is part of a national reckoning with the human rights abuses that followed the arrival of the holiday’s namesake, Christopher Columbus, to the Americas in 1492.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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. 

MGM casino to be built in Springfield causes controversy

MGM casino to be built in Springfield causes controversy

BY  EMMA RUBIN ‘20 

A new casino complex owned by MGM Resorts International is scheduled to open in Springfield, MA in September of this year. The $960 million project has been in progress since its approval in 2013 and has drawn critics as well as fervent supporters.


Senate approves plan to make campus water bottle-free

Senate approves plan to make campus water bottle-free

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

At last Tuesday’s weekly Senate meeting, SGA senators voted in favor of the student-led initiative to make Mount Holyoke College a water bottle-free campus. This is the first of many steps that the student organization Think Outside the Bottle is taking in order to accomplish their goal of making the College a water bottle-free institution. 

South Hadley votes to ban sale of recreational marijuana

South Hadley votes to ban sale of recreational marijuana

BY  AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

South Hadley residents voted on Tuesday to ban the sale of recreational marijuana within the town, putting to rest the highly debated issue within the community. However, the controversial ballot question failed to increase voter turnout, which remained well under 20 percent, in keeping with the local elections of previous years.

South Hadley gears up for April municipal election

South Hadley gears up for April municipal election

BY  AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

The town of South Hadley is in the midst of preparing for the 2018 municipal election on April 10. Low voter turnout has plagued the town for years, but the content of this year’s ballot may succeed in bringing more people to the polls.

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.

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.

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.

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). 

Cornell William Brooks, President of the NAACP, comes to Amherst

Cornell William Brooks, President of the NAACP, comes to Amherst

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON '19

By 7:40 p.m. on Friday, March 24, the pews of Amherst College’s Johnson Chapel were nearly full. A crystal chandelier hung above guests’ heads as they filed into the room, shuffling across the red carpet to their seats. Students, faculty, alumni and community members alike had gathered to hear from, Dr. Cornell William Brooks.