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.

College drafts new faculty-student dating policy

College drafts new faculty-student dating policy

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

Mount Holyoke faculty have joined together to create a campus-wide policy prohibiting all romantic relationships between faculty and students. Pre-existing faculty-student relationships must also be disclosed to the College under the new policy. Mount Holyoke joins a growing number of institutions in updating these policies,  including, the UMass, Amherst, which recently announced an immediately effective policy barring all faculty-student relationships on its campus. 

New Title IX Coordinator joins Mount Holyoke

New Title IX Coordinator joins Mount Holyoke

BY ANNA KANE ’20

On April 18, President-elect Sonya Stephens announced the appointment of  Shannon Da Silva as Mount Holyoke’s new Title IX and Section 504 coordinator. After a national search headed by Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Marcella Runell Hall and Five College Director of Compliance and Risk Management Stacie Kroll, Da Silva began her term at Mount Holyoke on April 19.

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.


San Juan mayor Carmen Cruz to address students on Thursday

San Juan mayor Carmen Cruz to address students on Thursday

BY  EMMA RUBIN ’20 

Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will speak to the Mount Holyoke Community on April 26, sponsored by the Weissman Center for Leadership. She will also participate in a town hall-style discussion on April 27. 

Sonya Stephens named College’s 19th president

Sonya Stephens named College’s 19th president

BY  MERYL PHAIR ’21

Acting President Sonya Stephens has been appointed as the next president of Mount Holyoke College by the Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2018. The decision was announced to the campus community by Chair of Trustees Barbara Baumann ’77 via email on the morning of April 23. 

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. 

Federal court upholds Massachusetts ban on assault weapons

Federal court upholds Massachusetts ban on assault weapons

BY ANNA KANE ’20

On April 6, U.S. District Judge William Young rejected a gun lobby challenge to the Massachusetts Assault Weapons Ban. The lawsuit was dismissed due to Young’s ruling that assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment and go beyond citizens’ right to bear arms, according to WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station. 

Conservative Women’s Summit sparks campus dialogue

Conservative Women’s Summit sparks campus dialogue

BY  AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

Students and community members gathered in Gamble Auditorium last Wednesday for the Conservative Women’s Summit, an event hosted by the Mount Holyoke College Republicans and sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation, the Zionist Organization of America, the Israel on Campus Coalition, the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute and the Weissman Center for Leadership.