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. 

Senate votes on new committee, holds elections

BY  EMMA RUBIN ’20

Mount Holyoke’s senate meeting on Tuesday, April 10 included several elections and referendums for its senators. As usual, the meeting began with ideas and feedback during which  students expressed discomfort at being accosted by other students tabling in Blanchard, confusion about campus pathways and concern about an “Islamophobic” speaker coming to campus for an event.

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.

Frances Perkins scholars share their stories

Frances Perkins scholars share their stories

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

Mount Holyoke College’s Frances Perkins scholars (FPs) presented passionate monologues to students, faculty and administrators on Wednesday, April 4. Guests filled Gamble Auditorium to hear the unique stories from a handful of FPs, who described their personal journeys to the gates of Mount Holyoke College. This year’s monologues were a part of the second annual Building On Our Momentum (BOOM!) conference, which took place last week. 

Women’s March organizers deliver keynote address at WOCTLC

Women’s March organizers deliver keynote address at WOCTLC

BY ANNA KANE ’20

Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez, the founders and organizers of the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C., delivered the keynote address for the 2018 Women of Color Trailblazer Leadership Conference (WOCTLC) on Sunday, April 8. The activists discussed their involvement in social justice and civil rights movements, in keeping with the conference theme of empowerment through engagement and celebrating the accomplishments of women of color. 

Students rally for sexual assault bill

Students rally for sexual assault bill

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

“To the students across Massachusetts whom the system has failed, we stand with you, not just in solidarity, but in action,” said Liz Brown ’20. Megaphone in hand, she addressed a crowd of students, legislators and activists who gathered on the steps of the Massachusetts State House in Boston. 

Town of Amherst votes to change their 1938 charter and implement new form of city council government

Town of Amherst votes to change their 1938 charter and implement new form of city council government

BY  EMMA RUBIN ’20

On Tuesday March 27, the town of Amherst voted to implement a new form of government. A charter in favor of replacing the current system, a 240-member town meeting, with a 13-member city council passed in a popular vote, 3,476 to 2,468.