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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Senate shares results of SCC survey, introduces electoral candidates for 2018-2019 academic year

Senate shares results of SCC survey, introduces electoral candidates for 2018-2019 academic year

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

The Student Government Association held a “Meet the Candidates Night” this Tuesday in preparation for upcoming SGA executive board and class office elections. The candidates’ presentations were preceded by an announcement of the results of the Student Conference Committee’s (SCC) annual survey, released during the 2017 fall semester.

Grounds for recovery: Mo’Coffee student co-op apologizes for delayed opening, promises free java

Grounds for recovery: Mo’Coffee student co-op apologizes for delayed opening, promises free java

BY  EMMA RUBIN ’20 

Mo’Coffee, a student-run cooperative that plans to sell coffee on campus, has been a growing presence within the Mount Holyoke community since spring 2016. Originally operating out of the All Saints Episcopal Church and occasional pop-ups across campus, Mo’Coffee announced its new base in Blanchard 227 earlier this semester. However, “coordination issues” have caused delays in the cooperative’s opening.

Sanders-McMurtry appointed as first ever chief diversity officer

Sanders-McMurtry appointed as first ever chief diversity officer

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

Acting President Sonya Stephens announced in an email to the Mount Holyoke College community on Wednesday, March 21 that Kijua Sanders-McMurtry had been appointed the College’s first vice president for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer.