Letter to the Editor

What follows below are the comprehensive demands of student workers. Approximately 170 students have been involved in the process of writing, editing and supporting these demands. The first draft of these demands was written by a group of student workers sharing our stories, grievances and hopes for the future.

Senate holds town hall with Stephens, Hall, Sanders-McMurtry

Senate holds town hall with Stephens, Hall, Sanders-McMurtry

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Blanchard Great Room was filled with Mount Holyoke senators and students as the first town hall meeting of the semester kicked off. The meeting featured three panelists: President Sonya Stephens, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Marcella Runell Hall and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Kijua Sanders-McMurtry. The meeting gave students space to express their concerns and questions they had about their organizations and personal lives on campus.

Community holds annual Hortense Parker celebration

Community holds annual Hortense Parker celebration

BY LAYNE MCCARDLE ’22

Hortense Parker was the first recorded African-American student to graduate from Mount Holyoke. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the SGA Students of Color Committee organized a celebration in honor of the 10th annual Hortense Parker Day. Members of the community gathered in Gamble Auditorium to listen to students, faculty and guest speakers discuss the significance of Hortense Parker’s life and her ongoing legacy, as well as honor the experiences of current students of color.

Sonya Stephens inaugurated as College’s 19th president

Sonya Stephens inaugurated as College’s 19th president

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

“It’s a tradition,” said Momo Jin ’19. “I mean, this only has happened 19 times in the history of Mount Holyoke.” On Saturday, Sept. 29, Sonya Stephens was officially inaugurated as the 19th President of Mount Holyoke College.

Black bear recently spotted wandering near Upper Lake

Black bear recently spotted wandering near Upper Lake

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

On Monday, Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m., Cayley Evans ’20 was making her way along the wooded path off the Upper Lake loop at Mount Holyoke College, concentrating on an observation lab for her biology class. She was passing through a ferny area by a stream when a loud crashing noise caused her to temporarily lose her bearings.

Remembering Mika McKinney ’18

Remembering Mika McKinney ’18

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

“She believed she could, so she did!” This was the quote painted in gold letters on Mika McKinney ’18’s graduation cap last spring. Despite the many challenges she faced, this phrase became representative of the way Mika lived her life as her resilience and strength inspired those around her.

New dining plan introduced for juniors and seniors

New dining plan introduced for juniors and seniors

BY FIONA HINDS ’22

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life Rachel Alldis introduced a new meal plan as an option for juniors and seniors in an email to seniors on Sept. 20. As opposed to the original meal plan available for all students, which has unlimited swipes, 30 Dining Dollars and three guest swipes, the new plan would give upperclassmen 19 swipes per week with 200 Dining Dollars with the three standard guest swipes.

John Kerry discusses new book with community

John Kerry discusses new book with community

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

Mount Holyoke students, faculty, staff and neighboring community members gathered in Chapin Auditorium on Sept. 25 for a conversation between former secretary of state and Massachusetts senator John Kerry and Dean of Faculty Jon Western. Western facilitated a relaxed discussion with Kerry about his new autobiography, “Every Day is Extra.”

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.

Houston, we have a solution: Mount Holyoke students prepare for spring break service trip

BY  EMMA RUBIN ’20 AND KATE TURNER ’21

The Mount Holyoke Christian Fellowship, along with other Christian faith organizations within the Five Colleges, will visit Houston, Texas during spring break on a community service trip. The project will be led and sponsored by ServeUP, an organization that leads New England college faith groups on trips to help with disaster relief.

Emily Martz ’94 is bringing her experience to New York’s 21st congressional district

BY ANNA KANE ’20

On March 4, New York congressional candidate Emily Martz ’94 visited Mount Holyoke to meet current students and discuss her path to a political career. Martz was hosted by the Mount Holyoke College Democrats and addressed a dozen students in Skinner room 202 in an informal meeting. 

Students demand diversity in history department

Students demand diversity in history department

BY AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

On the morning of Feb. 12, students and faculty were met with an unfamiliar sight in Skinner Hall. The building’s bulletin boards had been covered up with a series of posters, all calling for greater diversity within Mount Holyoke’s history department. 

Senate coordinates response to PVTA budget cuts, hears reports from Be Well Steering Committee and several working groups

BY  ANNA KANE ’20

The Feb. 20 Student Government Association (SGA) senate meeting included a continuation of the discussion of proposed scheduling changes for the PVTA, a presentation by the Be Well steering committee and updates from working groups. Chair of Senate Liz Brown ’20 spoke first, encouraging senators to sign petitions supporting an increase in funding for the PVTA and the bill H.2998, which has recently been introduced to the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee. 

Senate announces proposed cuts on Five-College PVTA bus services

BY MERYL PHAIR ’20

This week’s SGA Senate included discussion of PVTA schedule changes, increasing campus sustainability and use of locally sourced food. Camille Gladieux ’18, executive board president, spoke first. She announced a future increase in fresh smoothies at the Dining Commons once there is more staff available, as well as a grab-and-go station coming soon to the Dining Commons. She then explained proposed changes to the PVTA schedule. 

Prospect Dining Hall set to be converted into Makerspace Lab

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

Unoccupied rows of tables and chairs line what was formerly Prospect Dining Hall. Locked doors and an air of vacancy contrast starkly with the previous  bustling environment and ever-changing culinary showcase the dining hall once held.  However, as was announced Feb. 2, the 7,000 square-foot space will not stay empty for long.

Proposed tobacco ban stirs controversy on campus

Proposed tobacco ban stirs controversy on campus

BY ANNA KANE ’20

When Maddie Desfosses ’21 and Lili Paxton ’21 arrived on campus in the fall, they were immediately struck by how prevalent smoking and tobacco-use are on campus. They felt that the campus policy of maintaining a distance of 20 feet from buildings while smoking was ignored and inadequate.