College introduces CashCourse and offers tax workshop

College introduces CashCourse and offers tax workshop

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

The Office of Student Financial Services recently announced the launch of CashCourse, a free financial resource for students, on Jan. 24. The website includes instructions on budgeting, saving, credit, debt management and taxes. 

Mount Holyoke decides to go smoke-free by 2020

Mount Holyoke decides to go smoke-free by 2020

BY LIZ LEWIS ’22

An email sent out by the office of President Sonya Stephens sparked controversy last week as the community was informed that by June 2020, Mount Holyoke will be a 100 percent smoke-free campus. 

German Exile Archive traveling exhibit on display in library

German Exile Archive traveling exhibit on display in library

BY ANNA KANE ’20

Five College faculty, staff and students gathered on Feb. 4 in the Stimson Room of the Williston Memorial Library for the opening symposium of “Exile. Experience and Testimony,” a traveling panel exhibit created by the German Exile Archive 1933-1945 of the German National Library.

Mount Holyoke celebrates Black History Month

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

In the United States, February is Black History Month, a nationwide celebration that was originally created to honor African American history.

Senate appoints new secretary

Senate appoints new secretary

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Mount Holyoke’s Student Government Association (SGA) senators came together for their weekly senate meeting, spending most of the time voting on crucial issues for this upcoming semester.  

College confirms on-campus animal policy

College confirms on-campus animal policy

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

The only animals allowed within Mount Holyoke residence halls are fish contained in a tank or bowl of five gallons or less, according to Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life Rachel Alldis. In an email outlining pet policies that was sent out to the Mount Holyoke student body on Jan. 30, Alldis explained that the only exceptions to this rule are emotional support animals (ESAs) and service dogs or animals. 

‘Black Feminism Now’: Morris on biological racism

‘Black Feminism Now’: Morris on biological racism

BY MERYL PHAIR ‘21

“This series is meant to signal not just the immediacy of the now, but the permutations of past and future, negotiated by boundaries and borders that are never fixed,” said Kimberly Juanita Brown, Chair of Gender Studies and Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at Mount Holyoke College as she introduced a new speaker series hosted by the gender studies department on Thursday, Jan. 24. Brown went on to introduce Courtney Desiree Morris, the first in the six-part ‘Black Feminism Now’ speaker series to the audience gathered in Cleveland L1.

Senate reviews budget allocation

Senate reviews budget allocation

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

To kick off the first senate meeting of the semester on Tuesday, Jan. 29, SGA held a town hall meeting with Vice President of Finance and Administration and Treasurer Shannon Gurek and President Sonya Stephens. The meeting’s focus was on the distribution of Mount Holyoke’s budget on a yearly basis.

Government reopens following 35-day shutdown

Government reopens following 35-day shutdown

BY ANNA KANE ’20

The longest partial government shutdown in the history of the United States is now over. President Donald Trump signed a short-term spending bill on Jan. 25, funding the government through Feb. 15 without the $5.7 billion he had originally demanded for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

SGA hosts Town Hall to discuss the future of Dining Services

BY LIZ LEWIS ’22

The final Senate meeting of the fall semester began with cheerful chatter and cookies, and quickly moved into a discussion with dining staff representatives Mike Helm, Chris Kostek and Richard Perna. Helm is a chef from the Cochary Pub & Kitchen, Kostek is a chef from the Classics section of the Dining Commons and Perna is the Director of Dining Services.

Leah Penniman discusses race, food justice

Leah Penniman discusses race, food justice

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

“I feel like so often we’re supposed to have everything figured out,” said Leah Penniman, a black Kreyol educator, farmer, author and food justice activist to the audience gathered in Hooker Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 29. “But the first step in healing and making change is to admit that we don’t know everything.”

New classes added to course catalog for Spring semester 2019

New classes added to course catalog for Spring semester 2019

BY ANNA HASSON ’21

Several new courses are being offered at Mount Holyoke in the upcoming spring semester. Many of the new course offerings are interdisciplinary, while others were developed specifically for first-year students. The new classes are being taught both by visiting lecturers and tenured professors. Many professors have adapted their material to fit inside the ever-changing world of academia.

Working groups report to SGA

BY MERYL PHAIR ’20

This week’s senate meeting took place in the Blanchard Great Room on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Senate opened with a short debrief about the town hall meeting held on Nov. 6 before moving into action plan presentations from each of eight working groups.

Ayanna Pressley elected MA’s first black woman in Congress

Ayanna Pressley elected MA’s first black woman in Congress

BY LILY REAVIS ’21

“I know for a fact none of us ran to make history. We ran to make change,” said Ayanna Pressley during her Congressional election acceptance speech. “However, the historical significance of this evening is not lost on me.”

Former EPA administrator discusses policy, climate change

Former EPA administrator discusses policy, climate change

BY ANNA SHORTRIDGE ’19

“Democracy is not a spectator sport. It requires everybody to participate,” said Gina McCarthy, the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, at a lecture titled “The Future of the Planet: Climate Change, Health Equity & Environmental Justice” on Nov. 8. “So get engaged — be part of the democracy, be bold, be excited. And for crying out loud, be hopeful, this is a time for great hope and great action,” she said.

College and town of South Hadley consider crosswalk safety

College and town of South Hadley consider crosswalk safety

BY ANNA HASSON ’21

Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer Shannon D. Gurek sent the Mount Holyoke student body an update on the safety of the crosswalk on College Street on Oct. 31. Representatives of the Mount Holyoke administration “have met with Town and State officials regarding pedestrian and traffic safety on the section of College Street that runs in proximity to the College,” according to the email. The parties involved have agreed on preventative actions that will ensure the safety of both pedestrians and drivers.

SGA hosts Town Hall with admissions and financial aid

SGA hosts Town Hall with admissions and financial aid

BY LILY REAVIS ’21

Kathryn Blaisdell, Director of Student Financial Services (SFS), joined Robin Randall, interim Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions, for a Town Hall about admissions and financial aid on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Student-run cafe opens in the library atrium

Student-run cafe opens in the library atrium

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

“It’s about time,” said Deyscha Smith ’19 when she heard that a new cafe would be opening its doors in the Williston Library atrium on Thursday, Nov. 8. The space has been vacant since Rao’s Coffee Shop closed on Monday, Sept. 17, and students have felt the absence of a library coffee shop since.

Speaker Beck Gee Cohen addresses addiction in LGBTQ+ lives

Speaker Beck Gee Cohen addresses addiction in LGBTQ+ lives

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

Content warning: this article references suicide.

Beck Gee Cohen, a traveling speaker and licensed counselor for LGBTQ+ and addiction issues, spoke to the Mount Holyoke community on Oct. 26 in Gamble Auditorium about the adverse effects of stigma and discrimination that impact LGBTQ+ lives, recovery and wellbeing. Cohen was brought to the College by the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP), a counseling and information program for students.