College Democrats host Democratic debate watch party

College Democrats host Democratic debate watch party

A raucous crowd gathered around the big screen in Dwight Hall last Thursday, Sept. 12, as candidates vying for the presidential nomination clashed on the debate stage at a screening hosted by the Mount Holyoke College Democrats

Interfaith Council holds panel on modern Muslim-Jewish relations

Interfaith Council holds panel on modern Muslim-Jewish relations

Mount Holyoke’s Interfaith Council held a panel discussion titled “Navigating Muslim-Jewish Relations in the Current Political Climate” on Sept. 15 in Hooker Auditorium. The crowd included many community members from outside the College, along with a handful of current Mount Holyoke students. 

Campus Police concerns continue into new school year

Campus Police concerns continue into new school year

Beginning in July 2020, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges will operate separate campus police departments. The change was announced to the Mount Holyoke community in an email statement by Shannon Gurek, Mount Holyoke Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer. 

Mount Holyoke welcomes incoming class of Yellow Sphinxes

Mount Holyoke welcomes incoming class of Yellow Sphinxes

The Mount Holyoke community gathered to celebrate the new academic year in Gettell Amphitheater for the College’s annual Convocation on Sept. 3. Excitement and nervousness filled the air as students proudly sported their class colors and chanted their class years.

Journalist Seth Freed Wessler talks justice, human rights

Journalist Seth Freed Wessler talks justice, human rights

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

The role of journalism is tied to “concepts of justice and transparency and equity,” according to award-winning journalist Seth Freed Wessler, who spoke at Mount Holyoke on Monday, April 22. He was introduced by Professor David Hernández, and his visit to campus was hosted by the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American studies departments. 

Senate holds final meeting of academic year, elections finalized

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

Senate met for the final time for the 2018-2019 academic year on Tuesday, April 23. The main focus of the meeting was to celebrate the conclusion of the academic year. The meeting also spent time on the Support PVTA Initiative and concluded the All-Campus Elections for this year. 

Mathematics and statistics community remembers department coordinator Lindsay Woloszyn

Mathematics and statistics community remembers department coordinator Lindsay Woloszyn

BY LIZ LEWIS ‘22

“Lindsay was like a ray of sunshine brightening whatever room she stepped into,” said mathematics professor Giuliana Davidoff.

College announces speakers for 182nd Commencement ceremony

BY ANNA KANE ‘20

Adrienne Arsht ’63, Barbara Smith ’69 and Gary Younge have been named as speakers who will address the Class of 2019 for Mount Holyoke College’s 182nd Commencement. Each speaker will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters after their address in the Kendall Sports and Dance Complex Field House on May 19.

Senate discusses 2019-20 budget, second wave of SGA voting

Senate discusses 2019-20 budget, second wave of SGA voting

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

On Tuesday, April 16, Senate held their weekly meeting in the Blanchard Great Room. The meeting was mainly focused on voting for the upcoming Student Government Association (SGA) budget and the updated Ways and Means guidelines for the 2019-20 academic year. Senate also announced that the second wave of the all-campus Election poll is out to be voted by the student body. The SGA wants all students to vote in order to reach quorum, and the link for the poll can be found in students’ emails. Polls close on Monday, April 22. 

New admits to the class of 2023 visit campus during preview

BY SAVANNAH HARRIMAN-POTE ’20

This past weekend, Mount Holyoke College welcomed prospective students from the class of 2023 for its annual Preview Weekend. 

Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference fosters dialogue

Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference fosters dialogue

BY OLIVIA MARBLE ’21

Mount Holyoke’s Students of Color Committee (SOCC) hosted its 6th annual Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference this Saturday, April 9.

Campus addresses food waste and sustainability issues

Campus addresses food waste and sustainability issues

BY LIZ LEWIS ’22

Campus sustainability, particularly when it comes to food, has been a topic of discussion in the Mount Holyoke community for years. In the past few weeks, the topic of food waste has been widely discussed on campus. This recent effort to raise awareness is student-led, and included a film screening of “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story.”

Chief of Police Daniel Hect placed on administrative leave

BY NADIA BABAR ’19

In the wake of concerns from the student body and a number of controversies surrounding his social media presence, newly hired Campus Police Chief Daniel Hect — Chief for both Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges — has been placed on administrative leave. 

In an email to the Mount Holyoke community on the evening of April 10, President Sonya Stephens wrote that “Over the past few weeks, members of our community have expressed concerns about the ability of Chief Daniel Hect to develop the level of trust required to engage in community policing.” The email also said that Deputy Chief Ray LaBarre has since been appointed Acting Chief of Campus Police. 

Hect, who was announced as the colleges’ new Chief of Police on Feb. 11, has received criticism from the Mount Holyoke and Smith student bodies for demonstrating support for the Trump administration on Twitter through liking a number of tweets that exhibited support for a border wall and the National Rifle Association (NRA). In an email from Hect to the Mount Holyoke community on April 3, Hect wrote, “I am committed to dedicating myself and the entire campus police force to being a positive influence on campus safety, fully integrated into the community.” The email also listed several steps Hect would be taking moving forward. 

“We are working closely with Smith College on this issue, and I will continue to keep our campus community informed,” wrote Stephens in her community-wide email.

Third annual BOOM learning symposium engages campus

Third annual BOOM learning symposium engages campus

BY CAITLIN LYNCH ’20

Classes and other college obligations were paused this Tuesday, April 9 as community members participated in Mount Holyoke’s third annual Building on Our Momentum (BOOM) learning symposium for diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Senate election candidates address peers, members vote

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

On Tuesday, April 2, Senate met in the Great Room in Blanchard Community Center for in-senate elections and working group mini town halls. Senators also took the time to discuss student feedback and ideas on behalf of their constituents and the specific groups they represent on campus. 

Campus election results released

Campus election results released

BY LIZ LEWIS ’22

The results of the all-campus spring elections were announced on Thursday, March 28, when Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Programs Alicia Erwin sent out an email announcing the newly elected Class Board members. In her email, Erwin wrote, “The intent to run form for those positions not filled during the first election process is also now open! We encourage you to consider running for one of the SGA and Class Board positions that were not filled.” Voting was conducted via online polls, which opened on March 19 at 9 p.m. following that night’s “Meet the Candidates” event and closed on March 25 at 11:59 p.m.

Class of 2019 Commencement to be held in the Field House

Class of 2019 Commencement to be held in the Field House

BY SAVANNAH HARRIMAN-POTE ’20

The College’s 182nd Commencement will not be held in the Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater. The ceremony will instead be held in the Field House, located in the Kendall Sports and Dance Complex. 

Letter to the Editor

Dear MHC Community:

I am Patrice Crevier, the former manager of the Rao’s cafe in the Williston Library at MHC. I fully support every person’s right to peaceful freedom of individuality, in whatever context that may be, but I also expect that, in any situation, presentations be true.

Campus community engages with newly appointed Chief of Police

Campus community engages with newly appointed Chief of Police

BY LIZ LEWIS ’22

The Blanchard Great Room hosted tension and tears on the evening of Thursday, March 19, as members of the Mount Holyoke administration held a forum for students to engage with the newly hired Chief of Campus Police, Daniel Hect. 

Senate discusses Student Conference Committee Survey findings

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

This week’s Senate meeting, held the evening of Tuesday, March 5 in the Blanchard Great Room, focused mainly on the data results from the Student Conference Committee (SCC) survey taken by the student body last semester. Student co-chairs of the committee, Jackie Rich ’21 and Lila Oren-Dahan ’20, presented to the senators.