Abby Baker

Mount Holyoke hosts annual Seven Sisters Conference

Mount Holyoke hosts annual Seven Sisters Conference

BY ABBY BAKER ’19

Student government officials from the Seven Sisters gathered at Mount Holyoke on Nov. 11 for the annual Seven Sisters Leadership Conference. The conference, which takes place at a different Seven Sisters college each year, provides students with the opportunity to network and discuss student governance. 

South Hadley to apply for infrastructure grant

South Hadley to apply for infrastructure grant

BY ABBY BAKER ’19 

The South Hadley local government has introduced the “Complete Streets Prioritization Plan,” a compilation of project proposals for local infrastructure improvement. The development of the plan was prompted by the local government’s decision to apply for a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). 

Mount Holyoke ranked second in international student body

BY ABBY BAKER ’19

Mount Holyoke has the second-highest international student population of the nation’s liberal arts colleges, according to the 2018 rankings that were recently released by the U.S. News & World Report. Twenty-seven percent of the student body are international students, according to the report.

Noose found at Amherst College, suspects identified

BY ABBY BAKER ’19

Early last week, a noose was found on Amherst College’s Pratt Football Field, setting the campus on edge and prompting a police investigation. According to police, the noose was placed there on either Sept. 4 or 5.                             

Asbestos in Porter forces students to relocate

Asbestos in Porter forces students to relocate

BY ABBY BAKER '19

Last week, residents of Porter Hall’s basement were informed that Facilities Management would be repairing a steam leak on the floor, and in the process removing insulation around a pipe. It was revealed that the insulation contains asbestos.

Board of trustees confronted with apartheid past

BY ABBY BAKER '19

Evidence from the Mount Holyoke Climate Justice Coalition suggests that after briefly divesting from companies that did business with apartheid South Africa in 1991 as the result of student activism, Mount Holyoke may have subsequently and discretely reinvested.

Best-selling author Roxane Gay speaks at Mount Holyoke

Best-selling author Roxane Gay speaks at Mount Holyoke

BY ABBY BAKER '19

Best-selling author Roxane Gay appeared at Mount Holyoke College on Feb. 16. She spoke on topics ranging from the writing process to the current presidential administration. Gay, a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, is well-known for works such as “Bad Feminist,” “Difficult Women” and “An Untamed State,” as well as numerous articles, short stories and one comic series. 

Whatever happened to never fear / change?

BY ABBY BAKER '19

The 2016 Baccalaureate poem written and recited by Carly Bidner ‘16, was entitled “Never Fear / Change,” and began, “When Mount Holyoke told us to Never Fear / Change It’s safe to say we all [stepped] back and wondered how that slogan was arranged?”

Amherst searches for replacement mascot in light of Jeff controversy

Amherst searches for replacement mascot in light of Jeff controversy

BY ABBY BAKER '19

Recent student protests at Amherst College over Lord Jeffery Amherst’s controversial legacy have yielded results; the College will accept suggestions for a new school mascot through Nov. 30.

Emet Marwell ’18 sparks discussion of trans athletes

Emet Marwell ’18 sparks discussion of trans athletes

BY ABBY BAKER '19

When Emet Marwell ’18 attended the speech delivered by activist and retired professional soccer player Abby Wambach at Mount Holyoke College on Sept. 22, he did not expect to inspire the topic of the next episode of her podcast.

Zainab Salbi speaks on women and Islam

BY ABBY BAKER ’19

Zainab Salbi, the 2016 Carol Hoffman Collins Global Scholar-in-Residence, spoke at Gamble Auditorium to dozens of Mount Holyoke students and members of the Pioneer Valley community. Her talk on Oct. 13 was called “Women, Islam and the Middle East,” and addressed issues of identity and culture that many Muslim women face.

Hampshire College president initiates “race week” dialogue

Hampshire College president initiates “race week” dialogue

BY NICOLE VILLACRES '18

Reflections and discussions about racism which started at Hampshire College last semester are continuing as their president, Jonathan Lash, declared the week of Oct. 24 a time to focus on their mission to counteract racism and to support communities of color.

Author Caitlyn Shetterly discusses the future of our food

Author Caitlyn Shetterly  discusses the future of our food

BY ABBY BAKER ’19

Caitlyn Shetterly, author of “Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future,” spoke at Mount Holyoke College on Sept. 26. The event was co-sponsored by the Odyssey Bookstore and the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, and was attended by dozens of community members and Mount Holyoke students. 

Voters to determine future of Massachusetts marijuana legalization

BY ABBY BAKER '19

On Nov. 8, Massachusetts voters will not only cast their votes for president, but will also vote for or against the legalization of marijuana for individuals over the age of 21 within the state. Question 4 on the ballot will also include an opportunity for Massachusetts residents to vote for or against increasing the number of charter schools in the state.

Harambe jokes spark dialogue on UMass Amherst campus

Harambe jokes spark dialogue on UMass Amherst campus

BY ABBY BAKER '19

The University of Massachusetts Amherst received a deluge of criticism on Tuesday for banning Harambe jokes, apparently due to concerns that the jokes would be interpreted as “micro-aggressions” towards African-American students. Several blogs and websites accused the university of displaying the censorship and over-political correctness that, many have argued, plagues colleges and universities nationwide. 

UMass increases financial aid by $20 million

BY ABBY BAKER '19

Marty Meehan, President of the University of Massachusetts, announced on April 6 that financial aid distributed amongst qualified UMass students had increased by nearly $20 million during the 2015-2016 academic year. During this time, financial aid spending increased from $236 million to $255 million, which is the most the university has ever spent on financial aid in one year. This comes as a result of increased state funding for financial aid purposes.