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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. 

Sowmya Subramanian ’96 examines how tech can empower women

Sowmya Subramanian ’96 examines how tech can empower women

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

“The internet has enabled freedom of opportunity,” said Sowmya Subramanian ’96, senior director of engineering at Google at her March 6 talk in Gamble Auditorium, though she added that there is often a gender gap in terms of access to information and resources.

2018 midterm election results in Massachusetts

2018 midterm election results in Massachusetts

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

As of Wednesday evening, midterm election results from around the country were still coming in. In Massachusetts, Democrats won all of the Congressional races on the ballot, including the state’s nine seats in the House of Representatives and one Senate seat, to which Senator Elizabeth Warren was re-elected. At the state level, Republican governor Charlie Baker was re-elected, defeating Democrat Jay Gonzalez.

How to vote in Massachusetts

How to vote in Massachusetts

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

Early voting has been underway in Massachusetts since Oct. 22, and in under a week, voters will have the opportunity to go to the polls on Election Day. On the ballot in Massachusetts, there are candidates for both state and federal offices as well as three statewide ballot questions.

College administration responds to demands of student workers

College administration responds to demands of student workers

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

Last month, approximately 170 students worked together to write a list of demands to the administration in hopes of initiating better conditions for student workers on campus. On Oct. 12, Mount Holyoke College responded to each of the demands. They will be addressing each demand in preliminary reports that will be released to student representatives throughout 2019.

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.

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.

Students rally for sexual assault bill

Students rally for sexual assault bill

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

“To the students across Massachusetts whom the system has failed, we stand with you, not just in solidarity, but in action,” said Liz Brown ’20. Megaphone in hand, she addressed a crowd of students, legislators and activists who gathered on the steps of the Massachusetts State House in Boston. 

South Hadley Rep. Scibak will not run for re-election, launching race for seat in Massachusetts State House

South Hadley Rep. Scibak will not run for re-election, launching race for seat in Massachusetts State House

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

“It’s the best job in the world,” said Representative John Scibak (D) of South Hadley, “but you need to understand what it entails.” Scibak currently represents Hampshire County’s Second District, which includes the towns of South Hadley, Granby, Hadley and Easthampton in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The House is composed of 160 members elected from districts within the state’s 12 counties. Representatives serve two-year terms, with all seats up for election every two years. The next general election is Nov. 6, 2018.

New class meeting times will take effect next semester

New class meeting times will take effect next semester

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

A new set of class meeting times will be implemented for Mount Holyoke courses beginning in fall 2018. The new schedule will include longer lunch periods, classes that run later into the afternoon and designated meeting times for labs and seminars, as well as various other adjustments to the current system. 

Students respond to professor’s accommodations article

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

On March 26, professor of psychology Gail Hornstein’s article “Why I Dread the Accommodations Talk” was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ‘Advice for Faculty’ column. The content of this article has fallen under scrutiny by some readers, especially Mount Holyoke students.

Ellen Chilemba '17 named Glamour College Woman of the Year

Ellen Chilemba '17 named Glamour College Woman of the Year

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON '19 

“It all started as a small summer project,” Ellen Chilemba ’17 said from her seat in a dimly-lit room in the back of Rockies Dining Hall, trying to finish the rice and potatoes on her plate before going to class.

Senate discusses election results, SCC survey

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON '19

“Senate must be a place where we learn about Mount Holyoke through a diverse range of perspectives,” said Liz Brown ’20. She addressed SGA senators with the hope of becoming next year’s chair of Senate, explaining her hopes for the future of Mount Holyoke and Senate’s role on campus.

Cornell William Brooks, President of the NAACP, comes to Amherst

Cornell William Brooks, President of the NAACP, comes to Amherst

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON '19

By 7:40 p.m. on Friday, March 24, the pews of Amherst College’s Johnson Chapel were nearly full. A crystal chandelier hung above guests’ heads as they filed into the room, shuffling across the red carpet to their seats. Students, faculty, alumni and community members alike had gathered to hear from, Dr. Cornell William Brooks.

Girls in Tech Conference brings high school girls into STEM

Girls in Tech Conference brings high school girls into STEM

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON '19

On Sunday, March 5, Mount Holyoke hosted the annual Girls in Tech Conference. High school students from towns all over Massachusetts traveled to campus and spent the day occupied by a full schedule of workshops and presentations.

SGA discusses First Gen Students, AccessAbility Services and more

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON '19

On the evening of Tuesday, Feb 28, MHC Senators could be found sitting in four separate working groups. Each of these groups aims to address specific topics of student interest: AccessAbility Services, first generation and low income students, Facilities Management and the Career Development Center. The goal of these groups is to connect students with the respective offices regarding their specific concerns in order to generate positive change. Tuesday’s meeting updated attendees on the progress and concerns of each working group and introduced the directors and officers from each of the college departments addressed.

UMass officials, Amherst police: Shrubbery as crowd deterrent

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON '19

On Saint Patrick’s Day, the evening of the Super Bowl or even just a sunny Saturday afternoon in the spring semester, University of Massachusetts, Amherst students can often be found celebrating outdoors.

President Stephens signs letter against executive order

President Stephens signs letter against executive order

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

When Habiba Shah ’19 boarded her flight from Saudi Arabia to the United States on Jan. 27, she did not know that when she landed in New York City she would find herself in a different America than the one that she left in December.