Anna Kane

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.

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.

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.

New Title IX Coordinator joins Mount Holyoke

New Title IX Coordinator joins Mount Holyoke

BY ANNA KANE ’20

On April 18, President-elect Sonya Stephens announced the appointment of  Shannon Da Silva as Mount Holyoke’s new Title IX and Section 504 coordinator. After a national search headed by Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Marcella Runell Hall and Five College Director of Compliance and Risk Management Stacie Kroll, Da Silva began her term at Mount Holyoke on April 19.

Federal court upholds Massachusetts ban on assault weapons

Federal court upholds Massachusetts ban on assault weapons

BY ANNA KANE ’20

On April 6, U.S. District Judge William Young rejected a gun lobby challenge to the Massachusetts Assault Weapons Ban. The lawsuit was dismissed due to Young’s ruling that assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment and go beyond citizens’ right to bear arms, according to WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station. 

Women’s March organizers deliver keynote address at WOCTLC

Women’s March organizers deliver keynote address at WOCTLC

BY ANNA KANE ’20

Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez, the founders and organizers of the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C., delivered the keynote address for the 2018 Women of Color Trailblazer Leadership Conference (WOCTLC) on Sunday, April 8. The activists discussed their involvement in social justice and civil rights movements, in keeping with the conference theme of empowerment through engagement and celebrating the accomplishments of women of color. 

BOOM! is back: second annual conference to begin this weekend

BOOM! is back: second annual conference to begin this weekend

BY ANNA KANE ’20

Mount Holyoke’s annual Building On Our Momentum Learning Conference (BOOM!) is moving into its second year, with plenty of planned changes from last year’s event. Branded as a conference built “by members of the community for members of the community” by administrators, BOOM! will feature events for faculty, students and staff to attend in an effort to further the College’s mission of diversity, equity and inclusion. 

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. 

Following a pattern: MHC orgs learn quilting traditions from Boston guild Sisters in Stitches

Following a pattern: MHC orgs learn quilting traditions from Boston guild Sisters in Stitches

BY ANNA KANE ’20

On the afternoon of Feb. 25, the Unity Center in Blanchard Campus Center was transformed amid a flurry of activity. A hum of sewing machines, laughter and conversation filled the room, and a patchwork of mini quilts scattered all around represented the many faiths and cultures of the attendees. Assisted by Sisters in Stitches Joined by the Cloth (SISJBTC), students representing different religious and cultural organizations on campus came together Sunday to create their own quilted banners to be displayed in the Unity Center.

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. 

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.

Mount Holyoke to implement Hurricane Maria scholarships

Mount Holyoke to implement Hurricane Maria scholarships

BY ANNA KANE ’20

As Puerto Rico continues to struggle in the wake of Hurricane Maria, many colleges and universities in the United States are offering students who experienced an interruption in their studies a place to continue their education. Mount Holyoke College is among these institutions.

Students spearhead new film-making organization

Students spearhead new film-making organization

BY ANNA KANE ’20

Mount Holyoke Broadcasting Channel (MHBC) is a new student organization and a filmmaking resource on campus. Students can create films to use as informational or promotional material for the student organizations in which they are involved. 

Senate discusses diversity spaces, Unity Center and Spiritual Life

Senate discusses diversity spaces, Unity Center and Spiritual Life

BY ANNA KANE ’20

At Senate on Tuesday, Oct. 31, Assistant Dean of Students Latrina Denson and Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life Annette McDermott presented on the work of both departments to encourage diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus. 

Senate discusses washing machine problems, endowment

Senate discusses washing machine problems, endowment

BY ANNA KANE ’20

Mount Holyoke’s weekly senate meeting on Oct. 24 included presentations from a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Committee, a statement from Doug Vanderpoel regarding laundry machines and procedures and information about the College’s financial status.