Ava Blum-Carr

Conservative Women’s Summit sparks campus dialogue

Conservative Women’s Summit sparks campus dialogue

BY  AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

Students and community members gathered in Gamble Auditorium last Wednesday for the Conservative Women’s Summit, an event hosted by the Mount Holyoke College Republicans and sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation, the Zionist Organization of America, the Israel on Campus Coalition, the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute and the Weissman Center for Leadership. 

South Hadley votes to ban sale of recreational marijuana

South Hadley votes to ban sale of recreational marijuana

BY  AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

South Hadley residents voted on Tuesday to ban the sale of recreational marijuana within the town, putting to rest the highly debated issue within the community. However, the controversial ballot question failed to increase voter turnout, which remained well under 20 percent, in keeping with the local elections of previous years.

Enough is enough: students march against gun violence

Enough is enough: students march against gun violence

BY  AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

With chants of “Books not bullets” and “Enough is enough,” Mount Holyoke students marched from the corner of Morgan and College Street to the Gettell Amphitheater Saturday as part of a nationwide protest to end gun violence. 

Environmental activists challenge Mount Holyoke students to battle overconsumption

Environmental activists challenge Mount Holyoke students to battle overconsumption

BY  AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

Students gathered in Gamble Auditorium last Thursday to hear from a five-person panel of environmental activists at one of their stops on a nationwide tour of college campuses. The tour is sponsored by the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), a national organization that equips students with the necessary resources to cultivate zero waste and sustainability movements on campus. 

South Hadley gears up for April municipal election

South Hadley gears up for April municipal election

BY  AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

The town of South Hadley is in the midst of preparing for the 2018 municipal election on April 10. Low voter turnout has plagued the town for years, but the content of this year’s ballot may succeed in bringing more people to the polls.

Students demand diversity in history department

Students demand diversity in history department

BY AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

On the morning of Feb. 12, students and faculty were met with an unfamiliar sight in Skinner Hall. The building’s bulletin boards had been covered up with a series of posters, all calling for greater diversity within Mount Holyoke’s history department. 

The College approves plan to become carbon neutral

The College approves plan to become carbon neutral

BY AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

Last month, Mount Holyoke’s Board of Trustees convened in New York City and decided to accept the Sustainability Task Force’s cornerstone goal of becoming a carbon-neutral campus by 2037. Still, to some students on campus, the Board’s decision last April to vote against divestment from fossil fuels serves as a reminder of the limitations of this long-term carbon neutrality goal. 

Senate discusses the new semester in D.C. program, growing student employment needs in SuperBlanch

Senate discusses the new semester in D.C. program, growing student employment needs in SuperBlanch

BY AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

Last Tuesday, the SGA Senate convened in Hooker Auditorium for the semester’s second meeting. Student representatives shared a number of concerns and updates, but the main focus of the meeting was a presentation by Janet Lansberry, associate director of the Weissman Center for Leadership.

Daisy Vargas addresses students on the relationship between Mexican religion and law enforcement

Daisy Vargas addresses students on the relationship between Mexican religion and law enforcement

BY  AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

Daisy Vargas, a graduate student at the University of California Riverside, visited Mount Holyoke last Thursday to present a lecture on the criminalization of Mexican religious symbolism within law enforcement, border patrol and legal proceedings in the United States. The talk, which was held in Skinner Hall, was sponsored by the religion department. 

Mount Holyoke named in Paradise Papers scandal

Mount Holyoke named in Paradise Papers scandal

BY  AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

In early November, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) publicized a cache of over 13 million confidential documents, all relating to the offshore — meaning tax-exempt — investments of world leaders, politicians, and corporations. Included in these entities are over 100 colleges and universities.

Elizabeth Warren discusses college debt at town hall in Greenfield

Elizabeth Warren discusses college debt at town hall in Greenfield

BY AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

This past Sunday, Senator Elizabeth Warren held a town hall event in Greenfield, Massachusetts, where citizens were encouraged to pose questions and voice concerns. A range of topics were addressed, but the issues of student debt and income inequality were at the forefront of the discussion.

Task Force gives mixed reviews on sustainability

Task Force gives mixed reviews on sustainability

BY AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

Colleges and universities worldwide are on the front lines of climate research and education, and the Sustainability Task Force is calling upon Mount Holyoke to join them. Comprised of both students and faculty, the Task Force was created last year to advance sustainability on campus. An exhaustive report that the task force released earlier this month outlines a multifaceted approach to sustainability which they are urging Mount Holyoke College to adopt. 

Mount Holyoke Title IX policy remains, despite national shift

BY AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

The recent announcement that the Department of Education has rescinded and replaced the Title IX guidelines put forth by the Obama administration marks a significant change in the way colleges are required to address sexual misconduct on campus. Nevertheless, Mount Holyoke’s policy remains unchanged.