Emma Rubin

UMass Amherst experiences acts of hate on campus

UMass Amherst experiences acts of hate on campus

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

On Nov. 13, in the John Quincy Adams Residence Hall at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass), a student’s door was defaced with homophobic and transphobic slurs as well as a swastika. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst Police Department (UMPD) investigated the event and the school sent out an email denouncing the act.

ResLife hosts Wilder haunted house

ResLife hosts Wilder haunted house

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

Content warning: this article references suicide.

Residential Life staff transformed the vacant basement of Wilder Hall — widely rumored to be haunted — into an eerie haunted house on the night of Monday, Oct. 29. Wilder’s Fright Night welcomed Mount Holyoke students to tour the haunted space, followed by a “Fright Ball” on the building’s first floor.

Carl Zimmer discusses role of fake news in science

Carl Zimmer discusses role of fake news in science

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

“Fake news consistently undermines the notion that what you’re reading has some basis in reality,” science writer Carl Zimmer said to the Mount Holyoke community at his talk on “Science Reporting in the Age of Fake News” on Oct. 23.

Local communities consider switch from “Columbus Day”

Local communities consider switch from “Columbus Day”

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

The second Monday in October, known in most cities throughout the U.S. as Columbus Day, has recently been the subject of increasing contention. The growing controversy is part of a national reckoning with the human rights abuses that followed the arrival of the holiday’s namesake, Christopher Columbus, to the Americas in 1492.

Sonya Stephens inaugurated as College’s 19th president

Sonya Stephens inaugurated as College’s 19th president

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

“It’s a tradition,” said Momo Jin ’19. “I mean, this only has happened 19 times in the history of Mount Holyoke.” On Saturday, Sept. 29, Sonya Stephens was officially inaugurated as the 19th President of Mount Holyoke College.

John Kerry discusses new book with community

John Kerry discusses new book with community

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

Mount Holyoke students, faculty, staff and neighboring community members gathered in Chapin Auditorium on Sept. 25 for a conversation between former secretary of state and Massachusetts senator John Kerry and Dean of Faculty Jon Western. Western facilitated a relaxed discussion with Kerry about his new autobiography, “Every Day is Extra.”

Mount Holyoke alumnae run for office

Mount Holyoke alumnae run for office

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

The 2018 election cycle has been known for its almost unprecedented number of women running for office at all levels of government. This year, women have appeared on the ballot in record- breaking numbers, according to Time. Several record-breaking women who filed candidacy in races across the country are Mount Holyoke alumnae.

Community weathers the heat to welcome incoming students

Community weathers the heat to welcome incoming students

BY EMMA RUBIN '20

The temperature was almost 90 degrees, but the blazing heat didn’t stop the spirited Mount Holyoke community as they celebrated the start of a new academic year at Convocation on Tuesday.

MGM casino to be built in Springfield causes controversy

MGM casino to be built in Springfield causes controversy

BY  EMMA RUBIN ‘20 

A new casino complex owned by MGM Resorts International is scheduled to open in Springfield, MA in September of this year. The $960 million project has been in progress since its approval in 2013 and has drawn critics as well as fervent supporters.


San Juan mayor Carmen Cruz to address students on Thursday

San Juan mayor Carmen Cruz to address students on Thursday

BY  EMMA RUBIN ’20 

Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will speak to the Mount Holyoke Community on April 26, sponsored by the Weissman Center for Leadership. She will also participate in a town hall-style discussion on April 27. 

Senate votes on new committee, holds elections

BY  EMMA RUBIN ’20

Mount Holyoke’s senate meeting on Tuesday, April 10 included several elections and referendums for its senators. As usual, the meeting began with ideas and feedback during which  students expressed discomfort at being accosted by other students tabling in Blanchard, confusion about campus pathways and concern about an “Islamophobic” speaker coming to campus for an event.

Town of Amherst votes to change their 1938 charter and implement new form of city council government

Town of Amherst votes to change their 1938 charter and implement new form of city council government

BY  EMMA RUBIN ’20

On Tuesday March 27, the town of Amherst voted to implement a new form of government. A charter in favor of replacing the current system, a 240-member town meeting, with a 13-member city council passed in a popular vote, 3,476 to 2,468.

Grounds for recovery: Mo’Coffee student co-op apologizes for delayed opening, promises free java

Grounds for recovery: Mo’Coffee student co-op apologizes for delayed opening, promises free java

BY  EMMA RUBIN ’20 

Mo’Coffee, a student-run cooperative that plans to sell coffee on campus, has been a growing presence within the Mount Holyoke community since spring 2016. Originally operating out of the All Saints Episcopal Church and occasional pop-ups across campus, Mo’Coffee announced its new base in Blanchard 227 earlier this semester. However, “coordination issues” have caused delays in the cooperative’s opening.

Houston, we have a solution: Mount Holyoke students prepare for spring break service trip

BY  EMMA RUBIN ’20 AND KATE TURNER ’21

The Mount Holyoke Christian Fellowship, along with other Christian faith organizations within the Five Colleges, will visit Houston, Texas during spring break on a community service trip. The project will be led and sponsored by ServeUP, an organization that leads New England college faith groups on trips to help with disaster relief.

Students rally against proposed PVTA cuts

Students rally against proposed PVTA cuts

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20 AND EILEEN O’GRADY ’18

A group of approximately 20 to 30 protesters gathered outside the Old Chapel on the UMass Amherst campus last Monday, holding signs and chanting. “FUND PUBLIC TRANSIT,” one sign read. “PUBLIC TRANSIT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE,” said another. 

Class of 2019 J-Show cancelled due to lack of interest

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

Junior Show, or J-Show, is a Mount Holyoke tradition that dates back to the early 20th century. Typical performances are entirely student-led and intertwine both comedy and student talent in a performance to both entertain the Mount Holyoke community and fundraise for the junior class. This year, however, the tradition was cancelled. 

Prospect Dining Hall set to be converted into Makerspace Lab

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

Unoccupied rows of tables and chairs line what was formerly Prospect Dining Hall. Locked doors and an air of vacancy contrast starkly with the previous  bustling environment and ever-changing culinary showcase the dining hall once held.  However, as was announced Feb. 2, the 7,000 square-foot space will not stay empty for long.

Overwhelming demand creates unexpected work-study opportunities at SuperBlanch

Overwhelming demand creates unexpected work-study opportunities at SuperBlanch

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20

When Mount Holyoke first made the decision to transition from six dining halls to a centralized dining system, the  question on many students’ minds was whether there would be the same number of work-study opportunities in the new Dining Commons. Until now, Mount Holyoke Dining Services has provided the bulk of jobs for first-year students, and the new dining system marks a dramatic shift in student employment.