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Mount Holyoke decides to go smoke-free by 2020

Mount Holyoke decides to go smoke-free by 2020

BY LIZ LEWIS ’22

An email sent out by the office of President Sonya Stephens sparked controversy last week as the community was informed that by June 2020, Mount Holyoke will be a 100 percent smoke-free campus. 

College confirms on-campus animal policy

College confirms on-campus animal policy

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

The only animals allowed within Mount Holyoke residence halls are fish contained in a tank or bowl of five gallons or less, according to Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life Rachel Alldis. In an email outlining pet policies that was sent out to the Mount Holyoke student body on Jan. 30, Alldis explained that the only exceptions to this rule are emotional support animals (ESAs) and service dogs or animals. 

College and town of South Hadley consider crosswalk safety

College and town of South Hadley consider crosswalk safety

BY ANNA HASSON ’21

Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer Shannon D. Gurek sent the Mount Holyoke student body an update on the safety of the crosswalk on College Street on Oct. 31. Representatives of the Mount Holyoke administration “have met with Town and State officials regarding pedestrian and traffic safety on the section of College Street that runs in proximity to the College,” according to the email. The parties involved have agreed on preventative actions that will ensure the safety of both pedestrians and drivers.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.