Meryl Phair

Hampshire College begins layoffs, tensions rise in community

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Hampshire College announced that nine employees from their admissions and advancement offices would be let go, effective April 19, 2019. 

Hect named new chief of police

Hect named new chief of police

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

The Mount Holyoke and Smith College shared campus police departments have appointed Daniel Hect as their new police chief, effective this past week. Hect replaced Raymond LaBarre, who had served as interim chief of police since July 6, 2012.  

College introduces CashCourse and offers tax workshop

College introduces CashCourse and offers tax workshop

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

The Office of Student Financial Services recently announced the launch of CashCourse, a free financial resource for students, on Jan. 24. The website includes instructions on budgeting, saving, credit, debt management and taxes. 

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. 

‘Black Feminism Now’: Morris on biological racism

‘Black Feminism Now’: Morris on biological racism

BY MERYL PHAIR ‘21

“This series is meant to signal not just the immediacy of the now, but the permutations of past and future, negotiated by boundaries and borders that are never fixed,” said Kimberly Juanita Brown, Chair of Gender Studies and Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at Mount Holyoke College as she introduced a new speaker series hosted by the gender studies department on Thursday, Jan. 24. Brown went on to introduce Courtney Desiree Morris, the first in the six-part ‘Black Feminism Now’ speaker series to the audience gathered in Cleveland L1.

Leah Penniman discusses race, food justice

Leah Penniman discusses race, food justice

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

“I feel like so often we’re supposed to have everything figured out,” said Leah Penniman, a black Kreyol educator, farmer, author and food justice activist to the audience gathered in Hooker Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 29. “But the first step in healing and making change is to admit that we don’t know everything.”

Working groups report to SGA

BY MERYL PHAIR ’20

This week’s senate meeting took place in the Blanchard Great Room on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Senate opened with a short debrief about the town hall meeting held on Nov. 6 before moving into action plan presentations from each of eight working groups.

Student-run cafe opens in the library atrium

Student-run cafe opens in the library atrium

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

“It’s about time,” said Deyscha Smith ’19 when she heard that a new cafe would be opening its doors in the Williston Library atrium on Thursday, Nov. 8. The space has been vacant since Rao’s Coffee Shop closed on Monday, Sept. 17, and students have felt the absence of a library coffee shop since.

Speaker Beck Gee Cohen addresses addiction in LGBTQ+ lives

Speaker Beck Gee Cohen addresses addiction in LGBTQ+ lives

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

Content warning: this article references suicide.

Beck Gee Cohen, a traveling speaker and licensed counselor for LGBTQ+ and addiction issues, spoke to the Mount Holyoke community on Oct. 26 in Gamble Auditorium about the adverse effects of stigma and discrimination that impact LGBTQ+ lives, recovery and wellbeing. Cohen was brought to the College by the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP), a counseling and information program for students.

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.

Faculty discuss the power of commemorative art

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

On Thursday, Oct. 11, a small group assembled in the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (MHCAM) Gallery at 4:30 p.m. for a discussion titled “Faculty in Conversation: Conflict and Commemoration,” featuring Sohail Hashmi, Professor of International Relations on the Alumnae Foundation, and Kavita Khory, Ruth Lawson Professor of Politics. The event was the first in a series of faculty conversations connected to the current exhibition, “Major Themes: Celebrating Ten Years of Teaching with Art.”

Black bear recently spotted wandering near Upper Lake

Black bear recently spotted wandering near Upper Lake

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

On Monday, Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m., Cayley Evans ’20 was making her way along the wooded path off the Upper Lake loop at Mount Holyoke College, concentrating on an observation lab for her biology class. She was passing through a ferny area by a stream when a loud crashing noise caused her to temporarily lose her bearings.

Shattuck elevator breaks, prompting accessibility concerns

Shattuck elevator breaks, prompting accessibility concerns

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

On Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 2:50 p.m., smoke rose from beneath the elevator door in Shattuck Hall. The smoke triggered a fire alarm and Campus Police arrived on the scene. When the reporting officers entered the elevator machine room, located to the right of the elevator door on the ground floor of Shattuck, they noticed something that concerned them on many levels, according to Director of Facilities Management and Planning Paul Breen.

Cochary Pub & Kitchen and Grab 'n Go open in Blanchard Hall

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

The Cochary Pub & Kitchen opened on Monday on the first floor of Blanchard Hall. The space, with cozy groupings of brown chairs and a variety of locally sourced organic food, welcomed students back to campus for the fall semester.

Sonya Stephens named College’s 19th president

Sonya Stephens named College’s 19th president

BY  MERYL PHAIR ’21

Acting President Sonya Stephens has been appointed as the next president of Mount Holyoke College by the Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2018. The decision was announced to the campus community by Chair of Trustees Barbara Baumann ’77 via email on the morning of April 23. 

Senate shares results of SCC survey, introduces electoral candidates for 2018-2019 academic year

Senate shares results of SCC survey, introduces electoral candidates for 2018-2019 academic year

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

The Student Government Association held a “Meet the Candidates Night” this Tuesday in preparation for upcoming SGA executive board and class office elections. The candidates’ presentations were preceded by an announcement of the results of the Student Conference Committee’s (SCC) annual survey, released during the 2017 fall semester.

Sanders-McMurtry appointed as first ever chief diversity officer

Sanders-McMurtry appointed as first ever chief diversity officer

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

Acting President Sonya Stephens announced in an email to the Mount Holyoke College community on Wednesday, March 21 that Kijua Sanders-McMurtry had been appointed the College’s first vice president for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer.