Nicole Villacres

Senator Elizabeth Warren announced as spring speaker

Senator Elizabeth Warren announced as spring speaker

BY NICOLE VILLACRÉS '18

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren will be visiting Mount Holyoke to discuss her book, “This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class” on Friday, April 21 in Chapin Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Northampton Police stops program with elementary schools

BY NICOLE VILLACRÉS

The Northampton Police Department has ended their “High Five Friday” program, in which a group of officers would rotate between the four elementary schools every Friday to welcome kids to school. The NPD initiated the program in December of 2016 to foster positive encounters between police and young children. The program was shut down due to parents’ concerns about the presence of officers and the effect it might have on their children, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Student government addresses ban in Senate

BY NICOLÉ VILLACRES '18

The Student Government Association hosted Jennifer Medina, immigration advisor for international students, and Donna Van Handle '74, dean of international students, at senate on Tuesday to address questions regarding the recent executive order. Students expressed concerns regarding the Trump administration's immigration policy and its possible effects on international students and parents of international students visiting for graduation. 

Students organize for more Latinx Professors at MHC

Students organize for more Latinx Professors at MHC

BY NICOLE VILLACRÉS ’18

In response to the Academic Priorities Committee denying the request for a tenure-track line in Latina/o studies, students have mobilized to form “La Lucha for Latinx Studies,” a petition calling for four tenure-track positions.

First Generation student concerns are being brought to forefront by conference, student groups

BY NICOLE VILLACRES '18 

Smith College hosted the first Five College First Generation Conference on Friday, Nov. 4 at its Conference Center. Helen Mayer, a senior at Smith, organized and directed the conference. 

Professor Kate Ballantine wins environmental award

BY NICOLE VILLACRES '18

Clean Water Action, a national environmental group, has awarded the Environmental Ground-Breaker Award to professor Kate Ballantine for her work with the Restoration Ecology Program. The program was created in 2012, when Ballantine and her environmental studies students noticed that Upper Lake had a severe problem with algae blooms caused by excessive nutrient pollution. One facet of the program is the Project Stream restoration site, which is focused on restoring the wetland and stream that feeds into Upper Lake, so that the nutrients would be naturally filtered out.

Sajia Darwish ’18 builds library in Kabul, Afghanistan

BY NICOLE VILLACRES ’18 

With funding from Afghan Girls Fi-nancial Assistance Fund, Sajia Darwish ’18 opened the Baale Parwaz Library this summer in Kabul, Afghanistan. Although a native of Kabul, Darwish has been in the United States since she was 13. The idea to build the library came out of a conversation between Darwish and the co-founder of AGFAF, Joseph Highland. AGFAF supports Darwish’s education at Mount Holyoke through financial assistance.

Deborah Cohen leaves AccessAbility Services

Deborah Cohen leaves AccessAbility Services

BY NICOLE VILLACRES '18

In the aftermath of Director of AccessAbility Services Deborah Cohen’s resignation, Mount Holyoke plans to change the organizational structure of the department from having a singular director to two accommodation coordinators. Cohen, who spent four years at the College as AccessAbility director, will work her last day on Oct. 28.

Hampshire College president initiates “race week” dialogue

Hampshire College president initiates “race week” dialogue

BY NICOLE VILLACRES '18

Reflections and discussions about racism which started at Hampshire College last semester are continuing as their president, Jonathan Lash, declared the week of Oct. 24 a time to focus on their mission to counteract racism and to support communities of color.

Smith College constructs new main entrance gate

Smith College constructs new main entrance gate

BY NICOLE VILLACRES '18

Construction continues at Smith College as the college works to revitalize a new entrance gate at College Lane and Elm Street. The entrance marker project is in its second phase, which includes construction of a new sign and other utility work.

Hampshire will rely 100 percent on solar energy

BY NICOLE VILLACRES '18

Hampshire College broke ground on the installation of 15,000 solar panels on Aug. 5, which will generate 100% of the school's electricity. The college will be the first residential college in the U.S. to run completely on solar energy.