Women’s March organizers deliver keynote address at WOCTLC

Women’s March organizers deliver keynote address at WOCTLC

BY ANNA KANE ’20

Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez, the founders and organizers of the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C., delivered the keynote address for the 2018 Women of Color Trailblazer Leadership Conference (WOCTLC) on Sunday, April 8. The activists discussed their involvement in social justice and civil rights movements, in keeping with the conference theme of empowerment through engagement and celebrating the accomplishments of women of color. 

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.

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.

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. 

BOOM! is back: second annual conference to begin this weekend

BOOM! is back: second annual conference to begin this weekend

BY ANNA KANE ’20

Mount Holyoke’s annual Building On Our Momentum Learning Conference (BOOM!) is moving into its second year, with plenty of planned changes from last year’s event. Branded as a conference built “by members of the community for members of the community” by administrators, BOOM! will feature events for faculty, students and staff to attend in an effort to further the College’s mission of diversity, equity and inclusion. 

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. 

What’s the dish on the dish room?

What’s the dish on the dish room?

BY KATE TURNER ’21

When Mount Holyoke’s new dining commons first opened at the beginning of 2018, the dish room was generally rumored to be chaotic, with an overflow of dirty dishes and food waste during peak hours. Alleged issues included a non-stop stream of dishes during rush hour and few opportunities for workers to take breaks, as well as a general lack of training.

Emily Martz ’94 is bringing her experience to New York’s 21st congressional district

BY ANNA KANE ’20

On March 4, New York congressional candidate Emily Martz ’94 visited Mount Holyoke to meet current students and discuss her path to a political career. Martz was hosted by the Mount Holyoke College Democrats and addressed a dozen students in Skinner room 202 in an informal meeting. 

Following a pattern: MHC orgs learn quilting traditions from Boston guild Sisters in Stitches

Following a pattern: MHC orgs learn quilting traditions from Boston guild Sisters in Stitches

BY ANNA KANE ’20

On the afternoon of Feb. 25, the Unity Center in Blanchard Campus Center was transformed amid a flurry of activity. A hum of sewing machines, laughter and conversation filled the room, and a patchwork of mini quilts scattered all around represented the many faiths and cultures of the attendees. Assisted by Sisters in Stitches Joined by the Cloth (SISJBTC), students representing different religious and cultural organizations on campus came together Sunday to create their own quilted banners to be displayed in the Unity Center.

Microwave mishap in MacGregor Hall alarms student residents

Microwave mishap in MacGregor Hall alarms student residents

BY KATE TURNER ’21

Students evacuated MacGregor Hall and Ham Hall for two hours on Friday evening due to misuse of a microwave. As smoke filled the second floor of MacGregor, it set off the building’s fire alarms.

MERT RECEIVES NEW AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR FROM CONMED

MERT RECEIVES NEW AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR FROM CONMED

BY  MERYL PHAIR ’21

MERT, Mount Holyoke’s Medical Emergency Response Team, received a new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on Sunday, Feb. 18. The device greatly improves their ability to respond quickly and effectively to incidents of cardiac arrest on campus. 

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. 

Senate coordinates response to PVTA budget cuts, hears reports from Be Well Steering Committee and several working groups

BY  ANNA KANE ’20

The Feb. 20 Student Government Association (SGA) senate meeting included a continuation of the discussion of proposed scheduling changes for the PVTA, a presentation by the Be Well steering committee and updates from working groups. Chair of Senate Liz Brown ’20 spoke first, encouraging senators to sign petitions supporting an increase in funding for the PVTA and the bill H.2998, which has recently been introduced to the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee.