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. 

Da Silva updates community on College’s Title IX activity

Da Silva updates community on College’s Title IX  activity

BY EMMA COOPER ’20

In an email sent out to the Mount Holyoke community on Feb. 21, Shannon Da Silva, the College’s Title IX and section 504 Coordinator, provided updates on the steps the College has taken in regards to Title IX and the #MeToo movement since the fall semester of 2018. “As you know, last semester we had many dialogues, forums, rallies and discussions about various events that took place in the fall related to Title IX, sexual misconduct and #MeToo,” the email read. “I am writing to follow up on those events and keep this important conversation going.”

“A World Unraveling”: Faculty panel discuss timely topics in politics

“A World Unraveling”: Faculty panel discuss timely topics in politics

BY LIZ LEWIS ’22

“This is an effort by the Mount Holyoke community to address some of the most pressing political issues in the world today,” said Visiting Lecturer of Politics Adam Hilton as he introduced the faculty panel at the event “A World Unraveling: A Conversation in Politics” on Feb. 26, 2019. 

Dr. Kafui Attoh sparks conversation on “Uber, Public Transit and the Idiocy of the Smart City”

BY LIZ LEWIS ’22

In the digital age, many aspects of daily life are consistently being updated, remodeled and improved, often for the sake of increasing a person’s options. Transportation has transformed rapidly in both nature and scope over the last few decades. As companies like Uber and Lyft grow, the health of public transportation may fall further into jeopardy. 

Student Government Senate discusses smoking ban with Rachel Alldis

Student Government Senate discusses smoking ban with Rachel Alldis

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

Senate held a Town Hall meeting with Rachel Alldis, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life, on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The town hall meeting was structured with a focus on the new campus Smoke-Free Initiative announced in an email sent by President Sonya Stephens on Feb. 4.  

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. 

Community protests Hampshire administration’s lack of transparency

Community protests Hampshire administration’s lack of transparency

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

In light of recent events, the Hampshire College Board of Trustees released information regarding the admittance of a limited Fall 2019 class on Feb. 1. The Board voted to authorize the College to admit two distinct categories of applicants this fall: students who accepted Hampshire’s offer to enroll through Early Decision I and students who accepted Hampshire’s offer of admission last year but chose to take a gap year and defer their enrollment to Fall 2019. The Board also announced that Hampshire will not enroll any other applicants for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020. 

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. 

German Exile Archive traveling exhibit on display in library

German Exile Archive traveling exhibit on display in library

BY ANNA KANE ’20

Five College faculty, staff and students gathered on Feb. 4 in the Stimson Room of the Williston Memorial Library for the opening symposium of “Exile. Experience and Testimony,” a traveling panel exhibit created by the German Exile Archive 1933-1945 of the German National Library.

Mount Holyoke celebrates Black History Month

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

In the United States, February is Black History Month, a nationwide celebration that was originally created to honor African American history.

Senate appoints new secretary

Senate appoints new secretary

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Mount Holyoke’s Student Government Association (SGA) senators came together for their weekly senate meeting, spending most of the time voting on crucial issues for this upcoming semester.  

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. 

New Amherst cafe raises the question: Is anything really “free”?

New Amherst cafe raises the question: Is anything really “free”?

BY LIZ LEWIS ’22

At the new Shiru Cafe in Amherst, MA, any college student can enjoy a fresh cup of hot coffee for the unbeatable price of zero dollars. But there’s a catch: instead of paying with cash, you pay with personal information. 

‘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.

Senate reviews budget allocation

Senate reviews budget allocation

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

To kick off the first senate meeting of the semester on Tuesday, Jan. 29, SGA held a town hall meeting with Vice President of Finance and Administration and Treasurer Shannon Gurek and President Sonya Stephens. The meeting’s focus was on the distribution of Mount Holyoke’s budget on a yearly basis.

Hampshire College seeks strategic future partner

Hampshire College seeks strategic future partner

BY ELIZABETH LEWIS ’22

President Miriam Nelson of Hampshire College announced the school’s decision to seek out a long-term partner to ensure their financial sustainability on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Hampshire’s leadership is also “carefully considering whether to enroll an incoming class this fall,” according to the official statement released by their senior administration. Nelson insisted that while change is underfoot, Hampshire has no intention of closing its doors.

Government reopens following 35-day shutdown

Government reopens following 35-day shutdown

BY ANNA KANE ’20

The longest partial government shutdown in the history of the United States is now over. President Donald Trump signed a short-term spending bill on Jan. 25, funding the government through Feb. 15 without the $5.7 billion he had originally demanded for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

SGA hosts Town Hall to discuss the future of Dining Services

BY LIZ LEWIS ’22

The final Senate meeting of the fall semester began with cheerful chatter and cookies, and quickly moved into a discussion with dining staff representatives Mike Helm, Chris Kostek and Richard Perna. Helm is a chef from the Cochary Pub & Kitchen, Kostek is a chef from the Classics section of the Dining Commons and Perna is the Director of Dining Services.