Mount Holyoke has the second-highest international student population of the nation’s liberal arts colleges, according to the 2018 rankings that were recently released by the U.S. News & World Report. Twenty-seven percent of the student body are international students, according to the report.
Hurricane Irma was the most intense Atlantic storm to make landfall in America since Katrina in 2005. The hurricane developed near the Cape Verde Islands in late August and grew to a Category 3 storm shortly after its creation. It made its slow but devastating way up the Atlantic Ocean, reaching Category 5 on Sept. 5 and growing to peak intensity on the next day. During its time in Category 5, Irma devastated the Caribbean Islands in its path, including Barbuda, Saint Martin, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and Cuba.
Officials from South Hadley Fire Department’s Fire District no. 2 responded to Blanchard Café on Sunday, after receiving a call from a Blanchard staff member who expressed concern about the high heat level in the kitchen.
In Blanchard’s southwest corner, the long counter with the Uncommon Grounds logo is gone. The glass pastry case which previously contained cookies and cakes has disappeared, and the ice cream window is there no more. Instead, two brown sofas and a thin brown rug fill the floor space against the southern wall. The trash bins and the café seating area are gone, and in their place are cushy modern armchairs for student lounging.
Over 100 of Mount Holyoke’s student organizations and academic departments joined in this year’s Involvement Fair, which took place on Sunday, Sept. 10 on Skinner Green. Every year the Involvement Fair serves as an introduction for first-year students to the extracurricular opportunities the College has to offer.
There are many new changeson the MountHolyoke campus this fall, including the renovation of Blanchard Campus Center, the consolidationof the campus store withthe Odyssey Bookshop and the move of student mailboxes to Auxiliary Services. And now, each dorm on campus has been equipped with new washing machines and dryers.
Mo’Coffee, the newly-established Mount Holyoke coffee co-operative held their inaugural event for the year on Sunday. Hosted in the All Saints Episcopal Church, the Kick-Off Coffee House featured music, board games and, of course, a steady supply of coffee and tea provided by student worker-owners and participating faculty throughout the night.
As per Mount Holyoke tradition, the class of 2021 rounded out their orientation experience with a night of excitement, skits, songs and haircuts known as “Orientation 101.” Members of the classes of 2020, 2019 and 2018 welcomed first-years with chants of “2021” and “YO-KE” as they filed into Chapin auditorium.
Mount Holyoke celebrated the start of its 180th academic year on Tuesday, Sept. 5 with the traditional convocation ceremony. Although it was an overcast, cloudy morning, the atmosphere was anything but dreary as students dressed in various shades of blue, red, yellow, green and purple proceeded towards Gettell Amphitheater for one of the most anticipated events of the year.
It has been close to a year since Sonya Stephens was appointed the acting president of Mount Holyoke. On July 1, 2016, Stephens was unanimously appointed acting president for a period of three years by the board of trustees.
On March 26, professor of psychology Gail Hornstein’s article “Why I Dread the Accommodations Talk” was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ‘Advice for Faculty’ column. The content of this article has fallen under scrutiny by some readers, especially Mount Holyoke students.
Student workers, especially those who work in dining halls, are unsure how their jobs will change next year with the arrival of the new and improved Blanchard Community Center, colloquially known as SuperBlanch. Of the 70 percent of undergraduates who work on campus, “A little less than half are on work study,” said Janice Kane, the coordinator of student employment at the Career Development Center.
The Blanchard Community Center’s new dining facilities will offer an increased selection of meal options, according to an interview published on the Mount Holyoke website with John Fornini, the project manager for dining services.
The Office of the Registrar announced in an email sent out March 28 that they would no longer grant four credits for any 3-credit courses taken at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, starting in fall 2017.
At SGA Senate on Tuesday April 18, senators voted to implement changes to the Ways and Means committee guidelines and Dean Marcella Hall addressed student concerns regarding a potential ethnic studies department as well as a controversial article written by a Mount Holyoke professor. Furthermore, there were SuperBlanch updates.
“It all started as a small summer project,” Ellen Chilemba ’17 said from her seat in a dimly-lit room in the back of Rockies Dining Hall, trying to finish the rice and potatoes on her plate before going to class.
For the class of 2017’s commencement ceremony in May, Mount Holyoke will be offering translation headsets in Mandarin and Spanish for attendees. This is the first time the college will be using translation headsets for commencement.
The Student Government Association Senate met in Blanchard great room Tuesday night to discuss recent issues on campus, including transgender students’ experiences, the Five College First Generation Conference and the SGA budget.
“Senate must be a place where we learn about Mount Holyoke through a diverse range of perspectives,” said Liz Brown ’20. She addressed SGA senators with the hope of becoming next year’s chair of Senate, explaining her hopes for the future of Mount Holyoke and Senate’s role on campus.
The Women of Color Conference took place at Mount Holyoke College for its fourth year on April 1, gathering more than 100 students from marginalized communities in the Five Colleges and beyond to create an open dialogue about racial and gender-related issues, and promote social justice on a college level.
On the evening of Thursday, March 30, Mount Holyoke students, faculty and community members filed into Gamble Auditorium to hear a talk from Pete Muller, the Cyrus Vance visiting professor in international relations. The event, “A Tale of Two Wolves” was a conversation between dean of faculty Jon Western and Muller.
Last week, residents of Porter Hall’s basement were informed that Facilities Management would be repairing a steam leak on the floor, and in the process removing insulation around a pipe. It was revealed that the insulation contains asbestos.
Sunday marked the start of the first-ever Mount Holyoke Building on Our Momentum conference. The 2-day event hosted programs examining diversity and inclusion in college admissions, arts, STEM fields and residential life.
After this semester, the Blanchard Campus Store will be no more. After Reunion II — which falls during the last weekend of May — the store will be closed permanently and its space will be converted into a Student Life Hub as part of the new Community Center’s construction. The spirit apparel and Mount Holyoke- printed items will be sold at the Odyssey Bookstore in the Village Commons.
A 1974 yearbook photo shows Elaine Chao ’75 as a junior at Mount Holyoke, reclining in the sun on Skinner Green. Clad casually in jeans and a striped t-shirt she looks every inch the Mount Holyoke student as she smiles off to the right of the camera, a slight breeze buffeting the ends of her long black hair.
Dolores Huerta — a civil rights activist, feminist and labor leader — was announced as the commencement speaker for Mount Holyoke’s 180th Commencement Ceremony this week. Joan Biren ’66 and journalist Kathryn Finney will receive honorary degrees.