Junior Show, or J-Show, is a Mount Holyoke tradition that dates back to the early 20th century. Typical performances are entirely student-led and intertwine both comedy and student talent in a performance to both entertain the Mount Holyoke community and fundraise for the junior class. This year, however, the tradition was cancelled.
A new wellness space will open in the Pattie J. Groves Health Center on Feb. 26. The wellness space is a part of Mount Holyoke’s Be Well initiative, a student-focused and community-based program made up of 15 members of faculty, staff and student representatives who are in charge of promoting well-being on campus.
This week’s SGA Senate included discussion of PVTA schedule changes, increasing campus sustainability and use of locally sourced food. Camille Gladieux ’18, executive board president, spoke first. She announced a future increase in fresh smoothies at the Dining Commons once there is more staff available, as well as a grab-and-go station coming soon to the Dining Commons. She then explained proposed changes to the PVTA schedule.
Unoccupied rows of tables and chairs line what was formerly Prospect Dining Hall. Locked doors and an air of vacancy contrast starkly with the previous bustling environment and ever-changing culinary showcase the dining hall once held. However, as was announced Feb. 2, the 7,000 square-foot space will not stay empty for long.
When Maddie Desfosses ’21 and Lili Paxton ’21 arrived on campus in the fall, they were immediately struck by how prevalent smoking and tobacco-use are on campus. They felt that the campus policy of maintaining a distance of 20 feet from buildings while smoking was ignored and inadequate.
This week, The Weissman Center for Leadership announced a pilot program in which students may spend a semester in Washington D.C. The program will begin fall 2018, and it is coordinated by Associate Director Janet Lansbury with Calvin Chen, Associate Professor of Politics, serving as the faculty director.
Last month, Mount Holyoke’s Board of Trustees convened in New York City and decided to accept the Sustainability Task Force’s cornerstone goal of becoming a carbon-neutral campus by 2037. Still, to some students on campus, the Board’s decision last April to vote against divestment from fossil fuels serves as a reminder of the limitations of this long-term carbon neutrality goal.
This week a small committee, including several members of Mount Holyoke’s Board of Trustees, were present on campus to meet with students, faculty, staff and other community members to kick off the presidential selection process.
This February marks the 50th anniversary of Mount Holyoke’s Association of Pan-African Unity (APAU). Created in 1968 after multiple protests by students of color, the APAU is looking back this month at the legacy of black student activism on campus, as well as its history as an organization within the broader environment of the College.
A new set of class meeting times will be implemented for Mount Holyoke courses beginning in fall 2018. The new schedule will include longer lunch periods, classes that run later into the afternoon and designated meeting times for labs and seminars, as well as various other adjustments to the current system.
Last Tuesday, the SGA Senate convened in Hooker Auditorium for the semester’s second meeting. Student representatives shared a number of concerns and updates, but the main focus of the meeting was a presentation by Janet Lansberry, associate director of the Weissman Center for Leadership.
In an email sent out to the student body on Feb. 1, Rachel Aldis, assistant Dean of Students and director of Residential Life, announced that three new Living Learning Communities (LLC) will be added to Mount Holyoke housing at the start of the 2018 fall term: the Mi Gente LLC, for students who are of Latinx descent, the Interfaith LLC and the Outdoor Adventure LLC. Proposals for these LLCs were submitted by Nov. 10.
When Mount Holyoke first made the decision to transition from six dining halls to a centralized dining system, the question on many students’ minds was whether there would be the same number of work-study opportunities in the new Dining Commons. Until now, Mount Holyoke Dining Services has provided the bulk of jobs for first-year students, and the new dining system marks a dramatic shift in student employment.
The first SGA Senate meeting of the 2018 year was held in Hooker Auditorium last Tuesday, the official new location due to the closing of Blanchard Great Room, where it was previously held. One of the main topics of discussion for the night was Mount Holyoke’s Board of Trustees.
Daisy Vargas, a graduate student at the University of California Riverside, visited Mount Holyoke last Thursday to present a lecture on the criminalization of Mexican religious symbolism within law enforcement, border patrol and legal proceedings in the United States. The talk, which was held in Skinner Hall, was sponsored by the religion department.
Since its opening at the beginning of the spring semester, the Mount Holyoke Dining Commons (more commonly referred to as SuperBlanch) has been the talk of campus. And the display of plates on the wall in several areas of the Dining Commons are no exception.
As students returned to campus for the start of the spring semester, many were greeted with colorful cards dangling on their door knobs that read, “Stream anytime, anywhere included with campus housing.”
On Tuesday, Acting President Sonya Stephens welcomed community members to the unveiling of the first official Mount Holyoke College ice cream flavor, created in partnership with Herrell’s Ice Cream and Bakery in Northampton.
In the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 2, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of the Republican tax bill, “Tax Cuts and Job Act” 51-49. The bill focuses on cutting taxes for businesses, including lowering the tax rate for big businesses from 35 percent to 20 percent. Also, according to the Washington Post, the bill will make large changes to health care that may lead 13 million Americans to drop insurance, open up more land for drilling in Alaska and alter the treatment of state and local taxes, affecting local government budgets. The House of Representatives passed their version of the tax bill on Nov. 16.
As Puerto Rico continues to struggle in the wake of Hurricane Maria, many colleges and universities in the United States are offering students who experienced an interruption in their studies a place to continue their education. Mount Holyoke College is among these institutions.
In early November, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) publicized a cache of over 13 million confidential documents, all relating to the offshore — meaning tax-exempt — investments of world leaders, politicians, and corporations. Included in these entities are over 100 colleges and universities.
Kayla Dillon ’20 was filling up her water bottle on Wednesday, Nov. 29 when she saw a familiar-looking man on the fourth floor of the library. She said that he looked around before entering the alcove where the restrooms are located, and went into the single person bathroom.
Student government officials from the Seven Sisters gathered at Mount Holyoke on Nov. 11 for the annual Seven Sisters Leadership Conference. The conference, which takes place at a different Seven Sisters college each year, provides students with the opportunity to network and discuss student governance.
Mount Holyoke Broadcasting Channel (MHBC) is a new student organization and a filmmaking resource on campus. Students can create films to use as informational or promotional material for the student organizations in which they are involved.
“If someone is dying, you’re not going to be telling them molecular equations,” said Maddy Berkowitz-Cerasano ’18, director of the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT). MERT is a student-run organization consisting of 24 first responders and six certified EMTs. For many volunteers, MERT offers real world experiences, unlike the textbook equations they learn in class.
Since the start of the 2017 fall semester, Mount Holyoke students have been experiencing problems with the dorm laundry, including washers and dryers that shut off at random, bad card reads, money getting lost in transactions and one incident of a smoking washing machine in Prospect. But according to Doug Vanderpoel, director of Auxiliary Services, all these problems may be coming to an end sooner than it seems.
The Mount Holyoke Weissman Center for Leadership welcomed award-winning journalist Tanzina Vega as part of its “Advocacy and the Public Domain Series” last Thursday. Vega, a visiting professor at Princeton University who specializes in reporting on race, previously worked for The New York Times and now works for CNNMoney. Her lecture “The Media and Race: Why it Matters” discussed her professional experiences as a reporter and as a female journalist of color.
Ever since the Mount Holyoke Campus Store moved out of its previous location in Blanchard to make room for the Student Life suite, students have had difficulty accessing personal goods the campus store used to stock, notably pads and tampons.