“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.
On Sunday, March 5, Mount Holyoke hosted the annual Girls in Tech Conference. High school students from towns all over Massachusetts traveled to campus and spent the day occupied by a full schedule of workshops and presentations.
Kaitlin Molloy, J.D. started on Feb. 1 as the college’s new senior accommodation coordinator, having previously worked as the accommodation coordinator of Drexel University’s Office of Disability Resources.
The Building on Our Momentum Conference is fast approaching. Starting on Sunday and running through Monday evening, Mount Holyoke students, faculty, staff and other members of the community will have the opportunity to participate in events surrounding topics of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Evidence from the Mount Holyoke Climate Justice Coalition suggests that after briefly divesting from companies that did business with apartheid South Africa in 1991 as the result of student activism, Mount Holyoke may have subsequently and discretely reinvested.
It was 2 a.m. on March 26, 2015, in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. In early spring’s chilly air, the street was empty and quiet, with only a few street lamps flickering dusky lights. Inside a warmly- lit room with four windows, Nada Al-Thawr ’19 was lying on her purple cotton sheets and flannel blanket, scrolling down Facebook, too bored to sleep. Suddenly, streetlights went off. Her phone stopped charging. In the complete darkness, she heard a distant sound like a car crash.
On the evening of Tuesday, Feb 28, MHC Senators could be found sitting in four separate working groups. Each of these groups aims to address specific topics of student interest: AccessAbility Services, first generation and low income students, Facilities Management and the Career Development Center. The goal of these groups is to connect students with the respective offices regarding their specific concerns in order to generate positive change. Tuesday’s meeting updated attendees on the progress and concerns of each working group and introduced the directors and officers from each of the college departments addressed.
Best-selling author Roxane Gay appeared at Mount Holyoke College on Feb. 16. She spoke on topics ranging from the writing process to the current presidential administration. Gay, a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, is well-known for works such as “Bad Feminist,” “Difficult Women” and “An Untamed State,” as well as numerous articles, short stories and one comic series.
The 2016 Baccalaureate poem written and recited by Carly Bidner ‘16, was entitled “Never Fear / Change,” and began, “When Mount Holyoke told us to Never Fear / Change It’s safe to say we all [stepped] back and wondered how that slogan was arranged?”
Feb. 17 marked the nationwide protest dubbed A Day Without Immigrants designed to demonstrate the crucial role immigrants play in everyday American life. Students at several colleges also marked the day by holding their own Immigration Days of Action.
When Habiba Shah ’19 boarded her flight from Saudi Arabia to the United States on Jan. 27, she did not know that when she landed in New York City she would find herself in a different America than the one that she left in December.
Mount Holyoke College alumna Nana Konadu Cann ’16 returned to campus on Monday afternoon to discuss the role of Black Twitter in activism and whether it has succeeded black churches as a place for organizing.
Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the 11th Secretary of Education on Feb. 7. Her nomination and subsequent confirmation have perhaps been the most controversial of all of President Donald Trump’s cabinet picks and has received a lot of attention.
The occasional student might covertly record a class lecture, but they may not realize that activity is illegal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which has one of the most restrictive recording laws in the United States.
Massachusetts voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use on Nov. 8, following similar votes in California, Arizona, Maine and Nevada. This event brought a familiar question back into the spotlight: Is marijuana allowed on campus?