Getting back to Mount Holyoke’s roots: Support a garden education program at MHC

Getting back to Mount Holyoke’s roots: Support a garden education program at MHC


The roots of agriculture run deep in Western Massachusetts, dating as far back as the 1600s and enduring throughout the birth of modern American agriculture and community supported agricultural efforts in the Connecticut River Valley, according to WGBY.

Go further than “Autism Awareness”: Appreciate autistic people for who they are


Autism Awareness Month is a misnomer. Chances are, you are aware of autistic people. The far more difficult question is whether or not you appreciate autistic people. A month that is supposed to be for the support, love and appreciation of autistic people becomes corrupted when we “light it up blue.”

The Jensen Column: How to be an ally to lower-income students


While it may seem as though I only write this weekly column to complain about the Mount Holyoke economic elite, I do genuinely believe that many of our wealthiest students can and should reflect appropriately on their privilege in order to benefit low-income students.

Lessons from Passover: the importance of continuing to ask questions


“And why do we call it matzah? Well, it looks like matzah, and it smells like matzah, and it
has those funny little round holes like matzah,” my aunt Joan reads from our Passover Haggadah as my dad giggles from the head of the table, as proud of his silly matzah joke as ever.

Admissions needs to acknowledge and respect transgender students


Three years ago, I sat in the amphitheater during my first convocation and listened to then-President Lynn Pasquerella announce that transgender students would be welcomed into Mount Holyoke. 

Why is social justice optional at Mount Holyoke?


On Monday at the BOOM conference, I had a lot of productive interactions with acquaintances, staff and faculty. I have spent the last three years of my time here studying critical gender and race theory, dedicating time to radical anti-capitalist action.

The Chloe Jensen Column: College applications and low-income students


Elite colleges are fundamentally not designed for low-income students, which makes the application process unnavigable without help from an elite college attendee

Allies should not be the face of social justice movements


Allies need to take a smaller role in the social justice movement. Currently, privileged people are taking the spotlight instead of passing the mic to those primarily affected by the actions of our current presidential administration and those who are the targets of oppression.

“Virtually homeless” in a globally conservative world


I am a French and an English double major, but I read more pieces about international relations and politics than literature. Why? Because I’m an international student of color and for me, it’s not only an interest in current events but a fear of survival that compels me to stay educated.

Standard etiquette is acknowledging white privilege


Standard etiquette when entering a room is to acknowledge the presence of all those with whom you interact. Making eye contact and giving a simple smile indicates recognition that you and another person are both human and both deserve the respect to know that. Likewise, if someone were to verbally interact with you, the proper response is to say something back.

Extracurriculars: Inaccessible for lower-income students


The culture of extracurricular and co-curricular involvement is one that often circumstantially excludes working-class students. In the world of elite colleges and universities, volunteer and extracurricular work seem to hold more value than paid work.

Activists need to be mindful of their language

Activists need to be mindful of their language


On Thursday Feb. 16 and Friday Feb. 17, I had the privilege of seeing the activist and author of “Bad Feminist” Roxane Gay, give a lecture and lead a writing workshop. Although she had many lessons to teach us, what struck me the most was her view on the careless ways in which we treat language as activists. 

The experience for first-generation students at Mount Holyoke College needs to be a priority


“Mount Holyoke prides itself on diversity and really needs to do a better job being accessible to first-generation and low-income students,” said Andrea Corbett ’20, a first-generation college student from the Bronx in New York.  For students who are the first to attend college in their family, the experience of confronting classism is unique.

Letter to the Editor

The Feb. 9 issue of the Mount Holyoke News featured an article  —  Pot Legal In Massachusetts: What’s Next For Mount Holyoke Students?For this piece, an anonymous junior spoke about her experiences with smoking marijuana on campus, and I want to use this letter as a platform to address this student.