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04/17/2014 Digest

Wireless Network Downtime on Sunday, April 20, 6-8 a.m.

Dear Smith Students, Faculty, and Staff: Please note that the wireless network may be down Sunday morning, April 20, from 6 to 8 a.m. while we perform required maintenance. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Regards, ITS

Staff Council 2014 Elections: Nominate Yourself or a Colleague by April 18

Staff Council is currently seeking nominations for the 2014 election. Now is your chance to get involved or nominate a colleague. Look for a nomination card in your campus mailbox, or submit a nomination using the anonymous online comment box: Since its inception in 1992, Staff Council has provided a comprehensive communication network for the exchange of information between staff and administration, organized college-wide programs to facilitate personal and professional growth, promoted college-wide discussion of issues through public meetings and forums, and planned extracurricular activities. There has never been a better or more exciting time to join Staff Council.

Students and Faculty: Call for Online-Learning Proposals Deadline is May 5

The Online-Learning Task Force is inviting proposals for summer and fall of 2014 to enhance existing courses, or create new courses, that include significant use of online-learning components to improve pedagogy. The deadline for proposal submissions is Monday, 5 May 2014, but the Task Force will review submissions on a rolling basis up to that date. The call will be renewed in early fall 2014 as well. Proposals can be submitted via email to Joseph O’Rourke, chair of the Task Force ( Please see the following link for more information:

Community Service Day Opportunity, Friday, April 18

The Staff Council Activities Committee is connecting staff with non-profit Nuestras Raices for a day of service on April 18th, which is also part of Smith's Earth Week. As a full time staff member, the College will pay you one day of volunteer work a year. You must get prior approval from your supervisor to attend. This will be a full day, with a van leaving Smith at 9 a.m and returning at 5 p.m. We will be helping bring the community gardens in Holyoke back to life. Space is limited to 12 staff members. Sign up:

Enrolling for Summer Fitness Program, Ainsworth Gym

Sign Up for Summer Staff/Faculty Fitness Program. June 2nd-July 16th, Prices range from $44- $48 per class. Tuesday and Thursday Aerobics with Rosalie. Monday and Wednesday Pilates with Jean. Yoga with Doug and Lisa. Forms may be requested from Rachel: or on the ESS website:

Forum: 'The Future of Libraries at Smith', Friday, April 18, Noon-1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The Smith community is invited to discuss the future of libraries at Smith, as well as models for possible renovation. The architectural firm Shepley/Bulfinch will present concepts for re-configuring Neilson and the Alumnae Gym. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 people.

Tryon Prize for Art Deadline May 2

The Smith College Museum of Art awards monetary prizes for installation, performance, video, sound, digital, internet and interactive art. Submit up to five images (jpg) and/or up to five minutes of video. Also include 1) a cover sheet with your name, class year, campus address, email, phone, title of work; and 2) a statement describing the concept and development of the work. If the work was created for a class, include a description of the assignment. Send your submission to Tryon Prize for Art at

Apply for Fall 2014 OSE/Campus Center Work Study Positions, Through April 20

The OSE is now hiring for the Fall 2014 Semester. Apply Now for Campus Center Service Associate, Smith To Do Programming Associate and Nolen Art Lounge Coordinator positions.

'Earth Week' Through , April 18

Come celebrate with the rest of our community during Earth Week. Featuring lunch-time tabling on Chapin Lawn, trash audits, conversations with author Elizabeth Kolbert and activist Elise Keaton, an open mic at the MacLeish Field Station, a Friday evening festival on Chapin Lawn, and much more. For more details, visit

'April Showers' Campus-Wide House Water-Consumption Competition Continues Through, April 18

April Showers is a house competition hosted by the House Sustainability Representatives to reduce water consumption in houses. This competition will run from April 7-18 during which time students will reduce their shower time to under 7.5 minutes or simply shower less. Reps for each house will calculate the reduction rate for their house and, at the end of two week the house with the greatest percent reduction will win a neat prize.

MacLeish Field Station Open Mic, Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.

Celebrating the intersections of science, activism, and performance. Bring your instruments, art, poetry, and science! Refreshments will be provided. The Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station is a 240-acre patchwork of forest and farmland located in West Whately, MA that provides opportunities for faculty and students to pursue environmental research, outdoor education, and low-impact recreation. The open mic will be a chance to explore the station and its environmental classroom. Meet at Chapin loading dock at 6:40 p.m., email to reserve a space in a van.

Admission Is Hiring Interns for the 2014-2015 Academic Year; Applications Due, April 18

The Office of Admission is currently accepting applications for the following (paid) positions: Transfer Intern, Programs Intern, Multicultural Intern, Ada Comstock Intern, and Social Media Intern. For more information or to access the application, visit

'Arts for the Earth' Continues with Celebrations Dance Company, Friday, April 18, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Hosted by Celebrations Dance Company, this presentation is part of Smith Arts for the Earth, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the tinydance project and Smith student groups Engineers for a Sustainable World, Celebrations Dance Company, and the Smiffenpoofs. Each event in the series offers dance and music performances and a presentation/discussion related to sustainability. Visit for more information.

Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize in Drawing, Submission Deadline, Friday, April 18, 4 p.m.

The Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize is awarded for the best drawing as judged by the Art Department. Students interested should submit and display their work on the second floor of Hillyer Hall, by 4 pm on Friday, April 18th. Work should be labeled with the student's name, class, and contact info on the back of the work. All work must be removed by Monday, April 21, 5pm.

Basket Making and Decorating, Saturday, April 19, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Come make baskets for Easter. All supplies free and provided.

How to Stay Motivated When You're Overwhelmed, Tuesday, April 22, 12:15 p.m., Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

The end of the semester can be a time when motivation lags because of what remains to be done. Being overwhelmed can make starting and completing tasks more difficult. An informal workshop with tips on "How to Stay Motivated When You're Overwhelmed" will be given by Gail Thomas, Learning Specialist, at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in the Jacobson Center. Students are welcome to bring a grab-and-go lunch.

RESCHEDULED: "How to Change a Tire" workshop with Hannah Durrant, Thursday, April 24, 4:30 p.m.

You are Smithies. You can travel half way around the world, complete higher level math, speak more than one language, meet with world leaders -- but can you change a wheel on a car? Come and learn how to change a tire -- and we will throw in a bonus of learning how to jump start a car. This might be the easiest thing you do all week! Pizza dinner included. Registration encouraged but not required. Please meet in circle driveway in between Clark Hall and JMG. For more info, visit:

History - Honors Thesis Presentation, Monday, April 28, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

You are invited to attend the History Honors Thesis Presentation by Nazpari Sotoudeh, '14, Stalinist Orientalism: Images of Soviet Central Asians and Deterritorialized National Identities in USSR in Construction, 12: 15 p.m., Monday, April 28, Campus Center 103/104. Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

Laura Markham: 'Peaceful Parent, Happy Child', Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Laura Markham, clinical psychologist and author of "Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting," will discuss research on how children develop self-discipline, describe why yelling, bribes, threats, and punishment actually cause more misbehavior, and offer strategies for parents and teachers to create the relationships they want with children. The lecture is sponsored by the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education and the Smith College Campus School. Markham's talk is free and open to the public.

Elise Keaton: 'The True Cost of Coal', Thursday, April 17, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Keeper of the Mountains activist and Appalachian native Elise Keaton will discuss how people are fighting back against the destruction and social injustice caused by fossil fuel companies. Event Co-Sponsored by Smith College Green Team and Divest Smith College as a part of Earth Week.

Landscape Studies Lecture Series presents Julian Agyema April 21

Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University will speak on "Just Sustainabilities: Re-Imagining e/quality: Living Within Limits" on Monday, April 21 at 2:40 pm in Weinstein Auditorium-Wright Hall. His lecture is part of the LSS100 lecture series and is open to the entire Five College Community.

Five College Digital Humanities Student Symposium, April 18, 2-6 p.m., Seelye 201

Smith student Gavriella Levy Haskell, Art History & Computer Science, will be among the students presenting. The Five College Digital Humanities Student Symposium will feature talks and presentations by current undergraduate fellows, workshops for interested students, staff, and faculty, and a catered reception for the Five College digital humanities community. For schedule visit,

Keeping Public Schools in Public Hands , Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Join us for a discussion of issues regarding standardized testing, common core, and the importance of teaching for students. Taking It Back is a non-profit organization that is trying to "take back" the public school system from corporate hands. The organization is based in Holyoke, Mass., and began officially on Feb. 3, 2014. Gus Morales, who has a Masters Degree in English and is working towards his doctorate, is a teacher in the Holyoke school system and is the head of "Taking It Back." A small reception will be held afterwards.

Artist Talk: Josphine Halvorson, Monday, April 21, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Josephine Halvorson makes paintings on-site, face to face with an object in its environment. Often no more than an arm’s length away, she detects variations in texture, light and temperature. Transcribing these perceptions through the medium of paint. The result is an intimate portrait of the object, capturing a natural likeness as well as the often-unseen character of her chosen subject. Halverson holds a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA from Columbia University. The talk is free and open to the public.

'We Put Our Bodies at the Gate: An Intergenerational Conversation on Environmental Activism', Monday, April 21, 6:45 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

An intergenerational panel discussion to demonstrate vision and inspire hope, featuring 95 year old Frances Crowe from the “Shut it Down” Vermont Yankee Affinity Group featured in the “Bodies at the Gate” exhibit in Nolen Arts Lounge. Moderated by Center for Religious and Spiritual Life Staff, other panelists will include Smith students and local environmental activists working on both the grass roots and the national level. Part of Smith's Earthweek events.Opening and meet and greet panelists, with refreshments and tea/coffee at 6:45 pm, panel begins at 7:15 pm.

'Zombies, Inmates, Queers: The Social Life of Capital' by Camilla Fojas, LGBTQ Studies, DePaul Univ, Monday, April 21, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The zombie is an overarching metaphor for our most abiding fears, particularly about the end times, the apocalypse, and the current state of capitalism in ruins. Zombies and inmates are part of intermingled social discourses about the undead or the figure that turns "unnatural" and queer passions into regenerative efforts at a "comeback" or a revival during times of crisis. Camilla Fojas, professor of Latin American and Latin studies and director of LGBTQ Studies at DePaul University, will explore these ideas across popular culture examples, including 'The Walking Dead,' 'Orange is the New Black,' and 'World War Z.' Refreshments served.

William Mazzarella: 'Who The Hell Do Censors Think They Are?' , Thursday, April 24, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

William Mazzarella, professor of anthropology, University of Chicago, will ask by what right or qualification can one group of people decide what their fellow citizens may or may not see at the movies. Why do images that supposedly injure one group leave another unaffected? This lecture situates these persistent questions vis-a-vis the longer history of film censorship in India, showing how a set of colonial debates around the force and meaning of mass mediated images continues to animate present day controversies over the power, promise and danger of film.

Faculty/Staff Poetry Reading: Maya Janson and Naila Moreira, Thursday, April 17, 4 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Maya Janson and Naila Moreira will read in the second annual Faculty and Staff Reading Series at the Poetry Center at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. Light refreshments will be served. Books will sold following the reading. Free and open to the public. This series celebrates the diverse and exciting work of faculty and staff poets in the Smith community. If you're interested in participating in a future reading, please contact Jen Blackburn at

New Playreading Series: Thunderbird at the Next World Theatre, April 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

It's the not too distant future. Public gatherings (including theatre) have been banned supposedly for public health and national security. Bennie, an old actor, sneaks into The Next World Theatre on a dangerous mission to catalogue resources and gather precious artifacts. A second performer shows up and challenges Bennie to face a past he'd like to forget and a future he wants to give up on. Written and directed by Andrea Hairston; Music by Pan Morigan, Jerry & Sylvia Johnson; Performed by James Emery, Joy Voeth, Greg Alexander, and Ama Patterson; Sound Design by Jaz Tupelo

'Arts for the Earth' Event hosted by Celebrations Dance Company, Friday, April 18, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Hosted by Celebrations Dance Company, this event is the fourth in the interdisciplinary series, Arts for the Earth. A collaboration by the tinydance project, Celebrations Dance Company, Engineers for a Sustainable World, and the Smiffenpoofs, Arts for the Earth examines the relationship between the arts and sustainability. This event features a combined music and dance performance, as well as a presentation/discussion surrounding sustainability. The event will take place at noon on Friday, April 18 in the Campus Center, rooms 103/104 and the Nolan Arts Lounge.

Smith Wind Ensemble Spring Concert, Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Music of America, featuring saxophone soloist Lynn Klock in the world premiere of Clifton J. Noble's Locomotive Dreams for tenor sax and wind ensemble. Works by Bernstein, Ticheli, Sousa, Jenkins and Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.” Ellen Redman, director.

'Arts for the Earth' Event with Celebrations Dance Company, Friday, April 18, Noon, Nolen Art Lounge and CC 103/104

Hosted by Celebrations Dance Company, this event is the fourth in the interdisciplinary series, "Arts for the Earth." A collaboration by the tinydance project, Celebrations Dance Company, Engineers for a Sustainable World, and the Smiffenpoofs, "Arts for the Earth" examines the relationship between the arts and sustainability. This event features a combined music and dance performance, as well as a presentation/discussion surrounding sustainability.

French Films Series: "Camille Redouble", Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m., McConnell B15

"Camille Redouble" tells the unlikely story of Camille, a 40-something unsuccessful actress who has recently divorced from her high school sweetheart. After a New Year's Eve party, Camille wakes up the next morning as her 16-yea-old self in the 1980s, with the opportunity for a complete do-over. As she begins to relive her teenage years and meets the boy that she knows she will eventually divorce, Camille must decide what course she wants her life to take. French with English subtitles. All are welcome!

Final Viewing of Alumnae House Gallery Exhibition "Gatherings" by Lousie Peabody '63, April 16-24, 8:30 a.m., Alumnae House Gallery

"Gatherings," paintings by Louise Peabody '63, features large, crowded compositions of noisy, glass clinking, costume wearing revelers, and landscapes. Last chance to view this exhibition; April 16-24. Alumnae House Gallery is located at 33 Elm St. Open to the public during regular Gallery hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

10 Minute Plays: Everything's Better with Muntjacs , Sunday, April 27, 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Come enjoy an evening of exciting 10-minute plays! The plays represent a variety of playwrights and genres, and are all directed by this semester's Directing 1 students.

Smith Jazz Ensemble Presents 'Jazz is in Bloom', Wednesday, April 30, 7:30-9 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Smith College Jazz Ensemble invites you to an evening filled with jazz. Free and open to the community.

Real Food Challenge Workshops, Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m., Campus Center 204

The Real Food Challenge is coming to Smith College to lead workshops about food justice and organizing skills. After the workshops, we'll cook and eat dinner together on campus. It's going to be a great opportunity to connect with networks of student real food leaders and make plans to bring more real food to campuses in the Pioneer Valley. If you have any questions about the workshops or real food challenge, feel free to email Maya at

Pre-Departure Preparation for Independent Summer Programs Abroad, Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Are you doing an independent project abroad or participating in an a study abroad program over the summer? The Lewis Global Studies Center invites you to ask your questions, share your experiences, and learn what tools and support Smith offers while you are abroad. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments provided. RSVP to

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Wednesday, April 16, 12:10 p.m.: One Hour for Peace, Sanctuary. Quiet place to reflect and dialogue. Thursday, April 17, 8:00 a.m.: Mindfulness, Blue Room. Learn techniques to de-stress and relax. Friday, April 18, 12:15 p.m.: Soup, Salad and Soul, Bodman Lounge. Student-led discussion with a homemade meal. 12:20 p.m.: Al Iman Friday prayers, Blue Room. 4 p.m.: Smith Christian Fellowship Bible Study, Reading Room. 5:30 p.m.: Hillel Shabbat, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House. Shabbat dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, April 21, 5 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, Sanctuary; 7 p.m.: Smith Christian Fellowship Bible Study, Bodman Lounge.

Candlelight Labyrinth at Midnight: Walking in Darkness and in Light , Friday, April 18, Midnight, Chapel Sanctuary

Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters will lead this event. The labyrinth is an archetype found in many religions and in various forms around the world. It has only one path so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. The path winds around and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. All are welcome.

Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group , Monday, April 21, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group is led weekly by Zen priest and teacher Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, a Smith Community Religious Adviser. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend and no previous experience is needed. If you would like one-on-one formal meditation instruction, please contact Ryumon at

Exhibit: 'We Put Our Bodies at the Gate--Environmental Activism and Nuclear Power' , April 21-May 2, Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center

Documenting both the history of the closure and decommissioning of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, including the civil disobedience campaign, "Shut it Down." The exhibit will open on Monday, April 21 and run until May 2 in the Campus Center Nolen Art Lounge.

Build an Interfaith Sundae, Wednesday, April 23, 3:45 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Create your own free ice cream sundae complete with a variety of yummy toppimgs such as chocolate, butterscotch, whipped cream, strawberries, cherries, gummy bears, M&M's and more. Something for everyone. The event is sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Smith College Earth Week April 14-18

Featuring lunch-time tabling on Chapin Lawn, trash audits, conversations with author Elizabeth Kolbert and activist Donna Branham, an open mic at the MacLeish Field Station, a Friday evening festival on Chapin Lawn, and much more. For more details, visit

Now Online: Inaugural Issue of Journal About International Experiences

"Global Impressions," a journal by Smith students "in and for the world," is pleased to announce the online publication of its first issue. This issue includes essays reflecting on students' photographs from the Lewis Global Studies Center's International Photo Contest, and can be found at Global Impressions is also currently accepting submissions for its next issue, which will focus on the theme of "Adapting." More information can be found on the journal page.

Closure of Pedestrian Passage at Scott and Ainsworth, April 21-May 4

The plaza in front of Scott Gym and the exterior stairs between Ainsworth/Scott Gym and Sage Hall are scheduled to be temporarily closed to pedestrian circulation April 21–May 4. This closure is scheduled to allow the installation of an underground electrical ductbank from the Sage Hall transformer to the new Health Services Building.

Take Back the Night, Thursday, April 17

Come join in a rally, march, speak out and a candlelight vigil (sponsored by Smith College's Students Against Sexual Assault) to protest rape and other forms of sexual assault. Meet at the Campus Center Steps at 7 p.m., and after the march, the rest of the events will occur there unless otherwise noted. 7-7:45 p.m. Rally and March through Northampton; 7:45-9 p.m. Speak Out; 9-9:30 p.m.; Candlelight Vigil; 9:30-11 p.m. Decompression Space in the Resource Center for Sexuality and Gender

Stargazing, Thursday, April 17, 8-10 p.m., McConnell Roof

Sponsored by the Physics and Astronomy Club. Hot chocolate provided.

SEC Films Presents 'Philomena', Friday, April 18; Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Earth Fest, Friday, April 18, 4-7 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Activities include live local music, a dance and music performance by Celebrations dance company, the Tinydance Project, and the Smiffenpoofs, arts and crafts projects, a campus wide free box, bicycle hay rides, and free food from Hungry Ghost Bread and Maple Valley Creamery. Please see in case of rain.

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