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‘The comfortable kid’: Smith’s president weighs in on national dialogue
An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education quotes Smith President Kathleen McCartney and others in higher education on the need to support both free speech and students’ desire to craft their own environments on campus.
Alumnae News
Still raising the roof, one garden at a time
THE GLOBE AND MAIL    07/26/2014
Landscape architect and Smith alumna Cornelia Hahn Oberlander ’44 has designed some of Canada’s most iconic outdoor spaces, but the nonagenarian isn’t resting on her laurels. “It tickles me,” she tells a reporter, “to do another project that’s better than the last one.” Oberlander is the subject of a new biography.
Faculty Expertise
Smith professor among critics of proposed U.S. curb on commercial drones
Smith engineering professor Paul Voss is among a group of U.S. professors critical of the U.S. government’s proposed strict limits on the commercial use of drone technology, The Wall Street Journal reports. Voss was the lead author of a letter sent to the Federal Aviation Administration last week, arguing the rules are obstacles to scientific research and advancement.

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Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use
More on whether the World Cup was good for Brazil
FORBES    07/25/2014
In examining whether the World Cup was a good investment for Brazil, Forbes cites Smith professor Andrew Zimbalist, who estimated the net cost to Brazil at about $10 billion, or about 45 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. 

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19 things we could have done instead of build Shad Khan's scoreboards
FOLIO  07/25/2014
Citing economists Andrew Zimbalist and Roger Noll, the author notes that subsidizing stadiums doesn't boost communities' economies in any tangible way.

Playing ball with public dollars
Economists John Siegfried and Andrew Zimbalist write, “there is no statistically significant positive correlation between sports facility construction and economic development.”

Being Nehru for two days: a look at classroom games
Patrick Coby, a professor of government at Smith, was among those attending a recent “Reacting to the Past” conference in Iowa about classroom simulation games. Coby was mentioned in the first of a three-part series in The Chronicle of Higher Education by James Lang, of the Center for Teaching and Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester. Lang, Coby and others at the conference played a game simulating the 1947 negotiations that led to the founding of modern India. [Read a Grécourt Gate story from last November about Smith's First Year Seminar "Reacting to the Past."]
Student News
Gaza War finds incoming Smith student in Israeli uniform
READING EAGLE    07/26/2014
Israel Defense Forces Sgt. Mika Fox didn’t know anything was wrong for the first five minutes when she spoke on the phone Friday with her boyfriend, a fellow Israeli soldier. “Then he said he wasn’t far from me,” said Fox, 19, a Berks County native who is stationed about 15 miles from Gaza. “I asked what he meant and then he said he was in the hospital.” Fox is one of more than 4,000 “lone soldiers” who move to Israel from abroad to enlist. She has 84 days left in her two-year assignment, after which she plans to attend Smith College. [For a copy, email Marti Hobbes.]
In Memoriam
Obituary: Claudia Dinan Granata at 58
WEST HARTFORD NEWS    07/27/2014
Physician and Smith alumna Claudia Dinan Granata ’76, died July 24. She was in private practice with Pulmonary Associates of New Haven and was on the medical staff of both Yale New Haven Hospital and St. Raphael Hospital. After raising her children, she taught middle school mathamatics at the Foote School in New Haven.
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Smith’s community garden offers students lessons in sustainability
As it marks a fourth summer in its on-campus location, supporters say Smith’s community garden  is “maturing,” with new raised beds, plantings, a picnic table and plans for more community outreach. The student-run garden hosts workdays on Friday afternoons in the summer for all members of the Smith community.
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