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Dan Gardner: China’s planned urban growth bodes ill for environment
LOS ANGELES TIMES    04/22/2014
China scholar Dan Gardner, a professor of history at Smith, said a plan to shift 250 million rural Chinese to cities must be accompanied by environmental protection measures.
Alumnae News
Women abolishing war
To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, Robin Lloyd and Charlotte Dennett have created a performance piece based on Lloyd’s grandmother’s experience during World War I. Lola M. Lloyd, Smith class of 1897, was one of 47 American women who crossed the Atlantic Ocean to meet with 1,200 other women from 12 countries in an attempt to stop the war. The theater piece, titled “World War I and the Women’s Peace Movement,” will be performed in Montpelier, Vt., April 24.
Faculty Expertise
Golden State Warriors shift plan for new arena
KQED NEWS FIX    04/21/2014
The Oakland-based basketball team has abandoned plans to build an arena on the Embarcadero at Piers 30-32 near the foot of the Bay Bridge, and instead inked a deal to purchase a 12-acre plot in Mission Bay. “The problem was there was too much political opposition and too many environmental hurdles that they had to go over for the original site, even though the original site is more desirable,” according to Andrew Zimbalist, professor of economics at Smith.

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SB NATION  04/22/2014
Interview with Jessica Bacal, author of ‘Mistakes I Made at Work’
Smith students inspired Jessica Bacal was to write her new book. “Our students are part of a generation of young women encouraged to ‘lean in’ and take risks,” she said, “but at the same time, they’re grappling with incredible pressure to be perfect. So I felt like there was a missing piece of the conversation.” Bacal is director of the Wurtele Center for Work and Life at Smith.
What you should know about Malawi’s upcoming elections
In less than a month, millions of Malawians will vote in the country’s first tripartite elections to select their president, members of parliament and local government councilors. Kim Yi Dionne, Five College Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College, explains the May 20 elections, which are Malawi’s fifth since transitioning to multiparty democracy in 1994.
Fire a failing manager and other lessons from sports
MARKETPLACE    04/22/2014
Why can’t the corporate world be more like major league sports? When a sports team loses too much, the coach gets the boot, and gets it fast. In the past week, the Knicks fired their entire coaching staff, Manchester United sacked their manager, and the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team coach was fired too. “For a corporation, results are much more opaque,” says Smith College Professor Andrew Zimbalist. “It’s not win or lose. Although corporations like to have growth and profit, there are ways to hide the lack of profits or to inflate the actual profits.”
Incoming Students
‘The life-changing decision I’m prepared to make’
HUFFPOST TEEN    04/22/2014
An incoming first-year student celebrates the struggles and joys of the college admissions process in a column for the Huffington Post’s edition for teenagers.
On Campus
Smith appoints provost and dean of faculty
Katherine Anandi Rowe, a professor of English at Bryn Mawr College and a leader of digital-humanities efforts, will become provost and dean of faculty at Smith College on July 1. She will succeed Marilyn Schuster, who has been provost since 2009. [Read Smith news release.]
Smith in the Community
Childs Park in Northampton will get free tree work
The 40-acre park near Northampton High School will get some badly needed TLC when as many as 30 certified arborists donate a day of work in honor of Arbor Day. The annual work party is venturing to western Massachusetts this year thanks to Jay Girard, landscape manager of the botanic garden at Smith. After working at a cemetery in Worcester and at an arboretum in Boylston in the last two years, he nominated Childs Park after talking with Michael Marcotrigiano, the director of Smith’s botanic garden who also serves as a member of the park’s board of directors.
Smith in the World
Neilson assisted in founding of Bennington College
William A. Neilson, Smith’s third president, was consulted during the design and founding of Bennington College, according to a column exploring the historical connections between that college and the Bennington community.
Student News
From grief to desire in Live Art Dance’s final show of the season
Live Art Dance’s final show of the season in Halifax will host the Canadian premiere of Sara Coffin’s Body Abandoned. Coffin’s 25-minute piece is her thesis project for her master of fine arts degree at Smith College, where she is on a full teaching fellowship.
Sunwoo (Vivian) Lee ’14: Villains and Heroes Emerge from the Devastating South Korean Ferry Disaster
THE WANG POST    04/17/2014
With rescue still pending and further investigations continuing, the media and South Korean “netizens” created a villain in discussing the Sewol ferry sinking incident, which took place on Wednesday, April 16, near the western coast of the South Korean peninsula.
The Pioneers
Smith softball upends Amherst College
Gina Martucci struck out four and allowed one run on two hits as the Smith College softball team beat Amherst College 4-1 in Northampton Monday. The Pioneers (16-11) led 3-0 after two innings and 4-0 after five. It was their first win over the Lord Jeffs since 2008. [Read more about this and other Pioneer news.]
Pioneers lacrosse drops match to Wheaton
The Pioneers lost 14-7 to Wheaton on Saturday, but Jessica Lillquist and Rachel Silveria each had three goals as the Pioneers (2-14, 0-7 NEWMAC) closed their season on the road.
Softball team splits doubleheader with Coast Guard
Smith won the first game 2-0, eliminating Coast Guard (14-18, 7-11) from the NEWMAC postseason. The Bears won the second game 8-0.
Higher Education
Baldwin after a decade: adapting to shifting campus culture
DUKE CHRONICLE    04/22/2014
Ten years ago, the Baldwin Scholars Program at Duke University set out to shift the balance of gender power on campus toward equality. In service of this mission, the Baldwin program looks for female students with a particular set of qualities, said Donna Lisker, founder and co-director of the Baldwin Scholars Program. Lisker will leave Duke University to become dean of the college at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., at the end of the school year.
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Student wins prestigious grant for sustainable agriculture in Peru
Inspired by a visit to South America last summer, Haisley Wert ’16 will return to Peru this June to manage the construction of four biochar ovens, funded by a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant.
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