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Are college athletes getting an education?    03/27/2015
Smith professor and sports economist Andrew Zimbalist will be part of a panel discussing college sports at 2:08 p.m. (Eastern) today on National Public Radio’s “To the Point.”
Top News
Don Robinson: How firm is the U.S.-Israel alliance today?
Daily Hampshire Gazette    03/26/2015
In his column for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Donald Robinson, Smith’s Charles N. Clark Professor Emeritus of Government, explores the status of U.S./Israeli relations. Recent exchanges between the Obama Administration and newly elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have “struck a new tone in Israeli-American relations,” Robinson writes. “Never before had there been such a sharp, public confrontation between an American president and an Israeli prime minister.” [For a copy, email Marti Hobbes.]
Alumnae in Action
Profile of Susan George ’56
Cuba Debate    03/25/2015
Smith alumna Susan George is profiled in an article in Cuba Debate as a leader in the fight against the “global empire” of multinational corporations. George, who studied French at Smith and earned a Ph.D. in political science from the Sorbonne, is an “essential reference” for supporters of “alternative globalization,” the article says.
Two alumnae named partners at Lipman Hearne
Chicago Tribune Online    03/25/2015
Alumnae Kirsten Fedderke ’99 and Sara Stern ’81 have been named equity partners at Lipman Hearne, a global marketing and communications firm.
Alumna among nine authors who break boundaries with ‘indie lit’
IndieReader    03/25/2015
Smith alumna Pavarti Tyler ’99 is among nine writers featured in a new Indie Reader list of “Authors Who Break Boundaries.” With a whopping 14 titles available on Amazon, “Tyler is essentially the indie scene’s Margaret Atwood,” the Indie Reader says. Tyler, who studied theatre at Smith, is the author of The Sugarhouse Novellas and director of marketing at Novel Publicity.
Wearing many hats: Signe Nielsen ’72
DowntownExpress    2015/03/26
An interview with Smith alumna and landscape architect Signe Nielsen, who has shaped several public spaces, many of them in Lower Manhattan.
Faculty Expertise
Israel votes: Smith’s Donna Robinson Divine analyzes recent election
Connecticut Jewish Ledger    03/25/2015
Donna Robinson Divine, Morningstar Professor Emerita of Jewish Studies and professor emerita of government at Smith, helps analyze the recent Israeli elections for the Connecticut Jewish Ledger. Divine will continue to weigh in on the situation for the newspaper in the months ahead.
How does Africa get reported?
Jazeera America Online    03/26/2015
Smith professors are among numerous academics, journalists and others who have signed an open letter to the executive producer of 60 Minutes expressing concern about the “frequent and recurring misrepresentation of the African continent” on the popular television show. Smith signers include Jeffrey Ahlman (history); Catharine Newbury (government and African studies, emerita); David Newbury (history, emeritus); Elliot Fratkin (anthropology); and Kim Yi Dionne (government).  
Rio needs planning, not Olympic Games, says Zimbalist
Agence France-Presse (AFP)    03/24/2015
Rio de Janeiro needs proper planned investment, rather than rush-through improvements tailored to a three-week Olympic Games, Smith professor and sports economist Andrew Zimbalist told Agence France Presse. “Resources are scarce,” said Zimbalist. “The Olympics are not the investment you need, or maybe 20 percent. Why not spend 80 percent of your money on the stuff you do need?”

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Voter rejection could result in USOC shake-up
Boston Herald  03/26/2015
Dan Payne: Principles for reselling the Olympics
Boston Globe  03/25/2015
Boston’s support for 2024 Olympics bid might be headed to the ballot
The Washington Post  03/25/2015
Zimbalist: NCAA schools can absolutely afford to pay college athletes
Huffington Post    03/27/2015
Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods professor of economics at Smith, is among several experts interviewed by the Huffington Post who agreed it will likely be highly paid coaches and athletic directors who would take the hardest hit if college athletes were paid. Zimbalist said that it might take a few years for head coaches’ salaries to adjust to the new economic reality, but in time “there would probably be less pay for people like Coach K.”

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Alameda County joining Oakland officials on stadium talks, but Raiders still silent
Contra Costa Times  03/24/2015
On Campus
Summer programs: From science to soccer
Daily Hampshire Gazette Summer Camps Guide    03/26/2015
Smith’s summer programs for high school girls are featured in a supplement to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Smith offers five programs for high school girls, including hands-on science. “We looked around and said, what are things we have that are underrecognized?” said Sarah Craig, director of non-degree programs at the college.
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Making sense of big data: Five things to know about this weekend’s DataFest
Focus, flexibility and Snapple are among the strategies Smith students will employ during this weekend’s American Statistical Association Five College DataFest event. Smith is sending three teams to the contest, where students compete to see who can best analyze real-world data sets.
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