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Due to Winter Break at Smith, this is the final News Tracker for 2014. We will resume our normal publication schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.
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Smith is leader in graduation rates for low-income students
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT    12/18/2014
A recent U.S. News & World Report analysis named Smith a top-20 “overperformer” in ensuring high graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients.
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Traditions that get college students through finals
HUFFINGTON POST    12/19/2014
Finals bring out the frenzied college student in everyone — but many schools, including Smith, have stress-busting traditions to help get students through. Can you say “primal scream”?
Alumnae News
Alumna named partner at Miami law firm
MIAMI HERALD    12/15/2014
Fradyn Suárez ’98 has been named a partner in the Miami law firm of Akerman LLP. She is in the firm’s projects and infrastructure practice.
The early happiness of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath ’55
SALON    12/21/2014
A new memoir by Ted Hughes’ brother, Gerald, offers a look inside the courtship of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.
An honor for Caitlin Ryan MSW ’82
Caitlin Ryan has spent the past 40 years working to promote well-being among LGBT youth. In recognition of her lifetime of work, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation will present her with its Upstander Award  at the organization’s second annual Time to THRIVE conference next February.
Faculty Expertise
Prof. Zimbalist: Reality check on Cuba
BLOOMBERG    12/22/2014
Smith economist Andrew Zimbalist tells Bloomberg News that American investors’ prospects in Cuba will be limited until the United States lifts its embargo on the country.  “As for trade,” he notes, “it is still a small country with low per capita income, so to compare it to China or Vietnam isn’t reasonable.”

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Europe says 'no thanks' to the 2022 Olympics
MACRO INSIDER  12/19/2014
NFL Los Angeles team in 2015? Stadium deal, team owners are relocation hurdles
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Five scientific things you didn’t know about sex
From Come As You Are, a new book by Emily Nagoski, wellness education director and lecturer at Smith.
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Cape Cod paper profiles Jenny Estes ’15
CAPE COD ONLINE    12/20/2014
Jenny Estes ’15, senior captain of Smith’s field hockey team, was profiled in her hometown paper after being named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference All-Conference team last month. Estes finished the regular season ninth in the conference in game-winning goals, with a team-best two. [Read more about Smith athletics.]
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‘The work is not done': Gabrielle Peterson ’16 on the Millions March
Gabrielle Peterson ’16 was one of more than 100 Smith students who took part in last week’s Millions March NYC to protest police violence aimed at African Americans. Here is her account of the march—one of numerous demonstrations held around the country on December 13— that also drew college faculty and alumnae.
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