News for the Smith College Community //February 15, 2001

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Rally Day 2001 to Offer Something for Everyone

This Wednesday, Molly Ivins '66 is likely to offer some delightfully acerbic political commentary during her address at the annual Rally Day convocation. And that will only be a portion of what is traditionally a rousing hour-plus filled with award and medal presentations, music, addresses and lots of rambunctious hooting by students wearing outrageous hats.

It's Smith's 125th Rally Day, an event that began in 1876 as a celebration of George Washington's birthday and has since expanded into a two-day series of entertainment, parties, meetings and presentations. It's also President Ruth Simmons' last Rally Day at Smith and the first time seniors will don their graduation garb (funny hats notwithstanding).

The main event is the Rally Day Convocation on February 21 at 1:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Following introductory remarks by President Simmons, the junior and senior faculty teaching awards will be presented, as will the Rally Day Banner Contest awards, which this year illustrate the theme "Smith College: Yesterday and Tomorrow."

Then, after the awarding of the Charis Medal -- to three faculty members who have served at Smith for more than 25 years -- four outstanding Smith alumnae will receive the Smith College Medal, presented each year to people who have distinguished themselves in their lives and work. This year's medalists are Ivins, Pamela Bowes Davis '68, Ann Kaplan '67 and Judith Tick '64. A reception for the medalists will follow the convocation at approximately 3 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room.

Each of the four medalists will be on campus on Tuesday, February 20, for informal gatherings open to students, faculty and staff. Kaplan, a Smith trustee and managing director at Goldman Sachs, will conduct an open class, Economics 206, International Finance, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Seelye 311. Davis, a leader in the research and treatment of cystic fibrosis, will give a presentation, "Gene Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis: Hope or Hype?" followed by a question-and-answer session at noon in Burton 101. Ivins, a nationally syndicated political columnist, will lead a conversation at 3 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. And Tick, a pioneer in researching and documenting women's role in music history, will give a talk, "Ambient History: Writing Women in Grove's Dictionary," following a concert in her honor, "The Music of Ruth Crawford Seeger," at 4:30 p.m. in Earle Recital Hall, Sage.

Also on Tuesday, the campus community is invited to an All-College Tea for the medalists, from 4-5 p.m. in the Alumnae House Living Room.

On Tuesday night, a Rally Day party for students will take place in Scott gym starting at 9 p.m. following a basketball game that pits class teams against each other. And at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in John M. Greene Hall, students will put a comical spin on campus life when they perform skits at the annual Rally Day Show.

Rally Day posters will be available for the taking in the JMG lobby before and after the convocation and a commemorative Rally Day button will be given to the first 250 people through the door. Don't miss it.

Trio of Events to End Black History Month

As the end of Black History Month draws near, Smith has planned several more events to celebrate the achievements and explore the histories of African-Americans. One of them is the annual New England Conference, a daylong series of events hosted by the Black Students Alliance (BSA) to explore the historical foundations of black activism.

This year's conference, titled "Active Now: Exploring Black Activism in the Every Day," will take place on Saturday, February 24, in Wright Auditorium, beginning with registration at 9 a.m. and concluding with a 10 p.m. party.

On Friday, February 23, the BSA and Smith College Museum of Art will host artist Emma Amos for a lecture to celebrate the BSA's gift to the museum of one of her works (see box, this page).

Then on Tuesday, February 27, Smith's Black History Month celebration will close with a lecture by renowned science-fiction writer Octavia E. Butler. Butler, whose many works challenge the science-fiction genre to embrace aspects of African-American cultural experience and language, will speak in Wright Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Her lecture will also be the final event in "Race, Science, Fiction," a lecture series organized by the Afro-American studies department.

The New England Conference, which will feature Elaine Brown, former Black Panter Party leader and author of A Taste of Power, and KRS-One, a hip-hop scholar and organizer of the Temple of HipHop Ministries, will also investigate current ideas and theories in hip-hop scholarship while identifying new forms of activism across academic and personal fields of interest. Also on the agenda will be workshops on activism in the fields of economics, the sciences, the creative arts and research.

According to Mecca Sullivan '03, chair of this year's New England Conference, one objective of the BSA event will be to create community among campuses. This year's theme is particularly relevant to students, Sullivan explains. "Activism is traditionally important to students. We're hoping that this conference will not only present the foundations of black activism, but also encourage participants to think about activism in new ways." Sullivan says everyone is welcome to attend the conference and that efforts have been made to include the general community.

Mentha Hynes, assistant dean of multicultural affairs, credits Sullivan and her committee with taking the lead in organizing the event. "They are doing a very good job," says Hynes. "More than 300 people are expected to attend this year's conference."

Admission to the conference is $12 for students, $15 for the public. The ticket price includes admission to the lectures and workshops as well as an informal brunch and a soul food dinner with entertainment. The after-party, which is cosponsored by the Smith African Students Association, is open to all Smith students as well as conference participants. For more information about the conference or to reserve tickets in advance, contact Sullivan at

BSA Makes Gift to the Museum
Thanks to the Black Students Alliance (BSA), the Smith College Museum of Art will add a new painting by American artist Emma Amos to its vast collection.

Amos' work One Who Watches, an acrylic painting on canvas with African fabric borders, was purchased with a $6,000 gift from the BSA, given to the museum last May for the purpose of purchasing a work by an African American artist. Amos' painting was selected by the museum's curatorial staff and approved by BSA representatives Elisha Smith '01 and Abena Abrokwah '01, as well as Mentha Hynes, dean of multicultural affairs.

Amos will be on campus on Friday, February 23, to give a lecture and presentation titled "Seeing in the Dark" at 4 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room, as part of a celebration of the gift. She will discuss One Who Watches as well as her other works in the context of African-American contemporary art. The gift will be presented during the lecture.

Amos, who is a professor of art at the Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University, is known for works that depict political and feminist themes. For her, making art is fundamentally "a political act," she has said, and she is associated with the feminist Heresies Collective, a journal of lesbian art and writings published in 1977, to which she contributed.

Amos' works are exhibited in 25 public collections, including that of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Minnesota Museum of Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, the Williams College Museum of Art and the Dade County Museum of Art. Amos has received numerous awards, including a Certificate of Honor from the Georgia Commission on Women, as well as fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

One Who Watches will become part of the Smith College Museum of Art's permanent collection in March when a tour that includes the painting ends. As part of a two-year renovation and expansion of the Smith College Fine Arts Complex, the museum is closed until 2002.

Dictator's Impact to be Examined

Ginetta Candelario, an instructor in sociology and American studies, will be the featured speaker on Monday, February 26, in Works-In-Progress, a lecture series organized by the Five College Women's Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke College. Candelario will present "Engendering the State, Racing the Nation: Trujillo's Legacy and Dominican Identity Representations" at 4:45 p.m. in the center.

Candelario's presentation will consider the ways in which Trujillo -- the dictator who ruled the Dominican Republic from 1930 until his assassination in 1961 -- relied upon and subsequently institutionalized gendered and racialized understandings of the Dominican subject/citizen.

The project, derived from Candelario's dissertation research, is being prepared for publication as a chapter in a forthcoming anthology coedited by Susan Bourque, Esther Booth Wiley Professor of Government, and Marysa Navarro, professor of Latin American history at Dartmouth College. The anthology, tentatively titled Envisioning Equality: Gender, Ethnicity and Class in Latin America and the Caribbean, also features contributions from scholars in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago.

Candelario, a 1990 Smith graduate, returned to the college as a Mendenhall Fellow in 1998. A year la-ter, she joined the faculty and is cur-rently teaching a seminar on Latina/o racial identities in the United States, as well as a sociology course on ethnic minorities in America.

At the heart of her project on the Dominican Republic is the question of reproduction. Trujillo's domestic cultural practices and ideological structures encouraged high birth rates and increased European immigration all while repressing the country's Haitian citizens and executing an estimated 25,000 of them. To complete her research, Candelario recently spent a week in the archives of Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's capital. She says she is grateful to the Picker Travel Grant Program for Faculty Research, which helped fund the trip, and to the women's studies department for its support.

For more information on the Works-In-Progress Series, call 582-2527 or consult

At Smith, Many Options for Good Health

By Eunnie Park '01

For members of the Smith College staff and faculty whose New Year's resolutions might have included good health, fitness and exercise, the college offers several programs to help them follow through. One of them is the ESS Faculty and Staff Exercise Program, a series of fitness classes offered for more than 20 years to college employees.

For a small fee, employees can partake in aerobics and conditioning exercises, aqua-aerobics and yoga. And for those who prefer a less-structured exercise routine, the program offers the popular Century Club, in which participants set their own walking distance goals and earn free t-shirts when the goals are realized within 12 weeks.

During the fall semester, 133 employees participated in the program. Connie Dragon, payroll/billing assistant in the physical plant, was one of them.

Dragon, who has taken part in the college's fitness program for more than 12 years, says she started when her doctor recommended diet and exercise to treat her high blood pressure. So she now takes yoga, aerobics and step aerobics and participates in the Century Club. The classes have helped significantly in improving her blood pressure, Dragon says, and the excellent instructors make the program effective. "[The instructors] keep you interested," she adds. "If it's the same old thing every time, I would have quit by now."

Amy Holich, manager of the Work Control Center in the physical plant, joined the ESS Fitness Program's aerobics class last fall. And though she has never liked aerobics in the past, she says she enjoys it now and feels the classes have been a big part of her success in losing 40 pounds since August. "I've been through a kind of an epiphany," Holich says. "I've made a lot of changes that changed my lifestyle. I love [exercise] now. I can't get enough of it."

The college also offers other health programs like Weight Watchers @ Work and the Feldenkrais Method, a series of relaxation and restoration classes; and Heart-to-Heart, an eight-week wellness program that includes workshops on stress reduction, pilates and exercise physiology. Empoyees in the physical plant's walking program walk for half an hour at the beginning of their shifts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

It's all part of the college's effort to encourage physical fitness and good health among its employees, by making exercise convenient, accessible and fun.

"Smith really gives you a well-rounded exercise program here," says Dragon, who also participates in the walking program. "It's just success story after success story. And it's all due to these Smith fitness programs."


February 6: Smith 40, Clark 61
February 10: Smith 46, U.S. Coast Guard 66

February 7: Smith 3, Wesleyan 6
February 10: Smith 1, Connecticut College/Bard 8

Track and field
February 10: Smith Men & Women's Invitational

February 10-11: Boston College Carnival: 1st place out of 11;
6th place out of 11

Juliana Okoh, a visiting scholar in the comparative literature department, is the recipient of a 2001­02 Fulbright Scholar grant. The grant, awarded to some 800 international scholars, funds a year of research in the United States. Okoh, who specializes in feminist theater and community activism, is a playwright and a lecturer in the Department of Creative Arts at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Her recent research is titled "Toward an Effective Feminist Theater in Nigeria." She will complete her fourth play while at Smith.

President Ruth Simmons was honored on February 7 by the Associated Black Charities when she received its prestigious Black History Makers Award. The award is presented each year to "African Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the Black community and society at large through strength, courage and commitment," according to an announcement for the awards event. Honored along with Simmons were Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., professor and director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. The awards event, hosted by Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes, was held at Manhattan's Marriott Marquis. Past honorees include Wynton Marsalis, Kofi Annan, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Sidney Poitier, Spike Lee, Johnnetta Cole and General Colin Powell, secretary of state.

Domenico Grasso, Rosemary Bradford Hewlett '40 Professor and chair of the Picker Program in Engineering and Technology, was recently appointed by Environmental Protection Agency chief Carol M. Browner to a second two-year term as a member of the agency's Science Advisory Board, a panel of scientists. The board provides Browner with objective evaluations of the scientific underpinnings of environmental health issues. Grasso also serves as president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) and on the board of Sea Change, a nonprofit environmental advisory group.

Up Close and Personnel

The following employees were hired or departed the college in 2000:

New Hires
Jean Bauer, floater dining room assistant, RADS; Adrian Beaulieu, associate dean, international study; Mary Block, supervising teacher, Campus School; Thomas Bruno, fireman/utility man's helper, Physical Plant; Margaret Bruzelius, dean of sophomore and junior classes; Jolene Diver, teacher's aide, infant-toddler program; Betsy Elias, administrative assistant, student affairs; Elizabeth Feeley, interim basketball coach, athletics; Jean Fleming, assistant to the dean, School for Social Work; Michelle Gerencser, administrative assistant, engineering; Stephen Grettenberg, educational computing analyst, Information Technology Services; Michael Guzik, custodian, Physical Plant; Deborah Haas, nurse, Campus School; Kelly Hart, assistant athletic director, athletics; Mitchell Hinard, teacher's aide, Campus School; Leslie Hoffman, coordinator of tutorial services, Jacobson Center; Deidre Homstead, administrative assistant, admission; Jennifer Innes, quantitative skills specialist, Jacobson Center; Carol Kelly, relief double-unit dining room assistant, RADS; Michael Marcotrigiano, director, Botanic Garden; Nicole McGilpin, relief double-unit dining room assistant, RADS; Constance McGinn, assistant to the executive director, School for Social Work; Brigit Muldoon, residence coordinator, student affairs; Philip Neilsen, interim soccer coach, athletics; Geneva Perry, associated director of admission; Amanda Reynolds, circulation assitant, libraries; Elizabeth Rich, gifts and records coordinator, advancement; Joyce Roske, custodian, Physical Plant; Kathy San Antonio, college events coordinator, college relations; Naomi Schulman, fellowships/grants assistant, international study; Audrey Smith, director, admission; Oona Snoeyenbos-West, research assistant, biological sciences; Jennifer Southwick, catering, RADS; Xinh Spangler, systems assistant, RADS; Christopher Stetson, teacher aide, infant toddler program, Fort Hill; Charity Uman, novice crew coach, athletics; Alison Wood, program assistant, alumnae association; Laura Wyman, administrative assistant, graduate office; Jay Yoder, director of investments, VP/finance and administration office.

Marion Abrams, health service; Helmut Bisl, athletics; Roberta Bosworth, health service; Debra Davis, Alumnae Association; Janet Debrindisi, controller's office; Kathleen Dolan, infant toddler program; Brian Drohan, theatre; Meredith Farnum, student affairs; Jason Friedberg, public safety; Ethan Kolek, Ada Comstock Scholars Program; Mary Philpott, class deans office; Leslie Power, human resources; Shannon Ristau, science center office; Robert Whitcomb, libraries.

Sources of further information, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Notices should be submitted by mail, by e-mail or by fax (extension 2171).


ITS Joins Info Line
Starting immediately, the College Info Line (585-4636) will add a new service: when there are difficulties with Groupwise mail or the college's Internet connection or servers, the information line will carry a brief message stating the problem. The line will continue to be used for weather-related information as well.

The Literacy Project
The Literacy Project, an adult basic education program, has openings for volunteer teaching assistants in literacy, math, computer and GED classes. A 15-hour training program, held in Amherst, is required of new volunteers and begins on Saturday, February 24. Registration is required. Call Margaret Anderson at (413) 774-3934 to register. The program is based in Greenfield and operates learning centers in Northampton, Amherst and other area communities.

Faculty & Staff

Have a Heart Food Drive
The Staff Council Activities Committee is once again sponsoring its annual nonperishable food drive to benefit the Northampton Survival Center, through Friday, March 2. Donations can be made in collection bins placed in several campus buildings. Please consider a contribution of breakfast cereal; canned beans, fruit or vegetables; fruit juice; hearty soup; macaroni and cheese; pasta and tomato sauce;
peanut butter; powdered milk; rice or water-packed tuna.


Paid Internship in D.C.
The Student Financial Assistance Agency (SFA) of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington offers a summer internship. Interns are paid between $400 and $550 a week and are given a transit pass for public transportation. SFA will assist interns in finding housing. In addition, the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators offers a $2,500 stipend to one intern each summer. Information about the SFA internship ( and applications for the MASFAA stipend is available in the Office of Student Financial Services, College Hall 10, or by sending e-mail to

Peer Writing Assistance
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching, and Learning offers peer writing assistance every week from Sunday through Thursday, 7-10 p.m., in Seelye 307; and Monday through Wednesday, 7-10 p.m., in Cushing dining room. Peer writing assistants will be available to discuss papers on any subject. The center encourages students to bring in drafts at any stage of completion. No appoint
ments are necessary and the service is free.

Alumnae Scholarship 2001-02
Scholarships are available to seniors and alumnae who are beginning their first year of full-time graduate study. Scholarships are awarded based on merit within students' departments. Students can pick up applications, which are due by Thursday, March 15, in the Office of the Class Deans, College Hall 23.

Denis Johnston Prize
The Denis Johnston Prize for Creative Writing in the Dramatic Media is an annual prize awarded by the departments of English and theatre to a Five College student. To apply, submit three copies of an unpublished manuscript (any length) and an envelope with a return address that will be valid after June 1 to the Denis Johnston Prize Committee, Theatre Building, T205, Smith College, by Monday, April 2.

Counseling Workshops
The counseling service professional staff will facilitate the following free workshops and groups for interested Smith students (call ext. 2840 to register and with questions): "Self-Exploration Group," a counseling group for students, Mondays, 4:30-6 p.m. (call for a pre-group meeting with the cofacilitators); "Bereavement Group," Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; "Five-College Afrocentric Empowerment Group for Women," Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; "Food and Body Image Group," Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.; "Ada Group," Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m.

Summer Study in Korea
The Ewha Women's University in Korea offers tuition and application fee waivers for seven credits worth of summer school. Applicants must have one year (or equivalent) of Korean language background and a strong interest in studying Korean language and culture. Because the purpose of the program is to encourage students to go to Korea to learn more about the culture, it is not open to Korean nationals whose home is in Korea. Applications will be available in mid-February, and will be due by mid-March. Contact Naomi Shulman,, for information.

Study-Abroad Deadlines
Deadlines for JYA applications and the Application for Endorsement of Study-Abroad Plans are as follows: February 15, 2001, for non-JYA study-abroad programs; March 1, 2001, for seeking approval for a nonapproved program starting in spring 2002. Call the Office for International Study, ext. 4905, with questions.

Study Abroad in Israel
Students are invited to meet a representative from Israel's Ben-Gurion University at noon on Thursday, February 15, in the Office for International Study, Clark Hall 305. Also, check out the Ben-Gurion Web site at Call ext. 4905 with questions.

Free Tutoring Available
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning's Tutorial Services program offers free tutoring to students in most Smith courses. To learn more, visit the Jacobson Center in Seelye 307 and ask for an information sheet on the master tutor and peer tutor-tutee matching service programs. Jacobson Center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Spielberg Fellowships in Prague
Are you interested in studying the Jewish experience in Prague this summer? Steven Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation and Project Judaica are offering Spielberg Fellowships to support an eight-week Jewish studies program in Prague. Scholarships include a stipend of up to $3,000-toward the program's total cost of $5,190-to fund the study of the Jewish experience in eastern Europe, engage in community service and take a study tour to Poland. Other highlights include housing with Czech roommates, participating in weekly activities and taking a weekend trip to Cesky Krumlov. The deadline for program applications is Thursday, March 1; for scholarship applications, Sunday, April 1. For more details, consult or contact Naomi Shulman, ext. 4913, in the Office for International Study.

Study Skills Workshops
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning's Tutorial Services Program has planned a series of study skills workshops to help students achieve greater success in their classes. Workshops are free, but require registration. To register, sign up at the Jacobson Center, Seelye 307, or call ext. 3056. The workshops are: "Better Note Taking for Better Grades," Thursday, February 22, 3:15-4:30 p.m.; "Preparing for Exams and Coping With Exam Panic," Tuesday, April 24, 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Health Service Pap Tests
Students must schedule Pap test appointments at the health service before Friday, May 4. Because of the length of time in getting results from Pap tests, they will not be conducted at the health service after that date. Tests will resume in September.

Sources of further information, if any, are shown in parentheses at the end of event descriptions. An asterisk following a listing indicates that the event is open to the public. Admission charges, if any, are listed when known. Items for this section must be submitted on Event Service Request Forms.

Monday, February 19

Lecture "Putting the Community in Community Design." Patricia McGirr, department of landscape architecture and regional planning, UMass. Third in the series "Issues in Landscape Studies" (LSS 100). Sponsors: departments of art, comparative literature, English, environmental sciences and policy, landscape studies, and biology, and the Botanic Garden. 2:40-4 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Five College Geology Lecture "Mid-Ocean Ridge Black Smokers: Biogeochemical Cauldrons on the Sea Floor." John R. Holloway, Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer, department of geology, Arizona State University. 7:30 p.m., McConnell Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Film My Son the Fanatic (U.K.). A working-class Pakistani immigrant family in England is torn apart when the son turns to Islamic fundamentalism. Nominated for the 1999 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Part of the International Film Festival sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains. 7 p.m., Seelye 201

Film A Door to the Sky (Morocco, 1989). Farida Ben Lyzaid, director. Third in the Third Annual Africa Film Series, featuring films of North Africa. Sponsors: government and Afro-American studies departments, Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Five College African Studies Council. 8 p.m., Seelye 106*

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables French, Italian. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A

Reception for "Staff Visions," an exhibit of original art and crafts by Smith College staff. 4-6 p.m., McConnell foyer*

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Tuesday, February 20

Presentation "Gene Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis: Hope or Hype?" Smith College Medalist Pamela Bowes Davis, Case Western Reserve University. Followed by a question-and-answer session. Noon, Burton 101

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Human Rights, Human Disease: The Nexus in Sudan." Steve Williams, biology, and Eric Reeves, English. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, College Club, lower level

Lecture "What Does a Modern Woman Wear? Consumption and the Performance of Identity Among Chinese Muslims." Maris Boyd Gillette '89, assistant professor of anthropology, Haverford College, and author of Between Mecca and Beijing: Modernization and Consumption Among Chinese Muslims. 5 p.m., Seelye 207*

Poetry Reading Celebrated New Formalist poet Mary Jo Salter will read from her new collection A Kiss in Space. Booksigning follows. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Music in the Noon Hour. Jonathan Hirsh, violin, and Clifton J. Noble, Jr., piano, will perform Beethoven's Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Piano, Opus 23 in A Minor, and a preview of Noble's Sonata No. 3 for violin and piano, Summer, which will be premiered February 23 at the Five-College Composers concert. For more information, call 585-ARTS. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Concert and lecture "The Music of Ruth Crawford Seeger," in honor of Smith College Medalist Judith Tick, the Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Music, Northeastern University; followed by a lecture by Tick, "Ambient History: Writing Women Into Grove's Dictionary." 4:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Open class Economics 206, International Finance, will be led by Smith College Medalist and Smith trustee Ann Kaplan. 10:30-11:50 a.m., Seelye 311

Weight Watchers at Work All welcome. 1 p.m., Dewey common room*

Question-and-answer session with Poet Mary Jo Salter, who will read in the evening. Conversations about the craft of poetry. 3:30 p.m., Wright common room

Informational meeting for students interested in applying for a fellowship in the "Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds" project sponsored by the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute (fall '01-spring '02). 5 p.m., Kahn Institute lounge

SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201

Workshop L'Atelier, a theatre workshop conducted in French by Florent Masse. 7:30 p.m., Mendenhall CPA, T-209

Religious Life
Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets for worship, friendship and fun. Eucharist, fellowship and light lunch provided. Students, faculty, staff and friends are welcome. Noon, St. John's Episcopal Church living room

Meeting Newman Association.
7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch table Chinese, 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A

Language lunch table German. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room B

Conversation with Rally Day speaker and Smith College Medalist Molly Ivins '66. Open to students, faculty and staff. 3­4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

All-College Tea with Smith College Medalists Pamela Bowes Davis '68, Molly Ivins '66, Ann Kaplan '67, and Judith Tick '64, for students, faculty and staff. 4-5 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room*

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom

CDO Open Hours for library research and browsing. Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO

Rally Day Party "Say What" and D.J. in celebration of Rally Day. Sponsored by the Rec Council. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Scott Gym

Wednesday, February 21

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101

Religious Life
Catholic Adas gathering and informal discussion/reflection. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon, Bodman Lounge, chapel

Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Discussion with Baha'i Club about topics relating to the Baha'i faith and life. 8 p.m., Seelye 308

ECC Bible study Bring questions, frustrations and curiosities. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables Spanish, Portuguese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Rooms A &B

Classics lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Rally Day Convocation "Smith College: Yesterday and Tomorrow." Molly Ivins '66, speaker. Smith College Medals and junior and senior teaching awards will be presented, and winners of the Rally Day banner contests will be announced. Rally Day commemorative buttons will be given out at the door (see story, page 1). 1:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Rally Day Medalist reception (See story, page 1). Approximately 3 p.m., following the convocation, Neilson Browsing Room*

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Rally Day Show Students put a comical spin on campus life. 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Thursday, February 22

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture Open discussion: "Proposal for New Student Evaluation of Courses." Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, lower level

Lecture "On the Bus with George W. Bush: Tales from the Weirdest Electoral Ride in Modern Presidential History." Jena Heath '84, journalist. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207*

Performing Arts/Films
Film These Girls Are Missing. Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson, producers. Dramatic and personal portraits of Nadouba and Bintu in a West African village, and other girls torn between the village and the modern world. Winner of the Silver Plaque Award at the 1995 Chicago International Film Festival. Sponsors: the Project on Women and Social Change, Population Committee of the Pioneer Valley Sierra Club. 7 p.m., Wright common room*

Performance Homeland/Homeless. Pan Welland, composer and vocalist, George Mgrdichian, Armenian oud player, and Ellen Kaplan, Kahn fellow, will present an interweaving of monologues, poetry and music dramatizing displacement, anxiety and attempts to repair and rebuild lives. 8 p.m., chapel*

Theater Two plays: Giving up the Ghost by Cherrie Moraga, Mariza Baker '01, director. The story of a young woman in transcultural America; and Antigona Furiosa, by Griselda Gambaro (with translation by Marguerite Feitlowitz), Luisa Bieri '01, director. A raw, contemporary version of Antigone, set in Argentina in the 1970s. Tickets (585-ARTS): $7, general; $4, students, seniors. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio*

Discussion "Going to Law School." Heidi Woessner '98, a law student.
7 p.m., CDO library, Drew

Religious Life
Discussion "What Is Education For?" Ann Amett Ferguson, Afro-American studies, will share stories about her journey, discipline and interests. Lunch provided. Noon, Bodman Lounge, chapel

Drop-in meditation and stress-reduction class with Hayat Nancy Abuza. Open to all students, staff and Five College faculty. Sponsor: Office of the Chaplains. 4:30­5:30 p.m., Wright common room

Intervarsity prayer meeting 7-10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis Ballroom

Language lunch tables Korean, Russian. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room (alternate weekly)

Friday, February 23

Lecture "Seeing in the Dark." Emma Amos, artist and professor, Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University. In conjunction with the Black Students Alliance's gift to the Museum of Art of Amos' painting One Who Watches (see box, page 1). Reception follows. 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Theater Two plays: Giving up the Ghost and Antigona Furiosa. See
2/22 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio*

Meeting Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 208

Religious Life
Shabbat Services Dinner follows in the kosher kitchen, Dawes. 5:30 p.m., Dewey common room.

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch table Japanese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A

Alumnae House tea Albright and Gardiner houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Reception for "Biblical Women," a story quilt exhibit by Smith alumna Lee Porter. 5-7 p.m., Alumnae House Gallery*

Drag King Ball Fundraiser for the LBTA. Admission: $3, single; $5, cou-ple. 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Davis Ballroom

Saturday, February 24

New England Conference "Active Now: Exploring Black Activism in the Every Day." The annual conference hosted by the Black Students Alliance will explore historical foundations of black activism. Part of Smith's Black History Month celebration (see story, page 1). 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Lecture "Property Law (in a day) for Land Trusters: How to Navigate Legal Issues Surrounding the Conservation of Open Space and Farmland Protection." Richard M. Evans, attorney. Fee: $10 (for written materials and refreshments). 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Theater Two plays: Giving up the Ghost and Antigona Furiosa. See 2/22 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio*

Sunday, February 25

Weekly meeting Baha'i Club 4:30 p.m., Dewey common room

Meeting Amnesty International
7 p.m., Gamut

Meeting Smith African Students Association. All welcome. 4 p.m., Mwangi Basement, Lilly

Meeting Feminists of Smith Unite.
7 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis

Religious Life
Worship The Ecumenical Christian Church and the Black Students Alliance will come together for worship with the Rev. Leon Tilson Burrows. Gospel music by a local choir. Brunch follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 10:30 a.m., chapel

Quaker (Friends) meeting for worship. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome, childcare available. 11 a.m., Bass 203, 204, 210, 211*

Roman Catholic Mass Fr. Stephen-Joseph Ross, OCD, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Dinner follows in Bodman lounge. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., chapel

Intervarsity Prayer Meeting 9-10 p.m., chapel

Other Events/Activities
CDO Open Hours for library research and browsing. Peer advisers available. 1-4 p.m., CDO


"Staff Visions," an exhibit of original arts and crafts by Smith College staff. Through March 16. McConnell foyer*

"The Refugees" Two life-sized sculptures by artist Judith Peck, depicting refugees carrying a child and worldly possessions. Through May 28. For more information, contact the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, ext. 4292. Neilson Library, third floor*

"Biblical Women" An exhibition of story quilts by Lee Porter '60. Using textiles and appliqué and quilting techniques, Porter depicts several scenes of women from the Bible, engaged in activities such as naming children, celebrating victories and mediating disputes. Through March 30. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., on Friday, February 23. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Alumnae House Gallery*