News for the Smith College Community //February 22, 2001

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'Big Brother' Earns Award, Students' Love

A few weeks ago, at this year's All-College Meeting on January 29 at John M. Greene Hall, a dining room assistant in Lamont House climbed the stage stairs with his wife and baby daughter to claim an award bestowed on him by the students.

Brian E. Subocz, a former dining room assistant in Ziskind House, accepted the Elizabeth B. Wyandt Gavel Award, given annually to a Smith staff member "who has given extraordinarily of themselves to the Smith College community as a whole," as his family looked on.

Established in 1984, the Wyandt Gavel Award is administered by the Student Government Association, which solicits nominations from students.

It was Subocz's warmth and kindness as a dining room assistant -- until this year in Ziskind -- that inspired students to nominate him for the award, say those who were residents of the house while he worked there.

Julie Baber '02, who wrote Subocz's award nomination letter and worked with him in the Ziskind dining room for two years, says that over the years, Subocz had made her feel at home in her residence. "Brian makes Ziskind home," she wrote, "and to someone who has no permanent home, that is of unimaginable importance." While she worked with Subocz, Baber says she was able to rely on him to provide answers to difficult questions and problems in her life. "He has really been the only person who has been selfless, generous," she says, "who has gone out of his way to help others, regardless of how they treat him. You don't really meet people like that. He's like that to everyone, and that's why everyone loves him."

Subocz, who has worked at Smith for almost three years, says he tries to go beyond his job description in helping to make the time enjoyable for students here. "I get along well with the students," he says. "I don't necessarily treat them as students, I treat them as friends. I went away to college, and I know it's tough being away from home." Of his award, Subocz says "It's definitely an honor. I'm happy that people appreciate what I do."

When Baber found out that Subocz was the recipient of the Wyandt Gavel Award, she says she ran screaming into her house and down the halls in excitement. Many of her Ziskind housemates joined in her enthusiasm, "like we had all won something," she says. "It's like your big brother winning some big award. He's just like a big part of a family."

SFS Director Smith to Leave Smith for Yale

After more than 15 years of helping Smith students navigate the labyrinthian financial aid process, Myra Smith, director of Student Financial Services (SFS), will bid adieu to the college on Wednesday, February 28. Soon after, she will assume her new post at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, as university director of financial aid.

Meanwhile at Smith, Sue Stano, senior associate director of SFS, will serve as interim director after Smith's departure. A search will begin in April for a permanent director, who the college hopes will begin at Smith by September.

Smith came to Northampton in 1985 from William Woods College, a small women's college in Fulton, Missouri, where she was director of financial aid. "February 5, 1985," she specifies. "I know the exact day I started here."

In her many years in the business, Smith has learned that financial aid is a labor-intensive process for both students and staff. "It's especially tough because government regulations change from year to year," she explains. "I've always tried to advocate for the fair distribution and allocation of financial aid. I'm most proud of my efforts to streamline the financial aid processes as much as possible."

The culmination of that effort has been the creation of the Office of Student Financial Services last year. SFS, which opened in July, merged the mandates of the offices of financial aid and the bursar. Smith, who oversaw the merger, says her overriding goal in the endeavor was to offer students and their parents a higher level of service. She believes SFS is succeeding. She's also proud of the SFS Web site, noting that it allows the office to deliver services in a more efficient way.

Then there's her staff. Smith feels lucky, she says, to have been part of a group that works as a team and shares a common commitment to students. "Leaving them will be the hardest part," she says. "I suspect I'll never have a staff like this again." She speaks affectionately about the good friends and colleagues she has had at Smith.

Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college, for one, appreciates the work Smith has done: "Myra Smith's directorship of SFS has led to a smooth-running, student-centered operation that has served students and parents very well. Her good humor and planning acuity have impressed faculty and staff over the years she has been at Smith. She has made an enormous contribution to the institution."

Smith says she will miss Mahoney, whom she describes as a great mentor. "I've learned a lot from her," she says. "The way I've seen her run her section will help me at Yale."

As university director of financial aid at Yale, Smith will oversee undergraduate and graduate financial aid services. "I'm excited about the challenges of this position," she says. "But after being involved with women's education for more than 20 years, I'm very aware that I am stepping into a new environment. It will be different."

Still, she expects the job-challenges and all-to be fun, she says. And she's comforted by the fact that SFS staffers have periodic get-togethers with former department employees. "I don't plan to lose these people as friends, though I certainly will miss them as colleagues," she says.

Smith, who lives in Springfield, says that she'll initially commute to New Haven, hopeful that no more nor'easters blow through the region. As much as she looks forward to her new venture, she knows that February 28 will be a difficult day. "Smith to me is all about the people," she explains. "That's the hardest thing to leave."

Spring Near With Opening of Bulb Show

After four long months of cold, colorless winter, the Lyman Conservatory will usher in the season of renewal when it opens its annual Spring Bulb Show on Saturday, March 3. The show, which will run through March 18, will offer a colorful array of forced bulbs, which ordinarily bloom at different times of the year, including displays of crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips, all flowering simultaneously.

The Spring Bulb Show, which has run annually for more than 75 years in the Lyman Conservatory, has become one of Smith's most popular events, attracting an estimated 15,000 people to the conservatory each year, says Madelaine Zadik, interim assistant director of the Botanic Garden.

Every fall, Smith's horticulture students pot more than 5,000 bulbs in preparation for the show. The bulbs are put in cold storage until January, when they are brought into the greenhouses. Using careful timing and temperature control methods, the horticulturists coax the bulbs to bloom at the same time.

In celebration of a two-year renovation of the Lyman Conservatory scheduled to begin in April, this year's Bulb Show will unofficially open on Friday, March 2, with a presentation, "The Architecture of the Lyman Conservatory: Past, Present and Future," by Bryan Irwin, an adjunct faculty member at Rhode Island School of Design and an associate with Perry Dean Rogers and Partners, the Boston architectural firm that designed the renovation. In his talk, which will be at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium, Irwin will discuss trends in glasshouse design and issues concerning the Lyman Conservatory renovation, while tracing the development of the Smith College greenhouses.

Following Irwin's presentation, there will be a special preview of the Bulb Show in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory.

The $5 million Lyman Conservatory renovation, which is expected to be completed in late 2002, will restore the facility's 12 greenhouses while expanding its exhibition space and upgrading its technology for maintaining a collection of plants from habitats around the world. It will also provide complete access for persons with disabilities.

During the renovation, all Botanic Garden offices will remain open, as will some of the Lyman Conservatory's exhibition space. However, the conservatory's shows -- such as the fall Chrysanthemum Show and the spring Bulb Show -- will not be held until the renovation is completed.

This year's show, therefore, will be the last opportunity for a while to witness the splendor of colors and species that compose the Bulb Show, which will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Fridays, March 9 and 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Special members-only hours are available for Friends of the Botanic Garden.

Groups wishing to visit the show must schedule in advance.


Several Smith women were featured in the January 8, 2001, edition of Newsweek, in a segment titled "Watch Out: Women of the 21st Century." The article called Thelma Golden '87 "one of the nation's most-watched museum curators." Golden gained her fame as the curator at the Whitney Museum during the controversial 1994 exhibition "Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary Art." Carolyn Kaelin '83, a leading doctor in the treatment of breast cancer and faculty member at Harvard Medical School, is said in the article to be so dedicated that "she attended a residency-award dinner when she was pregnant and in labor. The contractions were 10 minutes apart when she received an award for being the best chief resident that year. 'The speech,' says Kaelin, 'was short.'" And Shirley Sagawa '83, a deputy assistant to former President Clinton and deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton, was referred to as "a key player in national child-care policy, community service and philanthropy."

Smith College was named in The Chronicle of Higher Education as a participant in Project 2001, a partnership of 62 liberal-arts colleges developing usages of technology to enhance the teaching of languages. The partnership is funded in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Other participating colleges include Amherst, Bennington, Bryn Mawr, Vassar, Bowdoin, Mount Holyoke, Wellesley and Williams.

The Christian Science Monitor reported in its November 14, 2000, issue that from 1920 to 1990, Smith ranked fifth in the nation among private four-year undergraduate colleges in producing recipients of doctoral degrees. Reed College ranked first, followed by Oberlin, Wesleyan and Swarthmore colleges. Rounding out the top 10 were Barnard, Carleton, Wellesley, Pomona and Amherst colleges.

According to sources at USNews, an on-line chat in November on "Mastering the Job Search," featuring Barbara Reinhold, director of the Career Development Office at Smith, was one of the Web site's "best-attended events." The chat can be reviewed at

Samantha Pleasant, associate director of reunion and classes in the Alumnae Association, was quoted in the February 9 edition of the Springfield Union-News in an article with the headline "The Women of the House" about women aged 30 to 50 who meet to play soccer. After the women recently defeated a girls' varsity soccer team from a local high school, the article reports, Pleasant said, "'They were mad, their parents were mad and their boyfriends were mad.'" The article goes on to mention that Pleasant, at age 30, is "described by some as the 'baby' of the group."


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


S.O.S. Blood Drive
Giving blood saves lives. Please do your part. The annual blood drive will take place in Davis Ballroom on Wednesday, February 28, and Thursday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Schedule an appointment at ext. 7296 or Walk-ins are

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. The program is based in Greenfield and operates learning centers in Northampton, Amherst and other area communities.

Softball Clinic
The Smith College Softball Team will operate a clinic for fifth- through eighth-grade girls on Saturday, March 10, at the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility (ITT), in two sessions: 9 a.m.­noon for fifth and sixth graders; 1-4 p.m. for seventh and eighth graders. Participation in the clinics will cost $12. No experience is necessary. Space is limited to 50 people in each session. Register by Thursday, March 8, by contacting Bonnie May at ext. 2713.

Summer Employment at Smith
There will be openings this summer for employment at Smith in building services, residence and dining services, the Botanic Garden, and grounds and rental properties departments. All positions are full time (40 hours), Monday through Friday, with various shifts available. The positions entail custodial, grounds, general maintenance and kitchen duties. Applicants must be Smith students or dependents of Smith employees (faculty or staff), at least 16 years old by June 11, planning to return to school full time in the fall and available to work through the end of August (some work is available after August). Applications will be available from Friday, February 23, through Friday, March 30, at the Human Resources (HR) office, 30 Belmont Avenue, the circulation desk at Neilson Library, the College Club and the front desk of the Physical Plant. Completed applications must be submitted to the HR office by 4:30 p.m. March 30. Priority in filling positions will be given first to returning workers from last summer, then to college age dependents and Smith students, then to high school age dependents. A waiting list will be started for applicants who are not placed initially. For more information, contact Serena Harris, ext. 2289,

Faculty & Staff

Have a Heart Food Drive
The Staff Council Activities Committee is 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.


Drop Course Deadline
The last day to drop a course is Friday, March 2. Forms are available in the registrar's office. Signatures of the instructor, adviser and class dean are required to make course changes at this time.

S.O.S. Fund Drive
S.O.S. is conducting its annual fund drive through Thursday, March 15. This year's campaign is titled "Silent Victims: Children Affected by Domestic Violence" and proceeds will be donated to local agencies committed to providing clinical and support services to children and families in need. Talk to your S.O.S. House Representative for more information. Prizes from Green Street Café, La Cazuela and Aurylius Hair Salon will be awarded to the top donors.

Student Schedules
Students are advised to check their course registration on BannerWeb. Inaccuracies must be reported to the registrar immediately. Students are responsible for all courses in which they are registered.

Nina Rothschild Fund
Funds are available from the Nina Rothschild Fund, on a one-time basis, to help pay for travel in the case of family emergency, or for course workbooks in the case of an unexpected shortfall of funds. The funding is only for students already receiving financial aid. The grants are small (normally less than $150). Apply to Margaret Bruzelius, College Hall 23.

New Name Needed
Health Education, a division of Health Service, needs your help in finding a new name to better reflect its range of services. Health Education operates several campus programs, including Health Promotion Peers; PSE and Bodywise peer education groups; "Chilipeppers," the Five College Web page of fun events; Great Smithie Smoke-Out; the bathroom stuffers, bulletin boards and low-cost latex in the houses. Please visit the Health Education "Name Game" table at the post office during the week of February 26 and cast your vote for the moniker that you think best reflects its services. Your name will be entered into the office contest, in which you will be eligible to win one of 10 prizes.

Check out Chilipeppers
The Chilipeppers! ("Hot Without the Sauce") Web page is off to another great semester of fun, Five-College events, great prizes and a new feature called "Flick Picks" of current movie reviews. To access the site, go to and find out what's going on at the Five Colleges and in the Valley, read a movie review or enter a contest, which awarded 10 free ski tickets for Berkshire East in February. The contest also awards 15 movie passes each month to contest winners. You can also submit events to Chilipeppers. If you have suggestions for cool prizes or other good ideas, call Health Education, a division of Health Service, at ext. 2824.

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.

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 per summer. Information about the SFA internship ( and applications for the MASFAA stipend are 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 appointments 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 Service 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, 4:30­6 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 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 final workshop is "Preparing for Exams and Coping With Exam Panic," on 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.

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 offer 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.

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, Februar y 26

Lecture "Landscape Scenarios: Back from the Future." Jack Ahern, chair, department of landscape architecture and regional planning, UMass. Fourth 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*

Lecture "When Holy Women Kiss Lepers: Gendered Implications for a Medieval Motif of Charity." Catherine Peyroux, assistant professor of history, Duke University. Sponsors: the departments and programs of classical languages and literatures, history, religion and biblical literature, wo-men's studies, comparative literature, medieval studies and the chapel.
4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "The Future of Feminist Scholarship-A Glimpse at the Third World. Work in Progress." Kum-Kum Bhavnani, senior editor of Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, and visiting professor, women's studies. Sponsor: Project on Women and Social Change. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207*

Chaired Professor Lecture "Ownership Gone Awry: Compulsive Hoarding and the 4th Circle of Hell." Randy O. Frost, Harold Edward and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor of Psychology. Reception follows in Wright common room. 4:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Babette's Feast (Denmark). A subtle study of repressed passion in two sisters who live austerely until their lives are interrupted by an extravagant French feast. Winner of the 1987 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Sponsor: Office of the Chaplains. 7 p.m., Seelye 201*

Film Bab el-Oued City (Algeria, 1994). Merzak Allouache, director. Fourth 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

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

Tuesday, February 27

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "To Help Your Continent Grow, Keep it Warm and Give it Plenty of Water." Mark Brandriss, geology. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, College Club, lower level

Lecture "From Woe to Wonder." Renowned science-fiction writer Octavia E. Butler will deliver the final lecture of the series "Race, Science, Fiction." 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Favorite Poem Reading Read a poem you love and listen to others. All invited. Refreshments served.
7 p.m., Seelye 106

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

Special open meeting of the Anatomy of Exile Colloquium with works-in-progress presentations.
4 p.m., Kahn colloquium room

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 28

Chemistry/Biochemistry lunch chat An informal departmental seminar for students and faculty. 12:10-1:10 p.m., McConnell 403a

Lecture "High Modernist Utopias and Nightmares: 'Seeing Like a State.'" James Scott, professor of political science and anthropology, and director of the Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University. Sponsor: government department. 8 p.m., Seelye 106*

Performing Arts/Films
Theater Two plays: Giving up the Ghost, by Cherrie Moraga, Mariza Baker '01, director. Story of a young woman in transcultural America; and Antigona Furiosa, by Griselda Gambaro (translated 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*

Open class HSC 211. "The Metropolitan Museum's Mummies-An Inside View." David Mininberg, a retired physician who has conducted extensive CT scans and other medical studies on the mummies at the Met museum; and Anne Mininberg, a docent in the Met's Ancient Egyptian collection. Sponsor: Program in the History of Science and Technology. 2:40 p.m., McConnell 404

Faculty meeting Preceded by tea at 3:45 p.m. 4:10 p.m., Alumnae House

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101

Workshop Basic Web authoring for students. Sponsor: the Web and Graphics Center. Register at 7 p.m., Seelye B2

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

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

Other Events/Activities
S.O.S. Blood Drive For appointments, call ext. 7926 or send e-mail to Walk-ins welcome. (See notice.) 11 a.m.-
5 p.m., Davis Ballroom

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

Classics lunch table 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C

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

Gaming night with the Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society, a time for gamers to gather and play rpgs, eegs and anything else of interest. Probable games include D&D, Magic, The Gathering and Lunch Money. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 208.

Thursday, March 1

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Headhunters, Colonists, Generals, and Spies: Reflections on What Gets Left out of the History of Japanese Imperialism." Robert Eskildsen, history. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, lower level

Lecture "You Mixed? Racial Identity Without Racial Biology." Sally Haslanger, professor of linguistics and philosophy, MIT. Sponsors: departments of philosophy and Afro-American studies. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207*

Lecture "The Idea of Black Culture." Hortense J. Spillers, Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English, Cornell University. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "What is Happening to the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean?" Richard B. Aronson, senior marine scientist, Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Albert F. Blakeslee Annual Lecture. Reception follows. 4:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Poetry Reading Tracie Morris, hip-hop poet, will perform her work. Booksigning follows. Presented in collaboration with the New World Theater of UMass. 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Concert The Amherst Regional High School Symphonic Orchestra, Patrick Smith, director, an honors ensemble comprising 42 string players from grades nine-12, will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Telemann, and Grieg. Free, no tickets or reservations required. 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Theater Two plays: Giving up the Ghost and Antigona Furiosa. See
2/28 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio*

Master class "Viscera-The Body and the Text." A performance poetry workshop and conversation with Tracie Morris, who reads her poetry in the evening. Come and learn by doing; no experience necessary. 3:30 p.m., Mwangi Cultural Center

Meeting Head of Organizations.
5 p.m., Seelye 106

Meeting Ceramics Club. Discuss the purchase of supplies for the club; bring questions, comments or suggestions. All members and interested students are welcome. The ceramics studio is located behind Capen, next to the Davis center, in the same building as the LBTA. 6:45 p.m., ceramics studio

Religious Life
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. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye 204

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

S.O.S. Blood Drive See 2/28 listing. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Davis Ballroom

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

Friday, March 2

Lecture "Human Rights in Practice: Policy Tools, Policy Solutions." Andrew Willard, Yale Law School. 10:30 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Lecture "Conserving Biodiversity in the Real World: A Short Course in Effective Approaches to Environmental Policy Problems." Timothy Clark, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Andrew Willard, Yale Law School. 1:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Lecture "The Architecture of the Lyman Conservatory: Past, Present, and Future." Bryan Irwin, associate at Perry Dean Rogers and Partners, the architectural firm working on the Lyman Conservatory renovation (see story, page 1). Followed by a reception and preview of the Bulb Show in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory. 7 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Theater Two plays: Giving up the Ghost and Antigona Furiosa. See
2/28 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio*

Concert The renowned piano trio Triple Helix will perform Haydn's Trio in C Major, Arlene Zallman's Triquetra, and Brahms' Trio in B Major. Part of the Sage Hall Concert Series. Tickets: $7. For reservations, call 585-ARTS. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Meeting Baha'i Club. 1-2:30 p.m., Seelye 102

Meeting College Council on Community Policy. Agenda will include discussion of the Smith smoking policy, diversity and the college's mission statement. 3:30 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn conference room, Pierce

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

Language lunch table Hebrew. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C

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

Saturday, March 3

Performing Arts/Films
Theater Two plays: Giving up the Ghost and Antigona Furiosa. See
2/28 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio*

Other Events/Activities
Spring Bulb Show A spectacular array of forced blooms provide an early glimpse of spring. Through March 18. Daily10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fridays 6-9 p.m., Lyman Conservatory*

Tennis vs. Skidmore. 11 a.m., Tennis courts*

Sunday, March 4

Performing Arts/Films
Guest Recital "An English Songbook." Anna Mckenna, soprano, and David Kellett, tenor, with William Sterling Tracy, piano. Songs and duets by Britten, Handel, Haydn, Ireland, Lehmann, and Purcell.
4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Student Recital Lori Robinson, bassoon. 8 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage*

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

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

Religious Life
Morning Worship Ecumenical Christian Church. The community celebrates Affirmation Sunday with guest preacher the Rev. Greg Dell, social justice activist and pastor of Broadway United Methodist Church, Chicago. Brunch follows in Bodman Lounge. 10:30 a.m., chapel*

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

Discussion Baha'i Club. Deepening of the Baha'i writings. 4 p.m., Dewey common room

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


Annual Spring Bulb Show A spectacular array of more than 5,000 bulbs, including crocuses, hyancinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips, all flowering simultaneously. Opens March 2 with a lecture on the architecture of the Lyman Conservatory. (See story, page 1). Open daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through March 18. Special evening hours, 6-9 p.m., on Fridays, March 9 and 16. Groups of 10 or more must schedule in advance by calling ext. 2742. Parking is available on College Lane during the show. Lyman Conservatory*

"Fragments: A Quilt Exhibit" Through March 28. For more information, call ext. 2907. Mortimer Rare Book Room, Third Floor, Neilson Library

"Ornamented Type," an exhibit of 23 alphabets from the foundry of Louis John Pouchee. Through March 28. For more information, call ext. 2907. Third Floor, Neilson Library

"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*