News for the Smith College Community //February 28, 2002

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In the Middle of the Night

In the dead of night on the Smith campus, when houses fall still as their inhabitants slumber, when interior lights are dim and shadows loom, when strange noises echo from darkened corners, what terrifying things lurk?

Well, that depends on whom you ask.

Many students report that they've heard suspicious rustlings on the path that runs beside Paradise Pond and the Mill River. Others say they've seen ominous shadows in the parking lot on Green Street. Some have received phone calls from someone now known as the Whispering Woman, whose late-night prank calls have creeped out sleepy students for years.

Students say paranormal experiences abound at Smith. When a Web site was set up last year, at, for Smithies to share their ghost stories, there was no shortage of tales by spooked students of hauntings in houses and academic buildings, from Park House and Sessions to Theater 14.

Given students' wariness, you might think that those who work the night shift for the Department of Public Safety and Physical Plant would find cleaning and patrolling Smith's dark campus and deserted buildings to be a spooky pastime.

But it's not, they say.

"It's not creepy," insists Bill McGrath, a custodian with the Physical Plant who works from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. McGrath's job involves cleaning "the pool area, the shower rooms, the squash courts and the outside part," he explains. His job is solitary, he admits. "I don't really see anyone, and I'd rather see a few people."

Still, neither McGrath nor Tan Chan, a fellow custodian in Ainsworth Gym, says they have encountered anything out of the ordinary during their lonely nighttime shifts. "I work over there all night, but I've never really seen anything unusual," says McGrath.

Strange things sometimes happen to Public Safety officers during their night shifts, but they have nothing to do with ghosts or the like, says Bill Gorman, an officer with Public Safety. "I've heard the stories, but I think they're all kind of hokey," says Gorman, who has worked the night shift for eight years. His work, he notes, is "not different when there's a full moon or anything. But it is different when there's a full keg."

The pace of the night shift varies for Public Safety officers, Gorman says, depending on what's happening around campus. "It's the unexpected, really," he says. "Any night of the week, any of those 3,000 people [on campus] might need attention."

Public Safety stays particularly busy on Friday and Saturday nights, Gorman reports, when the campus buzzes with parties and visitors. "Basically the students are good, but what comes on to the campus [as visitors], that's the main part that causes trouble," he explains, "people from downtown or ex-boyfriends that want to cause some trouble."

It's not exactly the stuff of ghost tales (though Smith students may have their share of horror stories about ex-lovers). But thanks to the steady work and calm vigilance of Gorman and his fellow night shift workers, the only things that keep most students awake at night are their wild imaginations -- and perhaps the Whispering Woman.

WITI Invent Center Assists Tech Careers

As career opportunities in engineering and technology have expanded in recent years, Smith's faculty and staff have worked to develop new ways of helping students and alumnae find employment in those fields.

One example of the recent initiatives at the college is Smith's WITI Invent Center, a collaboration between Smith and Women in Technology International (WITI). The Invent Center, which opened last October, provides internships and mentoring programs, leadership assessment, training and coaching, and actual work experience for undergraduates interested in technology. It also offers resources and connections for faculty, alumnae and entrepreneurs.

"Women are dramatically underrepresented in technology and in new business ventures," said WITI founder Carolyn Leighton at the Invent Center's opening last fall. "Together, WITI and Smith can bring considerable resources to bear on the obstacles, such as isolation and lack of mentoring, that so often derail women's interest or advancement in technology endeavors."

Leighton founded WITI a decade ago to provide resources and services to women in technology. The first and only organization dedicated to advancing women through technology, WITI provides "inspiration, education, conferences, online services, publications and an exceptional network of worldwide resources," according to the WITI Web site.

With the help of the Invent Center, all those resources and opportunities are available at Smith. Located in Tilly Hall, the center is "a beautiful suite with a huge conference room, a research room with six Dell PCs, and we've got interview rooms that will also be used with the Career Development Office," describes Nancy Hellman, the Invent Center's consulting director.

In her position, Hellman helps to "not only get the center up and running physically, but make sure everything works, get signage, hire the staff and then design programming that will meet our objectives to provide professional development and retention of women in technology, and to provide experiences for women who will be beginning technology careers," she says.

Hellman started "by developing an advisory council of 20 women in the area," she says, "who are either in small businesses that they have started or small businesses that they are partnering, and three women who are from [larger] corporations, and we've met twice to help design the goals of the Invent Center."

The center's goals are in line with those of WITI and of Smith, Hellman says: helping women succeed professionally and intellectually. "It's a natural progression for Smith to collaborate with WITI to help advance women and encourage students to pioneer and lead in technology-based endeavors," said former president Ruth Simmons when the partnership was first announced last year.

Among the opportunities offered by the center to the Smith community is Toolbox, a series of speakers and panel presentations designed to teach students more about jobs in technology. The first presentation, which featured a panel of engineers, was held in early February. It focused on the question "What Do Engineers Do and Where Do Engineers Work?" On Friday, March 8, the second series installment, "Job Savvy: What Do Corporations Expect, and How Do You Prepare?" will take place at 11:45 a.m. in the engineering building, room 201. Vivian Dixon, the diversity consultant for Capital One Financial Corporation, and Jane Sommer, the associate director of Smith's Career Development Office, will speak.

The final installment, on April 12, will focus on "balancing your career and personal life," Hellman says. "We will have panelists talk about what they have experienced in attempting to advance their careers while also trying to keep their sanity and maintain a personal life."

The Toolbox presentations are open to all Smith and Five College students.

As the Invent Center grows, new programming will be added, says Hellman. "We'll be going on to look at entrepreneurial efforts in the fall, because a lot of students think they might want to own their own businesses," she explains.

Engineering and technology-related job listings are already available to students, thanks to a collaboration between WITI and the Career Development Office, and a mentor network is in the works as well.

Through all its programs, services and presentations, the mission of the Invent Center is always to assist students in pursuing their career goals. "We're here to provide counseling and a space for students to work," Hellman notes. But in its resources and general support, the Invent Center provides much more.

Riding Is In Their Blood

For many students, the only reason to venture to the college's horse stables, located at the extreme southwest reaches of campus, is to find a parking space during snow emergencies (when street parking is prohibited).

But for Sue Payne, coach of the Smith equestrian team, the stables -- or more formally, the Equestrian Center -- are more than an alternate parking lot. Foremost, the stables serve as home to Payne's 24 horses and training grounds for 26 student equestrian competitors. Then there are the 75 horseback riding enthusiasts who take lessons each week there. Snow-day automobile traffic notwithstanding, the stables are a busy place.

It's decidedly the equestrian team that is most familiar with that end of campus. Smith's team trains there throughout the spring riding season as one of 15 competing teams in their regional division of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). UMass, Mount Holyoke and Williams colleges also have teams in the division. And though each rider competes for individual ribbons, they are always aware that they are part of a team.

"What I enjoy most about the riding team is how supportive everyone is," says Chloe Diamond '02, a veteran equestrian team member. "At competitions, everyone [on the team] cheers on our riders and helps in any way they can."

"We are all competing for the same side," notes Christy Mackenzie '05, a new member of the equestrian team, "and that's something that doesn't happen a whole lot in other equestrian competition."

Payne, who has worked at the stables for 28 years and coached the equestrian team for 20, enjoys consistent success with her teams and riders. Smith's equestrian team often places riders in regional and national championship competition. In 2000, Lee Negendank '02 placed sixth in the Intercollegiate Nationals and has qualified again for this year's national competition.

Coach Payne maintains high expectations for her entire team. "We have good chances this year," she says, "especially since a lot of returning students are back. It's very stiff competition."

Add to that the unique feature of intercollegiate riding that requires the host college team to provide the horses in competition. Team riders therefore cannot warm up with the horse with which they will compete. As a result, the competition "often comes down to the luck of the draw because the riders don't know the horses," explains Payne. "There's a lot of rolling of the dice in this game."

For now, the dice seem to be rolling in Smith's favor. The equestrian team is ranked third this year in its 15-team division. The team's rivalries with riders at Mount Holyoke and UMass are so heated that often only one or two points divide the teams' scores in competition.

The equestrian team will continue competing through the spring. As usual, the highlight of the season will be the regional show on April 6, hosted annually by the Smith team.

After this season, six team riders will graduate. But if they're like past team members, their graduation will not mean the end of their riding days. Smith's equestrian team members typically continue in the sport as horse owners, equestrian teachers or competitors in the alumnae division of the IHSA, Payne explains.

After all, "If you're a rider," as Payne puts it, "it's in your blood."

SIKOS Schtick: Act on Impulse

Exams. Papers. Labs. Daily homework problems.

In the mixture of assignments and responsibilities swirling around the Smith campus, fun is sometimes hard to come by.

Fortunately, for those times, there's a small group of students on campus who make it their mission to reintroduce the college to the carefree side of life-the side that acts on impulse, without regard to proper etiquette and social appropriateness. It's eight women who collectively refer to themselves as SIKOS, or the Smith Improv and Komedy Organization of Smith.

"In life you are conditioned to act and think a certain way, a way that is generally known as being 'acceptable behavior,'" says SIKOS member Roya Millard '02. "However, at one point or another, you have reactions to things that you really want to say or do, but just can't. The SIKOS is based on saying and doing the first thing that comes to mind, which is usually the thing that is not acceptable behavior."

The SIKOS' performances, like those of other comedy improv troupes, are centered around "a series of games, commonly known as 'theatresports,'" Millard explains. "We do what is called short form spot improv, which simply means that the scenes are short, only a few minutes in length, and that it is all improvised on the spot based on suggestions from the audience. If you are at all familiar with the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway, that's what we do. The shows are entirely improvised, and even when we do multiple shows consisting of the same games, the outcomes are always different. We rarely get the same variables, or have the same reactions to the variables, twice."

It's a challenge, admits SIKOS member Claire Wheeler '04. But, she adds, "I love that challenge. It forces you to keep on your feet and also to listen to the other people in the group."

SIKOS meets for rehearsal twice a week, to the confusion of some. "People are constantly asking me, 'If it's all improv, why do you have to rehearse?'" explains Maile Shoul '02. "I compare improv theater to improv jazz. To play improvised music, a musician can't just sit down with other musicians and play whatever she wants. To make it sound good, they have to learn how to be in synch with each other, what makes good music, how to watch each other for rhythm changes, how to share the stage. Although improv seems to be free-form theater, only by keeping certain rules in mind (i.e., listening to each other, working on characters, having goal-oriented scenes) can improv theater be good theater."

No director or president heads up the student-run SIKOS. Instead, "rehearsals are often run by two people who put together a plan of what performance aspects they would like to focus attention on," Millard explains. "Otherwise, whoever is most vocal or into whatever it is we are doing-whether it be planning a show or coming up with ideas for auditions or advertisements-acts as a leader and keeps everyone else focused. We make decisions as a group and everyone has an equal say in things."

"We work very hard at making sure that we are an ensemble, a team," echoes Shoule, "and that everyone has equal involvement in what goes on. This democratic structure can make organization an extra challenge, but it is essential to keeping SIKOS fun and fair for everyone involved."

The SIKOS usually give their own performances at the beginning of the semester and around the holidays, and they also do shows whenever an organization hires them to perform.
The Smith community has responded warmly to the troupe's performances, says Millard, "which is a wonderful feeling. We really love performing and it's such a rewarding sensation to have people come to the shows and get into it, as well as recognizing us around campus and telling us they liked the show."

But recognition isn't the only (or even most important) benefit of belonging to SIKOS. "We can all get together and make total fools out of ourselves and be as goofy and dorky as we want," says Millard, "and enjoy it without worrying about what people will think, because it's all taken in good fun."

Who wouldn't want to watch a group of eight students having that kind of fun? After attending the SIKOS' Winter Weekend performance at Gardiner House, Emily Razzanno '02 gave this review: "Laughter is the best medicine, and the SIKOS are the perfect prescription."


Track and field

February 22: Open New England Tournament: 29th place out of 32

Swimming and diving

February 22-24: NEWMAC Championship: 5th place out of 10


February 24: ECSC Regional Championship

Will return.

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


Concert for Homeless
The Pioneer Valley Gay Men's Chorus and Amandla, a community chorus, will give a benefit concert for the Hampshire County Interfaith Homeless Shelter on Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage. The Gay Men's Chorus, a group of men who come from many different walks of life, performs extensively throughout the area. Amandla sings to celebrate life, articulate social concerns and provide inspiration in the struggles for justice and peace. Tickets will be available at the door for $12 ($10 in advance by mail; send check to Friends of the Homeless, P.O. Box 60398, Florence, MA 01062); $8 for students, seniors and children.

Route 66 Reconstruction
The long-planned reconstruction of Route 66 (also known as West Street from the traffic signal on Elm Street going west past Forbes Library, Garrison Hall, the Smith College Parking Facility, ITT, Physical Plant and the riding stables) will begin in mid-March and continue through the fall. One lane will be open at all times and access to the parking garage and Green Street will be maintained throughout the project. Construction hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no work anticipated on weekends. Construction will include extensive water and sewer repairs as well as repaving.

Adopt-a-Planter Program
The Botanic Garden will again sponsor its Adopt-a-Planter program with the addition of two new flower planters (last year Hatfield and College halls were chosen for planters, which will be replanted this spring). The Botanic Garden will purchase, design and plant the planters; building occupants will water and care for their sponsored planters. Because care of the planters is required from mid-May until the first hard frost, chosen buildings are limited to those staffed year-round. The "winners" are chosen from among applicants based on the location of the building in relation to other plantings, the potential numbers of viewers and the commitment of employees in the building. For more information or an application, consult Thank you, inhabitants of Hatfield and College halls, for taking great care of your adopted planters.

Smith Summer Employment
The Office of Human Resources is accepting applications for summer employment. Several positions are available, including custodial, grounds, general maintenance and kitchen jobs, in the physical plant, Residence and Dining Services and the Botanic Garden. All positions are for 40 hours a week (Monday through Friday) in various shifts. Applicants must be: Smith students or dependents of Smith employees (faculty and staff); at least 16 years old by June 10; returning to school full time in the fall; and available to work through the end of August (some work is available after August). Applications are available at the Office of Human Resources, 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 Office of Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1. Priority will be given first to returning workers from last summer, then to Smith students and college-age dependents, and finally to high-school-aged dependents. A wait list will be started for applicants who are not placed initially. All summer employees will be considered "returning workers" next year and receive priority in filling future positions. For more information, contact Serena Harris, ext. 2289,

Staff Art On Display
The annual Smith College Staff Visions art exhibit will open on Monday, March 4, in the Book Arts Gallery on the third floor of Neilson Library. An opening reception will be held on March 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibit will run from March 4 through 29. Featured in the exhibition will be works by 33 staff artists working in various media, including photography, oil, watercolor and pastel paintings, pencil drawings, porcelain dolls, cast paper, collage, baskets, sculpture, jewelry and needlework. A gallery talk by the participating artists will take place on Wednesday, March 13, from noon to 1 p.m., sponsored by Staff Council's Lunch and Learn series. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (spring break, March 18-22, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed March 17).

Prison Book Project
The Prison Book Project is accepting books until Saturday, March 9. Every week throughout the project, 30 to 80 people behind bars receive a bundle of two to eight books with the hope that reading will improve their lives and living conditions and promote their self-confidence and knowledge. Please help by donating books that you no longer need. Look for boxes in Smith houses and around campus.

Pitching and Catching Clinic
The Smith softball team will sponsor a softball pitching and catching clinic for fifth- and sixth-grade girls on Sunday, March 10, in the Indoor Track and Tennis facility. Admission is $15; no experience is necessary. Catchers should bring their own equipment if they have it. The guest clinician is Johanna Van Der Hulst, a pitcher with international experience. For more information or to register, contact Bonnie May at ext. 2713.

MCAS Tutors Needed
Hampshire Community Action Commission and Smith Vocational School in Northampton are partnering in an effort to find volunteer tutors for a group of students facing their last chance to pass the MCAS test, which is required for high school graduation. Elizabeth Caton '01 is the HCAC coordinator of volunteers in charge of this project. She is seeking Smith students, faculty and emeriti volunteers who can tutor in math and science. Tutoring sessions will take place at five sites: Smith Vocational School in the afternoons; and Florence Heights and Hampshire Heights housing complexes, Northampton, and as yet undetermined sites in Huntington and Easthampton in the evenings. If interested, contact Beth Caton at 582-4245, ext. 163.

Have-a-Heart Food Drive
Wondering what to do with all of those extra canned goods you stocked up on at the latest "buy-one-get-two-free" sale? Put them to good use by feeding someone in need. Through Friday, March 1, the Staff Council Activities Committee will conduct its annual nonperishable food drive to benefit the Western Mass Food Bank. Stop by one of the conveniently located campus collection sites and leave donations in the bin. For more information on the Food Bank, consult

Annual Softball Clinic
The softball team will sponsor its annual softball clinic for girls in fifth through eighth grades, on Saturday, March 2, in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility. There will be two sessions: 9 a.m.­noon for seventh- and eighth-grade girls; and 1-4 p.m. for fifth- and sixth-graders. The cost will be $15 per player. No experience is necessary. Register by calling Bonnie May at ext. 2713 by Thursday, February 28.

Open Batting Cage
The softball team sponsors an open batting cage for faculty, staff, dependents and students, located in the Indoor Track and Tennis facility and open for one more Sunday, March 10, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cage costs $1 for each bucket of balls (fastpitch softball only). People are encouraged to bring their own bats (softball team bats, which are available at the cage, are relatively light). For more information, contact Bonnie May, ext. 2713.

Faculty and Staff

American Studies in Japan
The Center for American Studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, is welcoming applications for its American Studies Faculty Fellowship for 2003. Fellows will teach one course. All teaching and related duties are conducted in English; no knowledge of Japanese is necessary. Specialists in all fields of American studies are encouraged to apply. The normal term of the fellowship corresponds to a semester of the Japanese academic year (April-July 2003 or October 2003-January 2004). The center is amenable to an accelerated course over a shorter period of time if circumstances permit. The fellowship provides housing, office space, a stipend and travel allowance. The application deadline is March 15. For more information, contact Dennis Yasutomo, ext. 3551,


Student Teaching Applications
The deadline for applications for secondary education students planning to student teach in 2002­03 (fall or spring) is Friday, March 15. Contact Rosetta Cohen, ext. 3266, or Sam Intrator, ext. 3242, with questions.

Spring Break Housing
All students who wish to remain in campus housing during Spring Break (Saturday, March 16, through Sunday, March 24) must complete a vacation housing request form (available in the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24) no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, March 8. The following houses will remain open during the break: Albright, Chase, Cutter, Dawes, Duckett, Friedman, Gillett, Hopkins, Lamont, Lawrence, Morris, Northrop, Talbot, Tenney, Yale, Ziskind, 150 Elm and 47 Belmont. Students residing in nonvacation houses who wish to stay for the vacation must make arrangements with students in open houses to stay in their rooms and obtain their room key. All students residing in vacation housing (except those living in Hopkins, Friedman, Yale, Tenney and 47 Belmont) may pick up a vacation key during business hours in the Office of Student Affairs on Wednesday and Thursday, March 13 and 14. A $10 key deposit will be refunded pending the return of the key to the Business Office, College Hall 05, by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 29. Call the Office of Student Affairs, ext. 4940, with questions.

Poetry Center Jobs
The Poetry Center at Smith College is accepting applications for student internships for 2002­03, as well as for a part-time summer research position. Duties include writing publicity, ordering flowers, choosing poems for, designing and distributing posters and stuffing boxes. Candidates must have an exuberant interest in poetry, strong writing and design skills, creativity, initiative, responsibility and an ability to meet deadlines; computer design experience a plus. Note: these are paid internships and students need not be work-study eligible. Send a cover letter and résumé, by Friday, March 29, to Ellen Watson, 108 Pierce Hall.

Drop Course Deadline
The last day to drop a course is Friday, March 1. 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.

Student Opinions Count
Soon, some Smith students will receive a Cycles survey in the mail. Why take the time to complete it? Because every returned survey makes a difference and contributes to a more accurate picture of how Smith students feel about their college experience. Because only one-third of the student body (chosen randomly) is asked to participate, each response is essential. All responses are confidential, so answers should be honest and forthright. The purpose of the Cycles survey is to monitor students' concerns and assess their satisfaction with various aspects of college. The results are used by administrative offices and planning and policy-making groups to identify problems and make changes and improvements. The survey is administered at each of the five colleges, making possible some interesting cross-college comparisons. Conducted annually since 1975, the survey provides a look at long-term trends and changes in student perceptions and experiences. So please take a few minutes to complete it. Call the Office of Institutional Research, ext. 3021, with questions.

2002-03 Alumnae Scholarships
Scholarships are available to seniors and alumnae beginning their first year of full-time graduate study in the United States or abroad. Awards are based on merit within the department of the major. Applications are available in the Office of the Class Deans, College Hall 23. Application deadline: Friday, March 15.

WITI Student Board
The WITI (Women in Technology International) Invent Center at Smith/Five Colleges is accepting applications for membership on the Student Advisory Board for the 2002-03 academic year. The board will advise the WITI director regarding design and implementation of professional programs and services for students interested in careers in technology, technology-related areas and business. Interested first-year students, sophomores, juniors and Adas may pick up an application form on the first floor of Clark Hall or send by email your name and box number to The deadline for applications is Friday, March 15. Contact the Invent Center at ext. 4105 with questions.

Summer Grants Deadline
The deadline for submitting grant funding requests for the summer study or projects abroad is April 15. Grant request forms are available in the Office for International Study, Clark Hall, third floor.

Textbook Returns
The Grécourt Bookshop will begin returning unsold textbooks to the publishers during the week of March 4. Please purchase any needed texts as soon as possible.

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

Be a Gold Key Guide
Do you love Smith? If so, you should consider interviewing to be a Gold Key Guide by Saturday, March 2. Interested students should apply and sign up for interviews in the admission office.

Study Abroad Deadline
The deadline for seeking individual approval to attend a nonapproved study-abroad program for spring 2003 is Friday, March 1.

Madeleine Now Available
The 2001 Madeleine, the official Smith College yearbook, is available to students who attended Smith during the 2000-01 year. Pick up the Madeleine in the mailroom foyer from noon to 5 p.m. from Monday, February 25, through Friday, March 1. For more information, contact Sarah Clifthorne,, or the Madeleine, ext. 4976.

Free Counseling Sessions
The counseling service professional staff will facilitate the following free sessions for interested Smith students: "Food and Body Image Group," on five Mondays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.; "Self-Exploration Group," Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; "Women of Many Colors Workshop," on four Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; and "Bereavement Group," Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m. Each group will start once a certain number of students has registered. Call ext. 2840 with questions or to register. Sponsored by health services.

Study Skills Workshops
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning offers free workshops to assist students in managing their studies and schedules. To register (required), sign up in the Study Skills Workshops notebook at the center, in Seelye 307, or call ext. 3056. The workshops are: "Where Does the Time Go? Time Management Techniques," Tuesday, March 5, 4:15-5:15 p.m. and Wednesday, March 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; and "Preparing for Exams," Wednesday, April 24, 3-4 p.m. Individual counseling is also available to students who need assistance with time management and study skills. To schedule an appointment, contact Leslie Hoffman, coordinator of tutorial services, at ext. 3056 or 3037.

Peer Writing Assistance
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning is offering peer writing assistance Sundays through Thursdays, from 7 to 10 p.m., in Seelye 307 and Cushing dining room. Peer writing assistants will discuss papers on any subject. Students are encouraged to bring drafts at any stage of the writing process. Appointments are not necessary. All services are free.

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, March 4

Lecture "Globalization, Women's Work and Corporate Responsibility." Bettina Musiolek, a Five-College Women's Research Center associate, will use the garment industry in central and southeast Europe as a case study. Noon, Kahn Colloquium Room, Neilson Library*

Lecture "Landscape: Works on Land/Works on Mind." Joseph Volpe, landscape architecture, UMass. Part of LSS 100: Issues in Landscape Studies. 2:40 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Biological sciences colloquium "Reproductive Skew and Population Differentiation in Pond-Breeding Amphibians." Kelly Zamudio, Cornell University. Refreshments will precede the talk in McConnell foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Lecture "An Aesthetic of Conflict: The Subject of Collectivity." Ranu Samantrai, cultural studies, Claremont Graduate University, will look to the black British feminist movement to consider the role of conflict in the creation of a radically democratic political community. Part of the Kahn Institute project "Other Europes/Europe's Others." Sponsors: women's studies; comparative literature. 4:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

Lecture "The Translator as Invisible Writer." Krishna Winston, German studies, Wesleyan University; recipient of the 2001 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator Prize awarded by the German government. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Lecture "What's to Be Done with 'The Tale of Genji?'" Royall Tyler, Australian National University. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Panel "In Honor of the Writer's Mind." Pearl Cleage, author, will lead a discussion among her master class participants. 4:30 p.m., Hatfield 105*

Lecture "Abraham, Our Common Father?" Jon Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard Divinity School. The biblical figure of Abraham is often described as the common father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and therefore a resource upon whom these three traditions might draw to mitigate the oppositions among them. Part of the Kahn Institute project "Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds." 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Informational session Weekly meeting for students interested in studying abroad, including a review of opportunities and procedures, and a question-and-answer period. 4 p.m., Third Floor Resource Room, Clark Hall

Informational meeting Smith TV. 4 p.m., Media Services, Alumnae Gym

CDO internship panel Students who had social activism internships last summer will discuss aspects of their internships. Sponsor: CDO. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Workshop MassPIRG intern class. 4:45 p.m., Seelye 310

Meeting Smith Democrats. 6:30 p.m., Davis Downstairs Lounge

Meeting Smith Alliance for Low Income Students. Discuss plans for the semester and provide support for students interested in class issues. 7:30 p.m., Hopkins House

Meeting Smith Labor Action Coalition. 9 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis Center

Religious Life
Prayer and Possibilities Share faith journeys and a sense of God's presence. Light lunch provided. Sponsor: Lutheran Fellowship. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Service "Invitation to Silence." Take time for reflection, renewal and respite in the quiet of the chapel. Candles available. All welcome. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables French, Italian. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms A, B

Reception Opening of the Staff Visions art exhibit. (See Notice, page 1.) 4 p.m., Third Floor, Neilson*

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

Kickboxing class Noncredit, for students. Show up any time. 7:30-8:20 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Tuesday, March 5

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Exposure to Elemental Mercury from Cultural and Religious Uses." Donna Riley, engineering. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club, Lower Level

Lecture "Entrepreneurship: Working to Improve the World." Lunch provided. Sponsor: Women and Financial Independence ( Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Lecture "Seeing and Knowing in Structural Biology." Carolyn Cohen, Neilson Professor. Second in the lecture series on structural biology and the liberal arts. 5 p.m., McConnell Auditorium*

Lecture "From the Writer's Mind." Pearl Cleage, author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, and writer in residence. 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Black Britain from the Color Bar to Post-Colonial Melancholia." Pat Gilroy, African-American studies and sociology, Yale University. Part of the Kahn Institute project "Other Europes/Europe's Others." 7:30 p.m., Chapel*

Weight Watchers at Work All welcome. 12:15-1:45 p.m., Dewey Common Room*

Meeting Keystone. 4 p.m., Wright Common Room

Quit Smoking support group Drop in for support or inspiration to quit. For other quit-smoking resources, call health services, ext. 2824, or consult 4:15 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis Center

Praxis informational meeting for sophomores and juniors. Learn how to get a $2,000 Praxis stipend to help with expenses related to a summer internship. Guidelines, application instructions and information on finding internships will be presented. Sponsor: CDO. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Meeting Amnesty International.
5 p.m., Lamont House

Presentation of the major Religion. 5 p.m., Dewey Common Room

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

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 3/4 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Episcopal 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*

ECC Bible study Student-led discussion of topics raised by the Sunday morning worship community. Snacks provided. All welcome. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables Chinese, German. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms A, B (alternate weekly)

Religion lunch table Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

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

Aerobics class Noncredit, for students. Show up any time. 7:30-8:20 p.m., ESS Fitness Studio

Wednesday, March 6

Chemistry/Biochemistry lunch chat An informal departmental seminar for students and faculty. 12:15 p.m., McConnell 403a

Performing Arts/Films
Theater Hot 'n' Throbbing. Paula Vogel, playwright. A storm of sexuality and violence that looks at society's boundaries. Tickets: $7, general; $5, students and seniors. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

Presentation of the major Computer science. 12:10 p.m., McConnell Foyer

Meeting Fulbright Scholars Program. Presented by a representative from the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars Fulbright Scholars Program. Faculty and staff from the Five Colleges and area higher education institutions are welcome. 3:30 p.m., Wright Common Room

Meeting Smith TV, to discuss new programming. 7 p.m., Media Services, Alumnae Gym

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 310

PowerPoint for Students This workshop will cover the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint, as well as more advanced features, such as animation and working with images. Enrollment limited. To register, send email to 7 p.m., Seelye B4

Religious Life
Hillel at Noon Noon, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes

Service "Invitation to Silence." See 3/4 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

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

Buddhist meditation and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

ECC Bible study Student-led discussion of topics raised by the Sunday morning worship community. Snacks provided. All welcome. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables Spanish and Portuguese. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms A, B

Classics lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Senior Appreciation Program tea. Members of the class of 2002 are invited to the Alumnae House to take a break from classes and learn more about the Senior Appreciation Program. 4 p.m., Alumnae House

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

Social events coordinator dinner 5:45 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C

Kickboxing class Noncredit, for students. Show up any time. 7:30-8:20 p.m., ESS Fitness Studio

Thursday, March 7

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Contextualizing the Context: Bringing Cultural Studies to the (French) Classroom." Martine Gantrell, French. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, Lower Level

Lecture "Entrepreneurship: Working to Improve the World." Andrea Silbert, CEO of the Center for Women and Enterprise, will talk about her experiences starting a business development center for women. Lunch provided. Sponsor: Women and Financial Independence ( Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Community Ed Luncheon "Public Health in the Pioneer Valley." Dalila Balfour of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will speak about immigrant experiences with health care, language barriers and community work. Sponsor: S.O.S. Fund Drive, "Language, Culture and Health Care: Communicating Across the Barriers." Noon-1 p.m., Seelye 207

Lecture "Public Art and the American Civic Imagination." Casey N. Blake, history, and American studies program director at Columbia University. 5 p.m., Seelye 208*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Weekly showing of animé, Japanese animation. 7 p.m., McConnell B05*

Theatre Hot 'n' Throbbing. See 3/6 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

Coffeehouse Jittery's Live presents Lori McKenna. Grab your friends, some coffee and a good seat-you won't want to miss this! 9 p.m., First Floor, Davis Center

Prehealth meeting Mandatory for juniors and seniors planning to apply to health professions schools for entrance in 2003. We will distribute forms required for obtaining a committee letter and discuss the process of applying. Graduating seniors intending to apply for entrance after 2003 are also urged to attend. 5 p.m., Burton 101

Meeting MassPIRG. All welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye 310

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 3/4 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Hillel talk Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent, which was the Booksense Book of the Year in 2001, and Good Harbor, as well as other books and articles on contemporary Jewish practice. 4 p.m., Seelye 207*

Reception for the "Harold P. McGrath Collection of Contemporary Book Arts in the Connecticut River Valley" exhibition in the Book Arts Gallery on the third floor of Neilson. 4-6 p.m., Book Arts Gallery*

Drop-in stress reduction and relaxation class with Hayat Nancy Abuza. Refresh body, mind and spirit. Open to Five College students, staff and faculty. Sponsor: Office of the Chaplains. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wright Common Room*

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

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship All welcome. 8-9:30 p.m., Wright Common Room

Unitarian Universalists meeting Open to Five College students and faculty who want to talk, play games and have fun together. 8:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other Events/Activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 7:45-9 a.m., Davis Ballroom

Language lunch tables Korean, Russian. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms A, B (alternate weekly)

Glee Club lunch table Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Step intervals class Noncredit, for students. Show up any time. 7:30-8:20 p.m., ESS Fitness Studio

Friday, March 8

Panel discussion "Job Savvy: What Do Corporations Expect? How Do You Prepare?" Vivian Dixon, diversity consultant, Capital One Financial Corporation, and Jane Sommer, associate director, CDO. Open to Five College students in engineering, computer science and the sciences. Second of the Toolbox Professional Series. (See story, page 1.) Lunch provided. Sponsors: WITI Invent Center; Picker Engineering Program. 11:45 a.m., Engineering 201

Biology/Biochemistry/Neuroscience lunchbag A departmental seminar for students and faculty. 12:10-1:10 p.m., Burton 101

Performing Arts/Films
Theatre Hot 'n' Throbbing. See 3/6 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

Musical Theatre "A Little Night of Broadway." A musical revue to raise September 11 relief funds for New York City. Donations accepted. 8 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Council on Community Policy Focus is on matters of concern to the campus community. All welcome. 3:30 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce

Meeting Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. Animé, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy and people who like sci-fi people. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 208

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 3/4 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Muslim services Congregational pra-yer preceded by lunch. Noon, Chapel

Shabbat Services Dinner follows in the Kosher kitchen, Dawes. 5:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room.

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch table Japanese. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room A

Language lunch table Hebrew. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Alumnae Association tea Cushing and Comstock houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Saturday, March 9

Student symposium "There Is More to Medicine Than MD." A student symposium exploring other possibilities in medical fields outside of the MD degree. 10 a.m., Seelye 201*

Performing Arts/Films
Theatre Hot 'n' Throbbing. See 3/6 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

Musical Theatre "A Little Night of Broadway," See 3/8 listing. 8 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Other Events/Activities
Jhalak Smith EKTA presents South Asian cultural activities, including dance, songs, poetry readings and skits, followed by a subcontinental dinner at 8 p.m. and party at 10 p.m. in the Gamut. Tickets for the show: $4, general; $3, Smith students. Dinner: $1; party: $1. 6 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Film The Vision. A documentary about Shri Nirmala Devi, who was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and worked with Mohandes Gandhi. Join us for an evening of music, meditation and munchies. Sponsors: Office of the Chaplains; Sahaja Yoga Collective of Massachusetts. For more information, contact Frieda Friedman, 584-1700. 7 p.m., Chapel*

Sunday, March 10

Meeting Gaia. 4 p.m., Bass 106

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
ECC Morning worship in the Protestant tradition. The Rev. Timothy Body, chaplain, Hampton University. Brunch follows services. 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*

Roman catholic Mass Fr. Dan Liston and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel

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


Staff Visions The annual exhibition, featuring art work by 33 staff members in media including photography, oil, watercolor, pastel, pencil, porcelain, paper, jewelry and mixed. An opening reception will take place on Monday, March 4, at 4 p.m. in the gallery. A gallery talk by participating artists will take place on Wednesday, March 13, at noon. Runs March 4 through 29. Book Arts Gallery, Third Floor, Neilson Library*

Charles E. Skaggs Collection An exhibition of books and book covers designed by book designer and calligrapher Charles E. Skaggs. Through March 31. Mortimer Rare Book Room Entrance, Neilson Library*

The McGrath Collection: Contemporary Book Arts from the Connecticut River Valley A selection of fine press books and ephemera printed by Harold P. McGrath for local artists and publishers. Through March 28. Morgan Gallery (first floor) and Book Arts Gallery (third floor), Neilson Library*

A Space Odyssey 2001 An exhibition of photographic art by Anne Ross '55, featuring her newest digital images that explore the inner work of dream landscapes and surreal places. Exhibit hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended through April 5. Alumnae House Gallery*