News for the Smith College Community //February 21, 2002

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Students Flock to Far Lands

For Students, JYA Is More Than Studying

Of her many experiences during her three and a half years at Smith, Lauren Lessard '02 ranks her time studying abroad at the top. "The semester I spent studying in Australia really stands out," she explains. "It provided me with educational opportunities that were very different from what I could get at Smith."

Lessard is not alone in her quest to venture abroad. More Smith students than ever are signing up to study at foreign institutions, says Adrian Beaulieu, associate dean for international study. "Growth has skyrocketed at Smith," says Beaulieu of the trend to study abroad. In 1998-99, for example, 200 students went abroad to study, he says. Last year, the number increased to 302 students, and this year, some 340 students are studying abroad.

In fact, Smith sends more students abroad for yearlong programs than many comparable colleges. According to one report, Smith ranked first among four-year colleges in the number of students it sends abroad for a full year, Beaulieu says.

One reason for Smith's high numbers, Beaulieu explains, is its "Home School Fees and Financial Aid Policy." The policy, which took effect last year, allows students to use their Smith-administered financial aid package when they study at foreign institutions. Students headed abroad pay their Smith tuition and receive room and board at their host institution. The policy "has made study abroad possible for a larger number of students," Beaulieu says.

More and more students consider Smith's study-abroad programs an enticing option. Shruti Garg '03, who recently traveled to Cordoba, Spain, to participate in the Smith Consortial Program there, says she looks forward to gaining a new outlook from having lived and studied in a different culture.

"By junior year you're starting to look at other opportunities," Garg explained before she left Smith. Studying in Spain "will really enable me to look at life and so many different issues from a different perspective. It's so easy in the United States not to really realize and understand what's going on in the world."

Joanna Quest-Neubert '03, who enrolled at the University of Capetown for the spring semester, echoed Garg's thoughts. "I'm anticipating that it will make me think differently of who I am and my place in the world," said Quest-Neubert before her departure for South Africa.

As an American Studies major, Quest-Neubert seeks a firsthand look at the similarities and differences between race issues in South Africa and the United States. "South Africa has a really interesting political history," she said. "They are in an amazing period of transition."

Though there is a heightened concern since September 11 for safety in foreign countries, Beaulieu says he has observed "no backing down" on the part of Smith students opting to study abroad. "This has certainly been an anxious time," he notes. But, he adds, "things are continuing pretty much as normal."

Perhaps that's partly due to attitudes like Garg's. "Especially after September 11, I wonder, being an American woman of color, how my experience abroad will be impacted," she said. Still, she says, "In order to get past this, we have to continue with life, continue with learning."

Notes From Study Abroad

We know more Smith students than ever are opting to study abroad during their junior years. We've seen the statistics and noted the increase in the popularity of JYA. But what we don't often hear about is the reality of being a student living and studying in a foreign land: the daily adjustments of routine, the cultural shock and enormous learning curve, the challenge of thriving while surrounded by constant unfamiliarity, and the life-altering rewards of succeeding despite overwhelming obstacles. Throughout the spring semester, AcaMedia will run a series of essays from students studying abroad that reflect their frustrations, thoughts, encounters and triumphs as they navigate their way through JYA. Here is the first.

Sadie Miller '03, a sociology and psychology major, studied at Pitzer College in Kanye, Botswana, during the fall semester, with the Pitzer-in-Botswana Program. Here is her account, composed last fall, early in her stay.

Every day breaks and rebuilds me, and it's only sheer repetition that pulls days into weeks as some generalization of Kanye. If I could articulate one important moment of my first month in Botswana, it would be making the morning fire. Had I never cried in my life until my body was black and lungs coated with soot, I'd pass it over for something more engaging. I'd dissect the pit latrine with its glossy shelled cockroaches and pretty pattern of flies that remind me of the flowers of my childhood wallpaper before Martha Stewart. But the real Kanye is outside of remembered and referenced living.

The story begins with alarm dreams that I used to sleep through and now anticipate at 5:58 every morning. I lie awake for 10 guilty minutes, hoping to hear the pata pata of bed shoes bringing wood, and none coming. So I pull on my dad's old sweater, one arm above my sleeping bag at a time, adjust my crusted sandal straps and wash my hands with last night's saline. Then I balance sticky contact lenses on a fingertip, tilting at candlelight to make sure the curve is right (otherwise my eyes will tickle with backwards plastic all day); pull up my bedroom door so it doesn't scrape; look for firewood -- yesterday we used our stick fence and straw from the thatched roof. I wish I knew how real Kanyen women warm water without tearing down the house.

I start the fire with sticks and the burnt remains of yesterday's success. The most important thing is fanning so hard it goes dead except for the "gwoosh gwoosh" sounds of oxygen and fuel. Fire needs angry slaps. And don't look at the sunrise until the fire's steady, because once I forgot my carbon tears and lost the whole fire on account of the sky. Then it was smoke and cold all over again. But the ash in my skin brings reference for the rest of my day and the women's work brings empathy for my mother. I don't envy the men on the program whose sisters make their boiling bath water. In sleep I can't hold the memory of morning.

I wish I could show you the way chalky yellow paint drips on concrete, the way dirt brings out fingerprints on fair skin, or the satisfying sunburnt exhaustion that is catalogued without Western references. Rain on corrugated roofs. Desert at the edge of water. A morning bath.

I fail at everything here, hoping to let go of overdeveloped excess and the birthright illusions of ignorance. Who knows how I'll see my Kanye life in New England light. Just remind me of chicken on the cattle post if you hear me complain about Tyler food.

English Prof to Confess His Other Life

Smith students may know Michael Gorra, a professor in English language and literature, as the person who teaches courses in postcolonial literature and the modern novel.

But he also leads another life, as a reviewer of books for such publications as The New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe and the London Review of Books.

That's the life he'll talk about in "Confessions of a Book Reviewer" on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m., in Neilson Library Browsing Room. The event, which is sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library and Smith College, is part of this year's "Sundays at Two" series and is open to the public.

Gorra is the author of After Empire: Scott, Naipaul, Rushdie and The English Novel at Mid-Century . His work-in-progress, inspired by some time he spent recently in Germany, is both a travel narrative and a reflection on the travel narrative as a literary form.

Among the authors whose work Gorra has reviewed in the past several years are A. S. Byatt, J. M. Coetzee, Jonathan Raban, Alice Munro, John Updike and Arundhati Roy. His work as a book reviewer will be recognized by the National Book Critics Circle on March 11 when he receives the group's Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing at the NBCC annual awards ceremony.

After Empire was called, by Patrick Brantlinger of Indiana University, "a major addition to the growing area of post colonial studies, [in which] he provides incisive, well-informed analyses of the fiction of Paul Scott, V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie in relation to phases of the decolonization of India."

A member of the faculty at Smith since 1985, Gorra is an Amherst College graduate and received a doctorate from Stanford University.

Tech and Teaching Focus of Annual Fair

It's no secret that education is becoming increasingly reliant on technology, in its many forms, to impart information, illustrate graphics and facilitate interaction. Smith's art students can access some of the art museum's images while its collection tours the world, for instance. Biological sciences students can closely examine plants and horticultural principles relating to vegetation not found anywhere near Northampton. Students in all departments can hold online discussions without uttering a word.

Where is it all headed?

On Friday, March 1, beginning at 10:30 a.m., the annual Five College Multimedia Fair will try to shed some light on that question and more with its showcase of new and upcoming uses of technology. The fair, this year titled "Transforming Practice With Technology," will take place in the Campus Center Auditorium at UMass and is open to the Five College community.

For the first time in its six-year history, this year's Multimedia Fair will "take on the expanded format of a conference to provide opportunities for open discussion about the ways in which technology is changing the way people learn and teach -- and relate to one another," according to a Five College press release about the fair.

Gregory Crane, professor of classics at Tufts University and editor-in-chief of the school's Perseus Digital Library, will give the keynote address at noon.

Other conference features will include a panel discussion on "Pedagogy and Courseware," which will feature Donna van Handle, a professor of German at Mount Holyoke College; Frank Westhoff, a member of the Amherst College economics department; and William J. Leonard, a physics professor at the University of Massachusetts.

In another panel discussion, "Adapting to Learning, Pedagogy, and Video Instruction," participants will discuss how communication works in a video-conference classroom and address the need for improvements in video-conference situations.

A poster session will begin at 2:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Lederle Graduate Research Center. The poster session "will feature outstanding examples of actual teaching tools developed by faculty for use both within and beyond the traditional classroom," says the press release, and will include presentations from members of Smith's biological sciences, Italian language and literature, and East Asian languages and literatures departments.

"I've designed some software as well as ways of presentation to facilitate teaching and also to facilitate students' learning," says Hongchu Fu, a lecturer in East Asian languages and literatures at Smith, who will give a presentation at the fair titled "Towards a More Efficient Learning: Our Practice in Applying Technology to Chinese Instruction." "Chinese is a difficult language," he explains, "and you have to make it easier to learn. I want all of our teachers to be using more technology, because technology can really aid us in our teaching."

Joining Fu at the conference will be Michael Marcotrigiano, director of the Botanic Garden, who will give a presentation on "Learning about Landscape Plants and Issues;" and Vittoria Poletto, a senior lecturer in the Italian department, who will discuss "Web-Enhanced Italian."

For more information on the multimedia fair, consult

In This Case, One Better Than Two

Ever heard of a musical merger?

Something of the sort took place on the Smith campus this past fall when the Smith College Choir and Chorale singing groups joined forces to become the Smith College Chorus.

Headed by conductor Pamela Getnick, who arrived at Smith in the fall, the chorus combines the former memberships of the chorale -- which had accepted student singers from all classes -- and the choir, a competitive group comprising only first-year students. The Smith College Chorus is now 65 singers strong.

So far, the new and larger chorus has had a fun and successful season, says Getnick. "It's only been a couple of months, but the students are really motivated and talented," she says. "I've had a really good time so far."

Getnick has a great deal of conducting experience. She earned a graduate degree in choral conducting from Yale University, then spent several years conducting a children's choir in Connecticut and working with the Glee Club and freshman chorus at Yale. Last year, Getnick ventured to Sydney, Australia, where she conducted high school groups.

In her new position as conductor of the Smith College Chorus, Getnick extends her role beyond that of helping students make beautiful music together, she says. Having overseen the merger of the choir and chorale, she must now help foster unity and boost enthusiasm within the chorus. "I've been really aware of the whole morale issue, and I've tried to have social events and to foster unity in the group," she explains. "We'll be participating in a couple of big festivals in the spring, which should be good experience for the singers as well."

Upcoming performances for the chorus include the Five College Choral Festival and a women's choral festival, which will bring several Massachusetts high school and college choirs to Smith early in March. Late last month, the Smith College Chorus performed at the All-College Meeting.

Students who had belonged to the choir and chorale, and who returned to join the merged chorus, seem to like that the group is functioning as a whole, Getnick says. "From what I hear from returning students, the morale does seem to be a whole lot higher, which is great. It will take a year or so to really know, to see how many students still want to sing next year, after being in the group for a year."

One of the chorus's newest members, Eliza Zingesser '05, won't have a difficult time deciding whether she wants to return to the chorus again next year. "It's been my best experience at Smith so far," she says. "It was the thing I missed most about Smith over vacation."

Zingesser, who participated in her high school chorus, decided to join the Smith College Chorus during her orientation at Smith last August. For her, the director of the chorus makes a big difference. "Pam is amazing," she says. "She is so dedicated and passionate, and really makes the experience enjoyable."

Now that the two groups are joined into one, "there's a huge range of ability, and it's a lot more interesting that way," Zingesser says. Ability isn't the only sense in which the chorus is diverse. "It brings together such a wide variety of students from all different years and all different majors," Getnick adds. "I'd love to see it grow."

Prize Competitions 2001-02

A complete description of the following competition prizes, including deadlines for submitting material, is available on the Web at Questions regarding these prizes should be directed to the department indicated.

American Studies
Eleanor Flexner Prize
Nancy Boyd Gardner Prize
Gladys Lampert and Edward Beenstock Prize (with history department)

Samuel Bowles Prize

Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Award
Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize
Elizabeth Killiam Roberts Prize

Biological sciences
Amey Randall Brown Prize

Classical languages and literature
John Everett Brady Prize in Latin
Alice Hubbard Derby Prize in Greek
George E. Dimock Memorial Prize

Office of the Dean of the College
David Burres Memorial Law Prize
Barbara Jordan Award for the Study of Law or Public Policy
Ruth Dietrich Tuttle Prize

Samuel Bowles Prize

Thomas Corwin Mendenhall Prize
The Prize in British History
Gladys Lampert and Edward Beenstock Prize

Italian language and literature
Michele Cantarella Memorial "Dante Prize"

English language and literature
Elizabeth Babcock Poetry Prize
Ethel Olin Corbin Prize
Ruth Forbes Eliot Prize
Rosemary Thomas Poetry Prize
Elizabeth Drew Essay Prize
Elizabeth Drew Memorial prizes for honors thesis and for essay by a first-year student
Eleanor Cederstrom Prize
Helen Kate Furness Prize
James T. and Ellen M. Hatfield Memorial Prize
Mrs. Montagu Prize
Gertrude Posner Spencer Prize
Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize
Emogene Mahony Memorial Prize
Norma M. Leas Memorial Prize

Sarah H. Hamilton Memorial Prize
Settie Lehmann Fatman Prize for composition in extended form
Settie Lehmann Fatman Prize for composition in small form
Carillon Composition Prize

Henry Lewis Foote Memorial Prize
James Gardner Buttrick Prize
Jochanan H. A. Wijnhoven Prize

Samuel Bowles Prize

Denis Johnston Prize

Women's Studies Program
Jeanne McFarland Prize
Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prize


February 12: Smith 47, Springfield 63
February 16: Smith 38, Wellesley 85

February 15-17: Howe Cup: 7th place in division

February 16-17: Smith Carnival: GS, 5th place

Track and field
February 16: New England III Championships: 19th place out of 26

Smith Staff Members Pass Away

Tony Symanski, who had served as controller at Smith from 1981 to 2000, succumbed to cancer on February 8. Symanski, 59, was hired in 1971 as the college's chief accountant in the Office of the Treasurer. A resident of Hatfield, Symanski served on the Hatfield School Committee and Hatfield Historical Society, and as president of the Pioneer Valley chapter of the National Association of Accountants. A funeral was held last week at the Holy Trinity Church in Hatfield.

Ann Turomsha, a research associate in the Office of Advancement, died last Friday, February 15. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, February 20, at the First Churches in Northampton. Donations can be made in Ann's memory to the First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton, or the Dana Farber Cancer Research and Patient Fund, 1309 Beacon Street, Boston, 02446.

Memorial Program to be Held at Smith

A memorial program for Vernon Gotwals, professor emeritus of music, who passed away on January 12, will be presented by Smith music faculty members on Sunday, February 24, at 3 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage. A reception will follow the concert at the Smith College Club. Gotwals, who was the college organist, served on the Smith faculty from 1952 to 1984.

More People News

Iliana Streinu, associate professor of computer science, traveled to Boston last weekend to deliver a talk on "Robot Arm Manipulation: Geometric Challenges," at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Streinu joined three other presenters, including Robert Connelly, professor of mathematics at Cornell University, in the association's section on Science Innovation: Physical Science and Engineering. Streinu's talk described a mathematical algorithm that involves objects called "pseudotriangulations" in the mechanical design of robotic motion. An animation of Streinu's algorithm can be seen at

Several people in various departments have recently joined the ranks of Smith faculty. Darryl Caterine was hired in the religion and biblical literature department; Carolyn Cohen is the William Allan Neilson Professor in biological sciences; Robert Dorit, also in biological sciences; Michael Foldy, history; Paula Giddings, Afro-American studies; Jennifer Hall-Witt, history; Mikhail Mikeshin, Russian language and literature; Gwendolyn Mink, women's studies; John Monroe, history; Jessica Neuwirth, American studies; Kathleen Nowicki, education and child study; Rachel Rubenstein, English language and literature; Samual Scheer, English language and literature; Catherine Swift, education and child study; and Pan Welland, theatre.

Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books in Neilson Library, was elected president of the American Printing History Association (APHA) at its January meeting in New York City. The APHA was founded in 1974 to encourage the study of printing history and its related arts and skills, including calligraphy, typefounding, typography, papermaking,
bookbinding, illustration and publishing. For more information on APHA, consult

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


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.

Prison Book Project
The Prison Book Project is accepting books between Friday, February 15, and Saturday, March 9. Every week throughout the project, 30 to 80 people behind bars will receive a bundle of two to eight books in the hope that reading will help them 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.

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. From Monday, February 11, 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

Cigarettes for a Massage?
Are you thinking of quitting smoking? Health Services would like to help. Come to the mailroom on Monday and Tuesday, February 25 and 26, and trade a day's worth of cigarettes for a free massage. What better way to reduce stress? Massage certificates will be available for smokers who sign up. For more information, contact Wellsprings, ext. 2824.

Talent for a Cause
A lineup of talented Smith groups and individuals will give a benefit concert on Saturday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall to raise money for the S.O.S. fund drive, "Language, Culture and Healthcare: Communicating Across the Barriers." On stage will be acts such as the Noteables, Vibes, SIKOS, Crappapella, Illmatics, Handbell Choir and Anna Paskausky. Admission will be suggested donations from $3 to $10. Everyone is welcome. Money from this year's fund drive will suppport more translation services in the Pioneer Valley. For more information, contact the S.O.S. office, ext. 4595 or

Annual BSA Conference
Beginning Thursday, February 21, the Black Students Alliance will present its annual conference, "Politically Spiritual/Spiritually Political: The Influence of the Black Church on African-American Politics and Socialization," a four-day series of workshops and discussions on the importance of the black church to the African-American experience. The event will culminate with conference participants performing a free public gospel music concert on Saturday, February 23. Sponsored by the BSA, the admission to the conference is $25; $15 for Saturday events only. To register, contact Roz Smith, ext. 6535 or

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 Sundays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on February 24 and March 10. 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.


Drop Course Deadline
The last day to drop a Smith or Five College 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.

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.

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.

Join Sophomore PUSH
Every year since 1909, a group of sophomores known as PUSH has helped with Commencement activities. Being involved in PUSH means more than just doing volunteer work during Commencement. PUSH members walk in the Ivy Day Parade, sing to alumnae at their reunions and literally "push" seniors off the Neilson Library steps during Illumination Night. They also assist in the Commencement parade and stay on campus through the end of Commencement, spending time with and getting to know graduating and rising seniors. In addition to the 40 to 50 sophomores involved, one exceptional first-year student is needed to serve as assistant head of PUSH, and then to lead the show in 2003. To become a part of this fun and exciting Smith tradition, look for the application in your mailbox. For more information or an application, contact Alison, ext. 6846, or

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.

Hamantaschen or Latke?
Which of these traditional Jewish foods has contributed more to the advancement of civilization? Which is more important? As part of the Smith celebration of Purim, two teams will debate the timeless question that has befuddled generations. Join the SIKOS, faculty members and administrators on Wednesday, February 27, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Wright Auditorium and weigh in on the Great Hamantaschen/Latke Debate. Also, on Monday, February 25, at 7 p.m., a Five-College Hillel Purim party will take place at Amherst College's Alumni House, featuring Megillah readings, singing, folk dancing and, of course, plenty of Hamantaschen. For rides to or information about the party, contact Hillel, ext. 2754.

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 between Sunday, February 24, and Saturday, March 2. Interested students should apply and sign up for interviews in the admissions office.

5-College Outdoor Festival
Saturday, February 23, is the Five College Outdoor Festival, a day of assorted workshops on various outdoor activities, featuring a climbing seminar at 9 a.m., a climbing competition at 1 p.m., and the spectacular Telluride Mountain Film Tour, all open and free to Smith students. Smith Outdoors will run shuttles from Smith. For more information or to book a shuttle space, contact Smith Outdoors at ext. 2735 or

Pap Test Appointments
Because of the turnaround time, Pap tests will not be taken at health services after May 3. Please schedule tests before that date. Pap tests will resume in September.

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.

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

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.

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.

Class of '03 Bus Trip
The class of 2003 will sponsor a bus trip to the Lee Outlet Mall on Saturday, March 2. The bus will depart from John M. Greene Hall at 9 a.m. and leave the mall at 3 p.m. to return to Smith. Tickets for the trip are $9, $6 for members of '03. Deposit payments, along with your name and class year, in the student bank in the Seelye basement. For more information, send email to ktanner@smith.

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 25

Lecture "Watering the Garden: Hydrology, Water Resources and Landscape." Andrew Guswa, engineering. Part of LSS 100: Issues in Landscape Studies. 2:40-4 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Biological Sciences Colloquium "Zebra Finch Sexual Differentiation: It's Not Just Steroid Hormones." Sean Veney, psychology and neuroscience, Michigan State University.
4 p.m., McConnell B05

Panel "Humanistic Buddhism." Presentations on "Daisaku Ikeda and the Soka Gakkai," by Richard Seager, Hamilton College, and "Xing Yun and the Buddha Light Society," by Stuart Chandler, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Second in the Buddhism in America lecture series. Sponsors: Ada Howe Kent Fund; East Asian studies and religion departments; Lecture Committee. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Lecture "Not All Prints Are Created Equal." Georgia B. Barnhill, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts, American Antiquarian Society, will present an illustrated lecture. 4:30 p.m., Wright Common Room

Performing Arts/Films
Film Lumumba. Raoul Peck, director. A dramatic film about the rise and fall of Patrice Lumumba, prime minister of the Congo in 1960. The film will also be shown on Sunday, February 24, at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. Raoul Peck will speak on Wednesday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College. 3 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

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

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

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

President's open hours First come, first served. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20

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, February 26

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Folding Carpenter Rules, Robot Arms, Proteins." Ileana Streinu, computer science. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club, Lower Level

Panel discussion "Decision 2002: Elections in Zimbabwe." A discussion on Zimbabwe's upcoming presidential election with panelists John Makumbe, political and administrative studies, University of Zimbabwe, and chairman of Transparency International in Zimbabwe; Mwesiga Baregu, director of the Programme on Peace and Security in Harare, Zimbabwe; Krista Johnson, Northwestern University; and Patricia McFadden, Five College Women's Studies Research Center, panel chair. Reception will follow in Seelye 207. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Workshop "Entrepreneurship: Money Matters." Lunch provided. Sponsor: Women and Financial Independence. See for more details. Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

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

Workshop "Increasing Personal Power and Accountability." Jan Morton. Sponsor: human resources. 1 p.m., Wright Common Room

Meeting Keystone. 4-5:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

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. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Meeting Amnesty International
5 p.m., Lamont House

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

CDO infosession The Public Interest Research Group will discuss full-time employment opportunities for seniors. For more information, consult: 7:30 p.m., CDO Group Room, Drew

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 2/25 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Informal discussion "What Is Education For?" Nancy Marie Mithlo, anthropology and Native American studies. Lunch provided. Hosted by Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life. Noon, Dewey Common Room

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, February 27

Literature at Lunch Elizabeth Harries, English, will read a story by Eudora Welty. Beverages provided; bring a bag lunch. 12:15 p.m., Wright Common Room

Lecture "Losing It: America's Obsession With Weight and the Industry That Feeds It." Laura Fraser, author and investigative reporter, will discuss her work exposing the diet industry. Sponsors: Bodywise Peer Education; health services; Wellsprings. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

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

Informational meeting Oxford Summer Seminar. Learn how to apply to study at Trinity College, Oxford University. The program runs from June 30 to August 9, offering classes in literature, film, history, politics, architecture and law, taught by British faculty. For more information, consult: 4:30 p.m., Seelye 313

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

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 310

CDO infosession Trailblazers, a summer camp outside of New York City serving primarily inner-city children, will discuss summer job opportunities. For more information, consult: 7:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 2/25 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

Hillel The Great Smith Hamantaschen/Latke Debate of 2002. (See Notices, page 3. ) 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium

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
S.O.S. Spring Blood Drive Blood is always needed. To make an appointment or to volunteer, call ext. 6295 or send email to For donation eligibility guidelines, consult 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Davis Ballroom*

Language lunch tables Spanish and Portuguese. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms A, B

Classics lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

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, February 28

Lecture "Entrepreneurship: Money Matters." A venture capitalist will talk about investing in women-led firms and an entrepreneur will discuss her experiences obtaining investment capital. Lunch provided. Sponsor: Women and Financial Independence. For more information, consult Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Lecture "Luxuria, the Templum Sapientiae, and an Apocalyptic New Beginning for Rome in Prudentius' Psychomachia." Jessamyn Lewis '92, Dartmouth College. Sponsor: classics department. 4:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room*

Lecture "The Importance of Having a Nation-State." Mary D. Lewis, Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, Kahn Institute, will focus on the impact of the post-World War I nation-state system on the evolution of human rights in Europe. 4:30 p.m., Kahn Institute Lounge*

Reading Sigrid Nunez, Elizabeth Drew Professor of English, will read from her new novel For Rouenna. 7:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

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

Theater Hot 'n' Throbbing. Paula Vogel, playwright. A complex storm of sexuality and violence that takes a hard look at the boundaries imposed by society as well as those we impose ourselves. Tickets: $7, general; $5, students and seniors. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

Jittery's Live presents Pamela Means with Flora Reed. Spend an evening listening to the acoustic melodies of two amazing performers. 9 p.m., Davis First Floor

Informational meeting A representative from The Wild Rockies Field Institute will discuss how to earn college credit backpacking, canoeing or kayaking. Sponsor: environmental science and policy program. Noon, Engineering 102

MassPIRG intern class 4 p.m., Seelye 301

CDO internship panel Students who had arts-related internships last summer will discuss how they found their internships and housing, how they handled expenses and combined their internships with summer jobs. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Meeting MassPIRG. All welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye 301

Workshop Recovering from eating disorders. A student-led workshop on how to help you or a friend lead a food-friendly life at Smith. In observance of Eating Disorder Awareness Week. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 2/25 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Drop-in stress reduction and relaxation class with Hayat Nancy Abuza. Refresh body, mind and spirit. Open to all 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 all 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

S.O.S. Spring Blood Drive. See 2/27 listing. 11 a.m.-5 p.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 1

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

Performing Arts/Films
Student voice recitals 12:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall*

Theater Hot 'n' Throbbing. See 2/28 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

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 2/25 listing. Noon-1 p.m., 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 Jordan and Scales houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Saturday, March 2

Performing Arts/Films
Women's Choral Festival Six choral groups comprising Massachusetts high school and college students who will present selections from their repertoires and then combine to premiere Clifton J. Noble Jr.'s Gabriel's Trumpet. 7 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Theater Hot 'n' Throbbing. See 2/28 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

Sunday, March 3

Lecture "Confessions of a Book Reviewer." Michael Gorra, English. Part of the "Sundays at Two" series. (See story, page 1.) Sponsors: Smith College and Friends of Forbes Library. 2 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Faculty recital "Melodies de l'amour et de la mort." Karen Smith Emerson, soprano, will perform an all-French program featuring songs of Gabriel Fauré, and Darius Milhaud's Chansons de Ronsard. She will be joined by James Ruff, tenor, and Joel Pitchon, violin. 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Auditions for the Commencement Show, A Piece of My Heart, by Shirley Lauro; Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald '02, director. The play looks at the lives of six American women who served during the Vietnam War. Parts are open for six women and one male. Auditions will also take place on Monday, March 4, with callbacks on Tuesday, March 5. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. 7-10 p.m., Mendenhall CPA

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 with the Rev. Leon Tilson Burrows preaching. Brunch follows. 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*

Meeting Smith Baha'i Club. 2 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

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


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*

Literated and Write On Multimedia collages of poetry and prose composed by Janice Beetle Scaife's writing classes for elementary and high school students. Part of the Museum of Art's exhibition "On the Fence: Public Art in Public Space," which exhibits art on the construction fence surrounding the fine arts center. Through Thursday, February 28. Fine Arts Center Construction Fence*

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*