News for the Smith College Community | February 20, 1997

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Mission Statement Goes to Board

The following is the college's proposed mission statement, approved by the faculty on January 29. The statement will be submitted to the board of trustees for adoption at its May meeting. Any comments on the statement from students and staff should be sent to the self-study office in Clark Hall and will in turn be forwarded to the board.
Smith College began more than 125 years ago in the mind and conscience of a New England woman. In her will, Sophia Smith expressed her vision of a liberal arts college for women equal to the best available to men, one which would make it possible "to develop as fully as may be the powers of womanhood." By means of such a college, she wrote, women's '"wrongs' will be redressed, their wages adjusted, their weight of influence in reforming the evils of society will be greatly increased...their power for good incalculably enlarged." In this spirit Smith College seeks to provide the finest liberal arts education for women of diverse backgrounds, ages, and outlooks who have the ability and promise to meet the demands of an academically rigorous curriculum.
Today Smith College, as the largest liberal arts college for women, is well situated to fulfill its founder's wish to provide such "studies as coming times may develop or demand for the education of women." For its pursuit of the advancement of learning the college is endowed with exceptional resources and facilities, an outstanding faculty and a dedicated staff, and a rich international curriculum. Smith's overall educational purposes are furthered by a number of coeducational graduate programs, and by membership in the Five College Consortium, which offers all our students an abundance of academic, cultural, and social advantages.
The Smith faculty has committed itself to two purposes, which it regards as fully complementary. It conducts research in the arts and sciences or engages in the performing or creative arts; and it educates students. The faculty believes that the best undergraduate education is to be fostered by offering a wide range of courses designed to develop students' analytic, creative, and expressive powers. Students -- advised by the faculty -- plan programs of study suited to their individual talents and interests, and thereby share the responsibility for their own education.
Smith students come from throughout the United States and more than sixty countries around the world. They bring to the college an array of talents that allows them to develop and hone intellectual discipline and the habits of inquiry, reflection and criticism necessary for success in their lives and careers. In providing women with a liberal arts education, a broad range of co-curricular activities, and a house residential system fostering self-reliance and self-governance, Smith endeavors to produce graduates distinguished by their intellectual capabilities, their capacity for leadership, their ethical values, and their readiness to contribute to the betterment of the world. Becoming alumnae, our graduates inspire new generations of students and enhance in many ways the life of the college. Altogether, the Smith community -- students, faculty, staff, and alumnae -- strives to be what its founder envisioned, "a perennial blessing to the country and the world."

The Envelope, Please

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, has been chosen as the first recipient of the Sophia Smith Award, established in 1996 to honor the college's founder and benefactor on the bicentennial of her birth.
The award recognizes an individual who, by virtue of intelligence, energy, vision and courage, has made a significant and lasting contribution to the education of women.
Ginsburg, who will come to the Smith campus to accept the award in the fall of 1997, will receive a medal designed by Elliot Offner, A.M. Mellon Professor of Humanities and Art. The medal displays the symbol for the award, the owl, companion in Greek mythology of Athena, the goddess of wisdom. The owl is considered to be a particularly appropriate symbol because Smith's founder's given name, Sophia, is derived from the Greek word for wisdom.
Ginsburg's work as a lawyer, legal activist and judge clearly have broadened educational access and equity for women. Commented Dennis Thompson, Smith trustee, professor of political philosophy at Harvard University and one of the judges who reviewed the candidates for the Sophia Smith Award: "As a lawyer, activist and now one of our most distinguished jurists, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made signal contributions to the cause of equal opportunity for women in our society. By her personal example -- her moral commitment and her intellectual integrity -- she is inspiring this generation and the next to work for justice for both women and men."
Ginsburg has been a leading voice in shaping a constitutional understanding of gender equity. Throughout the 1970s, as the founder and director of the Equal Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, she fashioned arguments for women's equality under the equal protection principle and perhaps more than any other individual helped end arbitrary sex-based classifications in law. She is considered by some to be "the legal architect of the women's movement" in much the same way that Thurgood Marshall charted the constitutional route to end racial discrimination.
A graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard Law School, Ginsburg received an honorary degree from Smith College in 1994.
The others serving as judges for the Sophia Smith Award were: Jill Ker Conway and Mary Maples Dunn, presidents emerita of Smith; Barbara Pierce Bush '47; Gloria Steinem '56: and Yolanda King '76

Response Time

A number of Smith students have received a copy of the 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.
Each individual response is especially important for this survey as only about one-third of the student body is asked to participate. Names are chosen at random. All responses are completely anonymous so those responding can feel perfectly comfortable about being absolutely honest in their responses.
The purpose of the Cycles survey is to monitor students' concerns and assess their satisfaction with various aspects of Smith and Five College experiences. 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. In addition, because the survey has been conducted annually since 1995, it is possible to look for long-term trends and changes in student perceptions and experiences.
Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney asks that those who receive the Cycles survey take a few minutes to complete it. "This is one of your best chances to express your views. Every singe completed survey counts," she says. If you have questions or have misplaced your survey and need a replacement copy, you may call the Office of Institutional Research, ext. 3021.

Skimming the Surface

By Kate Drake '99
Before this semester started, Smith students like Danielle Marino '99 were outside finding a way to enjoy the freezing temperatures of New England. During interterm, Marino borrowed a pair of ice skates and, with five friends, headed straight for Paradise Pond. With no snow cover, Marino says the ice skating was great. "Over interterm, ice skating became one of our favorite activities. One of our friends taught us some hockey and another showed us some figure skating moves. We had the best of both ice worlds," she says.
The skating frenzy caught on, and even on the first day of classes at 5 p.m., the pond was covered with skaters. Both Smith students and community members were taking advantage of the Smith campus during the cold weather.
Now, only a few weeks after classes have begun, the pond stands empty. Why has everyone stopped skating if they were having such a great time?
According to Bob Dombkowski, supervisor of grounds at Smith, the continuous thawing and freezing over the past few weeks has made poor conditions for ice skating on the pond. "We monitor the pond on a daily basis, and with the constantly changing weather conditions, it has been difficult to maintain the skating area."
Dombkowski says that if there had been snowfall earlier in the winter, they could have made banks around the skating area and sprayed the ice to keep it smooth; but with the ever-changing weather, that has not been possible. In fact, two weeks ago the weather was so warm that the "No Skating" signs were posted.
So is skating a forgotten activity for Smith students this winter? Marino says no. "If the conditions were to improve, I would definitely consider going back out on the pond."

Musical Notes

Several members of the Smith faculty were conspicuous by their presence or by the presence of their music in the performances of the Five College New Music Festival last week. In the first of two concerts, Karen Smith Emerson was soprano soloist for "Six Poems of Mary Oliver," which have been set to music by Ann Kearns of Hampshire College. The second concert opened with "Fanfare" by Ronald Perera, which was performed by Janet Hill and John Van Buskirk. Also in that concert Monica Jakuc played the first performance of "Toccata Prestidigita," which was written for and dedicated to Jakuc by Karen Tarlow of the University of Massachusetts.
Distinguished musicologist Leo Treitler will visit the Five Colleges during a week-long residency in early March. Treitler's work on medieval music initially established his reputation among musicologists and music critics along with scholars in a broad range of disciplines. But with the 1989 publication of his ground-breaking collection of essays entitled "Music and the Historical Imagination," he became a central figure in music historiography. The essays, written over a 20-year period, make the case, as one critic put it, for seeing "music whole to show how it engages our passion as well as our reason."
Treitler studied music history as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and received the M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He taught at the University of Chicago and at Brandeis before joining the faculty at the State University of New York, Stony Brook in 1975. In 1987, he was named Distinguished Professor of Music at City University of New York.
During his residency, Treitler will visit classes, meet with groups of faculty and students and offer two public lectures on the general topic of "Words and Other Signs of Music." In the first, on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the music building at Hampshire College, he will speak on "Beethoven's 'Expressive' Markings." The second lecture will be in the Warbeke room of Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College, on March 6 at 4 p.m. Its title will be "Music and Metaphor."

Ergo Argot

Here's another "Tip-of-the-Day" from the Ergonomics Committee:
Do an ergonomic check-up on your posture. Be sure to sit up straight and make certain that your lower back is supported comfortably. This can often be easily accomplished through posture, adjustment of your chair back and/or the use of a lumbar pillow.
Questions or comments for committee members? You can reach them via e-mail to

Job Openings

This is a listing of jobs available at our publication deadline. For complete information, see the bulletin board in the Office of Human Resources or call the job hot line at extension 2278.
Publications specialist, college relations. Apply by March 7.
Area coordinator, student affairs. Apply by March 28.

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People News

Opening Night

The curtain will go up at the Northampton Center for the Arts Thursday, February 27, at 8 p.m. on "Exiles: a color scheme," a one-women show written and performed by Joy Voeth '97 and directed by Andrea Hairston, associate professor of theatre. The show, a culmination of Voeth's year-long honors investigation of women's solo performances and African-American, Caribbean and African performance idioms, incorporates narrative, drama, ritual, music, gesture, dance and visual art -- a total theatre experience!
Voeth, a member of both the Chrysalis Theatre and Enchanted Circle Theatre, has also performed with Spectrum in Motion Dance Co. Hairston is the recipient of many awards for playwriting and directing, including a Ford Foundation grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Grants to Playwrights and a Rockefeller-NEA grant for new works. Recording artist, mult-instrumentalist and critically acclaimed singer Pan Morrigan composed and will perform the music for the production.
The play will continue on February 18 and 29 at 8 p.m. Reservations? Call the Northampton Center for the Arts, 584-7327 or 586-7282.

From Our Far-Flung Correspondents

Ann and Bob Burger (assistant to the president for special projects and Achilles professor of geology, respectively) report that on an alumnae association trip to Baja and the Sea of Cortez during January, they led a few more geology hikes than they had expected. Windy weather kept the S.S. Sea Bird close to land, and trip participants spent extra time exploring the islands off the eastern side of the mainland peninsula, because white caps and high winds inhibited the whale watching they had hoped to do.
One morning the expedition leader for Special Expeditions, the company running the trip, announced that the ship would anchor off the coast of Isla and participants would hike "Arroyo Smith," named, at least temporarily, in honor of the college. The rocks were very interesting and the deep, winding arroyo proved very complex and fascinating, the Burgers report. The rocks were similar in origin, if not age, to some of the local geology here in the Connecticut Valley.

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Monday, February 24

Vendor sale: WOZQ CD Sale. New and used CDs at great prices.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gamut
Religious activity: Christian spirituality study/discussion group. Topic: Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle. Lunch served.
Noon, Bodman lounge, Chapel
French language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Italian language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
CDO Workshop: Résumé Critiques by peer advisors.
1 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO Workshop: Writing Your First Résumé.
2:45 p.m., CDO group room, Drew Hall
CDO Workshop: How to Find a Summer Job or Internship.
3 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Meeting: Amnesty International.
4-5 p.m., Seelye 105
Meeting: Smith Debate Society.
4-5 p.m., Seelye 107
CDO informational meeting: Active Voice. Janice Evans, Human Resources Manager will discuss opportunities at Active Voice, a telecommunications software company.
4:15 p.m., Seelye 110
Illustrated lecture: "Images of Liberty on Roman and U.S. Coins," by Katherine A. Geffcken, professor of Latin and Greek, Wellesley College. Sponsored by the Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; Committee on Community Policy; American studies and ancient studies programs and the departments of history and classical languages and literatures. Reception to follow in Seelye 207.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Meeting: Mandatory meeting for all candidates in the SGA all-college election.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 106
Meeting: Weekly PIRG Meeting.
7-9 p.m., Dewey common room
Meeting: Society for Creative Anachronism. Come help build the Five College chapter. It's a historical educational society that recreates the best of the Middle Ages.
9-10:30 p.m., Seelye 208

Tuesday, February 25

Luncheon meeting Sigma Xi. "Crystals Aren't What They Used To Be" by Marjorie Senechal, Louise Wolff Kahn Professor of Mathematics.
Noon, Smith College Club downstairs lounge
Religious activity: Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets in parish house parlor for worship, lunch and friendship. All welcome.
Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street
CDO informational meeting: Traveling (how to): cheaply, comfortably, and safely. Thinking about traveling this summer or later on? Come to this practical session on planning, packing and paying for your trip(s).
Noon, CDO, Drew Hall
Hebrew language lunch table. Pizza provided.
Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Deutscher Tisch language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Japanese language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Lecture: "In Search of Sugihara," by Professor Hillel Levine.
4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Lecture: Dr. Joan Y. Reede, assistant dean for faculty development and diversity at Harvard Medical School, will talk about her scientific pursuits, her role as a mentor, career opportunities, job hunting skills and how to finance a biomedical education. She is an instructor in medicine and psychiatry and has academic interest in areas such as pediatrics, child psychiatry and public health policy. Sponsored by the Union of Underrepresented Science Students (U.U.S.S.). Reception in the foyer from 4:30 to 5 p.m.
5-6 p.m., McConnell B05*
Meeting: Grécourt Review.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 202
Meeting: Senate. All are welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye 201
CDO workshop: How to Prepare For a Successful Interview.
7 p.m., CDO group room, Drew Hall
Film: Frontline's The Gulf War, Part II. Weekly film showing for GOV347: Seminar in International Relations but open to all.
7 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
CDO open hours
7-9 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Workshop: Female figure drawing session. Free. Sponsored by the Art Resources Committee. All Smith students w/ID and Five College students w/ID and sticker are welcome. Question? Jen at ext. 7698 or Naomi at ext. 4054.
7-10 p.m. Hillyer 18
CDO workshop: Résumé Critiques by peer advisors.
8:15 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO self-exploration workshop: Learn about the tools and strategies necessary for starting your career/job/internship search.
8:15 p.m., CDO. Drew Hall
CDO workshop: Second years only! An orientation and tour of the CDO geared to the needs of second-year students.
8 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Wednesday, February 26

Student payroll vouchers due by noon in College Hall 10.
Religious activity: A gathering and informative discussion/reflection for Catholic Adas. Lunch is served.
Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Korean language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Spanish & Portuguese language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
CDO Workshop: Résumé Critiques by peer advisors
1 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Meeting of the faculty. Tea served at 3:45 p.m.
4:10 p.m., Alumnae House conference room
Informational meeting: Marine science information session. Nate Larson of Round River Conservation Studies will give a slide presentation of programs in British Columbia, Utah, Montana, Arizona and Belize.
4:15 p.m., Burton 101
Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion.
7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Workshop: Male figure drawing session. Free. Sponsored by the Art Resources Committee. All Smith students w/ID and Five College students w/ID and sticker are welcome. Question? Jen at ext. 7698 or Naomi at ext. 4054.
7-10 p.m. Hillyer 18
Lecture/Panel Discussion: "Human Rights and Environmental Wrongs: The Crisis in Nigeria," sponsored by the Five College Committee for Human Rights and Democracy in Nigeria. Guest speakers include Julius Ihonvbere of the University of Texas, Michael Fleshman of The Africa Fund and Goodluck Diigbo of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). Each will discuss the social, political, economic and environmental effects that the presence of the multinational oil corporation, Royal/Dutch Shell, has on the Niger Delta, one of the richest oil reserve areas in the world. Also, how U.S. foreign policy influences and supports the exploitation of the region at the expense of its indigenous people.
7:30 p.m., Wright Hall Auditorium*
Film: The Schizoid Man.Episode 5 of "The Prisoner," Patrick McGoohan's classic television series. ESP, a doppelganger, a Rover and more. Optional for students in HST254b Nineteenth-Century Thought and open to all.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Meeting: Smith College Collective, a film and video club, will meet to discuss the proposed media center for Smith and the status of the film studies program. Anyone who is interested in the film studies department is encouraged to attend.
7:30 p.m., Room C103, Nonprint Resource Center, Alumnae Gym
Special event: Open-mike poetry reading. All welcome to share your poetry with the campus.
8 p.m., Wright Hall common room*

Thursday, February 27

Luncheon meeting: "Jurassic Demography: Births Out-of-Wedlock in Rural Germany, 1650-1924," by Ernest Benz, associate professor of history. Part of the Liberal Arts Luncheon Series, open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, Smith College Club lower level
Luncheon Meeting: Hillel at Noon, a weekly discussion and luncheon gathering, veggie food catered by Fire and Water Café. This week's topic: Rabbi Edward Feld will discuss, "Is there a Jewish Renaissance in America?" All welcome.
Questions or RSVP to the Kosher Kitchen at ext. 5074.
Noon, Dawes House, Kosher Kitchen
Chinese language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Russian language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
CDO workshop: Job Searching and Surfing on the Internet.
4:30-6:30 p.m., Seelye B-3
Meeting: Smith Debate Society.
5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 107
Discussion: Newman Association meeting for Catholic students. Come enjoy dinner and get involved in an exciting semester.
6-7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Film: An alternative to Thursday prime-time TV: The Activist Film Series. A forum for political discussion and inspiration for everyone. Sponsored by MASSPIRG.
7:30 p.m., Dewey Hall Common Room
Performance: The Bus Stop, by Gao Xingjian and translated and directed by Carla Kirkwood. As eight people of diverse backgrounds wait for a decade at a rural bus stop, the author subtly picks apart contemporary Chinese thinking and the idea of personal responsibility. Reservations can be made through the theatre department box office: 2-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and one hour prior to performance or by calling 585-ARTS/3374 TTY. Tickets are $5 general; $3 students and seniors.
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*+
Film: Trainspotting.Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium

Friday, February 28

CDO informational meeting: Emma Willard School. Information session followed by individual discussion. Bring cover letter and résumé.
10:30 a.m., CDO, Drew Hall
ASL language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Lecture: Five Colleges, Inc. presents the 1997 Jackie M. Pritzen Lecture, "Collusion," by Murray J. Kiteley, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Smith College. This annual lecture was established in honor of Jackie Pritzen, who retired in 1995 after 25 years of service to Five Colleges, Inc. It celebrates scholarly endeavors and the spirit of cooperation to which she was dedicated. Kiteley has been dedicated to both as well. His contributions to the community of philosophers and to an animated and long-lived Five College Propositional Attitudes Task Force (PATF) are well known. Reception immediately following.
4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Lecture: Bulb Show evening opening. Shavaun Towers '71 of Rolland/Towers will present a slide lecture and discuss the role of landscapes in defining the quality and image of place, with specific examples from her work, including the recently completed landscape master plan for Smith College. Reception to follow in Lyman Plant House.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 106
Meeting: Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye 208
Religious service: Shabbat Eve Service.
5:30 p.m., Dawes House, Kosher Kitchen
Community event: Shabbat Eve Dinner.
6:30 p.m., Dawes House, Kosher Kitchen
Meeting: Smith Christian Fellowship. Come sing, pray and chat. Topics for this semester include faithfulness, love, self-control, patience, goodness, joy, gentleness, kindness and peace.
7-9 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Special event: Dr. Mort Berkowitz, hypnotist to the stars. Berkowitz has worked with celebrities and professional athletes as an entertainer. Sponsored by Rec Council.
7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall*
Conference/lecture: ISO Spring Conference Lecture: Dr. Owens Wiwa, Human Rights Activist Environmentalist and brother of the late Nigerian writer and environmentalist Ken Saru-Wiwa (president of the Movement for Survival of the Ogoni People, who was executed by the Nigerian military government), will speak about human rights abuses perpetrated upon the Ogoni people by the Nigerian army as well as disease among the Ogoni that is related to Shell Oil's takeover of the land.
7:30 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*
Performance: The Bus Stop, by Gao Xingjian and directed by Carla Kirkwood. See 2/27 for listing.
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*+
Concert: BOCA's Best of Collegiate A capella. Groups singing: Smith Smiffenpoofs, Skidmore Bandersnatchers, Brown Derbies, Dartmouth Rockapellas and Binghampton Rhythm Method. Tickets are $5 and will be sold February 24-27 at the Gamut.
8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*+

Saturday, March 1

Spring Bulb Show
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House*
Conference: ISO Spring Conference. A variety of workshops, lectures and discussions.
8 a.m.-10 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*
Concert: Smith College Chamber Singers. Paul Flight, conductor. An evening of music by Johannes Brahms.
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall*
Performance: The Bus Stop, by Gao Xingjian and directed by Carla Kirkwood. See 2/27 for listing.
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*+
Lecture: "Sex and La Mujer," by Ana Castillo, Chicana writer and poet. Lecture will explore Latinas and sexuality. Sponsored by Nosotras. Questions? Call Sarah at ext. 6996.
8:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*
Party: SASA spring party. Sponsored by the Smith African Students Association. Admission $3.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Mwanagi Cultural Center*+
Party: ECCSF fiesta. Admission $2 before 11 p.m. and $3 after. Sponsored by Nosotras.
10 p.m.-1 a.m., Davis ballroom*+

Sunday, March 2

Spring Bulb Show
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House*
Religious activity: Quaker (Friends) discussion group. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Child care available.
9:30 a.m., Bass 210*
Religious service: Service of morning worship with Reverend Richard Unsworth. Coffee hour follows. All welcome.
10:30 a.m., Chapel*
CDO workshop: Résumé critiques by peer advisors.
1 p.m.-3:15 p.m., CDO group room, Drew Hall
CDO open hours
1-4 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO workshop: Job Search for Seniors.
1:15 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO workshop: How to Find a Summer Job or Internship.
2:30 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO workshop: Juniors only: An orientation and tour of the CDO geared to the needs of juniors.
3 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Religious service: Roman Catholic Mass. Informal dinner follows. All welcome.
4:30 p.m., Chapel*
Meeting: Feminists at Smith Unite. It's never too late to get involved! Come learn how you can be a campus activist for feminism or how you can learn more about feminist issues. FSU always welcomes new perspectives and ideas. Questions? Call Missy at ext. 7850.
7 p.m., Women's Resource Center, 3rd floor of Davis
Concert: The Smith College Chamber Orchestra, Philipp Naegele, director; the Smith College Choirs, Grace Cajiuat, director. Richard Crist, Karen Smith Emerson and Eileen Ruby, vocal soloists. Vivaldi's "Concerto for Strings"; Bach's Cantata, "Ich have genug"; Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater."
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall*

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By action of the faculty, students are responsible for the observance of notices and calendar listings appearing in AcaMedia. Members of the Smith College community are expected to make their announcements through this publication. Submit calendar items and notices to Mary Stanton, Garrison Hall. Items for news articles (not calendar listings) should be sent to Ann Shanahan, Garrison Hall. (E-mail submissions of notices and news articles are welcome as well: send to mstanton or ashanahan@ais as appropriate.)
Copy is due by 4 p.m., Wednesday, February 26, for issue #21 (containing the March 10 to March 23 calendar listings). Copy is due by 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, for issue #22 (containing the March 24 to March 30 calendar listings). Late information cannot be accepted.
AcaMedia staff
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Ann Shanahan, editor pro tempore
Mary Stanton, calendar/notices
Five College Calendar Deadline
Entries for the April Five College Calendar must be received in writing by March 13. Entries received after this deadline will not appear in the April issue. Please send all entries to Mary Stanton, Garrison Hall.


Museum of Art, 585-2770. Hours: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday, Noon to 8 p.m. Print Room hours: Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m., during exhibitions. Other hours by appointment.
Mojo Hand: Recent Work by Richard Yarde (1/16 through 3/16).
Still Life Photographs (1/21 through 3/22). Print Room.

Drop Deadline

The last day to drop a course is Friday, February 28. Drop forms may be obtained in the registrar's office.

Late Registration Fee

A late fee of $25 is charged for any petition to add or drop courses after the deadline. Please be sure to correct your registration by the appropriate deadlines.

Reunion and Commencement

The deadline for entries in the reunion and commencement program and the reunion weekend program is March 14. All entries should be sent to the Alumnae Association, Alumnae Outreach. No entries will be accepted after March 14.
All campus space reservations for the period May 10-25 should be made through the Alumnae Association. Please submit all requests for space in writing to the Alumnae Association, Alumnae Outreach. Requests for campus space during this period may be made until May 9.

SOS Annual Fund Drive

The annual fund drive for SOS will run from February 20 to March 27. This year's topic is teenage pregnancy and parenting. House reps will be collecting donations during this period. There will also be a collection jar at Kaffee Klatsch. Proceeds go to local non-profit organizations dealing with this issue. Prizes will be awarded to houses with the highest percent participation and to a raffle winner. Questions or for direct donations, contact Mahvesh Qureshi ext. 5665 or Kim Knope ext. 5691.

Peer Writing Assistance

From now until the end of the semester, the peer writing assistants will help students improve their writing five nights a week.
Where and when: Sunday through Thursday, Seelye 307, 7-10 p.m. No appointments necessary. All stages of drafts considered. No fee for services.

SOS Blood Drive

The Red Cross Annual Blood Drive sponsored by SOS will be on campus Wednesday, March 5, and Thursday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Davis ballroom. Please donate blood. To make an appointment or for information, call the SOS office at extension 2756 or shaneela at Walk-ins also welcome.

Five College Lecture Announcement

The Molecular and Cellular Biology Program graduate students are sponsoring a lecture entitled "Peptide Transport and the Assembly of MHC Class I-Peptide Complexes," by Dr. Peter Cresswell from Yale University School of Medicine. Cresswell, a leader in the field of antigen processing and presentation, will speak on general aspects and recent laboratory findings of the major histocompatibility complex pathway on February 25 at 4 p.m. at 101 Lederle Graduate Research Tower at UMass. Questions? Call 545-4408 or 542-8249.

The 39th Annual Katharine Asher Engel Lecture

"No Community Without Me: Reflections on Identity," by Philip Green, Sophia Smith Professor of Government. This lectureship is granted annually to a Smith College faculty member who has made a significant contribution in her/his field. The lecture will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, in Wright Hall auditorium and is open to the public. Sponsored by the Committee on Community Policy.

House Community Adviser Applications

Applications will be available for the house community adviser positions on Monday, February 26, in the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24, and the Career Development Office, Drew Hall. The house community advisers provide support for the head residents in the larger houses and annexes at the college. Questions? Please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Over the Edge

The Smith College AIDS Education Committee is bringing to campus the nationally recognized STAR Theatre Company the evening of March 4. The troupe has been acclaimed for presenting an honest, multi-cultural perspective on HIV/AIDS and other issues confronting young people in our society. STAR was the subject of a recent documentary film, "Sex and other matters of Life and Death," recently aired on public television. The program, "Over the Edge," will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Hall Auditorium.

Health Service

Because of the turnaround time on Pap tests, none will be done at the Health Services after May 2. They will resume again in September. Seniors should schedule their senior physicals before this date.

Spring '97 Smith College Group Programs

The following groups are offered through the Smith College Student Counseling Service. Interested students should call ext. 2840 for more information and a pre-group interview. Except for the group for first year Ada's, all the other groups are open to women enrolled in the Five College system. All groups are free and confidential.
1. Self-exploration group for women, a general therapy group, Mondays, 4:30-6 p.m.
2. Self-exploration group for women, a general therapy group, Tuesdays, 4:45-6:15 p.m.
3. Drop-in group for first year Ada students, a support group, Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m., Tilly House living room
4. Drop-in Five College ALANA women's discussion series (ALANA refers to people of African, Latina, Asian and/or Native American heritage, including biculturals and multiculturals.)
a. The Stressors in Our Lives: Common, Unique, or Both? Wednesday, February 26, 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Unity House, Bedford Terrace, Smith College
b. Coming To Know Who We Are, Wednesday, March 12, 12:15-1:30 p.m. Unity House
c. Negotiating Bi/Multicultural Values and Expectations In Various Contexts, Wednesday, April 16, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Unity House
5. Living, loving, laughing ALANA women's group, a discussion and support group, focusing on dimensions of ALANA women's experience such as relationships, academic work, identity and community. Thursdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Lilly Hall. This group will meet as soon as we have eight students signed up. Call for pre-group screening.

Spring '97 Five College Group Offerings

The following groups are offered by the Five Colleges, and Smith students may join these groups by first contacting the Smith counseling service at ext. 2840 for a pre-group interview before being interviewed for a group at any of the other college/university.
Hampshire College Counseling Service (582-5458)
1. Group therapy, Mondays, 4-5:15 p.m.
2. Eating concerns, Thursdays, 12:45-2, starting February 20
3. International students group (call for time and location)
Mount Holyoke College Counseling Service (538-2037)
1. Anxiety concerns group, Fridays, 1:15-2:45 p.m., starting February 21
2. Relationship issues group, Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., starting February 26
Amherst College Counseling Center (542-2354)
1. Stress management group (call for time & location)
2. Children of divorce group (call for time & location)
Umass-Amherst Mental Health Center (545-2337)
1. Mindfulness-based stress management group, eight Mondays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
2. Self-discovery co-ed group, approximately nine Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., starting the third or fourth week of February
3. Personal development co-ed group, 10 Tuesdays, 3:30-5 p.m., starting late February
4. Ninos adultos de familias disfuncionales (group held in Spanish), eight Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m.
5. A group for men, eight-to-10 Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.
6. Men in relationship, six Mondays, 4-5 p.m., starting late February
7. Early recovery skills group, six Thursdays, 4-5 p.m., starting late February or early March
8. Long-term open-ended women's group for graduate and older students, Thursdays, 9-10:30 a.m. (commitment to participate for a minimum of two semesters)
9. Long-term open-ended co-ed group for graduate and older students, Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m. (commitment to participate for a minimum of two semesters)

Dawes House Lottery

If you are interested in living in Dawes House and speaking French with your housemates, please contact Katherine Evans (e-mail kevans or call ext. 6558) to sign-up for the Dawes House lottery and interview. The Dawes House lottery is separate from the general housing lottery; you should still participate in the housing lottery to secure a room in case space in Dawes House is not confirmed. Sign-up deadline: Friday, March 7.

Campus School Open Houses

The Smith College Campus School will hold two open houses in March to introduce its programs and admission and financial aid information and to allow visitors to tour its facilities and meet teachers.
The first open house will be Sunday, March 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Fort Hill campus, 28 Lyman Road, which houses children in the pre-school program. On Sunday, March 9, also from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the open house will be at Gill Hall, Prospect Street, where kindergarten through sixth grade classes are held.
Applications are currently being accepted for preschool through 6th grade at the campus school, and those received on or before March 15 will be considered in the first round of admissions decisions for the 1997/98 year. For more information, call the Smith College Campus School admission office, 585-3295.

Downhill Ski/Snowboard Trip (or wanna-bes)

When: Saturday, March 8, Location: Mt. Snow, Vermont (75 minutes from Smith). Co-sponsored by the Student Affairs Office and Rec Council. Rec Council will pay $15 toward the first 22 Smith student's packages and provide van transportation for up to 22 Smith students.
Open to all abilities, Smith community and friends. There is a special learn-to-ski/snowboard package. Please sign up and pay by February 28 in College Hall 24. Questions? Call ext. 4904.
Rates are as follows: ticket only, $33; Juniors up to age 12, $25; lesson, $20; equipment rental, $22 (skis or snowboard); learn-to-ski/ snowboard, $45 (includes ticket on lower mountain, rental and lesson).

Employer Connections

The CDO is collecting cover letters and résumés for the following companies: Bronner Slosberg Humphrey (Boston); The Brookings Institution (DC); Cambridge Strategic Management Group (Cambridge); College Directory Publishing (Pennsylvania); Computer Science Corporation (Waltham); Haythe & Curley (NYC); Jay J. Sangerman & Assoc. (NYC); Kaiser Associates (Vienna, VA); Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (Princeton, NJ); New England Center for Children (Southborough, MA); News America Publishing, Inc. (New York City); Northern Trust Company (Chicago); Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor (NYC); Sidley & Austin (DC); The Lewin Group (Fairfax, VA); and William Blair & Co. (Chicago)

Textbook Returns

The Grécourt Bookshop will begin to return unsold textbooks to the publishers on Monday, February 24. Please purchase all needed texts as soon as possible.

ID Badges

Members of the Physical Plant staff are now wearing picture identification badges during working hours to help members of the campus community identify them quickly and easily.
The badges have a vertical format (rather than the horizontal one that is used by Human Resources for employee ID's). They are printed on a brick red paper and laminated, and they carry the Smith logo, the wearer's name, their department and their photograph. Residence & Dining Services custodians, Information Systems staff and the rental properties custodian are also wearing the new badges.

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