News for the Smith College Community | March 20, 1997

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Smith 2020

Pennies For Your Thoughts

The Quiz:
What will be the most popular major at Smith in the year 2020?
a) English
b) Economics
c) Rocket Navigation
d) Nuclear Waste Management
Who will be the president of Smith in 2020?
a) Hillary Clinton
b) Chelsea Clinton
c) Amanda Gilman
d) Officer Bob
What Smith sports team will have the best record in 2020?
a) basketball
b) volleyball
c) softball
d) football
The Answers: Actually, there aren't any right or wrong ones. How do you see Smith College 23 years from now? Enter the 2020 Contest, and use your imagination to win a great prize ($2,020!).
If you missed the details in the last AcaMedia, here they are again: Submit your vision of Smith in 2020. Be creative. Your entry might take the form of a limerick or an epic poem; a photograph or a film; a sketch, a skit, a song, an essay, an engraving and so on.
Entries, which must be submitted to the Office of College Relations, Garrison Hall, by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4, will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Consideration will be given to the idea represented by each entry and to its presentation.
There will be first prizes of $2,020 and second prizes of $202.0(0) in three categories: current students, faculty and staff (which includes all other employees), as well as a number of honorable mentions at $20.20. (Senior staff, judges, trustees and their families are not eligible to participate.) Questions? Call Ann Shanahan, ext. 2190, or e-mail

Smith, Miami-Dade CC Sign Agreement

President Ruth Simmons and the president of Miami-Dade Community College, Eduardo Padron, have signed a "collaborative admission agreement" that will increase the possibility that Miami-Dade graduates will be successful applicants to Smith for transfer admission. Miami-Dade -- the largest community college in the United States, with more than 125,000 students on five major campuses in the Miami area -- has sent 14 students to Smith since 1990.
The agreement, which will serve as "an advising tool by detailing some general information about transfer as well as by providing a list of courses that are transferable from Miami-Dade to Smith," stipulates that students likely to be admitted to Smith normally will have earned a GPA of 3.2 or better in the courses listed in the agreement. The Miami-Dade agreement is the second such arrangement Smith has established with another college; it follows an earlier one with Santa Monica College in California.
Miami-Dade enrolls more black and Hispanic students than any other college or university in the United States; 67 percent of the students are women. Ninety percent of students with an associate's degree in the arts from Miami-Dade continue at a four-year college.
"This is a win-win agreement for both colleges," observes Ann Wright, dean of enrollment management. "Miami-Dade is delighted to have a relationship with us, and, for Smith, the agreement provides special access to outstanding transfer students, many of whom will contribute to our campus diversity. It was a thrill to be on the M-DCC campus for the signing ceremony by the two presidents." Also present was Alberto Ibargüen, Smith trustee and publisher of Miami's El Nuevo Herald, who encouraged the initial talks with Padron that resulted in the agreement.
A story that appeared in the Miami Herald, describing the new agreement and the signing ceremony, noted that M-DCC women who transfer to Smith "will go from stark urban campuses to an idyllic college with Gothic spires, a botanical garden and an arboretum." They may also find that the weather in New England is different from what they are accustomed to in Florida!

In Them We Trust

Although Amanda Gilman is now stepping down as president of the Student Government Association, she will soon be stepping up to another prominent post at Smith.
Effective July 1, Gilman will begin a two-year term as a member of the Smith College Board of Trustees. Joining Gilman on the Board will be other illustrious alums. Most well-known of the newcomers are Gloria Steinem '56, author, activist and Ms. magazine founder, and Laura Tyson '69, former head of the National Economic Council.
When asked how she feels about sitting shoulder to shoulder with such luminaries, Gilman exclaimed, "Oh my goodness. I'm overly awed and thankful for the opportunity, and I'm looking forward to working toward the betterment of Smith with them."
Jane Pearsall '57, who was the subject of a winter NewsSmith feature on the Smith Internships in the Public Interest, which she founded, will also join the board of trustees in July, along with Gayle White Jackson '67, who will serve as alumnae trustee, pending election by the Alumnae Association at its annual meeting in May.

Class Action

The Smith class of 2001 is beginning to form. About 140 members of '01 are expected to enroll in September as a result of the positive responses they received to their Early Decision applications. "We're very pleased with the quality of the students who applied and were admitted," says Nanci Tessier, director of admission.
Meanwhile, the admission office staff is wading through hundreds of other applications and making the decisions that will generate the thick and thin envelopes to be mailed in late March.

Community Action

Seeking ways to increase interest in and attendance at future community forums, President Ruth Simmons invited suggestions for changes to the meeting's format, timing or location from those assembled at the most recent forum.
One of the unusual aspects of working in an academic environment, Simmons said, is the opportunity to share in its governance. "We are looking for ways to make people feel they are involved in something important and are not just coming to work every day and going home."
Among the suggestions for future forums were a change in the time of the meetings, at least once in a while, to a mid-morning hour; a gathering that would include faculty as well as staff; or a town/gown forum with the mayor and some other city officials. Would it be possible for those who felt self-conscious speaking in a group to submit questions for departments or individuals in advance, one person asked, or could a spotlight on a single department be a regular feature of community forums so we could all learn more about what different people do?
Other suggestions for making the community forum more user-friendly may be submitted to Marilyn Woodman, chair of staff council (mwoodman@ais) or to the staff council address (staffcouncil@ais).

Mother's Hours

All news items and People News items for AcaMedia should again be submitted to Sally Rubenstone, who has returned after a six-week maternity leave. (Contact her via mail to Garrison Hall; e-mail to srubenstone@ais or at ext. 2175.) However, as a new mother, her schedule may be erratic and unorthodox, and she will be spending much of her time at her home office, so also feel free to reach her there at 586-6527 or by e-mail to
Ann Shanahan, director of media relations, graciously undertook yet another task, serving as AcaMedia editor during the maternity leave. Her contributions were greatly appreciated by the rest of the College Relations staff. Please continue to send information for the external media to her.

Showing Its Age

The Helen Hills Hills Chapel is getting a face lift, and appropriately so, says dean of the chapel and Protestant chaplain Richard Unsworth, given its age. The chapel, whose architecture recalls traditional New England churches, was built in 1955. The lighting fixtures in the sanctuary cove (the recessed area in the ceiling) -- handcrafted glass tubes that were installed during construction of the chapel -- have been "hors de combat for about five years," says Unsworth. The old ones will be "replaced with newer ones with rheostatic control that will combine with lighting levels of the chandelier to provide very lovely lighting for different times of day and different occasions," he adds.
The Bodman Lounge and lower level facilities are not affected by the upstairs work, but chapel services have moved to the Alumnae House during the renovations, which will continue until April 11.
Current OSHA regulations dictated that, to replace the lighting fixtures, a full array of staging was required, which made it prudent to do some other minor electrical upgrading and paint the full ceiling at the same time -- a job that hadn't been done for more than 20 years. "It's all the sort of work that reflects the age of the building and the length of time since it was last given cosmetic attention," says Unsworth.
Although the building is nearing its 50th birthday, people frequently take it to be even older. "So successful were the designers at imitating the architecture of the past, that the chapel is occasionally mistaken by visitors as an authentic colonial building," remarks Eleanor Lincoln, author of This the House We Live In, a history of the Smith campus from 1871 to 1982. "Even those who are familiar with the chapel's history are often surprised to learn that it is constructed around a framework of structural steel girders."

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People News

Oshkosh B'Gosh

An 11th place finish for one student athlete will go down in the record books as a first for Smith. Junior Amy Saari traveled to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, earlier this month to compete in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Division III National Indoor Track and Field Championships. Saari, an Ashby, Massachusetts, native, was the sole Smithie to qualify for the Oshkosh trip and the first Smith runner ever to take part in the 800-meter event at a national indoor meet.
Although this was Saari's first trip to indoor nationals, she was also part of a four-member relay team that competed in the outdoor championships last spring. Coach Carla Coffey calls Saari's 2:19.56 finish in Wisconsin "a great performance" and points out that "a national competition is a big deal. It can be pretty jittery going through it all by yourself, but she was able to stay completely focused."
Indeed, congratulations go to Amy Saari for a terrific overall job in Oshkosh.

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Monday, March 24

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 résumé critiques by peer advisors.
1 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO workshop: How to Prepare for a Successful Interview.
2:45 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Meeting: Amnesty International.
4-5 p.m., Seelye 105
Meeting: Smith Debate Society.
4-5 p.m., Seelye 107
Lecture: "The Peplos of Athena," by Elizabeth Barber. Presented by the departments of the history of science and theatre. Lecture in conjunction with CLS232 and GRK213, taught by Nancy Evans.
4:15 p.m., Seelye 106*
Meeting: PIRG
7-9 p.m., Dewey common room
Lecture: "In These Girls, Hope Is A Muscle." Madeleine Blais, department of journalism, University of Massachusetts, will be speaking on her book, which chronicles the Amherst High School girls' basketball team's state championship season in 1993.
7:30 p.m., Seeyle 206*
Lecture: "Kings and Jews: Historical Fiction and Jewish Identity," by Erich S. Gruen, professor of history and classics at the University of California at Berkeley. Sponsored by the department of classical languages and literatures, the Committee on Community Policy, the ancient studies program, the Jewish studies program and the Department of History.
8 p.m., Neilson Browsing 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 p.m., Seelye 208

Tuesday, March 25

Luncheon meeting: Sigma Xi. "In the Land of Cosa Nostra," by Malgorzata Zielinska-Pfabé, Sophia Smith Professor of Physics.
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
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
Softball v. Westfield
4 p.m., athletic fields*
Presentation of the major: French.
5 p.m., faculty lounge, Hatfield 103
Religious service: Service of Reconciliation with Fr. Jim Sheehan, S.J. and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain.
7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Meeting: Study group to discuss and experience the spiritual insights of "The Celestine Prophecy." All welcome.
7 p.m., lower level room, Chapel
Meeting: Senate. All welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye 201
Film: The Aftermath of War with Iraq (Defense Associates) and the Gulf Crisis TV Project. Weekly film showing for GOV347: Seminar in International Relations, but open to all.
7 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*
Auditions: "Who Forgot to Turn the Gravity On?" A melange of scenes and short plays from the Smith playwriting classes and the local community, directed by the Smith directing II class. Audition for our new adventure and discover the surprising, the provocative, the playful and the poetic. Callbacks will be March 27, 7-10 p.m. in the Green Room, Mendenhall CPA. Performances: May 1 & 2, Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. Questions? Call ext. 3222.
7-10 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall CPA
CDO workshop: Writing Your First Résumé.
7 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO open hours
7-9 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Workshop: Female figure-drawing session. Free. Sponsored by Art Resources Committee. Smith students w/ID and Five College students w/ID and sticker are welcome. Questions? Jen at ext. 7698 or Naomi at ext. 4054.
7-10 p.m. Hillyer 18
Lecture: "The Mummies of Chinese Turkistan," by Elizabeth Barber. Presented by the departments of the history of science and theatre.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Lecture: "Feminism and College Campuses," by Rosemary Dempsey, action vice president, National Organization for Women. Sponsored by Smith Philosophical Society.
7:30 p.m., McConnell 103*
Film: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953, 91 minutes). Laura Mulvey will discuss this film in Wednesday's lecture. Sponsored by the Film Studies Program.
8 p.m. Wright Hall Auditorium*
CDO résumé critiques by peer advisors.
8:15 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO workshop: How to Find a Summer Job or Internship.
8:15 p.m., CDO. Drew Hall

Wednesday, March 26

Student payroll vouchers due by noon in College Hall 10.
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 résumé critiques by peer advisors.
1 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Lecture: "Aegean Weavers and Egyptian Collectors," by Elizabeth Barber. Presented by the departments of the history of science and theatre. Lecture in conjunction with ARH352, taught by Caroline Houser.
1:10 p.m, Museum of Art*
Poetry Workshop: Elizabeth Biller Chapman '65, emerging and prize-winning California poet, will lead a poetry-writing workshop, on a first-come first-served basis, for up to 40 Smith students. "A love of poetry is the ticket of admission." Poets of all levels of experience and from all departments are welcome. One poem per student (no more than two pages) should be handed in to the English department (Wright 101) by noon on Tuesday, March 25, so that copies can be made. Sponsored by the English department.
1-2:30 p.m., Rare Book Room, Neilson Library
Meeting: faculty. Tea served at 3:45 p.m.
4:10 p.m., Alumnae House conference room
Presentation of opportunties in Jewish Studies, the Jewish community and Israel.
4:15 p.m., Wright Hall common room
Auditions: "Who Forgot to Turn the Gravity On?" (See 3/25 listing.)
7-10 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall CPA
Film: sponsored by Student Pugwash.
7 p.m., Wright Hall common room*
Special event: Poetry Reading. Elizabeth Biller Chapman '65 will read from her poems. Sponsored by the English department.
7-8 p.m. Alumnae House Living Room*
Workshop: Male figure-drawing session. Free. Sponsored by Art Resources Committee. Smith students w/ID and Five College students w/ID and sticker are welcome. Questions? Jen at ext. 7698 or Naomi at ext. 4054.
7-10 p.m. Hillyer 18
Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion.
7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Lecture: "CP Violation: Broken Symmetries and the Origin of the Universe," by Natalie Roe, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Part of the Five College lecture series "What's New in Physics?" sponsored by the Five College Consortium and the Department of Physics.
7:30 p.m., McConnell Hall auditorium*
Film: Many Happy Returns. "The Prisoner" escapes a deserted village by sea and finds a widow owning his old home and car. Optional for students in HST254b: Nineteenth-Century Thought, and open to all.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Meeting: Smith College Collective (Film Club).
7:30 p.m., Nonprint Resource Center C103
Lecture: Laura Mulvey, a key figure in feminist film theory and criticism, will give a talk entitled "Auteurism Meets Visual Pleasure: Hawks, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and the 1920s." Sponsored by the Film Studies Program.
8 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*

Thursday, March 27

Luncheon meeting: "The Case for First-Year Seminars at Smith," introduced by John M. Connolly, dean of the faculty. Presented by members of the subcommittee of the Committee on Academic Policy. 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. All welcome.
Questions or RSVP to the Kosher Kitchen at ext. 5074.
noon, Dawes House, Kosher Kitchen
Religious service: Stations of the Cross. (There will be no Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.)
12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
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
Lecture: "The World's Oldest Textiles," by Elizabeth Barber. Presented by the departments of the history of science and theatre. Lecture in conjunction with HSC221, taught by Marjorie Senechal.
3 p.m., Seelye 201*
Lacrosse v. New England College
3:30 p.m., athletic fields*
Meeting: Special Campus Climate Working Group meeting to discuss recent events on campus.
4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
CDO workshop: Job Searching and Surfing on the Internet.
4:30-6 p.m., Seelye B-3
Meeting: Smith Debate Society.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 107
Religious service: Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper with Fr. Peter E. Fink, S.J., and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain.
5:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Religious service: Maundy Thursday Service of the Lord's Supper and Tenebrae with Rev. Richard Unsworth.
7:30 p.m., Alumnae House living room
Lecture: "Global Governance and the Third World," by Michael Barnett, associate professor of political science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Council on Foreign Affairs Fellow/Adviser on peacekeeping operations at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and recipient of the United States Institute of Peace Award. In honor of the retirement of Peter Rowe, professor of government emeritus. Sponsored by the department of government and the Committee on Community Policy.
7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
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 common room
CDO informational meeting: J.P. Morgan Summer Intern Opportunities in Financial Services for first- and second-year students.
7:30 p.m., Wright Hall Common Room
Dance concert: "Triplet Code." Three Smith seniors, Sara Fox, Evangelia Antonakos and Megan Bathory, present diverse choreography. Features "video choreography," a "mystical group piece" performed by teenagers from N.H.'s Mountain Shadow School, jazz, modern, tap and more. Tickets: $5 general/$3 students, senior citizens. Reservations recommended. Call 585-ARTS, Monday-Friday 2-4 p.m.
8 p.m., Scott Dance Studio*+
CDO panel discussion: Women on Wall Street. Join J.P. Morgan professionals and alumnae who will speak informally about their experiences as women pursuing careers in financial services and at J.P. Morgan.
8 p.m., Wright Hall Common Room
Film: Up Close and Personal. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Seelye 106

Friday, March 28

ASL language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Religious service: The Smith Chapel joins with the Northampton churches in a three-hour Ecumenical watch service.
3 p.m., Edwards Church
Lecture: Biological Sciences and Biochemistry Colloquium: "The effects of testosterone on structure and behavior of weakly electric fish," by Peter Moller, Hunter College and the American Museum of Natural History.
4 p.m., McConnell B05*
Lecture: Department of German Studies: "Krankheit als Metapher. Pathographie und Literatur bei Goethe, Lenz und Büchner," by Burghard Dedner, University of Marburg.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 106
Meeting: Science Fiction and Fantasy Society.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye 208
Religious service: Good Friday Service, Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion with Fr. Peter E. Fink, S.J., and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain.
5:15 p.m., Alumnae House living room
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
Film: Slackers. Weird, unique social satire about contemporary dropouts, a growing generation of young idlers or "slackers" who have formed their own subculture. Filmed in Austin, Texas. (Director: Richard Linklater, 1991; 97 minutes.) Part of film series entitled "Sub-Cultures and Counter-Cultures," sponsored by the Committee on Motion Pictures.
7 and 9 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*
Concert: Music for Good Friday. Smith College Glee Club. Paul Flight, conductor; with Arcadia Players. Hasse: Miserere Mei, Deus. Brahms: Psalm 13.
7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Dance concert: "Triplet Code." (See 3/27 listing.)
8 p.m., Scott Dance Studio*+
Special event: The Siren is hosting a poetry open mike-an opportunity to hear the voices of poets from around the valley and to raise money and awareness for the Siren. Calling all poets, composers of verse and Suffragists of the Word. Beverages, food, art and lights will be provided. Questions? Contact ext. 4736.
8 p.m., Field House*
Performance: New Play Reading: Salt by Migdalia Cruz. A play about child prostitution, Salt is a 1997 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, an international award for "best play" by a woman writing in English.
7:30 p.m., Sage Recital Hall*
Religious service: Easter Vigil including Liturgy of the Eucharist with Fr. Peter E. Fink, S.J., and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain.
8 p.m., Alumnae House living room*
Party: LBTA Rad Deb, a formal/semi-formal dance. Admission $7.
9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Saturday, March 29

Riding: Amherst Show
8:30 a.m., Equestrian Center*
Crew v. Clark
10 a.m., Connecticut River*
Softball v. Brandeis
noon, athletic fields*
Lecture/concert: "Gender goes to Broadway: How Broadway Musicals Treat Women." Performers Kari Howard and Bob Moreen will give a brief lecture followed by a concert illustrating both the blatant and the subtle stereotyping of women in musicals. Sponsored by the Committee on Community Policy, the music and psychology departments. Questions? Call Faye Crosby at ext. 3922.
7:30 p.m., Sage Recital Hall*
Dance concert: "Triplet Code." (See 3/27 listing.)
8 p.m., Scott Dance Studio*+

Sunday, March 30

Religious service: Smith's Ecumenical Christian Church joins St. John's Episcopal Church and First Churches for an Easter Sunrise Service.
6 a.m., athletic fields by the Field House*
Religious service: Easter Mass of the Resurrection with Fr. Peter E. Fink, S.J., Elizabeth Carr, Catholic Chaplain, and Smith College Choir Omega.
9 a.m., Alumnae House living room*
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: Ecumenical Christian Church Service of Easter Celebration and Communion with Rev. Richard Unsworth and the Smith College Choir Alpha.
10:30 a.m., Alumnae House living room*
Concert: Music for an Easter Sunday Afternoon. Philipp Naegele, Matthias Naegele, Barbara Wright, John Van Buskirk, Alice Robbins, Salvatore Macchia and friends. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #6; Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata, for cello and piano; and Schubert: Notturno for piano trio. Tickets available in advance from the museum.
2 p.m., Museum of Art*
Film: Slackers. (See 3/28 listing.)
2 and 4 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*
Meeting: Smith Emergency Medical Service (SEMS).
4 p.m., Seelye 101

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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 Sally Rubenstone, Garrison Hall. (E-mail submissions of notices and news articles are welcome as well: send to mstanton or srubenstone@ais as appropriate.)
Copy is due by 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, for issue #24 (containing the April 7 to April 13 calendar listings). Copy is due by 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, for issue #25 (containing the April 14 to April 20 calendar listings). Late information cannot be accepted.
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Five College Calendar Deadline
Entries for the May Five College Calendar must be received in writing by April 15. Entries received after this deadline will not appear in the May issue. Please send all entries to Mary Stanton, Garrison Hall.

Chapel Sanctuary Renovations

The Sanctuary of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel is under renovation until April 11. Sunday morning services and Sunday afternoon masses will be held in the Alumnae House at the corner of Elm Street and Bedford Terrace. All activities scheduled for the Bodman Religious Center downstairs will proceed without interruption. (See news article.)

Health Service Announcement

Because of the turn-around time on Pap tests, none will be done at the Health Service after May 2. They will resume again in September. Seniors should also schedule their senior physicals before May 2.

Smith Vehicle Driving Test

Testing for certification to operate Smith vehicles is currently being conducted at the Physical Plant motor vehicle department. This test is necessary before operating any vehicles for the various organizations at Smith. Appointments may be made by calling ext. 2472. Three appointment days are available: Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. When requesting an appointment for the regularly scheduled hours, please specify the date and time on which you wish to be tested. Due to the number of people needing testing, it's possible that your initial request will not be available. Please do not wait until the last moment to call.

Barbara Jordan Prize: Study of Law

This prize was established in 1989 to encourage African-American women to undertake careers in law and public policy, after the example of Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (1936-96). Students and alumnae can compete, provided they have at least applied for admission to a law school or a graduate program in public policy. The prize funds may be used to help prepare for admission (e.g., LSAT coaching, application costs, internships, travel to interviews) or they may be applied toward academic loan-forgiveness. The funds may be held for later use to help meet the costs of tuition and books. Applications will be reviewed by former recipients of the prize or by other alumnae already active in law and/or public policy. All materials must be submitted to Sue Briggs, College Hall 21, by 4 p.m. on April 4.

David Burres Law Prize

This award was established in 1985 by family and friends of Attorney Burres, who in his lifetime encouraged the entry of women into the legal profession. The prize, to be used for first-year tuition, is to be awarded annually to a graduating senior or an alumna who has been accepted to law school (entrance may be deferred; the prize will be held until needed). Preference is given to students aspiring to practice law in the public interest rather than for private gain, in memory of Burres' work for the disenfranchised and in the area of civil liberties. Need is a factor, but the prize is not restricted to students on financial aid. Applicants should submit a statement of professional intentions, along with a statement of where they have been accepted for law school and whether they will be receiving financial aid. All materials must be submitted to Sue Briggs, College Hall 21, by 4 p.m. on April 21.

Ruth Dietrich Tuttle '09 Prize

The Ruth Dietrich Tuttle '09 Prize was established in 1985 as an award for achievement and for plans for further study, work or research in the areas of international relations, peace studies or race relations.
The prize is for use during the present (1996-97) academic year or the next academic year (1997-98). Smith undergraduate students of any nationality who have done substantial academic work or have had relevant experience in any of these areas are eligible. Preference is given to seniors.
Applications are available in the Office of the Dean of the College, College Hall 21, and must be filed with Sue Briggs, College Hall 21, by 4 p.m. on April 4.

Math Dept. Event

On Monday, March 31, there will be a Dickinson lecture sponsored by the Department of Mathematics at 4:30 p.m. in Seelye 201 entitled "Evidence from Follow-up Studies and Case-Control Studies that Smoking Causes Lung Cancer," by Dr. Mitchell H. Gail, head of the Epidemiological Methods Section, Biostatistics and Epidemiology Program at the National Cancer Institute in Washington, D.C. At 4 p.m., there will be a tea in Seelye 207. At 6 p.m., there will be a dinner at the Smith Club. The cost for the dinner is $20, and reservations are required. To reserve, contact Joice Gare at ext 3803.

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: Sunday through Thursday, Seelye 307, 7­10 p.m. No appointments necessary. All stages of drafts considered. No fee for services.

Support Group Forming

A support group for women who have had abortions is forming, and anyone interested should contact Reva Levine, (413) 665-4307. The call will be screened, and a place on campus will be set up to meet privately once a week.

Counselors on Campus

The Theatre Committee of the Board of Counselors will be visiting campus Saturday, April 19, and will leave on Sunday, April 20.


Information concerning scheduled and self-scheduled examinations is posted in the houses and on official bulletin boards in Clarke Science Center, Seelye, Wright Hall and in the registrar's office. Students should check this schedule carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar immediately. The examinations cannot be repeated and will be failed by default if missed through carelessness.

Grading Option Deadline

The last day to change the grading option in a course is Friday, April 4. Students must be registered for a minimum of 12 graded credits for the semester.

Registration For Fall 1997

The fall advising and registration period will extend over a two-week period, April 7-18. Registration materials will be mailed to students at their campus mailboxes on Friday, April 4. Students and advisers should plan to meet during the week of April 7. Students are required to submit their registration forms to the registrar's office on specific days during the week of April 14. Registration days will be scheduled according to class standing for the fall semester. The schedule will be published in the registration instructions contained in the registration packet.

House Coordinator Needed: 150 Elm

If you are interested in being the house coordinator for 150 Elm, please contact Alisa Geller, area coordinator at ext. 2237.

Student Activities Fair

The Office of Admission invites all campus organizations to participate in a student activities fair to be held during Open Campus, Friday, April 18 from noon-1 p.m. in Ainsworth Gym. Open Campus is a two-day program designed to help admitted students make an informed decision about attending Smith. Participants will have the opportunity to attend classes, speak with current Smith students, eat and sleep in campus houses, meet with faculty and staff and explore the college on their own.
The activities fair will provide potential members of the class of 2001 with a chance to learn about co-curricular life at Smith. Student organizations will be able to recruit new members, sell fundraising merchandise and serve as goodwill ambassadors for the college.
If your organization is interested in participating, please contact Joyce Rauch or Jennifer Christian in the admission office at ext. 2523.

SEMS Training

The Smith College Emergency Medical Service will be sponsoring a First Responder certification class (equivalent to professional level CPR and community first aid) at Smith. The class will meet April 19, 20, 26, and 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The cost of the class is $100. This includes books, supplies and certification cards. Questions or to register, call Emily Singer at ext. 9766.

Get Even!

Field Day, April 27.

CDO Employer Connections

The Five College Media and Communications Career Connection. Résumés and cover letters are being collected by the CDO for internships and jobs in communications and media. Information will be available starting March 17. The deadline for résumés and cover letters is April 4. Not For Profit Fair in New York City on April 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Law Library, Columbia University. Come with your questions and your résumés. Speak with representatives of dozens of not-for-profit/public service agencies about work opportunities. You will be asked to show your Smith ID. The CDO is making arrangements for a van (small fee). If you are interested in going by van, please sign up in Room 20, CDO.
We have received word from a Smith alum of two paralegal positions with law firms in New York City. One is with Brown & Wood; the other is in the business and finance section of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. These will be résumé referral with a deadline date of April 7.
A '94 alum who works at American Express has expressed a willingness to collect résumés and forward them to the human resources department for their attention. Come to Room 20 of the CDO for her name and address. It is posted on the bulletin board. There are many positions available, but the following positions are the ones that are in most demand: database management; marketing; financial analysis; and creative media.
Also, please check out the position (on the bulletin board in Room 20, too) in human resources recruiting with a computer consulting company in New York City.

Calling all Adas!

Do you want to help the next batch of incoming Adas adjust to life at Smith? Come and find out what's involved in being a peer advisor at this "preliminary no-commitment-necessary-at-this-stage" meeting. Choose one of these two convenient meetings: Friday, March 28, 4 p.m., in the Wright common room or Tuesday, April 1, noon, in Neilson Browsing Room.

Electronic Conscience

Feeling guilty about that pile of overdue notices? The Smith College Libraries have introduced quick and environmentally friendly e-mail overdue and recall notification. If you take a minute to sign up at any of the Smith Libraries' circulation desks, you will receive overdue and recall notices from all of the Five College libraries in electronic format. Recalled items must still be returned within a week, but immediate notification may allow you to finish using a needed volume and still avoid fines. If an item has not been recalled, you can simply log into the Five College Library System and select V> from the main menu to renew. Newcomers to electronic notification have been enthusiastic about the speed and convenience of electronic notices, particularly recalls. Sponsored by the same visionary folks who brought you Five College Delivery.

New Workshops

The student-led workshops and the peer educators have joined forces to offer a Monday evening series of campus-wide discussions and workshops. This series will be presented Mondays at 7 p.m. in Wright Hall common room. A different topic will be covered each week, and everyone is welcome to attend. You should attend if you have ever been curious about what goes on at those workshops that you hear so much about or if you would like to learn more about topics such as healthy eating, rape culture, alcohol, sexual assault, eating disorders, abusive relationships or safer sex. Watch AcaMedia for more announcements, and remember: Mondays at 7 p.m. Questions? Call Holly at ext. 2234.

Marine Science $$$

The Five College Coastal and Marine Science Program announces two funds:
The E.J. Murphy Fund student awards fund offers up to $500 per student on a semi-annual basis. The priorities for funding are either research-oriented expenses for projects during the academic year and/or support for presenting papers, attending conferences, meetings or workshops. Deadline is April 11.
Student Summer Subsidy Funds are available for research positions in the area of marine science with Five College faculty and student-initiated internships at other institutions around the world. The funds must be used for an internship or research position that does not require tuition. Priority will be given to first-time applicants. Seniors are not eligible. Deadline is also April 11.
More information and applications are available for both programs on our homepage: and in the Five College C&MS Resource Room, Burton 210.

Sunnyside Vacancies

Smith Child Care Center at Sunny-side is now accepting applications for fall enrollment. We offer an enriching, developmentally based preschool program for ages 18 months to 6 years old. Full and half days available. Call Debra Horton at 585-2293 for more information.

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