News for the Smith College Community | April 17, 1997

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Commencement Kudos

As always, this spring's Commencement will bring a number of notables to campus -- in addition, of course, to the many hundreds of Smith alums and Smithie relatives who will be heading to Northampton for the festivities.
Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and a life-long advocate for disadvantaged Americans, will be the keynote speaker at the 119th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 18. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, she began her career when, as the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1968, she moved to Washington, D.C., as counsel for the Poor People's March that Martin Luther King, Jr. began organizing before his death. In the early 1970s she served for two years as the director of the Center for Law and Education at Harvard University. In the same year, she founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm and the parent body of the Children's Defense Fund, which was established in 1973.
The recipient of many honorary degrees and awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award and a MacArthur Foundation Prize, Edelman is the author of Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change and several other books. In addition, Edelman received an honorary degree from Smith on Rally Day in February 1969.
Honorary degrees will also be awarded at Commencement to poet and writer Gwendolyn Brooks; Dean of the College at Princeton University Nancy Weiss Malkiel; former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Pearl Mankiller; founder of the Clarke School for the Deaf in Madras, India, Leelavathy Patrick; and retired executive and Dean Emeritus of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs Harvey Picker.
Brooks, whose first book of poetry, A Street in Bronzeville, was published in 1945, has been a prolific writer through all the intervening years. Her awards have been many: the recipient of the Pulitzer prize in 1950, she has also been awarded the Frost medal by the Poetry Society of America and the Lifetime Achievement award from the National Endowment of the Arts. The Gwendolyn Brooks Chair in Black Literature and Creative Writing was established in her honor in 1990 at Chicago State University. Most recently she has been instructor in poetry at Columbia College and Northeastern Illinois State College, both in Chicago.
Malkiel, a member of the Smith class of 1965, received her graduate degrees at Harvard University and is a professor of history at Princeton University as well as dean of the college. Her major publications include Whitney M. Young, Jr. and the Struggle for Civil Rights and Farewell to the Party of Lincoln: Black Politics in the Age of FDR. Her extensive record of service to Smith includes membership on its board of trustees from 1984 through 1994 and membership on the board of counselors and its committee on Afro-American Studies. She has also served on the board of directors of the Smith College Alumnae Association and as chair of her 25th Smith College reunion.
Mankiller's initial work with the Cherokee Nation included recruitment of young Native Americans into university training in environmental science. She went on from there to become the founding director of the Cherokee Nation community development department in 1981 and, in 1983, the first woman deputy chief in Cherokee history. From the mid-1980s until 1995, she served as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. Her recent activities have included co-editing of the Reader's Companion to the History of Women in the United States and teaching at Dartmouth College.
Leelavathy, who received the master of education for the deaf degree from Smith in 1970, came to Northampton to enter the Smith-Clarke School program in 1968 from Madras, India, where, with little formal training, she had been teaching deaf children. Shortly after earning the M.E.D. and returning to India, she founded a school with an enrollment of three children, which she named Clarke School for the Deaf in appreciation of the training she had received at the original Clarke School. Leelavathy's school grew rapidly and now serves some 600 children.
Picker, who is presently owner and chairman of the board of Wayfarer Marine Corp., a yacht storage and repair business in Camden, Maine, was dean and professor of international relations at Columbia University from 1972 to 1984 and chairman of the board of the Picker Corporation, a manufacturer of mechanical imaging equipment, for many years. He was educated at Colgate and Harvard universities and was nearing completion of a Ph.D. at Columbia University when he was invited to become dean of its School of International and Public Affairs. His résumé includes many philanthropic and civic activities, and he is also commissioner of the Maine Health Care Finance Commission and of the Maine Worker's Compensation Commission. Picker's late wife, Jean, graduated from Smith in 1942 and served on its board of trustees from 1977 to 1987.

Meet the SGA

Are you a student with something on your mind about Smith? Are you a faculty or staff member with something on your mind about Smith students? Judy Kim '98, the recently elected president of the Student Government Association, welcomes your questions, concerns or ideas and will be holding open hours on Fridays, from 1 to 3 p.m. in her second-floor office in Clark Hall.
"The SGA open hours are not utilized enough," Kim maintains, and she hopes that other members of the Smith community -- especially her student constituents -- will feel free to share their suggestions. Kim can also be reached at extension 4952.
Other new SGA cabinet members, their office hours and telephone extensions are listed below:
Vice President: Cherilyn Cepriano; Fridays, 1-3 p.m.; ext. 4953
Secretary: Katrina Gardner; Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m.; ext. 4957
Treasurer: Sindhu Revuluri; hours TBA; ext. 4957
1998 President: Monica Saxena; hours TBA; ext. 4966
1999 President: Fatima Shah; Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; ext. 4966
2000 President: Heidi Ho; Fridays, 2:15-3:15 p.m.; ext. 4966
2001 President: Chan-I Min; Thursdays, 1-2 p.m.; ext. 4966
Ada Co-Presidents: Barbara Baker; hours TBA; ext. 4965; and Cathy Lindquist; Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m.; ext. 4965
Curriculum Committee Chair: Mary Parent; Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon; ext. 4964
Judicial Board Chair: Denise Gay (to begin fall 1997) ext. 4839
Head of HPA: Melissa Lucey; hours TBA; ext. 4966
Athletic Association President: Kate Nattrass; hours TBA; ext. 4985
Honor Board Chair: Fradyn Suarez; Mondays, 6:45-7:45 p.m.; ext. 4900
Rec Council Chair: Cindy Lee; Mondays, 4-5 p.m.; ext. 4969

Kids to College Program

by Amy R. Smith '97
Don't be surprised to see some eager young faces on campus later this month. No, they won't be "prospectives" trying to make their final college decision; these students are much younger (but will hopefully be in that situation in the future).
The Kids to College Program, sponsored by the Office of the President and coordinated by the Office of Admission, enables a sixth-grade class from Springfield to get a taste of college life. The idea behind the program is to encourage young students to consider higher education. Joyce Rauch, assistant director of admission, and a number of Smith students have been periodically visiting Chestnut Middle School, in Springfield's north end, to prepare the sixth graders for their visit to Smith. The 35 girls from Chestnut will be visiting campus on Wednesday, April 30. Senior Amy R. Smith, the recruitment intern in the Office of Admission, has been working behind the scenes to ensure that their stay will be a memorable one.
Besides a campus tour, the students will have a theatre demonstration in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts. They will also try track and field activities in Ainsworth Gym, make their own plant cutting at the Lyman Plant House and visit the Museum of Art.
This is the fourth year that Smith has participated in the program, and it is expected that this year's visit will be as successful as in the past.

Sophia's Site

by Kate Drake '99
The Smith College Archives has a couple of new exhibits, but you don't have to go there to see them. You can view "A Perennial Blessing: Celebrating Sophia Smith" and wander around a gallery of images from the archives by going to
The Sophia Smith display has been adapted from an earlier exhibit, in the actual -- rather than virtual -- archives, celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of Smith's founder. The exhibit, designed by Margery Sly, former college archivist, and Jacqueline Bradley, a recent Smith graduate, describes in words and images Sophia's life and her continuing legacy -- based on sources from her era and other original materials from the Smith archives.
This on-line site allows visitors much fuller access to the archives' Sophia Smith-related holdings than was possible in the original exhibit. It discusses what led Sophia, during a time of great loneliness after her siblings' deaths, to her determination to devote the largest part of her fortune -- $387,468 -- to establish a women's college in Northampton. It also includes pages of the original manuscript of her journal and shows color images of her belongings and of her home, which still stands in Hatfield today.
One section of the exhibit, "The Smith Family: Thrift and Benevolence," focuses not only on the family's influence on the founding of what is now the largest women's college in the country but also on its influence on Hampshire County: the establishment of Smith Charities, for example, and of Smith Vocational and Agricultural School.
Biographical information about John M. Greene, the mentor of Sophia Smith and a trustee of the college from 1871 until his death, is also exhibited on the site. Greene is portrayed through entries from his journal and correspondence with Sophia Smith.
Also on view are Sophia Smith's complete will and testament as well as a discussion of other towns, such as Amherst, Springfield and Worcester, that were also considered as locations for the college.
Finally, the site offers "Sophia Through The Years," a look at the continuing relationship between Sophia Smith and the college she founded, where reflections on Sophia Smith from past students and even the recipe for her soft molasses cookies can be viewed.
The archives' web site, Image Gallery, provides a "visual orientation to the major research strengths of the Smith College Archives": women's education, student life, women and war work and landscape architecture.
The Sophia Smith web page is one of the first products of the Five College archives digitization project, currently under way and funded by a $172,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The original Sophia Smith exhibition was adapted for the web by Peter Nelson, head of the Five College Archives Digitization Project.

Ergo Argot

Is your work area arranged so you can work efficiently? Arrange your workstation props so that the items you use most frequently are within easy reach, and the things you don't use often are farther away.
When your monitor, chair, keyboard and workstation props -- such as your telephone and document holder -- are well arranged and adjusted, you'll feel better and probably get a lot more done, too!

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.
Administrative assistant, financial aid. Apply by April 21.
Associate director of major gifts, Advancement. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Vexillology, Part VI

by Lorna R. Blake
It's time I got back to the flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to give the Union Jack its correct title. It is a composite of three flags, the first of which is the cross of St. George, representing England. The English Crusaders were intrigued by the exploits of George the dragon slayer, although it wasn't until the reign of Edward III that he was proclaimed patron saint. The church must have been concerned about his saintly qualities, for only this year has St. George's day, April 23, been made a full Saints Day on its calendar. (I expect the bishops thought there were plenty of homegrown candidates whom they would not have had to share with Greece, Russia and several other countries.) His flag is a red cross on a white background.
When James VI of Scotland became James I of England in 1603, the countries were united, and the flag of St. George was superimposed on that of St. Andrew -- a white saltire (diagonal cross) on a blue background -- to create the Union flag. The complications of that union are still imposing upon Queen Elizabeth II the need to remember that, when she goes to Scotland, she is Elizabeth I and a Presbyterian for the duration of the visit!
In 1801 Ireland was unwillingly brought into the union, and the flag of St. Patrick -- a red saltire on white background -- was superimposed on the other two. Having been critical of St. George, I must now admit that St. Patrick wasn't homegrown either. Indeed, to quote a song which made the rounds of the Belfast coffee houses a few years ago, "We have to admit, he was a Brit."
So we have the Union Jack which, being the flag of the United Kingdom rather than England, should hang immediately after Ukraine in the ITT.
The Australian flag, which hangs first after Old Glory in the ITT, incorporates the Union Jack in the canton of its dark blue flag, and there are five stars representing the constellation of the Southern Cross on the fly. There is also a large seven-pointed star below the Jack. This represents the six states and the territories of Australia.
When describing flags with crosses in my fourth article, I hesitated to mention the golden saltire on the flag of Jamaica because the official statement claims that the cross is only a design feature and not to be taken as a religious symbol. Not so, say several Jamaican friends who, when undergraduates at the University of the West Indies, wore the red undergraduate gown of the University of St. Andrew's in Scotland, and several of whom are called McDonald. Scottish influence was very strong in old Jamaica, especially in educational circles, and the island boasts both a parish of St. Andrew and a school called Knox College. So believe whom you will.
Now, here are the answers to last week's questions: Countries which have birds or beasts on their flags include Bolivia, with a condor on its red, yellow and green horizontally striped flag; Peru, which sports a llama; Sri Lanka, which has a splendid snub-nosed lion, and Papua New Guinea, with a bird of paradise in flight.
The designer of the Sri Lankan flag worked really hard to include all elements in their country. The first flag after independence in 1948 was a sword-carrying golden lion on a red background. This represented the old Sinhalese kingdom but not the Muslims and Tamils, so stripes of green and orange were added at the hoist, making the flag one of the longest in relation to its width. Later, four leaves of a pupul tree (representing Buddhism) were added to the corners.
Papua New Guinea became independent in 1975, and the bird of paradise in upward flight represents the country's rise to nationhood. The Southern Cross, similar to that shown on the flags of Australia and New Zealand, is also represented on the flag of PNG. These flags are especially beautiful, so make sure you see them.
Do you remember I mentioned that tricolors tend to repeat themselves because there were only so many colors to choose from? By the 19th century, countries were adding symbols to differentiate their flags, but these were no longer symbols of kings but often of natural features. In the case of Paraguay, whose flag is the same as the Dutch, they simply added a seal in the middle that states, "Republica del Paraguay." Bolivia and Romania also have their names on their flags.
Cyprus became independent in 1960. Its people are mostly of Greek or Turkish origin and, living close to the mother countries, have not been able to wean themselves away to create a united nation. The design of the flag was a deliberate attempt to do just that. Neither Greek nor Turkish symbols or colors appear. A map of the island in gold (to reflect the copper for which Cyprus was once well known) sits on a white background with crossed olive branches underneath.
The flag of Hong Kong, with its Union Jack in the canton and a seal showing a Chinese dragon and a British lion, will no longer be a national flag after June 30. Hong Kong will revert to the People's Republic of China on that date.
For next time, try to figure out the colors adopted by the Pan Slav and the Pan Arab movements. Also, which countries have flags consisting of a circle of solid color on a background of a different color? You'll find flags in the ITT to help you with these answers.
Another unique flag to look for: the only one which is not a rectangle (not the Swiss we've already discussed).
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The Women of WAG

Looking for a way to procrastinate during finals? Last week in AcaMedia, Maggie Kymn '99 showcased the offerings of the WAG (Web and Graphics) Center, located in room 4D of Jahnige Social Science Center.
Below, Kymn concludes her look at WAG with an introduction to the center's student consultant staff. Each offers a suggestion of a favorite website -- perhaps the perfect place to go exploring when exams and papers beckon?
· Jessie Rauch '99 (computer science and possibly self-designed computer graphics major); current projects: religion department website; theatre department website and SGA class of '99 website. Favorite website:

Scientists Go South

Smith was well represented earlier this month at a conference at Sweet Briar College in Virginia entitled "Women Succeeding in the Sciences: Theories and Practices Across the Disciplines." Smith's Peer Mentoring Program for Underrepresented Students in the Sciences was the subject of a presentation by the four-member Smith team composed of Casey Clark, science inreach/outreach program coordinator and the program's director; Sarah Lazare, coordinator of tutorial services and assistant director of the Peer Mentoring Program; Doreen Weinberger, associate professor of physics and faculty advisor to the program and Ileana Howard '99, a chemistry major and peer mentor.
The Peer Mentoring Program for Underrepresented Students in the Sciences was established in February 1995. Its primary goal is to increase the participation of African-American, Latina and Native American students in the sciences at Smith. Every first-year student who has expressed interest in the program is provided with a mentor -- another student majoring in the sciences. Mentors are recommended by faculty members. They undergo a training session and receive a stipend for their work. They are teamed, whenever possible, with students sharing similar interests, and the pairs meet together weekly. Mentors also meet regularly with the program staff and with each other.
Evaluations completed by participants at the end of the year suggest that the program has been very effective thus far in helping prospective scientists pursue their goals.
At Sweet Briar, the Smith group presented what was supposed to be a 50-minute panel discussion, but their eager audience stayed for an extra hour asking questions and offering suggestions, reports Ileana Howard. "'Mentoring' seemed to be the buzzword at the conference," says Howard, "and our presentation turned out to be very popular. They had to bring in extra chairs."
According to Howard, a Seattle native who was a mentee in the program her first year at Smith and a mentor the next, "Smith is very unusual. I don't think there is another college in the area with a peer mentoring program like ours. A lot of people at the conference -- high school teachers, professors from other colleges, college students -- wanted to hear what we had to say."
As the only student in the Smith contingent at Sweet Briar, Howard was delighted to share her experiences. She was also delighted to get a taste of southern weather in the wake of the early-April blizzard here. "But I was still glad to get home," she insists. "It was beautiful down there, but it wasn't Smith."

And the MacWinner Is...

Divo Palinkas '99 was the lucky winner of the Power Mac 5400 computer system drawing at the Computer Expo on Thursday, April 3.
Other winners of prizes that ranged from Excel and Quicken software to mouse pads and t-shirts were: Susan Barker, Sika Berger, Rachel Brennesholtz, Timothy Bruso, John Davis, Robert Davis, Klara Dienes, Meegan Edmiston, Allison Falk, Hongchu Fu, Jaime Hart, Gail Hayes, Caroline Hurel, Ruth Jones, Mimi Lempart, Julia McCurdy, Pallavi Moorthy, Nancy Shumate, Bill Sheehan, Dotty Staniewska, Lynn Stanley, Brian Turner, Helen Verran, Eric Weld, Chu Yun and Marlene Znoy.

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Monday, April 21

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 résumé critiques by peer advisors.
1 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Workshop: Sexual Harassment: Building Awareness on Campus. Part of Human Resource's Training and Development Program. Registration required. Questions? Call Kathleen Chatwood at ext. 2263.
1-3 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
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
Special event: Green Tara Meditation with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddist Lama from the Buddhist Learning Center in Washington, New Jersey. Sponsored by the East Asian Studies Program and the Department of Religion (Ada Howe Kent Program).
4:15-5:15 p.m., Wright Hall common room*
Lecture: "An Enterprise of Amazons: Women and the Roman Amphitheater," by Professor Kathleen Coleman, Trinity College (Dublin)/Harvard University. Sponsored by the Smith College Program in Ancient Studies, Department of History and the Committee on Community Policy.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Religious activity: First seder night by Five College Hillel. Led by Rabbi Edward Feld. RSVP: ext. 2754.
6:30 p.m., Lewis Sebring Dining Hall, Amherst College
Meeting: PIRG.
7-9 p.m., Dewey common room
Workshop: Planning for Retirement. Part of Human Resource's Training and Development Program. Registration required. Questions? Call Kathleen Chatwood at ext. 2263.
7-9 p.m., Ainsworth classroom 150
Meeting: LBA Community Meeting, elections. It's time to reassess, re-examine and reorganize the LBA. Run for office. Make a difference.
8 p.m., Gamut

Tuesday, April 22

Workshop: Building Self-Esteem: The Key to Self-Confidence. Part of Human Resource's Training and Development Program. Registration required. Questions? Call Kathleen Chatwood at ext. 2263.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dewey common room
Luncheon meeting: Sigma Xi. "Educational Outreach: Why Should We Do It?" by Gail Scordilis, adjunct assistant professor, biology.
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
Informational meeting: S.O.S. Community Education Luncheon, "Community Service and Your Future." Come hear about job options and summer internships relating to community service. Jane Sommer from the CDO will speak. We will also have information about Americorps, the Peace Corps, Teach for America and other exciting opportunities. Lunch provided.
noon, Wright Hall common room
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
Lacrosse v. Trinity
4 p.m., athletic fields*
Religious activity: Second seder night by Smith Hillel. A student-led seder. RSVP: ext. 2754.
6 p.m., Field House
Meeting: Study group to discuss and experience the spiritual insights of The Celestine Prophecy. All welcome.
7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Meeting: Senate. All welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye 201
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. Smith students w/ID and Five College students w/ID and sticker welcome. Questions? Jen at ext. 7698 or Naomi at ext. 4054.
7-10 p.m. Hillyer 18
Performance: A New Play Reading of Unforgivable Apologies by Shana Lee Carter.
7:30 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall CPA*
CDO résumé critiques by peer advisors.
8:15 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Film: Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium

Wednesday, April 23

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 résumé critiques by peer advisors.
1 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Workshop: "Expressing Yourself Clearly in a Variety of Speaking Settings." Part of Human Resource's Training and Development Program. Registration required. Questions? Call Kathleen Chatwood at ext. 2263.
1-4 p.m., Dewey common room
Special meeting of the faculty to discuss the Self Study. Tea served at 3:45 p.m.
4:10 p.m., Alumnae House conference room
Lecture: Ann Jones, author of Next Time She'll be Dead, will talk about domestic violence against women. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Committee on Community Policy. (See notice.)
7 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*
Workshop: Male figure-drawing session. Free. Smith students w/ID and Five College students w/ID and sticker 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
Film: Once Upon A Time. Part I of the conclusion to The Prisoner. A psychological duel between #6 and #2 explores the development of #6 character. Optional for students in HST 250b: Individual and Community, and open to all.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Lecture: "Compassion in Tibetan Buddhism," by Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddist Lama from the Buddhist Learning Center in Washington, New Jersey. Sponsored by the East Asian Studies Program and the Department of Religion (Ada Howe Kent Program).
7:30 p.m., Wright common room*
Concert: Senior Recital. Marnie Anderson, piano. Works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Debussy.
7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall
CDO informational meeting: M.B.N.A. New England (world's second largest lender through bank credit cards). A representative will discuss full-time opportunities and summer jobs. Will be conducting on-campus interviews April 24. Sign up in the CDO internship room.
7:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Performance: Falsettoland by William Finn and James Lapine, directed by Liz Fenstermaker '97, looks into the life of one New York family whose upside-down existence is more typical than not. William Finn received two 1992 Tony Awards for Falsettos. 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: $5 general; $3 students and seniors.
8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*+

Thursday, April 24

Special event: "Take Our Daughters to Work Day Welcome Session." For those bringing daughters (9-15 years old) to campus. There will also be campus tours, departing from the Alumnae House living room, at 2 p.m. Mothers may also want to take their daughters to lunch at the Smith College Club.
10:30 a.m., Alumnae House living room
Luncheon meeting: "Having Fun: Ethnographic Research With Children," by Ann Ferguson, assistant professor of Afro-American studies. Part of the Liberal Arts Luncheon Series, open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
noon, Smith College Club lower level
Workshop: Meditation Session for Stress Reduction. Part of Human Resource's Training and Development Program. Registration required. Questions? Call Kathleen Chatwood at ext. 2263.
noon, Dewey common room
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
Workshop: Session III: Promoting Health Weight Loss through Hypnosis. Part of Human Resource's Training and Development Program. Registration required. Questions? Call Kathleen Chatwood at ext. 2263.
1-2 p.m., Dewey common room
Special event: Staff Council Community Forum. (See notice for details.)
1:30-2:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
Softball: NEW 8 Championship.
4 p.m., athletic fields*
Lacrosse: NEW 8 Championship.
4 p.m., athletic fields*
CDO workshop: Job Searching and Surfing on the Internet.
4:30­6 p.m., Seelye B-3
Informational meeting for students studying abroad in 1997-98: internships abroad, graduate international fellowships and graduate schools. If you are planning to study abroad in 1997-98, this meeting will give you an overview of the application process for internships abroad, fellowships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright and Luce and graduate school.
5 p.m., Seelye 106
Meeting: Smith Debate Society.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 107
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*
Film: The Sixth Sun, Mayan Uprising in Chiapas. An award-winning film by Saul Landau. Portrait of an epic confrontation pitting impoverished peasants against large landowners and government forces in Mexico's poorest state. Landau will answer questions after the screening.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Performance: Falsettoland. (See
4/23 listing.) Benefit for AIDS Care/Hampshire County.
8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*+
Concert: Bare Naked Ladies. Tickets: $10 Smith students; $15 general, available in the mailroom, Northampton Box Office or Ticketmaster. Sponsored by Rec Council.
8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*+

Friday, April 25

ASL language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Opening reception: Senior art shows. The reception will be given by Jill Charbonneau, Melissa Gima, Jessica Martin, Martha Rynberg, Lynn Stanley and Naomi Stauber in honor of their senior art shows.
3:30-5 p.m., Hillyer Hall
Meeting: Pioneer Valley Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) organizational meeting. Questions? Call Mary Harrington at ext. 3925.
4 p.m., Seelye 306*
Lecture: Biological Sciences and Biochemistry Colloquium: "What are Warbler Songs For?" by Bruce Byers, Department of Biology, UMass.
4 p.m., McConnell B05*
Concert: Joint Recital. Sae Hee Kim '98 and Xiaole Liu '97, pianists. Music by Mozart and Liszt.
4 p.m., Sage Recital Hall*
Special event: Green Tara Meditation. (See 4/4 listing.)
4:15-5:15 p.m., Dewey common room*
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: Kosher for Passover Dinner.
6:30 p.m., Dawes House, Kosher Kitchen
Concert: Benefit concert with Quetzal for Nuestras Raices, a community agricultural center (centro Agricola Project). Co-sponsored by S.O.S. Tickets: general $15; Five College $12. 535-1789.
7 p.m., Davis ballroom+*
Lecture: Five College lecture, "Ethical Dilemmas Arising Out of Scientific Research: A Personal History." Arthur W. Galston, renowned biologist, will speak on the tension that results from working on a perceived pure research agenda and the ethical dilemmas that arise from this research. He will also speak on his research and personal history with Agent Orange and his staunch efforts to halt the use of it in the Vietnam War. Information? Call 582-5582/5129.
7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Meeting: Keystone. All welcome for a time of discussion, praise and prayer.
7-9 p.m., Dewey common room
Meeting: Smith Christian Fellowship. Come sing, pray and chat.
7-9 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Special event: Smith College Media Festival (Our first!) will be screening entries by Smith students, alums, faculty and staff. Entries will include computer media, video and film. Come see what people are creating at Smith and beyond. Reception to follow.
7:30 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
Concert: Student Orchestra. Paul Flight, conductor. Works by Schubert, Beethoven, Rossini, Fauré and Strauss.
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Performance: Falsettoland. (See
4/23 listing.) ASL interpreted.
8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*+
Film: Jerry McGuire. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Saturday, April 26

Lecture: The seventh annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture: "A Search for Meaning: Collecting Antiquities in the Italian Renaissance," by Phyllis Pray Bober, Leslie Clark Professor in the Humanities Emerita at Bryn Mawr College. Sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.
noon, Stoddard auditorium*
Tennis v. Middlebury.
1 p.m., athletic fields*
Special event: Smith College Media Festival. Continuation of screenings. Support Smith film, video and computer sciences by seeing what's being done in these different media.
3 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
Concert: Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppet Theater of Java). The Smith College Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Sumarsam, will perform two short excerpts, Budhalan ("Army Departure") and Perang Gagal ("Inconclusive Battle") from a Central Javanese shadow puppet play.
8 p.m., Sage Recital Hall*
Performance: Falsettoland. (See
4/23 listing.)
8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*+
Film: Psycho. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Sunday, April 27

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: Helen Hills Hills Ecumenical Christian Church Morning Worship. Service and sermon by ECC deacons Abby Rupp '97, Deva Hubbard '98, Susan Bentsi-Enchill '00 and Professor Robert Merritt. The Chapel Handbell Choir under the direction of Grant Moss will perform. Coffee hour follows. All welcome.
10:30 a.m., Chapel*
Special event: As part of Field Day, Rec Council is sponsoring Illusion Fusion on the fields for free. This 3-D thrill ride has movements and sounds that make the ride a lot of fun and mimics world famous rides. Provided free from Rec Council for a six-hour period.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., athletic fields
Field Day
athletic fields
Discussion: "The Problem with the Word: Christianity and Sexuality," discussion group will hold its last meeting. Lunch served. Questions? Contact Abby Rupp, ext. 4828.
12:30-2:30 p.m., Bodman lounge, Chapel
CDO 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
Concert: Student Recital. Erika Knepp '00, piano; assisted by Elisabeth Westner '00, viola. Works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Bacewicz.
2 p.m., Sage Recital Hall*
Concert: Greenly Spirit Spring Sing. Greenly Spirit will sing new songs and old favorites for the general public. Refreshments served.
2 p.m., Museum of Art courtyard*
CDO workshop: How to Find a Summer Job or Internship.
2:30 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Religious service: Roman Catholic mass. Informal dinner follows. All welcome.
4:30 p.m., Chapel*
Concert: Instrumentally Challenged A Capella Jam. This is their year-end concert and there will also be a guest group. $5 general, $3 Five College.
8 p.m., Chapel+*

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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. The last issue of the 1996­97 year will be distributed on April 24. It is now too late to submit information for this issue. See you September.
AcaMedia staff
Cathy Brooks, layout
Sally Rubenstone, editor
Ann Shanahan, contributing writer
Mary Stanton, calendar/notices


With Liberty and Judgment for All: A Selection of 20th Century American Photographs. Arranged by Leslie Ivie (Smith) and Raven Manocchio (Hampshire). An interactive show exploring the relationships between art, audience and museum display, with two installations in the common room, Smith College Museum of Art. The first installation opened Tuesday, April 15; the second opens on Saturday, April 26 and closes Sunday, May 4.
Stephen Antonakos: Inner Light (April 10-June 29).
Face and Figure: Drawings from the Permanent Collection of Twentieth-Century American Art is on exhibition at the Museum of Art through May 31. The exhibition honors Rita Rich Fraad '37 on the occasion of her 60th reunion and includes portrait drawings by contemporary artists James Aponovich, William Beckman, Debra Bermingham, Daniel Dallman and Alfred Leslie. These contemporary realist drawings are among several works in the collection that have been generously given to the museum by Mrs. Fraad. A long-time supporter of the museum and a member of its Visiting Committee, Mrs. Fraad is a noted collector of American art. In addition to a selection of her gifts to SCMA, this exhibition includes notable works given by other alumnae and friends. It was organized by Alona Horn, graduate curatorial intern.
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.
Paper Bound: A Showcase of Contemporary Papermakers & Bookbinders. Exhibition of 21 unique bookbindings for "Paper: a collection of samples from hand papermills in the U.S." by members of the Guild of Book Workers, a national organization of bookbinders, printers and other book and paper artists (4/4-6/15). Sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room.
Spinning and Weaving -- A Multicultural Experience. This exhibit is a selection of rare graphic representations of one of the world's oldest professions. Presented by the students from History of the Sciences 211b: Ancient Inventions. Rare Book Room.
Neilson Library. 585-2907. Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m.-midnight; Friday, 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-midnight.
Senior Art Shows. Works by Jill Charbonneau, Melissa Gima, Jesssica Martin, Martha Rynberg, Lynn Stanley and Naomi Stauber (April 22-28). Opening reception Friday, April 25, 3:30-5 p.m. in Hillyer Hall.
Hillyer Hall. 585-3100. Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 10-9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon -midnight.

Scott Gym Locker Room

The women's locker room in Scott Gym will be closed for the summer, beginning on May 3, to allow for complete renovation. All lockers users -- students, faculty, staff and alums -- must remove their belongings and locks by Friday, May 2. After that date, locks will be cut and items will be bagged. Lockers may be reserved again during the locker sign-up in September.

Pre-exam and Exam Periods

All members of the Smith College community should remember that events are not to be scheduled during the pre-examination study and formal examination periods (May 3-9). No events during this time will be announced in AcaMedia.

Summer Housing

Summer housing in Capen House will be available for Smith students working on campus (grant, internship and other) beginning May 10.
The cost is $90 per week (includes room and meals Monday-Friday). Contracts are available for a minimum of one week. Applications are now available in the Office of Student Affairs (College Hall 24). The deadline is May 1. All fees will be billed directly to your student account. Students who have graduated cannot be accommodated.

Summer Head Resident

Applications for the position of summer head resident are now available in the Office of Student Affairs (College Hall 24). The person selected for this position will act as HR for Capen House during the summer period. Compensation for this position is room, board and a small weekly stipend. Preference will be given to applicants with head resident experience. Questions? Contact Kathleen Kramer, housing coordinator, at ext. 4940. Applications will be accepted until April 25.

Campus Security Statistics

In accordance with the federal Campus Security Act of 1990. Statistics for September 1996-February 1997:
Murder 0
Sex Offenses
Forcible 0
Nonforcible 0
Aggravated Assault 0
Hate Crime
Forcible Sex Offenses 0
Aggravated Assault 0
Murder 0
Robbery 0
Burglary 4
Motor Vehicle Theft 0
For Arrests Only
Liquor Law Violations 7
Drug Abuse Violations 0
Weapons Possessions 2

Staff Council Community Forum

Come one, come all to the Staff Council Community Forum on Thursday, April 24, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Wright Hall auditorium. The staff Self-Study team, appointed by President Simmons to determine strategic priorities for the working community in 2020, has drafted a staff mission statement and is seeking community reaction. Look for your copy of the statement in the mail prior to the forum. We'll also have an update on CCP activity and a bit of humor!

Vendors Prohibited

Vendors will not be allowed on Paradise Road during reunion/commencement weekend, May 17-18. Those wishing to sell items during this period may use Elm Street.

Examination Workers

Students are needed to work in the distribution of final examinations. Please sign up at the financial aid office.


Information concerning scheduled and self-scheduled examinations is posted in the houses and on official bulletin boards in Clarke Science Center, Seelye, Wright 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.
Self-scheduled examinations will be distributed during three periods on May 6, 7, and 8 at 9 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. and two periods on May 9, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., at centers posted. College IDs will be required at the centers. Please note that there will be no examination period Friday evening.


Passover is from Monday evening, April 21 to Tuesday, April 29. The Smith Kosher Kitchen will be open during meal hours (11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5:45-7 p.m.). Kosher food is available. Soups and main dishes will be on hand, or you can put together your own meals. Questions? Call ext. 2754.


Ann Jones, part-time professor at Mount Holyoke College, author, journalist, critic and widely recognized authority on women and criminal justice, will give a talk on April 23, at 7 p.m., in Wright Hall auditorium. She is author of several books, including Next Time She'll be Dead, a study of male violence against wives and girlfriends; Women Who Kill, a now classic historical study of women and violence in the U.S.; and When Love Goes Wrong, a practical self-help guide for women involved with abusive partners, co-authored with Susan Schechter, an authority on the battered women's movement. Copies of some of her books will be available at the lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Committee on Community Policy.

John M. Greene Summer Storage

The John M. Greene summer storage area will open for the receipt of non-fabric goods on the following dates and times: Friday, May 2, 1-3 p.m.; Saturday, May 3, 10-11 a.m.; Monday, May 5, 1-3 p.m.; Tuesday, May 6, 1-3 p.m.; Wednesday, May 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, May 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, May 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Students staying past May 10 for Five College finals or to work during Commencement week will need to store belongings by May 10. The facility will not be open after May 10.
There will be a $5 non-refundable fee per item/carton. Students who receive permission to return to campus early should not expect to get into John M. Greene Hall to pick up their belongings early.
Students may reclaim their storage items during the following dates and times: Monday, September 1, 1-3 p.m.(approved only); Tuesday, September 2, 1-3 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, September 3, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, September 4, 1-3 p.m.; Friday, September 5, 1-5 p.m.; Monday, September 8, 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m.-noon.
Any items unclaimed by September 13 are left at the owner's risk and will be removed by the College.

Submission of Papers and Projects

The members of the Administrative Board urge students not to use campus mail for delivery of papers and not to leave papers tacked to doors, slid under closed doors, in mailboxes in public places or allow them to be delivered by friends. Students should keep paper copies of submitted work.
Each year the Administrative Board is asked to vote on cases regarding final papers or projects that have gone astray. The best way to avoid such situations is to submit papers to an actual person (e.g., to the professor of the class or to a departmental staff member who can verify receipt). Specifying the time and location of delivery of the work in such cases is advantageous both to the faculty member and to the students in the class. Students and faculty should also be reminded that the college requires that papers delivered in the mail be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.

Senior Opinions Needed

Each senior should have just received a survey to complete and return to the second floor of Clark Hall (above the SGA Office) between today and Friday, May 2. Why take the time to complete the senior survey? Because what you say will help shape Smith's future.
According to Diane Cuneo, director of institutional research, data from the senior survey help many parts of the college community assess the past and plan for the future. Academic departments get feedback on graduate school acceptances. Senior evaluations of college life help planning and policy-making committees improve college programs. Information on academic divisions' strength and weaknesses contributes to curriculum planning. The CDO uses the information to keep current lists of employers and graduate schools interested in Smith students and to expand the alumnae networking system that helps students and alumnae locate information on internships, jobs and further study. Your answers help the Alumnae Association identify what young alumnae want.
This is the 14th consecutive senior survey, and Cuneo says she believes Smith is the only college with such a regular, comprehensive survey of its seniors. Biographical information, such as background and future plans, becomes part of each woman's permanent alumna record at Smith. Answers to questions about finances, attitudes and evaluations of the undergraduate experience will be kept confidential and used only to construct a statistical class profile.
If you have questions about the senior survey or need a new survey form, please call the Office of Institutional Research at ext. 3021.

Health Service Deadlines

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

Faculty Teaching Evaluations

The faculty teaching evaluations will be administered April 28-May 1 in Wright Hall auditorium foyer. All Smith students are advised to check their campus mailbox for faculty teaching evaluation information during the week of April 21. Students are required to complete these evaluations. There is a fine of $25 by the S.G.A. for unexcused non-compliance. Students are asked to enter their data according to the schedule below. If you are off-campus on your assigned day, please complete your evaluations on another scheduled day. Evaluations cannot be completed after the last scheduled day.
Class of 2000J, 00 (first-year students): Monday, April 28, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Class of 1999J, 99 (sophomores): Tuesday, April 29, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Class of 1998J, 98 (juniors) and Ada Comstock Scholars: Wednesday, April 30, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Class of 1997J, 97 (seniors): Thursday, May 1, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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