News for the Smith College Community | October 17, 1996

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A Message from the Integrity Team

The Integrity Team of the self-study is reviewing the "truthfulness, clarity and equity" of college policies in several key areas. In particular, we are examining our provisions to ensure academic honesty and academic freedom, our internal grievance policies and our policies to promote institutional diversity. We are interested in information and reactions to the functioning and effectiveness of the Academic Honor Board, the Judicial Board, the faculty's Committee on Grievance and the staff grievance procedures.

We welcome comments from members of the community on whether the college's regulations and procedures adequately protect academic freedom and freedom of expression and assure that faculty and staff grievances receive full consideration. In addition, we welcome comments on the functioning and effectiveness of our nondiscrimination policies and practices in recruitment, admissions, employment, evaluation and advancement and the extent to which the college fosters an atmosphere that supports an inclusive and culturally diverse campus community.

Please direct communications about college policies in these and related areas to any member of the team: Anna Botta (abotta), Eileen Corbeil (ecorbeil @ais), Myron Glazer (mglazer), Michael Gorra (mgorra), Kristin Hokoyama (khokoyam), Thomas Lowry (tlowry) and Susan Bourque (sbourque).

Science V.I.P. to Visit Smith

Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., will be at Smith on Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, to get a first-hand look at the science instruction and facilities at the college and to deliver the annual Albert E. Blakeslee Lecture.

Alberts' visit is something of a coup for Smith because, although he has made some on-site visits to other institutions, he has never visited a women's college before, according to Susan Goodman, '81, a development officer at the National Academy of Sciences.

On Alberts' itinerary here will be tours of the botanic garden and the new computer laboratory at the Campus School. He will attend a panel presentation on student research and is also expected to tour science center laboratories on Friday afternoon to talk with faculty and students about their work.

His lecture, "On the Future of Science, Science Education and Scientific Careers," will take place at 4:30 p.m., on Friday in Wright Hall auditorium.

During his presentation, Alberts will discuss the National Research Council's recent initiatives in science education, which include an extensive set of standards aimed at emphasizing the importance of scientific literacy for all people in today's world and a blueprint for achieving scientific literacy at all grade levels.

Alberts, who is also chair of the National Research Council, is recognized for his work both in biochemistry and molecular biology, including extensive study of the protein complexes that allow chromosomes to be replicated, as required for a living cell to divide. Educated at Harvard, he taught at Princeton and the University of California, San Francisco, and has spent his career making significant contributions to the field of life sciences on prestigious advisory and editorial boards. He is the principal author of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, considered the leading textbook of its kind and used widely in United States colleges and universities.

The National Academy of Sciences was established in 1863 as a private, non-profit organization designated as an official adviser to the federal government on science and technology matters. Election to the 1,710 member Academy is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. (Florence Sabin, a member of the Smith College class of 1893, was the first woman elected to the Academy.)

Alberts is visiting Smith with a particular interest in learning more about current science education at the college and about plans for use of the $1.6 million award Smith received from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in July.

Events Commemorate Tymoczko

Professor of Philosophy Thomas Tymoczko, a long-time faculty member and active community volunteer who died in August, will be remembered this month at a two-day lecture series and a memorial service.

The five talks, to be held Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26, will feature a range of speakers, including Tymoczko's former students, friends, colleagues and professors, as well as his son, Dmitri, a teaching assistant in the philosophy department at Harvard. (See calendar for details.)

"The speakers in this memorial series represent Tom's many philosophical and mathematical interests," notes Murray Kiteley, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Philosophy. "This event will honor a distinguished scholar and teacher -- and an individual who will be sorely missed in many different ways by many different people."

The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Helen Hills Hills Chapel, following the final lecture. Remarks and remembrances will be offered by several Smith colleagues and others. Grace Check '92, a family friend who is now pursuing a vocal career in New York City, will sing several songs that Tymoczko enjoyed.

For more information, contact Donna Gunn at extension 3642.

Campus Climate Group Welcomes All

A meeting of the Campus Climate Working Group (CCWG) will be held on Monday, October 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room, and all members of the Smith community are invited to bring a lunch and attend the event. Beverages will be provided.

The CCWG was initiated last spring by President Simmons, after consultation with many others across campus. In an April "News" memo to the college community, Simmons noted that the aims of the new committee would include improving communication and interaction at Smith and developing programs "to bring greater understanding to how to maintain an environment in which people, though free to express their opinions, can nevertheless commit themselves to building and sustaining tolerance, understanding and civility on campus." Simmons also pointed out that, "As an informal group, its only legitimacy derives from the will of the people who dedicate themselves to the work of achieving a more positive campus climate."

The group is now headed by Director of Institutional Diversity Carmen Santana-Melgoza, who came to Smith in July. Since this is the first meeting under her leadership, Santana-Melgoza will open the event will some introductory remarks.

Additional meetings this semester are scheduled for November 4 and 18 and December 2. The CCWG is also currently sponsoring the lecture series that has already brought Cornel West, Henry Louis Gates and Toni Morrison to Smith. On Thursday, October 24, Dennis Hayashi, director of the office for civil rights, United States Department of Human Services, and Randall Kennedy, professor of law, Harvard Law School, will discuss and debate affirmative action at 4:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. On November 13, Molly Ivins will offer "Reflections on the Election" at 8 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall.

Five College Libraries Deliver

Are you tired of fighting the throngs on Route 9? Is a visit from Domino's your idea of the perfect dinner? Do you let your fingers do the walking through the Yellow Pages when you shop? If so, you'll probably be delighted to learn about a new option for library patrons.

For the past year, circulation staff in the Five College libraries have been collaborating to improve services to library users. The new Five College Delivery system (FCD) allows Smith borrowers to request items online, directly from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and UMass main and science libraries for delivery to Neilson Library, usually within two business days. A convenient and quick alternative to conventional interlibrary loans for local materials, FCD has been wildly popular with borrowers, for whom the walls of the library have expanded exponentially with a few keystrokes. Note, however, that FCD applies only to book loans and not to periodicals, audiovisual materials, etc.

Other recent Five College joint efforts have focused on providing additional self-service features (such as self-initiated online renewal) and on making policies among the consortium libraries more consistent. For example, widely divergent fine structures have been pared down to a no-fine policy. Now only patrons who fail to return recalled or reserve items or who do not renew or return an item within 35 days must pay fines.

These cooperative ventures underscore the commitment of library staff to providing quick and seamless access to print materials.

Hottest Ticket in Town

A popular event returns to the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts this month when the Smith College Department of Dance presents the third annual all-faculty choreographed concert. The concert will include a ballet work by assistant professor Rodger Blum and two works by visiting guest artist Jin-Wen Yu. Yu is a performer and an extremely gifted teacher of Chinese opera dance, modern dance and Tai Ji Quan. He has created a new group modern work and a beautiful solo, which he will perform himself, that combines classic Chinese and modern dance vocabularies.

Guest faculty member Clara Mora, an internationally recognized Flamenco artist, will also perform in the concert. Mora will dance the Alegrías, a staple of the Flamenco repertoire. Javanese dance artist Urip Sri Maeny will perform the subtle and detailed masked dance, Panji Gunungsari. Also appearing is the Classical Indian Company led by Ranjanaa Devi, director of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Asian Dance and Music Program.

This concert will be an ethnically diverse evening of dance. The Department of Dance prides itself in its culturally varied curriculum, with course offerings that include Tai Ji Quan, comparative Caribbean, classical and Chinese folk, Flamenco, Javanese and the traditional western theatre forms of ballet, modern, and jazz.

Performances are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 24-26, at 8 p.m., in Theatre 14. Tickets, at $6/general admission and $4/students and seniors, are available by calling 585-ARTS from 2-5 p.m., Monday-Friday

The Faculty Concert often sells out, so make your reservations early.

Calling All Leaders

Since its inception five years ago, the Smith Leadership Program has formalized what Smith has been known for doing for years -- producing "women on top." Students selected for this innovative venture spend two weeks on campus during two January interterms taking classes and workshops in areas that range from public speaking to group dynamics to negotiation. They must also undertake one internship, usually in the summer. According to director Randy Bartlett, professor of economics, "The program offers training in practical leadership skills, designed to supplement a liberal arts education." Instruction is provided by both Smith faculty members and experts from elsewhere.

Informational meetings have been scheduled for October 21, at 4 p.m., and October 23, at 7 p.m. (see calendar) to explain more about the program, and those who think they might want to take part should attend one of these sessions. About 25 applicants will be chosen, and all candidates must be able to commit to classes and projects during two January interterm periods (these need not be in consecutive years) and to one internship of at least two weeks. Some funding is available for those who could not otherwise afford to take on an internship.

Joanna Slater '97 is one of many "graduates" of the Leadership Program who recommend it enthusiastically. According to Slater, the program is appropriate for a wide range of students, regardless of academic interests or long-term goals. "One of its strengths," she suggests, "is that what is taught is applicable to leadership in any area. My group included future community workers, lawyers, journalists and so on. It even made it worthwhile to be here during the darkest, coldest weeks of the winter!"

Play to High-light Breast Cancer Battle

In conjunction with Staff Council Denim Day, which will help foster breast cancer awareness on Friday, October 25, a staged reading of a play about one woman's struggle against the disease will be presented in Sage Recital Hall.

Purple Breasts, directed by Gwen Maynard AC '97, will feature a cast of Smith students from all four classes, along with original music by Darcy Ward AC.

Maynard, who serves as artistic director and president of the Student Theatre Committee, first received the Purple Breasts script last summer from Deb Orgera, Five College Coastal & Marine Sciences program assistant. Orgera has been involved in breast cancer education efforts since her sister's death from the disease. "I was very moved by the play as I read it," Maynard recounts, "and I talked with a number of Smith actresses who were also gung-ho. This will not be full-fledged production," she stresses. "It was pulled together very quickly." She points out, however, that Ward's music will add to the impact of the already powerful script, and that "there are a lot of wonderful actresses here" who are taking part. "It was especially gratifying to see how interested all of these women were when they learned of the subject matter of the play," she notes. (See calendar for details).

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Monday, October 21

Fall Preview Day. Office of Admission welcomes prospective applicants and their parents.

Special event: The Armband Campaign. Part of Sexual Abuse Awareness Week. Armbands to show support to survivors will be available. Questions? Call Marit at extension 7659. Sponsored by SAFE (Survivors and Allies for Education on Incest and Childhood Sexual Abuse).
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Post Office foyer

Special event: The Crane Project supports women who have survived sexual violence. Participants are asked to express emotions in words or images on paper to be folded into cranes and displayed. Questions? Call Marit at extension 7659. Part of Sexual Abuse Awareness Week. Sponsored by SAFE.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Seelye lawn

Special event: Information/Action Fair about queer issues. Part of Gayla week.
11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Chapin Lawn (rain date is October 23)

Special event: Breast Health Awareness Month. Table with a ribbon tree and information on breast health.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., Post Office foyer

Presentation of the major/minor: Neuroscience. Bring a lunchbag.
Noon, Bass Hall 209

Meeting: Campus Climate Working Group. All are welcome. (See news article.)
Noon-1 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room

Presentation of the major: Classics. Refreshments will be served.
12:10 p.m., Wright Hall common room

Presentation of the major: Computer Science. Refreshments will be served.
12:10 p.m., McConnell Hall foyer

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: How to find a January Internship.
12:15 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

CDO workshop: How to Prepare for a Successful Interview.
2:45 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Informational meeting: Smith Leadership Program (January interterm). Learn about the program and application process at this meeting or by contacting Randy Bartlett at extension 3605. (See news article.)
4 p.m., Seelye 206

CDO résumé deadline for: American Management Systems; Osco Drug/Sav-on-Drugs; Wallace, Inc.
4 p.m., Room 20, CDO, Drew Hall

Workshop: Part of Sexual Abuse Awareness Week, Students Together Against Abusive Relationships (STAAR) examine healthy and abusive behavior in relationships.
4 p.m., Wright Hall common room

Open meeting: Student Services Self-Study Team. All students welcome.
4-5 p.m., Seelye Hall 106

Religious activity: Scripture study and discussion with chaplains Elizabeth Carr and Richard Unsworth.
4-5 p.m., Bodman lounge, Chapel

Meeting: Amnesty International.
4-5 p.m., Seelye Hall 105

Meeting: Smith Debate Society.
4-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 107

Presentation of the major: Economics. Refreshments will be served.
4:15 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room

Open meeting: Library Self-Study Team open meeting for faculty will follow agenda previously distributed. (Those who attended Mountain Day session need not attend.) Questions? Contact Sarah Pritchard, extension 2902; (e-mail to spritchard).
4:30-5:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Meeting: Student Pugwash. First meeting of group dedicated to building commitment to solving global problems through the responsible use of science and technology. Questions? Call Tanya at extension 6941.
7-8 p.m., Seelye Hall 101

Lecture: "Japanese Cinema Under the U. S. Occupation, 1945-1952," by Kyoko Hirano, director of the Japan Society Film Center, New York, and author of Mr. Smith Goes to Tokyo, a recent book on the subject. Video clips will illustrate the lecture. Sponsored by the Film Studies Program.
7 p.m., Wright Hall Auditorium*

Film: Dolores Claiborne. Based on Stephen King novel, provides a portrayal of the effects of childhood sexual abuse. An optional discussion will follow. Shown by SAFE as part of Sexual Abuse Awareness Week.
7 p.m., Seelye Hall 106

Meeting: An informal study of the Gospel of Mark.
7-9 p.m., Seelye Hall 107

Lecture: The Massachusetts Bible Society 1996 Harrell F. Beck Lectureship. "Paul the Apostle as Christian Chameleon," by Dr. Allen Callahan, assistant professor of New Testament, Harvard Divinity School. A coffee hour will follow.
7:30 p.m., Chapel*

CDO information session: First Empire State Corporation.
7:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 110

Special event: 1996 Korean Culture Program. "A Celebration of Korea's Traditional Performing Arts." Sponsored by KASS. Questions? Call extension 3477.
7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*+

Lecture: "Looking for Aphra Behn: Genesis of a Portrait." Work-in- progress by Sarah Belchetz-Swenson, portrait painter and research associate with the Project on Women and Social Change.
8-9 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room*

Tuesday, October 22

Special event: Breast Health Awareness Month. Table with a ribbon tree and information on breast health.
11 a.m.-p.m. and 4-5 p.m., Post Office foyer

Luncheon meeting: Sigma Xi. "Cloudy Nucleons: Do Quarks Explain Everything?" by Piotr Decowski, physics department.
Noon, Smith College Club downstairs lounge

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

Workshop: The Politics of Sexual Abuse. The sexual abuse epidemic feeds on silence. This workshop exa-mines the cultural and legal context in which sexual abuse flourishes, society's denial of this epidemic and the links of childhood sexual abuse and incest to other forms of oppression. Presented as part of Sexual Abuse Awareness Week.
4 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room

Presentation of the major: Women's Studies.
4-5:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 207

Presentation of the major: Religion.
4-6 p.m., Wright common room

Presentation of the major: Geology.
4:15-5 p.m., Burton Hall 110

Tennis vs. Trinity
4:30 p.m., outdoor tennis courts

Lecture: "The Wife of Bath and the Impediment of Sex," by Alastair Minnis, University of York.
4:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 201*

Presentation of the major/minor: Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Program of Latin American Studies.
5-6 p.m., Dewey common room

Informational meeting for students interested in the Smith Junior Year Abroad in Paris.
5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106

Meeting: Grécourt Review.
5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 202

Meeting: Senate. All are welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

Informational meeting for students interested in applying for 1997 Picker Washington Internship Program.
7 p.m. in Seelye Hall 101

Volleyball vs. WPI
7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym*

Field Hockey vs. WPI
7 p.m., athletic fields*

Meeting: A Course in Miracles on-going study/support group. Drop-ins welcome. Questions? Call Claire at extension 7716 or the Chapel at extension 2750.
7 p.m., Bodman lounge, Chapel

CDO Workshop: How to Write an Effective Résumé.
7 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Workshop: "Using Sources." Offered by the Center for Academic Development, this will cover the processes involved in the correct use of source materials: note-taking techniques, selection of material for quotation and paraphrase, the elegant incorporation of the chosen material into one's own writing, the selection of a citation style and the avoidance of plagiarism. Students will work with sample texts and will judge examples of different approaches to citing passages. Feel free to bring questions or problems relating to current projects.
7-8 p.m., Seelye Hall 308

Informational meeting for students in interested in the Smith Junior Year Abroad in Florence, Italy.
7-8 p.m., Seelye Hall 106

CDO Open Hours
7-9 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Workshop: Female Figure Drawing Session. Free. Sponsored by Art Resources Committee. Smith students with ID and Five College students with ID and sticker are welcome. Questions? Call Jen at extension 7698 or Naomi at extension 4054
7-10 p.m. Hillyer Room 18/19

Lecture: "Women and Militarism in Latin America" by June Nash, William Allan Neilson Professor in Latin American Studies.
7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

CDO information session: The Advisory Board.
7:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 107

CDO information meeting: Juniors only. An orientation and tour of the CDO geared to the needs of juniors.
7:45 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Lecture: Urvashi Vaid, a prominent political activist and writer on gay and lesbian rights, will speak as part of Gayla Week.
8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Meeting: The first meeting of the year for the Activist Coalition is open to all activists. We will discuss organizing strategies and encourage conversations about how to strengthen our activism.
9-10:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 301

Meeting for Celebration of Sisterhood house contact people only. Attendance required. House performances will be discussed.
10-11:30 p.m., Wright Hall common room

Wednesday, October 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

CDO information session: Susquehanna Investment Group. Feel free to bring a lunch.
Noon, CDO, Drew Hall

Presentation of the major: English Language and Literature. Refreshments will be served.
12:10-1 p.m., Seelye Hall 207

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

Informational meeting for all those interested in being a member of the 1997 Preludes Planning Committee.
4-5 p.m., Seelye Hall 102

Workshop: Living in a Rape Culture. Rape Awareness Peer Educators workshop examines how our culture condones and even encourages rape, while diverting blame away from the perpetrators. Presented as a part of Sexual Abuse Awareness Week.
4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Meeting of the faculty. Tea will be served at 3:45 p.m.
4:10 p.m., Alumnae House conference room

Informational meeting: Marine Science Summer and Semester Program series. Anna Fitzgerald, admissions office at the Maritime Studies Program at Williams College/Mystic Seaport will give a presentation.
4:15 p.m., Burton Hall 101*

Presentation of the major: Afro-American Studies.
4:30-6 p.m., Wright Hall common room

CDO information session: For visual artists. "How to Make a Living Out of Your Art." Faviana Olivier has worked with corporate art collections, the National Endowment for the Arts and community arts organizations. She is a lawyer, consultant and marketing expert and has extensive experience working with artists.
4:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 106

CDO information session: Explore the world of work in New York City. NYC Consortium '97 is a three-day interterm program, January 12-15, and offers informational site visits to organizations in a variety of career fields; panels with alums about their work; opportunities for networking and three night's lodging in the homes of alumnae. Come learn about this program co-sponsored with the NYC Smith Club.
4:30 p.m., CDO Group Room, Drew Hall

Informational meeting: Smith Leadership Program. See 10/21 listing.
7 p.m., Seelye 206

Film and discussion: Anthropology major and minor gathering to discuss junior year abroad experiences. An opportunity to share questions and experiences. Refreshments will be served.
7 p.m., Wright Hall Common Room

Special event: Speak out against all forms of sexual violence and show your support for survivors in a safe, confidential, all-female space. Counselors will be present. Followed by a reception in Chase House living room. Part of Sexual Abuse Awareness Week.
7 p.m., Seelye Hall 101

Workshop: Male Figure Drawing Session. Free. Sponsored by Art Resources Committee. Smith students with ID and Five College students with ID and sticker are welcome. Questions? Call Jen at extension 7698 or Naomi at extension 4054
7-10 p.m. Hillyer Room 18/19

Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion.
7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

CDO information meeting: Salomon Brothers.
7:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room

Five College information meeting: Monitor Company (consulting).
7:30 p.m., Amherst College Alumni House

Film: Pimpernel Smith (1941, Leslie Howard, producer and star). A latter-day Pimpernel ponders the identity of Shakespeare while spiriting the condemned out of the grasp of the Gestapo. Optional for students in HST248, and open to all.
7:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 201*

Lecture and book signing with Jean Shinoda Bolen, author of Close to the Bone: Life Threatening Illness and the Search for Meaning. Bolen is the best-selling author of Goddesses in Everywoman and Crossing to Avalon and is a Jungian analyst and professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Co-sponsored by the psychology department and Beyond Words Bookshop.
7:30 p.m., Stoddard Hall auditorium*

Special event: Open Mike and Coffeehouse. Open to everyone for poetry readings, singing or anything done in the spirit of Gayla Week.
8-10:30 p.m., Davis ballroom

Thursday, October 24

Luncheon meeting: "Dusting the Administration, Sixteenth-Century Style: The Papal Singers vs. the Master of the Papal Chapel (A Cautionary Tale)," by Richard Sherr, professor of music. Part of the Liberal Arts Luncheon Series, open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Luncheon Meeting: Come to Hillel at Noon. Questions or to RSVP, contact Alex extension 6149 or Rebecca at extension 7625. Guest speaker: Donna Divine of the government department, on the Israeli peace process under Netanyahu.
Noon, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House

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

Meeting: Questions Quest group meets every Thursday. For information, contact Tiffany Dickson at extension 7913.
4-5 p.m., Talbot House

Presentation of the minor: Marine Sciences.
4:15-5 p.m., Burton Hall 103

Panel discussion: Dialogue on affirmative action with Dennis Hayashi, director of the Office for Civil Rights, and Randall Kennedy, professor of law, Harvard University Law School, moderated by Carmen Santana-Melgoza, director of institutional diversity. Sponsored by the Campus Climate Working Group.
4:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room*

CDO case interview workshop: Boston Consulting Group.
4:30 p.m., Babbott Room, Octagon Building, Amherst College

Presentation of the minor: Logic. Refreshments to follow.
5 p.m. Math Forum, Burton Hall third floor

Meeting: International Students Organization General Body meeting. Refreshments provided.
5-6 p.m., Unity House

Presentation of the major: Music. Pizza will be served.
5-6 p.m., Sage Hall Green Room

Presentation of major: Sociology.
5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 102

Discussion: "Do you ever wonder..." Keystone presents a place to raise your questions about God, the meaning of life, Christianity and you name it. Questions? Call Laura Keating at extension 7290.
5-6 p.m., Clark Hall conference room

Informational meeting for students interested in the Smith Junior Year Abroad program in Hamburg.
5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 207

Meeting: Smith Debate Society.
5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 107

Lecture: Aishah Shahidah Simmons will speak about her movie NO!: The Rape Documentary Project, an incisive examination of the impact of sexual violence on African-American women.
7 p.m., McConnell Hall 103

Informational meeting for all those interested in being a member of the 1997 Preludes Planning Committee.
7-8 p.m. Seelye Hall 102

CDO information meeting: J.P. Morgan will be interviewing on campus for four different programs. This information session will give you an insight into each program and help you decide which program you would like to apply for. You may only apply for one.
7:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room

Meeting: First meeting for Smith S.L.A.C. (Student/Labor Action Coalition) group to talk about labor, class issues and student/staff relations on campus and beyond. Questions? Contact Daisy at extension 4767 or Erin at extension 5612.
7:30 p.m., Gamut (upper level)

Religious activity: Newman Association meeting with home-cooked dinner. Come enjoy dinner and get involved in an exciting semester.
6-7 p.m., Bodman lounge, Chapel

Lecture: "Sojourner Truth: The Making of a Symbol," by Nell Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Princeton University. Sponsored by the departments of Afro-American studies, history, Program in Women's Studies and the Committee on Community Policy.
8 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*

Performance: Smith College Faculty Dance. A diverse evening of dance by Rodger Blum, Ranjanaa Devi, Clara Mora, Urip Sri Mainy and Jin-Wen Yu. For tickets ($6 and $4), call extension 2787, 2-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. (See news article.)
8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*+

Concert: Gayla Week Concert Bash. There will be two different groups performing. Performers are Zoe Lewis, Kate Wolf and Aimee Gross.
8:30-11 p.m., Davis ballroom

Film: To be announced. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Stoddard Hall auditorium

Friday, October 25

Special event: Lee National Denim Day at Smith College. Tables with information on breast cancer. For a $5 donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, staff will receive a pink ribbon lapel pin and be able to wear demin to work. Sponsored by the activities committee of Staff Council.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wright Hall foyer and College Hall

Conference: Alumnae Association Reunion Planning Conference. Training conference for alumnae class officers who will be reuning in 1998 (classes ending in 3's and 8's).
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Alumnae House

ASL language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

CDO résumé deadline for Minority Career Forum-New England. Send your one-page résumé with three industry preferences listed on the back to: Crimson & Brown Associates. Further information in CDO, Room 20.
4 p.m., Room 20, CDO, Drew Hall

Lecture: "Regulatory Domains in the Myosin Superfamily" by Carolyn Cohen, Structural Biology Laboratories, Brandeis University. Part of the Biological Sciences and Biochemistry Colloquium Series.
4 p.m., McConnell Hall B05*

Meeting: Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 208

Lecture: "The 'Tusks' of Empire: British India Examined Through the Image of the Elephant in the Nineteenth Century" by Romita Ray '92, Ph.D. candidate, Yale University
5 p.m., Hillyer Hall Room 117

Volleyball: Hall of Fame Invitational
5 p.m., Ainsworth Gym*

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

Theatre: Purple Breasts. Gwen Maynard AC '97 directs a staged reading of this play about breast cancer. (See news article.)
7-8 p.m., Sage Hall Recital Hall*

Lecture: "Are We Brains in a Vat?" by Hilary Putnam, Harvard University. First in a series of lectures in memo-ry of Thomas Tymoczko. Sponsored by the Five College departments of philosophy. (See news article.)
7 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room

Film: Café Au Lait. Comedy about race and romance in the Parisian melting pot. Lola, an 18-year-old West Indian of mixed parentage, announces her pregnancy to her two lovers: Felix, who is white, and Jamal, who is black. The bickering beaux agree to share prenatal duties.
7 and 9 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium

Performance: Smith College Faculty Dance. See 10/24 listing.
8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*+

Saturday, October 26

Conference: Alumnae Association Reunion Planning Conference.
8 a.m.-6 p.m., Alumnae House and Seelye Hall

Riding: Amherst Show
8:30 a.m., Equestrian Center, Fox Meadow Farms*

Volleyball: Hall of Fame Invitational
9 a.m., Ainsworth Gym*

Lecture: "What Makes Numbers Natural?" by William Hart, University of Illinois at Chicago. Second in a series of lectures in memory of Thomas Tymoczko.
9:30 a.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room*

Lecture: "Evidence for Possibility," by Rebecca Ilanrahan, University of North Carolina. Third in a series of lectures in memory of Thomas Tymoczko.
11 a.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room*

Cross Country: New 8 Championship
Noon, outdoor track*

Lecture: "The Sound of Philosophy," by Demitri Tymoczko, Harvard University. Fourth in a series of lectures in memory of Thomas Tymoczko.
1 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room*

Soccer vs. Babson
2 p.m., athletic fields*

Lecture: "Reflections on Godel," by Lee Bowis, Mount Holyoke College. Fifth and final lecture in a series of lectures in memory of Thomas Tymoczko.
2:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room*

Memorial service for Thomas Tymoczko.
4 p.m., Chapel*

Concert: Autumn Serenade. Smith College Glee Club, Paul Flight, conductor; College Choirs Alpha and Omega, Grace Cajiuat, conductor; with guest choir, Villanova Men's Glee Club. Works by Charles Martin Loeffler, Scott Wheller and others.
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall*

Performance: Smith College Faculty Dance. See 10/24 listing.
8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*+

Party: Witches' Ball (no alcohol), sponsored by the Association of Smith Pagans, is a social event open to the general public. People wearing costumes get $1 off admission. Activities will include dancing, tarot reading and games. $5 admission fee.
10 p.m.-1 a.m., Gamut*+

Sunday, October 27

Conference: Alumnae Association Reunion Planning Conference.
8 a.m.-4 p.m., Alumnae House and Seelye Hall

Religious activity: Quaker (Friends) discussion group. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Child care is available.
9:30 a.m., Bass Hall 210*

Religious service: Morning worship with Dean Richard Unsworth. Coffee hour to follow. All are welcome.
10:30 a.m., Chapel*

CDO open hours
1-4 p.m., CDO Drew Hall

CDO workshop: How to Find a January Internship.
1:15 P.M., CDO, Drew Hall

Film: Café Au Lait. See 10/25 listing.
2 and 4 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium

CDO workshop: Job Search for Seniors.
2:30 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Religious service: Roman Catholic Mass. An informal dinner will follow. All are welcome.
4:30 p.m., Chapel*

Religious activity: Women's Spirituality Group. An ecumenical group to explore the spirituality and meaning of Christian feminism. All are welcome.
7 p.m., Bodman lounge, Chapel

Concert: The Smith College Chamber Orchestra, Philipp Naegele, director. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: three concertos and an aria; with soloists from Smith and Amherst.
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall*

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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.

Roma Antica: 18th-Century Prints by Piranesi (through 10/27). Print Room.

Mortals and Immortals: Roman Sculpture from the Miller Collection (through 1/5).

Small Landscapes and Monotypes by Sally Brody '54 (through November). Alumnae House Gallery, 585-2020. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Exam Schedule

Scheduled and unscheduled exam information is posted in houses and on official bulletin boards in Clark Science Center, Seelye and Wright. Examinations will be distributed during three periods on December 16, 17, 18, and during two periods on December 19. Please note that there will be no examination period on Thursday evening. Students should check the schedule of exams carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar's office immediately. Examinations cannot be repeated and will be failed by default if missed through carelessness.

Family Weekend

We will welcome families to campus November 1-3. The complete schedule of events will be put in each student's mail box and will be available at the family registration table at the Alumnae House, as well as given to department chairs and program directors to make available in their departments. All students are welcome at the weekend's events, with or without guests.

Registration will take place Friday, November 1, noon-5 p.m. (Only 9 a.m.-noon schedule of events and Friday class schedule will be available.) and Saturday, November 2, 8:30 a.m.-noon in the Alumnae House foyer. (Parking information, name tags, tickets to events, Sunday brunch information, sign-ups, up-to-date weekend information and refreshments will be available.) Families are asked to register upon arrival.

Counseling Service Group Offerings

Self-exploration or general psychotherapy groups, Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse Group, Women of Color Group and a First-Year Ada Support Group are offered. Interested students should call the Smith College Counseling Service at extension 2840, to make an appointment for a pre-group interview with the facilitators. The groups are free and confidential.

Silent Auction

The annual Family Weekend silent auction will take place Saturday, November 2, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in Davis ballroom. Bidding will end at 2:30 p.m., and all "winning" bids must be paid for and picked up at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to browse and bid on items. Auction proceeds will benefit the Smith Students' Aid Society (SSAS), which provides assistance beyond the scope of college financial aid to Smith students.

Members of the college community are encouraged to donate an item. Some of the best items have been creatively and inexpensively put together. Past donations have included an exercise bike, a home-cooked meal for four, a condo in New Hampshire, 9 holes of golf, wood-lathed objects, a home-made birthday cake, candy bouquets, wine baskets and a Smith blanket. The list can grow with your help.

Donations will be accepted at Davis ballroom on Friday, November 1, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, November 2, 8-9 a.m., or any time up through November 1, in College Hall 22. Questions? Contact Merry Farnum at extension 4904.

Health Services Committee Meets

The annual meeting of the Health Services Committee of the Board of Counselors will take place on Sunday, November 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon, in Dr. Leslie Jaffe's office, Health Services.

HR Applications

Head resident applications for the 1997-98 academic year will be available beginning October 23 in the Student Affairs Office and CDO. Completed applications are due in the Student Affairs Office, College Hall 24, by 4 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 1996.

HR Informational Meetings

Two open meetings will be held for those interested in learning more about the head resident program. The first will be held Thursday, October 24, at 7 p.m. in Seelye Hall 101; the second on Monday, October 28, at 7 p.m. in Seelye Hall 110.

SOS Blood Drive

The Red Cross Annual Blood Drive sponsored by SOS will be on campus Tuesday, November 12, and Wednesday, November 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Davis ballroom. To make an appointment or for information, call the SOS office at extension 2156 or Shaneela at extension 7462. Walk-ins also welcome.

Outlets Outing

The Staff Council Activities Committee is pleased to announce that we will once again offer a trip to the Kittery, Maine factory outlets on Saturday, November 16. Back by popular demand, our visit to the Kittery "Miracle Mile" offers bargains galore for the serious shopper anticipating the holidays. Bus departs from Ainsworth parking lot at 7 a.m. and from Kittery at 4 p.m. The price is $20 per person. All Smith staff, faculty, emeriti and guests are encouraged to join us. For information call Judy Biardi or Cindy Rucci at extension 2923.

Truman Scholarship Program

Smith College will nominate up to three members of the Class of 1998 to enter a nationwide competition for scholarships of up to $30,000 for four years of study (senior year and up to three years of graduate study). Juniors are invited to submit a résumé by Thursday, October 31, to Lea Ahlen, Wright Hall 15.

Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who are preparing for careers in public service and who have potential for leadership in government. The résumé should list the student's public service activities (such as those associated with government agencies, community groups, political campaigns and charities), leadership positions held during high school and the first two years of undergraduate study and a statement of tentative career intentions.


Sponsored by the Smith College Campus School PTO. A fun-filled day of games, crafts, relay races, sport equipment exchange, food and prizes. October 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Smith College Campus School, Gill Hall. All are welcome.

Iberian Literature Conference

As part of the UMass/Smith conference on the minority literatures of the Iberian Peninsula, two lectures on Basque literature will take place at Neilson Library Browsing Room on Saturday, October 19. From 10-11 a.m. Joseba Gabilondo (critic, Bryn Mawr) will speak on "The Terrorist Novel: Masochism and Historical Memory in Basque Nationalism" and from 11 a.m.-noon, Anjel Lertxundi (Basque novelist) on "La biblioteca de Babel." These talks will be followed by a round table on Catalan, Galician and Basque literatures and readings by writers Anjel Lertxundi, Isabel-Clara Simo and Victor Freixanes (in Basque, Catalan and Galician, written translations provided).

Talk of the World

On Tuesday, October 29, Professor Hyaeweol Choi from the East Asian Studies department will be speaking on "Approaching Synthesis: Asian Scholars Encounter Western Academia; Bridging Cultures" in the Duckett Special Dining Room from 5:40-7 p.m. Sign-up in the post office or with Negin at extension 6764. Sponsored by the International Students Organization.

Preludes Reunion

Postludes is on Sunday, October 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Davis Ballroom. This is a fun reunion for all 1996 Preludes participants and leaders. Come decorate pumpkins, have some snacks and reunite with friends.

SGA Halloween Open House

The SGA Cabinet will have a Halloween open house with games and activities for children of faculty, staff and Adas. More information will follow in next AcaMedia.

Rally Day Alert

While the Rally Day Show seems a long way off, it is already in the planning stages. Some deadlines are in November and December.

Participation in the show does not require talent or experience (but it helps). It's a time for Smith students to be on stage, poke fun at themselves and the college and have a good time. Proceeds are donated to a local social service agency. Last year $1,059 went to Northampton High School to purchase materials in support of literacy.

Anyone interested in taking part in a class show/skit should contact her class president. Each class is being asked to select a Rally Day chair (or co-chairs) who will form a class planning committee.

Needed immediately are people with some experience, interest and spare time to join the general committee. Anyone interested in being involved in a project for a good cause is invited to come forward for the following positions: general show chair (or co-chairs); publicity chair; advertising chair; and stage manager. Information sheets with a brief job description are posted on the bulletin board outside College Hall 22 and the SGA office, Clark Hall. Get involved and join in the fun of Rally Day.

SGA Booksale

Those who dropped off books for the fall booksale will receive pay vouchers in mailboxes. To pick up unclaimed books come to Clark Hall during office hours. Questions? Contact Maggie Smith at extension 6334.

SGA Hotline

SGA now has a hotline number -- 4960 -- which you can call to hear times and places of events sponsored by SGA organizations. Call and find out what is happening on campus.

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