News for the Smith College Community //February 19, 1998

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Smith Pagans Tell Me My Future Looks Bright--or Does It?

By Eric Sean Weld
When I approached the small round table adorned with a frilly cloth covering in the Gamut, I sat down and bared my right palm, as instructed -- "I always use the left palm for women, right palm for men," I was informed by the teller of my future, Nicole Shields '99. "The first thing I look for is this M in the lines of your palm," she said as she gently traced that letter in the center of my palm with her fingernail. That symbol ostensibly suggests that I'll be the recipient, in some fashion, of a sizable sum of money at some point in my future life, "either by inheritance or by working for it," said Nicole. She didn't say why.
But among all the bits and pieces of information I received that day regarding my future -- via a tarot card reading, a fortune spelled out by the "Amulets of the Goddess" and by the lines in my palm -- Nicole's prediction of future fortunes was the most welcome.
The fortune-telling fair, which took place on Thursday, February 5, was one of several annual fund-raising events sponsored by the Association of Smith Pagans, of which Nicole is president. There were tables set up in the Gamut for tarot, palm and tea-leaf readings, runes and amulets. Each reading cost $1; for $5 you could get as many fortunes as you could stand to hear.
Nicole, who has been practicing paganism and palm and tarot card reading since her early teens, says that in her experience the fortune-telling methods are reliable ways of predicting one's future. "I've been palm-reading since the eighth grade," she said. "And I've found it to be pretty accurate."
For me, that's good news -- or is it? It wasn't long after Nicole predicted my future prosperity that she examined my "health line" and advised me to take care of myself because at some point, health will become an issue. That pretty much canceled out any jubilation I felt about my future abundance.
Nicole's prediction of future prosperity corresponded nicely with what Heather Nichols '99 had to say in interpreting my life according to the amulets. "This amulet indicates a future of abundance," she said as she fingered a half-dollar-sized disk bearing a symbol from ancient Greek mythology. However, said Heather, the amulets suggest that I'm destined first to go through a time of turmoil and struggle. The amulets also suggest that I should loosen up, have more fun, relax and enjoy life more. I told Heather I used to be relaxed until I got married and had a son now face another on the way, but she wasn't impressed. The amulets only suggest, they don't judge.
As confirmed by Meg '00, who turned over tarot cards on my behalf -- they had titles like "The Magician" and "The Devil," and one showed a man lying on a coffin with dozens of long-blade swords plunged into his body-I can indeed expect to go through a period of personal anguish and pain in the near future. I was mumbling something about having already gone through a 20-year such period when she turned over a card that showed an embracing couple watching over two happy children under a rainbow of glimmering grails. According to the cards, Meg said, that period of struggle could be followed ultimately by a period of great triumph and joy. I asked superfluously whether it was really necessary to go through that difficult stuff first. She ignored me.
Other aspects of my future included predictions that I probably won't become an accountant, I will show strong intelligence in later life, I will most likely be married only one time, I show general talent in the ways of the occult and have a tendency toward depression.
I came away from the fair unsure how to feel. On the one hand (pun too obvious), I won't have to worry about money, divorce, senility or becoming an accountant. On the other hand, I might have to lie down on a coffin and have swords plunged into my body or go through some similarly uncomfortable experience, and then fend off depression and worry about my health. All in all, I suppose, I should feel fortunate. As long as I take good care of my health, keep a good attitude and watch out for people coming toward me with long-blade swords, my future looks bright-or does it?

Cleage Returns to Share New Novel

When Pearl Cleage spoke at Otelia Cromwell Day in the fall of 1996, the audience was enthralled. The African-American playwright, novelist and performance artist made an impassioned call to action in a world where the choice is "always between struggle and surrender, love and hatred, sanity and madness, victory and annihilation."
Cleage returns here this weekend for a reading from her new novel What Looks Like Crazy On an Ordinary Day and an open joint meeting of Emily Bernard's "Major Black Writers of the 20th Century" and Andrea Hairston's playwriting class.
At the reading, which will be in Neilson Browsing Room on Sunday evening at 7:30, Cleage will share parts of her first novel, which is about "finding love in the midst of a plague and restoring hope as rampant violence threatens to shatter us at the core." Fellow author Omar Tyree, author of A Do Right Man, has called Cleage's novel "a gripping wide-eyed talk, like a blazing car ride in the big city on a Friday night with alcohol, no brakes and a forgotten license -- two thumbs up and Amen!"
Cleage's presentation at the open class meeting will include a discussion of the difference between writing novels and plays, what inspires or prompts her to use one form or the other and how working in the different modes enriches her as a writer.

Barrels Expedite Recycling Efforts

Add a new word to your vocabulary: Toter. These automated barrels are showing up on campus this month, along with the new recycling truck that hydraulically empties them.
Toters are replacing the old square recycling barrels in central locations campus-wide and on the main floor of most student houses. (Some smaller houses -- Wesley, Hopkins, Tenney, Sessions, Dawes and the annexes-cannot accommodate Toters and will therefore keep their old setups.)
Special features of the new barrels are their restrictive lids -- slots for paper, round holes for bottles and cans, enabling you to see at a glance which bin is for which material -- and their height -- they're taller, so you can read the labels without stooping. But the real benefit of these new containers is operational. According to Roger Guzowski, Five College recycling coordinator, "a big problem facing many recycling programs is that the cost of collecting recyclables often offsets the savings from recycling. These new Toters will be a huge step towards solving that problem for Smith."
Once full, the Toters will be emptied hydraulically by Smith's innovative new recycling truck, which some have called "cute" or "like a Tonka toy." Under the old system, says Guzowski, bags of recyclables were thrown by hand 10 feet in the air into the back of a dump truck -- a labor-intensive, ergonomically unsafe and time-consuming procedure.
Guzowski points out that with the new system, "we can now put corrugated cardboard in with our mixed paper." He asks, however, that people fold or cut up cardboard boxes before placing them in the Toters.
If you have comments or questions about these bins or any other aspect of recycling, please call Sheila Kyte, Smith's student recycling coordinator, at the recycling hot line at extension 2447, or contact Roger Guzowski at the Five College recycling program (rguzowski@; 582-5496).

Student Opinions Have Real Impact in Cycles Survey

A number of Smith students will soon receive a Cycles Survey in the mail. Why take the time to complete it? Because every returned survey makes a difference and contributes to a more accurate picture of how Smith students feel about their college experience. Each individual response is especially important because only about one-third of the student body is asked to participate. Names are chosen at random. All responses will be confidential. The identification number on your survey will allow us to link your responses to other information in your student record for purposes of statistical analysis. We are interested in building an overall campus profile, not in your individual responses, so students are encouraged to respond freely and honestly.
The Cycles Survey monitors student concerns and satisfaction with various aspects of the Smith and Five College experiences. According to Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college, the results are used by administrative offices and planning and policy-making groups to identify problems and make changes and improvements. The survey is administered at each of the five colleges, making possible some interesting cross-college comparisons. Because the survey has been conducted annually since 1975, it can also be used to track long-term trends and changes in student perceptions and experiences.
Students who receive the Cycles Survey are asked to please take a few minutes to complete it. This is one of your best chances to express your views. Every single completed survey counts. If you have any questions or if you misplace your survey and need a new one, please call the Office of Institutional Research at extension 3021.

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Smith Team Attends Women's College Olympiad

A team of Smith students, faculty and administration traveled to Indiana last month to discuss the future of women's colleges. Students Judy Jae-Hee Kim '98, president of the SGA, and Katie McShane '01, vice-president of the first-year class, joined Majorie Richardson, assistant dean of minority affairs, and Patricia L. Skarda, associate professor of English, in representing Smith at the annual "Play of the Mind: Borders to Bridges" conference at St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana. The event brought together teams from 14 women's colleges to consider "The Woman's College Challenge."
This year's conference focused on the borders and bridges between students, student affairs staff, and faculty, and especially on how the various subcultures at women's colleges combine energy and ideas in fostering leadership. In addition its leadership focus, current issues at the different campuses were discussed and possible resolutions sought.
Smith soon emerged as a leader among women's colleges for others at the conference, according to Skarda. Questions regarding diversity on campus, women's studies programs and negative connotations of feminism were brought up as problems by representatives from other schools, and the team from Smith found others looking to them as a model. Richardson and Skarda were inundated with questions about Smith, and came away believing that Smith has an obligation to be a model and a leader for other women's colleges.
Smith's attendance at the conference proved beneficial not only to representatives from other colleges, but to the Smith team as well. Skarda attended the conference with questions about such issues as first-year seminars, faculty advising and campus centers. She returned "knowing that Smith is doing very well." Students Kim and McShane also returned with increased pride in their school. "The conference was an affirmation," says McShane. "I'm able to see the more innovative side of Smith." -Amanda Darling '00

Senior Studies Campus Water Consumption

I look up to my sister Shelly Testerman '98 because of her "seniority," but her many accomplishments at Smith impress me, too. As an American studies major, she has been able to take a wide variety of classes, and last semester, in her Conservation of Natural Resources class, she became interested in the issue of water conservation. More specifically, Shelly began exploring water consumption at Smith. After many calls to Physical Plant and research into the use of water at the Five Colleges, she decided that Smith needed some water awareness. Shelly designed an informal workshop that she shared with her fellow Chapin house members during a Friday afternoon tea. It went over so well that this semester she has arranged to repeat it in several other houses. In addition to leading a brainstorming session on ways to use water wisely, Shelly answers questions about where Smith gets its water and where the water ends up after it has disappeared down the drain. Her interest in watery subjects will not end with her graduation from Smith: after graduation she plans to work aboard a schooner with the East Coast­based educational organization Sound Waters. -Jill Testerman '00

Faculty Playwright's Work Gets Local Stagings

Lonely Stardust, a music/theater production written and directed by Andrea Hairston of the theatre department, will be presented by Chrysalis Theatre at Thorne's Market, February 26-28 and at Springfield's Drama Studio, March 6-7. The piece, which was also presented at Holyoke Community College on February 11 and at Thorne's Market from February 19 to 21, follows the adventures of an extraterrestrial exiled from its home until it discovers sentient life forms willing to travel back to the stars with it. Lonely Stardust grew out of Chrysalis workshops with pregnant and parenting teens, low-income women and recovering drug users in Springfield, Northampton and Holyoke.

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Calendar Key

Sources of further information, if any, are shown in parentheses at the end of event descriptions. An asterisk following a listing indicates that the event is open to the public. Admission charges, if any, are listed when known.

Monday 2/23

Open class meeting: A joint session of Emily Bernard's "Major Black Writers of the 20th Century" class and Andrea Hairston's playwriting class, with playwright, novelist and performance artist Pearl Cleage. (See story, page 1.)
11 a.m., Seelye 106*
Hebrew language lunch table. Pizza provided.
Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Language lunch tables.
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
CDO workshop: "How to Find a Summer Internship."
1:15 p.m., CDO
Meeting: Amnesty International, a worldwide, grassroots human rights organization working for the release of prisoners of conscience and the promotion of human rights in the U.S. and throughout the world.
4 p.m., Seelye 102*
Meeting: Baha'i Club, for anyone interested in planning activities concerning race unity and equality between men and women. Refreshments provided. (Kari, ext. 6389)
4 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Women's Studies Tea: "Distaff and Spindle: Renaissance Spinners, Ruled and Unruly." Ann Jones, professor of comparative literature. A discussion of ideas and images of women's textile work in the Renaissance. Tea and treats will be served.
4:10-6 p.m., Seelye 207
Grant information meeting for Smith faculty interested in applying through the Museum of Art for Mellon grants in support of museum-related courses. (Nancy Rich, ext. 2773;
4:15 p.m., Museum of Art
Lecture: "Holiest of All the Heathens: The Role of Marcus Aurelius and His Meditations in the Early Modern Revival of Stoicism." Jill Kraye, senior lecturer in the history of philosophy, Warburg Institute, University of London. Reception to follow in Seelye 207. Sponsored by the Zeta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa at Smith College in cooperation with the departments of classics, English, government, history and philosophy and the Committee on Community Policy.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
SGA mandatory candidates' meeting for all those signed up to run in the spring elections. The names of candidates who do not attend will be removed from the ballot.
5 p.m., Seelye 106
Film: Volere volare (1991, Italy). Written, directed and interpreted by Maurizio Nichetti, who won worldwide fame with his 1989 Icicle Thief. A comic love story with human and cartoon characters, shown in conjunction with Marguerite Waller's lecture (see Tuesday, 7 p.m.).
7 p.m., McConnell B05
Meeting: Om, the Hindu students organization. All welcome.
7-8 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Workshop: "Task Force on Eating Disorders." One of a series of weekly student-led workshops presented by organizations campus-wide. (Heather Jones, ext. 2248)
7-9 p.m., Wright common room

Tuesday 2/24

CDO extended hours.
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Sigma Xi Luncheon Talk: "Plant Collections and Plant Collecting: Why We Need Them." Kim Tripp, director, Botanical Gardens. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, College Club lower level
Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets in the parish house parlor for worship, lunch and friendship. All welcome.
Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street
Language lunch tables.
Deutscher Tisch
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Teresa of Avila Film Series. The third of four screenings sponsored by the Contemplation and Action Program of the Catholic Chaplaincy.
4 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Lecture: "Writing Selves, Writing Lives: Exceptional Women of the Qing Period (1644-1911)." Grace Fong, professor of Chinese, McGill University.
4:15­6 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Lecture: "Civilization on Trial: The Neo-Orthodox Critique of American Culture." William Hutchison, Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America, Harvard University. The first in a series of critiques of American culture from explicitly religious perspectives. Sponsored by the American Studies Program.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Mar-Tea Gras: "Throw me somethin'!" In the spirit of Mardi Gras, the Ada class is sponsoring a Fat Tuesday celebration for the Smith community. Meet in front of College Hall at 4:30 p.m. to parade through campus. We'll end up at Tilly House for tea, music and fortune telling till 6 p.m. Costumes, drums and whistles recommended but not necessary.
4:30-6 p.m., Tilly House
Résumé critique by a peer adviser.
4:30-6 p.m. and 8-9 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "CDO Phobia." Looking for an internship, a job or grad-school information? Worried about it? Let us introduce you to our service in a relaxed atmosphere and help you face your fear of the CDO.
5 p.m., CDO
Meeting: Students for a Free Tibet. Open to anyone who believes in human rights, SFT educates young people about the occupation of Tibet and translates awareness into action through nonviolent political, economic and social campaigns.
6 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room
Newman Association meeting for Catholic students. Come for a home-cooked meal and good conversation.
6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Lecture: "Striptease: Maurizio Nichetti's Flight from the Phallus." Marguerite R. Waller, chair, Women's Studies Department, University of California at Riverside. A feminist interpretation of Nichetti's 1991 film Volere volare (see Monday, 7 p.m.). Sponsored by the Committee on Community Policy, the Italian department and the Women's Studies Program.
7 p.m. Seelye 207
Film: Eat Drink Man Woman. Sponsored by the Task Force on Eating Disorders.
7 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
Five-Con staff meeting: Planning for April's Five College Science Fiction Convention.
7 p.m., Bass 210
SGA senate meeting, including a student open forum at 7:15 p.m.
7 p.m., Seelye 201
CDO workshop: "Job Search for Seniors."
7 p.m., CDO
CDO information meeting: Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs).
7:30 p.m., Seelye 102
Lecture: "'Represent': Blacks and Women in Politics and Popular Culture." Farai Chideya, ABC News correspondent and Vibe magazine national affairs editor, discussing black and women's issues in politics and the media. Sponsored by BSA.
7:30-9 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Lecture: "Global Sea-Level Fluctuations: ODP's Inaugural Expedition to the New Jersey Continental Shelf." Jamie Austin Jr., Institute of Geophysics, University of Texas at Austin. The Joint Oceanographic Institution Distinguished Lecturer Talk, sponsored by the Department of Geology.
7:30-9 p.m., McConnell auditorium*
CDO workshop: "How to Prepare for a Successful Interview."
8 p.m., CDO
Film: Malcom X. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Wednesday 2/25

Latina Week table. Information on the week's events and the March 2, Nosotras-sponsored lecture on the Zapatista struggle in Mexico.
9-5 p.m., student mail center
Religious service: Ecumenical Ash Wednesday service for Catholics and Protestants, with distribution of ashes. Chaplains Elizabeth Carr and Richard Unsworth. Lunch served. All welcome.
Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Hillel at Noon. Discussion and veggie luncheon.
Noon, Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
Meeting: WNBA Event Steering Committee.
12:10 p.m., Duckett dining room
Language lunch tables.
Spanish and Portuguese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Office of Institutional Diversity open hour, with Carmen Santana-Melgoza.
4-5 p.m., College Hall 31
Auditions for the Class 2001 Talent Show on March 7. Acts of all kinds accepted.
4-6 p.m., Seelye 101
Meeting of the faculty. Tea served at 3:45 p.m.
4:10 p.m., Alumnae House conference room
Film: Shoah (Parts II and III). Produced by Claude Lanzmann with the assistance of the French Ministry of Culture. From actual death-camp sites at Auschwitz, Chelmno and Treblinka to locations in 14 countries, Shoah brings together the testimonies of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators and bystanders. The third of a seven-part film series on Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and Vichy France.
4:10 p.m., Seelye 106
Meeting: Student Alumnae Association of Smith College. Come see what SAASC has planned for this semester. Discover the many opportunities to meet and network with alums. (Naa-Adei, ext. 7260; Jane, ext. 7270; Siew Peng, ext. 6618)
6 p.m., Alumnae House
Slide lecture: "Assisi, Before and After September 26, 1997." Greenfield native Anne Robichaud, well-known lecturer on and guide to Assisi and Italy's Umbria region, will describe the reconstruction and restoration under way in the wake of the recent earthquake that devastated Umbria and St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral. Sponsored by the Italian department.
7 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Film: Redefining Liberation. California NOW's look at women and the media. Sponsored by the Task Force on Eating Disorders and Feminists of Smith Unite.
7-9 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion.
7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel*
Theater: Keys to the Castle: A Dramatic Reflection on Teresa of Avila's "The Interior Castle." A one-woman play by Roberta Nobleman and Janet Beddoe, performed by Roberta Nobleman. Sponsored by the Contemplation and Action Program of the Catholic Chaplaincy.
7:30 p.m., Chapel

Thursday 2/26

CDO extended hours.
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Liberal Arts Luncheon: "Gargling in the Fountain of Medical Knowledge: An Anthropologist Studies Maternal and Child Health in Kenya." Elliot Fratkin, associate professor of anthropology. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, College Club lower level
CDO workshop: "How to Prepare for a Successful Interview."
Noon, CDO
CAD Time Management Workshop. Sign up at CAD at least two days before the workshop.
12:05-12:55 p.m., Seelye 307
Language lunch tables.
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Solar eclipse viewing (weather permitting). A partial solar eclipse begins about 12:30 p.m., reaches 20 percent coverage of the sun about 1:20 and ends about 2:10. The astronomy department will provide shields for safe viewing, as well as access to telescopes. Do not look directly at the sun.
12:30-2:15 p.m., McConnell Roof Observatory
CDO information meeting: Wediko Children's Services summer internships. To be followed by individual interviews. (CDO Internship Room)
12:30-4:30 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé."
4:30 p.m., CDO
Buddhist students' tea. Meet other Buddhists in a relaxed atmosphere.
5 p.m., Wright common room
Religious activity: Centering prayer with Chaplain Elizabeth Carr.
5­6 p.m., Chapel
Special lotteries for Chase, off-campus, Friedman and Ada housing.
5:30 p.m., Graham Hall
Religious activity: Beit Midrash. Study Jewish texts and ideas with Rabbi Edward Feld. Pizza served. Smith students welcome.
6 p.m., Appleton 106, Amherst College
CDO workshop: "Using the Internet to Search for Jobs and Internships."
6:30 p.m., Seelye B03
Music seminar: "Looking at the Collection with the Tools and Techniques of the Conservator." David Dempsey, preparator/conservator at the Museum of Art. The final seminar in the four-part interdisciplinary series, "Jazz, Plants, Costumes and Conservation." Enrollment limited. Free for Smith students and museum friends; others, $5. Register at the museum.
7-8 p.m., Museum of Art*
Film: The Big Night. Sponsored by the Task Force on Eating Disorders.
7-9 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
Theater: Esther, a one-woman performance combining stand-up Midrash and theater, presents a fresh reading of the Megillah from a feminine perspective, examining the timeless struggles between good and evil, Jew and Gentile, and man and God, and their relevance today.
7:30 p.m., Chapel*
Film: Anime (Japanese animation) with subtitles. All welcome. (Katherine, ext. 7352)
7:30 p.m., Bass 210
Theater: (Under)Belly by Aaron Petrovitch MFA '97, directed by John Hellweg. Who will match the mother's power? Who will transform into what? Crackling with unearthly powers, the world of the (Under)belly is grotesquely humorous, turbulent and wildly playful. Meet the Exterminator (father), the Mother, the Child, and ... the rats. Tickets: $5, general; $3, students/seniors. (Ext. 2787)
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
Film: Malcom X. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Friday 2/27

CDO résumé and cover-letter deadlines: Summer internships at Dunn & Bradstreet (publishing, marketing, financial services; open to sophomores, juniors and seniors) and College Directory Publishing (interviewing on campus March 10).
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CDO
Track and field: Open New Englands.
10 a.m., Ainsworth gym*
CDO information meeting: "International Travel 101." Bring your travel dreams to this workshop and we'll help think through destinations, costs, risks, timing and packing.
12:15 p.m., CDO
Résumé critique by a peer adviser.
1-2 p.m., CDO
Meeting: Science Fiction and Fantasy Club. All welcome.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 208
Religious service: Service of song with Rabbi Sam Intrator, Hasidic singer and storyteller. Hasidic shabbat dinner will follow. Call extension 2754 for transportation.
5:30 p.m., Alumni House, Amherst College
Religious activity: Friday night Bible study, sponsored by the Smith Koinonia Fellowship. All welcome.
6 p.m., Seelye 106*
Religious activity: Smith Christian Fellowship, a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA.
7 p.m., Dewey common room
International Student Organization (ISO) Spring International Conference begins, with guest Martha Coigney, president of the International Theatre Institute. Reception follows in Alumnae Living Room.
7:30 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Room*
Film: Scarlet Street (1945). Directed by Fritz Lang. Edward G. Robinson is a sweet bookkeeper ensnared by a femme fatale and her con-man boyfriend. Part of the Motion Picture Committee's Film Noir Series.
8 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Concert: BSA presents Wyclef Jean with opening act Next. Tickets: $10 Smith students (at SGA and mailroom), $20 general (at Ticketmaster, B-Side Records, For the Record and UMass Campus Center box office). Tickets available at box office on the night of concert.
8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*
Theatre: (Under)Belly. See Thursday, 8 p.m.
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA

Saturday 2/28

Track and field: Open New Englands.
9:30 a.m., Ainsworth gym*
ISO Workshop I: "Caribbean Dance as Political Expression." With Yvonne Daniel. Video clips, a lecture, a dance presentation and an actual dance lesson. Come prepared to dance and act.
10 a.m.-noon, Alumnae House*
ISO Conference luncheon.
Noon-1 p.m., Alumnae House*
ISO Workshop II: "Theatre of Witness/Theatre of War." With Ellen Kaplan and Davor Diklich. Includes a presentation, a lecture and a breakout lesson in theater of witness. Come prepared to dance and act.
1-3 p.m., Alumnae House*
Liturgical dance workshop: "En Espiritu: St. Teresa of Avila." With Sandra Rivera, codirector of the Omega Liturgical Dance Company at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York. Sponsored by the Contemplation and Action Program.
2-4 p.m., Crew House*
ASA Lunar Tea and Party. Nominal fee at the door.
4 p.m.-1 a.m., Davis ballroom*
Dance performance: "En Espiritu: St. Teresa of Avila." Spanish dance performed by Sandra Rivera. Sponsored by the Contemplation and Action Program.
7:30 p.m., Chapel*
Joint choral concert: University of Pennsylvania Men's Glee Club and Smith College Choirs Alpha and Omega. Works by Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn, Kodály.
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Theatre: (Under)Belly. See Thursday, 8 p.m..
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
Film: Red Psalm. (Hungary, 1971). Directed by Miklos Jansco. A political allegory from the Hungarian New Wave's leading director. Famous for its extraordinary style of long-take mobile cinematography. Part of the Motion Picture Committee's Film Noir Series.
8 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Sunday 3/1

Deadline: Candidate budget forms due for spring elections.
7:30 p.m., Clark Hall
Religious activity: Quaker (Friends) discussion group. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Child care available.
9:30 a.m., Bass 210*
Religious service: Service of worship with Rev. Richard Unsworth. All welcome.
10:30 a.m., Chapel
CDO open hours.
1-4 p.m., CDO
CDO orientation and tour for sophomores only.
1 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "How to Find a Summer Internship."
1:30 p.m., CDO
Film: Scarlet Street (1945). See Friday, 8 p.m.
2 p.m., Wright auditorium*
1998 Esther Levi Sosland Symposium: "Text and Context: Reading Women into Rabbinic Literature." With Charlotte Fonrobert of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and Judith Hauptman of the Jewish Theological Seminar in New York. Both speakers have recently written books on gender in rabbinic texts and will discuss their own research and the ways attention to gender issues influences our understanding of the role of classical sources in the construction of Judaism. Reception to follow in Seelye 207. The symposium is made possible by funds from the Esther Levi Sosland Fund in Judaic Studies and is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and the Department of Religion.
2-5 p.m., Seelye 201*
CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé."
2:30 p.m., CDO
Film: Red Psalm. See Saturday, 8 p.m.
4 p.m., Wright auditorium*
General meeting: Association of Smith Pagans. All welcome.
4-5:15 p.m., Gillet House*
Open discussion: "The Death of the Heart in the Life of the Mind: An Exploration of Moral Development in the Modern University." With the Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr.
4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Religious service: Roman Catholic Mass with Fr. Thomas Kane, CSP, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Liturgical dance by Sandra Rivera. A supper will follow. All welcome.
4:30 p.m., Chapel
Meeting: Feminists of Smith Unite.
7 p.m., Women's Resource Center (Davis third floor)
Faculty recital: Monica Jakuc, piano; assisted by Veronica Macchia-Kadlubkiewicz, violin. Works by Grazyna Bacewicz, Karol Szymanowski and Frédéric Chopin.
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Religious activity: Pie Extravaganza. The best pies in the Valley, with music to match. Nominal fee charged at the door. Sponsored by the Smith Christian Fellowship. All welcome.
8 p.m., The Gamut*

Ongoing Events

Art exhibition: "A Dozen Roses." Artist and staff member Patricia Czepiel Hayes '84, inspired by the Sophia Smith rose cultivated to honor the founder of Smith College, has created 12 "Sophia Rose" paintings. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., through March 27.
Alumnae House Gallery
Art exhibition: "Berenice Abbott's New York." Abbott photographs, many made between 1935 and 1939 for the WPA Federal Arts Project. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Through March 28. (Ext. 2770)
Museum of Art Print Room
Art exhibition: "Love Makes a Family: Living in Lesbian and Gay Families: A Photograph-Text Exhibit." Sponsored by the BSA, LBTA and Family Ties/Love Makes a Family. Ends February 27.
Seelye basement

Upcoming Events

Child Care Open House. Sunnyside Child Care Center will hold an open house Monday, March 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Tour the facility and meet with staff and parents. The center is now accepting applications for fall 1998 enrollment of toddlers and pre-schoolers. (Debra Horton, ext. 2293)
Joan Baez Concert. Baez will sing songs from her latest album, Gone From Danger, Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Tickets are available locally at the Northampton Box Office and Turn it Up! and by telephone at 586-8686.
Sweet Honey in the Rock Concert,
8 p.m. March 27 in John M. Greene Hall. Tickets at ProTix outlets, B-Side Records in Northampton and For the Record in Amherst.

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Reading Suggestions
Is there a book you'd like to recommend to the committee selecting books for this year's summer reading program for new students? For the past several years, incoming first-years have been given the titles of one or more books to read over the summer. The books' authors have then given special presentations on campus and students have participated in small reading-discussion groups. The book for 1996 was Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye; those for 1997 were Julia Alvarez's How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and Bonnie Tucker's The Feel of Silence. The program encourages students to engage in personal journeys of discovery, challenges them intellectually and socially and promotes an appreciation for the richness of diversity. Smith community members are encouraged to suggest within the next few weeks books for this year's program. Please send a brief description of each book and its significance for Smith students to Merry Farnum (College Hall 24; ext. 4904; or Maureen Mahoney (College Hall 21; ext. 4900; mmahoney@ais.
Figure Skating Club
A Five College Skating Club is now being formed. It will offer special ice time at the Mullins Center rink at UMass; rides to and from those sessions; a chance to be part of a competing team; membership in USFSA; rides to competitions; and a chance to meet other Smith and Five College skaters. If all or any of this interests you, you're welcome to join, whether or not you're a serious skater. To learn more or sign up, contact Diana Laughlin (ext. 7508;
Eating Disorder Awareness
Eating Disorder Awareness Week 1998, sponsored by Health Services and the Student Task Force on Eating Disorders, is being held February 23-27. It is dedicated to raising community-wide awareness of eating disorders and their impact on women. Look for our art show, on display throughout the week at a yet-to-be-determined location. We welcome submissions of art, poetry, photography or collage; submit them to Ashley Dixon at box 7038. Drop by our table in the student mail center on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sign our petition against offensive advertising and to collect information and resources on eating disorders. See the calendar for daily activities. (Ashley, ext. 6967)

Faculty & Staff

Summer Temporary Jobs
Academic-year employees interested in working during the summer may apply for temporary administrative-support positions being offered by a variety of departments. The jobs will last from one week to two months; hourly pay rates will vary depending on the nature of the work. Summer work assignments are temporary and do not include benefits (see section 208 of the staff handbook). (Mark Carmien, ext. 2288)
Boston Bus Trip
The Staff Council Activities Committee invites all employees, faculty, emeriti and their guests to participate in a day trip to Boston, Saturday, March 14. Choose between Option No. 1 (Shop Faneuil Hall/Quincy Marketplace in the morning and attend the 1998 New England Flower Show in the afternoon, all for $30) or Option No. 2 (a day on your own in the city, for $15). Departure times are 8 a.m. from Northampton and 4:30 p.m. from Boston. There will be a 90-minute break for supper in Sturbridge on the way home; meals are your responsibility. The trip is sure to be a sellout, so reserve your seats now by calling Judy Biardi or Cindy Rucci at extension 2923. Reservations not paid for within seven days will be forfeited.
Mellon Foundation Grants
Smith faculty are invited to submit through the Smith College Museum of Art proposals for Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grants for the development of courses using the museum's collections. Support includes faculty stipends, student assistance funds and supplemental course funds. Courses may be in any discipline and be either "full" (involving the museum most of the semester) or "partial" (involving the museum in one-quarter to one-half of the class sessions). An information meeting will be held at the museum Monday, February 23, at 4:15 p.m.; proposals are due Tuesday, March 31. Faculty must consult with museum staff before applying. (Nancy Rich, ext. 2773;


Alumnae Scholarships
Seniors are reminded that Alumnae Scholarship applications for full-time, first-year graduate study in the U.S. or abroad are available in the Office of the Class Deans, College Hall 23. Application deadline: March 15.
Round Table Cabinet
The cabinet of the Smith College Round Table is seeking members. The Round Table was established in 1992 by students interested in promoting inquisitive discourse and closer faculty-student relations at Smith. Its events usually include dinner and discussion on everything from Betty Friedan to capital punishment. Anyone interested in joining should call Anna Soellner at extension 5606.
Student Loan Library Hours
The Student Loan Library in Chase House is now open Mondays, 4-6 p.m.; Thursdays, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; and Fridays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Ext. 3039)
S.O.S. Fund Drive
The plight of America's 44 million illiterate adults will be the focus of this year's S.O.S. fund drive, March 4­April 8. Funds raised will go to local agencies promoting literacy among children and adults. Smith students can support this cause by volunteering at projects in the Northampton community or by donating to the drive. Contact your S.O.S. house rep or the S.O.S. office for more information.
CDO News
-- The following companies have open sign-ups (bring a résumé with you): The Exeter Group (information technology consulting); The Fund; Louis Dreyfus Corp. (commodity trading); PIRGS (public research); and Raytheon Systems (looking for math, comp sci and physics majors).
-- Jennings Ryan & Kolb (health care management consultants) and Winter, Wyman & Co. (recruiting) have March 2 recruiting deadlines. Cover letters and résumés are due by noon for Jennings and by 4 p.m. for Winter.
-- The Equities Division of Goldman Sachs Japan is seeking financial analyst candidates for its Tokyo office. Come to the