News for the Smith College Community // September 11, 1997

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This week, Smith welcomes Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who will receive the first Sophia Smith Award. Below is a preview of the presentation ceremony. The event is open to the public.

The Sophia Smith Award

Presentation Ceremony
in honor of
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Friday, September 12, 1997, 4:30 p.m.
John M. Greene Hall, Smith College
B. Ann Wright, Chief Public Affairs Officer
Judy Jae-Hee Kim '98, President of the Student Government Association
History of the Sophia Smith Award
Kate Belcher Webster '46, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Tributes to the Honoree
Wendy Webster Williams, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Herma Hill Kay, Dean, University of California at Berkeley Law School
Presentation of the Sophia Smith Award
to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
President Simmons and Mrs. Webster
In Celebration of Sophia Smith's Endowment
Justice Ginsburg
President Simmons
The ceremony will be preceded by a string quartet performance
by Allison Ihm '98 and Heather Wong '98, violins;
Elisabeth Westner '00, viola; and Sarah Hubbell '98, 'cello.

Park Place Part of Game Plan?

Like many other members of the Smith community, Ann Playe has learned that it isn't easy to find a parking place on campus. Often, the assistant director of financial aid and admission arrives at work early to hunt for a spot, and on most mornings she expects a brisk walk from her car to the office. Playe even admits she knows about a few "secret" parking spots that she won't divulge to AcaMedia, but still she insists the parking situation at Smith is "annoying." One CDO employee has resorted to leaving her car in illegal spots and fitting the cost of parking tickets into her annual budget. She claims that parking at Smith is "horrible," adding that "during the school year, even the illegal spots are usually taken."
Frequent complaints about the college parking problem come not only from Smith staff but also from students who must pay high fees for off-campus parking and from Northampton residents who are frustrated by Smith cars crowding their streets.
Thus, in an effort to alleviate the problem and to ameliorate town-gown relations, the college is now taking a closer look at an option that has long been rumored to be on the drawing board: a multi-story parking garage.
According to Bill Brandt, director of campus operations and facilities, a feasibility study is currently under way to determine how a garage might impact the college community, where it could be located and what it might cost. Sasaki and Associates, the same Watertown architectural and planning firm responsible for the downtown Northampton parking garage, was hired last winter to undertake the study.
Although the size of a potential garage has yet to be determined, "the Landscape Master Plan talked about a facility with 300 spaces," says Brandt. He estimates that 300 parking spots would necessitate a three-and-a-half- to five-story building, depending on the size of the site. "But," he notes, "nothing has been finalized."
"We need to think creatively as to how to best solve the parking problem," Brandt maintains, and he welcomes suggestions. "However," he points out, "a parking garage in and of itself is not a total solution." For example, "those on the other side of the campus [from the garage] will still want to park near where they live or work."
The effectiveness of a garage, he suggests, depends partly on the willingness of individuals to walk from the garage to their destination. Brandt also acknowledges that, if a garage is constructed on one side of campus, then "we'll look very favorably on providing a shuttle at certain times of the day" to ferry passengers to their Smith houses or offices. "We certainly don't want to build a garage that no one will use," he observes. He also notes that no decisions have been made about who will be eligible to park in the new structure: "We're not far enough along to discuss how the garage will be used and by whom" -- if, of course, there is a garage at all.
Brandt expects the feasibility study to be completed by the end of September and the results to be presented to the board of trustees at their October meeting.
In the meantime, the frenzied search for parking places will persist. Even Brandt, recently elevated from director of physical plant to his current post, says that a private parking spot isn't part of the promotion package. "Just like everyone else," he sighs, "I have to hunt."

Looking for a Career Change?

New beginnings can happen right here! Job opportunities occur at the college on a regular basis, and the Office of Human Resources encourages staff to stay informed about career opportunities at Smith. If you are thinking about a new job challenge, be sure to check any of the resources listed below to find out about current openings.
There are four primary ways to learn about job opportunities on campus. There is the Job Information Line, which can be accessed by dialing extension 2278 (585-2278). This is a recorded message, updated regularly, that lists all available administrative, administrative support and service positions. The information provided includes a position summary, qualifications and the deadline for application.
The JOBS posting on the campus AIS VAX can be accessed by typing JOBS at the $ prompt. This listing also contains all available administrative, administrative support and service positions and is regularly updated. Information on how and where to apply is provided.
The "official" college bulletin boards are kept updated with job postings every time there is an opening. These postings are now printed on green paper so that they are easily found on the boards. These boards are located in six buildings on campus: 30 Belmont Avenue (in the HR office), Clark Science Center (Burton Hall 115 foyer), College Hall (first floor, next to the copy machine), Neilson Library (first floor administrative office), Physical Plant (first floor main office) and Wright Hall (first floor copy and computer room). These job postings are also sent to all departments for internal distribution.
Last but not least, in Acamedia there is often a listing on the back page showing the positions that have recently become available. If you see something interesting, you can look to any of the above-mentioned venues for details.
Staff are always welcome to come to the Office of Human Resources and talk about various job opportunities at the college and to read the job descriptions in their entirety. Please call the Employment Group at extension 2260 to schedule an appointment to do this.

The Staff of Life At Smith

Council Provides Employee Forum
Smith students have their senate; faculty hold monthly meetings. But where do Smith staff members go to be sure that their concerns are addressed and their voices heard? Where can a custodian from Physical Plant discuss campus issues with a reference librarian, or an admission official share a laugh with a cook?
Since April 1995, the Smith College Staff Council has offered such a forum. According to its mission statement, the council provides "administrative, administrative-support and service staff a focused and direct involvement in the governance of non-academic affairs and in the life of the Smith College community."
Physical Plant employee Scott Girard, who recently succeeded Marilyn Woodman as the organiza-tion's chair, notes that "Seven years ago, Staff Council was just a gleam in the eyes of a group of staff people who were committed to the idea that employees should have a voice at Smith." Since its founding, says Girard, the council has been increasingly recognized as a place to which staff members can feel comfortable turning with proposals or problems.
The council is made up of 30 voting members elected by staff and representing all departments across campus. In addition to chairperson Girard, current officers include vice chair Cynthia DiGeronimo (Office of the Dean of the Faculty), secretary Amy Holich (Physical Plant), treasurer Linda Jacque (controller's office) and parliamentarian Bill Ames (Physical Plant). Two "presidential appointees" also serve on the council. "We act as liaisons to College Hall," explains Office of Advancement Special Events Coordinator Peg Pitzer, who, along with Chief Accountant Bill Sheehan, now fills that role. "Of course," adds Pitzer with laugh, "there are those on the council who think we're there as spies!"
Among the group's aims are to advise the college president and enhance communication between employees and the college, to advocate on behalf of the rights and needs of staff and to facilitate the exchange of information among staff members. Topics on the agenda this fall include a review of the recommendations of the staff self-study team and a look at how staff members can play a bigger part in the hiring of their peers.
The seven standing committees within the council range from a finance and budget group, which keeps the council abreast of Smith money matters, to the activities committee, whose roster of offerings includes bus trips to baseball games, community service events and other opportunities for employees to get to know each other outside the Grécourt Gates.
Here on campus, however, there are still those who don't know the council exists or are unclear about its function, Girard and Pitzer concur. But two council initiatives are helping to spread the word. A World Wide Web site ( provides the names of -- and e-mail links to -- all council members. Also on the Web are the council mission statement, a link to a generic council e-mail box and information about upcoming community forums. Although this site will be of primary interest to staff, says Girard, it is also a way for faculty and students to keep in touch with the council.(Girard is seeking another individual to help him manage the site and to offer ideas on how to expand it. Those interested should contact him.)
The Council Chronicle, a quarterly newsletter edited by photographer Dick Fish, is also available to students and faculty who want to keep up with staff happenings. Better yet, suggests Girard, the Chronicle welcomes submissions from non-staff members. "An article or anecdote about a favorite staff member would be terrific," says Pitzer. (Send stories or ideas to
But perhaps the greatest concern among some members is not the council's visibility beyond the staff community but within it. Girard maintains that not all staff members recognize the role that the council can play in their work lives. "We cannot hide our ideas and plans, we must express them freely," he noted in the August issue of the Council Chronicle. "Your children will grow up faster than your hidden agenda will become reality, if you keep it to yourself. The more openly we interact with each other, the stronger we will become as a body and our individual ideas can become reality."
"Council members take their positions very seriously," adds Pitzer. "They respect confidentiality, and topics discussed stay within the meeting."
Staff council meetings are held monthly, and all staff -- members or otherwise -- are encouraged to attend. Each employee is eligible for two hours of work release time each month to attend council meetings.

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People News

Bucks for Bay Watch and More

Several Smith students were able to undertake research and internships during the summer thanks to funding from the Five College Coastal & Marine Science Program Summer Subsidy Fellowships
Lora Harris '98 worked with Professor of Biological Sciences Paulette Peckol on the effects of UV radiation on macroalgae in New England, particularly at Waquoit Bay, Massachusetts. Her summer work was a continuation of the experimental laboratory work she did in the fall semester of 1996 at the Duke University Marine Laboratory.
Megan Delgleize '98 worked in London for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the International Maritime Organization, which deals with issues of international safety at sea and related environmental concerns. Katherine Gardner '99, worked for The Hazardous Materials Response and Assessment (HAZMAT) division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the Coastal Resource Coordination Branch in Seattle, Washington.
In addition, two of Smith's newest alumnae were among the three area students to receive the semi-annual E. J. Murphy Award. Julie Silverhart '97 and Martha Robbart '97 received funds for travel to Belize, Central America, to study coral reefs. The Murphy Award provides up to $500 to sophomores, juniors and seniors to help defray the costs of research projects, presenting papers, attending conferences, etc. More information on the award, as well as an application, can be found at the program's Web site (
For information about the Five College Coastal & Marine Science Program, contact Deb Orgera at extension 3759 or

Donfried Returns from Fulbright Semester

Professor of Religion Karl Donfried is back on campus after spending last semester in Israel, where he served as Fulbright Visiting Professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Donfried's research and teaching while there focused on the implications of the Dead Sea Scrolls both for Second Temple Judaism and the origins of Christianity.
Established under Congressional legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program is designed "to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." Forty-one foreign governments share in the funding of these exchanges. Individuals are selected on the basis of academic and professional qualifications and on their ability and willingness to share ideas and experiences with people of diverse cultures.
During the semester, Donfried and his wife, Kathy, spent an evening with Smith alumnae living in Israel. The event, attended by 10 alums, was held in the home of Audrey Kaplan Scher '64, and also organized by Susan Bass '71. "We had a marvelous time," Donfried recounts. "I spoke briefly about what I was doing in Jerusalem, and then we spent nearly an hour talking about Smith. The alums were alive with questions. They wanted to know all about Ruth Simmons and the direction of the college, and they were eager to have more contact with Smith students studying in Israel."
While in Jerusalem, Donfried also presented an invited lecture, "The Dead Sea Scrolls Fifty Years After Their Discovery: Major Issues and New Approaches," at the international congress held in July at The Israel Museum.
In addition to his Fulbright foray, Donfried has recently visited Israel with Smith students. Accompanied by Pat Skarda, associate professor of English, he has led two study trips to Israel during January interterm. Offered as courses for credit, the tours explore biblical history and related archaeological sites. The next one will be offered in 1999. Interested students can contact Donfried for more information about the trip and its prerequisites.

Brother, Can You Spare Some Time?

Last October, AcaMedia published a plea from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampshire County asking for "a few good men." According to Ruth Harms, case coordinator at the Amherst-based organization, a paucity of male volunteers had resulted in a long list of area boys waiting for older companions. Thus, Big Brothers/Big Sisters joined forces with S.O.S. (Service Organizations of Smith) to ask for help from the Smith community.
This year, Harms called back to relate a success story: Jonathan Gosnell, an instructor in Smith's Department of French Language and Literature, became a Big Brother to 10-year-old Jan-Michael in May. "Jonathan is wonderful," reports Harms. "I wish I could clone him."
Admittedly, says Gosnell, the AcaMedia article was not what spurred him to volunteer. "I really like being with kids, and I'd been thinking of doing something like this for a while," Gosnell explains, "but I had been in graduate school in New York and wanted to wait until I moved to a place where I hoped to stay for a while."
Gosnell arrived in Northampton about a year ago and soon found his way to the Amherst agency. He underwent a careful screening process, which included interviews and even a home visit, and then a training program. Finally, he was teamed with Jan-Michael, the oldest of three children in a single-parent family. "The agency is very thorough," Gosnell maintains. "It takes a while to set up the best possible match."
And this match seems to be a good one indeed. Each week, Gosnell and Jan-Michael get together for several hours. Often they share outdoor activities that they both enjoy, such as fishing, biking, roller-blading and miniature golf. The activities, says Gosnell, serve as a backdrop to "comfortable" conversations on a range of topics.
Although before he began his volunteer duties, Gosnell had some reservations about committing three to five hours every week, he's found that his concerns were unfounded. "It's been an easy process to get used to," he reflects. "We usually have a ball together. It's a very positive experience for me and for Jan-Michael, and I come away recharged."
Big Brothers/Big Sisters is still in search of volunteers, especially men. Many area boys, including Jan-Michael's little brother, are eager for older friends. Interested members of the Smith community can contact the agency directly at 253-2591 or call Tiertzah Schwartz, Smith's director of voluntary services, at extension 2758. Schwartz is available to answer questions, as well as to provide application forms and information about the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. Gosnell also welcomes questions from prospective volunteers.

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Monday, September 15

Special event: S.O.S. Plant Sale. Stock up on plants of all sizes and species to decorate your room or office. Proceeds support S.O.S.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gamut, Mendenhall CPA*
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
Lecture: "Curiosities in the Cabinet: The Material World of Early Modern Science," by Paula Findlen, Department of History, Stanford University. An open meeting of HSC 112a and HST 244a.
10:30 a.m., Seelye 301*
CDO Fellowship Drop-In Hours. For students applying for Rhodes, Marshall and Fulbright fellowships.
1-4 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
President's Open Hour for Students: A chance to meet informally and individually with President Simmons. No appointment necessary.
4:15 p.m., College Hall 20
Meeting for sophomores considering careers in the health professions. The Board of Prehealth Advisers will tell how health-profession school requirements can influence the choice of a major or plans for off-campus junior-year study.
5 p.m., Burton 101
Field Hockey vs. Springfield
7 p.m., athletic fields*
Lecture: "The Daughters of Galileo: Gender and Scientific Careers in the 18th Century," by Paula Findlen, Department of History, Stanford University. Sponsored by the Program in the History of the Sciences and the Department of History.
7:30 p.m., McConnell Auditorium*

Tuesday, September 16

Luncheon meeting: Sigma Xi. "Lessons from an NSF-Funded Workshop on Teaching Mineralogy," by John Brady, professor of geology.
Noon, Smith College Club downstairs lounge
Religious activity: Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets in the parish house parlor for worship, lunch and friendship. All welcome.
Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street*
Hebrew language lunch table. Pizza provided.
Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Deutscher Tisch language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Korean language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Meeting for juniors interested in careers in the health professions. The Board of Prehealth Advisers will discuss aspects of applying to health-professions schools, including admissions exams and application services.
5 p.m., Burton 101
Informational meeting: Non-Smith programs for independent study abroad.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 106
Auditions for the MFA Thesis Dance Concert.
7 p.m., Scott Dance Studio
Meeting: Senate. All welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye 201

Wednesday, September 17

Special event: S.O.S. Sweater Sale. Hand-knit wool and alpaca sweaters, ponchos, scarves, gloves, mittens, blankets and more. Proceeds benefit S.O.S.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gamut, Mendenhall CPA*
Religious activity: Discussion and reflection for Catholic Adas. Lunch served. All welcome.
Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Luncheon Meeting: Hillel at Noon, a weekly discussion and veggie luncheon. This week: Marcia Falk on her alternative Jewish prayerbook, The Book of Blessings. All welcome.
Noon, Dawes House, Kosher Kitchen
Chinese 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
Soccer vs. Amherst
4 p.m., athletic fields*
Meeting of the faculty. Tea served at 3:45 p.m.
4:10 p.m., Alumnae House conference room
CDO Workshop: "Interviewing for Medical or Health-Professional Schools." For students who expect to interview this year.
4:30 p.m., CDO Library, Drew Hall
Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion.
7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Slide Lecture: "Forgery: A Matter of Intent," by Arthur Beale, director of the research laboratory and chief objects conservator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
7:30 p.m., Hillyer 117*
Lecture: "Feminist Liturgy," by Marcia Falk, poet and author of The Book of Blessings. Q&A and book-signing to follow.
7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Thursday, September 18

Special event: S.O.S. Sweater Sale (see September 17).
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gamut, Mendenhall CPA*
Japanese language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Russian language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Lecture: "Confession and Camouflage: The Diaries of Thomas Mann," by Hans Vaget, Helen and Laura Shedd Professor of German Language and Literature and professor of comparative literature. One of the Liberal Arts Luncheon Series. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, Smith College Club lower level
Mandatory meeting for all S.O.S. house representatives. Information: Ashley, ext. 7614 or the S.O.S. office, ext. 2756/2758.
6-8:30 p.m., Bodman lounge, Chapel
Mandatory meeting for all junior-class '99 and '99J students.
7-8 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium
Film: La Flor de Mi Secreto, the latest from director Pedro Almodovar. Presented by Cineclub de Español; in Spanish, with subtitles. All invited.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Friday, September 19

Gallery Talk: "Cézanne, North and South," by Carol Solomon Kiefer, adjunct professor of art history, McGill University.
12:30 pm., Museum of Art*
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

Saturday, September 20

Special event: S.O.S. Community Service Trip to the Food Bank. Help harvest fruit and vegetables for the Food Bank Farm, which supplies local food pantries and shelters. Sign-up: ext. 2756.
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., meet at the Chapel
Tennis vs. Wheaton
1 p.m., outdoor tennis courts*
Sunday, September 21
Religious activity: Quaker (Friends) discussion group. Child care available. Meeting for Worship at 11 a.m.
9:30 a.m., Bass Hall 210*
Religious service: Ecumenical Christian Church. Morning worship with Rev. Rosita Mathews, head chaplain, Veterans Association Medical Center, Leeds. All welcome.
10:30 a.m., Chapel*
Religious service: Roman Catholic Mass. Dinner will follow. All welcome.
4:30 p.m., Chapel*

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Museum of Art, 585-2770. Hours: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Print Room hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Thursday, 1-5 p.m.
Prints by Abraham Bosse. (9/9 through 11/1). Print Room

Reminder for Event Planners

Event planners who made preliminary space requests last semester are reminded that they also need to submit request forms for event-related publicity and set-up services. All requests must be submitted on forms provided by the SGA office.

Athletic Facility Lockers

Renovations to the men's and women's locker rooms in Scott Gym are behind schedule and will not be completed until the end of September. Until then, all lockers in the women's locker rooms in Scott and Ainsworth gyms will be used as day lockers only. A sign-up for lockers in both facilities will be held as soon as all renovations are completed. Information: Bonnie May, ext. 2713.

Service Organizations of Smith

S.O.S. will present its Community Service Fair on Tuesday, September 23, 7-8:30 p.m. Representatives from 40 nonprofit community service agencies will tell how you can make a difference in our community. Information: ext. 2756.
As of Wednesday, September 24, Kaffee Klatsch reopens in Seelye basement, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. It offers good coffee (of course), as well as tea, juice, snack food and candy, with all proceeds benefiting S.O.S. and its work. Students can further support S.O.S. by volunteering just one hour a week at the Kaffee Klatsch: call Ann Swinburn, ext. 5427, Laura Unger, ext. 7504 or the S.O.S. office, ext. 2756.

Museum GAPs

The Smith College Museum of Art still has a few openings for this year's Gallery Assistants Program. Gallery assistants give tours of the museum's collections to school groups and the general public. Eligible candidates should have completed ART100 and must participate in training sessions (4:15-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays during the fall semester). Get an application and sign up for a brief interview at the front desk in the museum lobby. Information: Ellen, ext. 2779.

Walk for a Cause

Walkers are being sought for the Smith team at Baystate Medical Center's Rays of Hope "walk toward the cure of breast cancer," to be held this year in Springfield on Sunday, October 26. President Ruth Simmons and the presidents of the Valley's other three women's colleges -- Mount Holyoke, The Elms and Baypath -- are honorary chairs of this year's walk.
Smith walkers will not need to solicit individual contributions in support of their participation. Fund-raising will be done through the Staff Council's Activities Committee, which is looking community-wide for "suggested donations" from those who wish to contribute but cannot join the walk.
Virtually all of the money raised by the walkathon (last year's raised more than $140,000) is spent locally to support community outreach services from BMC's Comprehensive Breast Center. Smith must submit team-member names by October 1. Walkers may choose either a five-mile or a two-mile course. Information: Cindy Rucci or Judy Biardi, ext. 2923

Staff and Faculty Computer Workshops

The fall schedule of Smith computer workshops is posted at It covers September 23-December 12 and includes brief course descriptions. Programs are taught by IS staff and Catapult.

Make-Up Examinations

Students granted extensions for final examinations in the spring semester must complete their examinations during the first two weeks of this semester. Call Daphne Humber in the registrar's office (ext. 2555) to make arrangements. All examinations must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17.

Staff Visions

The annual Smith College staff exhibit of original art and crafts will be held in Hillyer Gallery, September 20-28. More than 20 Smith staff members will exhibit their work. A reception will be held Monday, September 22, 4-6 p.m., in Hillyer.

Major Certifications, Class of '98J

The major-certification forms mailed to seniors who will be completing requirements in the fall semester are due at the end of the course-change period, Wednesday, September 17.

Smith Computer Users Group

Staff, students, faculty and alumnae can learn more about e-mail, HTML, word processing and other computer uses through the Smith Computer Users Group. It meets Wednesdays, 4-9 p.m., and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in Seelye B3 or B4; drop in any time during those hours.

Course Registration And Changes

Students may make course-schedule changes during the first 10 days of classes, September 4-17, with permission of their adviser. Students registering for courses after Wednesday, September 17, will be fined $25.

Five College Registration

The final registration deadline for Five College courses is Wednesday, September 17. Forms are available in the registrar's office, College Hall 6.

Travel Reservations

Students should make end-of-semester travel reservations now, bearing in mind that final examinations are scheduled for December 16-19. Students will not be permitted to take examinations early.

Available Internship in College Sports Information

Undergraduate position. Requires two hours a day, Monday through Friday (preferably early afternoon); an athletic background; good writing skills; and knowledge of Windows 95 and Microsoft Word. Call Carole Grills, ext. 2703.

Orientation Conference for Alumnae Class Officers

September 20-21. For all new-ly elected alumnae officers representing class years ending in 2 or 7.

Room Changes

Room-change request forms will be available from house head residents beginning Thursday, September 18. A room freeze is in effect until then. After completing request forms, students must meet with their current area coordinators. Room changes will be made on a space-available basis, with requests being processed chronologically by class year. See your head resident for more information.

Documentary Premiere

Dave Barry, Julia Child, Mister Rogers, Molly Ivins, The Car Talk Guys and Steppenwolf -- all together in a documentary about the Interstate Highway System? It's true, and you can see the world premiere of Divided Highways: The Interstates and the Transformation of American Life in Wright Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 27. The 90-minute film will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers Larry Hott, Diane Garey and Tom Lewis. Sponsored by the Smith College American studies department. Information: 268-7934 or

We'll Pay You to Talk

Like to talk on the phone? Want more women to be able to come to Smith? Earn $6.50/hour participating in the Alumnae Fund phonathon and helping us raise money for scholarships. You must be able to help with at least five shifts (mostly evenings) between October 27 and November 20. Stop by Alumnae House for an application or call Barbara at ext. 2063; leave your name and box number. Application deadline: Friday, October 3.

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