News for the Smith College Community // September 18, 1997




Smith Hosts Visiting Team: Accreditors Come to Campus
From Sunday, October 5, through Wednesday, October 8, a team of educators representing the New England Association of Schools and Colleges will be visiting the Smith campus. The team will be here as part of the decennial reaccrediation process that launched the self-study last year. While on campus, the visitors will be meeting with faculty, students, staff and trustees to discuss various aspects of the operations of the college and to determine how well the college is meeting its mission. The team members are:
Diana Chapman Walsh
Chair of the Visiting Team
President of Wellesley College
Susan Brynteson
Director of the Library
University of Delaware
Alice Drum
Vice President of the College
Franklin and Marshall College
Irving Epstein
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Brandeis University
Joseph Martinkovic
Director of Student Financial Assistance
University of Hartford
James Redfield
Humanities Center
Stanford University
William Steinhart
Professor of Biology
Bowdoin College
Dean Whitla
Director, Office of Instructional Research and Evaluation
Harvard University
Don Wyatt
Professor of Humanities
Middlebury College

Meet the Winners

Earlier this month, AcaMedia published the names of the winners of 2020: The Contest, which was held last semester to elicit creative visions of Smith two decades from now. Due to popular demand, some of the winning entries will be featured in this -- and subsequent -- issues of AcaMedia.
Eric Sean Weld earned top honors in the Faculty and Staff division for his original song, "(To be a) Smithie in 2020." In addition to his duties as an academic secretary in the Department of Afro-American Studies, Weld is a freelance writer and former Daily Hampshire Gazette staffer. He's also been a professional piano player/vocalist, composer and lyricist for more than a decade and has performed in clubs around the world in places as exotic as Hong Kong, East Berlin and, of course, Northampton. (Currently, you can catch his act at the Delaney House in Holyoke.)
In a cover letter to the contest judges, Weld noted that, "In the year 2020, Smith College is going to be bigger, better, more disciplined, more diverse and certainly more expensive. But along with its improvements and expansions, I see Smith retaining its friendliness, simplicity and its long-standing devotion to high-quality education.
"Being a Smithie in 2020 will probably be fundamentally the same as it is today: studying hard to grasp difficult intellectual concepts, socializing with friends, learning and living. But as is always the case, future changes in the world and its people will require that Smithies change as well, always exploring new uses of technology and analyzing different ways of looking at life and the human condition..."
Weld's award-winning entry was recorded on an audiotape created in his home "studio," with son Elliot, then 6 months old, "staring wondrously at the process." Weld was assisted on vocals by two of last year's seniors, Saskia Munier and Martha Rynberg. "Theirs was the finishing touch," he concedes. "They probably won the prize for me." Instrumental accompaniment on electronic piano and synthesizer was also provided by Weld.
The Latin tempo of the song "is actually just what came into my head to best fit the lyrics," Weld explains. "However, in a pinch, I could elaborate at length on how it might represent what is sure to be an increased diversity in the student, faculty and staff population here at Smith in 2020."
Weld admits he entered the 2020 contest as a way to earn seed money for a compact disc of original music, which is now in the works and due out in December. He plans to perform some of this music on the Smith campus later this year. As for his prize-winning ballad, it won't turn up on the new CD, but he hopes that one of the college a cappella groups will add it to their repertoire.
In the meantime, AcaMedia readers can check out Weld's words, below. And note that of all his visions of Smith in the next millennium, Weld doesn't seem to think that the Grécourt Gates will yet be open to his son!

(To be a) Smithie in 2020

Latin beat = 120 mm
When you're a Smithie in two thousand twenty
Your education here will count for plenty
When USNews ratings run
They'll rank you Number One
When you're a Smithie in Two Thousand Twenty
When you're a Smithie in Twenty Twenty
You'll receive lectures via small antennae
You'll watch your class on TV
And study digitally
When you're a Smithie in Twenty Twenty
You'll study the end of the Twentieth Century
You'll refer to now as ancient history
Or is it Her-story?
To be a Smithie in Two Thousand Twenty
You'll be the leader of a class of many
Cause if we Self-Study now
We'll make Sophia so proud
To be a Smithie in Two Thousand Twenty
You'll travel to Mars for your Junior Year Abroad
You'll finish with honors and your family will applaud
Summa cum laude?
When you're a Smithie in Twenty Twenty
Your future prospects will be bright and sunny
Cause when you show your degree
You'll get that high salary
And you'll donate a chunk to Smith Alumnae
To be a Smithie in two thousand twenty
You'll need a 4.0 and lots of money
You think tuition's high today
Wait till your daughter has to pay
To be a Smithie
In Twenty Twenty
To be a Smithie
In Twenty Twenty
To be a Smithie
To be a Smithie in 2020

Here Comes the Judge

A videotaped version of the September 12 ceremony in John M. Greene Hall at which Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg received the first Sophia Smith Award is tentatively scheduled for television broadcast on C-Span Saturday, September 20, between 7 and 8 p.m. Once the date and time are confirmed, they will be posted on electronic news.

Staff Visions Focuses on Varied Talents

Staff Visions, the annual exhibit of art and crafts created by Smith College staff, will be held in Hillyer Gallery, September 20-28. More than 20 staff members will participate in this year's show, exhibiting work in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastel, pencil, pen and ink, photography, glass, collage, fabric, embroidery, hook rugs and silk-screen.
An opening reception will be held Monday, September 22, 4-6 p.m., in Hillyer Gallery. The exhibit, organized by staff members and artists Patricia Czepiel Hayes and Amy Holich, is sponsored by the Smith College Staff Council and is open to the public.
Hayes, assistant director of publications in the Office of College Relations, and Holich, Physical Plant customer service manager, say that Staff Visions welcomes experienced artists as well as newcomers, and represents a great opportunity for Smith staff members to exhibit their creative talents in a setting that is both professional and welcoming.
"One of the things that's most interesting about the show is watching Smith people get to know each other in a new way," adds Hayes. "We may not have the opportunity to work together in the course of our Smith careers, but when we share our creative endeavors we immediately find common ground."
Hayes, a former member of Staff Council, and Holich, a current member, also point out that organizing the exhibit offers them a way to contribute to Smith above and beyond official council duties. "I've found that by working on this exhibit, I'm able to contribute to Staff Council's mission even though I'm no longer a member," says Hayes. "One of the things I've learned from both experiences is that contributing can be very rewarding, but it does take time, effort and patience. It helps to focus on something and then stick with it. That's how this exhibit has survived and grown."
Exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.

Stop, Look, Listen...Think

If there's one thing Smith students do that sours town-gown relationships, it's probably not holding noisy parties, crowding local parking lots or forming long lines at Herrell's and Bart's. No, ask the average citizen on the street what bugs her or him most about the September student onslaught, and the answer is likely to be "pedestrian arrogance."
"From time to time," explains Director of Public Safety Sharon Rust, "we get phone calls from area residents who say, 'Tell those Smith students to stop walking out in front of traffic.'" And although Rust concedes that such complaints don't often reach her, she's certain that "there's a lot of grousing going on."
According to Rust and Assistant Director of Public Safety Scott Graham, the main pedestrian problem spots are, predictably, Elm Street and Green Street. Legally, they point out, pedestrians have the right of way whenever the "walk" sign is illuminated in a crosswalk or, where there is no signal, once they have stepped from the curb into a crosswalk. They do not have the right of way if the walk sign is not lit or any time they are crossing where there is no designated walk.
Yet, despite what the laws may proclaim, the key to safety, says Rust, is common sense. "Students should use crosswalks and not dart out everywhere, but they should not jump into the crosswalk so that drivers have to slam on the brakes."
Likewise, adds Graham, motorists must use good judgment. They have to be sensitive to the fact that they are in a college area and that there is usually a mass movement across streets at noon and evening rush hours.
"My pet peeve," maintains one local resident, "isn't the students who cross against the lights but the drivers who stop and let them. They not only mess up traffic patterns and cause bottlenecks, they also create a potentially dangerous situation when they stop suddenly and wave students across who were waiting patiently on the sidewalk for the signal to change."
Another Northampton citizen reminds pedestrians that "in the morning, motorists heading downtown on Elm Street have the sun in their eyes. It can be very hard to see those who cross in front of them. Add to that the fact that they may not be fully awake, and it's surprising that there hasn't been a tragedy."
In fact, some student pedestrians have been hit by cars in recent years -- two near Haven House and one who crossed against the light at J.M. Greene. "We're lucky that we haven't had a fatality," says Graham, "and that more people haven't been hit."
So, stay safe this semester (and keep the natives happy, too) by remembering that time-honored parental edict: Look both ways before you cross.

Smith in the Media: Part I

Far beyond the purview of the local press, Smith events and Smith people turn up in the media nearly every day. Indeed, files at the Office of College Relations bulge with clippings that could fill every inch of AcaMedia for an entire year ("Now there's a thought," muses the AcaMedia editor). Instead, however, a sample of media mentions from the past few months -- and from sources around the world -- will be presented in installments.
The Smith name made the May issue of several national magazines. House Beautiful included Smith's Lyman Plant House on a list of "Turn-of-the-Century Survivors" -- large plant houses built by New York manufacturer Lord & Burnham a century ago, which still can be seen today. Among other hardy hothouses cited in the article were those in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and Cleveland's Rockefeller Park.
Essence magazine featured a dialogue between President Ruth Simmons and former Spelman College president Johnnetta Cole. The pair was asked to respond to questions concerning issues faced by many college-age African-Americans. The preface to the piece pointed out that Simmons and Cole are not only "two of the country's most prominent educators" but also close friends.
Likewise in May, McCall's magazine turned to a Smith expert for advice in an article entitled "Why It's Better Not to be Perfect." Professor of Psychology Randy Frost told McCall's readers that perfectionism becomes unhealthy when "there's a tendency to establish self-worth based solely on what you accomplish, without factoring in what sort of person you are."
The Chicago-based American Libraries noted that Sarah M. Pritchard, director of libraries at Smith, was selected by the University of Wisconsin/Madison School of Library and Information Studies Alumni Association as Alumna of the Year.
Ada Comstock Scholar Charlotte Dickerson was in the spotlight in the May 2 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. In "How Smith Cleared the Way for More Transfer Students From a Community College," the Chronicle reported that Dickerson came to Smith from Miami-Dade Community College, and that a recent and unusual agreement between the two schools is helping to pave the way for other transfer students heading north. "I had my heart set on Smith because of its reputation not only in the college world but in the economic sphere," Dickerson told the Chronicle. "If you have a degree from Smith, it shows that you are of a caliber and quality worthy of any challenge."
And speaking of transfers, a Seventeen magazine special issue, Seventeen College Zone, began an article on transferring, entitled "Get Me Out of Here," with an anecdote about "Kate," a small-town girl who opted for the fast pace of Boston University, only to find herself disappointed by the academic climate and lack of community and personal attention. "One semester later," said Seventeen, "Kate left for greener pastures -- literally. She transferred to Smith, a women's college in the picturesque village of Northampton, Massachusetts." The piece goes on to report that "Kate credits Smith with making the transfer process stress-free by holding lots of transfer-student orientation meetings." (By the way, the unidentified Kate is Kate Drake '99.)

Ergo Argot

Here are some ergonomic tips for proper telephone use:
1) Always hold your telephone up to your ear. Do not cradle the phone between your ear and shoulder.
2) Place your telephone within easy reach. If you are right-handed, try
answering the phone with your left hand and using your left ear to listen.
3) If your work involves making frequent or long calls, telephone headsets or speaker phones can help prevent neck strain.
Questions or comments? Contact the Ergonomics Committee at

Northampton Pol Poll

"No man is an island, entire of itself," wrote poet John Donne, and for that matter, no woman -- nor college -- is, either. On November 4, Professor of Psychology Fran Volkmann will vie for a spot on the Northampton City Council as the representative from Ward 2. Most of the Smith campus -- and all of of the student residence houses, except for Albright, Baldwin and Capen -- are in this ward.
It's a move Volkmann hopes will be good for town-gown relations. "The more people understand both sides of any issue, the more likely we are to reach reasonable conclusions," she observes.
Volkmann served as dean of the Smith faculty for six years and even as acting president of the college in 1991, but this is the first time that she has thrown her hat into the ring outside of an academic arena. However, if elected, she will be far from the first member of the Smith community to hold office in Northampton.
In honor of all of the Smith faculty and staff who have served the people of Northampton -- and in recognition of the college's continuing commitment to harmony with its neighbors -- AcaMedia is sponsoring a "Pol Poll." A fabulous prize will be awarded to the reader who can submit the longest list of members of the Smith community who have been elected -- or appointed -- to a Northampton municipal position in the past 20 years.
The contest is open to all who take the time to participate. So, if you're glued to the tube each time the City Council meets, or if you've watched more school committee meetings than "Seinfeld" shows, this one's for you. Send entries by October 15 to AcaMedia Pol Poll, Garrison Hall or via e-mail to Each list must include the name of the elected/appointed official, his or her connection to Smith and the city position held.
Speaking of October 15, that's the final day to register to vote in the November 4 election, which will feature a number of exciting local races. Voter registration tables will be available on campus in the near future, so watch AcaMedia for details. The Northampton Office of the Registrar of Voters, located in the municipal building behind City Hall, will also be open until 8 p.m. on October 15.

CyberStumped? Be Patient

by Kate Drake '99, news office intern
'Welcome to the jungle," Michael Spackey says with a smile. "And this is a quiet one this morning." In the basement of Laura Scales House, three phones constantly ring, the smell of fresh paint lingers, and Spackey, Kevin Rocha and Mike Washut scurry around the room to tame the latest problem on the Smith campus: the installation of CyberSmith.
Why has the basement of Laura Scales turned into a wild office? According to Robyn Stewart '99, the CyberSmith office work-study student, "Over the summer all of the houses at Smith, with the exception of Hopkins, were wired for CyberSmith. So now, all the students who want access to CyberSmith must purchase an ethernet adapter and have the CyberSmith installed."
Rocha, who heads CyberSmith, says that last year there were only 20 houses on campus hooked up to the network. This year, with the new wiring system and their new office, they will be able to have 40 of the houses connected and running by the end of October at the latest.
According to Spackey, a CyberSmith technical assistant, students made appointments at central check-in to have their adapters installed. "Every day until October 1 we have 50 students scheduled. In addition to these installations, we also have returning students calling and stopping by with questions and problems with changing their IP addresses and upgrading their systems. Sometimes we are able to walk them through their problems over the phone, and other times they have to bring their computers here."
And these are just the easy problems. The obstacles range from stubborn systems not recognizing how to run CyberSmith to calls from angry parents.
The staff members at CyberSmith are not only becoming familiar with the computers on campus, but they are also becoming friends with the students. One student who had to make countless trips with her computer between CyberSmith and Technical Services was in tears of frustration and about to leave her computer in the basement of Scales for good. However, the staff at CyberSmith did not give up, and they were finally able to remedy her problem. The next day, the student brought a bouquet of flowers in thanks to the CyberSmith heroes -- a well-deserved gift to the staff after a week of 13-hour days without lunch breaks.
If you're frustrated and ready to throw out your beastly computer, stop by the basement of Scales and pick up one of the handouts telling how to update your system and change your IP address. But most important, take Kevin Rocha's words to heart: "Be patient. We promise to get everyone hooked up."

Job Openings

Readmission & enrollment assistant, registrar's office. Priority given to applications received by September 25.
Classroom/statistics assistant, registrar's office. Priority given to applications received by September 25.

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Monday, September 22

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: "Writing The Mule: Orality and Gender Representations in Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison," by Alessandro Portelli, professor of American Studies, Università di Roma (La Sapienza). Sponsored by the Committee on Community Policy, the Afro-American Studies Program, the American Studies Program and the Italian department.
4 p.m., Wright Hall common room*
Meeting: Amnesty International. AI is a nonpolitical organization promoting human rights worldwide. Information: Vicki, ext. 6613.
4-5 p.m., Seelye 102
Opening reception: "Staff Visions," the annual exhibit of original art and crafts by Smith College staff members. More than 20 artists are represented. (See story above.)
4-6 p.m., Hillyer Gallery
Meeting and training session: Smith Debate Society. All welcome.
4-6 p.m., Seelye 110
Lecture: "La voce degli immigrati nella cultura italiana comtemporanea," by Alessandro Portelli, professor of American Studies, Università di Roma (La Sapienza). Sponsored by the Committee on Community Policy, the Afro-American Studies Program, the American Studies Program and the Italian department.
7 p.m., Hatfield 105*
AWARE workshop: One of a series of weekly student-led workshops presented by organizations campuswide. Information: Heather Jones, ext. 2248.
7-9 p.m., Seelye 107
Lecture: "Reasons Not to Think About Medieval Poor People," by Sharon A. Farmer '75, associate professor of history, University of California at Santa Barbara, and 1997-98 member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. Sponsored by the Department of History and CCP.
7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Tuesday, September 23

Luncheon meeting: Sigma Xi. "Planetary Stewardship: Partnerships in Undergraduate Education With the Columbia University Biosphere 2 Center," by William Harris, the center's president and executive director.
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*
TIAA-CREF workshop: "Investments." For staff and faculty. Information: Charlene Correa, ext. 2297.
Noon, Neilson Browsing Room
TIAA-CREF workshop: "Quarterly Statement Overview." For staff and faculty. Information: Charlene Correa, ext. 2297.
1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Hebrew language lunch table. Pizza provided.
Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Deutscher Tisch language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Korean language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Tennis vs. Mount Holyoke
3:30 p.m., outdoor tennis courts*
CDO informational meeting: Teaching jobs at Doshisha Girls' High School in Kyoto, Japan. For more than 15 years Doshisha has hired Smith women to teach English during a school year that runs from April 1 to March 31. The school will need two new teachers in April 1998 and at least one more in April 1999.
4:15 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Lecture: "Nation and Gender: Current German Cultural Debates," by Dagmar von Hoff, University of Hamburg. Preceded by tea at 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Women's Studies Program.
4:45 p.m., Seelye 207*
Field hockey vs. Williams
7 p.m., athletic fields*
Volleyball vs. Mount Holyoke
7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*
Meeting of SGA Senate standing committees. All welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye 201
First general meeting: Indigenous Americans of Smith. Elections will be held. All welcome. Information: ext. 4840.
7-8 p.m., Unity House
Special event: S.O.S. Community Service Fair. Apply your academic and extracurricular interests in the community. Speak with representatives of more than 40 Pioneer Valley agencies about volunteer placements in shelters, companion organizations, nature centers, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, women's shelters and day care centers, or sign up for Kaffee Klatsch shifts or short-term projects. Information: ext. 2756.
7-8:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Talk and panel discussion: "Emerging Environmental Epidemic: Ethics, Health and Human Rights and Chemically Induced Illness," a talk by Thomas Kerns, Ph.D., professor and author/researcher in medical and research ethics, AIDS/HIV, and toxicant-induced illness. Followed by a panel discussion with Barry Elson, M.D., specialist in allergy/environmental medicine, clinical nutrition and chronic illness, and Karen Sutherland, MCS activist and director of the MCS Initiative at the Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies (ISIS). Sponsored by the Center for Mutual Learning at Smith, CCP and ISIS. Information: 584-3114.
7-9:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Lecture: "The Biosphere 2 Center: What Went On, What's Going On, and How You Can Study in Arizona," by William C. Harris, president and executive director, Columbia University Biosphere 2 Center.
7:30 p.m., McConnell B05*
Film: Billy Wilder's One, Two, Three (1961). James Cagney, Arlene Francis and Horst Buchholz in a comedy set in Berlin just before the wall went up. Sponsored by the Department of German Studies and the German Club.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Wednesday, September 24

Student payroll vouchers due by noon in College Hall 10.
Special event: Kaffe Klatsch reopens. All proceeds support S.O.S. and its work with the local community. Come check it out.
8 a.m., Kaffee Klatsch, Seelye basement
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. All welcome.
Noon, Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
Lecture: "International Standards: The Economic Warfare of the New Global Order," by Amy Zuckerman, author, coprincipal of A-Z International Associates, and an advocate for having nations and companies track developments in international standards. Sponsored by the Department of Government and the international relations and political economy programs.
Noon, Wright Hall common room
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
Slide presentation on the Marine Science Summer and Semester Program by Adrian Boney of the admissions office of the School for Field Studies.
4:15 p.m., Burton 101*
CDO informational meeting: Applying to Law School. Primarily for current applicants, but all welcome.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 109
Informational meeting for students interested in attending the spring 1998 exchange program in Pomona.
4:30-5 p.m., College Hall 23
Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion.
7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Meeting: MASSPIRG. All welcome.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 107
Informational meeting on a new Smith College Film Collective. All welcome. Want to attend but can't? Call ext. 7922.
7:30 p.m., Lamont House dining room
Lecture: "The Uffizi: Four Centuries of History," by Annamaria Petrioli Tofani, director, Galleria degli Uffizi, and Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies at Smith.
7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
General interest meeting: Ceramics Club. Interested in ceramics? Find out what the club is all about. An especially important meeting for prospective club leaders. Information: J. Parfet, 586-7462.
8 p.m., in front of Davis on the Lamont side (in the main entry if it rains)

Thursday, September 25

Lecture: "Anger: The Diary (Excerpts)," by Elizabeth V. Spelman, professor of philosophy. One of the Liberal Arts Luncheon Series. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, Smith College Club lower level
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
CDO graduate school informational meeting: Chiropractic work and the Cleveland Chiropractic College. With Holly Reiss, CCC admissions counselor.
4:30 p.m., CDO Group Room, Drew
Student meeting: Important Proposed Changes in Study Abroad. All first-years and sophomores considering study abroad should attend. Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college, and Cathy Hutchison, associate dean for international study, will describe and discuss the changes.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 106
Meeting and training session: Smith Debate Society. All welcome.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 110
Meeting: Newman Association. For Catholic students. Dinner will be served.
6 p.m., Bodman lounge

Friday, September 26

Reception and coffee hour for poet Eavan Boland.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Wright Hall common room*
CDO informational meeting: Careers at Raytheon. With Robin Emerson '75, group leader at Raytheon and Smith math major. Bring a brown-bag lunch. RSVP at ext. 2579 by September 24.
Noon, CDO group room, Drew Hall
Poetry reading: Irish poet Eavan Boland reads from In a Time of Violence: The Personal Poetry of Eavan Boland. Followed by a Q&A session and book-signing.
4-6:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Colloquium in the Biological Sciences and Biochemistry: "Physiological and Biochemical Responses of Severe Water Stress," by Professor Irwin P. Ting, University of California at Riverside and William Allan Neilson Professor in Biological Sciences. Preceded by refreshments at 4 p.m. in McConnell foyer.
4:30 p.m., McConnell B05*
Religious service: Shabbat Eve Service. Call Hillel, ext. 2754, for location.
5:30 p.m., site TBA
Community event: Shabbat Eve Dinner.
6:30 p.m., Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
Play reading: Unforgivable Apologies, by Shana Lee Anderson.
7:30 p.m., Sage Recital Hall*

Saturday, September 27

Field hockey: Seven Sisters Championship
All day, athletic fields*
Soccer vs. Westfield State
1 p.m., athletic fields*
Film world premiere: Divided Highways: The Interstates and the Transformation of American Life, a documentary about the Interstate Highway System that manages to also find room for Dave Barry, Julia Child, Mister Rogers, Molly Ivins, the "Car Talk" guys and Steppenwolf. Followed by a discussion with filmmakers Larry Hott, Diane Garey and Tom Lewis. Sponsored by the Department of the American Studies. Information: 268-7934 or Hottand
7:30 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*
Play reading: The Gates Are Closing, by Merle Feld. During Yom Kippur, 10 Jews of various backgrounds and identities examine their lives and their relationships to the Jewish community.
8 p.m., Alumnae House living room*

Sunday, September 28

Field hockey: Seven Sisters Championship
All day, athletic fields*
Religious activity: Quaker (Friends) discussion group. Child care available. Meeting for worship at 11 a.m.
9:30 a.m., Bass 210*
Religious service: Morning worship with Dean Richard Unsworth. Special music by the Chapel handbell choir. Coffee hour follows. All welcome.
10:30 a.m., Chapel*
Museum tour: See what makes ours one of the nation's finest college art museums.
2 p.m., Museum of Art*
Religious service: Roman Catholic Mass. Dinner follows. All welcome.
4:30 p.m., Chapel*
Religious activity: Praise, worship, prayer and sharing with the Smith Christian Fellowship, a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA. Includes speakers, video presentations and discussion. All welcome.
7-8:30 p.m., Dewey common room*
Concert: The Bösendorfer "Imperial" Grand Piano Inaugural Concert, with Kenneth Fearn, Monica Jakuc and John Van Buskirk, piano; Jane Bryden and Karen Smith Emerson, soprano; and Janet Lyman Hill, viola. Music by Bach-Busoni, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert-Liszt, Webern and Wolf.
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*


Exhibition: "Staff Visions," the annual showing of original art and crafts by Smith College staff. More than 20 artists are represented. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m..
Hillyer Gallery, September 22­28
Exhibition: "Prints by Abraham Bosse." Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Information: 585-2770.
Museum of Art Print Room, through November 11

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Walkers Needed

Smith needs walkers for its 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. Walkers may choose either a five-mile or a two-mile course. Smith participants need not solicit contributions: fund-raising will be done through the Staff Council's Activities Committee, which is asking community-wide for "suggested donations" from those who wish to contribute but cannot join the walk. Checks should be made out to BMC/Rays of Hope and sent to Cindy Rucci, Neilson Library.
Virtually all of the money raised by the walkathon (last year's raised more than $140,000) is spent locally to support the community outreach services of BMC's Comprehensive Breast Center. President Ruth Simmons and the presidents of the Valley's other three women's colleges -- Mount Holyoke, Elms and Baypat