News for the Smith College Community // October 2, 1997

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From Guest at a Mixer to No. 1 Nicotine Nixer:

Ex-FDA Commissioner Kessler Returns to Smith

One evening in the fall of 1972, an Amherst College senior named David Kessler made a fateful journey down Route 9 to the Smith campus. The occasion was the autumn "house mixer" weekend -- an annual extravaganza that used to draw carloads of eager young men from throughout New England and beyond. Before facing the fray, Kessler stopped by Hopkins B House to visit friends. There he met a Smith junior named Paulette Steinberg -- the woman who is now his wife of more than two decades.
This month, exactly a quarter-century later, Kessler returns to Smith for an important -- yet perhaps somewhat less consequential -- event. On Thursday, October 9, at 4 p.m., the former Food and Drug Administration commissioner and current dean of the Yale University School of Medicine will deliver the Dulcy B. Miller Memorial Lecture in Sage Hall. His topic will be "The Tobacco Wars."
Kessler, a lawyer and pediatrician, is not only a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst, he is also an alumnus of the University of Chicago Law School and Harvard Medical School. He served as FDA commissioner under Presidents Bush and Clinton from 1990 until he stepped down earlier this year to assume his current post at Yale.
An inveterate activist, Kessler is best known for fighting the powerful tobacco industry, declaring addictive nicotine a drug and writing sweeping new rules to curb teenage smoking. Kessler is "the single most important FDA commissioner, a public health giant," observes Matthew Myers, executive director of the National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids. "He revitalized a moribund agency, and by moving the FDA into tobacco he may be responsible for saving more lives than any other official in the last 25 years."
As FDA commissioner, Kessler was also credited with expediting the approval of new drugs and placing high priority on getting promising therapies for serious and life-threatening diseases to patients as quickly as possible. He has been praised by The New York Times for "...revitalizing a beleaguered agency that had become mired in bureaucratic disarray," and by The Los Angeles Times for "restoring the Food and Drug Administration to what it was meant to be -- an aggressive advocate for the public health."
The annual Miller lectures on women's health issues honor Dulcy Blume Miller '46, who received an M.S. degree in 1973 from the Columbia University School of Public Health. She was a teacher, manager, lecturer and writer in health care administration, with specific focus on long-term care. She died in 1991 and was honored posthumously in 1993 with the Columbia University School of Public Health's Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Health.

New Post Leads To New List of Wright Places

Last spring, AcaMedia announced that B. Ann Wright, dean of enrollment management since 1991, had accepted a new position at Smith: chief public affairs and college relations officer. As a result of Wright's appointment to this new post, several changes in the organizational structure of the college were recently finalized by President Ruth Simmons.
After reviewing recommendations from various self-study teams and consulting with the Faculty Council, the Board of Admission and others on campus, Simmons decided to eliminate the dean of enrollment management position vacated by Wright. However, three of the departments that previously reported to Wright -- the Career Development Office, Institutional Research and Summer Programs -- will continue to do so.
The offices of admission and financial aid and the Ada Comstock Scholars Program, all formerly in Wright's purview, will now report instead to Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney. "Under Ann Wright's leadership, numerous successful recruitment initiatives were put in place," says Simmons, "but it is my belief that a current priority of the college -- a more integrated approach to student retention and outcomes -- will be made possible by this change." Simmons notes also that "the directors of admission and financial aid will, under Dean Mahoney's oversight, assume the leadership role in financial aid and enrollment management."
In the months ahead, says Simmons, a few additional changes will be considered "as the faculty and staff discuss proposed modifications to our current governance model, including new committee structures and modest alterations to our present lines of reporting."

Birthday Quiz

Who turns 75 this year? It's not Frank Sinatra (he's 82), Wonder Woman (she's only 56); Popeye the Sailor Man (64), Sophia Smith (201), the Brooklyn Bridge (114) or the Internal Revenue Service (208).
Give up? See page 3.

More Lights, More Cameras, More Action

Several years ago, movie madness hit Northampton when the crew of Malice arrived in town, and Smith was temporarily transformed into "Westerly College." The production of another feature film is now under way in the Pioneer Valley, and although Smith won't play as great a part, a scene is slated to be shot on campus next week.
According to Jan Keefe, special assistant to the chief financial officer, cast and crew from the Dreamworks Film Company are expected to be here on Tuesday, October 7, to shoot footage for the movie whose working title is In Dreams. Directed by Neil Jordan, best known for The Crying Game, In Dreams is a psychological thriller about a woman who has premonitions about her daughter's disappearance. The protagonist, played by Annette Bening, is hospitalized as a result of her bizarre nightmares.
The shooting at Smith will take place in the gardens outside the Lyman Plant House. Original plans also called for interior Plant House shots, but these have been canceled. The Smith gardens are supposed to be "Clivedon Gardens" on the grounds of the exclusive private hospital where the Bening character is a patient. Actor Aidan Quinn, also starring in the movie, may be on hand as well.
"The October 7 date is not definite," stresses Keefe. "They've already changed it once, and, because it's an outside scene, weather will be a factor." The shoot is only expected to take a single day, but there will be adjustments to be made by the Smith community.
A large crane to be used for lighting will be installed behind Chapin House the day before filming begins. On the day of the filming, College Lane will be closed to vehicles between the Office of Admission and the Smith College Club. The lot behind Hopkins House will be off limits, and parking on Elm Street near College Lane may also be prohibited. Trucks and other noisy equipment are expected to arrive on campus as early as 5 a.m., possibly disturbing residents of Chapin, Hopkins and other nearby houses. No disruption is expected to classes inside the Plant House, as originally anticipated, but the gardens outside will be closed to classes and all other activities.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to watch the movie magic from the sidelines, says Keefe, as long as they are respectful of instructions provided by the production assistants. Although no Smith "talent" is needed in the scene, the events should be fun to observe, and a brush with stardom, however small, is a good excuse for an unusual work or study break.

Birthday Quiz Answer: Our United Way

Whose birthday cake will glow with 75 candles this year? It's the Hampshire County United Way. Once again, Smith employees will soon be receiving pledge cards in their mailboxes and, with them, information about the dozens of diverse area agencies that depend on the local chapter of this important national organization.
This year's Smith campaign is chaired by CDO Assistant Director Carrie Hemenway. Co-chair is Professor of Economics Roger Kaufman. Secretary to the President Judi Marksbury serves as coordinator of the departmental representatives.
In addition, Hemenway notes that many others at Smith give very generous amounts of their time to the United Way year after year. "Frank Ellis, for example," says Hemenway, "was the founder of the campus campaign, and he always adds a special touch. Others who are regularly involved include Claire Kmetz, Amy Holich, Barbara Schoen, Erika Subocz, Liane Hartman, Bill Brandt, Karen LeHouiller, Bob Lesko, David Osepowicz, Cheryl Donaldson, Kathy Zieja, Diane Ranaldi and Dick Fish. I know I must be leaving someone out," Hemenway admits, "but the important point is that we couldn't do this without so much assistance from so many."
Although the United Way is a venerable 75, and although many of the same personnel back the campaign each fall, Hemenway insists that this year's effort is rife with "new energy and enthusiasm " she hopes will translate into widespread participation. "We heard that Smith is fifth in the nation among educational institutions for per capita gifts," she points out, "but our participation rate, 37 percent, ranks us far lower in that category."
Of course, as in the past, lottery prizes will be offered as an extra reminder to give. Up for grabs are restaurant gift certificates, free massages, a landscape consultation, compact discs and the coveted campus parking spots. Several drawings will take place in the weeks ahead.
The campaign will conclude at the start of December, and the Smith aim is to raise $100,000. Last year's tally was more than $98,000, several thousand dollars over the goal. "Even a $1 gift is important," Hemenway stresses. "If a large percentage of our employees donate to the United Way, it sends a message to the community that Smith cares."

Join the Breast Cancer Battle

All of us, it seems, have someone important in our lives -- a mother, a sister, a teacher, a friend -- who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. And perhaps you've often asked yourself "What can I do to help?" This month, Smith offers two opportunities to get involved in the fight against breast cancer in a small but significant way.
On Sunday, October 26, the college will be represented by three 10-member teams at Baystate Medical Center's "Rays of Hope Walk Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer." This annual event is held in Springfield to support Baystate's Comprehensive Breast Center, which provides services that include breast health education, screening, diagnosis, treatment options and second opinions in a comfortable environment, all under one roof. Ninety percent of funds raised by the walkathon will go to the Baystate center, and the other 10 percent to the American Cancer Society. This year, Ruth Simmons joins the presidents of the other area women's colleges (Mount Holyoke, Elms and Baypath) as an honorary Rays of Hope chair.
The 30 Smith walkers include an equal number of students and staff, reports Cindy Rucci, Staff Council's Activities Committee chair and campus organizer of the walk. And while it is now too late to sign up to join the march, sponsors are desperately needed. If you are willing to join the battle and help back the walkers, please send a donation of $5 or more to Cindy Rucci in Neilson Library. Checks should be made payable to BHS-Rays of Hope.
And while you have your checkbook handy, consider giving another donation to help cure breast cancer and joining employees at Smith -- and across the country -- by wearing denim to work to show your concern. For the second year, Smith staff will be taking part in National Denim Day, part of a nationwide initiative to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Those employees who donate $5 or more may, with the permission of their supervisors, wear denim to work on Friday, October 10. This event is also being sponsored at Smith by the Staff Council Activities Committee. Checks, made payable to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, should be sent to Cindy Rucci at Neilson Library by Tuesday, October 7. According to Rucci, those employees who ordinarily wear uniforms to work (e.g., Public Safety, Physical Plant and RADS staff) will not be wearing denim, but all contributors will be sent a pink enamel ribbon (the symbol of breast cancer awareness) and a breast cancer fact sheet. Pins will also be sold in Davis Center and in the Green Street post office lobby from approximately noon to 2 p.m. during the week of October 6, and volunteers in several departments on campus will be selling them as well. On Friday, October 10, members of the Pioneer Valley Breast Cancer Network will staff an information table in the post office lobby.
Last year, says Rucci, Smith's participation in Denim Day raised $1,555 toward a national goal of $1 million. This year the national goal has doubled, and Rucci hopes that the Smith support will increase proportionately. The Komen Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker in memory of her sister, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. It is the largest private funder in the United States of research dedicated solely to breast cancer. All proceeds from Denim Day go to the fund.
"The Rays of Hope walkathon funds stay right here in Western Massachusetts," notes Rucci, "while Denim Day supports the national fight against breast cancer. Some people may have a preference about where their money goes, but we hope that everyone will want to help somehow."

Summer Work Gives Facelifts to Campus Sites

The college continued an aggressive pace of renovation on campus this summer with various alterations and improvements to the following buildings: the Alumnae House and Stoddard Annex, 150 Elm Street, Morgan Hall, Scott Gym and Neilson Library. In addition, data wiring was installed in over 20 student residences.
Improvements to 150 Elm Street, a Victorian cottage-style wood structure which was built in 1884 and houses Ada Comstock Scholars, include the creation of an enclosed exit stairway, a rehabilitated exterior envelope with a new coat of paint, an interior reconfiguration with new finishes throughout, egress and kitchenette improvements and modernization of the bathrooms.
Morgan Hall on Prospect Street, built in 1909 as a single-family residence and now serving as faculty and administrative offices to the Department of Education and Child Study and the Smith College Campus School, has been under reconstruction for several months. In addition to the installation of new heating, electrical and plumbing systems, the first level of the building will be modified for accessibility, and offices and meeting space will be reconfigured to meet the current demands of the Campus School.
Since 1993 major renovations and improvements have been made to nearly half of the 105 academic, administrative and residential buildings on campus, and significant upgrades have been made to the campus-wide computer network. Moreover, newcomers and vistors can now better find their way around campus, thanks to the installation of award-winning signage.

Smith in the Media, Part II

Smith psychologist Faye Crosby turned up in a provocative editorial in the May 10 Brunswick (Georgia) News. "'Sensitive' Soldiers," noted that Crosby participated in a Diversity Awareness Day at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, where she told student cadets that "you need to learn how to work with people who don't look exactly like you." The editorial author, however, went on to observe that "what amazes us-almost floors us, in fact-is the changing mission of military schools, whether private or nonprivate. Among their top priorities today is not, as one might expect it ought to be, to train our sons and daughters to outthink the enemy and to keep themselves and their subordinates alive in battle. It's to teach the two genders to like and to respect one another. 'Sensitive' soldiers might look good to proponents of political correctness, but not to the parents of these young students of warfare. The moms and dads who send their children to military college want them to pick up knowledge and information during the four years they're in school that will help keep them safe on a battlefield... Should a war break out, who do you want on the front line, men and women who have the know-how and determination to repel an enemy, or soldiers who will exercise sensitivity? To us, the answer is clear."
· In her first year at Smith, Jennifer Bealer '00 was still collecting kudos earned back in high school. According to a May 2 article in the Middleboro (Massachusetts) Gazette, the 1996 Middleboro High School yearbook took top honors from the New England Scholastic Press Association. Bealer served as editor-in-chief of the Timaron, which garnered prizes for cover and theme development, as well as a special achievement award for Bealer's opening feature article.
· Another Smith student and Massachusetts native, Rachael Gordon '97, was the subject of a Commencement Weekend Boston Herald feature article. The story, "Smith Grad Beats Long Odds," told how Gordon, who became a mother at age 14, earned a degree in biochemistry from Smith while struggling with financial problems and single-motherhood. According to the Herald, with degree in hand and eight-year-old son Felix in tow, Gordon headed to Haiti to work in the laboratory of the L'Hopital Albert Schweitzer. (The hospital was founded by Gwen Grant Mellon '34, who was introduced to Gordon when she was on campus last February to receive a Smith College Medal.)
· The name of economist Andrew Zimbalist shows up regularly in any ramble through the Smith media files, and last spring was no exception. Among many recent clippings was a USA Today editorial in which the Baseball and Billions author takes a look (and a pot-Schott) at private sports ownership. In "Fewer Families Own Sports Teams; It's OK," Zimbalist notes that a trend toward corporate ownership of athletic franchises should not worry fans. "Family owners are no more likely than corporate owners to show loyalty to their host city," Zimbalist contends. He notes that unlike private owners, corporate executives "are at least responsible to a board of directors. They cannot readily divert funds to other businesses, pay themselves multimillion-dollar consulting fees, publicly berate ethnic groups or embrace Hitler (are you listening, Marge Schott?) without losing their jobs."
· The German daily newspaper, Die Welt, reportedly included an article on women's colleges in America and a very favorable write-up of Smith. For those whose German language skills are up to the task, the issue can be found on the World Wide Web at
· Other Smith news on the 'Net may be harder to decipher than the German text. In "Sites Unseen," the May 30 Entertainment Weekly reported that the Smith Department of Astronomy Web site was among those blocked by CYBERsitter, "an Internet-filtering product with an unannounced conservative agenda." This agenda, in fact, is so secretive that even Professor of Astronomy Suzan Edwards has no inkling of why the page was censured. "If anyone can find out, I'd love to know," she says. To see­or to try to see-for yourself what all the fuss is about, visit the Smith astronomers at

Ergo Argot

Here are some comfort tips to help you while at your desk and at the computer:
1) Adjust your chair's backrest until it fits snugly against your lower back. If your backrest isn't adjustable, put a small pillow, a lumbar roll or a rolled-up towel behind your lower back.
2) Change your position often. Lean back or forward a little in your chair. Take breaks, when you can, to stretch or walk. Try not to spend more than 20 minutes in the same position.
3) Adjust your monitor so that it's an arm's length away and the top of the screen is just below eye level. Tilt it slightly down or sideways, if necessary, to prevent glare.
Questions or comments? Contact the Ergonomics Committee at

President Sets Open Hours

This month's presidential open hour for students will be held on Tuesday, October 21, from 4:15-5:15 p.m., in the Office of the President, College Hall 20.
President Simmons will meet with employees on Thursday, October 16, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., also in College Hall 20.
These open hours offer an opportunity to chat informally and individually with the president. No appointments are necessary, and visitors will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do Touch That Dial

For the second consecutive weekend, the Smith community will have the opportunity to watch itself on television. On Sunday, October 5, "CBS Sunday Morning" will mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of Ms. magazine with a segment that was filmed at Smith on September 24 and 25. Included in the program will be portions of a roundtable discussion on the impact and evolution of feminism over the last 25 years. Participants in the discussion, which took place in the Alumnae House, were Gloria Steinem '56, a founder and editor of Ms.; Anne Cohen '76, a New York lawyer; and Smith seniors Lauren Brown, Crystal Daugherty and Melissa Day.
During their visit, the CBS crew also filmed students in classes and on campus, and reporter Terry Smith interviewed President Simmons. "CBS Sunday Morning" is broadcast between 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Smith 2020?

Watch for a new BankBoston commercial which is airing regularly and showed up on "Seinfeld" last week. The 30-second spot features triplet baby girls and a proud mother who boasts that one of her daughters will someday head to Yale, one to Brown and one to Smith.

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People News

Animal Instincts

B. Elizabeth Horner, Myra M. Sampson Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, recently received the Joseph Grinnell Award for Excellence in Education in Mammalogy from the American Society of Mammalogists.
The newly established award, presented to Horner at the group's annual meeting held at the University of Oklahoma in June, recognized the Smith biologist as "a champion of undergraduate education, of bringing various types of mammals into the laboratory for use in student projects and of taking students to field sites during the summer." It also honored her "over half-century of contributions to education in mammalogy."
Horner, who joined the Smith faculty in 1938, retired in 1986. She held a B.S. degree from Douglass College, an M.A. from Smith and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She became an academic biologist, as an article written about her in a professional journal several years ago pointed out, "in an era when female scientists, particularly mammalogists, were rare."
Horner has long been interested in the complex interplay of behavioral and anatomical adaptations of animals with the physical and biotic features of their environment. Her classic 1954 study on certain adaptations of the deer mouse remains as a cornerstone and frequently cited reference in any study of climbing behavior. Her research interests have also extended to biogeography, anatomy and other aspects of the biology of rodents on a world-wide basis.
During her research trips, Horner has traveled to Australia, Jordan, Kenya, Panama, the Alaskan North Slope and Madagascar. Her publication record, including articles and other professional works, spans more than 50 years.
The Grinnell award was named in honor of Joseph Grinnell, a mammalogist, ornithologist and director for 30 years, beginning in 1908, of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Congress of Siena

Siena College recently announced the naming of Pamela McCarthy as vice chair of the college's board of trustees. McCarthy, a licensed clinical social worker and associate director of the Health Service at Smith, was appointed to the Siena board of trustees in 1996. She is a graduate of Williams College and the Smith School for Social Work.
Siena is a coeducational, independent liberal arts college with a Franciscan tradition, located in Loudonville, New York, near Albany. "We are proud to have Ms. McCarthy serving in such a distinguished role on our board," notes Stephanie Simon, Siena's assistant director of public relations.
"I have found my work both at Smith and Siena to be highly rewarding and mutually enhancing," notes McCarthy, who is also president of McCarthy Charities Foundation. "My experience at Smith dealing with both clinical and administrative issues in a women's institution has been a resource to Siena, and my work at Siena has informed my work at Smith by increasing my awareness of some of the larger governance issues in higher education."

Philosophically Speaking

Professor of Education and Child Study Seymour Itzkoff was at the University of Hamburg last May. While there, he presented a lecture entitled "Ernst Cassirer, The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms and the Concept of Man" to faculty and graduate students of the Philosophisches Seminar.
Ernst Cassirer, explains Itzkoff, was a professor of philosophy at the University of Hamburg from 1919 until 1933, when he fled Germany and the Nazi regime. World-famous in his own day, Cassirer's philosophical writings recently have experienced a renaissance throughout Europe. According to Itzkoff, Germans now consider Cassirer to be their greatest 20th-century philosopher, even ahead of Heidegger and Husserl.
Itzkoff was also at the University of Hamburg to complete work on two essays that he is contributing to his new edition of Ernst Cassirer, Scientific Knowledge and the Concept of Man, which is to be published by the University of Notre Dame Press in November. It was originally published by the same press in 1971 and was the first systematic study of Cassirer's philosophical ideas.

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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, October 6

Language lunch tables
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
CDO workshop: "How to Find a January Internship." 12:20 p.m., Drew Hall
Meeting: Amnesty International. (Vicki, ext. 6613) 4-5 p.m., Seelye 102
Meeting and training session: Smith Debate Society. All welcome.
4-6 p.m., Seelye 110
Dialogue: "Identity and Community: Constructing Identities Across Cultural Boundaries." With facilitators Donna Divine, professor of government, and Nalini Bhushan, associate professor of philosophy, and moderator Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college. Sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation Pluralism and Unity Program. 7-8:30 p.m., Albright House living room
Organizational meeting for SSFFS participants in the April 1998 Five College Sci-Fi Conference. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 208

Tuesday, October 7

Sigma Xi luncheon meeting: "Environmental Regulation of Virulence Gene Expression in E.Coli," Christine White-Ziegler, assistant professor of biological sciences. Noon, College Club downstairs lounge
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
Language lunch tables
Deutscher Tisch
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Soccer vs. Clark. 4 p.m., athletic fields*
Lecture: "Song and Dance in the Noh Theater: An Historical Perspective." Janet Goff '68, scholar, Noh theater producer and Tokyo resident.
4 p.m., Sage Recital Hall*
CDO workshop: "Résumé Critiques by Peer Advisers." 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Drew Hall
Religious activity: "An Introduction to Mark." Bible study with Hallie Cowan, facilitator. Sponsored by Smith Christian Fellowship. All welcome, with or without faith or Bible knowledge. (HallieCow@aol.
com; Chapel, ext. 2750; Mei, ext. 6269) 4:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge
Lecture: "The Role of Sociology in Government Policy Making: The Case of the Netherlands." Henny Langeveld, professor emeritus of sociology at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy.
4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
CDO workshop: "Introduction to CDO for International Students." Hrayr Tamzarian tells how to plan for work and internships. 5:30 p.m., Drew Hall
ISO talk: "Banning Land Mines." Led by Ginny Schneider, member of Working Group for Disarmament (Northampton) and American Friends Services Committee. Sign up in the post office. (Rochelle, ext. 7555) 5:45 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
CDO/Five College information session: Merrill Lynch. 6 p.m., Lord Jeffrey Inn, Amherst
Meeting of SGA Senate standing committees. All welcome. 7 p.m., Seelye 201
Crash course: "Beginning Hebrew: The Hebrew of the Prayerbook." To sign up, call Hillel, ext. 2754. 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé." 7:15 p.m., Drew Hall
Panel discussion: "The Ins and Outs of Homophobia and Pride." With Paula Ettelbrick, Empire State Pride Agenda; Jason Heffner, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation; Kerry Lobel, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Toni McNaron, English and women's studies, University of Minnesota; and Judith Nardacci, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Audience participation will be encouraged. Sponsored by the Campus Cli-mate Working Group. Reception and photo exhibit will follow in Alumnae House. 7 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*
Siren meeting: Meet with the staff of Smith's literary magazine to read poetry and find out how the magazine works. All welcome. 7:30 p.m., LBA Space (small house to the right of Davis)
CDO workshop: "Career Choices and Directions." 8:15 p.m., Drew Hall
CDO workshop: "How to Find a January Internship." 8:15 p.m., Drew Hall
Film: The People vs. Larry Flynt. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Wednesday, October 8

Hillel at Noon discussion and veggie luncheon. This week: "Jewish in America: The Pressures of Assimilation and Identity." All welcome.
Noon, Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
Religious activity: Discussion and reflection for Catholic Adas. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon­1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Informational meeting: The British American Drama Academy. Tony Branch of the academy will discuss its program, which is open to Smith students. Noon, Green Room, Mendenhall CPA
Language lunch tables
Spanish & Portuguese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
CDO workshop: "Introduction to the Employer Recruiting Program." Attendance required for students interested in the program. 12:15 p.m., Drew Hall
Information session: Semester in Environmental Science. Ken Foreman of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Bio Lab. (Ext. 3799) 4:15 p.m., Clapp Lab 224, Mount Holyoke College
Deutsche Kaffees für alle, die sich ein bißchen auf deutsch unterhalten möchten. 4:15-5:30 p.m., Hatfield 101
Meeting: Student Alumnae Association. A discussion of this year's meetings, panels and opportunities to meet with alums. Come share your ideas. (Naa-Adei, ext. 7260; Jane ext. 7270) 7 p.m., Alumnae House
Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
CDO/Five College information session. McKinsey & Co. 7:30 p.m., Alumni House, Amherst College
MassPIRG weekly meeting. All welcome. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 107
Lecture: "The Uffizi: Conservation-Projects and Discoveries." Annamaria Petrioli Tofani, director, Galleria degli Uffizi, and Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies at Smith.
7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Thursday, October 9

Slide lecture: "Time and Place: A History of Garden Design." Susan Cohen '62, landscape architect and coordinator of the New York Botanical Garden's continuing education program in landscape design. 9 a.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room*
Religious activity: "Exploring Theological Education: Questions Women Need to Ask," an informal discussion with Ann Clay Adams '79, director of admission, Columbia Theological Seminary, Georgia. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Lecture: "Our Collective Responsibility." Kathryn Addelson, professor of philosophy. One of the Liberal Arts Luncheon Series. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level
Language lunch tables
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
CDO workshop: "Job Search for Seniors." 1 p.m., Drew Hall
CDO workshop: "Résumé Critiques by Peer Advisers." 2:30-4 p.m., Drew Hall
Informational meeting: Smith Leadership Program (January workshops on leadership skills). Applications available. (Randy Bartlett, ext. 3605)
4 p.m., Seelye 101
Dulcy B. Miller Memorial Lecture: "The Tobacco Wars." David Kessler, dean of the School of Medicine at Yale University and former Food and Drug Administration commissioner. (See story, page 1.) 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Career panel: "New Directions in Library and Information Science." Job opportunities as described by alumnae and nonalumnae professionals. Sponsored by the Friends of the Smith College Libraries. 4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Meeting and training session: Smith Debate Society. All welcome.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 110
Religious activity: Newman Association meeting for Catholic students. Dinner served. All welcome. 6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
CDO workshop: "Using the Internet to Find Internships and Jobs." 6:30 p.m., Seelye B3
Field hockey vs. Amherst 7 p.m., athletic fields*
Meeting: S.O.S. house reps. 7-8 p.m., Bodman lounge, Chapel
Screening and discussion: "Remembering Che Guevara on the Thirtieth Anniversary of His Death." The video Ernesto "Che" Guevara: The Bolivian Diary, a 1994 Swiss/French coproduction directed by Richard Dindo, will be shown. Filmed in Bolivia, it is based on Guevara's diary and traces his guerrilleros' sojourn through the country and their capture by the Bolivian army. The video will be introduced by Smith professor Ann Zulawski and be followed by comments by Carollee Bengelsdorf of Hampshire College and Andrew Zimbalist of Smith and a general discussion with audience members. Sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program. 7 p.m., Seelye 106*
CDO/Five College information session: Boston Consulting Group.
7:30 p.m., Porter lounge, Converse Hall, Amherst College
Film: The People vs. Larry Flynt. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Party: LBTA Coming-Out Dance. All invited. 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Friday, October 10

Kol Nidre. Call Hillel, ext. 2754, for schedule of services.
CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé." 12:30 p.m., Drew Hall
CDO workshop: "How to Prepare for a Successful Interview." 3:15 p.m., Drew Hall
Meeting: Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 208.
Religious service: Shabbat eve service. 5:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Community event: Shabbat eve dinner. 7 p.m., Dawes House Kosher Kitchen

Saturday, October 11

Yom Kippur. Call Hillel, ext. 2754, for schedule of services.
Soccer vs. Wellesley. 1 p.m., athletic fields*
Tennis vs. Wellesley. 1 p.m., athletic fields*

Sunday, October 12

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


Exhibition: "Prints by Abraham Bosse." Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Thursday, 1-5 p.m. (585-2770) Museum of Art Print Room, through November 1
Exhibition: "Photographs of Tibet" by Frank Ward, Amherst College. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. ; Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Hillyer Gallery, through October 14
Exhibition: "Cigoli's Dream of Jacob and Drawing in Late 16th-Century Florence." Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Thursday, 1-5 p.m. (585-2770) Museum of Art Print Room, through December 14

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Submission Procedures
Submit calendar items and notices to Mary Stanton at Garrison Hall ( and noncalendar items for news articles to Sally Rubenstone at Garrison Hall ( or srubenstone@ When submitting notices for which the intended audience may not be self-evident, please indicate whether they apply to the entire Smith community, to students only, or to faculty and staff only.
Copy is due by 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 8, for issue 7 (containing October 20-26 calendar listings) and by 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, for issue 8 (October 27-November 2 calendar listings). Late information cannot be accepted.
Five College Calendar Deadline
Entries for the November Five College Calendar must be received in writing by October 17. Please send all entries to Mary Stanton in Garrison Hall (


Smith Computer Users Group
Learn about computer topics 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.
Gym Locker Sign-Ups
Locker users may sign up Thursday, October 2, 4-6 p.m., and Friday, October 3, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sign-ups will be held at the table near the equipment booth on the ground floor of Ainsworth gym. Bring a padlock.


Payroll Voucher Deadline
Student payroll vouchers are due by Wednesday noon in College Hall 10.
Goldman Sachs Deadline
Résumés for internships or jobs at Goldman Sachs must be submitted by Monday, October 6. Address cover letters to Ann Kaplan, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, 85 Broad Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10010. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in investment banking and strong academic credentials. Have your cover letter and résumé checked at CDO Drop-In before submitting them. Submit materials to CDO by 4 p.m. on October 6. Interviews will take place on campus on October 16.
Magazine Submissions
The Siren, a Smith College literary magazine, is accepting submissions for its 1998 issue. Submit poetry, essays, stories, plays and other writing to Nina, Box 7975. Send paintings, photos, drawings or any other graphic art either to Gena, Box 7963 or Sara, Box 8311. Information: Nina Sherwin, ext. 7840.

Group Programs
The following free, confidential groups are offered through and sponsored by the Student Counseling Service: Self-Exploration Group for Women, a general therapy group, Tuesdays or Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; Drop-in Group for First-Year Ada Comstock Scholars, a support group, Wednesdays, starting October 15, 4-5:30 p.m., Tilly House living room; Beyond Definition: Exploring Women's Same-Sex Relationships, Fridays, beginning October 3, 4:15-5:30 p.m. Information: ext. 2840.
Writing Assistance
Need help with a paper? Bring your assignment, drafts and ideas to the peer writing assistants. All stages of drafts welcome, no appointment is necessary, and all services are free. Assistants are available Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 7­10 p.m., in Seelye 307, the Quad, and Emerson Dining Room; Wednesday, 7­10 p.m., in Seelye 307; and Thursday, 3­6 p.m., in the Tilly Hall Ada lounge and 7­10 p.m. in Seelye 307.
Extended CDO Hours
CDO hours are now Monday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Textbook Returns
The Grécourt Bookshop will begin returning unsold textbooks to the publishers on October 13. Please purchase all texts before then.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty Meeting
The second regular faculty meeting for 1997-98 will be held Wednesday, October 15, at 4:10 p.m. in the Alumnae House. Faculty members who have business for the meeting should notify Scott Bradbury in writing no later than Wednesday, October 8. Material to be included in the mailing with the agenda must be camera-ready and submitted to College Hall 27 by Monday, October 6.

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