News for the Smith College Community // November 6, 1997

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Putting the Jazz Back in January

If you're a Smith student who's expecting to spend another January slumped in front of the soaps or fighting with a Fry-o-lator, consider a change of plans, because interterm at Smith is about to have a whole new look.
According to SGA Curriculum Committee Chair Katrina Gamble '99, about 50 varied and exciting noncredit courses will be offered this winter, along with other activities and special events designed to keep the Smith campus hopping between semesters.
A decade ago, says Gamble, an array of classes and workshops were available and students "had a reason to return to campus." In more recent years, however, a handful of credit courses and winter athletics drew some students back at the start of January, but many found Smith too quiet to warrant an early return. So this September a letter was sent to all students, faculty and staff urging them to submit proposals for interterm offerings. "Our objective," the missive began, "is to encourage students to use interterm as an exploration period, a chance to investigate different areas of interest and enjoy the campus in a relaxed environment."
Gamble was surprised and delighted to receive nearly 60 suggestions by mid-October. Since then, she and a group of students and administrators have been working hard to finalize interterm plans. Tim Maciel, interim associate dean of the college, has been overseeing the project since he joined the Smith staff last month. Maciel points out that the interterm classes are "designed to be enjoyable and enriching" and, above all, "an unstressful experience."
The credit-free courses and workshops will be as short as four class hours or as long as 30. Approximately half are to be taught by students, the rest by faculty, staff and alumnae. Titles range from "Scrumptious Vegetarian Cuisine" to "English Poetic Meter," from "Auto Mechanics" to "Subversive Art and Culture," from "Formatting Résumés in Microsoft Word" to "Middle Eastern Gypsy Dance." And there are about four dozen other options, all equally alluring.
In addition to these classes, Gamble and Maciel promise a slate of interesting activities, both on and off campus. For example, an international film festival will feature selections with strong female characters. Excursions to Boston and New York City are already on the docket, a Martin Luther King Day celebration is being planned, and other options are still in the works.
Interterm course catalogues will soon be completed and distributed to all students, offices and departments. Registration for interterm credit-free classes will take place in Clark Hall from December 1 to 5. Gamble urges faculty and staff, as well as students, to sign up.
An Arizona native, Gamble concedes that she's never before spent an interterm at Smith, but she plans to be here this January. "It's not in the job description," the Curriculum Committee chair insists, "but there are courses I really want to take." She hopes that many others will share her enthusiasm and invites those with questions to call her SGA office at extension 4964.

Recipe for a Tasty Evening

- Take one book about food and its many meanings
- Add five women readers
- Combine varied racial and ethnic backgrounds
- Mix in differing sexual orientations
- Blend with an intelligent and interested audience
- Let simmer for two hours or so, and enjoy
If you're looking for an event to add some spice to your life, then sample this one, offered by the Public Events Committee of the Campus Climate Working Group. On Wednesday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Wright auditorium, five women will read excerpts from Through the Kitchen Window, a 1997 Beacon Press anthology about the intimate meanings of food and cooking, edited by Arlene Voski Avakian, associate professor of Women's Studies at the University of Massachusetts.
Avakian -- along with Through the Kitchen Window contributors Martha Ayres, an Amherst psychotherapist; Sally Bellerose, a Northampton poet and fiction writer; EL. Cortés, a New York writer; and Jennifer Iré, also from the women's studies department at UMass -- will read selections that examine the subject of food through diverse lenses. According to Ay Ling Han, Smith Counseling Service psychologist and one of the event's coordinators, "the readings focus on women's cultural role expectations as the preparers of food and on their process of self-definition in relation to their family and heritage."
The Campus Climate Working Group organized this event, Han explains, in recognition of the rich and complex relationship that many women have with food preparation and eating. "The readings," she adds, "are thought-provoking, funny, poignant -- and may stimulate the hungry palate!"
The event is sponsored by the CCWG, as well as by EKTA, Native American Women of Smith, Nosotras, the Office of Minority Affairs, Smith African Student Association, the Smith Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance and the Student Task Force on Eating Disorders. This broad support, notes Han, suggests the importance of the subject matter to a wide range of members of the Smith community.
The event is free of charge and open to the public. A reception follows the readings.

The Road Taken

Two Smith Presidents Talk About Their Lives
In 1975, Jill Ker Conway became Smith's first woman president. Two decades later, Ruth J. Simmons was named the college's first African-American president. The strikingly different paths that led each through the Grécourt Gates will be the topic of a conversation on Monday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Wright auditorium.
The program is organized around the theme "Journeys of Discovery," which has been the focus of orientation activities for Smith's new students this fall. It will include short presentations by each president along with questions addressed to them by Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college, and by the audience.
Since stepping down from her presidential post at Smith in 1985, Conway has been visiting scholar and professor in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has written two memoirs, The Road from Coorain, about her childhood in Australia, and True North, about her education in this country and the early years of her professional life. She is the editor of Written by Herself: Autobiographies of American Women and coeditor of Learning About Women.Educated at the University of Sydney in Australia, Conway received her Ph.D. degree from Harvard University and served as professor and then vice president for internal affairs at the University of Toronto from 1964 to 1975. Simmons, who began her tenure as president in July 1995, came to Smith from Princeton University, where she was vice provost. One of 12 children, she was born in east Texas and grew up in Houston. Her career in academia has taken her from Dillard University, an historically black college in New Orleans, where she received her undergraduate degree, through Harvard University, where she received the Ph.D., to a variety of teaching and administrative posts at Princeton, Spelman College, California State University­ Northridge and the University of Southern California.

Phi Beta Kappa Speaker is Dino-mite

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest Greek-letter society in the United States and arguably the most prestigious. While its founding in 1776 wasn't exactly amidst the Mesozoic era, its venerable position in American academic life -- along with the induction of its newest members -- will be celebrated at Smith this month with a lecture by a noted expert on dinosaurs.
On Monday, November 17, 19 "junior members" will be welcomed into the Zeta of Massachusetts chapter of the honor society. The initiation -- at 4 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room -- will be followed by a lecture, "Dinosaur Lives," presented by John Horner, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar and author of a recent book of the same name.
According to Sarah Pritchard, director of libraries and Smith Phi Beta Kappa secretary, "Jack Horner is the man on whom the lead character in the film Jurassic Park is supposed to be based." Pritchard also notes that Horner "is reputed to be a great speaker, and the chapter is very excited to be hosting him. We hope many students, faculty and staff will attend."
The lecture, which will begin at 5 p.m. in Wright auditorium and is open to the public, honors the Smith seniors named below. They are called "junior" members, explains Pritchard, because their election to Phi Beta Kappa is based on their records through the junior year. Additional members of the class of 1998 will be inducted in the spring.
Phi Beta Kappa Initiates, November 1997:
Erin Jesse Andersson, Mary Anne Armstrong, Nicole Lynn Carlson, Molly Johanna Carter, Alexis Marie Cordiano, Theresa Ann Foster, Francesca M. Forzani, Adrien-Alice Lawson Hansel, Roselle Margaret Hoffmaster, Allison Jamie Ihm, Alethea Alexander Oliver-Olsen, Katie Lyn Peebles, Galen M. Perdue, Sarah Lehman Quinn, Mary E. Saari, Amy Haskell Saari, Isabelle Maureen Ty Tan, Kimberly J. Van Cleve and Kirti S. Withrow.

Grand Rounds

Physician Alums Dispense Advice and Examine Campus
About three dozen women who are Smith alumnae -- and whose other claim to fame is that they are physicians -- will be on campus this weekend for the third annual "Grand Rounds." Grand rounds, as those of us know who pay close attention to "ER" and "Chicago Hope," is a term routinely used to describe the hospital teaching tours during which senior physicians browbeat their less experienced colleagues about patients' symptoms, treatments and prognoses.
The atmosphere at Smith Grand Rounds, however, is considerably more congenial and rewarding, providing an opportunity for Smith physicians to network, share medical and research information and mentor current students who are considering careers in medicine.
The 1997 Grand Rounds will open Saturday, November 8, with a talk in McConnell Hall at 11:30 a.m. entitled "Leadership Challenges for Women Physicians," presented by Dr. Susan Stewart '62, past president of the American Medical Women's Association. The AMWA was instrumental in starting the surgeon general's anti-smoking campaigns in the early 1960s, in instigating programs for dealing with domestic abuse, and in bringing such women's health issues as breast cancer, family planning and heart disease to public attention. Presently, Stewart is associate medical director at Morgan Guarantee Trust.
A second talk, "STD Evaluation in Young Women: Can it be Done Without a Speculum?" by Dr. Diane Blake '86, will be presented in McConnell Hall at 2:30 p.m. Blake was a postdoctoral student at Johns Hopkins in adolescent medicine when she studied effective ways to diagnose and treat sexually transmitted diseases in teens without the stresses of a pelvic exam. She is now at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
At 3:15 p.m. Dr. Caryn Libbey '71 will discuss "A Practical Approach to Osteoporosis -- 1997." Libbey is a rheumatologist who has studied osteoporosis in aging women and seen its results in her practice. She feels it is underdiagnosed and will alert the audience to problems and prevention techniques.
A final lecture, by Dr. Benita Walton '74, "Unlimited Boundaries: Expanding our Roles as Healers and Community Leaders," will take place Sunday, November 9, at 9:30 a.m. in the Alumnae House. Walton is a plastic surgeon from Wisconsin who works with women with breast cancer. She noticed that the rehabilitation programs were "boring" and found that fly fishing was a perfect alternative for many of these women, and lots of fun besides. Walton also will talk about innovative programs to help patients and physicians who have "gotten in a rut" with stressful lifestyles.
In addition to sharing information among themselves and with students and other members of the Smith community, Grand Round participants will take time out to hear about what's going on at Smith from John Connolly, dean of the faculty; to choose among tours of the Smith College Museum of Art, the Lyman Plant House or the Mortimer Rare Book Room; and to take a "fun run" through campus on Sunday morning.

Ergo Argot

More than 1.9 million Americans suffer from repetitive-strain injuries to the hands and wrists, largely as a result of typing at computer keyboards. To help prevent the problem, do this two-step warm-up daily:
1. Hold your right fist out, knuckles pointing down. Using your left hand, press knuckles toward you; hold for 10 seconds.
2. With right palm facing away, use left hand to press palm toward you. Hold 10 seconds.
Repeat both steps with other hand.
Questions or comments? Contact the Ergonomics Committee at

UW Winners

Once again, for those of us who need to be "reminded" that charity really is its own reward, the Smith United Way Campaign is sponsoring a prize lottery, and all donors are eligible. The winners of the first drawing, held Friday, October 31, are:
Mulino's Trattoria $50 gift certificate: Kenneth Hellman; free lunch at the Smith College Club: Jim Drisko; Hampshire Frame and Art $50 gift certificate: Melvin Steinberg; two tickets to the Academy of Music: Patricia Rockett-Dibrindisi; reserved parking space: Janice McDowell; landscape consultation with Tracey Warton: Ann Leone; Grécourt Bookshop $25 gift certificate: Marea Wexler; Status Plus $15 gift certificate: Barbara Pelissier; Davis Center $5 gift certificate: Myra Smith; Songs of the Nightingale by Karen Smith: Janet Babcock; Packard's $25 gift certificate: Lorraine Roberts; Serv-U $25 gift certificate: Scott Girard.

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People News

Victory for Two Poll Watchers

Earlier this fall, AcaMedia announced a "Pol Poll" contest, offering a fabulous prize to the person who could submit the longest list of members of the Smith community who have been elected or appointed to a Northampton muncipal post in the past two decades.
We are pleased to announce that two staff members, Serena Harris (employment assistant, Human Resources) and Sidonia Dalby (associate director, Ada Comstock Scholars Program) have tied for first place. Each listed nine Smith-affiliated politicos.
"One obscure (sort of political) fact I also learned in course of doing 'research' for this contest," says Dalby, "was that my great-grandfather Barrett was Calvin Coolidge's landlord for a short while. And a neighbor told me that when Calvin Coolidge was at Amherst College, he allegedly would visit the tavern my great-grandfather Ruder owned on King Street."
Dalby included her own name on her contest entry, noting that she was once a member of the mayor's committee on childcare -- until she became too busy arranging her own childcare to continue!
The other Smith affiliates, who appeared on Harris' and Dalby's lists are named below.
Mary Ford (former Smith admission counselor), mayor; Bill Brandt (director of campus operations and facilities), Zoning Board of Appeals, Fire Station Building Committee; Ruth Constantine (chief financial officer), Capital Improvement Committee; Marjorie Richardson (assistant dean for minority affairs), Building Renovation Committee, host of annual Martin Luther King Day celebration; Larry Fink (professor emeritus of education and child study), School Committee; Pamela Hunter (admission counselor), School Committee; Chuck Johnson (associate treasurer emeritus), School Committee; Paul Garvey (former director of RADS), Smith Vocational School trustee; Suzanne Petersson (alumna), School Committee; Allison Lockwood (alumna), Forbes Library trustee; Mark Carmien (employment specialist, Human Resources), Personnel Advisory Committee.
The contest winners will receive hot-off-the-press AcaMedia t-shirts for their efforts. The AcaMedia staff has not, however, verified the information above and extends apologies to all whose municipal political triumphs may have been misrepresented or overlooked.

If You Build It, He Will Come

A building boom is under way in America as professional sports teams demand -- and receive -- fancy new playing facilities that are heavily subsidized by government. Accordingly, officials in several cities, including St. Louis, Los Angeles, Miami, Tampa and Minneapolis, are calling on the expertise of Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, to help them make complex decisions about constructing or leasing stadiums and sports arenas.
A book new last month, written and edited by Zimbalist and sports economics luminary Roger G. Noll, examines many of the same concerns that Zimbalist has faced first-hand. In Sports, Jobs & Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums (Brookings Institution Press) the authors tackle such issues as the relationship between sports and local employment, the importance of a stadium's design in influencing its economic effects, and the politics of attracting and retaining teams. The book also contains case studies of major league sports facilities in seven U.S. cities and of minor league baseball and spring training stadiums.
While Sports, Jobs & Taxes may not turn up on as many nightstands as Zimbalist's 1992 Baseball and Billions: A Probing Look Inside the Big Business of Our National Pastime, he calls it accessible and enjoyable reading for those with an interest in public policy. He notes also that the inflated claims of tax benefits and job opportunities often made by team owners are not unlike those cited by proponents of casino gambling-an issue that is of interest to many Pioneer Valley residents. "These are both entertainment industry issues," Zimbalist points out, "and many of the concerns are similar. For example, one of the problems in both cases is that the money brought in does not stay in the local area."
Zimbalist himself does not always stay in the local area, thanks to his renown in the sports economics field. Last week, for example, he testified in a trial in which the city of St. Louis is suing the National Football League because of stadium and monopoly issues. He is also consulting for the Internal Revenue Service on tax issues related to professional sports franchises and will attend a conference on media and the sports industry in New York City later this month.

Meet the (Other) Prez

Connie Dragon has been a Physical Plant administrative assistant for more than a decade, but now the Westhampton resident has a new title: president. No, Dragon isn't giving Ruth Simmons a breather-but she has been named to the top spot in the Hampshire County Business & Professional Women's Club (HC/BPW).
Dragon, an HC/BPW member for 14 years, was recently inducted as president during a ceremony at the Inn of Northampton at which Bill Brandt, director of campus operations and facilities, gave the keynote address.
According to Dragon, the HC/BPW aims to "benefit and improve the working lives of all women," addressing such issues as salaries and day care, and awarding annual scholarships to high school seniors and to older women pursuing college degrees.
The organization's approximately 55 members hail from diverse backgrounds, says Dragon, and hold jobs at many levels and in varied fields, from retailing to restaurants, from accounting to law. For example, Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel is a member, and so is her administrative assistant, Nancy Sullivan. Northampton Mayor Mary Ford is a former member.
Dragon is interested in talking to other women who would like to join the group. The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, at the Delaney House in Holyoke. Priscilla Clarkson from the exercise science department at UMass will speak on nutrition for the active woman. For more information, contact Dragon at 527-2958.

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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, November 10

Information table: Baha'i Club. Time and site for an evening introductory session will be announced.
9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Student Mail Center
Celebration of Sisterhood t-shirt sale.
10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m., Gamut
Meeting: Campus Climate Working Group.
12:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Language lunch tables.
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
CDO workshop: "How to Find a January Internship."
12:20 p.m., CDO internship room
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
Presentation of the major: Women's studies.
4:15 p.m., Seelye 207
Green Tara Meditation. With Geshe Lobsang Tsetan.
4:15-5:15 p.m., Wright common room*
Lecture: "Sexual Intercourse and Pregnancy Among African-American Adolescent Girls in High-Poverty Neighborhoods: The Role of Family and Community Factors." Mignon R. Moore, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago. Sponsored by the Project on Women and Social Change.
4:15-5:45 p.m., Seelye 204*
Mandatory meeting: Class of 2001.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
Lecture: "La poésie Française Aujourd'hui: enjeux et tendances." Jean-Marie Gleize, poet and critic. All welcome.
4:30 p.m., Alumnae House living room
Presentation of the major: Jewish studies.
5 p.m., Seelye 201
Meeting: Native American Women at Smith.
5-6 p.m., Unity House upstairs living room
Five College informational meeting: MicroStrategy.
7 p.m., McCaffrey Room, Amherst College Campus Center
Workshop: "Eating TLC." One of a series of weekly student-led workshops presented by organizations campuswide. (Heather Jones, ext. 2248)
7-9 p.m., Seelye 107
Special event: "An Evening with Two Presidents." Jill Ker Conway and Ruth Simmons will share in a public conversation about their personal paths to Smith and beyond. Dean Mahoney will moderate. Part of the Journeys of Discovery Series sponsored by a grant from the Hewlett Foundation. (See story, page 1.)
7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Organizational meeting: SSFFS participants in the April 1998 Five College Sci-Fi Conference.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 208
CDO informational meeting: Advest Corporate Finance.
7:30 p.m., Wright common room

Tuesday, November 11

CDO extended hours.
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., 7-9 p.m., CDO
Celebration of Sisterhood t-shirt sale.
10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m., Gamut
Sigma Xi Luncheon Talk: "A Fearful Majesty." Bruce Hawkins, professor emeritus of physics. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, College Club lower level
S.O.S. Community Education Luncheon: "Challenges Immigrants Face: A Multicultural Approach to the Teaching of English." Learn about the issue and related volunteer opportunities. Lunch will be provided. Presented by the Center for New Americans. (S.O.S., ext. 2756)
Noon-1 p.m., Wright common room
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
Open House: The Ada Comstock Scholars Program. For prospective students. (Sheri Peabody, ext. 3094)
1-5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Résumé critique. Have a peer adviser look over your résumé.
4-6 and 7-9 p.m., CDO
CDO informational meeting: Work in Britain. Background on BUNAC permits, required for students wishing to work in the UK.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 301
Religious activity: Bible study with Hallie Cowan. All welcome. (; Chapel, ext. 2750; Mei, ext. 6269)
4:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge
Cabinet open house: Class of 2001.
4-6 p.m., Clark Hall
Presentation of the major: Education.
5 p.m., Campus School
Film screening and discussion: Japanese animation. Sponsored by SSFFS.
7 p.m., Bass 210*
SGA Senate meeting, including a student open forum at 7:15 p.m.
7 p.m., Seelye 201
Crash course: "Beginning Hebrew: The Hebrew of the Prayerbook." To sign up, call Hillel, extension 2754.
7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Model session. One of a free weekly series sponsored by the Art Resource Committee.
7-10 p.m., Hillyer 18
CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé."
7:15 p.m., CDO
Lecture: "The Two Truths." Geshe Lobsang Tsetan. Sponsored by the East Asian Studies Department, the religion department's Ada Howe Kent Program and the College Lecture Fund.
7:15 p.m., Wright common room*
CDO workshop: BASES Worldwide (international market research).
7:30 p.m., Seelye 109
Lecture: "Andean Cosmovision and Biodiversity." Julio Valladolid of PRATEC in Lima, Peru. Sponsored by the Center for Mutual Learning at Smith.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
MassPIRG film series on social issues and community activism.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 211
CDO workshop: "How to Find a January Internship."
8:15 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Career Choices and Directions." How to start career planning.
8:15 p.m., CDO
Film: Conspiracy Theory. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Wednesday, November 12

Flu-Shot Clinic. Dress to allow access for a shot in your arm.
Noon-3:30 p.m., Wright common room
Religious activity: Hillel at Noon. This week: Open discussion on reflections on our semester.
Noon, Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
Religious activity: Discussion and reflection for Catholic Adas. Lunch served. All welcome.
Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Informational meeting: The Echoing Green Foundation Scholarships for graduating seniors and Smith alumnae who graduated between 1987 and 1997. Hosted by S.O.S. and CDO. Please bring your own lunch.
Noon-1:15 p.m., CDO group room
Language lunch tables.
Spanish and Portuguese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Meeting: The American Chemical Society. Includes an ice cream social. All welcome. (Sarah, ext. 7072; Laurel, ext. 5554)
4:15 p.m., Sabin Reed 115
CDO informational meeting: Susquehanna Investment Group.
4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Five College informational meeting: American Management Systems.
7 p.m., Converse Red Room, Amherst College
Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion.
7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Banner hanging for the Celebration of Sisterhood. Banners must be dry and at Davis by 7 p.m. This will be the only time to hang banners for the event.
7-10 p.m., Davis ballroom
Special event: "Through The Kitchen Window: Women Explore the Intimate Meanings of Food and Cooking." With Arlene Voski Avakian, professor, Women's Studies, UMass-Amherst; Martha Ayres, psychotherapist; Sally Bellerose, poet and fiction writer; EL. Cortés, writer; and Jennifer Iré, lecturer, Women's Studies, UMass-Amherst. Free. Sponsored by the Campus Climate Working Group, EKTA, Native American Women of Smith, Nosotras, the Office of Minority Affairs, Smith African Student Association, the Smith College Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance and the Student Task Force on Eating Disorders/Health Services. (See story, page 1.)
7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Lecture: "New(ed) Urbanism: A 20th-Century Tradition of Building Community in America." Gretchen Schneider, senior staff, Bruner/Cott and Associates. Sponsored by the departments of history and American studies.
7:30 p.m., Hatfield 205
Symposium: "The Uniqueness of Qumran Theology: Predestination." The first in the two-part symposium "The Dead Sea Scrolls Fifty Years After Their Discovery," with Magen Broshi, curator emeritus of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Sponsored by the Department of Religion and Biblical Literature, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Committee on Community Policy and the programs in ancient studies, archaeology and Jewish studies.
7:30 pm., Chapel*
CDO informational meeting: First Empire State Corporation. Attendance is strongly recommended for everyone on Thursday's interview schedule.
7:30 p.m., Dewey common room
MassPIRG weekly meeting. All welcome.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 107

Thursday, November 13

CDO extended hours.
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., CDO
Lecture: "Up Against the Ropes: Peter Jackson as 'Uncle Tom' in America." Susan Clark, assistant professor of theatre. One of the Liberal Arts Luncheon Series. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, College Club lower level
Lecture: "Neurobiology of Suicide." J.J. Mann, Department of Neuroscience, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University. A reception will follow in McConnell foyer.
Noon, McConnell auditorium*
Language lunch tables.
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
CDO workshop: "Job Search for Seniors."
1 p.m., CDO
Résumé critique. Have a peer adviser look over your résumé.
2:30-4:30 p.m., CDO
CDO informational meeting: J.P. Morgan Investment Banking. Tea to be served.
3:30-5:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Teachers' workshop on the exhibition "Kinships: Alice Neel Looks at the Family." View and discuss the exhibit with Linda Muehlig, associate curator of painting and sculpture. Enrollment is limited and advance registration is required. Admission: $10. (585-2779)
3:45-5:45 p.m., Museum of Art*

Thursday, November 13 - continuted

Special event: Tea for Catholic students, hosted by the Newman Association. All are invited.
4 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Institutional diversity open hour. For students, with Carmen Santana-Melgoza, director of institutional diversity. Schedule meetings for other times by calling extension 2141.
4-5 p.m., College Hall 31
Lecture: "The More Things Change : Politics and Propaganda at the Olympics, 428 B.C.E." Paula Debnar, assistant professor of classics, Mount Holyoke College. Sponsored by the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures.
4:15 p.m., Wright common room*
Presentation of the minor: Engineering. Sponsored by the math and physics departments.
4:15-5:30 p.m., Burton 219
Lecture: "Microtubules and Drug Design." Susan Bane Hastie, Department of Biochemistry, SUNY Binghamton. Sponsored by the chemistry department.
4:30 p.m., Bass 210*
Lecture: "The Archaeology of Qumran: New Perspectives." The conclusion of the two-part symposium "The Dead Sea Scrolls Fifty Years After Their Discovery," with Stephen J. Pfann of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Sponsored by the Department of Religion and Biblical Literature, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Committee on Community Policy and the programs in ancient studies, archaeology and Jewish studies.
5 p.m., Hillyer 117*
Meeting and training session: Smith Debate Society. All welcome.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 110
Meeting: Newman Association meeting for Catholic students. Come for a home-cooked meal and conversation.
6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Religious activity: Beit Midrash. Study of Jewish texts and ideas with Rabbi Edward Feld. Pizza served. Smith students welcome.
6 p.m., Amherst College, Appleton 106
CDO workshop: "Using the Internet to Find Internships and Jobs."
6:30 p.m., Seelye B03
Lecture: "Science and Nationalism in Modern India." Abha Sur, Harvard University. For information, call Ravina Aggarwal. Information: extension 3513. Sponsored by the Five College South Asian Lecture Series.
7 p.m., Seelye 106*
Lecture: "Memorializing the Holocaust in Germany." Professor James Young, who recently advised the German government on creating a Holocaust memorial. Sponsored by Smith/Amherst Hillel and the Mead Art Museum.
7:30 p.m., Mead Art Museum, Amherst College*
Film: Bajarse al moro, a Spanish movie by F. Colomo. Presented by Cineclub de Español. In Spanish, with subtitles.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Performance: The Strong Breed by Wole Soyinka, directed by Heather McClure '98. A visually dynamic piece exploring the significance of cleansing ritual in society. Tradition and fate merge in a world completely liberated from the constraint of linear time. Tickets: $5 general, $3 students and seniors. (Ext. 2787)
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
Film: Conspiracy Theory. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Special event: "Celebration of Sisterhood." A celebration of the lesbian/bisexual community at Smith, hosted by committees of lesbians, bisexuals and allies from Smith houses. It will begin with presentations in the Quad, followed by a candlelight procession with performances throughout campus. All welcome. Post-celebration party in Davis ballroom.
9 p.m.-midnight, Wilson House steps

Friday, November 14

Lecture: "Managing The Contradiction: The Construction of Gender Difference in Youth Basketball." Rhonda Singer, professor of sociology. Part of the Sociology Department Brown Bag Lunch Series. Bring your own lunch.
Noon­1 p.m., Seelye 207
CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé."
12:30 p.m., CDO
Lecture: "Clinical Social Work in Low-Income Communities." Phebe Sessions, associate professor, Smith College School for Social Work.
1 p.m., Seelye 201*
Lecture: "Newer French Feminisms: Theory, Praxis and the Parity Debate." Hope Glidden, French Department, Tulane University. Sponsored by the Comparative Literature Program, the French department and the Women's Studies Program.
3 p.m., Dewey common room
CDO workshop: "How to Prepare for a Successful Interview."
3:15 p.m., CDO
Biochemistry colloquium: "Transciptional Regulation in Responses to Nutrient Availability." Erin O'Shea Smith '88, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California at San Francisco. Sponsored by the biochemistry program.
4 p.m., McConnell B05*
Green Tara Meditation. With Geshe Lobsang Tsetan.
4:15-5:15 p.m., Wright common room*
Meeting: Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 208
Lecture: "Is Good Design Ecological?" Cornelia Hahn Oberlander '44, landscape architect and contributor to Smith's landscape master plan, will present a slide lecture on ecology and landscape design. Reception to follow at the Lyman Plant House.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye 106
Religious service: Shabbat eve service.
5:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Something on a Friday: "An Evening in Japan." Food from Ichiban Restaurant, music by Taiko drummers. Free and open to the Smith community.
7-9 p.m., Unity House
Religious activity: Shabbat eve dinner.
7 p.m., Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
Performance: The Strong Breed by Wole Soyinka, directed by Heather McClure '98. See Thursday listing for information.
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
Sage Hall Concert Series: Performances of works by Beethoven, Liszt, and Chopin by Russell Sherman, called by The New York Times "one of the best pianists of this or any other century." Purchase tickets at the Northampton Box Office (150 Main St.; 586-8686), 1-800-THE TICK or at the door. Tickets: $18 general; $14 seniors over 65 and Smith faculty and staff; $6 for Smith students with ID. (585-3164)
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Party: The third annual, semi-formal Xstatic Blind Date Dance, one of the largest events of the year, drawing students from all over New England. Tickets: $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Sponsored by the Five College Asian Students Alliance. (Audrey, ext. 6452; Taeko, ext. 6758)
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Davis ballroom*

Saturday, November 15

Family event: "The Family Program Looks at Families." Come to the museum any time during program hours to make collages and wash drawings of people based on the Alice Neel and Cigoli exhibitions. Find Dodo's brother in a painting, the Prodigal Son's father in a sculpture, and much more. Fun for all ages. Sponsored by the Smith College Museum of Art. (585-2760)
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Museum of Art*
Special event: SASA Jam. Feast on a wide variety of sumptuous African and Caribbean dishes. After-dinner party begins at 9 p.m. with African/Caribbean music. Tickets: $6 for the dinner and party, $2 for the party only. Sponsored by the Smith African Students Association. (585-7750)
5:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Davis ballroom
Performance: The Strong Breed by Wole Soyinka, directed by Heather McClure '98. See Thursday listing for information.
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*

Sunday, November 16

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 the Rev. Richard Unsworth and the College Choirs under the direction of Thomas Kim. All welcome.
10:30 a.m., Chapel
CDO open hours.
1-4 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Overcome Your CDO Phobia."
1:15 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "How to Find a January Internship."
2:15 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Job Search for Seniors."
3 p.m., CDO
Meeting: Association of Smith Pagans, for those who practice nature-based religions. All seekers welcome.
4-5:15 p.m., Women's Resource Center (Davis third floor)
Religious service: Roman Catholic Mass. Supper will follow.
4:30 p.m., Chapel*
Party: "Postludes 1997." A Preludes reunion. Participants and staff are invited to reunite with cabin and small groups and relive the wonders of Preludes. Refreshments and surprises.
7-9 p.m., Davis ballroom
Religious activity: Smith Christian Fellowship, a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA. All welcome.
7-8:30 p.m., Dewey common room*
Meeting: Feminists of Smith Unite.
7 p.m., Women's Resource Center (Davis third floor)

Ongoing Events

Annual Chrysanthemum Show. A community tradition since the beginning of this century, the show features a variety of multicolored chrysanthemums, including footballs, spiders and pom-poms. Hours: 11 a.m.­ 4 p.m.
Lyman Plant House, through November 16*
Art 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, through December 14*
Photography exhibition: "Edward Weston." Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Thursday, 1­- p.m. (585-2770)
Museum of Art, November 11 through December 14*
Book exhibition: "Colorful Tales: Artists' Books from the Purgatory Pie Press of New York." Vibrant and unusual examples of contemporary book art. Sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room.
Neilson Library front hall, through December 15*
Exhibition: "'Amazonian Activity': The Life and Work of Noel Phyllis Birkby (1932­94)." Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (585-2970)
Sophia Smith Collection reading room, through January 31*
Exhibition: "Kinships: Alice Neel Looks at the Family." Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Thursday, 1-5 p.m. (On November 6 Richard Neel will speak on his mother's work at 4:30 p.m. in the exhibition gallery. An opening reception to benefit Necessities/Necesidades will follow from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance: 585-2760.)
Museum of Art, through January 11*
Exhibition: "Family Images." Drawn from the permanent collection and designed to supplement "Kinships: Alice Neel Looks at the Family." Organized by Stefne Lynch, undergraduate intern, and Sarah Powers, graduate intern.
Museum of Art, through January 31*

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Flu Vaccinations
Health Services has doses of flu vaccine available to students, employees and professors emeriti. They cost $10 each and must be paid for at the time of the visit. Anyone wishing to receive the vaccine should make an appointment by calling extension 2823 Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The vaccine is given by appointment only and is available while supplies last.
New International Offices
The offices of international students and international study are moving to the third floor of Clark Hall on November 6 and will reopen for business Monday, November 10.
AIDS Education
The Smith College AIDS Education Committee is again soliciting creative efforts in HIV/AIDS education for the Smith community, either on World AIDS Day (December 1) or at any time during the academic year. Projects might include but are not limited to educational programs and workshops, plays or vignettes, posters, exhibits, and displays and pamphlets. Accuracy of information, creativity and "doability" are important. Projects must enhance knowledge and awareness of HIV/AIDS. Applications or information may be obtained from your house health peer or Connie Peterson in Health Services (extension 2824).

Faculty & Staff

Winter Party
Mark your calendars now for a Winter Party to be held Saturday, December 20, from 8 p.m. to midnight in Scott Gym. It is open to Smith College faculty, staff and emeriti, and each attendee may bring a guest. Dance music will be provided by Doc Bastarache's Big Band, and hors d'oeuvres, desserts and an assortment of beverages will be served. Admittance will be by invitation only-watch for yours in this week's mail, and don't forget to RSVP by December 1.
Faculty Meeting
This year's third regular meeting of the faculty will be held Wednesday, November 19, at 4 p.m. in the Alumnae House. Faculty members who have business for the meeting should notify Scott Bradbury in writing no later than Wednesday, November 12. Material to be included in the mailing with the agenda must be camera-ready and submitted to College Hall 27 by Monday, November 10.
Director of donor relations and campaign events, advancement. Review of applications will begin immediately.
Director of campaign communications, advancement. Review of applications will begin immediately.
Campaign writer, advancement. Review of applications will begin immediately.
Secretary/receptionist, science center. Review of applications will begin November 7.


Final Examinations
Information concerning scheduled and self-scheduled examinations is posted at the registrar's office, in the houses, and on official bulletin boards in academic buildings. Examinations will be administered during three periods each day Tuesday­Thursday, December 16­18, and during two periods on Friday, December 19. There will be no examination period on Friday evening. Students should check the schedule carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar's office immediately. The examinations cannot be repeated. Students who miss them through carelessness will be failed.
Spring Advising and Registration
Advising and course registration for spring semester will take place November 10-21. Registration materials will be mailed to student campus boxes Friday, November 7. Students should plan to meet with their advisers and sign up for permission courses during the week of November 10. Students will drop off their forms to the registrar's office on specific days (assigned according to class standing) during the week of November 14. The registration schedule is included in the registration packet.
Résumé, Cover Letter Deadlines
·*Résumés and cover letters for Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Mercer Management; Charles River Associates; Lehman Brothers; Oliver, Wyman & Company; and Bear, Stearns Inc. will be accepted in Drew Hall Room 20 until 4 p.m., Tuesday, November 11.
·*Résumés and cover letters for Lightbridge Inc. will be accepted in Drew Hall Room 20 until 4 p.m., Friday, November 14.
Senior Physical
Students graduating in January will not be eligible to use Health Services after December, and so need to schedule senior physicals before December 17. Call extension 2823.
Mellon Fellowships
Mellon Fellowships are for the first year of graduate school and are intended to help exceptionally promising students prepare for careers in teaching and humanistic studies. The application request deadline is December 8, and applicants must take the GRE by December 1. For more information, see department chairs or inquire at the senior class dean's office, College Hall 23.
Room-Change Deadline
November 14 is the deadline for submitting fall-semester room-change requests, including requests for room changes between semesters at interterm. No room-change requests will be accepted between then and February 9, 1998, so plan ahead. If you are interested in a room that will be vacant for spring semester, see your head resident now for a request form. For more information, see your HR or the housing coordinator (Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24; ext. 4940;
American Studies Spring Courses
*American Studies 221b. A sign-up sheet is posted on the office door of Wright 12. Each student must complete and submit a questionnaire. This course is limited to 24 students and is by permission of the instructor. Only students who sign up in Wright 12 and submit the required written statement will be considered. Names of accepted students will be posted on the office door by December 8.
*American Studies 302b. Taught in Old Deerfield. Brief statements of your background and how this course will enhance your plan of study are now being accepted for admission. The statement should be filed in the AMS office, Wright Hall 12, no later than November 21. A sign-up sheet will be posted there. Names will be taken from this list only. The names of students admitted to the course will be posted on the office door by December 8.
*American Studies 340b. Sectioning sign-up sheets are posted in the American Studies Office, Wright Hall 12. Candidates should sign up for the appropriate section, as well as with the registrar. Names will be taken from that list only. The names of accepted students will be posted on the office door by December 8.
*American Studies 351b. Writing samples are now being accepted for admission to this course. The sign-up sheet is posted in the AMS office, Wright Hall 12. Submit your writing samples to the AMS secretary when signing up. The names of students admitted to the course will be posted on the office door by December 8.
Carnegie Junior Fellows
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. conducts programs of research, discussion, publication and education in international relations and U.S. foreign policy. It annually offers up to 11 junior fellowships to students planning careers in international affairs. The fellowships provide one year of paid work experience on a variety of projects, including Foreign Policy magazine. Applicants must be either graduating seniors or students who have completed their A.B. within the past academic year. No one who has already started graduate studies will be considered. The monthly salary is $1,912 plus benefits. Round-trip airfare between the individual's home (if it is within the U.S.) and Washington will be reimbu