News for the Smith College Community // March 25, 1999

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Library Event to Tell How to Preserve Books

Treasured books, papers and photographs can last a long time if treated right. But too often they are handled carelessly, says Lisa Clark, book-repair technician for the Smith libraries. Bindings tear as a result of rough handling, pages and images fade due to careless storage, and materials deteriorate when exposed to extreme heat or cold or left buried in dust or swamped in moisture. Taking a few precautions in storing and handling can substantially extend the useful lives of books and other artifacts.

From March 29 through April 1 Neilson Library will host "Preservation Awareness Week 1999" to share details about book preservation and the proper handling, repair and storage of historical materials.

"You want to preserve your collections so people can use them in the future," says Clark, who originated and organized the week's activities.

The event, which is sponsored by The Friends of the Smith College Libraries, will open on Monday at 9:30 a.m. with a book clinic and open house in Neilson Browsing Room featuring demonstrations of bookbinding and conservation techniques. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own books, papers and photographs to get free consultations regarding their care and storage from local bookbinders and College Archives staff.

At 2 p.m. Monday, a video, Library Preservation: Recasing, will be shown in the Browsing Room followed by a panel discussion. Other videos, including How to Operate a Book and Murder in the Stacks, will be shown throughout the week with further discussions.

The event will also feature several demonstrations, workshops and lectures by book, archive and collection experts. On Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Clark will give a book repair demonstration in the Neilson Core Level I. On Wednesday at 3 p.m. guest speaker Jane Hedberg '69, Wellesley College serials librarian and preservation administrator, will give a talk, "The Future Ain't What it Used to Be: The Role of Preservation in a Library's Mission," in the Browsing Room.

On Thursday at 9:30 a.m., Mortimer Rare Book Room staff will give a presentation, "It Survived the Hundred Years' War, But Can It Survive Neilson Library?" in the rare book room on the library's third floor.

The event will close on Thursday at 3 p.m. with a talk by preservation specialist Gregor Trinkaus-Randall: "It's 4 a.m. Do You Know Where Your Collections Are?" It will deal with disaster preparedness and library security and will take place in the Browsing Room. A reception will follow.

Throughout Preservation Awareness Week displays of damaged books and materials will be exhibited in the soon-to-be-completed Constance Morrow Morgan Gallery in Neilson's main foyer, just inside the library's entrance. Also there, Young Science Library will exhibit "The Chemistry of Paper," a display exploring papermaking and problems involved with acidic paper.

Clark says she came up with the idea for Preservation Awareness Week because, as repair technician, she sees many damaged books that could be preserved with minimal effort. "Part of my job is to increase preservation awareness," she says. "I wanted to reach as wide an audience as possible."

To preserve the life of your books, Clark offers this advice:

  • Store them inside at temperatures between 55 and 65 degrees with humidity at 40 to 50 percent
  • Keep them away from direct sunlight
  • Always keep them dusted
  • Avoid contact with food and liquid.

For more information about Preservation Awareness Week -- including the full schedule with a number of events not described here -- contact Clark at extension 2927 or or see

On-line Service Gives Students Records Access

A new on-line service for Smith students was introduced this week. BannerWeb@Smith allows students to view their own class schedules, grades and academic transcripts as well as registrar or bursar holds on their records, summaries of their student accounts and reports on the status of their financial aid applications.

The system, implemented by the ITS Banner Student Project Team, can be accessed from any computer that has an Internet connection and runs a standard Internet browser, including CyberSmith machines and all Resource Center computers.

Students may access the system by starting their Internet browser, going to the Smith College home page (, and from there selecting "Computing & Technology" and then "BannerWeb for Students" (or the site may be accessed directly at

Although the system is designed to be easy to access, the project team considers security to be extremely important because the data in the BannerWeb@Smith modules is live, real-time and confidential. The server that runs the system is a VeriSign-certified secure site. All server-client transmissions are encrypted and include such security features as inactivity time-outs and limits on the number of failed log-in attempts. Access to the system is controlled by Smith ID and a new, random-generated Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will also be used to access the on-line faculty-evaluation system in April. The system is governed by Smith' s Acceptable Use Policy, which may be found on-line in the "Policies" section of the ITS Web site ( Violations of college policy are adjudicated according to the procedures outlined in the student handbook.

Students who have difficulty connecting with the system or using their PIN should contact the ITS User Support Center (4ITS or extension 4487) or visit the center on the second floor of Stoddard Hall.


Staffers on the Silver Screen

Smith's role in Hollywood films seems to be growing.

In January the DreamWorks SKG film In Dreams -- a psycho-thriller starring Annette Bening and Aidan Quinn, shot partially in the botanic garden and including cameo appearances by Smith personnel -- was released nationally to sub-rave reviews. Last fall, when director Lassa Holstrom (My Life as a Dog, What's Eating Gilbert Grape?) set up camp on the old state hospital grounds in Northampton to shoot Cider House Rules, some Smith community members went in front of the camera. And A Civil Action, based on the bestselling book by local author Jonathan Harr, who occasionally speaks at Smith events, opened nationally in December and has since garnered critical acclaim and skyrocketing ticket sales.

None of the botanic-garden footage made the final cut in In Dreams, but scenes with at least two Smith College employees emerged from the editing room. Robert Young, a public safety officer at Smith, had little trouble fitting into his role as a police-officer extra in the film. He spent two nights in Lenox in the fall of 1997 shooting scenes in which he and several other officers search for a missing girl (that's all we'll divulge about the plot). After seeing the movie, Young says he could spot himself in the scenes, but "if I didn't tell you where to look, you wouldn't see me."

Young, whose In Dreams experience was his first in the movies, says it was a pleasure working with star Annette Bening and discovering that she was "a really nice person. She's charming. She shook everybody's hand on the set and said, 'Thank you, it was nice working with you.'" The movie, however, he rated as a sub-par effort from veteran director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game).

Janet Morris, a statistician in the registrar's office, expects to be seen on camera in her role as part of "Couple number four" visiting an orphanage in Cider House Rules. She spent three days filming at the former state hospital and at J.P. Morgan's summer cottage in Lenox. The film, based on a John Irving novel, stars Michael Caine, Jane Alexander and Kathy Baker.

Morris, who has performed in community theater productions, says her first foray into the movies "was a great experience. I'd definitely do it again." When she auditioned at Northampton High School last year to be an extra in the movie, Morris says the casting director told her, "'I like your face. I'll be in touch.' Then they called me for a part."

For Patti Cordjay in the financial aid office, it was hard work accompanying and assisting her 6-year-old son, Nickolas, for his role as an orphan in Cider House Rules. "It was really interesting," she says, "a lot more work than I ever thought it would be. But it was worth it. I'll probably never look at a movie the same again."

Over a six-week period last November and December Nickolas often worked on the set for nine and a half hours, the maximum legally allowed for 6-year-olds. "He really liked it because it was so exciting when he was there," says Cordjay. "He had that look that they were looking for. [The kids] were supposed to look like they came from New England in the 1940s." Nickolas, a kindergartner at Walsh Elementary School in Springfield, attended school on the set for most of his time shooting, says Cordjay. Children involved in the movie were required to spend three hours a day in the school on the set.

There have been no further requests for movie shoots on campus. For now, we'll have to await the winter 2000 release of Cider House Rules to see more familiar Smith faces on the silver screen.


Historian Will Debunk Myths About Families

Stephanie Coontz, the historian of family life whose groundbreaking research has placed her at the center of the family-values debate in American politics, will present a talk, "The Changing Social and Family Environments of Childhood," on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Hall auditorium. She will discuss myths and realities about the history of parenting, demonstrate the cross-cultural diversity of childrearing arrangements, and challenge stereotypes about the nature of childhood and adolescence. She will also evaluate the dilemmas and opportunities facing parents and children in today's changing demographic, socioeconomic and cultural environments.

The Louise B. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute is sponsoring the event as part of its year-long Exploring Ecologies of Childhood project.

Coontz teaches history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Family History and Frontiers. She first gained national attention in 1992 with the publication of her book The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap. She has since written another book, The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families, and testified about her research before the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families.

Coontz's work has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Harper's, Vogue, Mirabella and other newspapers, magazines and academic journals. She has appeared on Oprah Winfrey, Crossfire, CBS This Morning and many other television programs, and in 1995 received the Dale Richmond Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for her "outstanding contributions to the field of child development."

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Refugee Expert to Speak Here

"Sudan: Solutions for a Society in Extremis" is the title of a lecture to be presented at Smith by Roger Winter, longtime director of the U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR), on Thursday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Seelye 201. Since the early 1970s USCR has been a leading champion of uprooted people in Sudan, where civil war and severe famine have displaced 4 million people -- the most refugees to be found in any one country in the world.

The USCR was founded to coordinate U.S. participation in the United Nations' International Refugee Year (1959). It has since worked for refugee protection and assistance all over the world, defending the rights of all uprooted people, regardless of nationality, race, religion, ideology or social group, in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

Since becoming USCR executive director in 1981 Winter has traveled to more than 20 countries, investigating refugee emergencies and assessing the protection and assistance needs of displaced populations. He "is a really distinguished presence in the world of humanitarian agencies," says English professor Eric Reeve, one of the organizers of the Winter lecture, which will be followed by a reception in Seelye 207.


National Meet for A Cappella Singers at JMG

For the first time, and quite possibly the last, the finals of the "Masters of Collegiate A Cappella" will be held at Smith College. The masters event is a variation of the annual National Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, which has always been held at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This year that hall was not available so the competition will come to John M. Greene Hall Friday, March 26, at 8 p.m.

Hosted by the Northampton Arts Council, Mainly A Cappella and the Smiffenpoofs, who will sing, the show also will feature the University of Virginia Sil'hooettes, the Amherst College Zumbyes, Shades of Yale University, the University of Indiana's Straight No Chaser, the University of Virginia AVP (Academic Village People), the Boston College Acoustics and the Amherst College Bluestockings. The winners receive free production and 1000 copies of their next CD.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette is official sponsor of "The Masters of Collegiate A Cappella," which has received additional funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Tickets, $10 for general admission and $5 for students, are available at the Northampton Arts Council, Guild Art Center, State Street Fruit Store and through the Northampton Box Office (586-8686) in Thornes Marketplace.


Another Day for Daughters

After attending "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" at Smith last April, 9-year-old Becky Labrie, the niece of Cathy Brooks from the Office of College Relations, was inspired to write this story about her experience for her family's newsletter:

In April of 1998, Tante [French for "aunt"] Cathy took me to "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" at Smith College (even though I'm her niece and not her daughter).

I left Tante Cathy in the morning and went to the computer lab, where I went on the Web. First, I went to look up the Spice Girls. That was fun. Then I looked up gymnastics. That was fun. Then I looked up the Titanic. That was fun, too. But the most fun thing I looked up on the Web was when I looked up Sabrina the Teenage Witch because when I looked her up, it gave me her address! The Web was really fun!

Next I went to a science place where you could do three things: slice rocks, explore on a telescope or discover bacteria. I sliced rocks. The rock I chose to cut was pink with sparkles on it. Where I cut it, it was very smooth. I got to bring it home and I enjoy it.

Then I went to the museum. The neatest thing (I thought) was the people covered with cheese doodles. They even moved! The museum was really fun!

After the museum, I went to Tante Cathy's office and we had a wonderful lunch. Then I left Tante Cathy again, and I went to the gym and when I got to the gym, I played a fun game of kickball. Then I played a game of race. After that we played a game of fishy, fishy. I went back to where Tante Cathy was. I sat down where in the morning we had listened to Smith College Smithereens sing songs with no music. It was neat! In the afternoon, we sat down and someone gave a speech, then gave us each a bag full of gifts from Smith College. Like comics, a hat, a pencil and a poster that I hung in my room.

I'm very glad Tante Cathy invited me to Smith College. I had a very good time!

This year, we're planning an equally entertaining and educational "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" on Thursday, April 22, for daughters (or nieces), ages 9 through 13, of Smith staff and faculty members. If your daughter would like to attend this day that exposes girls to a variety of professional settings including those of their parents (or other role models), call Claire Kmetz at extension 2172 to register by Monday, April 12.


Rally Day Show Bolsters Shelter

This year's Rally Day Show earned $770 for the Northampton Interfaith Cot Shelter Program. Traditionally, a local charitable or social service organization is chosen to be the recipient of funds generated by ticket sales for the show, which includes skits produced by each class and Ada Comstock Scholars that poke fun at themselves and the college.

Two houses and one class received awards as a result of Rally Day activities. The banner created by Comstock House that hung from the John M. Greene Hall balcony at the Rally Day convocation took the prize for the most creative of all banners entered in the competition. Morrow House won the award for the best banner use of this year's Rally Day theme: "SmithCollege: For Women, For the World." The two houses received $125 each and plaques designating them as 1999 winners. The plaques will hang in the houses until next year's winners are chosen. The two $125 Rally Day Show awards, one for best skit and the other for the class with the highest audience attendance, went to the class of 1999.

This year, for the first time, several Smith College trustees served as judges for the best-skit award: Judy Kim '98, Pamela Smith Henrikson '62, Janice Carlson Oresman '55, Christian Schley '70 and Linda Cornell Weinstein '66.


Like Mother, Like Daughter

By Lisa Johnson AC

Elaine McClain loves Smith. So does her daughter, Jolene McClain. Together they form the college's one and only mother-daughter student team. Both are Adas. And both love the educations they're receiving, the caliber of faculty and students here and the broad range of lectures, activities and learning experiences that are at their fingertips. But their approaches to their educations are quite different. Specifically, "I have fun and she gets good grades," says Jolene AC'01. But Elaine AC'00 is evidently having a good time too.

Little about their lives is typical. They've lived in places like Montana, Texas, Utah, Arizona and Mississippi. Jolene was home-schooled through eighth grade. And in 1994 Elaine and her husband, Jerry McClain, sold their restaurant in Montana, bought a motor home and drove out to visit their daughter for a month at Smith. Elaine participated in that year's Otelia Cromwell day and sat in on a dozen classes. It was then that Jolene pushed her mother to apply to Smith, having no doubt that she could thrive. But it took Elaine two years to make the decision. Jolene then helped her mother with the paperwork.

Being students at Smith has changed the McClains' relationship. While they say there have been ups and downs, they make sure that their paths intersect, most often with Jerry, who is a chef, cooking lunch for them. So far they've had no classes together and have attended few of the same lectures. Occasionally they bump into each other on campus. It's evident they have great love and respect for each other and that being Adas allows them to see each other in a new light.

For them, learning is not relegated strictly to the classroom. Jolene is a government major with a minor in French studies. She acts as the Ada tour-guide coordinator, serves as a house community adviser and works half-time off campus in addition to carrying a full course load and auditing a class. Accepted directly out of high school in 1993, Jolene left Smith after her first year to join the army and returned as an Ada one semester after her mother arrived.

Elaine is an American studies major, also earning teaching certification at Smith. Currently acting as Ada senate liaison, she attends as many lectures as she can and audits a class. Elaine focuses on diversity issues, pressing for growth and improvement at all levels of the Smith community. She hopes to contribute to Smith's ongoing effort to become more reflective of the world's racially diverse population.

Jolene loves seeing her mother "get such a kick out of being here," she says. She's amazed at how popular Elaine is. Elaine, for her part, says she recognizes what a strong, critical thinker Jolene has become, noting how thoughtfully and skillfully she questions what others say. "When she speaks, I listen," Elaine says.

For both of them, Jerry is a central and vital part of their lives. An amazing cook and storyteller, he welcomes students into his and Elaine's home for food and conversation. Likewise, he ventures out to the houses where he gladly shares his memories of growing up in Mississippi during the early civil rights movement. It's his roaming Cherokee spirit that Elaine believes brought them this far. While mother and daughter have sometimes resisted change, he has always been the one to urge them on to grand adventures and more stories to live and tell. Smith is sure to be one of the grandest of them all.


Poetry Scholar to Read Works

Abe (Elysabeth) Louise Young '99, this year's Sophia Smith Scholar in Poetry, will read works from her award-winning collections on Tuesday, March 30, at 7 p.m. (the time has been changed from the previously announced 4:30 p.m.) in the Neilson Library Browsing Room. Her reading is part of the Poetry Center at Smith series.

Young, twice winner of the Academy of American Poets Anne Bradstreet Prize, began writing poetry at the age of 7. She sees poetry as being more than a solitary study in self-analysis. "For me, poetry is about living in complete contact with the world," she says, "loving it actively and trying to be fully responsible to it. It's a way of life."

Poetry and writing have enabled Young to reach out to the community and teach communication skills to a wide variety of people. Last semester she volunteered at the Franklin County jail in Greenfield, counseling inmates on decision-making and self-esteem through poetry and art. While there, she discovered a woeful library stuffed with bibles and romance novels. She asked around Smith for donations of books for the jail's library and to date has received some 5,000.

Last summer, Young worked in San Francisco teaching writing skills to 80 at-risk middle-school students. And earlier this year she introduced Northampton High School students to 20th-century poetry.

"Democracy is about every single person having a voice," says Young, "a voice that is heard and valued. I think poetry is the best way to begin ... to give everyone access to the tools of language."

As a Sophia Smith Scholar in Poetry, Young is able to pursue a course of study designed by her while completing a large creative project. She has worked closely with Elizabeth Alexander, Grace Hazard Conkling Poet-in-Residence and the Poetry Center director.

Young has garnered numerous awards for her poetry. In addition to the Anne Bradstreet Prize she has won the Ethel Olin Corbin Prize for best original poem by an undergraduate in 1998, the Ruth Forbes Eliot Prize in English in 1996 and a Scholastic Writing Awards Gold Award in Poetry in 1994. She has published her work in 90 Poems of the Nineties: An Anthology of American and Canadian Poetry as well as Annual and other publications.

The Poetry Center series is supported by gifts from the Delmas Foundation and alumna Sylvia Kamerman Burack '38.

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People News

Professor of Government Walter Morris-Hale is spending part of the semester in Capetown, South Africa, carrying out research on the upcoming elections with particular focus on the empowerment of African women, both economically and politically, within that nation's young democratic system. While in South Africa Morris-Hale will deliver several lectures at the University of Capetown as well as talks on comparative politics and political theory at the University of Natal in Durban.


On March 4 Cordelia I. Vahadji '00 testified before the state Education Committee in Boston to support a bill before the house of representatives that would mandate equal alternatives in schools for students who object to animal dissection and prohibit penalties for doing so. While a student at Minnechaug Regional High School Vahadji met with resistance from teachers for objecting to dissect animals based on moral grounds. "They never said there were options," said Vahadji in a February 28 Sunday Republican article about the issue of animal dissection. "You had to be really persistent." Vahadji testified with 15 other people, some in favor of requiring students to dissect, she says. "We had really good representation," she said following her testimony. "We had some parents (some in favor), some elementary students, a veterinarian, a doctor."


William Wittig, professor of music and principal flutist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, retires at the close of this season after 30 years with the SSO. At an SSO concert in early February Wittig was featured soloist in Smith colleague Ronald Perera's Music for Flute and Orchestra. Created by the composer particularly for Wittig, the piece was premiered by the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Edwin London and later recorded on the Albany label.


The headline for an item in the January 20 South Pasadena [California] Review read "Former Review Paperboy Now a Professor in Massachusetts." The professor in question is Eric Reeves of the English department, who grew up in South Pasadena and whose parents still live there. The story described Reeves' activities as a wood turner and an exhibition in a Pasadena gallery in which his wood turning was displayed. It noted that he donates profits from all gallery sales to Doctors Without Borders, the world's largest independent humanitarian medical-relief organization.


Susan Bourque of the government department is the author of an essay, "Reassessing Research: The Liberal Arts College and the Social Sciences," in the winter issue of Daedalus, the quarterly Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In "Distinctively American: The Residential Liberal Arts Colleges," 15 college presidents, professors and notable graduates of liberal-arts colleges examine the contributions of those institutions to American intellectual life and the challenges that face them. Among the other contributors are Steven Koblik, president of Reed College; Hugh Hawkins, professor of history and American studies, Amherst College; William Hersh, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges; and Michael McPherson, president of Macalester College.


Frances Volkmann of the psychology department announced recently that she will run for a second term as city councilor from Northampton's Ward 2, which includes much of the Smith campus.

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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. Items for this section must be submitted on Event Service Request Forms.

Monday, March 29
Preservation Awareness Week 1999. (See story, page 1.) 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Neilson Library browsing room
Neilson lecture: "Shakuntala -- The Biography of a Narrative." Romila Thapar, William Allan Neilson Professor in the Department of Religion and Biblical Literature and professor emerita of history, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. A reception catered by India House follows in Wright common room. Final event of a three-part series. 4:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Lecture: "Seek Ye the Political Kingdom: Nationalists and Pan-Africanists." Toyin Falola, Gwendolen Carter Distinguished Professor of History. Second in a three-part series, "Power Revealed: Nationalism and the Production of Knowledge in Africa." Reception follows. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Résumé critiques by peer advisers. 1-4 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Ten Steps to Finding an Internship." 3 p.m., CDO
Amnesty International general meeting. 4-5 p.m., Seelye 102
Debate Society general meeting.
4-6 p.m., Seelye 110
Mandatory candidates' meeting: SGA Spring Elections. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 201
Student Labor Action Coalition general meeting. 6:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center (Davis third floor)*
Religious Life
"Silence for the Soul." Drop in for some quiet time. All welcome. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Chapel
Other events and activities
Language lunch tables
French, Italian
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Presentation of major: Physics. 4:15 p.m., McConnell 201

Tuesday, March 30
Preservation Awareness Week 1999. (See story, page 1.) 9:30 a.m..-5 p.m., Neilson Library browsing room
Sigma Xi Luncheon Talk. Ileana Streinu, computer science. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level
Panel and tea: Jennifer Klein, Kate Weigard and Nancy Young will discuss researching women's history. Part of Women's History Month.
4 p.m., Sophia Smith Archives
Lecture: "Six Billion People and Counting: Population Issues and Solutions for the New Millennium." Margaret Catley-Carlson, former president, Population Council. Sponsors: Project on Women and Social Change, Population Committee of the Pioneer Valley Sierra Club. (268-9212) 8 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Fine/performing arts/films
Poetry reading: Abe Louise Young '99. (See story, page 4.) Sponsor: Poetry Center. 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Film. Sponsor: Portuguese Club. 7:30 p.m., Hatfield 206*
Early American Shape-Note Sing. All ages and experiences welcome. 7-9 p.m., Chapel*
Rec Council movie. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Résumé critiques by peer advisers. 10:30 a.m.-noon, CDO
CDO workshop: "You're About to Graduate -- Then What?" Seminar for seniors, with mentoring expert Dr. Janet Gray and Tuck Business School alumnae. Goodies provided. Bring your friends. 7 p.m., CDO
CDO informational meeting: Ombudsperson Gina Smith will talk about her career evolution from law student to the present. Learn about law school, practicing law, mediation and the legal profession. 7 p.m., CDO
Senate meeting. 7 p.m., Seelye 201
CDO workshop: "Ten Steps to Finding an Internship." 7:15 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Preparing For a Successful Interview." 8 p.m., CDO
Religious Life
Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets in the house parlor for worship, lunch and friendship. All welcome. Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street
Hillel at Noon: "The Life of Betty Friedan." Professor Daniel Horowitz. Noon, Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
"Sacred Dance." Gentle-movement classes that explore connections between spirituality and dance. No dance experience necessary. 4:45-5:45 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Other events and activities
Language lunch tables
German, Chinese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Presentation of major and minor: Geology. 4:15 p.m., Burton 110
Softball vs. Westfield State. 4:15 p.m., athletic fields*
Lacrosse vs. Mt. Holyoke. 4:30 p.m., athletic fields*
Presentation of major: Afro-American studies. 5 p.m., Wright Hall common room
Presentation of major: East Asian language and literature. 5 p.m., Hatfield 205
Presentation of major: Religion and biblical literatures. 5 p.m., Dewey common room
Yoga class. Sponsors: Office of the Dean of the College, ESS. 5-6:15 p.m., Davis ballroom
CDO open hours. Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, March 31
Preservation Awareness Week 1999. (See story, page 1.) 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Neilson Library *
Résumé critiques by peer advisers. 1-4:30 p.m., CDO
Students for a Free Tibet meeting. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 102
Religious Life
Catholic Adas gathering and informal discussion/reflection. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Passover First Night Seder. Reservations required. 6:30 p.m., Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, Amherst College.
Buddhist service and discussion. Preceded at 5:45 p.m. by Smith Buddhist Sangha in Gillett dining room. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Other events and activities
Women's Health Fair. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Scott Gymnasium
Presentation of major: Chemistry. Lunchbag meeting for prospective majors. Noon, McConnell foyer
Presentation of major: Astronomy. 12:10 p.m., McConnell 406
Language lunch tables
Spanish, Japanese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Women's Squash Round Robin for students and faculty, beginner or advanced. Friendly atmosphere. Balls and racquets supplied. 8-9 p.m., squash courts

Thursday, April 1
Preservation Awareness Week 1999. (See story, page 1.) 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Neilson Library
Liberal Arts Luncheon: "The Sixteen Pleasures: Italy Beyond Florence, Venice and Rome." Giovanna Bellesia, Italian language and literature. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level
Lecture: "Sudan: Solutions for a Society in Extremis." Roger Winter, executive director, U.S. Committee for Refugees. (See story, page 4.) 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Lecture: "Epic Imitation: Some Versions from Virgil to Tasso and Milton." David Quint, George M. Bodman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Yale University. Sponsors: Classical languages and literatures, English, Italian and Medieval studies departments, Lecture Committee. 5 p.m., Seelye 106*
Fine/performing arts/films
Rec Council movie. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Résumé critiques by peer advisers. 10:30 a.m.­noon, CDO
CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé." 3 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Using the Internet to Search for Internships and Jobs." 4 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Job Search for Seniors." 4 p.m., CDO
Debate Society practice rounds. 4-6 p.m., Seelye 110
Workshop: "Art from Art: Writing in Response to Visual Creation." Janet Longe Sadler, writer, artist. Second of six sessions exploring creative writing forms and styles. Free, but advance registration is required (ext. 2760). Limited to 12. 5:30-7:45 p.m., Museum of Art
Association of Low-Income Students meeting. Refreshments and childcare with advance notice. (Lori, ext. 4066.) 7 p.m., Chapin House
Religious Life
Roman Catholic Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper and Installation of Eucharistic Ministers. The Rev. Peter E. Fink, S.J., will preside. 5:15 p.m., Chapel*
Meetings: Al-Iman, the Muslim organization on campus. Discussion of Islamic values and Qu'ran literature. 7-8:15 p.m., Dewey common room
Maundy Thursday candlelight service with themes of passover, Eucharist, washing as a sign of self-giving and service, music, a quiet prayer and participation in the events of the Last Supper. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge*
Other events and activities
Yoga class. Sponsors: Office of the Dean of the College, ESS. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis ballroom
Presentation of major: Computer science department. Lunch provided. 12:10-1:10 p.m., McConnell foyer
Language lunch tables
Korean, Russian
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
President Simmons' open hour for students. No appointment necessary. Students seen on a first-come, first-served basis. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20
Lacrosse vs. Wesleyan. 4:15 p.m., athletic fields*

Friday, April 2
Lecture: "Birds and Ecology in the Brazilian Rainforest." Mario Cohn-Haft, Louisiana State University. Sponsors: Environmental Science and Policy Program, Latin American and Latino/Latina studies, Spanish and Portuguese department, Center for Amazonian Literature and Culture, Lecture Fund. 4 p.m., McConnell auditorium*
Fine/performing arts/films
Theater: Ellen McLaughlin's Tongue of a Bird. Susan Falon Woll '99, director. Five women struggle with nightmare events both real and imaginary. Part of the New Play Readings Series. 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall*
Concert: "Battle of the A Cappella Groups." A dance follows. (See story, page 4.) 7 p.m., Davis ballroom
Film: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) with Tom Courtenay, Michael Redgrave. Tony Richardson, director. British Film Series. Sponsor: Motion Picture Committee. 8 p.m, Wright auditorium*
Smith Science-Fiction and Fantasy Society. (Allison, ext. 6683.) 4:30-6:15 p.m., Seelye 208*
Religious Life
Green Tara meditation session with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, Washington, New Jersey. Sponsors: East Asian Studies and Ada Howe Kent programs. 4-5 p.m., Wright Hall common room*
Roman Catholic Good Friday Service, Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion. The Rev. Peter E. Fink, S.J., celebrant. 5:15 p.m., Chapel*
Smith Christian Fellowship (InterVarsity) with other sisters. 7:30 p.m., Dewey common room*
Good Friday candlelight service. Using symbols of light and darkness and the Cross, we will enter deeply into the meaning and grace of this day. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge*
Other events and activities
Language lunch table: Japanese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Softball vs. MIT (2). 3 p.m., athletic fields*
Cultural dinner and performance. Sponsor: EKTA. 5:30 p.m., Gamut*

Saturday, April 3
Fine/performing arts/films
Special event: Bengali New Year Celebration featuring a cultural presentation, traditional Bengali food and music and forehead painting (bindi). Tickets: $1. 5:30 p.m., Davis ballroom*
Film: La Ceremonie (France, 1996) with Sandrinne Bonnaire and Isabelle Huppert. Claude Chabrol, director. City of Women Series. Sponsor: Motion Picture Committee.
8 p.m. Wright auditorium*
Religious Life
Roman Catholic Easter Vigil, including Liturgy of the Eucharist. With the Rev. Peter E. Fink, S.J., and chaplain Elizabeth Carr. 8 p.m., Chapel*
Other events and activities
Riding: Regionals. 9 a.m., equestrian center*

Sunday, April 4
Daylight Saving Time begins.
Fine/performing arts/films
Concert: "Music for an Easter Sunday Afternoon." Philipp Naegele with colleagues and students. Baroque compositions for various instruments. 2 p.m., Museum of Art*
Film: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. See Friday listing. 2 p.m, Wright auditorium*
Film: La Ceremonie. See Saturday listing. 7 p.m, Wright auditorium*
Film: Korean Popular Movie Series. Sponsor: KASS. 7 p.m., Seelye 106
Religious Life
Sunrise Easter Service. The Ecumenical Christian Church of Smith joins with First Churches and Edwards Church for a sunrise Easter Service at the playing fields by the Field House. All welcome. 6 a.m., athletic fields*
Quaker meeting. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome. Bass 203*
Roman Catholic Easter Mass of the Resurrection with the Rev. Peter E. Fink, S.J., and chaplain Elizabeth Carr. Easter brunch follows at Elizabeth Carr's home. 9:15 a.m., Chapel*
Ecumenical Christian Church service of celebration and communion for Easter Sunday with the Rev. Doug Ryniewicz preaching. Special music by the All Peoples' Gospel Choir. All welcome. 10:45 a.m., Chapel*

Ongoing Events
"Idea<>Form: Looking at the Creative Process." The centerpiece of a college-wide exploration of the creative process in the arts, humanities, sciences and mathematics.Through May 30. Museum of Art*
"State of the Tibetan Nation." Photographs portraying life in occupied Tibet. (Ext. 7064.) Through April 2. Seelye first floor

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Smith Wide

Sunnyside Openings

The Sunnyside Child Care Center has summer-program openings for preschoolers. The program will run June 22-August 17. Children may be enrolled for half or full days, three, four or five days per week. The program is nationally accredited and offers creative, recreational fun. As always, Smith-affiliated families will be given enrollment priority. (Ext. 2293.)

Faculty & Staff

Work-Study Jobs

Campus employers are asked to remember the March 26 deadline for submitting work-study job descriptions to be advertised for the 1999-2000 academic year. Jobs can be submitted via the Web at Job books listing these positions will be available to students seeking work-study positions beginning April 5. (Student Employment Office, ext. 2594.)


Israel Stipends

The Sylvia Josephs Berger '24 Endowed Fund provides financial support for intensive summer language study, internships and independent projects in Israel. There is a rolling deadline for applications. (Liz Lee, ext. 4913.)

Van Service

A shuttle van service to the Stop 'n Shop and Blockbuster Video on King Street will run every Friday and Sunday (except Easter Sunday) in April. There will be no charge for the service, which will run continuously from 4 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The blue shuttle van will pick up Smith passengers in front of John M. Greene Hall.

Open Campus Volunteers

Open Campus will be held Thursday and Friday, April 15-16. This overnight program enables admitted prospective students to visit classes, meet with faculty, learn about Smith activities and stay in a Smith house. The admission office is seeking volunteers to host students overnight on Thursday, April 15. If you're interested, please come by the office to fill out a short form telling us about yourself. (Jennifer O'Loughlin, ext. 2508 or

Mall Crawl

The Office of Student Affairs is sponsoring its second and final mall crawl for the semester, to the Berkshire Outlet Village in Lee, on Saturday, April 10. The outlet offers dozens of stores, including J Crew, Nautica, Calvin Klein and The Gap. The free bus will depart from John M. Greene at 9 a.m. and head back to Smith at 3 p.m. Sign up (first-come, first-served) during office hours in College Hall 24. Sign-up deadline: noon, Friday, April 9.

Boston Museum Trip

The Association of Low-Income Students (ALIS) and Fine Arts Council are sponsoring a day trip to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, April 3. Departure is at 8 a.m. from John M. Greene Hall. The bus will leave Boston at 8 p.m. and arrive in Northampton at 10 p.m. Open to Smith students and their families. Seating is limited. (Lori, ext. 4066.)

Business Etiquette

The Association of Low-Income Students is sponsoring an evening with etiquette consultant Jodie Smith, who will present techniques and strategies for entering social and professional situations with ease. It will be held in the Alumnae House living room Wednesday, April 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. and offer basic networking and business etiquette skills. Donation suggested. Tickets: Lori, ext. 4066.

King and I Tickets

The Fine Arts Council has reserved 50 tickets at $7 each for the performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I at the UMass Concert Hall on Friday, April 9, at 8 p.m. The first 40 students to sign up will be provided with bus transportation (the Brownie Express, with snacks and beverages) from JMG to UMass and back. This lavish Broadway musical, set in the 1860s in and around the royal palace in Bangkok, includes such old favorites as "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Shall We Dance?" Tickets are on sale at the SGA Office, Clark Hall.


Students -- continued

Summer Admission Employment

Applications are currently available in the admission office for summer tour guide/office worker positions. Responsibilities include leading campus tours, preparing mailings, data entry and general office work. Job hours are Monday through Friday (and two Saturdays), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The job lasts from Commencement to Labor Day. Application deadline: May 1. (Jennifer O'Loughlin, ext. 2508;

Education Course Registration

Preregistration for EDC 345/346 will take place Tuesday, March 30, at 5 p.m. in Gill Hall library. Students planning to practice-teach at the elementary or secondary level and those who wish to learn more about teacher certification should attend.

House Closing

Campus houses will officially close for the academic year at noon on Saturday, May 8. Students (other than seniors and those taking late Five-College exams) who have not left their rooms by then run the risk of being fined and receiving letters in their student files. Students with permission to live on campus through Commencement must move to consolidated housing on the afternoon of May 8. Front-door and room keys will not be provided, but doorwatches will be scheduled for the week. The last night any guest room may be reserved or occupied is Friday, May 7. All students enrolled in Five College courses are required to submit a housing request form to the Alumnae Association by March 31. (Kelly Taylor, ext. 2040.)

Summer Housing

Beginning May 9 summer housing in Capen House will be available for Smith students working on campus. The cost is $100 per week and includes room and meals Monday through Friday. Contracts are available for a minimum of one week. Applications will be available in the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24, on March 26. Application deadline: April 29.

SGA Appointment

The Student Government Association will appoint one student from the campus at large to represent students on the College Committee on Missions and Priorities (CMP). CMP, chaired by President Simmons, is the all-college committee that sets long-range goals for the college in conjunction with other college committees and the board of trustees. Interested students must submit an essay suggesting goals and how we can reach them through policy or programming. All applicants must be willing and able to serve a two-year term. Please include your name, year, box, phone number and e-mail address. Submission deadline: 4 p.m., Friday, April 9, at the SGA office, Clark Hall. (Cherilyn Cepriano ext. 4952; SGA office, ext. 4950.)

Summer HR/RC

Applications for the position of summer head resident/residence coordinator at Capen House will be available as of March 26 in the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24. Compensation includes room, board and a small weekly stipend. Preference will be given to applicants with HR/HC experience. Applications deadline: April 16. (Randy Shannon, housing coordinator, ext. 4940.)

Praxis Stipends

If you are a rising junior or rising senior, now is a great time to apply for Praxis stipends for summer internships. Plenty of funding remains available. Watch the CDO Web page for updates on funding availability.

Praxis Express

From March 22 to April 2 (including Sunday, March 28) CDO staff will hold scheduled drop-in hours from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to review Praxis funding applications. You'll be able to get a CDO approval on the spot or learn what changes you'll need to make in order to have your application approved. The day before or on the day you plan to drop-in, sign up for a 15-minute slot. Praxis funding applications also require the approval of your major adviser. (Lucy Greenburg, ext. 2575 or; Liz Lee, ext. 2581 or

Pap Tests

Because of the turnaround time on Pap tests, none will be done at the Health Service after April 30. They will resume again in September.

Cycles Survey

Reminder to all students asked to participate in the Cycles survey: Please complete you survey. It's one of your best chances to make your opinions heard. Instructions were included on your survey form, but if you have questions or need another form, please call extension 3021.

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