News for the Smith College Community // April 15, 1999

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FAC Brings the Arts to Students

Last weekend about 40 Smith students piled onto a bus to see Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic Broadway musical The King and I at the UMass Fine Arts Center. Their night out was one of many events arranged throughout the academic year by the student-run Smith College Fine Arts Council (FAC).

Later this month another 20 Smithies will visit Northampton's lavishly renovated Calvin Theatre to see Indian musical legend Ravi Shankar strum his trademark sitar, just as he did with the Beatles 30 years ago. And last month 10 students attended a concert by the Mingus Big Band at UMass. These events and many more like them throughout the academic year are offered to students at 10 and 20 percent discounts through the FAC.

One of the council's aims is to promote Smith student attendance at some of the area's many cultural events by offering group discounts and subsidizing ticket purchases at the UMass Fine Arts Center and the Calvin. But more generally the council wants to promote art in all its forms to the student body on and off campus. Part of that promotion, and one of the FAC's premier yearly events, is the Art Search and Show, a student art exhibition that will take place next Wednesday and Thursday, April 21 and 22, in Davis ballroom. Students of all artistic backgrounds working in any medium and at any level are invited to submit works for the show. Students will vote on their favorite pieces, and prizes of between $100 and $300 will be awarded.

In addition to these events, the council subsidizes many student groups' cultural and art projects -- dance and music concerts, theater performances, readings, workshops. journals. And sometimes FAC funds individual student endeavors, including one student's research trip to Morocco this semester, after which she will report on her experiences traveling as a lone female in a post-colonial society.

"That's the kind of thing we want to encourage," says FAC President Mary Jane Mullen AC '99J. She says the council wants to reach more students: "We're trying to be a little more aggressive in letting people know we exist. We're trying to encourage people to use the FAC to fund events in the houses."

After all, points out FAC adviser Merry Farnum, $3.50 of each student's activities fee for the semester goes to the FAC. "We'd like to do more," says Farnum. "We'd like more active student membership." FAC membership is open to all students.

For information regarding the FAC, contact Mullen at extension 6522 or And keep reading the notices in AcaMedia to learn what big show in town you'll next be able to attend at a discount.


A Civil Action to be "Retried"

Next Tuesday, April 20, all the events, facts and testimony documented in Northampton author Jonathan Harr's best-selling A Civil Action will be reexamined in a staged trial in GEO 109, "The Environment," a course taught by Amy Rhodes, a lecturer in environmental sciences. The trial will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. in McConnell auditorium and is open to the community.

A Civil Action, released as a John Travolta movie last year, tells the true story of a Woburn, Massachusetts, court case in which several families collectively brought charges against two companies, W.R. Grace and Beatrice Foods, accused of contaminating the local groundwater supply and causing high occurrences of leukemia among the families' children.

Harr visited Rhodes' class in March and spoke about his writing process and what his life was like during the arduous course of following the Woburn case.

Rhodes' class members, many of whom are not science majors, will take on the roles of the book's characters, some developing arguments supporting the Woburn families as lawyers for the prosecution, some as attorneys for the defense, others playing the roles of geology, medical, statistical and contaminant experts who have compiled information or will testify before the mock court.

Rhodes, who has focused on global warming, energy and other environmental issues in the past in her class, this year decided to study water-quality issues and groundwater contamination in conjunction with her personal research of water-quality and land-use issues related to the local Mill River watershed.

"While we discussed these issues in class the students were reading of a parallel situation in A Civil Action," says Rhodes. "By focusing on the book I aimed to tie a popular, nonfiction story with some basic geologic principles that relate to groundwater movement, human water supplies and, in this case, an apparent environmental health problem."

Rhodes emphasizes that by reviewing the facts in the case documented by Harr, her class may not necessarily arrive at the same conclusion as that of the real-life case. "The book provides the framework for the students to do their research. It sets up the problem that students need to solve. How they solve it depends on their own initiative. The verdict need not be the same as what occurred in the actual story. The students will have access to more recent data and a different judge presides."

The judge for Rhodes' class trial will be Tom Schwab, a retired corporate lawyer from Holyoke. A jury will be made up of students in EVS 300, a senior seminar in environmental science taught by lecturer Elizabeth Farnsworth.


SSC Acquires Alum's Papers

The Sophia Smith Collection has acquired the papers of the woman thought to be the first Smith graduate to serve in Congress: Jane Lakes Harman '66, who recently completed three terms as congresswoman from California and who will become a Smith College trustee in July. The papers began arriving at Smith last December -- 147 cartons or 184 linear feet of them, enough to fill about 23 standard four-drawer file cabinets. The first batch, legislative records from Harman's Washington office, will be followed by political records from the office in California that housed her congressional campaigns and her gubernatorial run in the spring of 1998, as well as personal papers from her childhood and from her homes in Washington and California. Other relics of her evolving career in public life will gradually be added.

While the Sophia Smith Collection boasts the papers of a number of political reformers (Carrie Chapman Catt, Susan B. Anthony, Jane Addams and Gloria Steinem '56 among them), "the only other collection we had for a politician or elected official was a tiny portion of the papers of Rep. Patsy Mink of Hawaii that deals with women's issues," observes Sherrill Redmon, director of the Sophia Smith Collection.

The Harman papers document the full range of issues Congress grappled with in the 1990s. They go into depth on the issues of greatest concern to Harman -- equal treatment, combat roles and access to abortions for women in the military; term limits and campaign finance reform; programs to convert defense facilities to post -- Cold War uses; support for various weapons and space programs; federal budget reduction; the balanced-budget constitutional amendment; and the line-item veto.

"The Harman papers will be a boon to students interested in the firsthand study of politics during a period when women's participation in the upper reaches of government was beginning to expand," said Susan Bourque, Esther B. Wiley Professor of Government.

For as long as the two years it may take to process them, however, the Harman papers will be inaccessible to researchers.


Reading to Mix Poetry, Music

Ntozake Shange will perform her dynamic poetry with internationally acclaimed percussionist Kahil-El-Zabar of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble on Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. The event will be free and open to the public.

Shange is the author of for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is not enuf, a choreopoem that forever changed the face of American theater with a spectrum of revelatory voices exploring a black woman's experience.

Shange's volumes of poetry include nappy edges, A Daughter's Geography, Ridin' The Moon in Texas, From Okra to Greens, and The Love Space Demands: A Continuing Saga. She has written two novels, Sassafras, Cypress, and Indigo, and Betsey Brown.

Her work provides a sense of immediate contact with a volatile and expressive set of emotions. In both poetry and prose, Shange makes us creatively rethink the dangers that face our contemporary world.

The Houston Chronicle writes: "Shange is a poet who knows how to loosen the strictures, to give form to the warm exudates of the black self and the pain and joy of the black heritage, and to chart the rushing waters of the old and new rivers confluent at the mouth of the present. Shange's poetry is a colorful new spectrum of warm, sensuous voices."

Shange's columns appear regularly in Philadelpia's Real News; her articles and poetry may be found in Uncut Funk, Callaloo, Muleteeth, and Essence.

This reading is the last in the 1998-99 Poetry Center Series at Smith College. It is sponsored by the Poetry Center and the Black Students Association at Smith.


Giants to Meet at May Panel

Smith seniors, their families and alumnae on campus for reunion activities will get to hear this year's honorary degree recipients talk about their lives and achievements in an event newly added to the commencement/reunion program.

On Saturday, May 15, four of the five women who will receive honorary degrees during commencement exercises the following day will gather from 3 to 4 p.m. in Wright Hall with moderator Susan Bourque, Esther B. Wiley Professor of Government, for an informal discussion.

Present will be Jane Alexander, actress, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and this year's commencement speaker; Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian spokesperson and human rights and women's rights activist; Carol Gilligan, psychologist, writer and Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Gender Studies at Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Romila Thapar, historian, writer, professor emeritus of history at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and this semester's William Allan Neilson Professor at Smith.

The fifth honorary degree recipient, Lani Guinier, professor at Harvard Law School and former civil rights lawyer, will not arrive on campus in time for the panel discussion.

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In Case You're Wondering...

Last week a number of hemlock trees on the north, east and south sides of Garrison Hall, 42 West Street, were cut down. They were severely infested with the hemlock woolly adelgid and were taken down to prevent the infestation from spreading. For more information about the hemlock woolly adelgid and its effect on campus trees, see the fall 1998 Botanic Garden News, available on-line at


Final Talk in Library Series

Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books, will talk about Smith's rare book collection -- its importance to the college and the ways it is put to use -- in the third and final lecture of this year's "Sundays at Two" lecture series sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library and Smith College. Antonetti's presentation, which will be followed by a visit to the Mortimer Rare Book Room, will take place in Neilson Browsing Room Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m.

Smith's rare book collection includes nearly 25,000 volumes and covers the history of printing from the 15th century to the present. All phases of the book arts are represented in the collection, including fine examples of illustrations in original media, private press books, fore-edge paintings and decorative bindings. Among the author collections of bibliographic distinction are those of Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty and Virginia Woolf.

A specialist in the history of books and printing, Antonetti was director of the Grolier Club in New York before coming to Smith. He also teaches at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School.

The two earlier lecturers in the inaugural year of the Smith/Forbes series were Jonathan Harr, author of A Civil Action, and Linda Shaughnessy, author of children's books about championship athletes and secretary/receptionist in the Smith music department office. The series, in which the college and Northampton's public library have joined to sponsor presentations about books, bookmaking, authors and other literary subjects, is expected to continue next year.


Last Call for Senior Surveys

Each senior should have just received a lengthy survey to complete and return to the second floor of Clark Hall (above the SGA Office) between today and Friday, April 30. Why take the time to complete the senior survey? Because what you say will help shape Smith's future.

According to Diane Cuneo, director of institutional research, data from the senior survey help many parts of the college community assess the past and plan for the future. Academic departments get feedback on graduate school acceptances. Senior evaluations of college life help planning and policymaking committees improve college programs. Information on academic divisions' strengths and weaknesses contributes to curriculum planning. The CDO uses the information to keep current the list of employers and graduate schools interested in Smith students, and to expand the alumnae networking system that helps students and alumnae locate information on internships, jobs and further study. Your answers help the Alumnae Association identify what young alumnae want.

This is the 16th consecutive senior survey, and Cuneo says she believes Smith is the only college to conduct such regular, comprehensive surveys of its seniors. This year's survey consists of two separate sections. The first asks for biographical information such as background and future plans. This information becomes part of each woman's permanent alumna record at Smith. The second section contains questions about finances, attitudes and evaluations of the undergraduate experience; it was developed in cooperation with a select group of colleges and universities across the country. Because seniors from different schools will be answering the same set of questions, it will be possible to see how Smith students feel about their college years as compared to other students. Data from this second section will be kept confidential and used only to construct a statistical class profile.

If you have questions about the senior survey or need a new survey form, please call the Office of Institutional Research at extension 3021.


Mellon Fellows to Study Here

Supported by a $435,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Smith College over the next five years will host four postdoctoral fellows in the humanities and social sciences.

Smith's Mellon Fellows are expected to teach and pursue scholarship in several emerging areas, particularly interdisciplinary fields such as women's studies, media and culture, environmental public policy, landscape studies, Caribbean literature and Islamic art and architecture.

The fellows will join the college's growing community of postdoctoral researchers in the sciences, as well as Smith's Mendenhall Fellows, minority scholars-in-residence. A search is currently under way for the first Mellon Fellow, whose field will be women's studies and who is expected to begin his or her two-year residency at Smith this fall.


Campus Crime Stats Disclosed

In compliance with the Campus Crime Act, the Office of Public Safety has reported its 1998 statistics on campus murders, aggravated assaults, robberies, motor vehicle thefts, weapon possessions and other crimes.

From the numbers -- mostly zeros -- you might conclude that Smith's public safety officers have uneventful lives. Not so:

  • During 1998, the department handled 17,478 calls for service. The top five calls in the "general" category were property checks (4,642), lockouts (2,746), unsecure areas (2,081), secured areas (1,696) and transports (1,009).
  • In addition, public safety officers responded to 175 medical emergency/injured person calls, 243 fire alarm/fire calls, 31 calls for larceny of property having a value of over $250, 72 calls for larceny of property having a value under $250, 26 vandalism/destruction of property calls, 8 domestic disturbance calls and 1 domestic assault and battery call.

The college is required by law to also report the following statistics for 1998:

Murder 0

Forcible Sex Offenses 2

Nonforcible Sex Offenses 0

Aggravated Assault 0

Hate Crime/Forcible Sex Offense 0

Hate Crime/Aggravated Assault 0

Hate Crime/Murder 0

Robbery 0

Burglary 0

Motor Vehicle Theft 2

Liquor Law Violations 1

Drug Abuse Violations 1

Weapons Possessions 1

New campus security legislation, signed into law in October 1998, included the addition to the disclosure list of manslaughter, arson and campus disciplinary referrals for alcohol, drug and weapons violations. According to Sharon Rust, director of public safety, the reporting of hate crimes has been expanded with such crimes reported by "category of prejudice." Under the new legislation, schools will be required to maintain a public police log of all reported crimes and disclose statistics in four categories: on-campus, non-campus (remote facilities, fraternities and sorority houses), public property, and residential facilities for students (residence halls, apartments, etc.).

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April 6:
Smith 0, Amherst 1
Smith 2, Amherst 10
April 7: Smith 11, WNEC 0
April 9:
Smith 8, WPI 2
Smith 10, WPI 2
April 10:
Smith 9, Babson 0
Smith 8, Babson 0
April 6: Smith 13, Springfield 11
April 10: Smith 4, Wellesley15
April 10:
Smith vs. Trinity, Mount Holyoke, Holy Cross
Varsity 8: 2nd out of 4
2nd Varsity 8: 1st out of 3
Novice 8: 1st out of 4
2nd Novice 8: 2nd out of 4
April 10: Smith Invitational: 6th out of 9
April 10-11: Seven Sisters Championship; Third place
April 10: Zones at Stoneleigh Burnham: Three students, 8th place

Founding chairperson, Picker Engineering Program at Smith College.
Institutional research analyst. Review begins April 30.
Technology support consultant, ITS. Search to continue until job is filled.
Director of systems and network services, ITS. Review begins May 1.

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People News

Artist Jane Lund, an instructor in the art department who teaches Drawing I, was featured in the March American Artist. Several of her pastel-on-paper works were reproduced in the magazine, including one splashed across the publication's cover: White Still Life, showing a jug, squashes and eggs in a dish. Inside, the magazine ran two-page spreads of Lund's detailed portraits, Portrait of the Artist's Son, Portrait of the Artist's Mother and Portrait of a Scholar. "Clarity, brilliance, and perfection are three words that immediately spring to mind when viewing the work of New England pastelist Jane Lund," writes Bill Creevy in the magazine. "In her still lifes and portraits, she takes visual description beyond the point of mere documentation and places it in the realm of sublime vision."


Floyd Cheung, lecturer in the American studies department, has received the 1998 Gene Wise -- Warren Susman Prize of the American Studies Association. The prize is awarded for the best paper presented by a graduate student at ASA's annual meeting. Cheung's paper, "Parading Masculinities: Euro-American and Chinese Imperialism and Gender in Territorial Arizona," refutes conventional assumptions that 19th-century Euro-American men on the frontier practiced active masculinity while Chinese men were passive, emasculated victims. A recent ASA newsletter noted that "through his archival research and nuanced analysis, Cheung produces a fresh and provocative appraisal of the intersections between gender and race in performances of authority."


Smith is well represented in the 24 volumes of the recently published, award-winning American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 1999). Papers of at least six of the biographical subjects are preserved in the Sophia Smith Collection and five SSC archivists wrote entries. Entries were contributed by Maida Goodwin on novelist Nan Hale (1908-88), Amy Hague on labor journalist and social activist Jessie Lloyd O'Connor '25 (1904-88), Margaret Jessup on YWCA overseas official Ruth Woodsmall (1883-1963), Kathleen Banks Nutter on women's rights advocate Martha Coffin Wright (1806-1875) and Sherrill Redmon on labor educator and YWCA official Eleanor Coit '16 (1894-1976). Sophia Smith Professor of Music Ruth Solie wrote the entry on musicologist Sophie Drinker (1888-1968, Smith honorary degree recipient, 1949). The ANB also contains an entry on women's basketball pioneer and Smith professor Senda Berenson (1868­1934), whose papers are in the Smith College Archives.


"Now that major reference works like the ANB recognize the need to include notable women along with the men, we felt we should do our part by making some more of our women's stories available," observes Redmon. "Besides, this seemed like a good way to publicize the availability of these papers for research."

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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, April 19
Lecture: "Things Fall Apart: The Rise and Fall of the African Academy." Toyin Falola, Gwendolen Carter Distinguished Professor of History. Final lecture in the series "Power Revealed: Nationalism and the Production of Knowledge in Africa." Reception follows in Seelye 207. 4:30- 5:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Lecture: "Women in Prisons." 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201
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
Meeting for all newly elected health promotion peers. Attendance required. (Ext. 2824.) 4:30-5:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Debate Society general meeting.
4-6 p.m., Seelye 101
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
Green Tara meditation session with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan. 4-5 p.m., Wright common room*
Other events and activities
Language lunch tables
French, Italian
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Tuesday, April 20
Sigma Xi Luncheon Talk: "Comparative Genomics: A Tale of Two Genomes." Steve Williams, biological sciences. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level
Poster Sessions: Kahn Liberal Arts Institute student fellows will present their internship projects. 7:30 p.m., Gardner House
Fine/performing arts/films
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
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. "Ritual Purity in Ancient Judaism." Joel Kaminsky, religion professor. Noon, Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
Other events and activities
Language lunch tables
German, Chinese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining 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
Celebration: Israel Independence Day, Yom Ha'Atzmaut, with Israeli dancing led by Ezra Weinberg. (Ext. 2754.) 8 p.m., Wright common room*

Wednesday, April 21
Lecture: "So Many Galaxies, So Little Time." Margaret Geller, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Part of Five College Astronomy Picnic and Colloquium. Picnic precedes lecture at 5 p.m. in foyer. 7:30 p.m., McConnell 104
Lecture: "The Chemical Road to Genetic Medicine." Peter Dervan, California Institute of Technology.
8 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*
Fine/performing arts/films
Exhibition: "Art Search and Show," the eighth annual Fine Arts Council student art show. (See story, page 1.) Reception follows. (Maria Webster, ext. 6884; Mary Jane Mullen, ext. 6522) 2-7:30 p.m., Davis ballroom*
Theater: Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Paul Zimet, director. Tickets: $5, general; $3, students and seniors. (Ext. 2787.) 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*
Spring Concert: "Busta Rhymes" with deejay Cocoa Chanelle, Black Entertainment Network. Tickets ($10, students; $18, public) available April 16, 19 and 20 at the student mail center or through Ticketmaster. Doors open 7 p.m. Sponsors: Rec Council, BSA. 8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*
Meeting: Campus Climate Working Group. President Simmons, chair. Discuss structure of diversity efforts. 8-9 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Résumé critiques by peer advisers. 1-4:30 p.m., CDO
Open meeting for SLL 372, "Translating Poetry." 2:40-4 p.m., Hatfield 105
Workshop: "Business Etiquette," with consultant Jodie Smith. Sponsor: Association of Low-Income Students (Lori, ext. 4066.) 3-5 p.m., Alumnae House living room
Informational meeting: International Fellowships. See notices for details. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 110
Students for a Free Tibet meeting. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 102
Peer Recruitment Ice Cream Social. Members of Peer Sexuality Educators, Eating TLC, Student Task Force on Eating Disorders and the Alcohol Awareness Panel will share information about future opportunities with their groups. (Ext. 2824.) 7:15 p.m., Wright common room
Religious Life
Catholic Adas' gathering and informal discussion/reflection. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel
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
Language lunch tables
Spanish, Japanese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Celebration: Israel Independence Day with Israeli dancing. Sponsors: Amherst Hillel and the Jewish Community of Amherst. (Ext. 2754.) 6-8 p.m., Student Center Front Room, Amherst College
Women's Squash Round Robin for students and faculty. Balls and racquets supplied. 8-9 p.m., squash courts

Thursday, April 22
Liberal Arts Luncheon: "Zionism and the Transformation of Jewish Society." Donna Divine, government. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level
Poster Sessions: Kahn Liberal Arts Institute student fellows will present their internship projects. 7:30 p.m. Ziskind House
Fine/performing arts/films
Exhibition: "Art Search and Show." See Wednesday listing. Reception follows. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Davis ballroom*
Film: Tropicola. About Cuba in the '90s. In Spanish with English subtitles. All invited. Sponsor: Spanish and Portuguese department. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106
Theater: Waiting for Godot. See Wednesday listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*
Rec Council movie. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Résumé critiques by peer advisers. 10:30 a.m.-noon, CDO

Organizational meeting: Students of Orthodox backgrounds invited to attend a meeting to organize an Orthodox Student Religious Organization here at Smith. Students of all Orthodox backgrounds, i.e. Greek, Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, etc. are welcome. (Vera Shevzov, ext. 3686 or Elizabeth Carr, Ext. 2752) Noon, Chapel

HR workshop: "Saving for Your Child's College Education." (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263.) Noon-2 p.m., Dewey common room

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
Debate Society practice rounds. 4-6 p.m., Seelye 101
Workshop: "Art from Art: Writing in Response to Visual Creation," with Janet Longe Sadler, writer, artist. Fifth of six sessions. Free, but advance registration is required (call extension 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

Thursday, continued --

Religious Life
Organizational meeting for students of all backgrounds. Lunch provided. (Vera Shevzov, ext. 3686; Elizabeth Carr, ext. 2752.) Noon, Chapel
Meeting: Al-Iman, the Muslim organization on campus. Discussion of Islamic values and Qu'ran literature. 7-8:15 p.m., Dewey common room
Other events and activities
Yoga class. Sponsors: Office of the Dean of the College, ESS. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis ballroom
Language lunch tables
Korean, Russian
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Friday, April 23
Biological Sciences & Biochemistry Colloquium: Honors and graduate students' presentations." 4 p.m., McConnell B05*
Lecture: "Gallery Talk on Children's Exhibit." Kahn Fellow Peter Pufall, psychology department. Part of the Kahn Institute's "Exploring the Ecologies of Childhood" project. 4:30 p.m., McConnell foyer*
Fine/performing arts/films
Poetry reading and music with Ntozake Shange. (See story, page 4.) 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*
Concert: "Smithereens Jam!" A cappella at its best, with songs and skits from the Smithereens, Colby Blue Lights and the award-winning Dartmouth Aires. 8 p.m., Davis ballroom*
Theater: Waiting for Godot. See Wednesday listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*
Film: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), with Alec Guinness. Robert Hamer, director. British Film Series. Sponsor: Motion Picture Committee. 8 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*
President Simmons' open hours for students. No appointment necessary. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20
Smith Science-Fiction and Fantasy Society. (Allison, ext. 6683.) 4:30-6:15 p.m., Seelye 208*
Religious Life
Green Tara Meditation. See Monday listing. 4-5 p.m., Wright common room*
Shabbat service. Dinner follows in Dawes House Kosher Kitchen. 5:15 p.m., Dewey common room
Shabbat service and dinner. Amherst Hillel. Dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m., Center for Religious Life, Woodside Avenue, Amherst College
Smith Christian Fellowship (InterVarsity) with other sisters. 7:30 p.m., Dewey common room*
Other events and activities
Language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Saturday, April 24
Lecture: "Romans at the End of the Earth." Professor Elizabeth Lyding Will. The annual Phyllis Williams Lehman Lecture. Sponsor: Western Massachusetts Society of the Archeological Institute of America. 11 a.m., Stoddard auditorium*
Panel discussion: "How to Pursue a Career in the Entertainment Industry." Presented by the Smith Alumnae Theatre Committee. A networking session with panelists follows.
1 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall CPA
Lecture: "On the Edge: Dealing with Depression, Guilt and Anger." Dr. Caton, New York psychologist. Question-and-answer period with refreshments follows. Sponsor: Keystone. 2-4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Fine/performing arts/films
Special Event: "Pizza and Movie Night." Sponsor: Union of Underrepresented Science Students. All welcome. 5-10 p.m., Wright common room
Poetry reading: Nuyorican poets will focus on queer identity. 7 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
Concert: Orchestra Spring Concert featuring Concerto Competition winners. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Theater: Waiting for Godot. See Wednesday listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*
Film: A Geisha (Japan, 1953). Kenji Mizoguchi, director. City of Women Series. Sponsor: Motion Picture Committee. 8 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Religious Life
Havdalah Service. Come together to bring the Sabbath to a close. 5:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge
Other events and activities
Tennis vs. Middlebury. 1 p.m., outdoor tennis courts*
Art studio visit: Painter Roger Boyce, art department, welcomes visitors to his studio. Free, pre-registration required. (Ext. 2760.) Handicap-accessible. 2-3:30 p.m., Northampton
Senior Ball. "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Tickets available April 19-21, 1-4 p.m., at Grécourt. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Scott gym

Sunday, April 25
Lecture: "Sundays at Two." Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books, will talk about Smith's rare book collection. (See story, page 4.) Sponsors: Smith College, the Friends of Forbes Library. 2-4 p.m., Neilson Browsing, Mortimer and Rare Book Rooms*
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). See Friday listing. British Film Series. 2 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Opening reception: "Beyond the Stained Glass Window to the Unspotted Mirror." Jim Young's photographs of the Displaced Carmelite Nuns of Little Rock, Arkansas. 2:30-4:15 p.m., Chapel
Film: A Geisha (Japan, 1953). See Saturday listing. 7 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Film: So I Married an Axe Murderer and Psycho. Sponsor: Rec Council. 7 p.m., Burton lawn
Concert of student compositions. 8 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage Hall*
CDO workshop: "Ten Steps to Finding a Summer Internship." 1:15 p.m., CDO
Religious Life
Quaker meeting. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome. Bass 203*
Ecumenical Christian Church morning worship. The Rev. Doug Ryniewicz and student liturgists presiding. All welcome. 10:45 a.m., Chapel*
Roman Catholic Eucharistic liturgy. Sunday supper follows. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*
Other events and activities
CDO open hours. Peer advisors available. 1-4 p.m., CDO
Gathering: "Take Back the Sundae." The Task Force on Eating Disorders presents an "Honoring Your Hunger" trip to Herrell's Ice Cream. First 20 arrivals will receive a $1 Herrell's coupon. All welcome. 3:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall steps

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*
"Recent Acquisitions in Photography." Organized by museum intern Jackie Crucet '99AC. Through May 29. Print Room, Museum of Art*
"Children's Visual Images and Oral Narratives of Family." Part of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute's "Exploring the Ecologies of Childhood" project. See Friday Calendar listing. April 19 through April 25. McConnell foyer
"Beyond the Stained Glass Window to the Unspotted Mirror." Jim Young's photographs of the Displaced Carmelite Nuns of Little Rock, Arkansas. In celebration of the diversity and depth of Women's Spirituality. Sponsors: Newman Association and Catholic chaplaincy. See Sunday's calendar listing for opening reception information. Through April 30. Chapel

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Getting Your Word Out in AcaMedia
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Submission Procedures
  • Calendar items must be submitted on an Event Service Request Form (ESRF) preferably on line at but if necessary on the paper version of the ESRF by mail or fax. (Obtain forms by calling ext. 2162.) The ESRF is to be used for submitting listings for the Five College Calendar and local media calendars as well.
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Five College Calendar Deadline
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Smith Wide
Unity House
Unity House will undergo a major renovation during the summer and will be closed from May 1 until the end of August.

Faculty & Staff
25-Year Banquet
A banquet, held every five years to honor staff with 25 or more years of service to the college, will be held May 2 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Formal invitations will be sent out later. (Addie Cain, ext. 2287.)
Faculty Meeting
There will be a regular meeting of the faculty at the Alumnae House on Wednesday, April 28, at 4:10 p.m. Anyone with business for the meeting should notify Rosetta Cohen in writing no later than Wednesday, April 21. Material to be included in the agenda mailing must be camera-ready and received in College Hall 27 by April 19.
Coed Softball
This year Smith will once again field a coed softball team in the Northampton Recreation Department Softball League. The team plays in the C division, which does not require superior ability or years of experience. Women are especially needed to fill out our 20-person roster. Practices begin in late April and the 16-game season runs from early May to early August. Games are played weekday evenings and Sundays. (Jim Montgomery, ext. 2921;

Brady Prize
The examination date for the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures' John Everett Brady Prize has been resecheduled for Tuesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Wright 200.
Teaching Evaluations Changes
Faculty teaching evaluations will no longer be held in Wright Hall. They will be administered from Monday, April 19, through Friday, April 30, in the Seelye and Bass computer labs. Students will access the teaching evaluation system from any of the PCs in the computer labs using their BannerWeb@Smith ID and PIN numbers. A faculty teaching evaluation icon will be installed on the PCs during this period, and evaluations may be completed at any time when the computer labs are open. Students are not assigned by class to any particular day. Students who do not complete their teaching evaluations by May 1 will be assessed a $25 fine.
Pre-Exam Period
No events are to be scheduled during the pre-examination study and formal examination periods (May 1-7). No events scheduled during this time will be announced in AcaMedia.
Submission of Papers
The members of the Administrative Board urge students not to use campus mail for delivery of papers, and not to leave papers tacked to doors, slid under closed doors, left in mailboxes in public places, or delivered by friends. Also, students should keep paper copies of submitted work.
Each year the Administrative Board is asked to vote on cases regarding final papers or projects that have gone astray. The best way to avoid such situations is to submit papers to an actual person, for example, the professor of the class or a departmental staff member who can verify receipt. Specifying the time and location of delivery of the work in such cases is advantageous to both the faculty and the students in the class. Students and faculty should also be reminded that the college requires that papers delivered in the mail be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.
Technological Problems
The Administrative Board has been asked to provide guidance to faculty and students concerning "printer, diskette, and other technological failures" coincident with due dates for papers, take-home exams and other written assignments.
As is the case for all assignments during the semester and up to the end of the final examination period, faculty members are empowered to grant extensions to their students. If there is some technological reason for difficulty in presenting an assignment, a faculty member may grant extra time for submission of the work. (Extensions beyond the end of the exam period may be granted only by the class deans.)
On the other hand, a faculty member may wish to require confirmation of the problems, for example from a staff member at one of the computer centers. Alternatively, the faculty member might ask the student to submit a diskette with the relevant file (along with information about the platform and the word processing program) as a substitute for written work.
The Administrative Board urges students to prepare their work in a timely fashion (and to "back it up") in order to avoid last minute technological difficulties. Nevertheless, the board recognizes that even with the blessings of modern technology, these difficulties do, and will continue to, happen. Staff members at the computer centers may be able to provide technical assistance when such problems occur.
Fellowships Meeting
A faculty/student panel will present information about the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Luce and DAAD fellowships for graduate study or research projects abroad, April 21 from 5 to 6 p.m. in Seelye 110. Applications are due early in the fall semester, so early planning is important. If you are unable to attend and want more information, please contact Liz Lee (ext. 4913; fellowships@
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Sunnyside Jobs
Sunnyside Child Care Center is now accepting applications for work-study positions for the upcoming school year. Students will work two days per week as morning or afternoon classroom aides with children ranging in age from 18 months to 5 years. To apply, call extension 2293.
Sunnyside Internship
Sunnyside Child Care Center is now accepting applications for an administrative intern to assist the director in all aspects of center administration. This is a valuable experience for someone interested in business administration, human services, management or early childhood education. To apply, please submit résumé and cover letter to Debra Horton, director. (Ext. 2293.)
AMS Pre-Registration
Registration is required for the AMS 220 colloquia "New England Material Culture, 1860-1940" and "Americans and the Environment" and the AMS seminar "Writing About American Society." These courses require permission of the instructor and have limited enrollment. Register in the American studies office, Wright 12.
Art Event
The Smith College Fine Arts Council will present its eighth annual Art Search and Show, April 21-22. The show is open to all Smith students, and artwork of any medium will be accepted. Bring entries to Davis ballroom Wednesday, April 21, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; they will be shown between 2 and 7:30 p.m., when all students are invited to vote for their favorite pieces. A reception for all participants will follow at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Winners will receive $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 each for third and fourth places. These pieces will also be framed and hung for the duration of the following school year. All work will remain on display from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 22. (Maria Webster, ext. 6884; Mary Jane Mullen, ext. 6522.)
Financial Aid Change
A change in the Smith College policy regarding outside aid could directly benefit current students receiving assistance from an organization outside of Smith. Prior to 1999-2000 the policy allowed for the first $1,000 in outside merit awards to reduce the suggested loan, job or family contribution, if permitted by federal regulations; any greater amount equally reduced the loan, job or family contribution and Smith grant.
Beginning with the 1999-2000 award year all outside aid will be used first to reduce family contribution to the federal minimum or the suggested loan and job in the student's financial aid package. There will be no reduction of Smith grant until outside awards have reduced the family contribution to the federal minimum and replaced the suggested loan and job entirely. The new policy applies only to outside scholarships given to recognize particular achievement on the part of the recipient. The policy does not apply to nonmerit outside awards such as tuition subsidies based on parents' employment, federal grant assistance or state scholarship aid. Nonmerit awards reduce Smith grants dollar for dollar.
The Office of Financial Aid must be notified of all outside aid awards. If you notify us by June 1, the aid will be reflected in your official award and on your first-semester bill. If you notify us after September 1, the outside aid may be used to reduce you Smith grant dollar for dollar. Please see flyer distributed to student mailboxes for additional details.
Praxis Stipends
If you are a rising junior or senior, now is the time to apply for Praxis stipends for summer internships: plenty of funding remains. For ongoing announcements about funding availability, see the CDO Web page.
Praxis Express
CDO staff will hold scheduled drop-in hours from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during April to review Praxis funding applications. "Praxis Express" allows students to get a CDO approval on the spot or learn what changes they need to make in order to receive approval for their application. Drop by the CDO to sign up for a 15-minute time slot.
Book Buyback
The Grécourt Bookshop will be holding its spring buyback May 3-7. Textbooks ordered for the fall 1999 semester will be bought at 50 percent of the current new price. Other books will be bought back at the wholesalers' prices.
Chamber Music Tickets
The Fine Arts Council is offering 10 $9 tickets to Smith students wishing to attend the performance by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center tat UMass Concert Hall on Thursday, April 22, at 8 p.m. The nation's premier chamber music organization, the society will perform trios by Mozart and Shostakovich as well as the Schumann piano quintet. Tickets are on sale at the SGA office, Clark Hall.
Joint Publication
Next year the updated Smith student handbook and the college's annual appointment calendar will be published as a single, spiral-bound volume. The appointment calendar will contain much of the same information as the current book, with the addition of month-at-a-glance event listings and extra space for noting appointments and assignments. The book will give students ready access to important handbook information such as academic regulations, student services and college policies and procedures. All students will receive a copy during central check-in. Parents of new students will receive a copy at home at the end of August. Campus distribution will take place in late August and will be the same as for the previous "calendar-only" publication: if you got one last year, you'll get one this year.

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