News for the Smith College Community // October 8, 1998

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Von Klemperer Pays Tribute to Bonhoeffer at London Ceremony

When ceremonies were held July 9 at Westminster Abbey marking the installation of 10 life-size statues of 20th-century Christian martyrs, an unusually strong Smith contingent was on hand. Most prominent among them was Klemens von Klemperer, L. Clark Seelye Professor Emeritus of History, who the day before had given one of two invited lectures that preceded the unveiling of the statues. Also present from Smith were Elizabeth von Klemperer, Esther Cloudman Dunn Professor Emeritus of English, and other members of the von Klemperer family; Howard Nenner, Roe/Straut Professor in the Humanities (who is spending a sabbatical year in London) and his wife, Pamela White; and Richard Unsworth, who recently retired as Smith chaplain, and his wife, Joy.

Among the martyrs honored with statues in niches above the abbey's main entrance were the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (whose daughter Yolanda is a Smith alumna); Polish priest Maksymilian Kolbe, who gave his life for another prisoner at Auschwitz in 1941; a South African, Manche Masemola, killed in 1928 by her animist parents for her Anglican faith; Janani Luwum, an Anglican Archbishop of Uganda believed to have been assassinated by the Ugandan army in 1976; and Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia, who was killed by the Bolsheviks and is a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church.

Von Klemperer's talk, "Martyrdom in a Secular Age," focused on another of the honored martyrs: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Lutheran theologian executed by the Nazis in 1945.

Bonhoeffer is "a figure to whom I have devoted much of my thought and study for some years," said von Klemperer in his address. Indeed, he recently said with a twinkle in his voice, "In my next life I want to be a theologian, and so I'm practicing."

At the beginning of his talk von Klemperer "pondered the place of martyrdom in an age of disenchantment, when Church, religion and faith seem to be marginalized and challenged by the thrust of secularization, in which God, as Dietrich Bonhoeffer himself put it, has been 'pushed more and more out of life.'

"Are martyrs, then, fossils?" von Klemperer asked. "Certainly the list of the 10 martyrs remembered here is impressive, and it should make us face up to the proposition that faith has after all been sufficiently vigorous in our century to make people live for it and die in defending it against its detractors."

Also present at the unveiling was Eberhard Bethge, principal scholar and biographer of Bonhoeffer and a longtime friend of von Klemperer. Bethge has lectured at Smith on several occasions.

In addition to the lectures and the dedication of the statues -- which von Klemperer described as a "very moving occasion" -- the two-day celebration included a concert of sacred music and a garden party presided over by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.

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Rocketing into Life as an Ada

By Kimberly Marlowe AC

Everyone, from my 18-year-old housemates in Northrop to Ruth Simmons, president of the college, seems curious about the same thing: What's it really like to be a new Ada Comstock Scholar?

Imagine you're on a once-in-a-lifetime NASA mission to a distant planet. You've studied and planned and dreamed for a long time to get this far, and you're determined not to fail. After years of waiting, one day you suddenly find yourself strapped into the space capsule, wearing a special suit, breathing a new kind of air, praying that this is not the biggest mistake of your life.

Fortunately you're not alone: There are other women in the cabin. Everyone looks uneasy, but they give each other the thumbs-up sign anyway. There's a big crew on the ground too. (But why do many of them look so young?) They offer guidance on coping with NASA officials, getting used to the weightless state and tuning in a good radio station.

But every single thing is different from life back on Earth: Who knew a living space could be this small? How can anyone possibly go to the bathroom with all these people around? But each day, the image in the tiny window behind you grows smaller. You're getting used to the cramped little seat, your spacesuit, the orange juice. The other astronauts help you keep your sense of humor. And now and then you get a glimpse of the view ahead and think: Oh yes, I can do this.


Program Seeks New Group of Future Leaders

"To face 21st-century challenges, tomorrow's leaders will need the broad liberal arts education that all Smith students receive," says the brochure for the Smith College Leadership Program. Held during interterm each year and coordinated by Randy Bartlett, professor of economics, the Leadership Program builds on the groundwork of a liberal education to develop specific qualities that characterize successful leadership in college and in life.

The program is holding informational sessions on Wednesday, October 14, at 7 p.m. and Thursday, October 15, at 4:30 p.m., both in Seelye 308, for students interested in applying. Any Smith student who has at least two interterms (including January 1999) remaining in her Smith career may apply. About 25 participants are chosen annually on the basis of their academic performance and motivation.

Leadership Program participants take workshops during two interterms that provide a concentrated and rigorous infusion of information and experience. First-year courses focus on effective group interaction, oral communication skills and complex problem solving; second-year courses tackle conflict resolution, negotiation, resource planning and organizational management.

Between the two interterm sessions, program participants apply their newfound talents in internships, many of which the students design themselves.

Although some of the program's methods are also used by business-school graduate programs, the skills are applicable to other fields as well (including medicine, teaching, research, engineering and social service) and prepare students for life after Smith -- "so they can hit the ground running," says Bartlett.


Four Days of Dancing at the Five Colleges

The Five College Department of Dance will celebrate its 20th birthday with a four-day extravaganza, October 14-17. The extensive program will include master classes, performances and panel discussions featuring Five College alumni dancers. Several of the events will be held at Smith.

Rebecca Sweet '94, champion ballroom dancer, will present a master class, "Ballroom Dance Forms," Thursday, October 15, from 9 to 10:20 a.m. in Berenson 3. (This class is part of the course "20th Century Dance History" and is only open to Five College dance students.) Sweet teaches and performs ballroom dance in New York City and recently taught Robert DeNiro to dance for an upcoming movie. Sweet will also be among the dancers participating in two performances of the Gala Alumni Concert, October 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. in Theatre 14.

Kelly Sabini MFA '93 will take part in a panel discussion, "Alternative Careers in Dance," from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on October 16 in the main studio of Hampshire College's dance building. Sabini is a teaching associate in movement at the School for the Arts, Boston University. As a Fulbright Fellow in dance anthropology she conducted research on the sacred dances of Candomblé in Bahia, Brazil. She has worked as a choreographer and dancer in Brazil, Salvador and South Africa.

Other weekend events will include master classes (including "Physical Therapy for Dancers," "Issues in Dance Anthropology" and "Words and Movement: Writing about Dance") and a panel discussion, "Real World Stories and Strategies: Careers in Dance Performance and Choreography," on October 17 at 10 a.m. in the Kendall studio theater at Mount Holyoke College.

For further information and tickets, call 585-2787.

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Jakuc to Play Women's Music

"Womensworks," a concert of pieces written for piano by contemporary women composers, including three little-known ragtime works, will be the program for a benefit concert for the Five College Women's Studies Research Center on October 17.

Monica Jakuc, professor of music, who has chosen and will perform the pieces, says she relishes this opportunity to play works by women that are too rarely heard: "Amy Beach, for example, one of the most gifted members of the Boston school of composers, and Florence Price, a leading African-American sym-phonist of the early 20th century."

"This event crystallizes what the center is all about -- supporting women and their work and making their accomplishments more visible, more accessible to general audiences," says Michelle Murrain, acting director of the shared facility, which is based at Mount Holyoke College.

The concert will be at 8 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall. Tickets will be available at the door for $15 for the general public, $5 for students.


More Names in Poetry Center's Reading Series

The second of the Poetry Center's reading programs for this year will present African-American poets Yusef Komunyakaa and Forrest Hamer at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, in the Neilson Library Browsing Room.

Komunyakaa, a professor of creative writing at Princeton University, has published nine books, including Neon Vernacular, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1993. "Quite simply, Komunyakaa is one of the most extraordinary poets writing today," said the Kenyon Review assessment of the poet's latest book, Thieves of Paradise. "He takes on the most complex moral issues, the most harrowing, ugly subjects of our American life. His voice, whether it embodies the specific experiences of a black man, a soldier in Vietnam, or a child in Bogalusa, La., is universal. It shows us in ever deeper ways what it is to be human."

Forrest Hamer's first collection of verse, Call and Response, was published in 1995. Of Hamer's work Komunyakaa has written: "His best poems are calls into our modern wilderness that demand heartfelt responses; they are challenges to us to connect through the acceptance of our personal and public histories.... Seldom do we witness such poetic surety in a first book."

Upcoming poets featured in this fall's Poetry Center Series include Frieda Hughes on November 5; local poets Susan Snively and Agha Shahid Ali on November 17; and Kim Addonizio, Cathy Song and Angela Jackson on December 8. The readings will all take place in Neilson Browsing Room starting at 7:30 p.m.


Boaters Mourn Lost Paradise

With a dearth of water in Paradise Pond, a fall that would normally be filled with recreational boating and rowing, canoeing and kayaking classes has dried to a slight trickle of activity around the boat house.

Two introductory rowing classes and a new river kayaking course have been cancelled because there's no pond to row in. The crew, which practices on the river, is unable to conduct the individual instruction regularly held on the pond. And two canoe classes have had to be transferred to the Connecticut River, drastically reducing the time spent canoeing.

"This really limits their function," says boathouse keeper Mickey Finn of the dry pond's effect on the canoe class, "because the classes are only one period long and they spend all their time transporting back and forth to the river."

Crew coach Karen Klinger '87, says that while the lack of a pond has curtailed some team instruction, it hasn't had much effect on the team. But the dry pond bed has effectively watered down the campus' aesthetic appearance, she says. "It's a beautiful part of campus," Klinger notes. "It's a part of Smith that's not there anymore."

Most autumns the boat house area is busy with activity, from students checking out boats for recreational use to athletes wandering in and out, Finn says. That's not the case this year with the lack of boating. "It makes it a little quieter around here," he says. "I can actually get some work done." Part of Finn's job includes maintaining the college's five rowing boats, 16 canoes, 10 shells and nine kayaks.

The dry pond also put a damper on Mountain Day, Finn points out. "They didn't have the pond for Mountain Day, which is too bad, because Mountain Day is a huge draw" for boaters, he says. "Students check out boats and row out to the island." And the, "Head of Paradise," a popular fall boat race among residence house teams, will have to wait at least another year, says Klinger.

Despite the dry pond's lack of beauty, Klinger accepts it with understanding. "That's Mother Nature," she says. "She's a Smithie and she's obstinate."

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Look Out Behind

Nathan Myhrvold, chief technology officer of Microsoft Corporation, believes that the past teaches him about the future of technology. "It's unfortunate that the technology industry does not value history," he says. "Everyone thinks that the past is uninteresting -- it's not hot, it's not new. I love the idea of the future. But the future isn't here yet; I can't learn much from it. If you want to make good decisions about what's to come, look behind you." DesignFax, a monthly magazine, took Myhrvold's words to heart in its "Bird-Doggin' the Internet" column and searched the Internet for good sites dealing with science and technology. Among their findings: "For a period focus, start with the Smith College Museum of Ancient Inventions at <>. The 'exhibits' section stems from student course-work in Ancient Inventions at the College and is intended to be an ongoing project. Included are ancient musical instruments, olive oil, soap, calendar wheels, weapons, medical instruments, and mechanical devices dating from 7,000 B.C. to medieval times."

Hot Prospects for Seniors

Show World, a new novel by Wilton Barnhardt, tells the (fictional) story of Samantha Flint and Mimi Mohr, friends and roommates at Smith College, who graduate with big dreams and quickly become immersed in tumultuous, fast-paced lives in politics and business. According to Publishers Weekly, it's "a page-turning, pills-and-sex saga whose last page will bring readers to the brink." Barnhardt reports that to write his books he spends a lot of time on the road, traveling 50,000 miles a year in his pickup truck. For Show World he interviewed "friends and acquaintances in New York, Washington and Los Angeles" (but not Northampton).

Schooner for Later

Amy Brown '02 was featured prominently in a recent New Haven Register article describing the Mystic Seaport's Amistad Project that will produce a replica of the freedom schooner Amistad. Construction began in March and will take 45,000 work hours and cost an estimated $3.1 million. Students from New Haven's maritime high school, volunteers and veteran shipwrights are collaborating on the project. Brown told a reporter that although the hours are long and the work is strenuous, "it's nothing you can't handle." She says she took the job because she thought it might relate to the biology and environmental science courses she plans to take at Smith. The new Amistad will dock at Long Wharf in New Haven and is scheduled for its maiden voyage on July 4, 2000.

Leonardo Goes Impressionist

The New York Times recently reported that Dr. Rebecca Rabinow '88, a curator from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's department of European paintings, did the honors as guide for Leonardo DiCaprio and a friend, the rapper Q Tip, when they toured the museum's 19th-century galleries after hours one evening in September. DiCaprio had previously tried to view the Met's Impressionist collection during regular hours but, as one museum official noted, "it was difficult for him and the other patrons as well because he was recognized."

So There

In its selection of "Great 1998 Commencement Speeches by Women Grads," the October issue of Glamour includes a comment from the speech given by Monica Saxena '98, president of the senior class: "Encapsulated into one sentence, what I have learned is this: You can be a feminist and still paint your toenails."

On The Bureau

Emma Hollis, an FBI agent and a new character this fall on the television series Millennium, is a (fictional) Smith alumna. On the show's fourth episode, to be aired on October 23, a glimpse of Emma's personnel file shows her college records on Smith stationery. Emma is played by Klea Scott of the late Brooklyn South.

Just Say No, Maybe, or Later

Advice from Randy Frost, professor of psychology, appeared in a story titled "Simplify Your Life" in the September issue of Readers' Digest. After noting that a Gallup Poll found that half of all Americans claim they lack enough time to do what they want, the article offers some tips for finding some: Start the day right by getting everything ready the night before; gently say no to requests for more volunteer activities than you can manage; encourage your children to help with chores; turn off the television; and de-clutter your home, because every possession you have requires tending. What to do when your Inner Hoarder thinks you might someday need one of these items? Frost advises talking back: "I'll never use this twisted umbrella. New ones cost only six dollars" or, "Yes, I may need this leftover wallpaper someday, but am I going to save everything I might need someday? If so, maybe I should rent a warehouse."

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September 29: Smith 9, Mount Holyoke 0
October 3:
  • Rolex Tournament
  • Singles: Kanta Murali '99, lost in the quarter-finals
  • Doubles: Murali and Ingrid Cherrytree '01, lost in the semi-finals
Field Hockey
September 29: Smith 4, Mount Holyoke 0
October 1: Smith 1, Wesleyan 2 (double overtime)
October 3: Smith 2, Babson 1
September 29: Smith 3, Babson 0
October 1: Smith 3, Eastern Nazarene 0
October 2-3:
  • Wesleyan Invitational
  • Smith 3, Teikyo Post 0
  • Smith 3, Trinity 0
  • Smith 0, Wesleyan 3
September 29: Smith 2, Mount Holyoke 1
October 1: Smith 2, Wesleyan 1
October 3: Smith 0, Babson 3
October 3: Mount Holyoke Invitational Regatta
Varsity 8, 1st, winner of the President's Cup
JV 8s, 3rd & 4th; Novice 8s, 2nd & 3rd
Schools competing: Smith, Mount Holyoke, Williams,
Simmons, Middlebury
Cross Country
October 3: Babson Invitational: Ninth out of 30 teams
October 3: Smith College Show
Smith, reserve high point college (second place)

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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, October 12

Autumn Recess

Other events and activities

Tennis vs. Trinity. 3 p.m., tennis courts*

Tuesday, October 13

Autumn Recess ends


Poetry reading. Forrest Hamer and Pulitzer Prize­winner Yusef Komunyakaa on history, memory, African-American life, love, war, family, religion and mythmaking. (See story, page 4.) 7:30-9:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Fine/performing arts/films

Film: Sango Malo (The Village Teacher) (Cameroon, 1991). In French, with English subtitles. Starring Bassek ba Kobhio. Story of a young schoolteacher in a central African village who rejects classic French teaching methods. Part of the Festival de Cinéma Africain. Sponsor: government department. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Rec Council movie. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium


Senate meeting. 7 p.m., Seelye 201

CDO workshop: "Preparing for a Successful Interview." 8 p.m., CDO

Religious Life

Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets in the parish house parlor for worship, lunch and friendship. All welcome. Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street

Jewish text study. Discussions and arguments about fundamental Jewish beliefs, biblical stories and classical and radical contracts. No previous knowledge necessary. Sign-up: ext. 2750. 5-6:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other events and activities

Open hour with Carmen Santana-Melgoza. 3-4:30 p.m., Office of Institutional Diversity, College Hall 31

Field hockey vs. Clark. 7 p.m., athletic fields*

Wednesday, October 14


"Formen der Geselligkeit in Fontanes Roman Frau Jenny Treibel." Karl-Gert Kribben, Hamburg exchange professor. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wright common room*


HR Training and Development Workshop. Second meeting of "Level I: Diversity Certificate Series." (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263.) 1-4 p.m., Dewey common room

CDO orientation for sophomores and juniors. 4 p.m., CDO

Informational meeting: Twelve College exchange program for 1999-2000. For sophomores. (Ext. 4920.) 5-6 p.m., Seelye 106

Informational meeting: Smith Leadership Program for January interterm 1999. Interested students should attend. (See article, page 1.) 7-8 p.m., Seelye 308

Religious Life

Catholic Adas informal discussion and reflection. Lunch served. Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Al-Iman. Discuss Islamic values and the literature in the Quran. 7 p.m., Capen House study

Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other events and activities

Language lunch tables
Chinese; Spanish
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Thursday, October 15


Liberal Arts Luncheon. "Inventing a Holocaust Past: The Strange Case of Binjamin Wilkomirski." Ruth Kluger, William Allan Neilson Professor (German studies). Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level

"Wives and Daughters: Expectations and Limits for Women of the Roman Upper Classes." Susan M. Treggiari, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and professor of classics and history, Stanford University. Sponsors: Department of Classical Languages and Literatures, Ancient Studies Program. 5-7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Fine/performing arts/films

Rec Council movie. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium


CDO workshop: "Using the Internet to Search for Internships and Jobs." 4 p.m., CDO

Praxis. Informational meeting for sophomores and juniors considering summer internships. 7-8:15 p.m., Dewey common room

Informational meeting: Smith Leadership Program for January interterm 1999. Interested students should attend. (See article, page 1.) 4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye 308

Informational meeting: Association of Low-Income Students (ALIS). Topics: emergency grants, welfare reform, community awareness. Refreshments and child care provided. (Ext. 8026.) 7 p.m., Chapin House

CDO informational meeting: PaineWebber. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Religious Life

Jewish text study. Dinner and Torah discussion. 6-7:15 p.m., Amherst College, Valentine, Terrace Room B

Other events and activities

Open hours with Mentha Hynes, interim assistant dean for multicultural affairs. 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m., College Hall 24

Language lunch tables
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Field hockey vs. Trinity. 4:15 p.m., athletic fields*

Presentation of the major in American studies. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Presentation of the major in French language and literature. 5 p.m., Wright common room



Friday, October 16


"Why Choose a Career in Clinical Social Work?" Phebe Sessions, associate professor, Smith College School for Social Work. The role of clinical social work in assisting families and children; varied settings in which clinical social workers practice; choosing social work as a second career. (RSVP, ext. 7960.) 1:30-3 p.m., Wright common room*

Biological Sciences and Biochemistry Colloquium: "Folding of a Predominantly Beta Protein with a Hole in the Middle." Lila Gierasch, UMass Department of Chemistry. 4 p.m., McConnell B05*

"Mutual Learning: Decolonizing Communities." Afternoon panel: "Sustaining Cape Ann: the Case of Wellspring House in Gloucester, Massachusetts." Nancy Schwoyer, founder, and two participants. Moderator: Carolyn Jacobs, associate dean, Smith School for Social Work. Evening panel: "Sustaining Indigenous Life: Universities and Native American Communities." Community representatives from Mexico and Peru, and Stefano Varese, Native American Studies, UC-Davis. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Fine/performing arts/films

Opening reception. "The Alumnae Show: Architecture and the Landscape." Works by Smith alumnae with professional degrees in architecture and landscape architecture. 4 p.m., Hillyer Gallery

Dance: Gala Alumni Concert featuring Five College Dance alumni choreographers and performers. Tickets: $4, students/seniors; $6, faculty/staff. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*


Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (SSFFS). Discuss various projects (field trips, parties, etc.), sci-fi and fantasy, and communicate with other sci-fi groups in the Five College area. (Allison, ext. 6683.) 4:30-6:15 p.m., Seelye 208*

Religious Life

Shabbat service and dinner. 5:15 p.m., Dewey common room, dinner in Dawes Kosher Kitchen.

Shabbat service and dinner. 5:30 p.m., Amherst Alumni House

Keystone weekly meeting. 7-9 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Smith Christian Fellowship (Intervarsity) with other sisters. 7:30-9 p.m., Dewey common room*

Other events and activities

Truman Scholarship application deadline. Turn in to Lea Ahlen, Wright Hall 15.

"Women Breaking Boundaries." Student Leadership Conference. See notice. 5:30-10 p.m., various campus locations

"Becoming an Architect." Architects Anne Marie Lubrano '91 and Gretchen Schneider '92 on architecture as a career, the pleasures and pitfalls of pursuing the graduate degree, and the choice of one's initial professional experiences. 4:30-5:30 p.m., CDO

Saturday, October 17


"Speaking of Architecture: A World View." Symposium on how architecture enhances the lives of individuals and communities. Registration required: call ext. 2760. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wright auditorium

Fine/performing arts/films

Dance: Gala Alumni Concert. See Friday listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Concert: "Womensworks." Pianist Monica Jakuc performs pieces written for the piano by contemporary women composers. (See story, page 4.) Tickets: $15, general public; $5, students. 8-10 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Other events and activities

"Women Breaking Boundaries." Student Leadership Conference. See listing. 8:30 a.m.­midnight, various campus locations

Soccer vs. Wheaton. 1 p.m., athletic fields*

Tennis vs. MIT. 1 p.m., tennis courts*

Sunday, October 18


"The Spiritual Geography of St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and Thomas Merton." Slide lecture with Stephen Ross, O.C.D., and Cristobal Serran-Pagan, Ph.D. candidate at Boston University. Sponsor: Contemplation and Action Program of the Catholic Chaplaincy. 2:30-4 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel*

"Student Discussion and Brunch with Alumnae Architects." Architects Mira Locher '87, Gabrielle London Palitz '80 and Madeleine Sanchez '81 on career choices, education and professional experiences. Sign-up: ext. 2760. 10:30 a.m.­noon, Hillyer Hall


CDO workshop: "Ten Steps to Finding an Internship." 1:15 p.m., CDO

CDO workshop: "Job Search for Seniors." 2 p.m., CDO

CDO workshop: Orientation for First-Years." 3 p.m., CDO

Feminists of Smith Unite (FSU). "Action and Education." 7 p.m., Women's Resource Center (Davis third floor)

Religious Life

Ecumenical Christian Church morning worship with the Rev. Douglas Ryniewicz and student liturgists. Coffee hour to follow the service. All welcome. 10:45 a.m., Chapel*

Quaker meeting. Informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship at 11 a.m. All welcome. Bass 203*

Roman Catholic Eucharistic liturgy with celebrant Stephen Ross, O.C.D., and Catholic Chaplain Elizabeth Carr. Supper follows. All welcome. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Chapel

Other events and activities

CDO open hours. Peer advisers will be available to assist with your library research and questions. 1-4 p.m., CDO

Coffee house. A good time to meet people. Cookies and drinks provided; open to all. Sponsor: class cabinet of 2001. 7-9 p.m., Davis ballroom

Ongoing Exhibitions

"The Alumnae Show: Architecture and the Landscape." Works by Smith alumnae with professional degrees in architecture and landscape architecture. October 16­31. Museum of Art*

"Vitruvius Rediscovered: Architectural Books of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries." Early printed texts of Vitruvius' De Architectura and illustrated treatises by Renaissance and Mannerist architects influenced by him. Through December 15. Neilson Library

"The 'Manière Anglaise': Mezzotint in Holland and England from the 17th to the Early 19th Century." Through October 31. Print Room, Museum of Art

"The American Architectural Landscape." Architectural themes in 20th-century American art. Through November 15. Museum of Art

"Equal Partners: Men and Women Principals in Contemporary Architectural Practice." Work by 15 American architecture firms founded and run jointly by women and men. Through December 13. Museum of Art

"Internet Dwellers: Video Sculptures by Nam June Paik." Works that draw on popular culture and recombine its artifacts. Through October 18. Museum of Art

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Counselors Visit

On Friday, October 16, the Museum of Art Visting Committee will meet in the museum's Mellon Classroom from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Counseling Service

The Counseling Service is offering a number of groups and workshops for Smith students:

  • Self-exploration groups will meet Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:30­6 p.m.; please call for a pre-group meeting with the co-facilitators.
  • A support group for students with bipolar disorder will meet on three Tuesdays-October 20, November 17 and December 15-from 4 to 5 p.m.; please call to register.
  • A bereavement support group for students dealing with the loss of a loved one will meet Tuesdays, 4:30­6 p.m., between October 20 and December 8; please call for a pre-group meeting with the facilitators.
  • A "Catching Our Breath" gathering for first-year Adas will meet Thursday, October 22, 4:30 p.m., in Wright Hall common room. Please drop in. All groups are free. (Ext. 2840.)

Conference Registration

"Women Breaking Boundaries," the Smith Leadership Conference, October 16­17, will accept registrations up to and at the conference's opening. On-site registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. October 16 in Neilson Browsing Room for those who have not preregistered. The conference will begin at 7 p.m. with icebreakers, a panel presentation and a reception. Activities on October 17 include several workshops, luncheon and evening speakers, a reception and a late-evening party at Davis Center. (Juliet Christian-Smith,

Textbook Returns

The Grécourt Bookshop will begin returning unsold textbooks to the publishers on Monday, October 12. Please purchase all your texts before then.

Dance Tickets

Ten tickets have been reserved for Smith undergraduates to attend "Festival of Lights Shiv Shakti Dance Group," Saturday, October 17, 8 p.m., at Bowker Auditorium, University of Massachusetts. The group's mix of calypso, reggae, East Indian dance movements and Western-influenced costumes stirs up a frenzy wherever it appears. Directed by founder and choreographer Michael Salickram, these dancers have been called the undisputed dance champions of Trinidad and Tobago. Tickets: $5, may be purchased in the Student Government Office, Clark Hall.

Rally Day Plans

Although Rally Day (February 17) seems a long way off, planning needs to begin now. Participation in the Rally Day Show does not require talent or previous experience (but it helps). It is a time for Smith students to get up on stage, poke fun at themselves and the college and have a good time. A longstanding tradition, the show began as a student production in 1881. The current tradition of class-sponsored shows to benefit a charity began in 1918; last year $1,846 was donated to the local Literacy Project. Want to take part in a class show or skit? Contact your class president. Each class will select a Rally Day class chair (or co-chairs) who will form a class planning committee and produce a class show or skit.




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Show Planners

Needed immediately to begin Rally Day Show planning: people with some experience, a keen interest and some spare time to be members of the general committee. They include a general show chair (or co-chairs), a publicity chair, an advertising chair and a stage manager. The general show chair(s) will be selected through the SGA appointment process. Sign-ups take place October 26­30 in the SGA office; interviews will be held November 2­6. Job descriptions are posted on the bulletin board outside College Hall 22 and in the SGA Office, Clark Hall.

Stress Control

A new Chili Peppers dance/yoga/meditation class called Chill!, oriented toward stress-reduction and taught by Donna DeLuca, is coming to your house soon on a Tuesday evening from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Look for a location schedule on your Peer Health bulletin board and or posted elsewhere throughout campus. Sponsors: Exercise and Sport Studies and Health Services.

CDO Deadlines

The following on-campus résumé/cover-letter deadlines are coming up next week: October 14: Spear, Leeds, & Kellogg; Goldman Sachs, firm-wide; October 16: Chase Manhattan Bank; Educational Resources Group; October 15: Bears, Stearns & Co. Inc. Drop off materials on the second floor of the CDO by 4 p.m. on the designated day. October 14 is also the deadline for open sign-ups for MIT Lincoln Labs.

Final Deadline

The last day to drop a course is Wednesday, October 14. Forms may be obtained in the registrar's office. The signatures of the instructor and your adviser and class dean are required to drop a course.


Preliminary information concerning scheduled exams is posted in the registrar's office. Students should check this schedule carefully and immediately report any conflicts to the registrar. Examinations cannot be repeated. Student who miss exams through carelessness will be failed.

S.O.S. Volunteers Sought

S.O.S. is seeking volunteers to lead children on an expedition to the Enchanted Forest at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Amherst, the afternoon and evening of October 23 and 24. Activities will include walking on nature trails and helping with craft activities and games. (Ruth Wilson, ext. 7918; Christina Davis, ext. 6216.)

Truman Scholarships

Juniors applying for a Truman Scholarship must submit a résumé by Friday, October 16, to Lea Ahlen, Wright Hall 15. Truman Scholars receive a scholarship of up to $30,000 for four years of study. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students with demonstrated potential for leadership in government. Students pursuing a legal career in public service will be given top priority. The résumé should list the student's public service activities and leadership positions held in high school and college and include a statement of tentative career intentions.

Bursar Thanks Check-In Help

David Boudreau, bursar, thanks all who helped prepare for or worked during Central Check-In this year.

"Coordinating check-in can be a challenge, but you helpers kept stress to a minimum and made the event a terrific success," Boudreau says. "Thanks to all of you, check-in has become an accepted tradition at Smith and continues to improve year by year.

"I would especially like to thank those students who volunteered to hand out materials or to staff stations. Without your help, check-in would be terribly complicated and tedious for everyone."

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