News for the Smith College Community // October 15, 1998

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New RCs Know What They're Not

In attempting to describe what a residence coordinator (RC) is, some of the college's 12 new ones begin by describing what they are not. First of all, they're not house mothers, they say. Nor are they clueless about Smith, says Ziskind RC Joanna Durso '98. She adds that Smith RCs are also not male, not "old" and "not here as a last-ditch attempt to avoid leaving college."

Ann Shaffer '98, RC in Chapin House, agrees: "We're not here because we didn't know what to do with ourselves after graduation. We're here to give something back to the Smith residential community."

Finally, not all Smith RCs are Smith graduates, points out Park House RC Nina Feldman '98.

But they are all college graduates, mostly recent ones and mostly from Smith. They're employees of the college who supervise their respective houses much like a head resident (HR). Many of them as undergraduates were HRs or house presidents, says Associate Dean of Student Affairs Nancy Asai, who hires the RCs. But unlike HRs, RCs are paid employees and have a list of responsibilities outside their houses. Those include working with the Office of Student Affairs/Residence Life and Office of the Dean of the College in establishing and teaching courses for first-years in the Smith Life and Learning program; scheduling discussions and speakers on topics such as lesbian-bisexual issues and religious diversity; coordinating in-house educational workshops; and promoting diversity programs and other educational opportunities on campus and in the community.

Perhaps most importantly, what the college's new RCs are-or try to be-is accessible, understanding, knowledgeable about Smith and ready to listen to students in need.

"I think it's mostly listening skills," says Durso of the job's required skills. "The RC is really the person in charge. It's really a 24-hour-a-day job" because RCs are on call around the clock.

Tyler House RC Nickawanna Shaw, a 1996 graduate of Mount Holyoke College, thinks one of her main responsibilities as an RC is to be always available to students in her house. "Being visible is the modus operandi of this job," she says. To that end, Shaw leaves her suite door open as often as possible. "And I hang out with [Tyler residents] and do stuff with them," she adds. "But there are a lot of other things attached to the job."

Until last year all Smith houses were supervised by HRs. But the job has become so demanding that the college, like many across the country with house-residence systems, has implemented the RC program.

"It's hard to balance your senior rigor with the responsibilities of running a house," says Asai. "Something inevitably has to take a backseat." The RC program is also intended to maximize opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom through cultural events structured around their residence, says Asai.

Shaw is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in exercise and sport studies at Smith. "I expected to be challenged," Shaw says of her work at Tyler. "I have a lot to learn about people. But this is a good situation for me. I feel the rest of my life is going to be spent working with people this age."

Asked to name the trickiest aspect the job, Shaw says: "It's a difficult thing to be an unbiased resource for your peers. Imagine trying to advise 60 people and be their friend at the same time."

Of all the responsibilities required of RCs-from counseling students with personal problems to resolving roommate conflicts to calling someone to fix the shower-Durso says her favorite is getting acquainted with her charges. "For me, it was 80 new people to get to know," she says. "That's what I like-getting to know all the different people."

The RC program, which grew out of the college's 1996 self-study, is expected to expand next year and, if assessment warrants it, eventually place an RC in all 35 houses. Asai encourages anyone interested in the program or in becoming an RC to call her at extension 4927.

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Harr to Set Off Lecture Series

Jonathan Harr, local writer and author of A Civil Action, winner of the 1995 National Book Critics Circle Award, will present the inaugural lecture in the new "Sundays at Two" series being sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library and Smith College. His talk will be presented Sunday, October 25, at 2 p.m. at Forbes Library.

Harr's book, the basis for a film starring John Travolta to be released on Christmas Day, tells the story of Jan Schlichtmann, a young lawyer who spent nine years representing eight families from Woburn, Massachusetts, who claimed that their children got leukemia from drinking water poisoned with toxic chemicals dumped by local companies.

One of the companies, Beatrice Foods, ultimately was cleared. Schlichtmann, whose firm fell into financial ruin as a result of the lengthy suit and his own lavish spending, was forced to settle with the other company, W.R. Grace & Co., for $8 million, of which the Woburn families saw less than half. The rest-$2.6 million in expenses and $2.2 million in legal fees-went to Schlichtmann and his partners.

Harr spent eight years writing A Civil Action, which after a slow start became a nonfiction blockbuster that has sold a million copies since 1995. Described recently in a New York Times story as "a meticulous reporter with a novelist's gift for narrative [who] fashioned a legal thriller out of an enormously complex case," Harr's fortunes have been enhanced both by the book's sales and the sale of the film rights to Robert Redford and the Walt Disney Company for $1.25 million.

During his Forbes Library talk Harr will describe the personal odyssey that resulted in the book and discuss "what people see in the book-what they take away from it."

Harr, a Northampton resident since 1981, came here to be editor of the Valley Advocate. He later worked for New England Monthly and the Boston Globe before becoming a freelance writer. His wife is an art teacher at the Smith Campus School.

Harr's lecture is the first of three in the "Sundays at Two" series. The second will be presented February 28 by Linda Shaughnessy, author of children's books about young athletes. The final lecture will be presented April 25 by Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books at Smith. All of the lectures are open free to the public.

Klüger to Look Back on Life as an Immigrant

Ruth Klüger, William Allan Neilson Professor in German studies this semester, arrived in New York in 1947 after having survived several Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz, during World War II. As a Jewish immigrant she endured culture shock, poverty and monumental emotional shifts while settling into her new home and preparing to attend Hunter College.

Klüger's acclaimed autobiography, weiter leben: Eine Jugend, published in German in 1992, recounts her experiences as a child deported by the Nazis from her native Austria and imprisoned in concentration camps for three years with her mother (her father and other family members were killed in the camps) and her subsequent life as one of a huge wave of postwar immigrants in New York. The book has sold 200,000 copies in six languages and last year won the prestigious Heinrich Heine Prize. Klüger is now translating it into English for Feminist Press publication as Still Alive.

On Monday, October 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Seelye 106, Klüger will discuss her experience as a Jewish immigrant in a lecture titled "An Immigrant Remembers New York in the Late Forties."

"I have a very strong sense of New York," Klüger says. "There were these huge waves of immigrants then. You were quite poor as an immigrant. There was a sense of isolation on one hand and a sense of need for friendships."

After Klüger's wartime experience in Europe, life in New York was a welcome change. "I had only bad memories of Europe," she says. "Germany was like a cemetery. I feel [New York] is one of my hometowns. It exudes something that's important to me."

After graduating from Hunter College (then a women's college) in 1950, Klüger attended graduate school in California and has been a professor of German studies, specializing in the 18th and 19th centuries, for more than 30 years at the University of Virginia, Princeton University, the University of California/Irvine and the University of Göttingen, Germany. Her Neilson Professorship is her first appointment at Smith.

Klüger will deliver two more lectures, "The Rosenkavalier-An Oedipal Comedy?" on November 16 and "Facts and Fiction," about the relationship between history and literature, on December 7. She is also teaching a course, "Stories of Good and Evil," in the comparative literature department.

Alum to Tell of Leadership in Social Policy

Julia Erickson '80, executive director of City Harvest, which each day distributes 26,000 pounds of food to hungry people in New York City, will be the keynote speaker at "Women Breaking Boundaries," the first Smith student leadership conference, Saturday at 7 p.m. in Wright auditorium. The presentation is open free to members of the Smith community.

Before joining City Harvest in 1994 Erickson was associate commissioner for public/private initiatives at New York City's department of employment. She also served as a key staff member for Mayor David Dinkins' Workforce Development Commission. Earlier she worked at the Community Service Society of New York and the Bronx Frontier Development Corporation. Her projects over the years have included creating and directing the first technical assistance program for community-based HIV/AIDS organizations; establishing links between publicly funded job-training programs and private-sector employment needs; and building an award-winning teen pregnancy program.

Erickson is chair of Foodchain, a network of over 130 prepared- and perishable-food rescue programs across the country. Her own organization collected and distributed more than 9.6 million pounds of food last year, helping to feed 90,000 people every week.

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Smith faculty authors have been especially prolific lately, having published-either as books or CD-ROMs-works on Betty Friedan, environmental crusaders, the crisis of American cities and the constitution of Japan.

Randall Bartlett, professor of economics, has written The Crisis of America's Cities, "a thoughtful exercise in American urban history," according to Publishers Weekly, which added: "Presenting a colorful overview of the spatial organization of major U.S. metropolitan areas spanning the past 200 years, Bartlett predicts that cities will continue to lose jobs, population and economic activity to suburbs and to 'edge cities' on their periphery, creating multinodal metropolitan webs that will be increasingly dependent on automobiles." Bartlett rejects the idea that central cities can ever again be rejuvenated as economic hubs. The book is published by M.E. Sharpe.

Myron Peretz Glazer, professor of sociology, and Penina Migdal Glazer, professor of history at Hampshire, are co-authors of The Environmental Crusaders: Confronting Disaster, Mobilizing Community. A panoramic survey of grassroots environmentalism in Israel, the former Czechoslovakia and the United States, the book features profiles of key activists who have confronted significant ecological problems and demanded a safe environment and an accountable society. These citizens confronted the threats of nuclear contamination, chemical waste and pollution as well as exposure to garbage and industrial refuse, untreated sewage and other serious dangers. Their participation transformed them from uninvolved residents to political activists working collectively to improve the quality of community life. The book is published by Penn State University Press.

In Betty Friedan and the Making of "The Feminine Mystique": The American Left, the Cold War and Modern Feminism, Daniel Horowitz, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor of American Studies, persuasively demonstrates that the roots of Friedan's feminism run much deeper than she led us to believe. In her landmark book, The Feminine Mystique, Friedan insisted that her commitment to women's rights grew out of her experiences as an alienated suburban housewife. Through his research, however, Horowitz traces Friedan's odyssey through Smith and the University of California at Berkeley and her years as a writer for two of the period's most radical labor journals and on behalf of a wide range of progressive social causes. "An engaging and often arresting narrative ... [which] will certainly change common assumptions about the origins of The Feminine Mystique," said one critic. The book is published by the University of Massachusetts Press.

The Constitution of Japan, a Documentary History of its Framing and Adoption, 1945-1947 is a CD-ROM co-edited by Donald L. Robinson, Charles N. Clark Professor of Government and American Studies, and Ray A. Moore, professor of history and Asian studies at Amherst College. The Japanese constitution was framed, adopted and promulgated in 1946 and took effect six months later; it remains in force and unamended to this day. This collection presents over 500 documents, the electronic equivalent of 8,000 pages of material, including transcripts of debates in both houses of the Japanese Diet, annotations, cross-references, portions of diaries and memoirs as well as a chronology and introductory essays by the editors. The CD-ROM is distributed by Princeton University Press.

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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 19


"An Immigrant Remembers New York in the Late Forties." Ruth Klüger, William Allan Neilson Professor. Reception follows. 4:30-6 p.m., Seelye 106*


CDO workshop: "Career Choices and Direction." Assess your skills, interests and values. 11 a.m., CDO

Campus Climate Working Group meeting. Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé." 2 p.m., CDO

Amnesty International general body meeting. 4-5 p.m., Seelye 102

Jacobson Center Workshop: "Reading Retention." 4-5:30 p.m., Seelye 307

CDO informational meeting: J.P. Morgan & Co. Opportunities in investment management, private client and public finance capital markets. Cover letter and résumé due at CDO by November 13. 5:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

AKP informational meeting. Learn about the Smith-affiliated program in Japan from its faculty adviser and returned students. 7 p.m., Seelye 107

Other events and activities

Kaffe Klatsch grand opening. Refresh yourself at the S.O.S. coffee shop with coffee, tea, pastries, bagels, and candy. Proceeds support S.O.S. 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Seelye basement

B'Ivrit Chat with pizza. Rabbi Edward Feld and professors Lois Dubin and Elizabeth Shanks Alexander will teach you the Hebrew you need to know. 12:15-1:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

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

Presentation of the major: Biochemistry. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Burton 101

Presentation of the major: Afro-American studies. Refreshments served. 5-6 p.m., Dewey common room

Baha'i Club weekly meeting. All welcome. 5-6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Presentation of the major: Anthropology. 5-6 p.m., Wright common room

Tuesday, October 20


Sigma Xi Luncheon Talk. "Using the Science Web Server to Create Course Web Pages and Report Student Grades." Graham Kent. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level

"Egyptian Wisdom and Renaissance Physicians." Nancy Siraisi, Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies. Part of the Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Lecture Series "Learning/Medicine in Renaissance Europe." 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Fine/performing arts/films

Film: Neria (Zimbabwe, 1992). In English. A woman recognizes her rights after her husband's death. Part of the Festival de Cinéma Africain. Sponsor: government department. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

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


S.O.S. Community Education Luncheon: "Hatikvah Holocaust Center." Eat pizza and learn about the center. Noon-1 p.m., Wright common room

Human Resources Training and Development Workshop: "Skillfully Supervising Student Employees." (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263.) 2-4 p.m., Dewey common room

CDO workshop: Kerrie Harthan, graduate student, Harvard Divinity School, will be available to discuss the master of divinity, master of theological studies and doctoral degrees. 2-4 p.m., CDO

Jacobson Center Workshop: "Note-taking." 4-5:30 p.m., Seelye 307

Presentation of Semester in Maine. Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies. Learn how to spend a semester in Maine documenting a region with words or photographs. 4:15-5:30 p.m., Dewey common room

Picker Semester-in-Washington informational meeting. Sponsor: government department. 5 p.m., Seelye 110

JYA informational meeting: JYA Geneva. Learn about the program from next year's director and returned Smith students. 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Senate meeting. 7 p.m., Seelye 201

Jacobson Center Workshop: "Recovering from Procrastination." 7-8:30 p.m., Seelye 307

CDO workshop: "Ten Steps to Finding an Internship." 7:15 p.m., CDO

CDO informational meeting: Carney Sandoe & Associates, which recruits and places teachers and administrators in independent schools worldwide. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 107

CDO informational meeting: A representative of Chase Manhattan Bank will discuss the Global Bank Corporate Finance Analyst Program. Résumé and cover letter due in CDO by 10/26. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

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

Jewish text study. Discuss 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

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

Literature at Lunch. Ambreen Hai, assistant professor, English department, will read from Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. Bring lunch; coffee and soft drinks provided. 12:15 p.m., Seelye 207

President's open hours. Students seen on a first-come, first-served basis. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20

Presentation of the major: Art. Refreshments served. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Museum of Art

Presentation of the major: Comparative literature. Refreshments served. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 207

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

Volleyball vs. WPI. 7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

CDO open hours. Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, October 21


"Torture in Tibet." Venerable Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan monk, will speak on his experiences as a prisoner in Tibet for more than 33 years. Sponsors: Students for a Free Tibet, Amnesty International. 5-6 p.m., Wright auditorium*

"The Search for Meaning: The Role of Eventfulness in the Lives of Homeless Mentally Ill Persons." Alex Cohen, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard University. Sponsors: Department of Anthropology, Five College Program in Culture, Health and Science. 7:30-9 p.m., Seelye 106*


Fine/performing arts/films

Film: Leona's Sister Gerri. Second in a series presented by Feminists of Smith Unite leading up to National Young Women's Day of Action (October 22). 8 p.m., McConnell auditorium


Discussion with Aviva Zornberg, Jewish studies scholar-in-residence and author of Genesis: The Beginning of Desire. 12:15 p.m., Dawes House Kosher Kitchen

Human Resources Training and Development Workshop: "Level l: Diversity Certificate Series." (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263.) 1-4 p.m., Wright common room

Human Resources Training and Development Workshop: "What's Your Problem? Conflict Resolution Techniques." Second class for those registered. (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263.) 1-4 p.m., Dewey common room

Informational meeting: Williams Mystic Seaport Program. For students interested in the 1999-2000 program. 4:15-5:30 p.m., Burton 101

Panel discussion: "Teaching at Independent Schools, an Opportunity for People of Color." Educational Resources Group, an independent school placement firm. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Informational meeting for students interested in studying in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking country. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 106

Informational meeting for students interested in the JYA Hamburg program. Meet past participants. Pizza served. 6-7 p.m., Hatfield 204

Informational meeting: Williams Mystic Seaport Program. See 4:15 p.m. listing. 7-9 p.m., Seelye 101

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

Celebration of Sisterhood all-campus meeting. 10-11 p.m., Seelye 101

CDO informational meeting: Goldman Sachs Equities Division. Résumé and cover letter due at CDO by November 13. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Religious Life

Gathering and informal discussion/reflection for Catholic Adas. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Other events and activities

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

Presentation of the major and minor: Neuroscience. 12:15-1 p.m., Bass 210

Presentation of the major: Economics. Refreshments served. 4:15-6 p.m., Seelye 207

Presentation of the major: Dance. Join faculty, current majors, minors and graduate students. 4:30 p.m., crew house

Presentation of major and minor: German studies. Meet faculty, majors, minors and past JYA-Hamburg students. Pizza served. 5:15-6 p.m., Hatfield 204

Thursday, October 22


Liberal Arts Luncheon. Title to be announced. Lawrence Joseph, professor, French language and literature. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club,lower level

"Does Anyone Remember Where I Left My Hearing Aid?: Dealing with Memory Loss as We Age." Jay Melrose, a retired professor of communication disorders, UMass, and Virginia Senders, professor emerita of psychology, Framingham State College. Strategies for older adults dealing with changes in memory and hearing acuity. Sponsor: Five College Learning in Retirement. (585-3756.) 2-4 p.m., Field House*

"Plant Introduction from Eastern Asia: An Abbreviated History." Slide lecture by Stephen Spongberg, executive director, Polly Hill Arboretum. Reception in Lyman Conservatory. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

"Through the Looking Glass: Women in the Exodus Narrative." Esther Ziskind Weltman Professor Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, who interprets the Hebrew Bible, combining Jewish sources with modern literary and psychological approaches. 8-10 p.m., Seelye 106*

Fine/performing arts/films

"Baby with the Bathwater." Satirical comedy about parenthood by one of theater's most inventive playwrights, Christopher Durang. Erin Roberts '99, director. Tickets: $3, students/seniors; $5, general. 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*

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


Human Resources Training and Development Workshop: "Level II: Diversity Certificate Series." First class, open to registrants only. (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263.) 9 a.m.-Noon, Dewey common room

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

Association of Low-Income Students (ALIS) meeting. Resources and a voice for students with financial need. Refreshments and childcare provided with advance notice. (Ext. 8026.) 7 p.m., Chapin House

CDO informational meeting: Representatives of Salomon Smith Barney will discuss their two-year Investment Banking Financial Analyst Program. Résumé, cover letter and unofficial transcript due at CDO by October 30. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Other events and activities

Postcarding for reproductive rights, with visuals. In honor of the sixth annual National Young Women's Day of Action. 9 am-4 p.m., Chapin lawn (Gamut if it rains)

Postcard Petition for National Young Women's Day of Action. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., mailroon lobby

Language lunch tables

Korean, Russian; 12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Presentation of the major: Psychology. 5-6 p.m., McConnell foyer

"Talk of the World." International Students Organization. 5:45-7 p.m., Duckett dining room

Five College Celebration: Performers (lectures, demos, bands) and tables on various issues. In honor of National Young Women's Day of Action. 7-11 p.m., Davis ballroom*

Religious Life

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

Newman Association meeting. Explore spirituality and modern issues of Catholicism. Discuss nonviolence with guests from the AGAPE Community of Ware. Dinner served. 6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Friday, October 23

Family Weekend begins (see schedule for full list of events)

Fine/performing arts/films

Film: Alegre, ma non troppo. (Spain; F. Colomo, director.) Sponsor: Spanish and Portuguese department. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Seelye 201

"Baby with the Bathwater." See Thursday listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*

Pops! Concert: "Divas Divine." Campus groups perform songs made popular by women. 8:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Midnite Theatre: Two evenings of original and varied works presented by the Student Theatre Committee. 11 p.m., stage right space, Mendenhall CPA*


Human Resources Training and Development Workshop: "Making the Most of Your Workplace Savings Plan." (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263.) Noon-1 p.m., Dewey common room

Middlebury College School in Russia informational meeting. Learn about the Smith-affiliated program in Russia with the faculty adviser and returned Smith students. 4-5 p.m., Hatfield 107

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. (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 follows in Dawes House Kosher Kitchen.

Shabbat service and dinner. 5:30 p.m., Amherst Alumni House. Dinner, 6:30 p.m.

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

Class of 2000 fundraiser sale. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., mailroom

Volleyball Hall of Fame Invitational. 6-10 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Saturday, October 24

Family Weekend (see schedule for full list of events)

Fine/performing arts/films

Asian Teahouse. A night of performances promoting awareness of Asian culture. Preceded from 5-7 p.m. in the Gamut by Asian food night and time to socialize with the performers. Sponsors: KASS, ASA, EKTA. 7-9 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

"Baby with the Bathwater." See Thursday listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*

Midnite Theatre: See Friday listing. 11 p.m., stage right space, Mendenhall CPA**

Religious Life

Roman Catholic Eucharistic liturgy with the Rev. Thomas Kane, C.S.P., and Dr. Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Families and friends are invited. Supper follows in Bodman Lounge. 5:15 p.m., Chapel

Other events and activities

Volleyball Hall of Fame Invitational. 10 a.m., Ainsworth gym*

Annual Family Weekend Silent Auction. Browse and bid on items that strike your fancy or your daughter's. Proceeds go to the Smith Students' Aid Society. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Davis ballroom

Sunday, October 25

Family Weekend (see schedule for full list of events)


Sundays at Two: Local writer Jonathan Harr, author of A Civil Action. First in the Smith College and Friends of Forbes Library Lecture Series (see story, page 1). 2 p.m., Forbes Library

Fine/performing arts/films

The Smith College Chamber Orchestra, Philipp Naegele, director, in a concert of music by Franz Schubert. Guilaine Senecal '99, soprano, Hannah Freed Thall '02 and Roland Satterswhite AC '01, violins. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*


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

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

Religious Life

Ecumenical Christian Church morning worship with the Rev. Douglas Ryniewicz and student liturgists. Coffee hour follows. 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*

Other events and activities

CDO open hours. Peer advisers available. 1-4 p.m., CDO

Ongoing Exhibitions

"The Alumnae Show: Architecture and the Landscape." Works by Smith alumnae with professional degrees in architecture and landscape architecture. Through October 31. 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

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Family Weekend

Please welcome families and friends to Family Weekend, October 23-25. Complete schedules of events will be put in each student's mailbox and also will be available in the registration area in Seelye Hall first-floor foyer, the mailroom and the Office of Student Affairs (College Hall 24) as well as on the Smith home page under "What's New." They will also be distributed to department chairs, program directors and department offices. Students with or without visiting families or guests are welcome at the weekend's events.

Family registration will be held October 23, noon-5 p.m., and Saturday, October 24, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Parking information, name tags, event tickets, Sunday brunch information, sign-ups, updated weekend information and refreshments will be available. All families are asked to register upon arrival.

Silent Auction

The annual Family Weekend Silent Auction will take place Saturday, October 24, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., in Davis ballroom. All winning bids must be paid for and picked up at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to browse and bid on items. Proceeds will benefit the Smith Students' Aid Society (SSAS), now celebrating over 100 years of providing Smith students with assistance beyond the scope of college financial aid. The auction raised $6,950 last year for the SSAS.

Members of the college community are invited to donate to and attend the auction. Use your imagination when donating-some of our best items have been creatively and inexpensively put together. Consider your talents and interests: donate lessons, a signed copy of a book you wrote, handcrafted items, snack baskets, gift certificates, tickets, Halloween items, a home-cooked meal, antiques, your condo or vacation home, a time-share exchange or even your home or a room in your home for a future Commencement or Family Weekend. Donations will be accepted through October 22 in College Hall 24 and at Davis ballroom on Friday, October 23, 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, October 24, 8-9 a.m. (Merry Farnum, ext. 4904.)

Pops Tickets

Tickets for the Family Weekend Pops! concert may be purchased in advance in the mailroom foyer Wednesday and Thursday, October 21 and 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; from members of the Chamber Singers at family registration in Seelye Hall first-floor foyer on Friday, October 23, noon-5 p.m.; and at the door before the performance. Advance tickets are $3 for students and children and $5 for adults; tickets at the door are $4 and $6, respectively. The concert is a benefit for the Smith College Chamber Singers' tour of England and France in May 1999.

Give Blood

Sign-ups are now going on for the S.O.S.-sponsored Red Cross biannual blood drive being held in Davis Center November 4-5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (S.O.S., ext. 2756; Sloane, ext. 6074.)

Indoor Tennis

Faculty/staff tennis begins November 1, with tennis play and clinics being offered throughout the winter. Courts are currently reserved Mondays for beginners and intermediate players and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. for intermediate and advanced players. (Chris Davis, ext. 2716.)

Head of the Charles

On October 17 and 18 Smith will race in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge. Smith is racing in club four at 1:54 p.m. and club eight at 2:48 p.m. on Saturday and in the championship eight at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday. Varsity crew coach Karen Klinger is racing in the 1980 Boat Club entry at 12:14 p.m. on Sunday. The Boston Smith Club will have a tent next to the Radcliffe boathouse both days.

Flu Vaccinations

Health Services has flu vaccine for students, employees and emeriti faculty. It costs $10 per dose for employees and emeriti and $5 for students and must be paid for at the time of the visit. The vaccine is recommended for healthy persons 65 years or older, persons with chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, chronic lung disease, renal dysfunction, hemoglobinopathies or immunosuppression), persons receiving long-term aspirin therapy and persons living in close community settings such as dormitory housing. Anyone wishing to receive the vaccine should call extension 2823 Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. for an appointment. The vaccine is given by appointment only and is available only while supplies last.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty Meeting

The next faculty meeting will be Wednesday, October 28, at 4:10 p.m. in the Alumnae House conference room. Tea will be served at 3:45 p.m. Agenda items must be received by Secretary of the Faculty Rosetta Cohen no later than October 21. Material to be included in the mailing with the agenda must be submitted in camera-ready form to College Hall 27 by Monday, October 19.


CDO Deadlines

Résumés and cover letters are due October 19 for American Management Systems, Andersen Consulting, Microstrategy and Morgan Stanley Corporate Treasury and October 21 for Legacy Technology. Material should be submitted on the second floor of the CDO.

CDO Internship

A paid local intern is needed to work about eight hours a week with a Smith alumna at Pioneer Valley Sierra Club on the issue of global overpopulation. The intern will educate high school students and participants in workshops and discussion groups on overpopulation's effect on the environment and on human health and life quality. (Anita King, 268-9212.)

On-Campus Recruiters

Seniors interested in on-campus recruiting should come to CDO for a Senior Guide to Employment Opportunities and to get a list of fall recruiters. Many deadlines are coming up. You can also find this information on the CDO home page, but you must register on-line to have access to job listings. (To register, go to and click the Ultimate Access button; once you enter your student number, you'll be taken to the registration page. It's quick, easy and free.) Once registered, you will have access to listings within 24 hours. If you registered prior to August 1, 1998, please update your registration as soon as possible; if you don't, your registration will be deactivated at the end of the semester.

Hillel Retreat

Five College Hillel is sponsoring a retreat November 6-8 at Sargent Camp in New Hampshire. The topic for the weekend will be "Alternative Views of God." The cost is $35 for the weekend. Transportation will be provided. (Hillel office, ext. 2754.)

Counseling Service

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

  • Self-exploration groups will meet Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:30-6 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, 4:30-6 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.)

Rally Day Plans

Although Rally Day (February 17) seems a long way off, planning for it 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.

Show Planners

Needed immediately to begin Rally Day Show planning are 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 26-30 in the SGA office; interviews will be held November 2-6. 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 or elsewhere throughout campus. Sponsors: Exercise and Sport Studies and Health Services.

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.)

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