News for the Smith College Community // October 29, 1998

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Spate of House Fires Raises Doubts About the Honor System

Public Safety and the local fire department have been busier than usual this month responding to fire- and smoke-related incidents in Smith houses. Northampton Fire Department (NFD) firefighters were dispatched to Morrow House on October 2 to put out a wastebasket fire. Since then Public Safety has responded to several more incidents:

  • At 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 6, paper burning in the third-floor microwave oven triggered an alarm in Baldwin House. NFD officials responded.
  • At 8:43 p.m. Thursday, October 8, a campus officer entered Capen House to find two candles burning in the window of an empty second-floor room with an open door.
  • At 1:43 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, campus officials entered Cushing House after a strong burning odor was reported on the second floor. A student was reportedly attempting to dry her wet bandanna in the microwave oven.
  • At 5:21 p.m. Thursday, October 15, NFD firefighters were called to Emerson House to put out a fire in a second-floor trash can. Five candles were found in the room.
  • At 6 p.m. Monday, October 19, the NFD was dispatched to the third floor of Wilder House, where a candle had set fire to a curtain and a mattress.

Director of Public Safety Sharon Rust says the increase in fire- and smoke-related incidents this fall has been "a little unusual." She can't explain it but urges students who smoke cigarettes to not throw smoldering butts in the trash can or leave them unattended. "Would you do that in your own home or apartment?" she asks.

Given the frequency of candle-related incidents, Rust also insists that students honor the college's policy prohibiting candles in student rooms. "[Students] shouldn't have candles, period," she says. "If candles keep popping up in rooms, maybe we need to do more than say they're not allowed."

Associate Dean of Student Affairs Nancy Asai agrees. "We've come to the point where the honor system isn't working," she says. "We need to hold students accountable."

To that end Asai has asked the SGA Judicial Board to decide what punitive action should be taken against the student who caused the recent Wilder House fire by leaving a candle burning while she went to dinner. The student could be required to perform community service or conduct seminars on fire awareness, says Asai-or be suspended. Five years ago a student was suspended for a semester after starting a fire in Baldwin House and causing major damage by leaving a burning candle unattended despite having repeatedly been warned not to. Asai hopes that suspension can be avoided this time and that "students will learn from these recent incidents." She adds that it sometimes takes something as serious as a fire to demonstrate the validity of house policies.

The college tries to do its part in preventing fires and assuring the safety of students, says Asai. Fire awareness and safety seminars are held every year to inform students of fire prevention and what action to take during fires. A fire captain is elected within each house, given special training and appointed to oversee the safety of residents in the case of fire. And the college conducts health and safety inspections once a year, usually in January, to maintain student compliance with safety policies. During those inspections prohibited materials such as candles are confiscated, she says. (Page 68 of the 1998-99 Smith College Handbook lists other flammable materials prohibited in student rooms, including incense, scented lamps, paper lamp shades and halogen floor lamps.)

Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan hopes to hold educational seminars on campus in the near future. "We want to couple public education with fire prevention," he says. "We want to make sure students are aware of some of the dangers" of burning candles and cigarettes.

Who Are You?

This is the first in an occasional series.

Name: Len Berkman

Department: Theatre

Title: Anne Hesseltine Hoyt Professor of Theatre

Hometown: Brooklyn, 22 years; now Amherst/Northampton (which I think of as unidentical twin homes)

Other positions you've held: Dramaturg at the Sundance Institute, New York Stage & Film Co., the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, and other U.S. theaters.

Why did you choose your field? Pompous answer: In my teens, I discovered theatre as an antidote to loneliness and a gateway to the world. Flip answer: In my teens, I fell in love with an actress and wrote my first plays. Real answer: both of the above.

Projects you're presently working on: Continued revisions of my one-act play, Quits, being staged at Smith on November 13-14; redrafting of my latest full-length play, I'm Not the Star of My Own Life; and an essay for the journal Parnassus on the poetry of Glenna Luschei.

Favorite things about Smith: People and teaching (both equally) and learning.

What do you do in your free time? Hear music, take walks, write letters, imagine things, tape friends' TV shows so I can watch an hour of them in 40 minutes.

What would you be doing now if you weren't working? Spending time with my wife, phoning our sons, laughing with friends and looking at our garden, the transit of seasons, the migrating birds, the dramatic sky.

Favorite place to hang out: Rao's, Wildwood Cemetery and our back porch, all in Amherst.

Favorite food: Okra.

One thing you would change if you could: Me.

Three words to describe yourself: Intense, clownish, active.

What would you prefer others see in you? My inner wrestlings, my actual shyness.

Three books you'd bring if exiled to the island in Paradise Pond: Maurice Sendak's Very Far Away, Marguerite Duras' Four Novels (my way of cheating on your three-book restriction) and Henry James' The Awkward Age. I would try not to get any of these books wet.

Pet peeve: Acts without meaning (that I perform regardless).

What makes you cry? Beauty, thoughtfulness.

What message would you like to give the world? "Think again."

Do you know someone on campus who is interesting, entertaining or just has a lot to say? Are you such a person? If you have the perfect candidate for this series, tell Eric Weld at extension 2171 or


Event to Weigh Activism Versus Scholarship

"Queer Activism, Queer Studies," a major symposium examining the links between gay and lesbian scholarship and advocacy, will be held at Smith November 6-8. The program has grown out of a Campus Climate Working Group roundtable discussion on homophobia held last year. Since last fall a faculty, staff and student group has been working to organize "what is shaping up to be an extraordinary event," says Marilyn Schuster, professor of women's studies and one of the symposium's organizers.

"We are bringing 13 major activists, artists and academics to campus to engage in what promises to be a spirited discussion," Schuster adds. "The format will encourage give-and-take among participants and between participants and the audience."

The relationship between activism and the academy is among the hot topics in queer studies, an emerging academic discipline that focuses on analyses of sexuality and gender.

On Friday, November 6, a number of leading figures in gay and lesbian culture will gather at Smith for the three-day symposium. They will include independent historian Allan Bérubé, author of Coming Out Under Fire: Lesbian and Gay Americans and the Military During World War II; activist Urvashi Vaid, director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Policy Institute; author Lauren Berlant; and cartoonist Allison Bechdel.

The symposium opens at 3 p.m. Friday with a panel discussion designed to define the issues in queer studies. Panelists Bérubé and Vaid will join Michael Lucey -- author of Gide's Bent and founder of the gay studies program at the University of California, Berkeley -- in addressing such topics as "Queer Studies in the Factory Town" and "The Future of Queer Activism."

Events resume at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with "Art and/as Activism," a discussion featuring filmmaker Cheryl Dunye, director of The Watermelon Woman; poet Carl Phillips, author of In the Blood, Cortege and From the Devotions; and media critic Sasha Torres, editor of Living Color: Race and Television in the United States. Among the topics for consideration are the history of black lesbians and queer sex on television.

"The Science Debates and Citizenship," a panel beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, will consider the significance of seeing sexuality as being either genetically determined or a lifestyle choice. Discussants will include Anne Fausto-Sterling, author of Myths of Gender: Biological Theories About Women and Men; Chai Feldblum, law professor and drafter of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act; and geneticist Dean Hamer of the National Cancer Institute, co-author of The Science of Desire and Living With Our Genes.

At 4 p.m. "The History of Politics and the Politics of History" will include speakers Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy, co-author of Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community; Lisa Duggan, co-author of Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture; and Cathy Cohen, editor of Women Transforming Politics.

At 8 p.m., following remarks by President Ruth Simmons, the symposium's concluding address will be presented by Lauren Berlant, professor of English at the University of Chicago and author of The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship. The book has been described as "a stunning and major statement about the nation and its citizens in an age of mass mediation [that] will challenge readers to rethink what it means to be an American and seek salvation in its promise."

All symposium sessions will take place in Wright Hall.

In conjunction with the symposium, cartoonist Allison Bechdel, creator since 1983 of the biweekly lesbian comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, will present a slide show and discussion at 7 p.m. Sunday in Stoddard Auditorium. Bechdel's cartoons -- part documentary, part soap opera-are syndicated in more than 50 gay and lesbian and alternative newspapers and have also appeared in many other magazines, comic books, 'zines and anthologies. Six collections of her work are available from Firebrand Books.

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Film Festival Visits Smith Screening Sites

This year's Northampton Film Festival, coming November 4-8 to theaters near you, will feature more than 50 new and award-winning independent films, a number of which will be shown at Smith -- though not, alas, free to Smith students.

Highlights of the festival include a staged reading, festivals-within-the-festival of Jewish and gay/lesbian films and question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers. A full schedule and ticket-ordering information are available on the festival's Web site (

For those who want to keep their film-viewing close to home, here's some information about festival offerings to be presented at Smith.

Saturday, November 7

The first of the Smith screenings will be of The Return of Paul Jarrett, in which one of the last surviving American veterans of World War I returns to the scenes of his battles in France to be feted by local residents (9:30 a.m., Stoddard Hall). It will be followed after lunch by The Brandon Teena Story, the true tale of a young woman who dressed and passed as a man in a small Nebraska town (1 p.m., Stoddard).

The afternoon will conclude with two- and three-film screenings. The first will pair Counter-Puncher, the story of an innocent black man with a criminal past who fits the description of a criminal perpetrator, and SlamNation, which chronicles the National Poetry Slam (the "Olympics in Verse") and which won the Valley Advocate's Best Documentary Award (4:15 p.m., Stoddard). The second screening will combine Conditional Love, which takes a humorous look at Canada by way of interviews and archival footage from the '40s through the '70s; Ground Zero/Sacred Ground, an animated film exploring the juxtaposition of and cultures surrounding two New Mexico settings -- an ancient Native American pictograph site and, 35 miles away, the place where the world's first atomic bomb was detonated; and Letter Not About Love, which creates a double portrait of two poets, one Russian and one American, by tracing a five-year correspondence between them (4:15 p.m., Hillyer Hall).

Sunday, November 8

Sunday morning's Smith screenings will include some reappearances. SlamNation will be shown again, this time with The Dirt on Mom, an animated short comedy in which Dad comes to grips with his wife's success and the UFO his neighbors keep in the basement (Stoddard Hall, 10 a.m.). And Ground Zero/Sacred Ground will be reprised with Next Time, the story of an unlikely friendship that blossoms in a laundromat (10 a.m., Wright Hall).

Double- and triple-screenings will set off the afternoon's offerings. Mah-Jongg: The Tiles that Bind, a loving look at the role mahjongg plays in both the Jewish and Chinese cultures, will be paired with Tryf, about two Jewish lesbians and their relationship to each other, to Israel, to Judaism and to their extended Jewish-lesbian "family" (1 p.m., Wright). Have You Seen Patsy Wayne?, a "mockumentary" about a woman who believes she is the love child of Patsy Cline and John Wayne, will be shown with Director's Medium, a comedy that uses elements of film technique to illustrate the character's ideas of what cinema should be, and Slaves of Hollywood, a comedy about little guys trying to make it in Hollywood (1 p.m., Stoddard).

Three late-afternoon screenings will conclude Smith's part in the film festival. The Tyrant, a short, experimental film about a man with a rat on his head, will be paired with a repeat showing of Next Time (4 p.m., Stoddard). Two Weddings -- in which, 55 years after marrying in Europe during the Holocaust, a couple prepare for their grandson's wedding on Long Island -- will be shown with A Tickle in the Heart, which follows the 80-something Epstein brothers, the "Kings of Klezmer," on a joyous international comeback tour (Wright Hall, 4 p.m.). And Forgotten Fires, which traces the events that led four Ku Klux Klan members to burn two African-American churches, will share the screen with The Andre Show, about the extraordinary bond between filmmaker Beverly Peterson and her adopted, HIV-positive son (Hillyer Hall, 4 p.m.).


Cromwell Day Will Feature City's Mayor

Northampton Mayor Mary Ford will be the featured speaker on Otelia Cromwell Day, Tuesday, November 3. She is expected to address the Cromwell Day theme, "Celebrating Children Across Cultures," during her talk at 1:10-1:50 p.m. in Wright auditorium.

Ford is in her fourth term as mayor of a city that is at once a mill town, an historic area and a cosmopolitan center for arts, education and retail activity. She took office in early 1992 during a time of statewide recession and budget shortfalls and has been credited with a multiple-year strategy aimed at wrestling city budgets out of a multimillion-dollar deficit while initiating work on major deferred capital needs. Widely known as a champion of public school quality, she has been honored as Local Elected Official of the Year by the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers. Previously Ford served on the Northampton City Council and has worked in health care and education in both the public and private sectors. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and received the M.A. from Northwestern University.

Other features of the Otelia Cromwell celebration will include a worship service in Helen Hills Hills Chapel on Sunday, November 1, at 10:45 a.m.; storytelling from different cultures in Scott and Ainsworth gymnasiums and Sage Hall on Monday, November 2, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; a performance by African-American, Asian and Latino actors Monday at 7 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre; and several workshops, in sessions at 2 and 3:45 p.m. in Seelye Hall, focusing on the issues and experiences of children in today's world (see calendar). The day will close with "Get With the Rhythms of Diversity," at 7 p.m. in Scott Gym, featuring musicians Tony Vacca, Steve Leicache and Sekou Sylla.

Otelia Cromwell Day honors Smith's first African-American graduate, a member of the class of 1900.


Vanity Fair List Studded With Smithies

Among "America's Most Influential Women: 200 Legends, Leaders and Trailblazers" in the November issue of Vanity Fair are many with Smith connections.

The full group, photographed singly and in groups by Annie Liebowitz and 30 other top photographers -- or in some cases caricatured by illustrator Risko -- includes practically everyone you might expect, from Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and Janet Reno to Madonna, Ann Landers and Jane Pauley, as well as some less obvious choices (artist Louise Bourgeois, MTV President Sara Levinson).

Chief (in more ways than one) among the Smith-connected group is Ruth Simmons, who was photographed with the other Seven Sister presidents by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (whose relation, Meg Greenfield, graduated from Smith in 1952). The group's Smith alumnae include writer Sally Quinn, Ogilvy & Mather CEO and Smith trustee chair Shelly Lazarus, "French Chef" Julia Child, feminist activists and writers Gloria Steinem and activist Betty Friedan, Scribner publisher Susan Moldow and Sotheby's CEO Diana Brooks. Also pictured are several women who have received honorary degrees from Smith: Elizabeth Dole, playwright Wendy Wasserstein, chairman of the executive committee of the Washington Post Company Katharine Graham, chairman of the board of the American Foundation for AIDS Research Mathilde Krim, president of Duke University Nannerl Keohane; and writers Toni Morrison and Eudora Welty (the latter of whom also was Neilson Professor at Smith in 1961-62).

Two of the remaining women (along with the aforementioned Elizabeth Dole) have been speakers at Smith events: founder of Children's Television Workshop Joan Ganz Cooney and Nobel Laureate Jody Williams. Others have more tenuous connections to Smith: Ruth Bader Ginsburg received the college's first Sophia Smith Award in 1996; Katie Couric has a sister, Emily, who graduated from Smith in 1969; Nina Totenberg, NPR's legal affairs correspondent, spoke here during the Sophia Smith Award celebration; Helen Gurley Brown, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, has given her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection; Ruth Whitney, former editor-in-chief of Glamour, presented Ruth Simmons with the Glamour Woman of the Year Award in 1996; correspondent Andrea Mitchell interviewed Ruth Simmons for an NBC Nightly News segment on inspiring women; and Diane Chapman Walsh, president of Wellesley College chaired the accreditation team that visited Smith last fall.

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It's for Your Benefit

Coffee, pastries, health insurance, free massages, retirement planning, the richest raffle since the United Way, law phone, tea, Danish, time-off plans, Weight Watchers at Work, nifty givaways, ergonomics, tuition benefits, financial profiling, child-care options, computer store, cookies, free health-risk appraisals, wellness programs, flexible spending plans, banking options, workplace flexibility, discount car insurance, hearing tests, dental insurance and your friendly HR staff in cool matching shirts...all this -- and more- - in one place.

The annual Benefits Fair is Thursday, November 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Alumnae House. The fair kicks off the college's annual open-enrollment season, during which faculty and staff are allowed to make benefit changes. This year's fair will feature representatives of more than 20 programs that Smith offers to enhance work and life. Raffle prizes include gift certificates for downtown restaurants and the Village Day Spa and tickets to Smith dance and theater events and RADS Mother's Day brunch.


Sixteen Consecutive Mum Days

Smith's annual Chrysanthemum Show will take place at Lyman Conservatory from Saturday, November 7, through Sunday, November 22. On Friday, November 6, Claire Sawyers, director of Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, will give a lecture titled "Celebrating the American Landscape: Lessons from Japanese Gardens." The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Seelye 106 and is free and open to the public.

An experienced gardener, writer, lecturer and traveler, Sawyers has gardened in France, Belgium and Japan. She has written numerous articles for horticultural journals and was a guest editor of three handbooks for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Japanese Gardens, American Gardens: A Travelers' Guide and Gardening with Wildflowers and Native Plants.

After the lecture a reception in the Lyman Conservatory will feature a performance of shakuhachi, a form of classical Japanese flute playing, by Matthew Winer in the newly rededicated Japanese tea hut. Guided walks to the hut will leave the Lyman Conservatory on the half-hour beginning at 7 p.m. (If the weather demands it, Winer will perform in the plant house.)

A popular college and community tradition since the beginning of this century, the Chrysanthemum Show will feature a variety of mums, including some hybrids produced in Smith horticulture classes as long ago as the 1930s and others begun as seedlings by last year's students.


When Soprano Meets Piano

Jane Bryden, soprano and professor of music, and Sally Pinkas, Dartmouth College pianist-in-residence, will perform works of Copland, Pinkham, Wheelock, Child, Griffes, Ives, MacDowell and Beach at 8 p.m. Friday, November 6, in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall.

Bryden and Pinkas are frequent collaborators and most recently performed the world premiere of Professor of Music Donald Wheelock's 1998 song cycle Lieder über Lieder at the Longy School in Cambridge. The Wheelock cycle will be included in the November 6 program, along with two groups of songs -- seven by MIT composer Peter Child and five by Aaron Copland -- based on poems by Emily Dickinson.


Tots and Tomes

A group of leading children's book authors and illustrators will be on hand at the Smith College Campus School Friday, November 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. for a reading and autographing reception. Among the 23 authors and illustrators expected to attend are Patricia MacLachlan, Jane Yolen, Mordecai Gerstein, Norton Juster, Linda Shaughnessy, Cathy Weisman Topal, Shulamith Oppenheim and Barbara Diamond Goldin. The event is co-sponsored by the school's parent/teacher organization and the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging children to read.


October 23-25: NEWITT, 5th/21
overall 6-11-0
October 20: Smith 3, Springfield 0
October 22: Smith 1, Keene State 3
October 24: Smith 0, Westfield State 1
Field Hockey
overall 8-9-0
October 20: Smith 1, Springfield 3
October 24: Smith 7, Elms 0
overall 13-11
October 20 : Smith 3, WPI 0
October 23-24 : Hall of Fame Invitational, 7th place
Smith 0, Bates 3
Smith 3, Gordon 0
Smith 3, Bowdoin 0
Smith 3, Brandeis 2
October 24: UMass Show, 3rd place
Cross Country
October 24: Seven Sisters Championship, 5th/6

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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, November 2


Lecture/slide presentation: "Korean Modern Art: Between Past and Present." Youngna Kim, professor of archeology and art history, Seoul National University. 1998 Korean Culture Program. Sponsor: East Asian languages and literatures. 4:30-6 p.m., Seelye 201*

"Working with Living Artists." Carl Belz, director emeritus, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University. 4:30-6 p.m., Hillyer 117*

Fine/performing arts/films

Otelia Cromwell Day event: Storytellers. Locations: Latino, Sweeney Concert Hall; Japanese, Scott gym; Native American, Ainsworth gym. All programs, 10-11:30 a.m.

Otelia Cromwell Day event: "A Slice of Rice, Frijoles and Greens." Great Leap, a performance group of African-American, Asian and Latino actors. 7 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre


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

HR Training and Development Workshop: "Financing Your Child's College Education." (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263.) Noon-2 p.m., Dewey common room

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

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

Debate Society. Learn how to speak in public. Open to all. 4:15-6 p.m., Seelye 110

Student Labor Action Coalition general meeting. 7 p.m., Women's Resource Center (Davis third floor)*

CDO informational meeting: Corporate Executive Board (formerly part of Advisory Board Company). 7:30 p.m., Wright common room

Other events and activities

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

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 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Presentation of the major: Theatre. 4 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall CPA

Presentation of the major: History. 4:30-5:50 p.m., Wright common room

Presentation of the major: Women's Studies. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Presentation of the major: Chemistry. 4:30-6 p.m., McConnell foyer and 102

Presentation of the major: Classics. Pizza served. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Dewey common room

Presentation of the major: Italian language and literature. 7-8 p.m., Hatfield 105

Tuesday, November 3

Otelia Cromwell Day


Otelia Cromwell Day: keynote address by Northampton Mayor Mary L. Ford. (See story, page 4.) 1:10 p.m., Wright auditorium

Otelia Cromwell Day event: Session #1 topics: "Diversity and the Educational System"; "The Media and Children"; "SAASC Panel." 2 p.m., Seelye Hall

Otelia Cromwell Day event: Session #2 topics: "Children and Poverty"; "Non-traditional Families"; "Gender Socialization." 3:45 p.m., Seelye Hall


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. 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. 2754.) 5 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other events and activities

Yoga class. Noncredit, for students. Enrollment limited to 40. 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

Volleyball vs. Eastern Connecticut State. 7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Otelia Cromwell Day closing event. 7 p.m., Scott gym

Wednesday, November 4


"Jerusalem: An Archaeological Biography." Hershel Shanks, founder and editor of Biblical Archaeology Review and Bible Review, and president of the Biblical Archaeology Society. Sponsors: Lecture Committee, Museum of Art; religion department; Jewish studies; archaeology and ancient studies programs. Reception follows in Seelye 207. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Fine/performing arts/films

Concert: The Need (Chainsaw Records), The Haggard (featuring STS from the Lookers) and Northampton's own The Moves. Sponsor: WOZQ 91.9 FM. General admission: $3 at the door, all ages. 8 p.m., Gillet basement*


CDO workshop: "CDO Orientation for Seniors." 4 p.m., CDO

CDO informational meeting: The Rev. Gordon Forbes, Westmoreland Volunteer Corps, will discuss 10 years of service to the needy in Washington. Bring lunch. 12:15 p.m., Wright common room

Informational meeting/slide presentation: Shoals Marine Laboratory summer programs. 4:15-5:30 p.m., Burton 101

Religious Life

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

Hillel at Noon. Donna Robinson Divine, professor of government, will speak on recent developments in the Mideast peace process. 12:15 p.m., Dawes House Kosher Kitchen

Al-Iman. Discuss Islamic values and Qu'ran literature. 7 p.m., Capen House study

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

Other events and activities

Red Cross Blood Drive. Walk-ins welcome. Sponsor: S.O.S. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Davis ballroom

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

Presentation of Minor: Logic. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Burton math forum

Presentation of Minor: Third World studies. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Seelye 102

Dance/meditation/yoga class: "Chill!!!" Dance, play and relax. Residents of other houses welcome. Bring blanket and pillow. Sponsor: ESS. (Donna DeLuca, 549-4970, ddeluca@sophia.) 7 p.m., Emerson

Celebration of Sisterhood dress rehearsal. 9-11 p.m., Scott gym

Thursday, November 5


The reading by British poet Frieda Hughes scheduled for today has been canceled. Hughes is unable to make her American book tour due to illness.

Liberal Arts Luncheon. Alice Hearst, assistant professor of government. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level

"Can the Goddesses Be a Source of Feminist Theology?" Tikva Frymer-Kensky, Bible scholar and author of In the Wake of the Goddesses: Women, Culture and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth. Sponsors: religious department, Smith/Amherst Hillel. 4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture/demonstration: "Kinka Drumming of the Ewe of Southeastern Ghana." Sindhu Revuluri '00. 5 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage Hall*

"Victims, Victors and Virgins: A New Reading of Women in the Bible." Tikva Frymer-Kensky. Sponsors: religion department, Smith/Amherst Hillel. 8 p.m., Mead Art Museum, Amherst*

Thursday, continued

Fine/performing arts/films

Film: Rojo Amanecer (Mexico). Jorge Fons, director. Sponsor: Spanish and Portuguese department. All invited. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Dance Concert: Dance Department Faculty, featuring visiting artist Nia Love, called "a major artist" by the Los Angeles Times. Works by Rodger Blum, Yvonne Daniel and Susan Waltner. Tickets: $6, general; $4, students/seniors. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

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


Information session: Echoing Green Fellowship, a private foundation that awards $30,000 annual fellowships to students to develop innovative public interest initiatives. Seniors eligible. (See notice.) Noon-1 p.m., CDO*

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

Debate Society. Learn how to speak in public. Open to all. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 110

Association of Low-Income Students (ALIS) meeting. Resources and a voice for students with financial need. Refreshments and childcare with advance notice. (587-3781) 7 p.m., Chapin House

CDO informational meeting: AmeriCorps. 7:30 p.m., Wright common room

Religious Life

Meeting: Newman Association, the Catholic students' organization. Discuss the canonization of Edith Stein with Catholic Chaplain Elizabeth Carr. 6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Jewish Text Study. Dinner and Torah discussion. 6 p.m., Terrace Room B, Valentine Hall, Amherst College

Other events and activities

Yoga class. Noncredit, for students. Enrollment limited to 40. Sponsors: Office of the Dean of the College, ESS. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis ballroom

Annual Benefits Fair, with more than 20 health and benefit vendors. Food, fun, prizes. (See story, page 1.) 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Alumnae House

Red Cross Blood Drive. Walk-ins welcome. Sponsor: S.O.S. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Davis ballroom

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

Presentation of the minors: Environmental and marine sciences. Minors will talk about academics, internships and research. Meet faculty. Pizza served. 5-6:30 p.m., Sabin-Reed 101C

Presentation of the major: Philosophy. 5-6 p.m., Dewey Student Lounge

Friday, November 6


Queer Activism, Queer Studies Symposium. (See story, page 1.) 3 p.m., Wright auditorium*

"Breaking the Code: Deciphering Biological Signals From Background Small-scale Turbulence." Jeannette Yen, Department of Marine Science, SUNY Stony Brook. Sponsor: Five College Marine Science Program. 4 p.m., Morrill 319, UMass

"Celebrating the American Landscape: Lessons from Japanese Gardens." Claire Sawyers, director, Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore College. The opening lecture of the Fall Chrysanthemum Show. (See story, page 1.) 5:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Gallery talk: "Wine, Women and Song: Dining Accoutrements in Ancient Rome." Barbara Kellum, associate professor of art. 12:15 p.m., Museum of Art*

Fine/performing arts/films

Concert: "American Musical Landscapes." Faculty Recital. Jane Bryden, soprano, Sally Pinkas, Dartmouth College, piano. (See story, page 1.) 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Dance Concert: Dance Department Faculty. See Thursday listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*


Smith Science-Fiction and Fantasy Society (SSFFS). (Allison, ext. 6683.) 4:30-6:15 p.m., Seelye 208*

Religious Life

Shabbat service. Dinner follows in Dawes House Kosher Kitchen. 5:15 p.m., Dewey common room.

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

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

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

Other events and activities

Presentation of the major and minor: Medieval studies. 12:15 p.m., Seelye 207

Reception: Literacy Through Literature, with 23 children's authors and illustrators in celebration of children's literature. (See story, page 4.) 4-7 p.m., Campus School gymnasium*

Saturday, November 7


Queer Activism, Queer Studies Symposium. (See story, page 1.) 10:30 a.m., Wright auditorium*

Fine/performing arts/films

Concert: Smithereens Arch Sing! A cappella entertainment with the Skidmore Bandersnatchers. It's fun, it's free, don't miss it! (If it's raining, check the Arch for location.) 7 p.m., Emerson Arch*

Dance Concert: Dance Department Faculty. See Thursday listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Other events and activities

"Stories and Art." Free program for children ages 4-7. Listen to stories, look at and create art. Parents welcome. Space is limited; register, ext. 2760. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. 10:30 a.m.-Noon, Museum of Art*

ISO Party. 8 p.m., Gamut

Sunday, November 8


Queer Activism, Queer Studies Symposium. "Dykes to Watch Out For, the Slide Show." Alison Bechdel, syndicated cartoonist and creator of comic strips that have become a cultural institution. (See story, page 1.) 7 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*

Fine/performing arts/films

Concert: Dub Narcotic Sound System (K Records founder Calvin Johnson), with other Northwest bands D+ and ICU. Sponsor: WOZQ 91.9 FM. General admission: $4, all ages. 7 p.m., Davis ballroom*


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

CDO workshop: "CDO Orientation for Juniors and Seniors." 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 guest preachers Bill Larkin and Maureen Walker and a special visit from the Smith All People's Gospel Choir, the Rev. Rosita Mathews, director. Concludes Otelia Cromwell Week. Coffee hour follows. All welcome. 10:45 a.m., Chapel*

Quaker meeting. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome. Bass 203*

Roman Catholic Eucharistic liturgy. The Rev. Bill McConville, O.F.M., Celebrant, Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Supper follows. 4:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel*

Other events and activities

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

Ongoing Events

Fall Mum Show. Sponsor: The Botanic Gardens. Through November 22. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Conservatory*

"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 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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Mendenhall Memorial
A memorial service for Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, sixth president of Smith College, will be held Saturday, October 31, at 2 p.m. in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel. A reception will follow in the Alumnae House.
Mendenhall Shell
Everyone is invited to join the Smith crew team and Nellie Mendenhall, widow of Smith's sixth president, at the christening of the Thomas C. Mendenhall, a new varsity eight, at the Seven Sisters' Regatta at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, at Brunelle's Marina in South Hadley. Races begin at 9:30 a.m. with the novices, followed by the junior varsity at 10:10 a.m. and varsity at 10:30 a.m.
Extra SSC Hours
The reading room of the Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives will offer extra reference-service hours from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3.
Help for United Way
November 2-8 will be United Way Week at the Burger Kings in Easthampton, Northampton and Hadley. The restaurants will donate half the cost of two burgers and two orders of French fries to the United Way and conduct drawings for AMC movie passes and tickets to New England Patriots, UMass basketball and hockey and Springfield Falcons games.
Thanksgiving Concert
The annual Chamber Music for Thanksgiving concert by Philipp Naegele, professor of music, and colleagues will be held in the Smith College Museum of Art on Sunday, November 22, at 2 p.m. To be assured of seating, please pick up a free ticket in advance at the museum or send a request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
Give Blood
Sign-ups are now going on for the S.O.S.-sponsored Red Cross biannual blood drive to be held in Davis Center November 4-5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (S.O.S., ext. 2756; Sloane, ext. 6074.)

Faculty & Staff
Faculty Meeting
The third regular meeting of the faculty will be held on Wednesday, November 18, at 4:10 p.m. in the Alumnae House. Members of the faculty who have business for the meeting should notify the secretary of the faculty, Rosetta Cohen, in writing, no later than Wednesday, November 11. Material to be included in the mailing with the agenda must be camera-ready and submitted to College Hall 27 by Monday, November 9.
The following were available at presstime. Application reviews for all these positions will begin immediately. (Ext. 2278.)
  • Director of educational technology, Information Technology Services.
  • Research director, Advancement.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Health Services-Infirmary.
  • Human resources assistant, human resources.

Echoing Green
Echoing Green Foundation is a small, private New York­based organization that provides $30,000 annual fellowships to young people who wish to develop creative and innovative public-interest initiatives. The fellowships are meant to promote and support future leaders in community service work. Graduating seniors and Smith alumnae who graduated up to 10 years ago may apply for the next fellowship. S.O.S. and the CDO will provide students with technical support and counseling in preparing proposals.
Carnegie Fellowships
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., conducts programs of research, discussion, publication and education in international relations and U.S. foreign policy. It annually offers up to 12 junior fellowships to students planning careers in international affairs. The fellowships provide one year of paid work experience in a variety of settings, including at Foreign Policy magazine. Applicants must either be graduating seniors or have completed their A.B. within the past academic year. No current graduate students will be considered. The monthly salary is $1,950 plus benefits. To begin the nomination process, pick up the resource material from the CDO help desk. Prepare an outline of your response to one of the suggested essay (not research) topics and submit it with your résumé and a list of your relevant course work (IR, peace studies, government, public policy, etc.) to the CDO by 4 p.m. Monday, December 7.

Students -- continued
Teaching in Japan
Doshisha Girls' Junior and Senior High School in Kyoto, Japan, has been hiring Smith women to teach English for more than 15 years. Three alumnae teach there each year and live in studio apartments nearby. The school is next to the campuses of Doshisha University and Doshisha Women's College. Doshisha needs one new Smith teacher for the Japanese school year, April 1999-March 2000, and two new teachers for the school year April 2000-March 2001. Positions are suitable only for alumnae and January graduates. If you are interested in the April 1999 opening, contact Jane Sommer immediately at
RC/HR Applications
Applications for residence-coordinator and head-resident positions for the 1999-2000 academic year are now available in the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24. RC positions are open to recent graduates of Smith and female graduates of neighboring liberal arts institutions. HR positions are open to Smith undergraduates who will be seniors in fall 1999 and have lived in a Smith house for a minimum of two semesters. (Jennifer Matos, ext. 2234.)
S.O.S. Chair Positions
The Service Organization of Smith (S.O.S.) is currently accepting applications for two board positions, fundraising chair and fund-drive co-chair. Gain valuable experience in fundraising or business management while doing something positive for the community. Applications are available at the S.O.S. office in the Chapel basement and are open to all students. (Tyreen, ext. 6209.)
Counseling Workshops
  • Self-exploration groups meet Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m.; please call for a pre-group meeting with the co-facilitators.
  • "Living Our Lives," a support group for students with bipolar disorder, has a new meeting time: November 10, 5:10-6 p.m.
  • "Continuing Bonds, Evolving Connections," a bereavement support group for students dealing with the loss of a loved one, meets Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; please call to register.
  • "Women, Food and Body Image," a five-week workshop, meets Thursdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m., starting November 5; please call to register.
All groups are free (ext. 2840).
Dramatic Writing
Have you ever wanted to write for the theater? Now's your chance. The Student Theatre Committee is looking for short, experimental, original student work. Proposal sheets are available in an envelope next to the Student Theatre Committee box in the Theatre Building. Submission deadline: Dec. 10.
January-Grad Gyn Exams
Students graduating in January will not be eligible to use Health Services after December 31 and should therefore schedule their annual gyn exams by December 16. Call extension 2823 for an appointment.
Magazine Internships
The American Society of Magazine Editors is offering summer internships to students who have completed their junior year. Interns are placed primarily in New York City and are paid $325 per week. Preference is given to those who have worked on a campus magazine, newspaper or yearbook or have had a previous summer job or internship in journalism. Application forms, available at the CDO, are to be completed and returned by December 10.
Mellon Fellowships
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation offers fellowships to help exceptionally promising students pay for their first year of graduate school while preparing for careers in teaching and scholarship in humanistic studies. The application request deadline is December 7, 1998. Applicants must take the GRE by December 1. For more information, see department chairs or inquire at the CDO, the Ada Comstock office or the senior class dean's office.
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, ext. 2754.)

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