News for the Smith College Community //April 13, 2000

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New SSW Center Targets Those in Need

In the 82 years since the Smith College School for Social Work (SSW) opened, the structures and processes of social work education, treatment and research have changed dramatically. The school opened with the specific mission of assisting in the treatment of U.S. soldiers returning from fighting in World War I through their trauma and recovery. Treatment of mental illness back then tended to be a simpler process. When someone had a problem, he or she often received treatment in a therapist's office for an hour once a week.

But in these times of complex social challenges, widespread mental health issues and vast changes in health-care funding, the availability and treatment of mental health needs are also more complex. In many cases today, for example, treatment is applied when and where it's needed, in public schools, hospitals, community centers, churches, outpatient clinics and in the home-as opposed to a care provider's office.

The SSW, as it always has, aims not only to meet the mental health needs of the communities but also to promote an understanding of the impact the environment has on individuals while improving access to quality care through the school's teaching, programs and research. In a ground-breaking endeavor launched last fall, the SSW intends to further broaden and deepen its leadership in mental health practice. Through its new Center for Innovative Practice and Social Work Education, the school has launched research and service demonstration projects that will produce new knowledge on the mental health needs of our most vulnerable populations and at the same time is implementing new models of internship learning at the graduate and undergraduate levels (through Praxis, for example).

Interdisciplinary collaboration within the Smith community and with other colleges and universities is integral to the center's mission, says SSW Dean Anita Lightburn. As a central connector for social-work professionals, community leaders and faculty, the center will help develop ideas, research and new models of mental health services for vulnerable, high-risk populations. "Part of the center's influence will be through its strong emphasis on disseminating its research findings to its extensive internship network in 26 states and to the publishing and sharing knowledge, to the national social-work community," Lightburn says.

One of the center's preliminary projects is Partners for Success, a collaboration between the SSW and the Springfield school system designed to improve the mental health and academic performance of elementary school children who have been victims of trauma.

Ten graduate SSW interns have been a dynamic part of the project.

Other inaugural projects at the center include:

The Kinship Connections Project, a grant-funded collaboration that focuses on improving the mental health of children in the child welfare system.

End of Life Care Program, which offers a post-master's Advanced Practice Certificate to social work professionals working with individuals and families experiencing AIDS, cancer, chronic illness or sudden death due to violence or accidents. The program will develop the first textbook on end-of-life clinical care for schools of so-cial work and other professionals.

Latino Elderly Needs Assessment Project, a program that will link the SSW with Western Mass ElderCare to assess the needs of Holyoke's elderly Latino population and its families.

Always at the heart of the center's mission is to further the objectives of the School for Social Work, Lightburn says. "This school has always really been about teaching," she says of the SSW, which is consistently rated among the top social work educational institutions nationally with a large master's program and one of the largest doctoral programs in the United States.

The Center for Innovative Practice and Social Work Education invites project proposals from SSW faculty and professional colleagues. For more information regarding center projects or the SSW, see the school's Web site at

My Year of Meats Required Summer Reading

My Year of Meats, the acclaimed debut novel by Ruth Lounsbury Ozeki '80, has been selected as this year's required reading for students entering Smith in fall 2000. Packed with "romance, humor, intrigue, and even a message, My Year of Meats has it all," says an review. "This is a book that even a vegetarian would love." Named by Glamour magazine as "one of the heartiest, and yes, meatiest debuts in years," Ozeki's novel was chosen and recommended to Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney by a committee of faculty, staff, and students from the class of 2003.

An experienced documentarian, Ozeki has worked in television and film. Her work has been shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and at colleges and universities across the country. Like Ozeki, Jane Tagaki-Little, the novel's protagonist, is a Japanese-American documentary filmmaker; also like the novelist, who once was commissioned by a beef lobbying group to make television shows for the Japanese market, Jane is invited to work on a Japanese television show meant to encourage beef consumption. "When documentarian Jane Tagaki-Little finally lands a job producing My American Wife!, a Japanese television show sponsored by an American meat-exporting business, she discovers some unsavory truths about love, fertility, and a hormone called DES," says the teaser on the back of the Penguin paperback. "Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, Akiko Ueno, a beleaguered Japanese housewife, struggles to escape from her child-craving husband. When Jane's and Akiko's lives intersect, the deepest concerns of our time are illuminated: how the past informs the present, and how we live and love in an ever-shrinking world."

Ozeki, whom classical languages and literatures professor Thalia Pandiri describes as "a charismatic speaker, and a real presence, smart, funny, warm," will be on campus during the orientation for entering students, September 2 through 6. She will give a public presentation about her novel the evening of Tuesday, September 5. Earlier that afternoon, small groups of entering students will meet with faculty and staff to discuss the book. If you are a faculty or staff member interested in volunteering to lead one of those discussion groups (they will meet on Tuesday, September 5, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.), please contact either Tom Riddell, dean of the first-year class (extension 4910 or, or Julie Trainito, interim assistant dean for student affairs (extension 4904,

College Web Site to Sport New Look

Smith College's virtual "front door"-the initial view of the college via its Web site-is getting an overhaul.

Since its creation several years ago, the Smith Web site has grown exponentially. More than 8 million pages are viewed annually by students, faculty, staff, alumnae, parents, friends, prospective students and the general public.

To meet the needs of the current and next generation of users, a restructuring and enhancement of the Web site are necessary. The timing for this redesign is appropriate, following the recent approval of a new institutional visual identity and the completion of a needs assessment of the Smith Web site by a consulting firm. Information Technology Services and college relations, partnered with advancement and the Alumnae Association, have undertaken the management of this project.

Based on interviews and research, the consultant's report provides a detailed map of the site architecture. Using the report as a guideline, we have redesigned the Smith home page and the primary "tier" of pages. These pages are now available for review by the college community. The test site can be accessed from the current home page ( or directly at

The most prominent new features of the site are the separate home pages for external and internal users, with links tailored to those audiences. The correct page will be served up depending upon whether users are on campus or off. Community members who log on from off campus will still find links to Banner and GroupWise mail.

An improved architecture reduces the number of clicks required to get to major information sources. And a search engine will allow you to search Web servers at Smith as well as the Internet.

Not all links on the test pages are active. Some new content is still being developed; much of what is available is still under construction. Some pages are mockups that will be replaced by final pages in the near future. In the coming months, a set of design standards and templates will be made available; these templates can be used by individual offices and programs that wish to redesign or develop sites to incorporate the new visual identity.

A Day Just for Daughters

This year, Smith's version of "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" is likely to provide its young participants with a little fun, a little education, and some views of the campus not commonly available to all. College employees are invited to bring their daughters between ages 8 and 12 to work with them on Thursday, April 27, to take part in a day of activities and spend some time in their parents' workplace.

The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a welcome and introduction with morning snacks and juice in the Ainsworth Lounge. At 9 a.m., the girls, by request, will head over to the Ainsworth swimming pool for an hour of free swim time supervised by lifeguards. Those who prefer not to get wet will have Scott Gym at their disposal with tumbling mats and basketballs available for their fitness entertainment.

After swimming and tumbling it's off to the Physical Plant where the daughters will be led on one of those fabled tours of the boiler plant, rows of computers that juggle a boggling list of campus operations, and a subterranean view of the college's steam tunnels that wend their way underneath the campus.

The girls will then hike over to John M. Greene Hall for a light public-speaking workshop. Senior Katrina Gardner, SGA president, who has delivered speeches at some of Smith's most important events, will tell one of her famous stories to the girls, after which they can approach the microphone and ring out a few words of their own through the hall's public-address system to their associates in the audience. Gardner will offer some pointers to the girls on how to improve their public-speaking skills.

After the workshop, the daughters will head across Elm Street to Davis Center where they'll meet up with their parents/sponsors for a lunch special organized in the daughters' honor. Following lunch, the daughters are invited to return to their parents' workplace to witness the essential input to the campus' success that each parent contributes.

"Take Our Daughters to Work Day" was launched in 1992 by the Ms. Foundation as an annual opportunity to give young girls a chance to see their parents and other people engaged in a wide range of professional duties. The foundation intends the experience to help inspire the girls and build their confidence and self-esteem prior to the onslaught of adolescence.

If your daughter would like to join others April 27 on a day about girls and their futures, register by April 24 by contacting Claire Kmetz in the Office of College Relations, extension 2170, or All activities will be supervised by college personnel.

New Quad Exercise Room Opens to Raves

On the evening of Thursday, March 21, between 60 and 80 students crowded into the basement of King House to witness the King/Scales fitness area's grand opening. After a ceremonial ribbon-cutting by the house presidents of King and Scales, the crowd of students surged into the new fitness area, which boasts 15 pieces of shiny new weight and exercise equipment and still smells of fresh paint.

"I think this weight room is awesome," said Gardiner resident Rachel Santamaria-Schwartz '03, eyeing the fitness area's offerings, which include six LifeCycle bicycles, four pieces of Cybex strength equipment, two Total Body Cross Trainers, one Versaclimber, an erg, and two Stairmasters.

Melissa Hall '03 agreed, then added, "It's nice we don't have so far to walk [to the gym]. I might actually work out now."

Plans for the new fitness area originated during the college's self-study, says Theresa Collins, of the athletics department. "There was this student push for more exercise equipment, but we didn't have enough room in the [Ainsworth] gym," she said. To satisfy students' demands, college officials decided to construct satellite fitness areas around campus, beginning with the fitness area in Albright House, which was built last year and averages about 40 to 50 visitors a day. King House, selected because of its location in the Quad and its convenient external entryway to the basement, was next, and construction began this year.

In addition to the fitness area, a bathroom, telephone, water fountain, cubbyholes, and a bulletin board (for posting fitness-related notices) were added to King's basement, and a keyless entry system was put on the outside. Currently students need an access code to enter the fitness area. To obtain the code, go to Ainsworth Gymnasium's equipment booth and present a Smith identification card. After Physical Plant digitizes the identification cards, students can access the fitness area by swiping the cards at the door. Cards can be digitized April 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the King/Scales computer and fitness areas. The number code system currently being used will be discontinued, and the card-swipe system will eventually be the only way students can access the fitness area, Collins says. "We're trying to keep the place very secure," she explains.

Students' positive reactions to the new fitness area have continued since its opening, Collins says. "We've had great feedback," she says. "The first two days it was open, people were waiting for machines and there was a lot of excitement. It does seem like it's going to be a big hit. Let's hope people keep it up and keep working out."

To keep interest fresh, graduate students in Smith's exercise and sports studies department will be running weekly workshops and fitness clinics at all the weight rooms on campus, including the King and Albright fitness areas and at Ainsworth Gymnasium. Graduate students Jennifer Bhalla and Cheryl Brantle plan to "show how to use the equipment, introduce beginning students to it, and help more experienced students organize workout routines," Bhalla says.

To learn more about the fitness clinics, including dates and times, check the bulletin board at the King House fitness area. And, adds Collins, "if anyone has any problems, questions, suggestions, or requests of any sort, they can give me a call or e-mail me" at extension 2710 or Again, to get your Smith identification card ditigized, remember to head to the King/Scales computer and fitness areas between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, April 17.

Rare Book Room Receives Collection

A major collection of 19th-century American decorated bookbindings has been donated to Mortimer Rare Book Room. The extraordinary collection was assembled by Harvey and Myrtle Finison of Northampton during a period from the 1950s through the 1980s, and was given to the college last December for use by undergraduates and scholars studying American publishing history and the development of decorative styles.

The collection consists of more than 2,000 highly decorated volumes, mostly novels, from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, bound in embossed, colored, stamped and gilt cloth. These bookbindings, which were prized for the dazzling beauty and inventiveness of their designs, now document American publishers' dramatic departure from the more somber and understated style of bookbinding of the earlier 19th century.

Present in the collection are bookbinding designs by some of the most famous commercial artists of the day-including Will Bradley, Sarah Wyman Whitman, Margaret Armstrong, T.M. Cleland and Frederick Goudy-as well as by many obscure and unidentified designers who are known only from a tiny signature in the form of an initial letter or monogram hidden somewhere on the cover design. Overall, the work of at least 130 American and English designers is represented in the Finison Collection.

Harvey and Myrtle Finison quietly assembled the collection over the years by painstakingly scouring bookshops and regularly attending local auctions. Even though they were known in Northampton as passionate bibliophiles, many of their friends were unaware of the scope and extent of their book hunting. Harvey died in 1987 and Myrtle has cared for and organized the collection since.

The Smith College Library will catalogue the collection and house it in its temperature- and humidity-controlled Mortimer Rare Book Room. An exhibition of highlights from the Finison Collection is planned for next fall.

For further information call Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books, extension 2906.

Five Colleges to Create 'Sixth Library'

From important works on women's studies to manuscripts of poets such as Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, the libraries of the Five Colleges are rich in rare documents and special collections. Now, thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, those collections will be preserved in a more secure facility and are likely to become "better known throughout the region and the world," says Five College Coordinator Lorna M. Peterson. That's because the Five Colleges, with the help of a $1.1 million Mellon Grant, plan to pool resources for a new Five College Depository. Those holdings will be made accessible to the world on a Web-based database.

The Five College Depository, or "sixth library," as it will be referred to by members of the Five College community's libraries system, will be housed in a two-story underground bunker in Amherst that once served as headquarters of the former U.S. Air Force Strategic Command. Located 32 feet beneath the surface of the Mount Holyoke Range, where the temperature remains constant between 50 and 55 degrees, the bunker is an ideal site for the storage of library materials, says a Five College press release.

The bunker is currently owned by Amherst College, which uses three-quarters of the facility's 40,000 square feet for its own storage needs. The Five Colleges, which will lease the remaining portion of the facility for the depository, will use the grant to support start-up and initial operating costs. Efforts are under way to raise an additional $990,000 needed to complete renovations to the space.

The Five Colleges' decision to integrate major parts of their library collections into one shared depository is a pioneering one, says Amherst College Librarian Willis E. Bridegam. "[We] are breaking the mold by saying that it's ready access to information that matters; not how many volumes we have in our collections," he says. "[Other libraries] are, for the most part, still caught up in volume counting and ownership."

As the Five Colleges begin "building the collections together," adds Mount Holyoke College Librarian Susan Perry, they will be "playing a role in the whole scope of library management, and not just the handling of small parts of the collections."

During the next three years, the grant will also support the cost of developing a Web-based database of "finding aids," says a Five College press release. "The database will be easy to use, searchable, and standardized, and will be linked to both the Five College on-line library catalog and to relevant local, national, and international databases." With the addition of the database and the depository, which will be located on the Five College interlibrary loan route, scholars and researchers within the Five Colleges and beyond will benefit.

Talk to Explore 'Lost' Scroll

When they were first discovered in caves along the shore of the Dead Sea in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls provided the world with new insights into the thought and beliefs of Jews living between 250 B.C.E. and 65 C.E. They also provided us with their fair share of mysteries. On Tuesday, April 18, leading Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Stephen Pfann will give an evening lecture at Smith addressing one of those mysteries. Pfann's lecture, "Newly Surfacing Libraries From the Dead Sea," will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Neilson Browsing Room.

The puzzle Pfann plans to address began in the 20th century, when rumors of a "lost" Dead Sea Scroll started to circulate. The 2,000-year-old missing text, dubbed the "Angel Scroll," was thought to contain mystical imagery and descriptions of angels and the heavenly throne. Last year, in the hands of a group of Jerusalemites, a transcript of that missing Angel Scroll suddenly appeared. Like many of the other Dead Sea scrolls, the Jerusalemites' transcript dates from the first century of the Common Era. Like the other scrolls, it is written on parchment, composed largely in Hebrew (with some scattered Aramaic and Greek). If it is real, says Pfann, who has studied more than a quarter of the text, the transcript, with its revealing religious content, could be considered the archaeological find of the century.

In his lecture, Pfann will explore the mystery of the Angel Scroll, as well as issues of authenticity and forgery. He will also address the unique insights that the text, if it is authentic, could provide for the understanding of the origins and development of Jewish mysticism. Pfann, a major contributor to the Qumran Project at Hebrew University, is an expert in both the archaeology of the Qumran and related sites. He also has a profound knowledge of the texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls. He has published The Dead Sea Scrolls on microfiche, and his new textbook, The Essene New Testament, is due for publication next year. He is currently the director of the Center for the Study of Early Christianity in Jerusalem.


March 28: Smith 4, Trinity 5
March 29: Smith 6, Westfield State 0
April 1: Smith 4, Wheaton 3
Smith 2, Wheaton 11
April 5: Smith 8, WNEC 0
April 7: Smith 8, MIT 2
Smith 15, MIT 1
April 8: Smith 2, Coast Guard 4
Smith 3, Coast Guard 1

April 2: Mount Holyoke Show, 3rd place

March 30: Smith 5, Wesleyan 13
April 1: Smith 10, Wheaton 14
April 4: Smith 10, Mount Holyoke 11 (overtime)
April 8 Smith 10, Babson 9

April 1: Smith 0, Skidmore 9
April 8-9: Seven Sisters Championship, 5th place

Thanks to the assistance of Ada Comstock scholar Belinda Darcey, the Smith College Poetry Center's Web site has been named a winner of the 1999 Golden Web Award for site design. The award is presented quarterly by the International Association of Web Masters and Designers to sites whose Web design and content have achieved levels of excellence deserving of recognition. Darcey, whose Poetry Center site was chosen by a group of hundreds of designers to receive the Golden Web Award, is an art history major at Smith. The owner of a Northampton-based Web site design company, Dolce Design, Darcey has also co-designed several other Smith sites, including Web pages for Meridians, the Botanical Garden, and the Women's Studies Program.

Stanley Rothman, director of Smith's Center for the Study of Social and Political Change and Mary H. Gamble Professor Emeritus of Government, presented a lecture at Boston University's Conference on the Uses and Misuses of Science in Political Discourse, which took place April 1 and 2. Hosted by Boston University's Institute for the Study of Economic Culture, the conference explored topics such as failed drug policies, science in the courts, how social sciences affect the family, and the role of science in keeping citizens informed. Rothman's talk was titled "Environmental Cancer: Activists, Experts, and the Mass Media."

Smith graduate Kier O. DeVries '95, a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University, has been awarded a Woodrow Wilson-Johnson & Johnson Dissertation Grant. The $2,000 grant, which is funded by the Johnson & Johnson Companies, assists DeVries and 14 other awardees in their dissertation research on topics in women's and children's health. The awardees' dissertation topics vary widely, from sexual abuse and sex education to menopause, fertility and child welfare. DeVries, whose educational focus is philosophy, will write "Finitude & Freedom: Death, Medicine, and the Midwife Virtues."

Sources of further information, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Notices should be submitted by mail, by e-mail ( or by fax (extension 2174).

Campus Wide

Late April Scheduling
No events may be scheduled during the preexamination study period (Saturday through Monday, April 29 through May 1) or the formal examination period (Tuesday through Friday, May 2 through 5).

New ITS Resource
Information Technology Services has recently unveiled a Web site with a personality: the ITS Technology and Resource Adviser, more commonly known as TARA. TARA is an on-line collection of software installation instructions, tip sheets and use guides created by the ITS staff. The site ( offers intuitive menu options and easy navigation.

In the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions, Tara is "the goddess who guides through troubles," an appropriate namesake for the site that provides Smith students, faculty and staff with answers to pressing technology questions. Tara is also known for her compassionate nature. In similar spirit, ITS provides many different kinds of assistance to the Smith user community. Those who can't find the information they need should call the User Support Center at 4ITS (ext. 4487) or visit Stoddard 23 for assistance.

Hillyer Art Library
The Hillyer Art Library will open at its new location, Bell Hall, at Clarke School for the Deaf, Round Hill Road, on June 21. Summer hours, through September 4, will be Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday. Also closed Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, and Monday, September 4.

Faculty and Staff

Kyoto Faculty Fellowships
Information is available about the Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) Faculty Fellowship competition for the academic year 2001-02. Smith College is one of 15 member colleges of the AKP, a study-in-Japan program located at Doshisha University in Kyoto. Faculty Fellows teach, in either fall or spring semester, one course in English to undergraduate students from the participating U.S. colleges. Course content may focus exclusively on Japan, or may involve Japan in a comparative context appropriate to the fellow's preferences and academic training. In addition to teaching the course, fellows are expected to implement a program of research or study in Kyoto designed to enhance their professional development. Applicants may be Japan specialists or nonspecialists who wish to increase the quality and extent of the Japan component in courses they teach at their home institution. Fellows are provided with a $17,000 semester stipend plus $2,000 travel expenses, and a housing subsidy to cover rent and part of utility costs. For more information, contact Smith AKP Representative Thomas Rohlich, ext. 3441 or Deadline for applications for the academic year 2001-02 fellowships is June 1.


Technological Problems
The Administrative Board has been asked to provide guidance to faculty and students concerning "printer, diskette, and other technological failures" coincident with due dates for papers, take-home exams, and other written assignments.

As is the case for all assignments during the semester, and up to the end of the final examination period, faculty members are empowered to grant extensions to their students. If there is some technological reason for difficulty in presenting an assignment, a faculty member may grant extra time for submission of the work. (Extensions beyond the end of the exam period may be granted only by the class deans.)

On the other hand, a faculty member may wish to require confirmation of the problems, for example from a staff member at one of the computer centers. Alternatively, the faculty member might ask the student to submit a diskette with the relevant file (along with information about the platform and the word-processing program) as a substitute for written work. The Administrative Board urges students to prepare their work in a timely fashion (and to back it up) in order to avoid last-minute technological difficulties. Nevertheless, the board recognizes that even with the blessings of modern technology, these difficulties do, and will continue to, happen. Staff members at the computer centers may be able to provide technical assistance when such problems occur.

SSW Student Study
For a confidential study associated with her M.S.W. degree work at the Smith College School for Social Work, Gail Sullivan is seeking lesbians, 18 and older, who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or incest and who would feel secure in sharing their story in a confidential and safe setting. Participation will take approximately one hour. Call Gail Sullivan, 582-6930.

Submission of Papers
The members of the Administrative Board urge students not to use campus mail for delivery of papers to faculty. Nor should students tack papers to doors, slide them under doors, put them in mailboxes in public places, or have them delivered by friends. Emailing or faxing papers also carries the risk of nondelivery or nonreceipt. Students should always keep paper copies of submitted work.

Each year the Administrative Board is asked to make judgments on cases regarding final papers or projects that have gone astray. The best way to avoid such situations is to submit papers to an actual person, for example, the professor of the class or a departmental staff member who can verify receipt. Specifying the time and location of delivery of the work in such cases is advantageous to both the faculty and students. Students and faculty should also be reminded that the college requires that papers delivered by U.S. mail be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.

AcaMedia Internship
The Office of College Relations is seeking applicants for the position of writer/editor intern with AcaMedia, the college's weekly internal newsletter. Candidates should have strong writing skills with emphasis on journalistic prose and ability to create and develop article ideas. The intern will work closely with AcaMedia staff. Applications should be sent to Eric Weld at Garrison Hall, ext. 2171,

The Sunnyside Child Care Center, 70 Paradise Road, is now hiring work-study students for fall 2000 classroom aide positions. Morning and afternoon jobs are available. Call Debra Horton, ext. 2293, to apply.

Etiquette Session
Do you know how to conduct yourself successfully during an interview, how to network or negotiate personal and professional situations with confidence? Consultant Jodie Smith's etiquette seminar, hosted by the Association of Low-Income Students, will address these issues and more in Seelye 110, 3-5 p.m, Tuesday, April 18. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public. Questions? Contact Esther, 586-3621 or jnochain@

Examination Workers
Students interested in being exam workers should sign up in the Financial Aid Office.

Fall Schedules
All students should check their fall schedules on BannerWeb. Any student who is registered for a permission course should consult the instructor for any special sign-up procedures that may be required. The registrar's office will contact instructors to determine which students have been admitted to the course. Students who have registered for special studies courses should submit special studies forms to the registrar's office as soon as possible.

Teaching Evaluations
Faculty teaching evaluations will be administered from Monday, April 17, through Friday, April 28, in Seelye B2 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-midnight). Refer to email sent to all students from Dean Mahoney on April 10 for detailed information.

Fine Arts Exhibit
Entries for the Fine Arts Council Art Search and Show must be submitted at Davis ballroom Thursday, April 13, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., marked with the artist's name and telephone extension. Display and voting will take place April 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. and April 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winners will be announced during the reception April 14 at 7 p.m. First-place winner receives $300; second-place, $200 and third- and fourth-place, $100 each. All students are encouraged to vote. Questions? Nellie Garcia, ext. 7569.

Discovery Weekend
African American, Native American, and Latina students admitted to the Class of 2004 will travel to Northampton for the eighth annual Discovery Weekend April 14­16. The Office of Admission has invited these talented young women to explore life at Smith as they move closer to selecting a final college choice. We hope Discovery will influence the students to enroll here in the fall. Discovery 2000 visitors will interact with current students, alumnae, faculty and staff. They will stay overnight and eat in the campus houses, tour the Five College area, explore downtown Northampton, and join campus activities such as Africa Day. For additional information about Discovery Weekend, contact Joyce L. Rauch, Office of Admission, ext. 2500.

Archives Assistants
The Smith College Archives and the Sophia Smith Collection are seeking archives assistants for 12-week summer positions. Work will include arranging, describing and preserving archival record and manuscripts, photocopying, research, word processing, filing, shelving and paging boxes as well as part-time reception desk duties. Successful candidates will have good organizational skills, attention to detail, good verbal and written communication skills, legible handwriting, proficiency in word processing (Microsoft Word preferred). Assistants will work Monday through Friday, 35 hours a week, and do not need to be eligible for financial aid to apply. Send letter of application and résumé to The Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives, Neilson Library, by Friday, April 21. Note in your cover letter that you are applying for a summer position.

Census Reminder
It is extremely important that students fill out the U.S. Census forms that they have received or are about to receive in house meetings. The city of Northampton's eligibility for federal funding during the coming decade will be based on Northampton's Census 2000 count. For the purposes of the census, college students are considered residents of the town in which their college is located. Filling out a census form is an easy way to say thank you to Northampton for such services as police and fire protection, the 911 emergency line and emergency ambulance service, the use of sidewalks, roads, water and sewer services and access to community and art events that are supported by federal funding. It doesn't cost anything to fill out the form and it means a lot to Northampton.

Senior Opinions Needed
Each senior should have received a survey to complete and return to the Office of Institutional Research on the second floor of Clark Hall (above the SGA office). Please take the time to complete the survey. Why? Because what you say will help shape Smith's future. Questions? Call the Office of Institutional Research, ext. 3021.

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

President's Open Hours
The president's open hours for April, all from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, April 17; and Monday, April 24. No appointments are necessary. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Student Aid Society
The deadline for Smith Students' Aid Society Summer Study Grants is May 1. Applications are available in the class deans' office and the CDO. Questions? Call Anne White, ext. 2577, or email And seniors, let us help you in pursuing life beyond Smith with a grant for an interview suit or travel, required entrance exams fees, graduate and professional school application fees and portfolio costs.

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.

CORRECTION The Smith College Orchestra's and Glee Club's performance, with the Harvard Glee Club, of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (listed in an article in last week's AcaMedia to begin at 8 p.m.) begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, in John M. Greene Hall.

Monday, April 17

Lecture "Kyesha's Dilemmas: Putting the Working Poor Back in the Poverty Picture." Katherine Newman, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Urban Studies, Harvard University, and author of No Shame in My Game. 4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Life in a Korean Zen Monastery." Robert E. Buswell Jr., department of East Asian languages and cultures, and director, Center for Korean Studies, UCLA. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "Insect Locomotion in Complex Terrain: A Neurobiological and Robotics Approach." Roy E. Ritzmann, professor of biology, Case Western Reserve University. Reception precedes lecture at 4:15 p.m. in McConnell foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05*

Class poetry reading featuring a variety of voices and themes. 7-9 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Lecture "Testimony Disregarded: Holocaust Victims and the Historians." Helene Sinnreich '97 will interpret the Holocaust from victims' and perpetrators' points of view. Sponsor: Jewish Studies Program. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 207*

Performing arts/films
Reading/performance "From a Longer Line of Vendidas." Cristina Rangel '00 will read from her Smith Scholar project. 4:30 p.m., Dewey common room*

Debate Society general meeting.
4-6 p.m., Seelye 101

Smith Students for the Environment meeting. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 109

Religious Life
Silence for the Soul A quiet place for prayer, meditation or reflection.
All welcome. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Chapel

Green Tara meditation Buddhist meditation in the Tibetan tradition. Sponsor: East Asian Studies Program. 4:15 p.m., Wright common room*

Other events/activities
Language lunch tables French, Italian. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room

President's open hours First come, first served. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20

Lacrosse v. WNEC. 4:30 p.m., athletic fields*

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom

Tuesday, April 18

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "I Build and I Understand." Pau Atela, Marjorie Senechal, Ileana Streinu and Greg Young. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level

Discussion "Hitler, Waldheim, Haider: The Far Right in Austria. What Can Be Done?" Karen Alter, government department, and Klemens von Klemperer, emeritus, history department. Sponsors: International Relations Program, government department. Noon, Seelye 207

Informal question-and-answer session with poet Mary Oliver (who will read this evening). Interested students should see Cindy Furtek in the Poetry Center, Wright Hall, for a packet of poems to read in advance. 3:30 p.m., Wright common room

Lecture "Dependent Origination." Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, from the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Sponsor: East Asian Studies Program. 7-9 p.m., Wright common room*

Poetry reading Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Lecture "Newly Surfacing Libraries from the Dead Sea." Stephen J. Pfann, president, University of the Holy Land, and director, Center for the Study of Early Christianity. (See story, page 4.) 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "El Tajin, A Pre-Hispanic City in Veracruz, Mexico." Sara Ladron de Guevara, Visiting Scholar in Latin American Studies and professor of archaeology, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico. Sponsors: Latin American and Latino/a Studies. 8 p.m., Seelye 207*

Performing arts/films
Concert Music in the Noon Hour. Monica Jakuc, piano, with Veronica Macchia-Kadlubkiewicz, violin. Szymanowski's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 9. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Film Modern Times. Chaplin's last "silent" film, filled with sound effects and made during the age of talkies. Discussion led by Kevin Rozario, American studies, follows. Last of a film/lecture series sponsored by American studies. 7 p.m., Seelye 109*

Film Sponsored by Amnesty International. Discussion follows. 7:30 p.m., Dewey common room

Film "Stories of Resistance: The Female Body as Narrator," works by Valerie Soe, Ximona Cuevas, Tracey Moffatt and Sonali Fernando. Part of Art Seen: Contemporary Experimental Film and Video Art. 10 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*

Amnesty International general meeting. 4:45 p.m., Seelye 110

SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201

CDO workshop How to find a summer internship. 7:15 p.m., CDO

CDO workshop Job search for seniors. 8 p.m., CDO

SLAC general meeting. 8:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center

Religious Life
Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship Service of Reconciliation and Holy Communion meets in the house parlor for worship, lunch and friendship. All welcome. Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street*

Roman Catholic Lenten Sacramental Service of Reconciliation Fr. Stephen Ross, O.C.D., will preside.
5 p.m., Chapel*

Other events/activities
Pony Express 2000 Fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Adas Barbara Morgan and Charlene Doyle will ride in a nationwide motorcycle rally to raise funds for this cause. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Neilson lawn*

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

Etiquette seminar by Jodie Smith. Learn how to conduct yourself successfully during interviews, network comfortably and negotiate personal and professional situations with confidence. Hosted by the Association of Low-Income Students. Sponsors: Offices of the deans, Office of the President. 3-5 p.m., Seelye 110*

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:30-5:45 p.m., Davis ballroom

Community forum The architectural firm of Weiss/Manfredi will present a new design concept for the campus center. 5 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium

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

Wednesday, April 19

Performing arts/films
Musical theatre Star Messengers. World premiere of a work about Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler, scientists who changed humans' view of the universe. Commissioned by the Kahn Institute as a culminating event of its 1999-2000 project, "Star Messenger: Galileo at the Millennium." Tickets: $3, students, children and seniors; $5, general. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

HR workshop "Saving for Retirement: Discover Ways to Invest That Help Meet Retirement Goals." Open to faculty and staff. Noon, Dewey common room

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

Green Tara meditation Buddhist meditation in the Tibetan tradition. Sponsor: East Asian Studies Program. 4:15 p.m., Wright common room*

Passover Seder Transportation available from the Chapel. Reservations required for Seder and transportation; call ext. 2754. 6:30 p.m., Lewis/Sebring Dining Commons, Valentine Hall, Amherst College

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

Other events/activities
Language lunch tables Spanish, Portuguese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room

Language lunch tables Classical languages. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C

Résumé critique Have your résumé critiqued by a peer adviser. 3 p.m., CDO

CDO workshop How to write an effective résumé. 4:15 p.m., CDO

Softball v. Williams. 3:30 p.m., athletic fields*

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom

Thursday, April 20

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Engineering As a Liberal Art." Domenico Grasso, Rosemary Bradford Hewlett '40 Professor of Engineering. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Lecture "Aryan Self-Fashioning in Baron Münchhausen (1943)." Eric Rentschler, Harvard University, author and German cinema expert. Screening of Baron Münchhausen precedes lecture at 2:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Lecture "Contamination of Woburn Wells G & H: What the Experts Said at Trial, What We Know Now." Geologist E. Scott Bair, Ohio State University, will present geological evidence to assess unresolved issues remaining from the famous federal trial described in the book and movie A Civil Action. 7:30 p.m., McConnell Auditorium*

Performing arts/films
Play reading Futurist Etiquette for the Theatre. Free popcorn. 4 p.m., Mendenhall CPA 209*

Musical theatre Star Messengers. See 4/19 listing. Tickets: $3, students, children and seniors; $5, general. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Student recital Nina Moe '02, mezzo soprano, with Clifton J. Noble Jr., piano. Works by Schubert, Fauré, Rossini, Duke and Mahler. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Concert Punk rock show with political bands Plan A Project, Operation Cliff Clavin, This bike is a pipe bomb and more. Admission: $5. 8 p.m., Field House*

CDO workshop Job search for seniors. 3 p.m., CDO

Religious Life
Roman Catholic Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper with the rite of foot washing and the Installation of the Eucharistic Ministers. Fr. Peter E. Fink, S.J., professor of theology, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, will preside. 5:15 p.m., Chapel*

Passover Seder 6 p.m., Field House

Smith Christian Fellowship meeting Praise, worship, prayer and Bible-centered teaching. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 206

Maundy Thursday candlelight service A participation in the events of the last supper that Jesus held with friends on the eve of his death, including Passover, Eucharist and foot washing as a sign of self-giving and service; music and a quiet prayer ending. 10 p.m., Chapel*

Other events/activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 7:45-9 a.m., Davis ballroom

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

Conversations over coffee "Keeping Fit: Eating Well Without Dieting." Hosted by Five College Learning in Retirement. 2-4 p.m., Field House

Friday, April 21

Lecture "Sex Differences in Brain and Behavior: This is Your Brain on Steroids." Jennifer Swan, Lehigh University. Reception precedes lecture at 4:15 p.m., McConnell foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05*

Performing arts/films
Concert Earth Friday, featuring local bands and booths with information about ecology, recycling, important issues, other environmental organizations and vendors. Donations accepted. 1-4 p.m., Boathouse lawn*

Musical theatre Star Messengers. See 4/19 listing. Tickets: $3, students, children and seniors; $5, general. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Senior recital Erika Knepp, soprano, with Clifton J. Noble Jr., piano. Works by Poulenc, Rossini and Wolf. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Religious Life
Fireside discussion with the Baha'i Club to learn about the faith. 2 p.m., Wright common room

Green Tara meditation Buddhist meditation in the Tibetan tradition. Sponsor: East Asian Studies Program. 4:15 p.m., Wright common room*

Shabbat service Dinner follows at 7 p.m. in the Kosher Kitchen, Dawes
House, Chapel. 5:15 p.m., Dewey common room.

Roman Catholic Good Friday service Liturgy of the World Veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion. Fr. Peter E. Fink, S.J., celebrant. 5:15 p.m., Chapel*

Keystone meeting 6:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Ecumenical Christian Church Stations of the Cross followed by silent prayer. 9 p.m., Chapel*

Good Friday candlelight service Using the symbols of light and darkness, the cross and its power to heal and bring life through the death of Jesus, we will again enter deeply into the meaning and grace of the day. 10 p.m., Chapel*

Other events/activities
Language lunch tables Japanese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Softball v. Springfield. 3 p.m., athletic fields*

Synchronized Swimming Show Annual spring show by team. Tickets: $1. 7 p.m., Dalton Pool

Saturday, April 22

Performing arts/films
Senior recital "Concert and Conversation." Bonnie McAdoo, piano. Works by Bach, Chopin, Schoenberg, Brahms. 2 p.m., Earle Recital Hall*

Musical theatre Star Messengers. See 4/19 listing. Tickets: $3, students, children and seniors; $5, general. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Concert Smiffenpoofs Jam! Annual spring concert of a cappella tunes, fine harmony, good humor. Admission: $4, general; $3, children/seniors. 8 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Poetry slam and open mic featuring poet Sage Francis. 8 p.m., Davis ballroom*

Science Fiction and Fantasy Society meeting Discussion about Japanese animation. 3 p.m., Bass 210

Religious Life
Roman Catholic Easter vigil including the Blessing of the Fire and the liturgy of the Eucharist. Fr. Peter E. Fink, S.J., celebrant. A special reception and light dinner follow in Bodman Lounge. 8 p.m., Chapel*

Sunday, April 23

CDO workshop How to find a summer internship. 1:15 p.m., CDO

CDO workshop Interview strategies for success. 2:30 p.m., CDO

Religious Life
Sunrise Easter service The Ecumenical Christian Church joins the First Churches and Edwards Church. 6 a.m., athletic fields*

Roman Catholic Easter Mass of the Resurrection with Fr. Peter E. Fink, S.J., and Chaplain Elizabeth Carr. An Easter brunch will follow at the home of Elizabeth Carr. 9 a.m., Chapel*

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

Service of Celebration and Communion for Easter Sunday in the Protestant tradition with the Rev. Dr. Leon Burrows preaching. A festive Easter brunch follows worship. 10:30 a.m., Chapel*

Association of Smith Pagans meeting. Organization for those who practice nature-based religions. Seekers welcome. 4 p.m., Lamont basement

Other events/activities
Spring egg hunt Look for eggs filled with great prizes, including gift certificates to downtown. Sponsored by the class of 2001. 1 p.m., Chapin lawn*

CDO open hours for browsing and library research. Peer advisers available. 1-4 p.m., CDO

Hillel elections All board positions open. Come early for a Passover meal. 6:15 p.m., Dawes Kosher Kitchen


"Sistervision: Seeing Women's Lives" Exhibit of documentary photos and artwork by photojournalist, activist and musician-performer Diana Davies. Through June 30. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays, 1-4 p.m. April 16, 23, 30. Alumnae Gym*

"Comic Cuts of New York" Watercolors and oils by Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling, AC '95. Through May 26. Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Alumnae House, 33 Elm Street*