News for the Smith College Community //October 21, 1999

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This is a Rare Rare Book Room

By Adele Johnsen '02
Have you ever been to the Mortimer Rare Book Room?

For many students, the answer is unfortunately no. Located on the third floor of Neilson Library, nestled amid rows and rows of bookshelves, the rare book room has had a tendency to seem distant and intimidating to some. "I've had seniors come up to me and say, 'I've been wanting to get up here for four years, but I've never mustered the courage,'" says Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books. It's a stigma Antonetti and his colleagues are eager to be rid of.

Last spring, with the design and construction of a new front entry to the rare book room, they took a major step in the right direction. Designed by the Shelburne Falls-based architectural firm Juster Pope Frazier, the rare book room's new vestibule is a handsome wood-and-glass structure. It functions as both an entryway and a display case for several selected texts. It also makes the rare book room's presence seem more obvious and inviting. "I wanted people to be able to make visual contact with us inside," says Antonetti, "to see that it was a nice room, not just a janitor's closet."

With more than 25,000 volumes, the rare book room is more than a nice room -- it's an incredible resource. Created in the early 1940s, the rare book room initially served as a protector of 15th- and 16th-century books that were too old and delicate to remain in the stacks of Neilson Library. Years passed, generous alumnae and friends of the library shared their resources, and the rare book collection began to grow. Slowly it developed into the great collection it is today. Named in honor of Ruth Mortimer, curator of rare books from 1975 to 1994, the collection still counts the original 15th- and 16th-century books among its volumes. It also houses manuscripts and cuneiform tablets, English political pamphlets from the 18th century, 19th-century American trade cards, and a large collection of writing by Smith alumna Sylvia Plath '55. And as Antonetti emphasizes, it's a resource available to anyone who wants to use it. "I want [students and members of the Smith community] to be certain I mean it when I say that this collection is for them," he emphasizes.

The new vestibule, Antonetti hopes, is only a small part of a larger renovation of the Rare Book Room, the space surrounding it, and the library as a whole. "This is the first step in a long series of steps to beautify the entire library," he says, including the Mortimer Rare Book Room. "This is not the type of off-limits treasure you find at other colleges."

Celebration Odds 'n' Ends

What has 137 pounds of This is about Smith tattoos in a variety of colors, 500 vinyl frogs, 2,500 This is about Smith lunch bags, 2,600 pounds of lights, sound and projection equipment, 15 This is about Smith banners and 1,152 bottles of This is about Smith spring water? You guessed it: it's the This is about Smith celebration that officially gets under way with the gala convocation at 5 p.m. Friday, October 22, at the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility.

The tattoos will appear this week, as if by magic, in student mail boxes and be available at locations around campus as well. The lunch bags and the Smith water will be easy to spot. And you can probably guess where the banners and the 2,600 pounds of lights, sound and projection equipment are going to show up. The frogs may be a little more difficult to understand unless you remember that the Saturday morning This is about Smith program is called "Quantum Leaps: Experiencing the Liberal Arts Today," which begins at 9 a.m. in Theatre 14. People who attend the various presentations taking place in locations all over campus during the morning (see the printed program for details) will receive frog tokens that they may redeem for a frog-decorated umbrella at the program's wrap up, "Leaping to Conclusions," at 11:30 a.m. in Theatre 14.

Students will have several opportunities to meet the 30 remarkable women who will be honored at Friday's convocation. All of them will be at the reception after the convocation; some of them will be in student houses for dinner on Thursday; some of them will attend classes in subjects that interest them or with faculty members who taught them as undergraduates; some of them will conduct mentoring session at the CDO on Friday afternoon; and one of them will even go with students on a biosci field trip.

Seven houses will host "remarkable women" for dinner on Thursday. Students from elsewhere on campus who wish to meet one of these alumnae may visit the host house during dessert and coffee. The houses, with their guests, are

  • Wilder: Sumiko Fujiwara Enbutsu '60, author, translator, lecturer who played a pivotal role in interpreting the history of old Japan and is well known in Tokyo as an environmental activist in preservation
  • Northrop: Jane Shoaf Turner '78, editor of the monumental Grove Dictionary of Art
  • Chase: Anjana Shakya '91, director for women's rights and development at the International Institute for Human Environment and Development based in Katmandu, Nepal
  • Chapin: Jane Yolen '60, award-winning author of more than 100 (mostly children's) books with translations in more than 10 languages
  • Parsons: Anne Martindell '36, ambassador to New Zealand during the Carter administration and former member of the New Jersey legislature who has returned to Smith as an Ada Comstock Scholar this fall
  • Lawrence: Evelyn Granville '45, one of the first African-American women to earn a doctorate in mathematics and a mathematician and researcher known for her work in stimulating children to pursue math and science
  • Cutter: Angela Hassan '94, Smith's first Rhodes Scholar, who worked for human rights and social change before becoming a student at Oxford and is currently doing research in Zimbabwe.

October 22-24 will be about Smith. If you miss it, you'll regret it.

PP Projects Abound on Campus

Major physical plant projects completed during 1998-99 at Smith ranged from the renovation of a single floor of one student residence and the demolition of two others to the dredging of Paradise Pond.

Bill Brandt, director of operations and facilities, reports that approximately $5.8 million was committed and/or expended on construction and renovation projects last year. Funding came from both capital budgets and renewal and replacement budgets.

The major projects included

  • adding 12 rooms to the third floor of Capen House to partially replace the student rooms lost with the demolition of Hopkins A and B, which were razed during the summer because of structural deficiencies;
  • draining Paradise Pond and removing an eight-year accumulation of silt, improving the boat and crew house area and the dam;
  • replacing the existing surface of the outdoor track and tennis courts with a synthetic rubber system, and adding new fencing and improvements to the field events area;
  • completing an ongoing project to replace the original primary electrical feeders on campus.

In addition, several planning initiatives were completed, such as the design phase and trustee approval of the proposed 350-car parking garage planned for West Street, a comprehensive dormitory survey rating all interior space of the student residence inventory, the design phases
of a book storage facility at 126 West Street and a 24-hour computer laboratory and satellite fitness center at Franklin King and Laura Scales houses.

A construction management firm was hired to assist in the design and construction of the Fine Arts Center renovation, the Campus Center, and the parking garage. Also completed were a parking survey, a comprehensive chiller replacement and lighting upgrade project, and a study to determine the cost of a Lilly Hall renovation.

Many other smaller-scale projects were completed as well, including interior renovations in College Hall, 126 West Street, Davis Center and Neilson Library, installation of an irrigation system in Chapin lawn, several projects at the stables and the renovation of Comstock/Wilder courtyard.

A Council for the Entire Community

During the college's 1996 self-study, the governance team argued that a committee was needed on campus that would broadly address community issues and would be representative of the range of college constituencies -- staff, students and faculty. It was suggested then that the faculty Committee on Community Policy (CCP), a group consisting of faculty that had existed for 20 years, be replaced by a group selected by the president.

President Simmons appointed an ad hoc Community Policy Committee (CPC) to address the self-study's suggestion. That group, consisting of students, faculty and staff, met last year and developed proposals for the creation of a permanent Smith College Council on Community Policy.

This year, as a result of that process, an interim Smith College Council on Community Policy is continuing the process of finalizing a proposal. The "College Council," as it is commonly called, will eventually consist of members from the faculty and staff as well as students, administrators, alumnae and possibly a representative from the city of Northampton (who would be recommended by the mayor). The interim council is chaired by Tom Riddell of the economics department and the class deans' office.

Proposals for a permanent Council on Community Policy are being submitted this semester for suggestions and alterations by SGA, Staff Council and Faculty Council, says Riddell. Final proposals regarding council membership and its mandate will be submitted to the president by the end of the semester for approval, he said.

According to the proposed mission statement the council will be "a broadly representative, deliberative group that meets to consider matters that concern the campus community." As part of that mandate, the council will evaluate community policies, make recommendations to the president for changes in policy, identify ways to educate the community on various issues; it will address such issues as campus climate and diversity, and serve as a sounding board for students, faculty and staff with concerns regarding the community.

Riddell, in chairing the ad hoc CPC last year, said the group's intention was to "establish a college-wide committee that is representative, effective and has real power to influence community issues. It should have a serious role and responsibility in the Smith College community."

In comparison to the longstand-ing former CCP, the council will be able to be "more focused on issues having to do with the entire college community and issues of climate," Riddell says. But perhaps the most substantial difference is that the proposed council will be more representative of the entire Smith community than CCP which was a faculty committee.

The council plans to meet once a month during the academic year to develop its final proposals and to consider any pressing community issues.

Questions or suggestions for the new Smith College Council on Community Policy can be submitted to Riddell at extension 4910 or

Men? At Smith?

Only a handful of men ever choose to study at Smith. But last year Philip Skemer and Bill Mosher did just that. As juniors at Pomona College, they took advantage of their college's exchange program with Smith and, they say it was a mixed experience.

They chose Smith for different reasons. Mosher, a philosophy major, "expected that the Smith experience would provide great conversation for law school and job interviews," he said in an interview with the Christian Science Monitor.

Skemer chose Smith "because of its size, proximity to other colleges in western Massachusetts and its strong geology department." His first day of classes was an unhappy one, he said. "No one was willing to sit next to me. No one smiled at me or made eye contact. It was as if I was invisible." After a few weeks and a number of accommodations, Skemer and Mosher began to adapt to their unusual Smith life. If indeed, as the proverb relates, experience is the best teacher, Skemer and Mosher must have received an education that will serve them well. "It's interesting to feel like the minority for a change," Skemer observed. "You gain a lot of respect and understanding for people who do similar things every day."


The Y2k Coordinating Committee has posed a series of questions to campus administrators that are designed to elicit information about Smith Y2k readiness. The questions, with their answers, will run in AcaMedia between now and the end of the millennium.

Question: If there is no power or heat or the supply is limited to a few facilities, is there a plan for deployment of staff? Who should come to work? How will they know who should report? How will the college alert faculty and staff if Y2k problems close the campus?

Answer: HR will follow the general procedures we use for other emergency -- usually weather-related -- closings. Fortunately, the college is scheduled to reopen Monday, January 3, 2000. This allows January 1-2 to review facilities and equipment and assess the college's readiness to open as scheduled. The decision about whether to open as planned or delay opening will be made by Ruth Constantine, vice president of finance and administration, Lianne Sullivan-Crowley, director of human resources, and Bill Brandt, director of operations. Essential staff (those who need to report to work under any circumstances) will be determined within departments. Nonessential staff may obtain information about the status of the January 3 opening by calling a telephone number designated for that purpose. The number will be publicized prior to the closing of college for the December holiday. Local radio station WHMP may also carry the information, assuming there is electrical power.

Question: What arrangements are there for providing electricity and heat to the campus in the unlikely event that our suppliers cannot deliver? If the college has to rely on back-up generators, how long will they work?

Answer: Physical Plant personnel have had numerous meetings with the college's fuel and power suppliers. ISO New England (the power grid controller) has assured us that electrical power will not be affected by Y2k. ISO New England is more concerned with the number of customers that might remove themselves from the electrical grid and use generators, causing an interruption in power supplies that cannot ramp down generators quickly enough to avoid system "trips." ISO New England has been in communication with potential auxiliary power users to ascertain their plans and avoid a problem. ISO New England is being very proactive in their plans to cover any and all contingencies concerning Y2k.

Between November 1999 and March 2000, Smith College will be generating steam by burning fuel oil. Our fuel oil supplier has backup generators so that it can still fill trucks to deliver fuel oil even if the electrical grid fails. Our steam plant has its own backup generator to power critical systems. Therefore, steam production will not be affected by a system-wide power failure. Buildings not connected to the central steam plant are dependent on natural gas suppliers and Massachusetts Electric for power and heat. Those buildings include all rental properties, 30 Belmont Ave., 27 Belmont Ave., 138 Elm St., 8 College Lane, the Field House, the Gables, Morgan Hall, the Stables, Grécourt Bookshop, Central Services, Fort Hill Preschool and Garrison Hall. In the unlikely event of power failure, these buildings will have their water systems drained and the buildings will be closed until power is restored.

The following buildings have back-up generators: Lyman Conservatory, Central Steam Plant, Physical Plant, Infirmary, Comstock/Wilder, Wilson/Gardiner/Morrow, Emerson/Cushing/Jordan, Fine Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts, Wright Hall, portions of Sabin Reed/Burton/McConnell, Scott/Ainsworth Gyms/30 Belmont, Morris/Lawrence/Tyler, Neilson Library, Washburn/Hubbard, Chapin, Haven, Gillette/Northrop/Lamont/Talbot/Chase,/ Duckett, Ziskind/Cutter/Davis/Parsons/Friedman/Sessions/ Sessions Annex/Chapel, Lilly/Pierce/College Hall/Seelye, John M. Greene/Hatfield/Dewey/Clark/Drew/76 Elm, Scales/King. Generators are not meant to be used for "business as usual." These generators provide emergency lighting, power to life safety systems and critical operational equipment only. Backup generators are tested weekly. On-board fuel at the generators will last more than eight hours. The same fuel oil supplier supplies fuel to these generators. The fuel tanks will be topped off before the holidays.


October 12: Smith 1, Clark 4
October 16: Smith 1, Wheaton 4

Field Hockey
October 12: Smith 2, Clark 1
October 14: Smith 0, Trinity 3
October 16: Smith 1, Wheaton 0

October 12: Smith 1, Wellesley 8
October 13: Smith 0, Trinity 9
October 14-17: NEWMAC Championship: Smith 0, Wheaton 9

October 12: Smith 3, Mount Holyoke 0
October 14: Smith 3, Williams 2

Cross Country
September 25: Williams Invitational: 8th out of 9
October 2: Babson Invitational: 18th out of 30
October 9: Bryant Invitational: 4th out of 11
October 15: Open New Englands: 39th out of 42

Ellen Kaplan, playwright and associate professor of theater, has been named a finalist for a Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) fellowship in playwrighting. The MCC reviews artists' work through an anonymous panel of out-of-state peers and provides fellowships based on the quality of the work. Kaplan submitted scenes from three of her plays -- an adult play, children's play, and screenplay -- to become a finalist and receive a $1,000 award. Involved in the theater for more than 25 years, Kaplan is an experienced teacher, actor and director. She is also an internationally accomplished playwright whose work has been performed in both the United States and Europe. A faculty member at Smith for five years, Kaplan currently teaches acting seminars and courses on directing and serves as chair of the theatre department. Kaplan is excited and encouraged by her award, she said in an interview with the Greenfield Recorder. The fellowship enables her to continue to write, to rework the screenplay and develop a one-act play.

Professor of Chemistry David Bickar, working with the UMass Department of Chemistry, has been selected by the American Chemical Society to participate in the Shaping the Preparation of Future Science and Mathematics Faculty program, or Preparing Future Faculty (PFF). Sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Council of Graduate Schools, the program is designed to inform faculty of their roles, responsibilities, and career options. Through Bickar's involvement with PFF, Smith College has become a partner in the program, and will play an active role in its development and implementation.

The Banks of the Oise, an oil painting by Henri Rousseau from the collection of the Smith College Museum of Art, is the cover illustration for the September/October issue of Trusteeship, the magazine of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. According to the text that accompanied the painting, "Renowned painter Henri Rousseau held a number of odd jobs before devoting his life to painting. He played clarinet for the French army, tended gates to the city of Paris, and painted signs for country inns...Rousseau is famous for imaginary jungle scenes with exotic creatures -- such as monkeys, water buffaloes, and hunters -- inhabiting the forests...The Banks of the Oise is a unique example of Rousseau's rare departures from exotic imagery." The painting currently hangs in the Smith Museum on the second floor.

Karl Donfried, professor of religion and biblical literature, led members of the U.S. House of Representatives in prayer at the opening of their session Tuesday, October 12. Donfried, an ordained Lutheran minister, was invited to serve as guest chaplain for the day by House chaplain James Ford and introduced by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield.

Paul Pickrel, professor emeritus of English, is the author of a five-line verse, Spider Web, that appeared in The New York Times weekly collection of anecdotes and whimsy, "Metropolitan Diary," on Monday, October 11. Pickrel has given permission for AcaMedia to reprint his rhyme:
A spider out seeking his prey
Encountered a fly on the way
With no wish to provoke
He cordially spoke
"Please visit my web site today."

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

Health Services
Students, faculty, staff and emeriti may obtain flu shots at a walk-in clinic Wednesday, November 10, 3-6 p.m., in Wright Hall common room. Please dress appropriately to receive injection in upper arm. Flu vaccines are also available by appointment at Health Services beginning in mid-October as long as the supply lasts. The charge for the flu shot, at the clinic or at Health Services, is $l0 for staff, present and retired faculty, and $5 for students, payable at the time of the injection. Those who wish to receive the flu vaccination at Health Services should call Elaine Longley, RN, nursing coordinator, at extension 2823, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, to make an appointment. The vaccination is recommended for healthy people 65 years or older, people with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, chronic lung disease, renal dysfunction, hemoglobinopathies or immunosuppression, those receiving long-term aspirin therapy, and those living in close community settings such as dormitory housing.

Y2k Readiness
ITS is preparing a comprehensive statement about Y2k preparedness that will be distributed to the Smith community within the next few weeks. It will include information about faculty and staff computers on campus and standard desktop software and provide advice about assessing the Y2k compliance of home and student computers.

Massachusetts Relay Presentation
Massachusetts Relay is a free service that helps facilitate communication between those using TTYs (telecommunication devices typically used by deaf, hard of hearing and/or speech-impaired people) and those without TTYs with the help of specially trained relay operators. Representatives of the service will give a presentation in Neilson Browsing Room at 3:30 p.m. Monday, October 25. The presentation will be of interest to hearing- or speech-impaired people as well as anyone whose position may require communication with a person who is unable to use a conventional telephone.

Give the Gift of Life
Donate blood at the Fall Blood Drive sponsored by S.O.S. The drive will take place Tuesday-Wednesday, November 2-3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in Davis ballroom and is open to the entire Smith community. Walk-ins welcome, but appointments recommended. Volunteers are also needed to assist the Red Cross staff during the drive. To make an appointment or to volunteer, contact Mariel at extension 7332 or

Calling All Artists
The Smith College Christmas Vespers planning committee is soliciting submissions for a poster and program cover design for its Christmas event, which will be held Sunday, December 5, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Design entries must be submitted to Charlene Moran in the Chapel office by 10 a.m. November 1. Entries should be in black and white (but will be printed in color with artists' suggestions) on 8 1/2- x 11-inch paper. The winner will be chosen by the committee November 1, and the winner's name will be printed in the program. Open to staff, faculty and students. Call extension 2753 for information or to view past programs.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty Meeting
The regular monthly meeting of the faculty will be held on Wednesday, October 27, at 4:10 p.m. in the Alumnae House. Tea will be served at 3:45 p.m.

American Red Cross
Volunteers are needed to manage shelters opened in Northampton in the event of disaster. Eight hours of training will be provided at no cost to volunteers. Date and time of training to be announced. Join the disaster response team for Northampton. For more information, contact Mary Catherine Jones, Red Cross Disaster Services, extension 7824 or

HR Open House
The Office of Human Resources will hold an open house Tuesday, October 26, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 30 Belmont Ave. Please join us in celebrating our office space redesign. Visit the Benefits group on the first floor, tour the Training and Development area and new Employee Services/Recruitment offices on the second floor. Refreshments served all day!


Class of 2003
There will be a mandatory meeting Tuesday, November 2, 5-5:45 p.m. in Wright auditorium.

"Leapin' Lizards"
The Fine Arts Council is offering 50 $9 tickets to Smith students wishing to attend the performance of the musical Annie, on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the UMass Fine Arts Center. Transportation is available for approximately 30 students. For reservations or ticket purchase, contact the SGA Office, Clark Hall.

Health Services
Students graduating in January should schedule their annual gynecological exams by December 17 because they will not be eligible to use Health Services after December. Call extension 2823 to schedule your appointment.

Mellon Fellowships
The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies are designed to help exceptionally promising students prepare for careers of teaching or scholarship in humanistic disciplines. The fellowship covers graduate tuition and required fees for the first academic year and includes a stipend. The application request deadline is December 7. The GRE test must be taken by December 1. For more information students may see Justina Gregory in the Classics Department or department chairs.

ASPECTS workers
The Curriculum Committee of the SGA is looking for three or four students to work on the ASPECTS book that will come out next spring. All work will be done during January term. Previous ASPECTS experience or computer experience is preferred but not required. Applications are available in the SGA office and will be due October 25 at 4 p.m. Questions? Extension 4964.

Interterm Course 2000
ARH 295j, "Museum Studies," an intensive course that will meet four or five days a week, involves considerable travel to area museums. There will be one all-weekend trip. Those applying should be prepared to dedicate the entire interterm-Monday, January 3-Friday, January 21-to this class. Enrollment is limited to 10. Students seeking admission should submit an essay. Instructions can be picked up at the museum reception desk. Applications are due Monday, November 1. No applications accepted after 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 3. Enrollment list, including alternates, will be posted at the museum at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, November 6.

Picker Internship Program
The Department of Government offers the Picker Washington Internship Program in Washington, D.C., to allow students to participate in political processes and study firsthand the operation of public institutions and the behavior of those in the political arena. The program runs from June through December and is intended for first-semester juniors and seniors with appropriate backgrounds in social sciences or other relevant areas. Participants receive 14 hours of academic credit for successful completion of the program, which provides summer stipends and arranges housing for interns. Gregory White, assistant professor of government, is the program director. Interested students should submit applications to Lea Ahlen, Wright Hall 15, no later than Friday, October 29.

Porgy and Bess
Want to see an awesome show? George Gershwin's operetta Porgy and Bess will be presented Sunday, October 24, at 7 p.m., at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton. Tickets, subsidized by the Fine Arts Council, are $9, and will go on sale Sunday, October 17, at the SGA office, Clark Hall.

Invitation to Tea
Hubbard and Ziskind houses are cordially invited to attend tea in the Alumnae House Living Room at 4 p.m. Friday, October 29.

Postcard-Writing Sundae Parties
The Office of Admission needs help with the new postcard campaign for prospective students. We are looking for enthusiastic Smithies to send a personal greeting about the college to prospective applicants. All postcard-writing sundae parties will be held at Davis Ballroom, 7-9 p.m., as follows: Monday, October 25, transfer students; Tuesday, October 26, students living in Tyler, Lawrence, Morris, Hubbard, Washburn; Wednesday, October 27, students living in Sessions, Cutter/Ziskind, Parsons, Haven/Wesley, Chapin, Park, Dawes; Monday, November 1, students living in King, Scales, Gardiner, Morrow, Emerson; Tuesday, November 2, students living in Comstock, Wilder, Jordan, Cushing, Wilson; Wednesday, November 3, students living in La-mont, Capen, Talbot, Chase, Duckett, Northrop, Gillett, Baldwin, Albright.

JYA Informational Meetings
Learn about programs from next year's director or faculty adviser and returned Smith students. Informational meetings are scheduled as follows: Associated Kyoto Program, October 25, 7 p.m., Hatfield 205; Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, October 25, 7 p.m., Seelye 107; Duke in China, October 26, 5 p.m., Hatfield 205; Thursday, October 28, Seelye 110, 5 p.m., for Paris; Study Abroad in Russia, October 29, 4 p.m., Hatfield 107 (tea will be served); Wednesday, November 3, Hatfield 204, 6:45 p.m., for Hamburg. South India Term Abroad, November 3, Seelye 107, 5 p.m.

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

In preparation for November advising and registration, students are asked to check BannerWeb to ensure that their adviser is recorded accurately. Please notify the registrar's office of any changes as soon as possible.

Student Schedules
Updated student schedules will be sent to students at their campus mailboxes. Students are responsible for all courses in which they are registered. Inaccuracies must be reported to the registrar immediately.

Sources of further information, if any, are shown in parentheses at the end of event descriptions. An asterisk following a listing indicates that the event is open to the public. Admission charges, if any, are listed when known. Items for this section must be submitted on Event Service Request Forms.

Monday, October 25

Massachusetts Relay presentation See notice for details. 3:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Lecture "The Wheat and the Tares in the Biblical Garden: Reading the Bible in the 21st Century." Dr. Mary Ann Tolbert, professor of biblical studies, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, will consider use of the Bible in church and society. 7:30 p.m., Chapel*

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

Informational meeting for students interested in studying in Japan at the Associated Kyoto Program in 2000-01. 7 p.m., Hatfield 205

Informational meeting ICCS (Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies) in Rome. Meet with the faculty adviser and returned Smith students. 7 p.m., Seelye 107

Religious Life
Hebrew table with Professor Lois Dubin, religion department. 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other events and activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 7:45-8:45 a.m., Davis ballroom

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

Presentation of major Biology.
4 p.m., McConnell foyer

Presentation of major Economics.
4 p.m., Seelye 207

Presentation of major Comparative literature. 4-5 p.m., Wright common room

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

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

Tuesday, October 26

Sigma Xi luncheon talk Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level

Lecture "Tiepolo and the Notion of Pictorial Invention." Keith Christiansen, Jayne Wrightsman Curator of Italian Paintings, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies. Reception follows in Wright common room. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Lecture "What the Dead Sea Scrolls Really Say." Hershel Shanks, president of the Biblical Archaeology Society. Sponsors: Lecture Committee, Mellon Fund of the Smith College Museum of Art, religion department, Jewish Studies Program. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Fine/performing arts/films
Film O Testamento Do Sr. Napumoceno (Mr. Napumoceno's Will) (Cape Verde, 1998). Francisco Manso, director. In Portuguese with English subtitles. A successful businessman dies and his nephew discovers his uncle kept secrets about women in his past. African Film Series. 7 p.m., Seelye 106*

Film Blair Witch Project. Sponsor: Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Amnesty International meeting 4:15 p.m., Seelye 105

Informational meeting Duke in China. Meet with the faculty adviser and returned Smith students. 5 p.m., Hatfield 205

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

CDO Workshop Orientation and tour for seniors. 7:15 p.m., CDO

CDO informational meeting The Advisory Board Co. (health care consulting). 7:30 p.m., Dewey common room

CDO informational meeting Salomon Smith Barney Sales & Trading (financial services). 7:30 p.m., Seelye 110

CDO workshop How to find an internship. 8 p.m., internship room, CDO

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

Hillel at Noon "The Dead Sea Scrolls: What Do They Mean to Jews?" Noon, Dawes Kosher Kitchen

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

Presentation of the major English. Lunch served. Noon, Seelye 207

Presentation of the minor International studies. 4 p.m., Seelye 207

Presentation of the minor and self-designed major East Asian studies. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 310

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

Volleyball vs. Clark. 7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym*

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

Wednesday, October 27

Open class lecture for GLT291. "Plato: The Symposium." Susan Levin, philosophy. 2:40 p.m., Stoddard auditorium

Lecture "Rethinking the Normal through New Genetics." Margaret Lock, Department of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University. Second of four in the Neilson lecture series, "An Economy of Bodies: Recycling and Remodeling through Biomedical Technologies." Reception follows in Wright common room. 8 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Fine/performing arts/films
Film The Prisoner: "Living in Harmony." Relevant to HST 254. Open to all. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Theater How I Learned to Drive, by Paula Vogel. John Hellweg, director. A Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a young woman's coming of age and her relationship with her uncle. Tickets: $3, students, children and seniors; $5, faculty and staff. 8 p.m., Theater 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Peer adviser résumé critique 10 a.m.-noon, CDO

Faculty meeting. Tea will be served at 3:45 p.m. 4:10 p.m., Alumnae House conference room

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

Museum workshop Students may explore the collection and learn how the museum operates. Free, but preregistration necessary due to limited enrollment (ext. 2760). 4:15-5:30 p.m., Museum of Art

CDO informational meeting Microsoft (computer software).
6 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Informational meeting for Interterm ESS 940, "Hiking and Canyoneering," a week-long course held in Arizona's Aravaipa Canyon wilderness area. Focus on backpacking, canyoneering and outdoor living skills. 7:30 p.m., Ainsworth Gym lounge

CDO informational meeting Market Metrics (market research). 7:30 p.m., Seelye 105

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

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

Other events and activities
CDO career fair Annual Five College Graduate and Professional School Fair. 10 am­3 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, UMass

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

Presentation of the major Computer science. Lunch provided. 12:10 p.m., McConnell foyer

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



Thursday, October 28

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture. "Measuring Human Movement." Donald Siegel, exercise and sports studies. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Lecture "Caesar ex Machina: Theatrical Elements in the Roman Funeral." Geoffrey S. Sumi, assistant professor of classics, Mount Holyoke College. Sponsor: Department of Classical Languages and Literatures. 4:15 p.m., Dewey common room*

Lecture "Griots and the African-American Tradition." Thomas A. Hale, professor of African, Caribbean, French and comparative literatures, Pennsylvania State University. 5 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage Hall

Lecture "Environmental Links to Breast Cancer." A screening of the film Exposure followed by discussion with local breast cancer experts. 7 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "Cold Peace-Cold War: The Choice Israel has to Make." Ehud Ya'ari, Israel television's senior political commentator. Sponsor: Hillel, government department, Jewish Studies Program. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Fragments of a History of the Will: Nietzsche and After." Michael Wood, professor of English, Princeton University. Sponsor: English department. 8 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*

Fine/performing arts/films
Film State of Emergency. A film about police brutality. Part 3 of the series "The War on Black America." Discussion follows. 6:30 p.m., Seelye 211

Theater How I Learned to Drive. See 10/28 listing. 8 p.m., Theater 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Film Blair Witch Project. Sponsor: Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

CDO workshop How to prepare for a successful interview. 4:15 p.m., Group room, CDO

CDO workshop Orientation and tour of the CDO for seniors. 4:15 p.m., CDO

CDO interviewing workshop for finance and consulting fall recruiters. 5 p.m., CDO

JYA informational meeting Paris. Learn about the program from next year's director and returned Smith students. 5 p.m., Seelye 110

Debate Society general meeting.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 101

Smith Christian Fellowship meeting 7:45 p.m., Seelye 206

United in Anti­Racist Action meeting 9 p.m., Seelye 101

Celebration of Sisterhood all-campus meeting 10 p.m., Wright common room

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

Presentation of the minor Jewish studies. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Presentation of the major East Asian languages and literatures.
5 p.m., Hatfield 205

Opening reception for the exhibition "Illuminating Words: The Artist's Books of Christopher Gausby." 5-6:30 p.m., Museum of Art*

Volleyball vs Amherst. 7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym*

Friday, October 29

Lecture "The Reception of African Art in America: Discovery and Cycles of Collective Amnesia." Christopher Steiner, director, museum studies, Connecticut College. 4:30 p.m., Hillyer 117*

Fine/performing arts/films
Theater How I Learned to Drive. See 10/27 listing. 8 p.m., Theater 14, Mendenhall CPA*

CDO workshop How to find an internship. 2:15 p.m., internship room, CDO

Informational meeting Russian study abroad. Learn about the program from next year's JYA director and returned Smith students. 4 p.m., Hatfield 107

Informational meeting Operation Crossroads Africa. 4-6 p.m., Wright common room

Smith Science-Fiction and Fantasy Society meeting. 4:30-6:15 p.m., Seelye 208*

Religious Life
Orthodox vesper service with Fr. Harry Vulopas presiding. Students of all Orthodox backgrounds welcome. A light supper follows. 5:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Other events and activities
Picker Program Deadline for applications. Wright 15

Gallery talk on the exhibition "Illuminating Words" by artist Christopher Gausby and cocurator Veronique Plesch, Colby College. 12:15 p.m., Museum of Art*

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

Alumnae House tea Hubbard and Ziskind Houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Eighty-day campaign A celebration of SGA's 80th year. Presents and prizes given to members. 4:30 p.m., Davis ballroom

Newman Association Halloween party For area children and their families. (To volunteer, contact Tanya Sypeck, ext. 6841 or 5 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Saturday, October 30

Fine/performing arts/films
Informal program "Shaping Spaces: Dance Works for the Smith College Museum of Art." Graduate students perform original dance works inspired by art in the collection. 2-3 p.m., Museum of Art*

Theater How I Learned to Drive. See 10/27 listing. 8 p.m., Theater 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Other events and activities
Crew Seven Sisters Championship.
9 a.m., Connecticut River*

Volleyball vs. U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Noon, Ainsworth Gym*

Sunday, October 31

Fine/performing arts/films
Informal program "Shaping Spaces: Dance Works for the Smith College Museum of Art." See 10/30 listing. 2-3 p.m., Museum of Art*

CDO workshop How to find an internship. 3 p.m., internship room, CDO

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

Morning worship in the Protestant tradition. Prayers at 10 a.m. 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*

Roman Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy Fr. Bill McConville, OFM, celebrant; Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Sunday supper follows. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*

Roman Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy Fr. Bill McConville, OFM, celebrant; Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. A peaceful liturgy to end the weekend. All welcome. 10 p.m., Chapel*

Other events and activities
CDO open hours Peer advisers available. 1-4 p.m., CDO

Halloween costume bash Costumes required or pay $3 admission. Costume contest, decoration contest, apple bobbing and more. 8 p.m., Davis Ballroom


"Illuminating Words: The Artist's Books of Christopher Gausby" blends philosophical reflections and passages from early Christian mystic texts with Dadaist compositional techniques. Cocurated by Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books, and Veronique Plesch, assistant professor of art history, Colby College. Sponsors: Museum of Art, Salloch Rare Book Fund, Neilson Library. Opening reception Thursday, October 28, 5-6:30 p.m. Through December 22. Museum of Art *

"American Spectrum" features American masterworks from the early 18th century to the present with an installation of paintings and sculptures on two floors of the Museum. Through December 22. Museum of Art*

"Oliver Larkin" features a selection of watercolors, drawings and marionettes by the former Smith professor. Organized by Luce curatorial assistant Maureen McKenna. Through October 24. Main Gallery, Museum of Art*

"Prints by Paul Gauguin" features the French impressionist's works from his first lithographs on zinc to the woodcuts for Sourire, a journal he published in Tahiti. Organized by Ann Sievers, associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs, in honor of Elizabeth Mongan. Through October 30. Print Room, Museum of Art*

"To Express The Texture of Memory" Works by noted sculptor and fiber artist Sarah Hollis Perry '56. Through November 2. Alumnae Gallery, Alumnae House