News for the Smith College Community //November 11, 1999

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Students Volunteer to Make a Difference

By Adele Johnsen '02
Northampton and its surrounding towns comprise a community of disparities. Behind the Grécourt Gates may be an environment of learning and relative privilege. But outside, many of the area's residents struggle just to get by. The numbers are striking: 11.5 percent of Northampton's population lives below the poverty level. And in neighboring Holyoke, the statistic is a staggering 25.7 percent. Also disturbing are the regional school dropout and unemployment rates, the hunger and homelessness.

To help address some of these problems, there's a corps of Smith students who are committed to making a difference in Northampton and the surrounding area. Service Organizations of Smith (S.O.S.), a campus group that began in 1968, last year coordinated more than 900 positions in volunteer organizations on and off campus for more than 550 students. Part of the organization's mission is "to build bridges among diverse groups of people; to encourage learning by developing community service work placements that are course related; to train students in leadership development; and to encourage and support students to be active, contributing members of the local community."

Senior Emily Jamie was an S.O.S. volunteer last year in a 12-week program at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections in Northampton. Working individually with inmates, Jamie taught decisional training, including the ability to "take an objective look at life, to see opportunities, to make decisions, to see a situation clearly and think up lots of possibilities," she says. For Jamie and the inmates, her involvement made a difference, she says. For the inmates, "I think that the biggest impact comes from them seeing that someone is coming to volunteer, to help them without an agenda (unlike caseworkers or correctional officers)." As for herself, "It helps me a lot. I'm a student, I get all stressed out in my life, but by the time I come out of there, I'm feeling so grateful. It shows me how lucky I am to be able to leave."

"Getting experience outside of Smith keeps people in perspective," says S.O.S. service support chair Ashley Frost '00, who has worked as an America Reads tutor and volunteered at an elementary school in Amherst twice a week. Frost says volunteering can be rewarding on many levels. "Service work makes me feel fulfilled and happy," she says. "It's a concrete way to get things done and see positive steps taken. It can also be combined with your interests, with what you're studying, and give you hands-on experience for your classes."

Community involvement is an age-old tradition at Smith. The college has had one or more active service groups on campus since its doors opened in 1875, when both the Community Organization and Service Organizations of Smith College (SOSC) were founded.

These days, thanks to courses like the psychology seminar "Behavior in Nonprofit Organizations," which requires participants to spend approximately four hours a week volunteering for a nonprofit organization, volunteering can also be a component of coursework. Brooke Harrison '00, as part of the seminar, works at the Hampshire Interfaith Cot Shelter. In addition to serving meals at the shelter, cleaning up and spending time with guests, Harrison pitches in on the business end. "We're doing a big campaign, raising awareness about homelessness in Northampton," she says. "We want to raise $2,000, which is about 10 percent of their budget." Harrison, who chairs S.O.S. this year, also volunteers outside of class, she says.

Volunteering is a worthwhile experience for volunteers and the people or organizations they serve, emphasizes Tiertza-Leah Schwartz, S.O.S. director. "I think it's a wonderful way for students to participate in the local community, to enrich their experience in being a part of that community. It brings them beyond Main Street, which is a narrow view of the community at large. It's kind of a give-and-get experience, where they give their time and get rewards from that involvement."

But sometimes students' busy schedules keep them from volunteering. Many students want to be involved but simply don't have time to commit to long-term projects. Some participate in S.O.S.'s short-term projects -- AIDS benefits, fundraisers for Project Square (crocheting blankets for the needy) and harvesting food for the Food Bank farm -- which can allow a student to "do her part, even if she doesn't have time to volunteer on a weekly basis," says Maria Worthen '00, S.O.S. short-term community placement co-chair.

Also available are house projects, which are facilitated once a semester by the house community advisers (HCAs). Lilli Hernandez '02, HCA of Scales House, considered a trick-or-treating fundraiser during Halloween for which people would donate money for UNICEF. "It just takes one experience for you to become involved and become appreciative of other people's situations," she says.

And in a community with so many disparities, volunteering for many is a way to bridge the gap between Smith and the world outside.

New Library Director Hired

Christopher Loring, team leader of reference and consultation services with the university libraries at the University of Minnesota, has been appointed director of libraries at Smith College, succeeding Sarah Pritchard, who left Smith last spring to become head of libraries at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Trained originally as a classicist at Boston University, Loring received his education in library science at the University of Minnesota. "Since 1984, he has held increasingly responsible positions in the Minnesota libraries system," says Jefferson Hunter, professor of English language and literature, who chaired the library director search committee. "Among Chris' particular professional interests are the improvement of user services and issues involving technology and copyright," Hunter says.

Loring has been instrumental in the creation of several research software programs and in the organization of the U of M public Web site. As head of access services, he oversaw the automation of circulation, led a major space planning and reorganization effort and a project to improve access to U of M's extensive periodical holdings. As a member of the leadership group within the University of Minnesota, Loring participates in addressing issues that extend into all aspects of research libraries.

Loring describes the Smith libraries as an extraordinarily rich resource for faculty and students. He says he is "grateful to be given the opportunity to work with a gifted and talented staff. Academic libraries across the country currently face incredible challenges and opportunities. The challenge for Smith libraries staff is to continue providing collections and services that support both the curriculum of the students and the research of faculty while leveraging the new teaching, learning and communication technologies to expand into areas unthought of a decade ago."

Loring believes that "in today's information society, a liberal education must include the cultivation of information literacy skills-the skills to discover, critically evaluate and successfully use information. Smith library staff will play a crucial role in assuring that Smith students obtain these skills so that they can thrive in the information age."

Said Provost and Dean of the Faculty John Connolly: "Chris has a distinguished record of library service, and his colleagues both in the library and in the faculty at the University of Minnesota praise him highly. His experience, his calm and thoughtful approach and his considerable skill as a team builder will stand the libraries at Smith in good stead in the months and years ahead."

Loring grew up in Massachusetts and says that he is pleased to be returning to a state that he views as "one of my homes." With a nod to Garrison Keillor, the host of Minnesota Public Radio's syndicated show, A Prairie Home Companion, Loring says "The home that I leave, of course, is Minnesota, where everyone is above average, where the governor is the official state body and where the artist formerly known as something provides an unusual musical challenge for the Scandinavian population."

Loring is expected to assume the post of director of libraries at Smith on or about February 1.

Long-time Physical Plant Staffer Dies

Richard Hunter, supervisor of special events in the Physical Plant, died November 5 at his home in Northampton. Hunter, 55, was a Smith employee for 33 years. As special events supervisor, he worked tirelessly to make occasions ranging from Rally Day and Commencement to department lectures and academic conferences run smoothly. Hunter was a lifetime resident of Northampton and a founding member of the College Church. He is survived by three sons, a brother, his former wife and three grandchildren. A memorial service was held November 10 in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield or the Daily Hampshire Gazette Toy Fund for Children.

The Search for Signs of Lily Tomlin

For some, she may be remembered best for the hilarious roles like Edith Ann, an impish 5-year-old, and Ernestine, a sassy telephone operator, that she created more than 25 years ago on TV's Laugh-In. But Lily Tomlin has since had a dynamic career as a movie actress, comedienne and stage performer for which she has won two Tony Awards, one for her one-woman Broadway show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.

On Tuesday, November 16, Smith will host Tomlin when she performs The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe at 8 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. The play, written by playwright Jane Wagner, focuses on the female experience in society while offering bitingly true commentary on modern life through the portrayal of several comic characters. There's Trudy, the certifiably insane bag lady; Chrissy, who spends hours in a health club; Agnus Angst, the unhappy punk adolescent; and some of their friends.

Tomlin, who received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her performance in the 1975 film Nashville, has appeared in more than 20 Hollywood films including 9 to 5, All Of Me, Tea With Mussolini and Short Cuts. Tomlin also recently portrayed an acerbic boss in the hit television sit-com Murphy Brown and has appeared in shows such as The X-Files and Homicide. The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe was made into a film in 1991.

The performance is coordinated by Iron Horse Presents, a division of the Iron Horse Entertainment Group, and sponsored by WFCR radio station. Tickets are available for $25 and $32.50 at Northampton Box Office, 586-8686 or 1-800-THE-TICK.


Will return next week.

Alexander Woronzoff-Dashkoff, a professor in the Russian language and literature department, last month gave a lecture in St. Petersburg, at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of the History of Science, on E.R. Dashkova, the first and only woman to head the prestigious academy. Woronzoff-Dashkoff spoke about his edition of Dashkova's autobiography, Mon Histoire: Mémoires d'une femme de lettres à l'époque des Lumière, which was compiled and edited with Catherine Woronzoff-Dashkoff, a lecturer in the Russian department, and Catherine Le Gouis, an associate professor of French at Mount Holyoke College.

Last month, first-year Naomi Greckol-Herlich of Toronto joined her baseball teammates for a four-day stretch of high-caliber competition at the American Women's Baseball League Championships in Tucson, Arizona. Greckol-Herlich is a member of the Etobicoke Girls Baseball Team, a group of women age 21 and under who are selected by invitation from across Ontario. Competing against former college and professional players, mostly between ages 25 and 35, the Etobicoke Team finished the tournament in third place. Greckol-Herlich, a catcher, was the only member of her team to be selected for the tournament's all-star team. Greckol-Herlich has been playing AAA women's baseball in Ontario for eight years, she says. During the summer, she also plays on a men's AA team. "I plan to play baseball or be involved in women's baseball as long as I possibly can," she says.

Student Government Association (SGA) for 1999­2000

Whatever You Want To Do, There's a Group on Campus for You

Do you love to sing but can't quite hit the notes? Are you a closet knitter? Perhaps you're seeking others who share your love for Ultimate Frisbee. Wherever your interests lie, there's sure to be a club on campus for you. Below is a listing of the more than 100 clubs and organizations on campus chartered by the Student Government Association (SGA) for 1999­2000. Take a look. Maybe you'll discover the group you've been looking for. Organizations are listed by club name followed by contact person, email address, box number, and extension when available.

The coordinator of student organizations is Gitanjali Pinto, Clark 105,, ext. 4999.


Whatever You Want To Do, There's a Group on Campus for You

Do you love to sing but can't quite hit the notes? Are you a closet knitter? Perhaps you're seeking others who share your love for Ultimate Frisbee. Wherever your interests lie, there's sure to be a club on campus for you. Below is a listing of the more than 100 clubs and organizations on campus chartered by the Student Government Association (SGA) for 1999­2000. Take a look. Maybe you'll discover the group you've been looking for. Organizations are listed by club name followed by contact person, email address, box number, and extension when available.

The coordinator of student organizations is Gitanjali Pinto, Clark 105,, ext. 4999.

Al-Iman, Khadeeja Mohammed Ali,, 7852, 6571
American Chemical Society, Liz Nolan, Enolan@email, 6553, 5516
Amnesty International, Julie Hutto, jhutto@email, 7636, 4740;
Maya Norton, Mayan80@yahoo, 7887, 6185
Art Resources Committee
Asian Students Association, Mary Yoshioka, Myoshiok@email, 7967, 7233
Association of Low Income Students, Jack Slowriver, Jslowriv@smith, 7065, 585-0593
Lori Krase, Kkrase@smith, 6391, 6231
Association of Smith Pagans, Meg, 7909, 6943
Athletic Association, Lindsey Bennett­Jacobs, Lbennett@email, 6644, 4763
AWARE (Rape Awareness), Lauren Lessard, Llessard@email, 7730, 7571
Bad Seeds, Sally Holt, Sholt@sophia, 6300, 7428
Badminton Club, Liv Coleman, Lcoleman@sophia, 6805, 7698
Bahai Club, Anisa Langley, Alangley@smith, 7092, 6228
Bayanihan (Filipino), Stephanie Sines, Ssines@email.smith, 6715, 4751
Black Students' Alliance, Elisha Smith, eksmith2000@hotma, 7471, 6058
Can We Talk
Celebrations Dance Company, Lauren Dekosky, 6786
Ceramics Club, Sarah Whitlock, Trussinella@hotmail, 7834, 7461
College Choir, Jennifer Shanley, Jshanley@email, 8658, 6715
Chorale, Monica Morrow, Reia7857@aol, 7857, 6600
Computer Club
Crapapella, Emily Holmes, Eholmes@email, 7623, 5637
Croquet, Emily Holmes, Eholmes@email, 7623, 5637
Cross Country Ski Club
The Current
Curriculum Committee, Sindhu Revuluri, Srevulur@sophia, 6648, 4964
Cycling Club
Debate Society, Heather Phaneuf, Hphaneuf@email, 6606, 7458
EKTA (South Asian Students), Ravi Ahmad, Rahmad@email, 6009, 7354
Feminists of Smith Unite, Erin Howe, Ehowe@mail, 7631, 4762,
Elizabeth Miller, Emiller@email, 7838, 7504
Fencing Club, Kate Thomas, Kthomas@sophia, 6826, 6067
Fine Arts Council
French Club
Friends of RAIL, Sarah Kowalski, Skowalsk@smith, 7763, 4338
German Club, Alison Kachmar, Akachmar@email, 6345, 6415
Glee Club, Kim Homer, Khomer@mail, 6303, 7499
Gold Key, Liz Mouw, Lmouw@email, 7206, 6168
Golf Club
Grécourt Review, Ammu Kannampilly, Ammu@chickmail, 7663, 7339
Handbell Choir, Carolyn Rogers, Cfrogers@sophia, 6654, 6622
Hillel, Jenny Siegel, Jsiegel@sophia, 7422, 4720
Ice Hockey, Emily McCue, Emccue@mail, 7176, 5667
International Students Organization, Gokce Ozbilgin, Gozbilgin@hotmail, 7239, 7741
Italian Club, Tara Lal, Tlal@sophia, 6404, 6510
Melissa Caccavo, Mcaccavo@email, 6097, 6275
Keystone, Christine Park, Cpark@email, 7246, 7363
Lori Robinson, Llori_suz@hotmail, 7305, 5670
Korean American Students of Smith, Joy Kim, Kyjkim@email, 6367, 6240
LBTA, Jesse Lawrence, Vonnegutgirl@hotmail, 6961, 5586
Lifeguards (Synchro.), Allyson Eller, Aeller@smith, 7489, 6626
Kristin Riebli, kriebli@smith, 6424, 6719
Madeleine (Yearbook), Sarah Tierney, Stierney@mail, 7647, 6400
Marathon Club, Caroline Ewing, Cewing@smith, 7497, 6932
Multiethnic Interracial Smith(MISC), Olivia Sung, Osung@email, 7554, 7453
Mock Trial
Native American Women of Smith, Ginna Brelsford, Vbrelsfo@smith, 7351, 4733
Newman Association, Molly Steinbach, Msteinba@smith, 7523, 6632
Nosotras, Christina Rodrigues,, 7965, 6810
Orchestra, Jenn Schulz, Jschulz@sophia, 7766
Outing Club, Margaret Eaton-Salners,, 7089, 6759
Philisophical Society
Pre-Law Society
Rec Council, Lissa Edmondson, Eedmonds@sophia, 6177, 7930
Republican Club, Kristina Johnson, Kmjohnso@smith, 7644, 6621
Riding Club, Kelly Weaver, Klweaver@sophia, 5514
Rugby Club, Christie Rowe, Crowe@smith, 6660, 585-0853
Alyshea Austern, 7477
Russian Club, Rebecca Kastl, Rkastl@smith, 7664, 6568
SAFE, Andrea Kelley, Akelley@smith, 7052, 4719
Morgan Lynn, Mlynn@smith, 7139, 7938
Sailing Club, Pip Clews, Cclews@sophia, 6796, 6959
Science Fiction and Fantasy Society, Dorota Staniewska, Dstaniew@sophia, 6727, 7399
SIKOS, Katherine Hughes, 6997, 5688
Smiffenpoofs, Vange Heiliger, Eheilige@sophia
Kaamna Bhojwani, Kbhojwan@mail, 6281, 4190
Smith African Students Assoc., Moliehi Pefole, Mpefole@email, 7922, 7226
Smith Buddhist Sangha, Mary Matalon,, 7800, 4468
Smith Cheerleading Team, Lindsay Bennett-Jacobs, Lbennett@email, 6644, 4763
Smith Christian Fellowship, Alex Taran,, 8366, 4499
Jenny Pierce,, 7930, 4505
Smith College Animal Rights, Cordelia Vahadji, Cvahadji@sophia, 7029, 4049
Smith College Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women
Smith Film & Video Collective, Pip Clews, Cclews@sophia, 6796, 6959
Smith College Democrats
Smith College EMS
Smith College National Residence Hall Honarary (NRHH)
Smith College Physics Club, Gayle Gossett,, 7569, 7512
Smith Koinonia Fellowship, Grace Kim, Gekim@smith, 7684, 6794
Susan Yun, Syun@smith
Smith World Affairs Committee, Lisa Williams, Lwilliams@email, 7863, 4736
Society of Women Engineers
SOS (Service Organizatios of Smith), Brooke Harrison, Bharriso@email, 6272, 6807
Sophian, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Kfitzpat@sophia, 6197, 7097
Student Alumnae Association, Jungmin "Jennifer" Yoo,, 7966, 6314
Student Government Association, Katrina Gardner, Kegardne@email, 6220, 4952
Student Labor Action Coalition, Cassie Abrams, Crabrams@smith, 6255, 7464
Student Theater Committee, Norell Hall, Nhall@email, 7591, 4711
Students for a Free Tibet, Amanda Wojcicki, Illservices@yahoo, 8674, 7020
Students for Cultural Survival
Tae Kwon Do Club
Ultimate Frisbee, Lynn Zagami, lzagami@smith, 7328, 4749
Union of Underrepresented Science Students, Kim McGill, 7178, 6688,
Ohenewaa Larbi, Ylarbi@email, 7095, 7227
VIBES, Becky Raymond, Rraymond@smith, 7439
Women for Freedom, Erin Mcglinchey, Emcglinc@sophia, 6507, 6693
Women's Resource Center, Jane Palmer, Womensresourcecentersmith@hotmail, 6571, 4979
WOZQ 91.9 FM, Alissa Anderson, Aanderso@sophia, 6020, 6287

Organizations in Process
Om, Dhruti Suchak, Dsuchak@sophia, 6416

Non-chartered Organized Groups
Aids Action Committee
Alchohol Awareness Panel
Peer Sexuality Educators, Marcy Smith, Emsmith@sophia, 6716, 7152
Task Force on Eating Disorders
The Absurdist Revolution
United Against Anti-Racist Action, Amy Brown, Ambrown@smith, 7356, 6543

Inactive Organizations
Chapel Players (2)
Chinese Cultural Club (1)
Digital Delirium (1)
Eccumenical Christian Church (1), Janelle Breson, Jbreson@email, 7354, 6508
Greenly Spirit (1)
Instrumentally Challenged (1)
Photography Club (1)
Pre-Health Society (1)
Pugwash (2)
Sazanami Club (1)
Smith Law Society (1)
Smith People for Choice (2)
Smith Pro-Life Alliance (1)
Teach for America (2)
Unitarian Universalists of Smith (1), Juliet Christian-Smith, Jchristi@mail, 6226
The WordSmith (2)

Defunct Organizations
Cross Examination Debate Union (3)
Five College Christain Science Organization (4)
Green Age Literary Review (3)
Porcupine Rag (3)
Wombats (Women on Mt. Bikes) (3)

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

College Wide

Campus Climate Working Group
The Campus Climate Working Group will hold a follow-up meeting to the What's Next ? conference at Smith November 17, noon-1 p.m., in Wright common room. For information contact Jonathan Gosnell, ext. 3689, Tom Riddell, ext. 4910, or Erika Laquer, ext. 3090.

Sweater Sale
S.O.S. will hold a knitwear sale November 15-16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Gamut. Purchases of hats, scarves, gloves and sweaters from the vendor, Sweater Venture, will help support S.O.S.

Health Services
Health Services will close Wednesday, November 24, at noon, after which students should seek emergency care at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital until the reopening of Health Services Monday, November 29, 8:30 a.m.

Mid-December Scheduling
No events may be scheduled during the pre-examination study period (Wednesday-Friday, December 15-17) or the formal examination period (Saturday­Tuesday, December 18-21).

Special Evening
The Smith College community is invited to attend a special evening illumination of the Chrysanthemum Show on Monday, November 15, 6-9 p.m. All are welcome.

Opera Workshop
Please note change: The opera workshop taking place on Sunday, November 14, 2-5 p.m. in Wright Hall Auditorium, is FREE to all Smith students. For more information, call 586-7930.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty Meeting
Regular monthly meeting of the fa-culty will be held Wednesday, November 17, at 4:10 p.m. in the Alumnae House. Tea will be served at 3:45 p.m.

Save the Date
The faculty/staff winter party will be held in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility December 18, 8-11:30 p.m.


Take Smith Home
When making college choices, prospective students want to hear from current students. The Office of Admission invites all students to participate in "Take Smith Home." Return to your high school and speak with stu-dents about Smith during Interterm. Training will be provided in November and December. If interested, contact Kat Geha, ext. 5534 or, or pick up a registration form at the Office of Admission.

Essay Competition
The Elie Wiesel Foundation has announced its annual ethics prize essay contest, open to juniors and seniors. An essay on virtually any subject dealing with ethical issues is acceptable, but the contest rules are somewhat complex and interested students should consult the guidelines posted outside Donna Gunn's office, Dewey II. Those who wish to enter may pick up forms from Gunn. Entries require a faculty sponsor, who this year may be any faculty member, not just those listed under the ethics minor in the catalogue. Entries must be postmarked on or before January 2, 2000, or be delivered to the foundation office by 5 p.m. that day. No faxed or emailed submissions will be accepted.

Carnegie Junior Fellowships
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is an educational organization that conducts research, discussion, publication and education programs in international relations and foreign policy. It offers up to 11 junior fellowships annually, which provide one year of paid work. Applicants must be graduating seniors or have graduated within the last year. Smith College may nominate up to two candidates. To be considered, pick up an application at the CDO help desk, prepare an outline of your response to one of the suggested essay topics, and submit it, with your résumé and a list of your relevant coursework, to the CDO by noon Wednesday, November 24. A faculty committee will review all applications and determine which students the college will nominate. Nominees then prepare the essay they previously outlined and submit it with two recommendations by January 12, 2000.

The deadline for a new grant program offered by the Smith Student's Aid Society is Monday, November 15. The program supplies funding for non-reimbursable fees and costs associated with study, trips or programs taken for credit at Smith during interterm and not covered by financial aid. Applications are available in your Class Dean's Office or the Financial Aid Office. Questions, call ext. 2577. Graduating seniors make sure to ask about our other new program called Beyond Smith!

Final Examinations
Information concerning scheduled and unscheduled exams is posted on the Web and on official bulletin boards in Clark Science Center, Seelye Hall and Wright Hall. Self-scheduled examinations will be distributed during three periods on December 18, 19 and 20, and during two periods on December 21. Please note that there will be no examination period on Tuesday evening, December 21. Students should check the schedule of exams carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar's office immediately. Examinations cannot be repeated and will be failed by default if missed through carelessness.

Registration for Spring 2000
The spring advising and registration period will take place November 8-19. Students should have received registration materials in their mailboxes. Registration will be on line, and students should contact their advisers for appointments. All registrations must be completed by November 19. Students or advisers needing assistance with their PIN numbers should contact the User Support Center in Stoddard Hall.

President's Open Hours
The president's open hours for Monday, November 22, have been canceled.

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.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Students staying on campus during Thanksgiving break are invited to join a local Smith alumna and her family for a holiday dinner on Thursday, November 25. Each family hosts two or three students and provides transportation to and from dinner. To participate, call or e-mail Cynthia Allen '83 at (413) 665-3427, ( no later than November 19 to sign up.

Thanksgiving Break
Students who remain in campus housing during Thanksgiving vacation November 24-28 must complete a vacation housing request form, available in the Office of Student Affairs on Monday, November 1. Forms must be returned no later than 4 p.m. Friday, November 19. The following houses are open during Thanksgiving break: Albright, Chase, Cutter, Dawes, Duckett, Friedman, Gillett, Lamont, Lawrence, Morris, Northrop, Talbot, Tenney, Tyler, Ziskind, and 150 Elm. All dining facilities close after breakfast Wednesday, November 24; bag lunch provisions will be provided. There will be a modified brunch for students staying on campus for the break at Chase dining room on Sunday, November 28, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Weekend dining facilities will reopen for dinner Sunday, November 28, 5:15-6:30 p.m.

Students residing in non-vacation houses for the vacation will need to make arrangements with students in open houses to stay in their rooms and obtain their room key. There will be a $20 fee to stay in Smith housing over Thanksgiving break, $10 of which is nonrefundable (it helps cover the cost of housekeeping). Students residing in vacation housing will be issued a vacation key available for pickup in the Office of Student Affairs, Monday-Tuesday, November 22-23 during regular office hours. A $10 deposit will be refunded pending return of the key to the Business Office, College Hall 5, by 4 p.m., Friday, December 3. For information call Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24, ext. 4940.

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

Monday, November 15

Lecture David Rossell, who is writing a dissertation on the culture of silk in antebellum America, will talk about the national silk craze and Northampton's role in it. Part of Northampton Silk Project Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series. Bring lunch. Noon, Seelye 207*

Lecture "Single-Cell Level Examination of the Regulation of B Lymphocyte Development." Rachel Gerstein, UMass Medical School. Reception at 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Lecture Monique Savage, associate dean of students and director of counseling and health services, Adrian College, Michigan. Sponsor: Afro-American studies department. 6 p.m., Wright common room

Lecture Ann Coulter, columnist and author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors. 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Fine/performing arts/films
Auditions for Alice: Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll. Adapted and directed by Erin McCauley '00. Roles available for 11-13 actors. 7 p.m., TV Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

Film Antonia's Line. Sponsor: SAFE. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

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

Association of Low-Income Students meeting 7 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis third floor

CDO informational meeting Chase Manhattan Sales & Trading (financial services). 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Student Labor Action Coalition general meeting 8:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis third floor

Religious Life
Meeting Religious Life Liaisons. 5-6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Meeting Om, Smith's Hindu organization. With Dennis Hudson, religion department. 6 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

Special event S.O.S. sweater sale. Hats, scarves, sweaters, and gloves. Proceeds benefit S.O.S. 9 a.m.­5 p.m., Gamut

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

Hebrew lunch table with Rabbi Ed Feld. Chat B'Ivrit over pizza. 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Special event "Evening at the Chrysanthemum Show." Smith community members are invited to attend an illumination of the show. 6-9 p.m., Lyman Conservatory

Tuesday, November 16

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Science in Russia." Marjorie Senechal, History of the Sciences Program. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level

Panel discussion "Writing About America," with Valley writers Shirley Abbott, Zane Kotker and Joe Nocera and filmmakers Larry Hott and Diane Garey. 3 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "The Search for Truth in Music Performance." Julien Musafia, professor emeritus, University of Southern California, Long Beach. 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall*

Reading Jack Gilbert, Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence, will read from The Great Fires. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Human Diversity and the Moral Economy of the Cells and Tissues," by Margaret Lock, a distinguished medical anthropologist in the departments of humanities and social sciences in medicine and anthropology at McGill University. She is currently the Neilson Professor at Smith College. 8 p.m., Wright Hall Auditorium

Fine/performing arts/films
Film Taafe Fanga (Skirt Power) (Mali, 1997). Adama Dabo. In Kaado and Bambara with English subtitles. Tale about a comic revolution in which women's and men's roles are reversed. Africa Film Series. 7 p.m., Seelye 106*

Theater The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Lily Tomlin. Tickets: $25, $32.50. Available at Northampton Box Office, 586-8686. See story, page 4. 8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Film Wild Wild West. Sponsor: Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

SAFE workshop Discussion of child sexual abuse. 4 p.m., Seelye 109

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

Informational meeting on secondary level student teaching. 5 p.m., Morgan lounge

CDO workshop Job search strategies. 7 p.m., group room, CDO

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

CDO informational meeting Independent Educational Services (teacher and administrator recruiting services). 7:30 p.m., Seelye 107

CDO informational meeting Sun Microsystems (computer systems). 7:30 p.m., Dewey common room

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 Noon, Dawes Kosher Kitchen

Other events and activities
Special event S.O.S. sweater sale. See 11/15 listing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gamut

Special event Distribution of Eating TLC snack packs to promote healthy eating habits. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., post office

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

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

Wednesday, November 17

Fine/performing arts/films
Film The Prisoner: "Free for All." Democracy comes to the village, and the prisoner runs for office. Relevant to HST 254. Open to all. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Theater Cloud Nine. Caryl Churchill's humorous account of a colonial family whose Victorian values of chastity and duty barely disguise their chaos and suppressed passion. Tickets: $3. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre*

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

Campus Climate Working Group meeting Follow-up discussion on the "What's Next?" conference. Noon, Wright common room

Faculty meeting Tea at 3:45 p.m. 4:10 p.m., Alumnae House

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

CDO informational meeting Advest Investment Banking. 7:30 p.m., Wright common room

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

ECC Bible study Discuss some of Christianity's most basic questions. Snacks provided. All welcome. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel*

Other events and 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

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

Special event Dinner for declared Latin American studies majors, minors and professors. 6 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room

SAFE speakout about abuse. 7:30 p.m., Field House*

Thursday, November 18

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture. "Epigenetic Determinants of Neural Development: It's More Than Just Genes." Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Panel "Finding Personal Fulfillment in Our Lives." Led by Suzanne Lehman. Learning in Retirement members will share personal pursuits and experiences that have been meaningful and rewarding to them. Sponsor: Five College Life in Retirement. 2 p.m., Field House*

Lecture "Ekphraseis and Meaning in The Aeneid." Christine Perkell, Department of Classics, Emory University. Sponsor: Department of Classical Languages and Literatures. 4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture Victoria Bond, visiting composer/conductor, will speak on her music and career. 4:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall*

Lecture "God Under the Lens: The Microscope as a Christian Tool." Clara Pinto-Correia, UMass. Sponsor: Committee on the History of the Sciences. 5 p.m., Wright common room*

Lecture Alan Keyes, Republican presidential candidate and former Ambassador to the United Nations. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Slide lecture "Prophets, Fishes and Mermaids in the Book of Jonah." Shemaryahu Talmon, J.L. Magnes Professor Emeritus, Department of Bible Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and winner of the Israel Prize in Biblical Research and Interpretation. Sponsors: Lecture Committee, Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Mellon Fund of the Smith College Museum of Art, Department of Religion and Biblical Literature, Jewish Studies Program, Helen Hills Hills Chapel. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Fine/performing arts/films
Dance Faculty Dance Concert, featuring new work and performances by Rodger Blum and Susan Waltner, guest artists Jeff Bliss and Isaura Oliveira, and others. Tickets: $5. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Theater Cloud Nine. See 11/17 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio*

Film Wild Wild West. Sponsor: Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

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

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

Workshop "Creating, Conserving and Appreciating: Renaissance Panel Paintings and Relief Casts." Claire Renkin, curatorial intern, Rutgers University; and David Dempsey, preparator/conservator, Museum of Art, will examine two Renaissance relief casts to determine their history. No registration required. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Museum of Art

Workshop. "Art from Art: Writing in Response to Visual Creation" explores creative writing through responses to works of art. Enrollment limited, preregistration required; $10, members; $20, nonmembers. 5:30-7:45 p.m., Museum of Art

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

United in Anti-Racist Action meeting 9 p.m., Seelye 101

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

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

Special event "Superheroes/Villains Showdown" dance. Tickets: $3. 8:30 p.m., Davis ballroom*

Friday, November 19

Gallery talk on the exhibition "American Spectrum." Linda Muehlig, curator. 12:15 p.m., Museum of art

Fine/performing arts/films
Dance Faculty Dance Concert. See 11/18 listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14*

Theater Cloud Nine. See 11/17 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio*

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

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

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

Keystone Fellowship meeting. 6:30 p.m., Wright common room

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

Alumnae House tea Lamont and Morrow houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House living room

Basketball vs. Gordon. Smith Tip-Off Tournament. 8 p.m., Ainsworth*

Special event Stargazing at McConnell Observatory. See the moon, planets and other celestial objects with replicas of Galileo's telescopes. Organized by the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute and the Five College astronomy department. 9 p.m., McConnell Observatory*

Saturday, November 20

Fine/performing arts/films
Concert "March Madness." Smith College Orchestra and wind ensembles, Jonathan Hirsh and Karen Hosmer, directors, will perform marches by Verdi, John Williams, Sousa, and others, and Libby Larsen's Overture for the End of a Century. 8 p.m., Sweeney Hall*

Dance Faculty Dance Concert. See 11/18 listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Theater Cloud Nine. See 11/17 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio*

Concert Kenny Klein, singer of pagan and mythologically inspired folk music. 8 p.m., Wright common room*

Other events and activities
Tour of New York City Museum Rediscover New York City with the Smith Museum of Art. Tickets: $30, members; $40, non-members. Depart Northampton at 7:30 a.m., New York City, 6 p.m. Call 585-2760 to register.

Swimming and diving vs. Wheaton.
1 p.m., Ainsworth*

Basketball Smith Tip-Off Tournament consolation game. 2 p.m., Ainsworth*

Basketball Smith Tip-Off Tournament championship game. 4 p.m., Ainsworth*

Sunday, November 21

Fine/performing arts/films
Concert "Music for Thanksgiving." Smith College Chamber Orchestra. Philipp Naegele, director. Featuring Handel's Concerti Grossi, Opus 6, and readings from John Milton's Paradise Lost. (Obtain free tickets in advance at museum lobby desk. For more information, call, 413/585-2760.) 2 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

Special event "How I Can Make a Difference," a musical program and Catholic mass with Gregory Norbet, composer and former monk at the Weston Priory in Vermont. 2 p.m., Helen Hills Hills 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*

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service with the Rev. Judith Stevens of St. John's Episcopal Church, adjunct chaplain to the college. All welcome. 7:30 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

Special event "A Gallery of Readers" with local writers Anne Kornblatt and Robin Hayden. 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Special event BSA Thanksgiving dinner. Gather over a meal before the break. Tickets: $2. 5 p.m., Unity House


"Duyst/Akpem: A Tale of Two Families" Using wood, metal and photographs to create hanging sculptures, D. Denenge Akpem '97 has assembled a multidimensional exhibition that explores the bicultural experience by linking Akpem's paternal and maternal families, which trace their lineage to Nigeria and the Netherlands. Through January 2, 2000. Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm St.*

"Excavating the Museum" In collaboration with Patricia Erickson's fall class, "Objects, Selves, and Others: The Anthropology of Material Culture," this show concentrates on works collected by former professor Harris Hawthorne Wilder and examines issues related to the collection of Native American art and artifacts. Through December 22. Museum of Art*

"The Poetic Imagination: Explorations in Photography" features works by Alfred Stieglitz, Gertrude Kesebier, Clarence White, Anne Brigman and other photographers who, at the turn of the last century, were interested in creating the imaginative vision of the photographer rather than a literal record of the natural world. Organized by Maureen McKenna, Luce Curatorial Assistant for American Art. Through December 22. Print room, Museum of Art*

Fall Chrysanthemum Show features a variety of flowers and training techniques including cascades, standards, and student hybrids. This display of ancient horticultural arts is rarely seen outside Japan, where the chrysanthemum has been bred and cultivated for centuries. Through November 21.10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Conservatory*

"The Book of Books: Pen & Ink to Polymer Plate" features manuscript and printed Bibles from the 13th through 20th centuries, including the 1999 Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, designed and illustrated by Barry Moser. Through December 22. Morgan Gallery, Neilson Library, first floor

"Barry Moser & Pennyroyal Press" features books illustrated with wood engravings by artist Barry Moser. Through December 22. Mortimer Rare Book Room foyer, Neilson Library, third floor

"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. 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*