News for the Smith College Community //December 2, 1999

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When Smith Runs in the Family

By Adele Johnsen '02
It all began for the Gardner sisters several years ago when Megan started looking at colleges. Partly due to her parents' urging, she decided she wanted to leave her home state of North Dakota. Both graduates of the University of North Dakota, Megan's parents "didn't have the opportunity [to leave the state for school], and they wanted it for us," she says. Megan looked at colleges along the East Coast, and eventually settled on Smith, from which she graduated in 1998, a history and women's studies major heavily involved in student government. Debater, secretary of the student body, and founder of the Alumnae Big Sister Program, Megan's involvement and success at Smith gave her parents a lot to be proud of.

Then came Katrina.

Two years younger than Megan, Katrina came to Smith for the first time as a college-shopping 18-year-old. "I came out here to look at schools, and I wasn't really seriously considering Smith," she says. But Megan wanted her here. "She had strategically placed all these people around campus to greet me," Katrina laughs. "Something just really felt right. I didn't want Megan telling me for the rest of my life how much better Smith was than the school I had picked." So Katrina decided Smith was the place for her and became a member of the class of 2000. Following Megan's lead, Katrina also became active in student government, this year as president of the SGA.

But that's not the end of the story. Natasha, Megan and Katrina's younger sister, didn't feel the pressure that Katrina experienced when she visited Smith. Her family "really encouraged me to look at the other colleges, to make the decision based on what I wanted, what I saw, and what I felt," she says. She was reluctant to consider Smith at first, because she was "really concerned about going to the same school as my sisters and living under their shadows." "We thought for sure she was going to Wellesley," Katrina adds. But after her Smith visit Natasha liked what she saw and felt here. Before heading back home, she gave her sisters a bouquet of flowers with a card that said, "Just to let you know, I'm coming to Smith."

Natasha entered the class of 2002, and though she is involved in many of the same activities as her sisters have been (such as student government), she doesn't feel she's living in their shadows. In fact, she says it's been an advantage to have followed them here. "I realized that having my sisters at Smith has given me a family here," she said. "It's a long way from home, and it's been really great for my relationships with my sisters and for myself as I grow and mature through college." Katrina agrees: "Smith has a wonderful community of sisters, but it's so much better to have my real sisters here too."

Will we see more Gardner siblings here at Smith? Not likely. There are no more sisters in the Gardner family. They do, however, have a younger brother, who fell in love with Smith at age nine when he came with his parents to bring Megan for her first year. "He said he wanted to come here," Megan states. He's 15 now, and he still wants to come here, "although for different reasons."

Megan, Katrina, and Natasha are only one example of sister sets attending Smith. There are about ten other pairs of sisters on campus. To Katrina Gardner, their experience -- the experience of having sisters on the Smith campus -- is a special one. "To come home and have my sisters understand the amazing experience of Smith is wonderful," she says. "It's a privilege."

Smith Interns Assist SROs

People who occupy the area's many single room occupancy (SRO) units typically live on a fixed or low income and often lack the most basic cooking facilities. They regularly struggle to prepare a nutritious diet without spending an inordinate sum of money. A Smith student who was working with people living in SROs said she recently came across a tenant attempting to heat his supper in an open can over a stove flame because the tenant's dwelling lacked the facilities and utensils necessary for cooking a meal. Many tenants of SRO units find themselves struggling with similarly dangerous situations.

In an effort to assist low-income SRO tenants, Smith interns Stephanie Haynes Lewis AC and Julie Wong '00 are collaborating with S.O.S. and the Smith Internship Program to organize a household-goods drive on campus. Donation boxes will be placed, from December 2 through 17, in the S.O.S. office (located in the basement of the Chapel), the main office of Physical Plant, the front lobby of Central Services, the Technical Services department of Neilson Library, and at Student Affairs in College Hall 24. Kathy Zieja will also distribute flyers to RADS staff encouraging them to participate.

Items needed for the drive include Crockpots, electric cooking pots and frying pans, toaster ovens, toasters, pots, pans, larger kitchen utensils, plates and eating utensils, canned food, instant soups, etc. (not outdated). Items of clothing are also needed including warm coats, gloves, hats, and scarves. Other household items needed are towels, washcloths, sheets, small rugs, and toiletries of all sorts. Your help is greatly needed and appreciated.

A New Voice on Campus

Senior Erin McGlinchey is taking a risk. She's producing a magazine that will arrive on campus some time next semester. In many ways, her magazine will look like a typical student publication, tackling common themes such as "education, politics, health, day-to-day life issues, and women's issues," McGlinchey says. But in examining those issues, McGlinchey's magazine assumes a potentially controversial perspective: It will be a decidedly conservative publication, reflecting the principles of its funder, the Independent Women's Forum (IWF).

Begun in 1992, the Washington, D.C.-based IWF defines itself as "the voice of reasonable women with important ideas who embrace common sense over ideology." The Boston Globe called the IWF "the foremost media nemesis of the feminist movement."

A similar publication to McGlinchey's at Georgetown University titled The Guide: A Little Beige Book for Today's Miss G, has already raised an uproar on that campus because of its conservative stance on women's issues. Also student-run and funded by the IWF, that publication was slipped under the doors of the university's freshman women for the first time last year. Its primary purpose was to contradict "the school's freshman orientation materials" by attacking "the exaggerated statistics and 'scare tactics' employed by campus feminists to raise the awareness of rape and eating disorders," says an October 1999 article in Lingua Franca. The Guide was promptly and widely criticized by many members of the Georgetown community.

Portia, Yale's conservative student publication, has been more widely accepted. It even earned the endorsement of "Yale's left-leaning Women's Center," the Lingua Franca article notes. But, the article cautions, "At Smith, the forthcoming conservative women's magazine may face much sharper political opposition."

McGlinchey is aware of the potential opposition she and her publication face. She's accustomed to it, she says. After all, in her four years at Smith McGlinchey has been an active conservative presence on campus, participating in the Republican Club, writing the "From the Right" column in the Sophian, organizing a debate on affirmative action, and helping bring in antifeminist speakers like Ann Coulter. "I like to think that being a conservative in an ultraliberal school puts more on me to speak up, because a lot of [other conservatives] are afraid to," she says. Thus, she insists, she's not afraid of the negative attention her publication may attract. "I would be more sad if it got no attention whatsoever," she says.

New Protestant Chaplain to Run Vespers

The Christmas Vespers service is Smith College's annual celebration of the holiday season. This year's services, to be held on Sunday, December 5, at 4 and 7:30 p.m., will be presided over by college chaplains Elizabeth Carr and Leon Burrows, the new interim Protestant chaplain at Smith and at Amherst College.

A musically talented minister, Burrows has obtained degrees from the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music, the Yale Divinity School, the Yale School of Music, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. His diverse background includes, most recently, an adjunct professorship in Geneva College's Center for Urban Theological Studies and a position as minister of music in Philadelphia's historic St. Michael's Lutheran Church. Burrows, who will take up official residence here in January, will be spending approximately two-thirds of his time at Smith and one-third at Amherst.

The Vespers services will feature readings from President Simmons as well as several Smith seniors. Also included in the services will be performances by a diverse array of musical groups, including Glee Club, choir, chorale, Handbell Choir, and the Smith College Orchestra. Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Men's Glee Club will also contribute a number of pieces, including Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Other music during the Vespers programs will be in the form of traditional hymns and carols arranged and orchestrated by Clifton J. Noble Jr., and pieces by Francis Poulenc, Adolphe Adam, and Benjamin Britten.

Performances of preludes will precede each service for 20 minutes prior to the service's listed starting time. The services are open to the public at no charge. Donations, which will benefit the Northampton Interfaith Cot Shelter, are welcome.

Areas Studies Bolstered by Grant

With a new $150,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, the Five Colleges' Areas Studies departments are preparing to make a shift in focus and direction. Traditionally, the field of Areas Studies has examined other cultures and global issues from a geographical perspective. But with the Ford Foundation grant, Five Colleges has developed a two-year project titled "Alternative Modernities: A Political-Cultural Approach to Areas Studies." The project is designed "to take [Areas Studies] to a new level of inquiry," says project chair Ali Mirsepassi, an associate professor at Hampshire College and dean of multicultural education and international studies.

The project "aims to confront an existing tension in scholarship between those who equate globalization with a homogenization of cultures and thereby play down the need for studying local cultures and languages, and those who would focus exclusively on the local, ignoring the shifting currents in culture, environment, religions, even borders that cross area boundaries," says a Five Colleges, Inc. press release.

To implement and achieve the project's goals, a Five College faculty steering committee has been formed. Members include Mirsepassi; Amrita Basu, professor of political science and women's and gender studies at Amherst College; Aaron Berman, Dean of Faculty and professor of history, Hampshire College; Arturo Escobar, professor of anthropology, University of Massachusetts; Stephen Jones, associate professor of Russian and Eurasian studies, Mount Holyoke College; Dana Leibsohn, assistant professor of art history at Smith; and Lorna M. Peterson, Five College coordinator.

The steering committee will work to establish short-term residencies for international scholars, who will help develop seminars, new courses, and new course material that will reflect the "alternative modernities" approach to Areas Studies. They will also develop a series of faculty seminars led by Five College scholars of Areas Studies as well as a conference that includes visiting international scholars. Ultimately, says Mirsepassi, "We aim to give priority to international scholars in the development of area and interarea studies research and course development, and to stimulate discussion about new approaches for both research and teaching."

More United Way Winners

The 1999 Smith College United Way campaign, now in its ninth week, is at $141,340 with donations from 555 contributors.

Here are the winners of the final two United Way drawings. On November 12, Taitetsu Unno won a free lunch at the Smith College Club; Susan Zachary, two tickets to the Academy of Music; Liana Charter, a reserved parking space; R.L. Andrews, a $25 gift certificate to LaSalle Florists; Nancy Bradbury, a $50 gift basket from Mole Hollow Candles; Lou Anne Mathers, one day off with pay; Barbara Brehm-Curtis, a $5 gift certificate for Davis Center; Andrew Zimbalist, Sonatas, by Monica Jakuc, fortepiano; Molly Robinson, a $25 gift certificate for Packard's; Diane Garvey, a print by Patricia Czepiel Hayes; Constance French, Francesca LeBrun Sonatas, by Monica Jakuc; Monica Jakuc, a $40 gift certificate for Trellis Works; Joanne Caraker, two tickets to Judy Collins at the Calvin Theater; Gail Hoover, a one-month rock-climbing membership at Northampton Athletic Club.

On November 19, Lynn Minnich won a free lunch at the Smith College Club; Pat Billingsley, a flavored coffee and pastry break for four at Davis; Carole Grills, two tickets to the Academy of Music; Aisha Gabriel, a $50 gift certificate to Del Raye Bar & Grill; Carmelita Soto, a $25 gift certificate to Grécourt Bookshop; Cathy Reid, dinner for two at Green Street Café; Linda Smith, a night for two (value: $114) at the Autumn Inn; Karin George, a $25 gift pack from Lulu's Hair Salon; Cynthia Rucci, a $5 gift certificate to Davis Center; Nancy Martin, a $25 gift certificate to Packard's; Barbara Polowy, Robert Schumann, by John Van Buskirk, fortepiano; Joe Bialek, a $40 gift certificate to Trellis Works; David Laprade, art by Gary Niswonger; Charlene Imes, a basket of Beanie Babies from Steenburgh Realty, Williamsburg; Liz Anderson, two bus tickets for a Staff Council bus trip to New York; Maureen Mahoney, one month of unlimited tanning at Northampton Athletic Club.


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.

Q. How will we communicate with our athletic teams if there is a Y2K disruption?

A. Before December break, coaches will gather from student athletes phone numbers and travel plans for returning to campus. Winter sports athletes will be asked to call the Smith Y2K number for Y2K opening information before reporting back to campus in early January. It will be each student's responsibility to notify us if she is having difficulty returning to campus as planned.

Q. How will computer services (e-mail, CyberSmith, etc.) operate should there be a Y2K emergency?

A. ITS has been working for several years to upgrade all major systems, software, and networks to be Y2K compliant. We anticipate no problems with the operation of e-mail, CyberSmith, Banner, and the campus network due to "Y2K bugs" in campus software or hardware. However, these services cannot operate without power. ITS maintains noninter-ruptible power sources for all central computer systems. Small dips in power levels (brownouts) will not effect these systems. Should there be a power outage on campus, the noninterruptible power sources allow ITS technicians adequate time to shut down all systems properly without damage to data files. If the campus is faced with a lengthy power outage, all computer systems, the network, and the Internet will be unavailable.

The Fall in Sports

Smith's fall sports season has come to an end. For many teams, who lost key players when last year's seniors graduated, 1999 was a year of rebuilding and regrowth. "We had lots of first-years on our teams this year," says Carole Grills, director of sports information. New players needed "a lot of playing time on the field" to gain the experience necessary for their sports, she says. Despite individual challenges, as collective units Smith's teams claimed some successes.

The crew team crowned its fall season with a Seven Sisters Crew Regatta victory. Tied with Mount Holyoke with 28 points, Smith took the championship by winning the varsity eight race. Another season highlight for Smith's crew was the team's win in the Mount Holyoke Regatta.

Seeded fourth in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship, the Pioneers' volleyball team defeated Coast Guard (3-1) in the tourna-ment's quarterfinals. The team went on to the Final Four where it was defeated by Wellesley (0-3), whose team ultimately won the NEWMAC Championship. The Pioneers' season concluded with a 16-13 overall record, a one-win improvement over last year's final tally.

The cross-country team defeated 23 others to earn 11th place in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Cross Country Championships. Smith's top runner, Juliet Christian-Smith '01, finished in eighth place overall. In the NEWMAC championships, the team placed seventh out of 10.

Five members of Smith's equestrian team have qualified for regional competition, which will be held in the spring. The team won first-, second-, and third-place ribbons in the three shows it participated in this season.

The soccer team finished as semifinalists in the NEWMAC Championships, ended the season with a record of 8-9-2, an improvement over last year's record. Soccer player Amanda Edelhart '01 was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference team.

Finally, Smith's field hockey team concluded its season with a 4-15 record and made it to the quarterfin-als of the NEWMAC Championship. Shelley Yagodzinski '00 was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference team.


November 18: Smith 4, Mount Holyoke 5
November 20: Dartmouth Invitational:
Smith 0, Dartmouth 9
Smith 2, Williams 7

November 19-20: Smith Tip-Off Tournament:
Smith 63, Gordon 54
Smith 33, Brandeis 62
November 23: Smith 43, Union 60

November 20: Smith 181, Wheaton 114

Will return next week.

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

Campus Center
Photographs of the models for the new campus center are now on view on the campus center Web site:

Scheduling Items
Beginning January 2, as part of a continuing effort to streamline scheduling procedures, the following new system will be in effect:

The registrar's office will handle classroom reservations for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., and Tuesday and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The college events office will handle classroom reservations for Tuesday and Friday, 5-10 p.m., and all day and evening on Saturday and Sunday. Nonclassroom campus spaces will continue to be scheduled as they have been. (Questions? Ext. 2162.)

The college events office is collecting preliminary information about events being planned for 2000-01. If you know of conferences, symposia, lectures or other important events that are being planned for the next academic year, please email dates, times and any other available information to

Benefit Event
Kristen Golden and Barbara Findlen, coauthors of Remarkable Women of the Twentieth Century, will discuss the changing status of women throughout the century at a benefit event for Necessities/Necessidades on Thursday, December 9, 7-9 p.m., in the Neilson Browsing Room. The $50 ticket includes an autographed copy of the Golden-Findlen book. For further information, call 586-1125. Cosponsored by S.O.S.

Weather Alert
The official source of weather emergency information at Smith is the college information line-585-4636. At approximately 6 a.m. on bad-weather days, information about delayed opening or other curtailed operation at the college is posted on the info line. If a storm should develop during the day that forces early closing, an announcement will be carried on the info line beginning in early afternoon. Only in the most extreme circumstances are classes canceled. If such a situation should occur, a specific message on the info line will announce the cancellation; otherwise, it is assumed that classes will be held as usual. You may also hear about delayed openings or cancellations at Smith on WHMP (Northampton) radio, 1400 AM or 99.3 FM.

Library Hours
The following schedules will be in effect for reading period, exams and winter recess:

Neilson Library (ext. 2910)
December 14-20, 7:45 a.m.-2 a.m.; Tuesday, December 21, 7:45 a.m.-midnight; Wednesday, December 22, 8 a.m.-noon; December 23-January 2, closed.

Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives (ext. 2971)
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday evening till 9 p.m.; Sunday, December 17, closed; Wednesday, December 22, 8 a.m.-noon; Thursday-Sunday, December 23-January 2, closed.

Mortimer Rare Book Room (ext. 2906): Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, December 22, 9 a.m.-noon; Thursday-Sunday, December 23-January 2, closed.

Hillyer Art Library (ext. 2940)
Tuesday, December 14-Friday, December 17, 8 a.m.-midnight; Saturday, December 18, 10 a.m.-midnight
Sunday, December 19, noon-midnight; Monday, December 20, 8 a.m.-midnight; Tuesday, December 21, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, December 22, 8 a.m.-noon; Thursday-Sunday, December 23-January 2, closed.

Josten Performing Arts Library (ext. 2930): Tuesday, December 21, 8 a.m.­-5 p.m.; Wednesday, December 22, 8a.m.-noon; Thursday-Sunday, December 23-January 2, closed.

Young Science Library (ext. 2950)
Tuesday, December 21, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday, December 22, 8 a.m.-noon; Thursday-Sunday, December 23-January 2, closed.

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

Museum of Art
The museum will close December 22 for renovations. To contact museum staff January 3-May 31, 2000, call 585-2760, email, or see Museum hours through December 22: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-8p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

The Print Room hours through December 22: Tuesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday, 1-4 p.m. during exhibitions. Other hours by appointment. Closed Mondays.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty Meeting
The next meeting of the faculty will be held Thursday, December 16, at 10 a.m. in the Alumnae House conference room, with coffee served at 9:30 a.m. (Please note change of day and time for this meeting.) Agenda items for the meeting must be received by the secretary of the faculty, Howard Gold, no later than Wednesday, December 8. Items to be included in the agenda mailing must be camera-ready and received in College Hall 27 by Monday, December 6.

Parking at St. Mary's Church
The privilege that Smith faculty and staff have had of parking in the St. Mary's Church lot may be withdrawn unless the rules are observed. Parking is allowed only in the lower lot in the 25 spaces allotted for Smith and only between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. Violators will be towed.


Teaching Evaluations
Faculty teaching evaluations will be administered Monday, December 6-Tuesday, December 14, in Seelye B2. (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-midnight; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-midnight.) Refer to student mailing of November 29 for detailed information.

January Graduates
The Financial Aid Office seeks to hire a financial aid specialist to work January 11-June 14. This is a temporary, part-time position requiring 30 hours of work per week from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. The position pays $10 per hour. The specialist is responsible for answering the financial aid information telephone line and providing consulting services to prospective students and their parents related to financial aid application forms and procedures. Qualifications: Basic knowledge of undergraduate financial aid forms and procedures, good judgment, pleasant telephone manner, attention to detail, and good clerical and record-keeping skills. Submit applications to: Specialist Search, Office of Financial Aid, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063. Review of applications will begin December 1.

Book Buyback
The Grécourt Bookshop will hold its fall buyback December 13-18 and 20-21. Textbooks ordered for the spring 2000 semester will be bought at 50 percent of the current new price. Other books will be bought back at the wholesalers' prices.

National Security Education
NSEP applications are due in the Office for International Study, Clark Hall 305, by 4 p.m. on December 8. NSEP scholarships are available to students who will be studying abroad in a non-English speaking, non-Western European country for either a semester or a full year. NSEP recipients incur a commitment of employment with the U.S. government more or less equal to the tenure of their scholarship. For information, contact Liz Lee at or ext. 4913.

Praxis Funding
Learn how you can receive a $2,000 stipend from Smith College for a summer internship that matches your interests. The first Praxis information sessions will be held December 10 and 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the CDO main library. Other information sessions will be held second semester. Attendance at one information session is required of all Praxis applicants. If you are considering a Praxis internship, come to an information meeting. Then if you later decide to apply, you will have completed the first step of the process. Students may begin to submit Praxis applications to the CDO beginning January 24, 2000.

Applications will continue to be accepted through the second semester. Contact Liz Lee (elee@smith.
edu, ext. 2581), or Lucy Greenburg (, ext. 2575) with questions.

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

Submission of Papers
The members of the Administrative Board urge students not to use campus mail for delivery of papers and not to tack them to doors, slide them under closed doors, leave them in mailboxes in public places, or have them delivered by friends. Also, students should keep paper copies of submitted work.

Each year, the Administrative Board is asked to vote 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-the professor of the class, for example, 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 faculty members and to students. Students and faculty should also be reminded that the college requires that papers delivered in the mail be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.

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 a 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.) However, a faculty member may wish to require confirmation of the problems from a staff member at one of the computer centers or other appropriate person. 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 help of modern technology, these difficulties will happen. Staff members at the computer centers may be able to provide technical assistance when problems occur.

Head Resident Applications
Applications for head resident for 2000-01 are available in the Student Affairs Office, College Hall 24. Students with '01 or '01J status are eligible to apply. Applications are due by 4 p.m. December 3, at the Student Affairs Office. Specific questions about the application process may be referred to Sara Patch, area coordinator, ext. 2237 or spatch@ais.

Final Examinations
Students may not be excused from an examination or write examinations at any time other than during the official examination period. Students who miss examinations because of illness or emergency confirmed through the registrar's office will be permitted to take makeup examinations during the first two weeks of the next semester. Students are required to produce identification before receiving their examinations. Reminder: There is no examination period on Tuesday evening, December 21.

Ciao Bella!
Come eat, drink, de-stress, help create a time capsule and bid farewell to the art museum's collections before it closes for renovation and expansion. Annual Student Member's Party, Wednesday, December 8, 7-9 p.m., at the museum. Reservations: 585-2760. Free for student members, $5 per guest.

Winter Break
The college will close for winter break on Wednesday, December 22, at 10 a.m. (this includes Friedman Apartments). Residents not returning to Smith for the spring semester should return their keys to their Residence Coordinator/Head Resident and have everything moved out by the December 22 closing deadline. Students in open doubles should prepare their room for an incoming roommate. These rooms will be inspected during break by Office of Student Affairs staff to ensure that they are ready for a new roommate. Any student who has been approved for a semester room change must pack and move her things to the trunk room or a friend's room until she returns if she does not plan to be on campus during interterm. All moves must be completed by Monday, January 10, at 1 p.m.

Oxford Summer Seminar
Alumnae from last summer's Oxford Seminar, a residential program offering course in literature, history, politics and law at Trinity College, Oxford University, will describe their experiences at an informational meeting Thursday, December 9, at 4:15 p.m. in Seelye Hall 106. Refreshments will be served. Program administrators will also be present to talk about the 2000 session. For information, visit the seminar's Web site at or email to

President's Open Hours
The president's open hours for December will be Thursday, December 9, 4-5:30 p.m. in College Hall 20. No appointments are necessary. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

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, December 6

Lecture "Biodiversity and Human Health." Francesca Grifo '81, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University. Sponsors: biological sciences, Botanic Gardens. Reception at 4 p.m. in McConnell foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Lecture "Describing the Elephant." Peter Gregory, Jill Ker Conway Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies. Part of the Chaired Professors Lecture Series. 4:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

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

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

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

Old uniform sale The athletic department will sell old jerseys, shorts, jackets, and sweats at reduced rates. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ainsworth Gym, glass door entrance*

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 7

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Granular Matter: Ubiquitous, Beautiful and Complex." Nalini Easwar, physics department. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level

Reading Literature at Lunch. William Oram, Helen Means Professor of English Language and Literature, will read his favorite science-fiction stories. Bring lunch, beverages provided. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Seelye 207

Poetry reading by spoken-word poets Carl Hancock Rux and Suheir Hammad. 7:30 p.m., Davis*

Lecture "Biopolitics, GM Foods and GM People." Margaret Lock, Neilson Professor in Anthropology and a medical anthropologist at McGill University, Montreal. Reception follows in Wright common room.
8 p.m., Wright auditorium

HR workshop "Ergonomics: Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Computer-Related Health Hazards." Open to faculty and staff. 10 a.m., Dewey common room

Workshop Informal question-and-answer session with poets Suheir Hammad and Carl Hancock Rux. Interested students should pick up a packet of poems from Cindy Furtek in the poetry center office in Wright Hall. 3:30 p.m., Wright common room

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

Informational meeting College Initiative for Diversity Awareness committee (CIDA), recently formed to promote diversity initiatives on campus and for the community.
5 p.m., Seelye 201

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

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

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. Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street*

Hillel at Noon Noon, Dawes Kosher Kitchen

Newman Association meeting.
6 p.m., Bodman Lounge

Other events/activities
Old uniform sale See 12/6 listing.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ainsworth Gym, glass door entrance*

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, December 8

General literature lecture "Dante: The Divine Comedy." Rachel Jacoff, Department of Italian, Wellesley College. 2:40 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Performing arts/films
Film The Prisoner: "Once Upon a Time" and "Fall Out." The concluding episodes of the television series. Relevant to HST 254. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Theater Fall Festival of One-Acts. One-act plays produced and directed by students. Tickets: $1. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio*

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

Informational meeting Blackboard "CourseInfo" brown-bag lunch. 12:15 p.m., Bass 105

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

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

Mass and celebration of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. 7 p.m., Chapel

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

Other events/activities
Old uniform sale See 12/6 listing.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ainsworth Gym, glass door entrance*

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

Study group Biology 111, Unity study groups. 8-10 p.m., Unity House

Thursday, December 9

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture. "Genre and Euripides: Is There Comedy in Euripidean Tragedy?" Justina Gregory, classical languages and literature. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Lecture "Saturday Sinners and Sunday Saints: Religion in 1930's and 1940's Race Movies." Judith Weisenfeld, fellow in residence, Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, Yale University. Sponsors: American studies, Afro-American studies and religion departments. 4:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

Performing arts/films
Theater Fall Festival of One-Acts. See 12/8 listing. Tickets: $1. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio*

Campus Climate Working Group will continue discussions on diversity and "What's Next" conference. 4-6 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

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

Informational meeting Oxford Summer Seminar. Alums will describe their experience while program administrators talk about next summer's seminar. 4:15 p.m., Seelye Hall 106

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

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

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

Advent Catholic Reconciliation service Liturgy of the Word and time for quiet, meditation, music and renewal. 7 p.m., Chapel

Other events/activities
Old uniform sale See 12/6 listing.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ainsworth Gym, glass door entrance*

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

President's open hours Students seen on a first-come, first-served basis. 4-5:30 p.m., College Hall 20

Hillel Hanukkah party with the Wholesale Klezmer Band. 8-11 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Friday, December 10

Performing arts/films
Theater Fall Festival of One-Acts. See 12/8 listing. Tickets: $1. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio*

Concert The Five College Early Music Collegium, directed by Robert Eisenstein, will perform French Renaissance music including Noëls and Christmas motets. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

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 the Dawes Kosher Kitchen. 5:15 p.m., Dewey common room

Eastern Orthodox Vespers with Fr. Harry Vulopas. Light supper and fellowship follow. Students and staff of all Orthodox backgrounds welcome. 5:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge

Other events/activities
Old uniform sale See 12/6 listing. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ainsworth Gym, glass door entrance*

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

Saturday, December 11

Performing arts/films
Concert Mohawk Trail Concerts presents "Festival of Holiday Music." Caroling to follow. Tickets: $4, students/seniors; $8, general. 7 p.m., Chapel *

Concert "English Voices." Works from the Middle Ages through the early Baroque Era, including works by Morley and Purcell. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Theater Fall Festival of One-Acts. See 12/8 listing. Tickets: $1. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio*

Other events/activities
Basketball v. Connecticut College.
2 p.m., Ainsworth Gym*

Sunday, December 12

A Gallery of Readers Local writers Roget Lockard and Penny Cuninggim will read from their works. 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

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. Bass 203*

Morning worship in the Protestant tradition. Service for third Sunday in Advent. 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. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*

Festive Ecumenical Advent Procession begins at the Chapel and proceeds to St. John's, St Mary's, Edwards churches, and First Churches. Reception follows. Goodwill offering to benefit Necessities/ Necesiadades. 7 p.m.*

Roman Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy Fr. Bill McConville, OFM, celebrant; Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. 10 p.m., Chapel*

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

Champagne Brunch to kick off Senior Appreciation Program for Class of 2000. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Room

Monday, December 13

Lecture Jacqueline Field, textile specialist and consultant, will talk about her research on the history of a small silk company in Maine. Northampton Silk Project Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series. Noon-1 p.m., Seelye 207*

Lecture "Reductive Symmetric Spases and their Applications." Aloysius Helminck, North Carolina State University. Part of the Connecticut Valley Mathematics Colloquium. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Lecture Samantha Rothman, '00J. A continuation of the Biological Sciences and Biochemistry Colloquia lectures. Reception at 4 p.m. in McConnell foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

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

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

Religious Life
Religious Life Liaisons Holiday Party 5 p.m., Bodman Lounge

Other events/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

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

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

Tuesday, December 14

Classes end

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Kepler's Musical Proof of the Stability of the Solar System." Nathanael Fortune, physics department. Noon, College Club lower level

Lecture Dava Sobel, former New York Times science writer and author of the acclaimed books Longitude and Galileo's Daughter. Part of the Kahn Institute's 1999­2000 project, "Star Messenger, Galileo at the Millennium." 8 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing arts/films
Film A showing of short videos by students in Film Studies 281: Video Production. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

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

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

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

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

Christmas Party organized by Newman Association, Ecumenical Church, Smith Intervarsity and Keystone, Campus Crusuade. All welcome. 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge.

Other events/activities
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, December 15

Pre-examination study period begins

Performing arts/films
Film The Prisoner "Speed Learn." This episode is of special interest to students who have taken HST 250. Relevant to HST 254. Open to all. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Religious Life
Buddhist service and discussion 6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Friday, December 17

Pre-examination study period ends

Saturday, December 18

Examination period begins

Sunday, December 19

Religious Life
Roman Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy Fr. Bill McConville, OFM, celebrant; Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Sunday supper follows. 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. 10 p.m., Chapel*

Tuesday, December 21

Examination period ends

Wednesday, December 22

Winter recess begins-houses close at 10 a.m.

Sunday, January 2

Winter recess ends-houses open at 1 p.m.


"Duyst/Akpem: A Tale of Two Families" D. Denenge Akpem '97 has assembled a multidimensional exhibition of sculptures 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. Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm St.*

"Excavating the Museum" In collaboration with Professor 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 regarding the collecting of Native American art and artifacts. Through December 22. Museum of Art*

"The Poetic Imagination: Explorations in Photography" features works by photographers who, at the turn of the last century, were interested in creating the imaginative vision of the artists rather than a literal record of the natural world. Organized by Maureen McKenna, Luce Curatorial Assistant for American Art. Through December 22. Print room*

"The Book of Books: Pen & Ink to Polymer Plate" features 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*