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Flying Solo

Fans of folk-pop artists Hannah & Maggie, take note: One-half of the Smithie duo has a solo project called Little Busy. 

  • Alumnae News
  • December 12, 2019
Album Cover of Little Busy

Wynter’s Tale

There’s no cure for the disease, but Wynter may possess the key to a vaccine.

  • Alumnae News
  • December 12, 2019
Tosca Lee

So You Want to Write a Memoir?

Modern Memoirs, an Amherst, Massachusetts–based self-publishing company established in 1994, specializes in personal narratives and family histories. 

  • Alumnae News
  • December 12, 2019
Illustration of a person with white hair lying on the floor, surrounded by objects, writing in a book

December People News

Winning floral hybrids, business idea pitches and scientific research presentations are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • December 12, 2019
Two students walking over the red bridge in a snowy winter

Junior Journalist

A true story, Cub is prolific author-illustrator Cynthia Copeland ’82’s first graphic memoir for kids. 

  • Alumnae News
  • December 11, 2019
cover of Cub graphic novel. Blonde kid in a orange paisley dress running with a camera and notebook

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

To mark the publication of Gloria Steinem’s latest book, The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off! Thoughts on Life, Love, and Rebellion, as well as the theatrical release of the documentary Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, test your knowledge of these two icons by playing a game of quotation identification. Can you correctly attribute the following quotes to either the fearless feminist or the tough-talkin’ Texan?

  • Alumnae News
  • December 10, 2019
Movie poster for Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins and book jacket for The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off! Thoughts on Life, Love, and Rebellion

Breaking Barriers at Sonic Speed

Claudia San Pedro ’91 spent her teen years drinking cherry limeade and eating cheese Tots at her local Sonic drive-in. Now she’s president of the company, leading one of the nation’s most popular—and nostalgic—fast-food franchises back to the future.

  • Alumnae News
  • December 9, 2019
Claudia San Pedro smiling by at a Sonic restaurant

The Haunting Stories of Highway 20

For years, journalist Noelle Crombie ’92 has chronicled the devastating—and often disregarded—stories of victims of sexual assault. In an award-winning newspaper series, Crombie revealed how the brutal rape of one forgotten survivor could have stopped a serial killer in his tracks—if only the victim had been believed.

  • Alumnae News
  • December 5, 2019
Noelle-Crombie headshot by Beth Nakamura

Form, Function and Landscape Design

After a landscape design internship in Manhattan last summer, Tess Abbot ’20 has developed a keen appreciation for Smith’s winding pathways and bucolic gardens, the enduring influences of Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision for the Smith landscape. But as an aspiring designer, she also considers ways to improve how today’s students interact with it.

  • Campus Life
  • December 4, 2019
Tess Abbot in a fall landscape

Overflowing Bathtubs and Leaky Boats

Physics professor Nathanael Fortune deftly explains forces of climate change to nonscientists.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • December 4, 2019
Nathanael Fortune headshot

Putting a Face to Hunger

Sibyl Brown ’14 became passionate about food justice while a student at Smith and founded the Smith chapter of the National Food Recovery Network, which continues today. As an alumna, she continues to work for food equity and wants to clarify some misconceptions about who exactly is going hungry in America.

  • Alumnae News
  • December 3, 2019
Sibyl Brown

Shaping a Contemporary Definition of ‘Home’

What does it mean to live and dine in community? That’s the question being addressed by the Residential Experience Working Group—18 students, faculty and staff whose unofficial charge is to develop, as REWG chair Susan Etheredge ’77 says, “a contemporary definition of home.”

  • Campus Life
  • November 22, 2019
Tyler House dining room

Mapping Holiday Travel

Whether you’re traveling near or far, Thanksgiving break is right around the corner. And for those wondering where their fellow Smithies are headed for the holiday, there’s a map for that!

  • Campus Life
  • November 22, 2019
Map of eastern US with dots marking travel locations

David DeSwert Appointed Vice President

David C. DeSwert has been named the college’s vice president for finance and administration.

  • News of Note
  • November 20, 2019
David DeSwert

Studying Climate Change

In the first semester of Smith's themed Year on Climate Change, relevant course offerings range from contemporary poetry to green energy policy, giving students of all academic backgrounds a chance to engage in learning about climate change and environmental sustainability. 

  • Sustainability
  • November 14, 2019
Reid Bertone-Johnson on a river bank teaching students

‘Inclusion is Not a Fixed Point’

Floyd Cheung, Smith’s vice president for equity and inclusion, has announced several new initiatives aimed at ensuring that all students, faculty and staff “can enjoy what Smith is and has to offer.”

  • Campus Life
  • November 13, 2019
Floyd Cheung

People News November 2019

Data science awards, published essays and career promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • November 12, 2019
sun shining through a tree in front of the Smith Campus Center

Immigration and the Food Justice Connection

Gabriella Della Croce ’11 and Andrea Schmid ’17 both work at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, a collective that helps better the lives of immigrant workers in western Massachusetts.

  • Sustainability
  • November 8, 2019
Gabriella Della Croce ’11 and Andrea Schmid ’17


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