December 11, 2002 edition



"It's important to keep up with budgeting, because Mom and Dad won't always be there."
- Mona Kaleem '03, "Making finances 'personal'," Daily Hampshire Gazette, December 4, 2002

"For lower income women and lower wealth women, it's really not cost efficient for corporations to respond to this need [for new investment products aimed at women]. There are some workshops and seminars that are provided by commercial banks or financial services companies here and there, but not systematically."
- Associate Professor of Economics Mahnaz Mahdavi, "Financial services companies gearing their advertising toward wealthy women," National Public Radio, November 12, 2002

"College is the first time [students] are independent and have to start thinking about their finances. Any kind of mandatory course won't work. You have to make it appealing to them and do it in small increments."
- Associate Professor of Economics Mahnaz Mahdavi, "Business losing its appeal to young women," Providence Business News, November 11, 2002

"The best way to attract students to quantitative skills-math-is to base it on something that relates to people's everyday lives: finance. We don't just want to have a program to raise financial awareness. We want to give students tools they can use. They're really learning math, but it's in the context of life."
- Associate Professor of Economics Mahnaz Mahdavi, Fast Company, October 22, 2002



"I think students are increasingly aware that they might have more than one career, that they might need expertise in a variety of areas. They have a very savvy eye out to what's going to pay the rent."
- President Carol T. Christ, "For students seeking edge, one major just isn't enough," New York Times, November 17, 2002

"I think it's important that I get to know my students as students. I want to get to know these women in the classroom; that will tell me a lot about them and what they want to accomplish here."
- President Carol T. Christ, "New Smith President Starts by Getting an Education on the School, Its Students, and the Community," BusinessWest, November 2002

"There is never a day when I don't think about Chang-Lin [Tien]. He was simply a wonderful man. He was a great mentor to me ­ he rallied to support me in my career. He was very responsive to the kinds of problems that women have in a university and to the discrimination women face."
- President Carol T. Christ, "UC Berkeley mourns for Chancellor Tien: Former university leader known as champion of affirmative action dies at 67," Oakland Tribune, October 31, 2002



"Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, is one of the few colleges that has remained all female. A further claim to distinction is its recent establishment of an engineering school. Now Smith is coming up with ideas to get more girls into engineering, the latest being a "toy challenge" it's sponsoring with astronaut Sally Ride,"
- Science, November 29, 2002

"People don't realize what engineering is, but when we bring it to the context of toys, people realize that it affects them."
- Picker Engineering Program Assistant Director Kara Callahan, "This toy story has a scientific purpose," Daily Hampshire Gazette, November 8, 2002

"As the new century unfolds, the engineering profession is uniquely poised to redefine a liberal education. Thoughtfully considered, engineering education can develop in our students a fundamental and visceral view of the unity of knowledge and the ability to use this knowledge for socially responsible and reasoned judgment."
- Rosemary Bradford Hewlett Professor of Engineering Domenico Grasso, "Engineering a Liberal Education" [op-ed], ASEE Prism, November 2002



"[Another museum's artist-designed restrooms] became so popular that people would just pop into them as they went through the museum and so they were hardly ever used anymore by the visitors because they were a little afraid to be caught in a private moment, but I think these rooms will be really, really popular once when the museum re-opens."
- Museum of Art Curator and Associate Director Linda Muehlig, WFCR, November 20, 2002



"When you're sitting at home watching [Jeopardy], you can shout out the answers, and you don't have to compete against anybody. Here, you have to factor in the buzzers and Alex Trebek's reading."
- Stacy Lee '03, "Now Entering the Studio," WTAP-TV, Novermber 15, 2002

"I honestly did not think I was going to win."
- Stacy Lee '03, "Smith senior wins quiz cliff-hanger," Union-News, November 13, 2002

"I do have a sense of accomplishment now that I have reached one of my goals in life already."
- Stacy Lee '03, "Her questions were right answers: Smith senior wins Jeopardy tourney round," Daily Hampshire Gazette, November 13, 2002



"My own family is wonderful, but it's a pleasure to be part of someone else's for a day. I think [the alumnae tradition of inviting 'stray' students into their homes] is a really great program, because a lot of students are alone on the holiday and they're usually unacknowledged."
- Amy Benson '05, "A place at the table: Friends help 'strays' feel at home for the holiday," Boston Herald, November 24, 2002



"Eric Reeves, an English professor at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and a leader of the anti-Talisman protests, called the company 'part and parcel of massive, scorched-earth warfare.' Not only has oil revenue helped the Muslim government make war on animist and Christian insurgents in the south, Mr. Reeves said, but Talisman permitted its sites to be used by helicopter gunships attacking civilians."
- "A Canadian Oilman Gives In," New York Times, November 10, 2002

"There is no need to wait to seek a United Nations Security Council resolution to impose an arms embargo on the government of Sudan. Such a resolution should be sought immediately, since we know all too well how the Khartoum regime relentlessly uses oil-funded weapons against civilians in southern Sudan."
- Professor of English Eric Reeves, "Freedom for Sudan's slaves?", Village Voice, November 8, 2002

"We have here an extraordinary example of grassroots activism forcing a Fortune 500 company to withdraw from an extremely lucrative venture, because that venture is immoral."
- Professor of English Eric Reeves, "Talisman move won't help Sudan," Toronto Globe and Mail, November 4, 2002



"Baseball is going to be on the hot seat if they turn down a financially viable African American. Other things being equal, baseball would, I believe, feel pressured to give the nod to an African-American owner."
- - Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics Andrew Zimbalist, "Johnson Hopes for Home Run: BET founder warms up for possible acquisition of troubled Montreal Expos," Black Enterprise, December 4, 2002

"Baseball as an industry means different things to different owners."
- Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics Andrew Zimbalist, "When billionaires fight millionaires," Harvard University Gazette, November 21, 2002

"There is more of a premium on success because if the Knicks are successful, they get a double hit. They get a hit through Knicks revenue, and they also get a hit through Cablevision revenue."
- Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics Andrew Zimbalist, "Knicks Are Off Their Game, and the A-List," New York Times, November 18, 2002

"Money that goes to a baseball team tends to go to wealthy players and wealthy owners."
- Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics Andrew Zimbalist, "Cost Estimates Jump for New D.C. Stadium," Washington Post, November 15, 2002

"Given the attacks of Sept. 11 and the present economic doldrums, it's easy to welcome the idea of new construction in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs as a lift to both the spirit of the city and its balance sheet. But what we really need to consider is what condition the city's soul and economy are likely to be in seven years from now, when construction for the Games will have to begin."
- Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics Andrew Zimbalist, "Live From NYC: Inflation, Traffic - And the Olympics!" [op-ed], Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2002

"It's quite difficult to succeed with a convention center at this point. The industry is way overexpanded and everyone's trying to find a new niche."
- Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics Andrew Zimbalist, "New Stadium Gets Support of the Mayor," New York Sun, October 31, 2002



"The athletics arms race is alive and well. Athletic departments are run by people who do not have to answer to stockholders and do not face the financial discipline of the marketplace. The consequence is endemic waste."
- Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics Andrew Zimbalist, "Town Hall triggers Title IX fireworks," San Diego Union-Tribune, November 21, 2002



"The women we attract are interested in pursuing excellence in whatever they'll be doing, even if it means making sacrifices, personally and financially."
- Ada Comstock Scholars Program Associate Director Sidonia Dalby, "Women's lives changing course through college," Boston Globe, December 1, 2002

"Gift annuities are very appealing to women, especially to older women."
-Director of Planned Giving Cam Kelly, "The Right Time for Gift Annuities?", Chronicle of Higher Education, November 29, 2002

"[Sept. 11] was really a collective trauma for the nation. People experienced horrible images and terrible fears and anxieties. I think a lot of people ultimately are going to play with that. Jung would say it's very analogous to fairy tales, where we project our most primitive, basic fears ­ being killed, being eaten, being kidnapped ­ and by creating a narrative we can master it, put it in a safer place."
- Associate Professor of Social Work Joshua Miller, "TV's morbid turn appeals to viewers' curiosity," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 12, 2002

"We teach all of the basics, and then some."
- Gates Professor of Biological Sciences Steven Williams, "Get the basics: Intensive boot camps illuminate the mysteries of molecular biology," The Scientist, November 11, 2002



"I have enormous respect for people who are struggling. They deserve to be treated as we would treat anybody else, because they are us."
- Executive Director of City Harvest Julia Erickson '80, "Woman's Day Awards: Women Who Inspire Us," Woman's Day, November 19, 2002

"She didn't suffer fools gladly."
- Adelaide Cromwell '40 [speaking of her aunt, Otelia Cromwell 1900], "Smith unveils portrait of Cromwell, 1st black grad," Daily Hampshire Gazette, November 8, 2002

"The decision to quit teaching was a big one. I wasn't sure what I would do next. It was a bit of a risk."
- Maggie Moore '69, "Job seekers reaching out to alma maters' career services," Boston Globe, November 3, 2002

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