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January 25, 2002, Special Edition


Passing the Torch Olympic torch in hand, Tessa Spillane '95 set off on a .2-mile run along Albany Avenue in Hartford on December 26, one link in a chain of 11,500 torchbearers who will carry the Olympic flame 13,500 miles to its eventual destination in Salt Lake City. Spillane, the former coach of the College's novice crew team, was selected for the honor after the team wrote letters of recommendation for her—without her knowledge. "It was an overwhelmingly huge present," says Spillane, who left the College in September to become head crew coach at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. And what was it like to carry the torch? "It wasn't heavy, but it was top-heavy," Spillane says. "I was so nervous. My biggest fear was either to drop it or to fall." She did neither, of course, and now has the memory of a lifetime.

Pilgrim's Progress Christopher Pyle, professor of politics, delivered the annual Forefathers' Day Address to the Pilgrim Society of Plymouth, Massachusetts, last month. In "Inventing America: The Perennial Search for a Useable Past," Pyle made a case for a version of American history "marked by the gradual expansion of equal liberty under law." In that "storybook history," he said, the Pilgrims, and their Mayflower Compact, had "helped Europe reinvent itself, in America, along more democratic lines." He concluded, "So the question all Americans should really ask is not whether we have Pilgrims up our family tree, but whether we ought to keep them in our national storybook. My answer is a resounding yes." In delivering the address, Pyle followed in the footsteps of such noted orators as John Quincy Adams, Edward Everett, Daniel Webster, Wendell Phillips, Mark Hopkins, and Lyman Beecher.

Praise for Pratt The Boston architectural firm Miller Dyer Spears has been awarded the William B. Smith Memorial Award for its renovation of Pratt Hall music building. The award, presented by the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board, recognizes architecture that integrates historic preservation with effective accessibility design. Mount Holyoke's $6.3-million project, funded largely by The Campaign for Mount Holyoke College, involved comprehensive renovation and addition to its 1909 music building. In addition to focusing on accessibility in the building, the project also concentrated on reconfiguring the interior and creating up-to-date teaching spaces while preserving historic character. A glazed two-story addition next to the auditorium provides an accessible connection between the original building and 1967 wing. It adds a large mediated classroom and studio offices, and presents a vibrant contemporary image on campus.

Hot off the Press The Alumnae Quarterly magazine, which was reconceived and redesigned in the summer and fall of 2000, has been awarded a 2001 CASE District 1 publication award in the magazine category. The award, which was presented January 14 at a ceremony in Boston, recognizes overall design, content, writing, use of photography and graphics, and achieving objectives with the resources and budget available. The Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College publishes the magazine. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, and development.


Elena Giordano '03

December Sports Triumphs Swimmer Elizabeth Youngblood '05 broke the College fifty-meter freestyle record in a December 4 meet with Trinity College when she swam the event in 28.5 seconds. At the same competition, MHC's 200-meter freestyle relay team of Jennifer Holberg '03, Claire Treat '05, Kiera McGough '05, and Gwen McCoy '03 also had a record-breaking performance. Diver Elena Giordano '03 met the NCAA qualifying standard and broke both College and pool records for three-meter and one-meter diving in MHC's December 1 meet versus Westfield State and December 4 meet versus Trinity. Her strong performances helped the swimming and diving team to a great start this season with a 4–2 record. On December 1, Maggie Mills '03 broke her own College record in the triple jump by seven inches at the Husky Winter Carnival at Northeastern University. In addition, she placed fourth in the high jump, the top finish for Division III athletes. Indoor track and field athlete Langhan Dee '04 also broke a Mount Holyoke record December 8, when she finished the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.12 seconds at the Tufts Holiday Classic. Further, Dee qualified provisionally for nationals in the 400-meter dash by finishing in 58.85 seconds, a first-place finish at the meet.

Outstanding in Her Field On December 13, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced that MHC's field hockey coach Andrea Whitcomb was selected as the Dita/NFHCA Division III New England East Region Coach of the Year for her efforts in leading the College's field hockey team to several milestones this season. Last semester, Mount Holyoke captured the 2001 NEWMAC regular season and conference tournament titles and earned the College's first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. Whitcomb was also voted 2001 NEWMAC Coach of the Year for her efforts this season.

A Touch of Class Open Class, a CD of music for the intermediate and advanced ballet lesson directed and produced by Charles Flachs, associate professor of dance, has just been released. The CD was recorded in Pratt Hall.

Book Case The Disappearing Island, by English professor Corinne Demas, has been selected as a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award, the Massachusetts Center for the Book's new prize for authors who live in Massachusetts or write about the state. The Massachusetts organization is affiliated with the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

By Georges Seurat: Drawings and Paintings, a collection of writings by Robert Herbert, professor emeritus of humanities, has been published by Yale University Press. In his review of Herbert's book in the New York Review of Books (October 4, 2001), John Russell wrote, "Almost anyone who thinks about, let alone writes about, the drawings and paintings of Seurat, is subject from time to time to a hallucination. Somewhere in the next room—or so it seems—there can be heard the tap, tap, tap of Robert L. Herbert getting down to bedrock about Seurat."

Top Flight The Flight of the Romanovs: A Family Saga, by John Perry and Constantine Pleshakov, visiting assistant professor of Russian and Eurasian studies, was named an alternate selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club.

New Takes on the Classic In his new book, Classical Social Theory: A Contemporary Approach (Blackwell Publishers, 2001), Kenneth Tucker, associate professor of sociology, explores, in a highly accessible style, the contemporary relevance of classical sociological theory, examining the work of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, among a host of others. While Tucker summarizes each theorist's major ideas, he is most concerned with contemporary issues: what should be retained and what should be discarded from each theorist in order to discern today's world in light of a growing awareness of cultural identities and social differences.

Singing a New Song An article titled "Women in Troubadour Song: Of the Comtessa and the Vilana," by Margaret Switten, Class of 1926 Professor of Medieval and Eighteenth-Century French Language and Literature at MHC, and Fredric Cheyette, a professor of history at Amherst, was selected as the October article of the month for the Medieval Feminist Index Web site. The article, which appeared in Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, volume 2, 1998 (pp. 26–45), examines two Occitan songs, "A chantar m'er," by the Comtessa de Dia (late twelfth century), and "L'autrier jost'una sebissa," by Marcabru (mid-twelfth century) with a view to addressing the question of what "feminine" voices we hear when we listen to a trobairitz (woman troubadour) song, or a song by a male troubadour with a prominent female speaker. Recent criticism has tended to limit women's activity, arguing that troubadour song belongs to a society where women are subordinate and without any political role of their own. The article demonstrates why this historical assumption is false and, by analyzing the songs in the light of historical evidence, reintegrates them into a social setting where the language of power relations and the language of love are fused into a discourse used on equal footing by both women and men. This grants to women their own voices and allows them to make music. The Medieval Feminist Index selects an article or essay at the beginning of each month that is outstanding in its line of argument, wealth of significances, and writing style. Visit the site at

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