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March 7 , 2003

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Cartoon Character An article in the March 3 Daily Hampshire Gazette included humorous reactions by Smith and Mount Holyoke representatives to references to the two institutions in an episode last month of "The Simpsons." In the Fox television comedy, Lisa Simpson was tempted to cheat in a spelling bee and lose in order to win a scholarship to one of the Seven Sisters colleges. She dreamt of muses that personified each college. "Mount Holyoke, recently cited in one student survey as among the least partying campuses in the country, was represented by a student holding a champagne glass urging Lisa to 'party with me,' " noted the Gazette. "Smith's personification was a muscular young woman with a husky voice, carrying a lacrosse stick who passionately kisses a Bryn Mawr student. Vassar, Wellesley, Barnard and Radcliffe were also lampooned." Jane Brown, vice president for enrollment and College relations at MHC, comments in the Gazette piece, "We say bravo to Lisa Simpson for refusing to throw the spelling bee, even though her scruples cost her a free college education. Lisa sounds like the kind of bright, talented, principled, independent young women who thrives at Mount Holyoke. We would certainly consider her for early admission—or, in her case, early, early, early admission. She'd want to bring her saxophone and guitar, but she really should lose the pearls." So don't have a cow, man.

Reality TV A story on the Los Angeles Times wire last week regarding car chases includes the perspective of Mount Holyoke criminologist and author Richard Moran. On February 26, top cops in L.A. asked media honchos to stop broadcasting chases, like that of O.J. Simpson, in which police pursue alleged criminals: scenes that are often beamed live from television helicopters alerted to the chases by police radio. Broadcasting, police brass said, gives evildoers an incentive to run in order to gain "fifteen minutes of fame." While chases sometimes end in crashes, injury, and even death, most often for the escaping driver, the article noted that televised chases may serve a purpose beyond meeting the voyeuristic needs of the viewing audience: "Chase coverage may have one benefit," said Moran, a policing expert: "It may ensure that police don't rough up suspects after a pursuit. The notorious beating of Rodney G. King by LAPD officers in 1991, for example, came on the heels of a car chase. And in the past, police in general were known to be purposely harsh with suspects after a chase to reinforce the idea that "you are going to be sorry if you don't pull over,' " Moran said.


Familiar Faces Two big names in the world of architecture who are currently in the international media spotlight will no doubt be familiar to members of the MHC community. Both Daniel Libeskind, whose design was chosen for the World Trade Center site, and Elizabeth Diller, whose work is the subject of a retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York, appeared on campus as part of last year's Building Meaning: Architecture and Public Space in the Third Millennium, a series sponsored by the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership. Both Libeskind and Diller are subjects of stories in the February 28 New York Times.


Profiled Frances Perkins Scholar Patricia Mullings-Thomas was profiled in a lengthy feature in the February 28 Chronicle of Higher Education regarding efforts by MHC, Smith, and a handful of other institutions to court graduates of community colleges for programs for nontraditional students. Mullings-Thomas, who came to Mount Holyoke from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, is excelling academically and enjoying her time here. "I was a little anxious about leaving New York at first because even though it's a big city, I had my friends—people who knew my name," Mullings-Thomas told the Chronicle. "Now that I'm here, this is the most intellectually challenging environment I've ever been in—and I just love it." Nathalie Vaughn, an Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith, was also featured. Vaughn is an alumna of Borough of Manhattan as well. Smith and Mount Holyoke are on the cutting edge of colleges that are opening opportunities for women who, for a variety of reasons, choose to attend college later in life.
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