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Mount Holyoke College News and Events Vista The College Street Journal Archives
May 20, 2005

Newsmakers

Chasing Amy
Politics professor Doug Amy weighed in on a Springfield voter-rights lawsuit in the April 17 Sunday Republican in a piece titled “Voter Rights Suit on Firm Historical Ground.” According to Amy, Springfield citizens are right to raise numerous issues regarding at-large voting, and their concerns should be taken very seriously.

As Amy wrote, “The recently filed voting-rights suit against Springfield’s at-large elections is the latest in a number of citizen-based challenges to this voting system.

“Plaintiffs in this suit want to replace at-large voting with a ward-based system. Their complaints about the current system are familiar ones—that it discriminates against Latino and African-American candidates, that it disempowers minority voters, that it fails to produce fair geographical representation and that it discourages voter turnout.”

The piece is posted at:
www.mtholyoke.edu/offices/comm/oped/voter_rights.shtml

"South Hadley" to the Rescue
South Hadley High School sophomore Chelsea P. Fernandes, daughter of international relations senior administrative assistant Linda Chesky Fernandes FP ’94 and painter Michael Fernandes, joined former Clinton national security adviser Anthony Lake Tuesday, May 3, at the Mosier School to begin a fundraising drive to train a mine-detecting dog that will join other trained canines sent to war-torn countries to find landmines so they can be safely removed. Formerly Five College Professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke, Lake is now Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.

Chelsea was looking for a community service project to undertake during her junior year. She hopes to raise the $20,000 necessary to train the dog, which will be named “South Hadley.” Chelsea will seek contributions from the South Hadley business community. She also will organize various fundraisers including a walk-a-thon in which local students will participate by requesting donations from family members for the number of miles they walk. Chelsea’s efforts were reported on by the local media, including the Republican and TV22.

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The Marshall Legacy Institute
www.marshall-legacy.org/

 

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