Morley Safer and a crew from 60
Minutes came to campus October 9 to interview Dina Jaber '05.
It was a repeat performance for the first-year student from the
West Bank city of Nablus, who was first questioned by the famous
journalist in 1998 as a teenage camper at the Seeds of Peace camp
in Maine. The camp brings Arab and Israeli teens together in an
attempt to break the cycle of acrimony between the two groups.
60 Minutes will air a segment this Sunday, October 28, that will
showcase the campers and explore the long-term effects of their
camp experience three years after the original piece.
Globe reporter Patrick Healy had good things to say about
Mount Holyoke's new collaboration with the University of Massachusetts
that allows MHC math and science majors to earn a degree in engineering
from UMass at no additional tuition cost. "It's another way
to raise the small number of female engineers nationwide,"
Healy wrote in the October 7 edition of the Globe. "It's
also a good competitive move for Mount Holyoke, whose chief rival,
Smith College, recently launched the nation's only engineering
program at a women's school."
scholar Christopher Benfey spoke with the Daily Hampshire Gazette
about his essay in The Dickinsons of Amherst, a new book containing
Jerome Liebling's photos of the Dickinson Homestead and the Evergreens,
built for Emily Dickinson's brother Austin. "At the homestead,
[Liebling] captures Emily Dickinson's taste for clear and clean
distinctions, and he captures the exact opposite in the Evergreens,
a world of tangled emotions of anger and passion expressed in
the very color of the furnishings," says Benfey, a professor
of English and codirector of the College's Harriet L. and Paul
M. Weissman Center for Leadership. Benfey and other scholars who
contributed essays to the book were interviewed by writer Bonnie
Wells in the October 17 edition of the Gazette. The book was also
featured in the October 18 edition of the "House & Home"
section of the New York Times.
Springfield Union-News and the Daily Hampshire Gazette reported
on an October 17 talk at MHC by human rights expert Michael Ignatieff
on the United States' declared war on terrorism. "The core
of our fear is we have been attacked by an enemy without a flag,"
said Ignatieff, director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. In his talk,
Ignatieff argued that military action against terrorism is justified,
because all of the alternatives have been exhausted. Ignatieff's
talk was sponsored by the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center
for Leadership (see article on page five).
following article by Thomas Breen, titled "Ton Cleaned Up
in South Hadley," about a Connecticut River cleanup project
organized with the help of Margaret Byrne '04, is reprinted with
the permission of the Daily Hampshire Gazette. The piece
appeared in the October 19 issue of the newspaper.
magic number for nearly sixty volunteers Saturday was one: They
cleaned one ton of trash from the South Hadley Beachgrounds as
part of the annual Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup. The
massive shoreline clean-up effort took place in Massachusetts,
Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut. In South Hadley, the cleanup
was organized in part by Margaret Byrne, a sophomore at Mount
Holyoke College who is also the campus coordinator for Massachusetts
Community Water Watch, one of the main organizations behind the
was the best cleanup ever," said Byrne, a West Virginia native
who became concerned about environmental issues in Massachusetts
after starting college at Mount Holyoke.
learned that Massachusetts has the second-dirtiest waterways in
the country," Byrne said, "and I felt like I should
really do something."
the trash, volunteers found broken glass, tires, teapots, a guitar
and large sections of three cars. "I kept a steering wheel
as a memento," Byrne said. According to Peg McDonough of
the Connecticut River Watershed Council, which also helped organize
the cleanup, more than 800 volunteers cleaned an amount of garbage
as yet undetermined. "There's definitely many tons,"
McDonough said. In addition to the Source to Sea event, Community
Water Watch conducts cleanups throughout the year and always welcomes
volunteers, said Wilhelmina Tsang, regional organizer of the group.
depends on when there's a good time for a cleanup, but we try
to do it as much as possible," Tsang said. Although the next
Connecticut River cleanup is scheduled for 2002, Byrne said she
plans to do more. "I'd really like to have a statewide waterways
cleanup," she said, adding that many people would enjoy it.
"How can you not have fun on a beautiful day at the river?"