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Art Historian James O'Gorman to Lecture November 8

Making Medieval Women Visible: Ruth Dean Lecture Set for November 7

Collaborations, Debut Choreography Infuse Faculty Dance Performance

Women in Public Life Forum Set for November 8–9

Poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe to Read November 4

Exploring Women Mountaineering Pioneers with Rebecca Brown '83

Two at 2: Juniors Attend 'Class under Glass' at Biosphere

Moran to Discuss Invention of the Electric Chair November 5

A Musical Feast in Honor of Founder's Day

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November 1, 2002

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In the Red "It's time for a reality check on taxes," wrote John O. Fox, MHC visiting lecturer in complex organizations, in an October 19 column in the Boston Herald. Fox wrote that unless the United States Congress drastically reduces anticipated expenditures—something not currently under consideration—it cannot responsibly ignore the need for new taxes. Otherwise, future generations will be unfairly saddled with tax burdens we should bear. Fox pointed out that last year's budget deficit of $157 billion becomes $346 billion once Social Security and Medicare surpluses are excluded. This is only the beginning of rising, massive deficits over the coming years, Fox noted, before taking into account future shortfalls in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and likely new expenditures, such as a prescription drug program for the elderly, increased domestic security, rebuilding Afghanistan, and a war and occupation of Iraq. He concluded, "Our nation urgently needs a debate about which federal programs are worth preserving or adopting and how we will pay for them. Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less."

Raves about Kendade The new Kendade Hall, the nexus of the College's unified science center, has opened to "raves," says an article in the October 20 edition of Springfield, Massachusetts's Sunday Republican. Frank DeToma, director of the science center and Professor of Biological Sciences on the Alumnae Foundation, told staff writer Sandra Constantine about the building's environmental friendliness and its promise of bringing together faculty and students from across the sciences to encourage interdisciplinary interactions. Elianna L. Goldstein '05 of San Francisco contributed a two-word review: "It's beautiful," she said.

Ordinarily Extraordinary Mary Jo Salter, MHC Emily Dickinson Senior Lecturer in the Humanities, reviewed a new volume of poems by Billy Collins, poet laureate of the United States, in the October 20 New York Times Book Review. Salter praised the book, Nine Horses, noting of Collins that, "His originality derives, it seems, from the marriage of a loopy, occasionally surreal imagination (the moon looks like ‘the top of Shakespeare's / famous forehead'; a dead groundhog in the road, like ‘a small Roman citizen . . . . still hailing Caesar') to an ordinary life observed in just a few ordinary words."

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