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Feminist expo--Laurie Priest, chair of the physical education department and director of athletics, was a panelist at the first Feminist Expo in Washington, DC, last week. The expo brought 3,000 women together to organize against efforts to roll back affirmative-action programs and sexual-discrimination laws in California and several other states. Priest's panel addressed "Saying 'No' to the Boys' World: Challenging Patriarchy in the Locker Room, the War Room, the Boardroom, and the Newsroom."
A February 5 New York Times article reported that Sarita Gupta '96, cochair of the National Women's Student Coalition (a part of the United States Student Association) was the youngest member of another panel on mobilizing the women's vote.
A large sports exhibit at the expo featured four Mount Holyoke athletic uniforms from the early 1900s. MHC has the largest collection of old uniforms in the country.
Simply the best--Poet and lecturer in English Mary Jo Salter is featured in The Best American Poetry 1995, released in September as part of an annual series published by Simon and Schuster. Salter's poem, "The Age of Reason," originally appeared in the Threepenny Review.
Grammy wannabees--The St. Petersburg String Quartet, the resident quartet of MHC's Musicorda Festival for seven summers, has been nominated for a Grammy award in the classical music field. Their nominated CD is Shostakovich: String Quartets, Nos. 3, 5, and 7. This recording was also named "best CD of the month" by Stereo Review Magazine in November 1995. The quartet is in competition for the Grammy with such giants in the chamber music world as the Emerson String Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, and Emanuel Ax. The Grammy awards ceremony will be held February 28.
Promotions: Deborah McAvoy, supervisor, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex
Departures: James Bresciani, supervisor, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex; Estelle Maartmann-Moe, executive director, Health Center; Albert Mastroianni, cook; Joseph Vadnais, driver/stockkeeper