[New & Notable]

More good admission news--The latest word from the admission office is that the increase in applications this year over last year for first-year admission is the largest increase in the College's history! As of February 20, 2,288 students had applied to join the class of 2001. This represents a 262-person increase, or 12.9 percent increase, over last year's figures. The percentage increase is the largest since 1963, according to statistics supplied by economics professor Mike Robinson.

Continental journey--This month President Joanne Creighton wings her way over the Atlantic to attend several College events in Europe. She and husband Tom arrive first in London on March 13, and are expected to attend a luncheon at the House of Lords to which the principals of Oxford and Cambridge Universities and Lady Janet Young, a former MHC student and member of Margaret Thatcher's cabinet, have been invited. The Creightons also plan to attend a performance of the opera Die Meistersinger, in which Nancy Gustafson '78 is the star singer, and will meet her backstage after the opera.

Then it's on to Amsterdam where Creighton will be the guest of honor at the fifth reunion-symposium for Mount Holyoke alumnae living in Europe. She and Alumnae Association president Meg Woodbury '58 will speak at a March 22 festive dinner there. Creighton will also open the symposium on "The Challenge of Tradition," in which professor of international politics Vincent Ferraro and associate professor of religion John Grayson will participate as panelists. The reunion-symposium will also include discussion groups on the challenges of living overseas and on concerns of women in the European workplace, tours of historic Amsterdam, guided visits to the Rijksmuseum, and a canal boat ride. Before returning to the States, Creighton is expected to visit individual alumnae and do some sightseeing.

Alumna joins trustees--Elizabeth "Betty Ann" Allen Wilson '72 has joined the Mount Holyoke board of trustees for a five-year term. The Denver, CO, resident is president of Methane Resources Group, Inc., which does geological exploration and oil and gas consulting. She has also been active with MHC volunteer activities and is a member of several international geology organizations.

Field hockey in February?--Sybil Gotsch '97 and Kristi Davis '97 put together a day of indoor field hockey on February 23 for college clubs who stay active with the fall sport during the winter months. The tournament was held in Kendall's field house, transforming its usual setup of tennis courts and indoor track into an open area for three simultaneous games.

From 10 am until about 4 pm, ten club teams from such schools as Amherst, Williams, Springfield, and Elms Colleges competed; Tufts's team took first place, bringing home a basket of goodies from the Tailgate Picnic deli as their reward. Unlike field hockey in the fall, which is generally played on huge grass fields with ten players per side, the teams played five-on-five games in courts longer and slightly wider than a tennis court. Indoor hockey "fields" also have wooden barriers resembling railroad ties, allowing players to ricochet the ball against them for passes and dodges.

Playing for Mount Holyoke were various members of the field hockey team, along with part-time assistant field hockey coach Cliff Franklin, who is also a head resident of Buckland Hall and a graduate student working toward an MHC master's degree in geology. In between playing games for MHC, Franklin, a New Zealander who grew up playing field hockey as some American boys do ice hockey, helped officiate. Field hockey head coach Pat Fabozzi also joined in the day's event, playing with her club team, Simply Orange.

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