Mount Holyoke scored a hat trick in the New York Timeson Sunday, March 7, last year. A page-one article on harassment of female collegiate athletes by male coaches contained a quote from Mount Holyoke's athletic director Laurie Priest on preventing sexual advances by coaches; Mount Holyoke history professor Joseph Ellis was mentioned on page 20 regarding scholars' opinions of DNA evidence pointing to Thomas Jefferson's affair with Sally Hemings; and women's studies professor Martha Ackmann weighed in with an opinion piece in "SportsSunday" on how the male-dominated National Basketball Association has shortchanged the Women's National Basketball Association.
USA Todaynoted a Goldman, Sachs announcement that Robin Chemers Neustein '75, a Mount Holyoke trustee, was elevated to the powerful management committee of senior partners. The March 5, 1999 article stated that those "familiar with the move say that it is the first time in Goldman's 130-year history that women will have a key role in running the firm's business."
Mount Holyoke was ranked in the top fifty colleges and universities for African Americans in a study commissioned by Black Enterprisemagazine. The list is partially based on ratings by 1,077 African-American professionals in higher education, concerning academic and social environments for African Americans in the nation's best colleges and universities. Also taken into account were the percentages of black undergraduates and black students in the graduating classes. Mount Holyoke was ranked forty-sixth, just after MIT.
Ric Burns's New York: A Documentary Film,which premiered in November on PBS, featured Mount Holyoke historian Daniel Czitrom as an on-air expert. In addition to being interviewed for the documentary, Czitrom, who served as a consulting historian for the film, assisted with planning sessions, script critiquing, and rough-cut feedback sessions. The New York Times,in a November article on New York, noted that Czitrom grew up in the Bronx and drove a taxi in the city before teaching at Mount Holyoke. Czitrom was also interviewed on the PBS miniseries American Photography: A Century of Images.
Author Anna Quindlen's Mount Holyoke commencement speech was excerpted in USA Todayin the "Opinionline" section on June 18, along with addresses by Hillary Clinton, Norman Schwarzkopf, Bill Cosby, George Bush, and others. C-SPAN ran her entire commencement address, and NBC Nightly News included the College in its annual commencement roundup.
The Chronicle of Higher Educationfeatured text from an essay by Mount Holyoke College Art Museum curator Wendy Watson, who coauthored a new book titled Summit: Vittorio Sella, Mountaineer and Photographer; The Years 1879-1909(Aperture), and a large photograph by Sella. The College's art museum is currently featuring an exhibition of black-and-white mountain images by the Italian photographer. The book was recognized by the Banff Mountain Book Festival as the Best Mountain Photography Book of 1999.
Writing in the "Focus" section of the Boston Sunday Globe,criminologist and Mount Holyoke College sociology professor Richard Moran traced the inception and development of the juvenile justice system in Illinois from the beginning of the twentieth century. He argued in the July article that separating young offenders from the adult system to steer them toward a law-abiding adulthood is still a valid approach. Moran, a frequent commentator for National Public Radio, has also been quoted in recent editions of the Chicago Tribune,the Baltimore Sun,and in many other newspapers.
Religion professor Jane Crosthwaite was quoted in a feature article about feminist icon Mary Daly that appeared in the New York Timeseducation supplement in November. Crosthwaite's comment that Daly is "our Moses" was cited as hitting the mark both in its "grandeur" and "oddness." Reporting on a discussion group convened by Crosthwaite to discuss Daly and the state of feminist discourse, the Timesdescribed the participants as "unapologetic and strong, just the kind of inheritors Professor Daly would want to cultivate." Among those quoted were Erika Dyson '99, Mary Carmack '00, and Frances Perkins scholar Carol Cassaday.
Poet and Emily Dickinson Lecturer Mary Jo Salter penned a New York Timesbook review in October on stories by Japan's first Nobel laureate for literature (1968), Yasunari Kawabata. Michael Emmerich's new translation of First Snow on Fuji"turns out to be a 100th-birthday gift of genuine importance," Salter writes. Born a century ago, the author committed suicide in 1972. He "never shied from portraying superstition or the supernatural in fiction," Salter wrote. "He favored dramatically destructive endings. . . and specialized in drawing out the elaborate curses parents' sins inflict on their children."
An article on unemployment in Sri Lanka by associate professor of women's studies and author Asoka Bandarage was published in a February 1999 issue of Sri Lanka Express.Bandarage has lectured widely on women and global development and politics, and authored an article, "Women, Population, and Global Crisis," that appeared in World Review.Her book of the same title was among ten books recommended by World Review.Her article "Time to Breathe" was printed in Sakyadhita,the journal of the International Association of Buddhist Women, also in February 1999.
Jennifer McCabe '96, now at Cornell Veterinary School, joined with assistant professor of biological sciences Craig Woodard and three other researchers in authoring a paper that appeared in the February 1999 issue of Molecular Cell.The study examines certain molecular responses to the steroid hormone ecdysone in the metamorphosis of the fruit fly.
Trans World Airline's Ambassadormagazine featured a prominent photo of Mount Holyoke's campus in an autumn "blaze of color." The image was included in an article on education in New England, and its caption noted that the College's six-acre Lower Lake is "just one reason the campus of this college for women was named ‘the nation's most beautiful' in 1997 by the Princeton Review."
Not in My Season of Songs,a play by Nigerian writer and Mount Holyoke professor Awam Amkpa, was performed at the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis and favorably reviewed in Sirenand the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.
The New York Timesand the Boston Globecited the Mount Holyoke crew team's efforts to help at-risk teens through a collaborative program between the College and the Care Center, a Holyoke-based social service agency.
Mount Holyoke was featured prominently in the college ranking issued by U.S. News & World Reportlast September: U.S. Newsrates Mount Holyoke sixteenth among the best liberal arts colleges and second-best, behind Swarthmore, in educational value.
The New York Timesfeatured an article in a January 2000 "Backtalk" section titled "An Ode to a Young Rivalry With a Long Tradition" about the Smith-Mount Holyoke basketball rivalry, which dates back to 1971. "When the Mount Holyoke Lyons and the Smith Pioneers meet on the court, there is more at stake than a basketball game between Division III rivals," writes Chuck Timlin. "They are playing for pride and academics, and a woman's right to choose her own educational model." Laurie Priest, the College's director of athletics, and Mount Holyoke's basketball coach Ted Eskildsen were quoted in the article.
Karen Hollis, chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Behavior and professor of psychology and education, was dubbed "the Dr. Ruth of the aquarium world" in a January article titled "Giving Fish the Red Light" on ABCnews.com'sscience Web site. The piece describes her Pavlovian experiments with fish. By exposing aggressively territorial blue gouramis (who often frighten away egg-bearing females) to a red light signal before releasing sexually receptive females into their tanks, Hollis and her students demonstrated that the males could be conditioned to be more receptive to the females. The happy results: more frequent spawning and more young fish.
Andi Bill '00 was featured in a January article in Dressage Todayon the International Intercollegiate Equestrian Association competitions. Last July, Bill served as "chef d'equipe" for USA Team II at the Student Riding Nation's Cup held at Coker Farm in Bedford, New York. She has participated in IIEA events in both the United States and Sweden.
A CD recording of Beethoven sonatas played by associate professors Linda Laderach and Larry Schipull was praised in the Sunday, January 2, edition of the Washington Post.Laderach and Schipull, colleagues in the College's music department, combined forces for the violin and forte piano duets.
Charles and Rose Flachs, husband-and-wife professional ballet partners who are on the faculty at Mount Holyoke, received mention in recent issues of Dancer(a nationally distributed news monthly) and the Main Line Times(Philadelphia).