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FALL 2002 • VOLUME 7, NUMBER 2

Done with exams, final papers passed in, more than 150 Mount Holyoke students metamorphosed from College students into interns this summer, shedding the trappings and pace of student life to work on the campaign trail and Wall Street; spend their days in Congress and laboratories; and experience ways of life in Berkeley, Berlin, and Boston. Mathematics major Stacy Carrier '03 spent her summer doing research on global warming at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, through the agency's Undergraduate Student Research Program.

On loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, View from Mt. Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm (The Oxbow), a painting by Thomas Cole, is the centerpiece of an exhibition on view at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum through December 8. Changing Prospects: The View from Mount Holyoke tells the story of Mount Holyoke (the nearby mountain after which the College was named) as a cultural icon, destination, and subject for writers and artists over a period of two centuries. The show's opening reception featured Pulitzer Prize- winning author Tracy Kidder.

Scholar of Caribbean literary and cultural history Roberto Márquez, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, journeyed to Havana July 8-13 to participate in the Conferencia Internacional El Centenario de Nicolás Guillén. During his visit, the Fundacion Nicolás Guillén awarded the Nicolás Guillén Centennial Commemorative Medal to Márquez in recognition of the professor's contributions to the dissemination and knowledge of work by Guillén, Cuba's most significant twentieth-century poet and one of the three most important Latin American poets of his generation.

Five hundred eighty-two first-year students settled into Mount Holyoke in September, becoming the largest-ever incoming class and bringing diverse backgrounds and new energy to the College. Chosen from the largest applicant pool in the College's history (2,936), the class of 2006 reflects Mount Holyoke's commitment to diversity in its student body. Class members hail from thirty-nine states and thirty-two countries. Thirty-four percent of the students are either African American, Latina American, Asian American, and Native American, or international students; thirty-two newcomers are Frances Perkins Scholars; and there are forty-one new transfer students.

On September 5 before a packed house at Mount Holyoke, social essayist Barbara Ehrenreich read from her book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, this year's "common read" program selection. The book was mailed to all entering students this summer and was the focus of discussions during fall orientation. Nickel and Dimed was also selected for the South Hadley Reads program and by several of the College's alumnae reading groups.

In September, Mount Holyoke's field hockey team captured the Seven Sisters championship. The Lyons went undefeated through three games to clinch the title, defeating Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore before meeting Wellesley, the three-time defending champion, in the championship game. Courtney Logan '06 scored the winning goal in the final ten seconds of the game.

 

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