FALL 2002 VOLUME
7, NUMBER 2
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
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.
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.
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.