Archive for December, 2015

Photos by Asrie Karma '16 | Smith’s Bridge Program, a multicultural orientation program for first-year students, recently celebrated its 45th anniversary since its inception in 1970 to welcome black students to campus.

Letter of Response: The Necessity of Bridge is Not a Question

Opinions December 17, 2015 at 9:00 am 2 comments

  To whom it may concern*, Last Thursday, Dec. 10, The Sophian published an opinion piece which accused the Bridge Program of being non-inclusive and a misrepresentation of a culturally diverse Smith community because the program “excludes” White people. The opinion piece uses pictures of students of color without theirRead More

Letter of Response: In Response to Bridge Program Editorial

Opinions December 17, 2015 at 9:00 am 1 comment

In her opinion piece “Rethinking Smith’s Bridge Program,” Dominica Cao ’19, while celebrating the Bridge program’s success, inquired why the program does not provide its benefits to other students, such as first-generation college students who are not students of color or students with disabilities.  I affirm that Smith does, inRead More

Photo courtesy of Carolyn Brown '16 | Technology accommodations are necessary for many students with disabilities.

Accessibility on Campus: Technology in the Classroom

News December 10, 2015 at 12:04 pm 0 comments

  Veronica Brown ’16 Associate Editor Technology has become an increasingly integral part of the modern learning experience and a new battleground in the fight for accessibility in the classroom. The Office of Disability Services permits the use of laptops and other devices for a wide variety of students. LauraRead More

Photo by Yuka Oiwa '16 | Northampton has many shops that sell unique holiday gifts for friends and family.

Holiday Gifts from NoHo

Features December 10, 2015 at 12:03 pm 0 comments

  Hira Himayun ’17 Features Editor As the holiday season approaches, many Smithies are making plans to go back home and visit family, friends and loved ones over the month-long break. Keeping in mind that holiday gatherings and celebrations may await you when you get home, here are some ideasRead More

Photo by Tyahra Angus '16 | Weaving Voices was established five years ago as an opportunity for students of color to share their experiences in a safe environment.

Sharing Stories at Weaving Voices

Arts December 10, 2015 at 12:02 pm 0 comments

  Kiki Teshome ’19 Contributing Writer The second Weaving Voices open mic of this semester took place on Friday, Dec. 4. According to the event’s Facebook page, the event “seeks to share the stories written and told by students of color, to celebrate and honor the labor and struggles thatRead More

Photo by Carolyn Brown '16 | The SGA Senate meets every Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.

Senate Experiences Transition Period After Restructuring

News December 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

  Katherine Hazen ’18 News Editor Last year the Student Government Association (SGA) decided to restructure Senate, the governing body responsible for approving charters of new student organizations, approving bylaws of the SGA committees and sitting on issue-based committees. Senate was previously organized with the Vice President chairing the body,Read More

Rethinking Smith’s Bridge Program

Rethinking Smith’s Bridge Program

Opinions December 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm 23 comments

Dominica Cao ’18 Contributing Writer Smith College’s Bridge Program has been around for 45 years now. In an effort to “bridge the gap of familiarity between the old and the new,” the program does a great job of helping students find a home at Smith. Bridgees – the name for theRead More

Four Oscar Buzz Films to Watch Over J-Term

Arts December 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

Tara Coughlin ’19, Staff Writer Catherine Ellsberg ’16, Staff Writer “Brooklyn” Saoirse Ronan shines in John Crowley’s nostalgic “Brooklyn,” based on Colm Tóibín’s acclaimed novel of the same name. Ronan stars as Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant who comes to Brooklyn in the 1950s. However, Crowley’s movie is notRead More

What’s So Scary About Feminism?

What’s So Scary About Feminism?

Opinions December 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm 4 comments

This week in an interview for “Porter” magazine, Emma Watson revealed she was dissuaded from including the word “feminism” in her speech on promoting gender equality for the UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, launched in Sept. 2014. While her speech went viral, apparently not everyone agreed with her words of choiceRead More

You Can’t See the Issue for the Semantics

You Can’t See the Issue for the Semantics

Opinions December 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

Emily Kowalik ‘18 Assistant Copy Editor As if engaged in an endless game of Twister, Hillary Clinton continues to bend herself backwards in an attempt to please every potential voter. Rolling back the clock to 2003, in an interview on WABC’s “John Gambling Show,” Clinton said, “I am, you know,Read More