Archive for February, 2016

Photo courtesy of | On Rally Day, President McCartney announced Megan Smith as the 2016 Commencement Speaker.

Megan Smith to Speak at 2016 Commencement

News February 25, 2016 at 9:05 am 0 comments

  Rachel Farber ’16 Assistant News Editor Seniors dressed in their graduation gowns, wore quirky hats instead of graduation caps and waited with excitement for President Kathleen McCartney to announce their commencement speaker. McCartney announced Megan Smith, the United States Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Science and TechnologyRead More

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Starrs Maguire ’85 | Sam Baierl ’18, Lauren Tannen Zalkind ’85, Karin Honarvar ’17 and Kathleen Starrs Maguire ’85 at the Smith College Club West of Boston’s Rally Day Celebration.

Alumnae Spotlight: Smith Club West of Boston

Features February 25, 2016 at 9:04 am 0 comments

  Hannah Elbaum ’19 Assistant Copy Editor On Feb. 13, the Smith Club West of Boston (SCWOB) held their first Local Rally Day event, complete with tea and cookie decorating, in an effort to bring alumnae together and reach out to current and incoming Smithies. Kathleen Starrs Maguire ’85 hasRead More

Photos courtesy of Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films via,,,, | This year’s top films included “Spotlight,” The Revenant,” “Room” and “Creed.”

The Sophian’s Annual Oscar Predictions

Arts February 25, 2016 at 9:02 am 0 comments

  Tara Coughlin ’19 Staff Writer It’s that time of year again! Grab your ballots, because on Feb. 28, the 88th Academy Awards will recognize the achievements of 2015’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed films. Let’s take a look at some strong contenders and give some predictions. Best Picture IfRead More

Photo courtesy of | Justice Scalia's death has caused a vacancy on the court.

What’s Justice? Who Should Appoint Scalia’s Replacement?

Opinions February 25, 2016 at 9:02 am 0 comments

Emily Kowalik ’18 Assistant Copy Editor  Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on Feb. 13 places the Supreme Court as a central issue in this year’s heated presidential primaries. The struggle between the Obama administration and Senate Republicans to decide who will fill the empty seat on the Court will likely beRead More

Photo by Carolyn Brown '16 | Erin Hanley ’19 guards a Clark University player at the basketball game last week.

Smith Continues to Excel in End of the Season Competition

Sports February 25, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

  Raegan Stokes ’19 Sports Editor  Swimming & Diving The swimming and diving team competed in the four-day NEWMAC championships from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21. The team shattered personal and lifetime best times in a myriad of events. Desi Stoyanova ’19 broke the school record set in 1988 forRead More

Photo courtesy by Gigi Ross '16 | This year, a large cutout of Abby Wambach's head has become an "unofficial mascot" of the Smith Soccer Team.

Abby Wambach to Come to Smith: Soccer Team Celebrates Announcement

Sports February 25, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Veronica Brown ’16 Associate Editor This Rally Day, the Smith Soccer Team was particularly excited to hear President Kathleen McCartney announce U.S. soccer player Abby Wambach as one of the 2016 honorary degree recipients. Students who attended Rally Day or Convocation may remember seeing a large cutout of Wambach’s headRead More

Photo by Annie Bell '17 | Many students choose to study abroad in Europe for their entire junior year.

What Do You Lose When You Study Abroad?

Opinions February 25, 2016 at 9:00 am 1 comment

Sophia Zhu ’18 Assistant Opinions Editor  We always talk about what we can achieve if we study abroad. However, study abroad is not the only option. The difficulties that we experience when studying abroad are meaningful to our growth, but we should not ignore the fact that there are manyRead More

Photo courtesy of and | Liang's conviction has incited protests by both the African American and Asian American communities.

What We Can Learn from the Conviction of Peter Liang

Opinions February 25, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Sunnie Yi Ning ’18 Contributing Writer  On Nov. 20, 2014, NYPD officer Peter Liang and his partner, both rookies, were patrolling the Louis H. Pink Houses in Brooklyn. Liang opened a door into an unlit stairwell and his gun went off. The bullet ricocheted off a wall and hit 28-year-oldRead More

Photo courtesy of TAUK | TAUK describes the band’s sound as “instrumental rock fusion.”

TAUK to Play Pearl Street Nightclub

Arts February 25, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

  Laura Green ’18 Assistant Arts Editor It’s hard to define TAUK. Their music transcends and defies strict genre classifications. As it explores multiple directions and sounds. They “don’t limit” themselves, as TAUK’s keyboardist A.J. Carter explained. The self-described “instrumental rock fusion” band, which will perform at Northampton’s Pearl StreetRead More

Play Preview: Orlando

Arts February 25, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Eliza Going ’18 Social Media Manager “Orlando”, a play directed by Mehr Kaur ’16 will show on Feb. 26 and 27 and March 3,4 and 5. It is based on the satirical biography by Virginia Woolf, tells the story of a 30-something duke who wakes up one morning as aRead More