Archive for March, 2016

Viola Davis Speaks at Smith

Viola Davis Speaks at Smith

News March 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm 0 comments

Katherine Hazen ’18 News Editor As award-winning actress Viola Davis walked onto the stage of John M. Greene Hall last week, the audience met her with a standing ovation. The audience erupted into applause before she could finish her first sentence. For the next hour, Davis — famous for suchRead More

Photo courtesy of | Smith received 5,251 applicants this year, a record number and a 5% increase from last year’s admission pool.

Keeping up with Smith College: Record-Breaking Year for Smith Admissions

News March 10, 2016 at 9:05 am 3 comments

  Rachel Farber ’16 Assistant News Editor On March 1, Dean of Admission Debra Shaver posted a photo on Twitter of herself holding a plate of cupcakes with frosting reading, “5,251.”  Accompanying the photo was the caption: “Celebrating another record number of applications!  Cupcakes for everyone!” Smith received 5,251 applicationsRead More

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth McGrady '16 | Gigi Ross ’16 and Olivia Mallari ’16, came up with the idea for Grilled Cheese Girls while in the company of friends one night.

Say Cheese! The Grilled Cheese Girls

Features March 10, 2016 at 9:04 am 0 comments

  Michelle S. Lee ’16 Editor-in-Chief They’re athletes. They’re entrepreneurs. To their customers, they’re late-night delivery heroes. They’re the Grilled Cheese Girls (GCG). Olivia Mallari ’16 and Gigi Ross ’16 first came up with the idea for their business venture while hanging out with friends late at night and snackingRead More

Photo courtesy of | A new law will allow students, staff and faculty with firearm permits to carry concealed weapons on public university campuses.

Texas’s New Campus-Carry Law: A Turn for the Worst

Opinions March 10, 2016 at 9:03 am 0 comments

  Emily Kowalik ’18 Assistant Copy Editor  In anticipation of Texas’s new campus-carry law, set to take effect on Aug. 1, several colleges have advised professors to avoid certain controversial topics, especially if they sense anger in the classroom. The campus-carry law allows individuals with firearm permits to carry concealedRead More

Sara Del Villar '17 | The Jannotta Gallery is currently exhibiting works from various different studio art classes.

Studio Art Classes Display Their Work in Jannotta Gallery

Arts March 10, 2016 at 9:02 am 0 comments

  Laura Green ’18 Assistant Arts Editor Jannotta Gallery in Hillyer Hall is currently filled with prints, paintings, sculptures and more, all created by students in 200- and 300-level studio art classes. Students from nine classes, including Painting I, Digital Multimedia and Photography II, are participating in the exhibit, whichRead More

Letter From the Editor

Opinions March 10, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Michelle S. Lee ’16 Editor-in-Chief Spring of 2013 was a pivotal semester for me – finishing up my first year at college, discovering a love for the government and economics departments and, most of all, joining The Sophian. I was instantly attracted to the paper, not only for its journalisticRead More

Photo by Carmen Pullella '16 | Group projects, while good preparation for the world beyond Smith, can pose challenges for participants.

The Plight of Group Projects & How to Overcome It

Features March 10, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

  Hira Humayun ’17 Features Editor While some students might see group projects as means of dividing the workload and sharing responsibilities, other see the projects as one of the most stressful parts of the semester. Sometimes conflicting schedules don’t leave time for a group meeting, sometimes ideas clash, sometimesRead More

Why are American Adolescents Trying to Join ISIS?

Opinions March 10, 2016 at 9:00 am 1 comment

Tess Lane ’16 Contributing Writer  It started with a search on Twitter. Alex, a 23-year-old Christian Sunday-school teacher living with her grandparents in Washington state, was curious to find an explanation for the beheading of the journalist James Foley. She searched Twitter for people and groups that condoned the beheadingRead More

Photo courtesy of | Lahiri is a critically-acclaimed novelist known for her stories on identity and self.

‘In Altre Parole’: Jhumpa Lahiri at Mount Holyoke

News March 10, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

  Julia Xia ’19 Contributing Writer Jhumpa Lahiri – acclaimed novelist, short story writer and New York Times columnist – visited Mount Holyoke on Feb. 29 to promote the new translation of her book, “In Altre Parole.” During her conversation with Italian professor Ombretta Frau onstage in Chapin Auditorium, LahiriRead More

Photo by Carolyn Brown '16 | Imani Perry discussed feminism’s role in future society.

Imani Perry Discusses Feminism in the Digital Age

News March 10, 2016 at 9:00 am 1 comment

  Emily Kowalik ’18 Assistant Copy Editor Imani Perry, a professor at Princeton University, delivered a lecture entitled “Which Feminism Will We Choose?” last week as part of Smith’s Presidential Colloquium series. Perry has written extensively on issues of race and African American culture as seen through the lenses ofRead More