Archive for April, 2016

Power asymmetry in the poultry industry: Cruelty to both farmers and animals

Opinions April 28, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Emily Kowalik ’18 Assistant Opinions Editor Poultry farming has changed immensely from the traditional model of years past. While many developments in the past 30 years have resulted in a more efficient business model, at the same time many concerns have been raised regarding animal cruelty, overuse of antibiotic andRead More

Reflections on the school year’s end from Ada Comstock Scholars

Features April 28, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Tracy Williams, ‘AC18 Contributing Writer For all Smithies, the ending of the year and the start of summer is welcomed and well-earned. For Ada Comstock scholars, the academic year can also include challenges that traditional-age students usually do not have to deal with. The Sophian sat down with some AdasRead More

Photo by Carolyn Brown '16 | The Pioneers Track and Field and Crew teams both competed in  championship events this weekend, while the Lacrosse and Softball teams both won their games.

A weekend of wins for Smith’s spring athletics

Sports April 28, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Reagan Stokes ’19 Sports Editor Track and Field The Pioneers finished ninth in the Springfield College Classic on Saturday. Zoe Rubinstein ’18 jumped a personal best (3.66m) and placed second in pole vault. More personal bests came from Sarah Felderman ’18 running 26.80 in the 200m, placing sixth and KatrinaRead More

“You know you go to Smith when … ” As told by Yik Yak

Features April 28, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Miranda Catsambas ’19 Contributing Writer Yik Yak is a social media application that allows people to anonymously write, respond and vote on posts made by anyone with the app within a 5-mile radius. It is used at many colleges across the country, and it works by location: you can onlyRead More

Photo by Jessica Feinberg '18| The Wailing Banshees recently performed their spring concert in which each song contained the name of a bird.

Wailing Banshees captivate at Spring Concert

Arts April 28, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Eliza Going ’18 Assistant Arts Editor  Smith College’s Irish Celtic music ensemble The Wailing Banshees held their Spring Concert on April 21, one of their two yearly full concerts. “Welcome to a concert for the birds,” announced Ellen Redman, the director as the concert began. The tunes featured were named for birds,Read More

School, sleep and wellbeing: Huffington Post’s ‘Sleep Revolution’ to come to Smith

News April 28, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Michelle S. Lee ’16 Staff Writer On April 29, The Huffington Post’s “Sleep Revolution” Tour will visit Smith to promote prioritization of a better quality of sleep among college students. The event will be held in conjunction with a “Pajama Jam” event, hosted by President McCartney, starting at 8 p.m.Read More

Photo by Katie Heald '18||There are numerous benefits to a regular workout schedule, especially in the midst of the stress surrounding final exams.

Fit for finals: Working out your brain

Sports April 28, 2016 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Sophie Chase  ‘18 Staff Writer Is that workout really worth getting out of bed and walking all the way to Ainsworth? Next time you find yourself asking this question and convince yourself to watch Netflix instead, take a second to think about the benefits that a workout could have onRead More

Photo by Matthias Rosenkranz via Flickr | Boston is a popular destination for recent Smith graduates, but it also has the third-most expensive rents in the country, behind New York City and San Francisco.

Busting budgets in Boston: Rising rents make finding apartments difficult

News April 21, 2016 at 9:05 am 0 comments

  Veronica Brown ’16 Staff Writer As rent prices in Boston soar to a record high, it has become increasingly difficult for recent college graduates to find an affordable first apartment in the city. In 2015, rents in the Greater Boston area rose 5.7 percent to $2,009 per month accordingRead More

Photo courtesy of | Many companies are developing cold workplace cultures in which employees are exploited and treated as machines.

Farewell to the good old days: Job security in the American workplace

Opinions April 21, 2016 at 9:04 am 0 comments

  Emily Kowalik ’18 Assistant Opinions Editor In today’s job climate there has been a redrawing of boundaries in terms of job security and the treatment of employees. Traditionally, the workplace has been seen as a home-like environment and a company’s workers are like a family, but there is aRead More

Photo by Carolyn Brown '16 | This past weekend, Smith hosted admitted students for Discovery Weekend, a program for minority students.

Discovery Weekend provides minority students insight into life at Smith

Features April 21, 2016 at 9:03 am 0 comments

  Anna Quintanilla ’19 Contributing Writer Last Thursday, April 14, marked the start of Smith’s Discovery Weekend, an admitted students program committed to providing minority students with multiple opportunities to explore the campus and learn more about student life and academics. Smith offers these admitted students with an all-expense paidRead More