Opinions

Op-Ed: A parent’s perspective on the equestrian team

Opinions May 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm 1 comment

Steven D. Rizzi Steven D. Rizzi is a Smith College parent and technologist that has worked extensively with higher education in the U.S. and abroad. He has advised the U.S. Department of Education as well as the State of Maryland on education. On March 31, 2017, Smith President Kathleen McCartneyRead More

Community Responses- Re: “Berkeley, Coulter and the right to free speech” by Emily Kowalik ’18

Opinions May 20, 2017 at 5:58 pm 1 comment

I have many friends who attend UC Berkeley and have thus heard much about these incidents. The college just elected its first black muslim student body president, who ran on a platform to support marginalized communities who have historically been tokenized and unsupported by the college. I do not thinkRead More

Reflections on a year abroad in Paris

Reflections on a year abroad in Paris

Opinions May 20, 2017 at 5:56 pm 0 comments

  Emily Kowalik ’18 Opinions Editor As my year abroad draws to a close, I have begun to reflect on whether I will be returning to Smith this fall with the same perspectives as when I left. By the time I return to the United States, I will have beenRead More

Free speech and college campuses: it’s complicated

Free speech and college campuses: it’s complicated

Opinions April 27, 2017 at 10:36 pm 1 comment

  Katherine Hazen ’18 Editor-In-Chief Free speech on campus is undoubtedly one of today’s hot-button issues. With protests of conservative speakers reaching from Middlebury to Berkeley, pundits and opinions pieces from outlets across the spectrum bemoan our safe spaces and trigger warnings. College campuses have become far more diverse inRead More

Berkeley, Coulter and the right to free speech

Berkeley, Coulter and the right to free speech

Opinions April 27, 2017 at 10:30 pm 0 comments

  Emily Kowalik ’18 Opinions Editor Ann Coulter was scheduled to give a speech at the University of California at Berkeley on April 27. Fearing backlash, the school administration cancelled the event, even though the speech was being hosted by two student groups – the Young Republicans and the Young America Foundation. TheRead More

David Dao: United we stand

David Dao: United we stand

Opinions April 27, 2017 at 10:28 pm 1 comment

Allison C.T. Wu ’17 Contributing Writer YouTube released a video of David Dao’s beating and forcible removal from United Airlines flight 3411. This is what I saw. This is what I heard. I see a black cop. He demonstrates his power upon Dao’s aged body. Did the cop’s brown, relentlessRead More

Halal dining at Smith: room for improvement

Halal dining at Smith: room for improvement

Opinions April 27, 2017 at 10:23 pm 0 comments

  Zoya Azhar ‘20 Opinions Editor In general, being a Muslim at Smith has been a positive experience for me. This is primarily because of how strong the Muslim community’s presence is on campus. Al-Iman is a wonderful organization, which holds regular meetings and provides plenty of opportunities to meetRead More

The Trump administration cuts funds for reproductive healthcare

The Trump administration cuts funds for reproductive healthcare

Opinions April 19, 2017 at 8:31 pm 0 comments

Jaycee Greenley ’20 Contributing Writer Many Americans anticipated great changes in budgeting under the Trump Administration. However, did they expect them to be this large? The New York Times reports that under the Trump Administration, the proposed budget would cut funding for the EPA, State Department, Department of Education, HousingRead More

ResLife’s themed and special-interest housing survey: a good ideas?

Opinions April 19, 2017 at 8:28 pm 0 comments

Zoya Azhar ’20 Opinions Editor Smith College’s Residence Life Office sent out a survey a week ago, wanting the student body’s opinion on adding themed or special-interest housing to the college’s residential living options. Smith’s housing system currently includes traditional houses, co-ops, themed housing options, student apartments and housing forRead More

Senate republicans utilize “Nuclear Option”

Senate republicans utilize “Nuclear Option”

Opinions April 19, 2017 at 8:21 pm 0 comments

Jemma Stephenson ’20 Contributing Writer The Senate Republicans have decided to utilize the so-called “Nuclear Option,” which allows them to break the Democratic filibuster with a simple majority of 51 votes, as opposed to the usual 60.   A precedent for this  alteration was set in 2013 when the DemocraticRead More