Picture Credit: Jasmine Keuter, Mount Holyoke College
Below is a collection of reactions, tweets, posts, and articles related to MHC's #SanctuaryCampus Walkout on November 16th, 2016.
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Written by Contributing Writer Danielle Brown '18; Interviews Compiled by Ritti Singh '18
SOUTH HADLEY, MA – Last Thursday an article was published on the website of The College Fix about Professor Peter Rosnick expressing his views on the 2016 Presidential Election. The article shares a video sent to the publication by one of the students in the first section of Rosnick’s Calculus 1 course. The video shows Rosnick stating that he encourages students to vote for someone “who understands that the goal in a nation. ..
By Anya Karagulina '17
15 February 2015
“and i ask myself, why do homework when i can eat fruitsnacks instead”
29 September 2015
“to the tune of 'feeling myself' i'm losing my shit, i'm losing my shit, i'm losing, losing my shit, i'm losing my”
22 October 2016
“haha wish i had the energy to feel myself & look put together! haha wish i didn't just get more & more exhausted w each day of the semester!”
SOUTH HADLEY, Massachusetts— On Friday, October 14, student activists at Mount Holyoke College came together in solidarity for intersectional climate justice.
Mount Holyoke Climate Justice Coalition (CJC) led a rally to demonstrate how climate justice is related to other social justice efforts, such as animal rights and #BlackLivesMatter. Climate change disproportionately affects women, children, and minorities. CJC advocates for fossil fuel divestment at Mount Holyoke in support of these marginalized populations.
Students seek to start coffee cooperative at Mount Holyoke College
Mo’Coffee Student Co-operative was created by students in an advanced politics seminar last spring amidst the debate over the past, present, and future identity of Mount Holyoke College. At one level, the motivation for Mo’Coffee was practical: it would fill a desire many students have for a flavorful, responsibly-produced and sourced cup of coffee that would be available to sustain students working during the late-hours of the day.
By Danielle Brown '18
During March 2015, I experienced an incident in my first year that put a mark on my college career. I was angry about it, so I wrote a piece on it released six months later at the start of my sophomore year. The resulting article gained a lot of traction much faster than I ever expected. Sonia Mohammadzadah, a friend also present during that moment, and I received much (positive) feedback from professors, staff and students.
by Sea Thomas '19
***Trigger Warning: sex/sex work***
My mother is fifty-four years old and she is still trying to pay back her student loans. When I was young, I learned never to pick up the phone when the caller I.D. read ‘Sallie Mae’. Today I know I can never take a loan out from them because they think I’ll turn out like my mom: always running away. Always letting the phone ring off the hook because we just paid rent, we don’t have groceries, there’s no propane, the car is broken, and we simply don’t have any more to give.
By Sonia Mohammadzadah '18
Prompted by the college’s new presidency, the tuition increase, and the many student concerns expressed throughout the semester, I wanted to publish a photo series showcasing a wide array of voices on changes students, faculty, and administrators would like to see take place at Mount Holyoke. Over the past few weeks I conducted brief interviews and took portraits of various members of the MHC community. My goal in publishing the series is to emphasize the need for conversation and collective action by highlighting the connections (and disconnect) between these voices.Thank you to all who participated.
By Guest Writer Alondra Reyes '18
The clock chimes twelve times. The show is sold out after fifteen minutes. I count maybe fifty or sixty pairs of wet shoes stomping on the carpet. Piles of coats tossed to the corner of the room. LL Bean and the North Face. Wallets opening. Jewelry flashing. It is the most well-attended party of the year, despite the cold. I rub my hands together, trying to generate heat.
I am backstage, getting ready to perform. Everyone crowds around the three white drag queens, complimenting their bleach blonde, neon purple, and midnight black wigs, trying to snap a quick picture for Instagram. They whistle and exclaim, “You better work, bitch!” as the drag queens strike poses. My group, Latinx, makes up the majority of people of color in the room. We sit crowded together, doing our make-up, trying to avoid talking about the fact that something doesn’t feel right. One of my fellow dancers leans in and whispers jokingly, “I’m feeling slightly gentrified.” Only slightly?
By Dani Planer '19
I decided to attend Mount Holyoke College almost exactly a year ago.I was hopeful. I came here to learn, to create new experiences, and grapple with old ones within new relationships. I came here to offer support to those around me and to be supported in a new space.
I have been taught for some time to intellectualize my identity as a means of defining and describing it to my parents, friends, teachers, and others that I interact with in everyday life. Intellectualizing myself and my identity helps me cope with existing in a space where this identity is still misunderstood and disrespected even after I give all of myself to being understood.
By Lina Zuluaga '19
I recently attended the Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference at Mount Holyoke College and had the most insightful experience while hearing Dr. Loretta Ross explain her thoughts and theories regarding call-out culture in social justice movements (but specifically on college campuses).
By Courtney Brunson '16
As Mount Holyoke students, we pride ourselves on our intellectual prowess and advocacy for a wide variety of domestic and worldwide issues. Yet, too frequently, we see this intellect and activism fall to the wayside in both academic or personal settings. For almost all of us, we can recollect a moment of when we have sat in a classroom and grimaced as ‘that person’ in the class begins their umpteenth rant about irrelevant material that only serves the purpose of giving them an audience for stroking their intellectual ego.
A recently published study found that “87 percent of millennials admitted to missing out on a conversation because they were distracted by their phone…[and] 54 percent said they experience a fear of missing out if not checking social networks.” With the rise of social media and other technological advancements, our generation is often subjected to the quick, surface level, and meaningless interactions and conversations that frequently leave people wanting more – or even worse – believing that they are more educated and well versed than they actually are. Despite the fact that we now have the capacity to be connected to people all around the world, it seems as though the quality of our conversations have suffered as a result.
By Mac Chambers '19
It’s funny to think about how much people can learn about us from our bathroom and eating habits. Though primal and simplistic necessities, they reflect certain ingrained societal expectations. And the people who often witness these habits the most are the staff members who work here at Mount Holyoke (or any other college). They witness our eating and grooming habits every day without judgement.
By Courtney Brunson 16'
One of the selling points told to me upon considering attending Mount Holyoke College was that I would be immersed in a siblinghood hundreds of years in the making. A camaraderie that possessed many generations of students who cultivated friendships at the college and created memories that they would cherish for a lifetime. After being on campus for nearly four years, I realized what the Moho culture of being a friend actually entailed.
Photo above is courtesy of the Mount Holyoke Archives
By Guest Writer Emily Kyte '17
It’s 11:46 PM, I’m a senior in high school and I have 14 minutes to decide if I am, in fact, about to do this. I stare at the Common App screen until everything blurs around the blank white rectangles under “parent/guardian.”
This anxiety isn’t unfamiliar. There’s just more at stake now.
This is a fear that I cannot unlearn and do not have the privilege of unlearning, so you will not be reading a juicy article with intimate details about my life experiences.
By Sonia Mohammadzadah '18
***Please note: my use of the term “cultural org” includes both cultural orgs associated with cultural houses and those that are not.
As someone who identifies as biracial, I’m never quite sure where I stand or what my role is in the discussion of race. I am half-White, and have thus benefited from certain privileges awarded to white people. However, I am also half-Afghan, and have consequently faced discrimination typically inflicted upon those of a Middle Eastern background, though I am an American-born citizen. When I try and contribute to conversations on race from both a White and non-White perspective, I often feel (and have been told) that I am “playing both sides” on a field that has been clearly divided into two distinct teams. While some may argue my position as a biracial person offers valuable insight in racial dialogue, I’ve noticed that a multiracial, multicultural point of view is not often sought. It is assumed that you are either White, or you are not White. Where is the space for individuals who are both?
By Sarah M. Ramírez '17
***Trigger warning: Gun violence, school shootings, sexual assault
One of the most common forms of social interaction seen today is communication through anonymous smart-phone applications and the internet. The proliferation of web-based anonymous forums throughout the world has highlighted both positive and negative aspects of anonymous social interaction. In many ways, anonymity can serve as protection from traditional social and institutional structures that prevent marginalized groups from participating in mainstream conversation. For example, individuals within an authoritarian context may utilize anonymity online to express dissent and organize collective action, such as was the case during the Arab Spring of 2010. However, anonymity online also has considerable negative effects. Most notably, anonymity prevents users from being accountable to their words or their actions. Since the development of online anonymous forums and applications such as Yik Yak and Whisper, bomb and shooting threats at schools have caused panic in many communities, kids at schools have gotten publicly ridiculed by anonymous bullies, and individuals and groups have been publicly hacked and shamed. Clearly, the social issues that are the root of these events have existed pre-internet and new media. However, the easy-to-use interface of anonymous apps and websites makes access and utilization easier than ever, leading to the rapid dissemination of information.
By Danielle Brown '18
I cannot afford Mount Holyoke College but I deserve to go here just like everyone else. It is an affirmation I try to remind myself of often. I knew coming here would be tough. I knew I would not fit in financially. But I made the move from Houston to South Hadley all the same.
By Noor Al Hasanat '17
“But I’m not an Arab” is often the confused response I get from students when I ask them to join the Arab Association. It is true that the association is trying to bring students that identify as Arabs together, spread awareness and break stereotypes in order to lessen the otherness experienced on campus. But this is the mission of many cultural orgs on campus; to bring awareness of a culture to those who may not directly experience it. How then are we able to do so when our so called diverse community is apathetic towards active cultural engagement and learning?
by Maddie Cook '18
One of my favorite sights to see on campus aren’t just the old beautiful brick buildings, the fall scenery, or the beautiful glass sculpture in the library. This particular sighting I’m discussing happens every now and then, primarily in the fall or spring. It’s witnessing prospective students seeing the campus for the first time. When I was a prospie, I also had that teary eyed look of wonder as I marveled at our beautiful campus. I know there are many of us here who would agree with me and who also had a similar experience, and I know this because many times I have heard the phrase, “Mount Holyoke is like a utopia!”