Festivus 2011!

For those who are wondering why today is so special:

 Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as a way to celebrate the holiday season without participating in its pressures and commercialism. It was created by writer Dan O’Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel, a screenwriter for the TV show Seinfeld, as part of a comical storyline on the show. The holiday’s celebration, as shown on Seinfeld, includes an unadorned aluminum “Festivus pole”, practices such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength”, and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles”.




Carol Lookin’ So Fly Next to Hil Clinton

Carol Christ poses with Hilary and the presidents of five sister colleges.  NOICE.


Good luck, Smithies!


TONIGHT @ 10:00 pm

Let it out, honey.

Wanna Come to My DJ Night?

Watch this and then agree with me that Northampton and Portland are of the same ilk. 

Kill it on Your Finals: Get Off Your Butt!

According to the New York Times, exercise is incredible for your memory and mental health. Sure, we all know this, but do you actually put in the time to get some exercise on a regular basis?

Here’s a little encouragement:


Meanwhile, blood samples taken throughout the experiment offered a biological explanation for the boost in memory among the exercisers. Immediately after the strenuous activity, the cyclists had significantly higher levels of a protein known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, which is known to promote the health of nerve cells. The men who had sat quietly showed no comparable change in BDNF levels.

For some time, scientists have believed that BDNF helps explain why mental functioning appears to improve with exercise. However, they haven’t fully understood which parts of the brain are affected or how those effects influence thinking. The Irish study suggests that the increases in BDNF prompted by exercise may play a particular role in improving memory and recall.

Other new studies have reached similar conclusions, among both people and animals, young and old. In one interesting experiment published last month, Brazilian scientists found that after sedentary elderly rats ran for a mere five minutes or so several days a week for five weeks, a cascade of biochemical processes ignited in the memory center of their brains, culminating in increased production of BDNF molecules there. The old, exercised animals then performed almost as well as much younger rats on rodent memory tests.


So there you have it, Smithies. Do yourselves a favor this reading week/finals period and try to get in some workouts to really get your brains going!

One More Day of Class Left aka Pioneers & Pancakes

Tomorrow’s the last day of class, let us all rejoice!


And you know what that means? Midnight Madness, an indoor carnival put on by the Smith Athletics Association to celebrate the end of classes!

where: Scott Gym

when: 10:30 pm – 12:00 pm






And you know what else that means? Midnight Breakfast. Sausages and pancakes!

where: St. John’s Episcopal Church (next to Hillyer)

when: starts at 10:00 pm