Brand new track from Gondola featuring Smith College Alums ’11


It seems like a lot of Smith alumnae are making waves in the music scene these days. From Noteables alum Merrill Garbus of Tuneyards to Northampton’s very own Potty Mouth, Smith is finally, finally turning out some excellent music. We received word that alums Kate Meizner ’11 (Smith’d co-founded) and Bella Yeager ’11 are about to release a 7″ with their Brooklyn-based project Gondola, a male-fronted indie pop quintet with melodies equipped for an Apple commercial.

Today they released their first track “Liberty Flats” off Gondola’s “We Are the Map” 7″, due out this March. Give it a listen!

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Access at Smith, Conversations about Diversity and Social Justice

Some of you, Smithies, have seen Lilith Siegel’s excellent Letter to the Editor in this past week’s Sophian, though it should be required reading for all. Lili details how she was unable to access the Weaving Voices Open Mic on Otelia Cromwell Day because Sage Hall did not have adequate disabled access to the event.

While we’re on the subject, Wesleyan University’s student government is pushing and the university is considering, starting a Day of Dialogue/Diversity Day program, perhaps similar, but hopefully better, than Otelia Cromwell Day. If you would like to give feedback to Wesleyan’s Student Government about your thoughts on OC Day– primarily what you think of it, what you see as its shortcomings, and whether or not the events should be mandatory– send a short email to It is not only our responsibility as Smithies to make Smith better and more open about these conversations, but to help make all schools accessible for all. 

Hurricane Sandy Or Why You Should Go to the Grocery Store Today or Maybe Leave Town

Hey does anyone remember last Halloween when a weirdly massive early snowstorm forced the collapse of capitalism in Western Massachusetts? I sure as hell do. For this reason, I would advise you all to go buy non-perishable foods that do not require electricity to prepare because Smith sure as hell didn’t have their shit together last year. I watched a girl pour vodka over Wheaties on Day Two of Snowpocalypse 2011: DON’T BE THAT GIRL. When the power goes out in your house– oh and it will go out, forcing you to learn how to knit and consider moving to a part of the state that politicians actually care about– you will be the genius who has cans of seltzer and cookies that you can then sell at outrageous cottage industry prices.


Sandy is coming to fuck you up

The only valuable piece of advice from the campus-wide email about storm preparedness was that you should go pick up your necessary medications. You should. But also don’t rely on a) the college being able to provide any food if the power goes out– dining services staff live off campus and if the power goes out, the food will go bad b) your cell phone working. We all know coverage on campus is spotty anyway, and last year cell towers were affected by the storm. Even if there isn’t snow expected with Sandy, high winds and rain can do a lot of damage. If you go out of your house during the storm, tell someone where you went, just in case your text messaging doesn’t work.

There you go Smithies! That’s all I can tell you. Batten down the hatches, pull out those candles you have been hiding in your desk since room inspection, buy a flashlight and a box o’ wine and settle in. Shit is about to get NEW ENGLAND-Y.

Pervasive rape culture in college administrations: Amherst College edition *TRIGGER WARNING*

Today the Amherst Student— the college newspaper– ran an article called “An Account of Sexual Assault at Amherst College.” The piece, written by former Amherst class of 2014er Angie Epifano, outlines in excruciating detail the ways in which the administration of Amherst failed to support her in the wake of her rape on May, 25, 2011. Not even 12 hours after the article was posted, the Amherst Student website is consistently giving an error message suggesting that the number of hits has crashed their server.

In the over 5000-word piece, Epifano describes the administration’s response– or lack of response– to her reported rape. The school’s sexual assault counselor discouraged her from reporting the rape to the police, saying that since the student who raped Epifano would be graduating soon and there was nothing the school could do. They wouldn’t let her change dorms. Epifano’s account was questioned– was it really rape? She was discouraged from going through the college’s disciplinary process. And when the pressure of living in a community that was protecting her rapist made her suicidal, Amherst forcibly admitted Epifano to the Psychiatric ward of Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

Before I detail the rest of her story, I’d like to put this part in focus: Amherst actively discouraged Epifano from seeking justice for herself and punishment for her rapist, but the moment she suggested hurting herself, they became involved and removed her from the campus. Amherst’s message to rape survivors is this: you are the problem.

Cooley Dickinson was no more supportive. A doctor told Epifano that, “A school like Amherst wouldn’t allow you to be raped.” She was not allowed to leave the hospital, being told that her depression was not normal, that she was a danger to herself. And after four days, she was told that Amherst would not allow her back even if she “recovered” sufficiently enough to be discharged.

According to her piece, Epifano’s social worker told her that: “In order for students to be allowed back they had to have parental supervision while on campus in order to make sure that the student did not relapse into substance abuse again (the most common reason for student admittance into the Ward). This meant that a parent would stay in a hotel near campus and would then follow their child around for two weeks until the “all clear” period was reached.” Epifano does not have parents. Therefore, there was no way for her to return to Amherst College.

That’s right: after forcing a rape survivor off campus against her will, Amherst used the reason of her very admission to Cooley Dickinson as grounds for not allowing her back on campus.

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This Week in the Senate

Today during my daily scan of Tumblr I found out that the Smith SGA has a Tumblog!  Hooray for transparency, and bravo to them for posting a round-up of this week’s senate topics.  Here is the text from Smith SGA’s Tumblr:

Issues on campus

Here is a list of issues that were raised in Senate this week:

  • Housing
  • Trash cans on campus (should we have more?)
  • Website could be more accesible
  • Recycling needed in Chapin and Hubbard
  • Pool hours (or gym hours in general)
  • Lack of inter-house bonding
  • House points could be more fair (could accomodate for house sizes)
  • Parking by the stables needs to be safer
  • Financial Aid is less available for International Students, leading some students to drop-out
  • Events app for the College with all events listed
  • 44 Green Street needs better facilities (washing machines, wifi)
  • Conversations about religious diversity need to be had
  • Tendency to alienate those with Conservative views
  • Disability awareness
  • OneCards should be easier to use with local businesses 
  • Academic competitiveness leds to excessive stress
  • Trans* issues need to be talked about
  • Socioeconomic issues need to be talked about

Talk to your house Senators, or better yet, come to Senate and contribute to the constructive dialogue about what can be done to address these topics.

Senate meets every Tuesday at 7 in CC 103/104. Please come by and share your thoughts. Senate is an open forum and exists to address students’ concerns on campus.

Lots of love,

Your SGA Vice President