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!
Don’t forget to follow and like Gondola on:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
we’re already having too much fun
Yes, Jane Lynch from GLEE
FUCK THE FUCK YEAH
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:
Here is a list of issues that were raised in Senate this week:
- 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