How to Look at Art: Student Exhibition Guides the Way

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Viewing a work of art may seem like a simple act--a uni-dimensìonal exchange of artistic information transacted between a solitary viewer and the artist.

An exhibition, titled "Framed," curated by Lauren Kaelin '10 in the Museum of Art, broadens the context within which art consumption takes place with an exploration of khe numerous agendas converging on the moment of art appreciation. 


From Smith Lab to Local Science Fair

Local Science Fair Winner Took Inquiry from Smith College Lab to Life

Amherst Regional Middle School student Tara Murty recently won the regional science fair for her research into biofilms – the subject of an ongoing inquiry at Smith College – qualifying her to compete at the State Science Fair in Worcester on June 5.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Local eighth-grader Tara Murty recently took a college research question into the field and was rewarded with the top prize at the regional science fair.

At the same time, Murty’s research closely corresponded with what Smith College students had discovered in controlled experiments in the laboratory of Katherine Queeney, associate professor of chemistry.

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Smith Tour Guides Reveal (Gold) Keys to Campus

Wanted: student employees to undergo hours of intensive training and walk repeated loops around campus, sometimes backwards. For no pay. Must really love Smith.

Title: Gold Key guide.

Current students may not see or notice them, but for visiting families, including prospective Smith students, Gold Key guides are the face and voice of the college. And, true to the Smith tendency, Gold Keys do things a little differently than the average tour guide.

For one thing, Gold Key guides—unlike tour guides at peer colleges—aren’t paid. That may make them sound a little crazy to some, but it allows Smith’s guides to say what they want without a script.


New Graduate Finds Her Way Back to China

Can study abroad help you after Smith? For Cassie Chao ‘10J, the answer is yes.

Chao’s study abroad program, Alliance for Global Education, helped her find a position with the Student Ambassadors Internship program in Shanghai, where she will use her Mandarin language skills this summer to guide guests through the USA Pavilion exhibits.


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Of Note

On Ivy Day: the first annual Smith tennis team alumnae round robin tournament.



Ivy Day 2010: alumnae parade, seniors in white, Tori Murden' speech. Video.


Central Check-In No Longer Required for Returning Students

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Central Check-In No Longer Required for Returning Students

As of this year, it is no longer required for returning students to attend Central Check-In when they arrive on campus for the fall semester. Only newly entering students—first-years, including Ada Comstock Scholars, and transfer students—must attend. Central Check-In for all new students will take place at the Indoor Track and Tennis facility (ITT) on Monday, Aug. 30, 1-4 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-noon. Returning students will pick up their keys as usual at the ITT as they arrive (the schedule for key distribution will be publicized during the summer). Returning students with outstanding business with any office on campus will need to contact or stop by those offices as soon as possible upon arriving at Smith.

Smith Senior Heading Across the USA on Bike

Remember that time, students, a few weeks into your first semester at Smith, when you said to your friends, “I’m gonna head home,” and for the first time "home" had a different meaning? No longer Boston, not Chicago anymore, nor California or wherever you came from. Home now meant Wilson, or Tyler, or Chapin house.

For many of us graduating seniors, Smith has been home for the past four years. A place to throw your backpack. A place to sleep in on a rainy day, share meals with friends, a place to feel safe and comfortable, and loved. Home is important.

As I prepare to leave Smith, I feel like I’m about to leave home again.