Month: September 2011

The problems on the table: Expanding Dining Services’ success to Whitmans’

Over the past year, students have witnessed an impressive response to the closing of Dodd and Greylock dining halls from Dining Services, visible in the extended hours for all meal times, the addition of a new Grab ’n Go station at the Eco Café and improved menu options at the ’82 Grill. These changes have demonstrated the exceptional capacity of Dining Services and the administration to handle difficult situations and to be aware of students’ needs, and we commend them for their stellar effort.

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Marshall inverts racial stereotypes in art

Kerry James Marshall delivered the 17th annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art to a half-filled Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on Thursday night – not at all a bad crowd for an arts talk. Marshall is famous for paintings that are traditional in every sense except their subject matter; his paintings are typically of black figures in roles both unexpected and stereotypical.

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Football edges Polar Bears in dramatic 24-21 victory

A game-ending interception in the end-zone helped football (1-0) to edge Bowdoin 24-21 in its season opener on Saturday in Brunswick, Maine. The Polar Bears, who had been down 24-14 after two quarters, staged a second-half comeback and drove into the Ephs’ territory in the final minute of the game; however, the Ephs came out on top with a 24-21 win. 

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34 percent of students vote in CC elections

In last week’s College Council (CC) election, the results of which were announced Saturday, student voter turnout was only 34 percent. According to CC co-president Francesca Barrett ’12, the percentage of students who voted was lower than in past years. The 2010 fall elections saw 50 percent voter turnout. 

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Feldman offers tasteful spin on Spanish melodies in cello recital

Last Friday night, droves of students and community members arrived for the highly-anticipated performance of cellist Ronald Feldman, artist-in-residence, lecturer in music and director of instrumental activities. Feldman is also the conductor of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra.

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Provost Will Dudley discusses new focus

President Falk’s overhaul of senior staff and hiring of Fred Puddester, vice president for finance and administration (“Falk appoints VP for finance and admin.,” May 11, 2011), resulted in professional financial staff in Hopkins Hall. Record Opinions Editor Todd Brenner sat down with Provost and professor of philosophy Will Dudley ’89, who began as provost in July, to discuss the College’s financial situation, the benefits of having an experienced financial manager in the senior administration and the refocused role of the provost.

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Students gravitate toward higher meal plans

Following the Sept. 16 deadline to drop or change meal plans, 110 more students opted for higher meal plans compared to last year. Eighty-two more students chose the 21-meal plan and 37 more chose the 14-meal plan, while fewer students selected the 10 or 5-meal plans than last year.

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Students and staff consider mental health landscape of campus

With October’s Depression Awareness Month approaching, students and community members have renewed their focus on the challenges regarding mental health issues, awareness and resources. An increasing number of students are seeking help with mental health issues: During the 2010-2011 academic year, 21 percent, or 431, of the College’s students sought Psychological Counseling Services (PCS) at least once.

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Women’s tennis defends top ranking against Amherst

No. 1 Women’s tennis had another winning weekend with a 9-0 victory against Wellesley at home on Sunday and a 6-3 win against archrival Amherst on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, the women took on No. 24 Wellesley and came away undefeated.

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Ephs drop Cardinals 2-0, draw Polar Bears 1-1

No. 11 women’s soccer (4-1-1, 2-0-1 in the NESCAC) tied Bowdoin 1-1 in double overtime at home Sunday after notching a 2-0 win on the road against Wesleyan on Saturday. Against Bowdoin on Sunday, the women were especially challenged in the first half. The Polar Bears capitalized on a corner kick in the 17th minute to open scoring in the game.

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