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Friday, September 15, 2006

Contact the Northampton City Council

It's tough to find the contact information for Northampton's City Councilors, but here it is:

http://www.northamptonma.gov/gsuniverse/httpRoot/council/

Support Beardsley's Bold Stance: Vote No Today

WHMP and Bill Dwight are lambasting Mike Bardsley for his stand in opposition to the EU. There is a nonscientific online poll at their website. Also available are the podcasts of Dwight's shows. Ish LaBarge, Ward 7 Councilor, is calling for Mike's resignation as council president. This from a man who didn't attend a public hearing or public meeting.

Here is the link for anyone who wishes to visit WHMP's website and take their poll on the removal Mike from his council presidency. Read the question carefully, the correct answer is, "no."
Ken Mitchell and I will be on Dwight's show Friday, September 22, from 9:20-10 AM. 1400 AM on your radio dial.
Daryl G. LaFleur
586-8555

Monday, September 11, 2006

Living

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE, Sept. 4, 2006

Living spaces climb in campus importance.
To meet student demands for a different type of on-campus living, Smith incorporated some suites into the more than century-old Baldwin House this summer and constructed a residential hall off Prospect St that can accommodate children for Ada Comstock Scholars with families. "This is just one way the college is meeting the needs of families and students," said Smith spokeswoman Kristen Cole.

City deal with Smith up for a vote

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE, Sept. 5, 2006
City deal with Smith up for a vote

The Northampton City Council will vote Thursday on an educational
overlay district for Smith that would treat the college campus as a single zone, and is part of a development agreement between the city and college described by Mayor Clare Higgins as "fair and good for the city."

See also: Smith College seeks zone change for expansion

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Living spaces climb in campus importance

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE, Sept. 4, 2006

To meet student demands for a different type of on-campus living, Smith incorporated some suites into the more than century-old Baldwin House this summer and constructed a residential hall off Prospect St that can accommodate children for Ada Comstock Scholars with families. "This is just one way the college is meeting the needs of families and students," said Smith spokeswoman Kristen Cole.



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Council vote to decide fate of Smith zoning

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE, Sept. 6, 2006
Council vote to decide fate of Smith zoning
The Northampton City Council will vote Thursday on an educational overlay district for Smith that would treat the college campus as a single zone, and is part of a development agreement between the city and college.

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Hold the Alumnae Fund Accountable

This letter (below) from the Alumnae Fund will be sent out to Smith College alumnae this fall, and will be followed up with a phone call. If you are an alumna, I urge you to read the letter, and--whether you give or not--respond in writing, or take the time to speak with the student assigned to call you.

Let them know that President Christ's administration is behaving terribly. That the "dialogue" about which this letter speaks was a farse. That the Educational Use Overlay, the destruction of Green Street, the erection of 80-foot tall buildings, the end of in-house dining, and the rest of this administratino's corporate-styled, financially-driven plans of attacking the very heart of Smith must cease--immediately.

If you do not feel you have enough information to take a stand, then do what this letter encourages you to do: ask questions. Demand answers. Think critically. Look to the future and to the past. Consider what your Smith experience, consider what constitutes academic excellence, consider what is right. Speak up.

Is it possible to eradicate a neighborhood and still say that "Smith women know how to negotiate?" Is it possible to found a Smith education upon basic values, including the ability to "conduct collaborative research," while also refusing to engage in any collaborative process with the residents of the town in which Smith College thrives?

There are so many contradictions that need pursuing. Take the time to hold the Alumnae Fund accountable before you write your check.

The Fall Appeal Letter:

>>For the past 18 months, the entire Smith community has engaged in a dialogue to define educational excellence for women who live in an increasingly global society. Faculty reviewed ways to retain the best of our liberal arts tradition while recognizing the roles women should play in the sciences, engineering, and computer science. You shared thoughts about your Smith experience and the college’s lasting impact on your life and work. Time after time, your comments echoed the faculty’s findings. Our conversations helped develop several strategic directions that Smith will pursue in the next decade.

We believe that Smith women should be able to present their ideas to others in a compelling manner, know how to negotiate, and function well in a variety of different settings. They must be scientifically literate and have good quantitative skills. Regardless of their major, all Smith students should have the experience of conducting collaborative research with faculty and fellow students and the ability to apply their understanding of this process to any learning situation. We expect students to have a sense of responsibility to society and to engage with its challenges, be aware of pressing global issues, such as environmental sustainability, and learn first-hand about the world’s many cultures.

Each of us is living proof that students will have multiple roles and careers, often quite different from what they thought life would hold. We believe Smith has a responsibility to help students and alumnae think systematically about how to structure their lives and how to inform and support one another as they move through stages of personal and professional growth.

Our commitment to Smith affirms that we value our education, and our support allows the college to offer opportunities to many women of promise. We recognize that each generation must be willing to share the benefits of their education with those who come after them. The annual support we provide permeates every aspect of campus life and is essential to the vibrant college experience every student finds when she comes to Smith.

Consider the value of your Smith education and all the experiences you hope the college will offer to future generations. With these expectations for excellence in mind, please support the Alumnae Fund with a gift of . Your generosity will have both an immediate impact and infinite value for Smith women of the future.

Sincerely,

Debra Thal

Chair of the Alumnae Fund Committee>>

An alumna who cares about affordable housing

THE TUCSON CITIZEN, AZ, Sept. 7, 2006
Life's work is comforting those in need
Smith alumna Nancy Bissell '61, who was recently honored by the Arizona Department of Housing at its annual Housing Heroes Awards, said it was a "moral choice" to get involved with Tuscon's low-income neighborhoods.

Council OKs overlay district

THE REPUBLICAN, Sept. 8, 2006
Council OKs Smith overlay district
At its recent meeting, the Northampton City Council approved an educational overlay district for the Smith campus.

Mayor's deal with Smith isn't good for Northampton

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE, Sept. 7, 2006
Mayor's deal with Smith isn't good for Northampton
In a letter to the editor, an Easthampton resident argues that a recent article by reporter Dan Crowley, "If zoning accord fails, Smith has little to lose," belonged on the editorial page.

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Smith plan opposition continues

Smith plan opposition continues


Saturday, September 09, 2006
By FRED CONTRADA
fcontrada@repub.com

NORTHAMPTON - Opponents of the Educational Overlay District approved by the City Council on Thursday are regrouping after their failed attempt to stop the ordinance, which exempts the college from certain zoning requirements.