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Students, faculty and staff gather to remember Adey Assefa ’13

Snow blanketed the ground outside the chapel and  the stained glass windows glowed orange as students filed one by one into the wooden pews to honor the life of Adey Assefa ’13 last Tuesday night. Assefa, a history major and friend to many, died in an apparent suicide in December. Full story

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Wellesley welcomes first engineering professor

Amy Benzaert excited to combine liberal arts and engineering

This semester, Wellesley welcomed its first-ever engineering professor, Amy Banzaert, as a visiting lecturer. Professor Banzaert previously worked in conjunction with MIT’s D-Lab, where she focused on producing environmentally, economically and hygienically sustainable cooking fuels for developing nations. Full story

Girls and Science aims to bridge gender gaps in early education

As a single-sex institution, Wellesley faces different challenges than other institutions around the country. In other institutions and communities, a gap remains between women and men interested and involved in science, particularly at an early age. Full story

No-credit policy should not bar students from unpaid internships

These days, many companies in industries ranging from media to fashion are looking for college interns who are willing to work for no pay but can receive credit from their universities and colleges in order to avoid cases of labor law violations. Although Wellesley does not give students credit for internships, students are still able to get these work experiences. Full story

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Learning the craft of curatorship at the Davis

“Festina Lente” debuts at the Davis Museum

Museums are thought to be full of spacious, well-ordered exhibits. However, this is the glorious end product of a long and arduous process. Every exhibit is the summation of many curatorial decisions made based on how to best restore and display objects. Full story

Fitness February provides opportunities and motivation for winter workouts

After two feet of snow fell on New England this weekend, it is hard to think about anything but snuggling up in a nest of blankets and catching up on a Netflix guilty pleasure. Yet, as a Wellesley woman who will, you’re going to eventually cure cancer, save the whales, solve the financial crisis or marry Ryan Gosling, and it wouldn’t hurt to look and feel your best in the process. Full story

News

  • Admission office receives record number of applicants for class of 2017

      On Thursday, March 21, the Office of Admission and Financial Aid released notifications to regular decision applicants for the class of 2017. The College received 4,794 applications in total, marking the highest number of applicants to date and a five percent increase from last year.

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    First-Generation Network draws its first members

    Group hopes to recruit faculty, staff and alumnae t

    Beginning this semester, Wellesley will tailor the First-Generation Network to address the needs of first-generation college students. The network held its first meeting last month, allowing first-generation students to voice their concerns in an open discussion group.

  • Bookstore switches management to Barnes and Noble College

    On Monday, April 1, the management of the Wellesley College Bookstore will switch from Nebraska Book Company to Barnes and Noble College, just as Wellesley’s 10-year contract with Nebraska Book is scheduled to expire. Barnes and Noble College is a separate company from Barnes and Noble and competes for business with its mother chain.

  • CG Town Hall addresses socio-economic concerns on campus

    Students discuss textbook costs, extracurricular activities, financial aid

      On March 14, the College Government President’s Council (CGPC) hosted a socio-economic status town hall for students to raise concerns about socio-economic equity on campus. Participants suggested measures that College Government (CG) could take to alleviate the most common problems that students face.

  • President of Planned Parenthood speaks about women’s health care

    On Tuesday, March 12, Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, gave a presentation entitled “Women, Sex and Healthcare” in Alumnae Hall. The Executive Director of the Center for Work and Service (CWS), Joanne Murray, introduced Richards and Martha Walz, the newly appointed CEO of Planned Parenthood Massachusetts.

Features

  • Birks n’ backpacks: a Euro trip how-to

    Backpacking through Europe had long been at the top of my bucket list. Last spring, Wellesley granted me one year abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to check #1 off my list. I highly recommend completing this type of trip at some point, with eager eyes and an appetite for adventure—and without personal, academic or career-related commitments bogging you down.

  • Surviving spring break at Wellesley

    Friday, March 15 was a joyous occasion. The promised break, whose coming was foretold by the blessed Academic Calendar, had finally arrived, and we rejoiced. We reveled and toasted in Boston over Indian food, and danced the night away at MIT. But then dawned a terrible, monstrous Saturday.

  • Eye on Science: Empathy forges a neural connection between doctors and patients

    A patient’s positive relationship with his or her doctor can provide support that eases the diagnosis and treatment of an illness. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center recently identified the neural activity underlying the physician-patient relationship.

  • Wendy, Meet Boston: Enjoy delectable nourishment at Restaurant Week

    Perhaps you miss the home-cooked meals or exotic cuisine that you enjoyed on spring break? Returning to campus doesn’t mean a two-month sentence of dining hall food. It isn’t too late to check out Restaurant Week Boston, which ends on Sunday, March 31.

Opinions

  • Minimum wage in Hong Kong must be raised to ensure social equality

    Since January 2011, Hong Kong workers had been under the protection of a 28 Hong Kong dollar (HKD) per hour minimum wage, roughly the equivalent of $3.50. Recently, Hong Kong’s government approved a seven percent rise in the city’s minimum wage to help workers cope with the inflation rate of one of the world’s most expensive places to live.

  • EDITORIAL | The Steubenville rape case: we’re still getting it all wrong

    It’s a story that’s so familiar it wouldn’t have made the papers without lurid pictures and videos to grab the attention of the public. A drunk 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio was stripped naked, raped and humiliated by a group of high school football players, who distributed pictures and videos of the act on Facebook and YouTube for all the town—and all the world—to see.

  • Despite popularity, Pope Francis will fail to initiate progressive change

    The election of Argentinian Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope last Wednesday broke tradition in many ways. He became the first non-European pope, the first pope from Latin America to be elected since 731 and the first Jesuit pope. The media has highlighted his charisma and humility during his first two weeks as the leader of the Catholic Church, commenting on everything from his fondness for the soccer team San Lorenzo de Almagro to the fact that he carried his own luggage upon arrival to his hotel in Rome.

  • Bloomberg gun control ads will impact national consciousness

    New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a very public supporter of gun control, even before the tragedy at Newtown. Recently, he announced that he would be launching a $12 million gun control ad campaign over the next week in 13 decisive states.

Arts

Sports

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    Lacrosse falls against Endicott, triumphs over Lasell

    On Wednesday, March 6, the Blue played the Endicott College Gulls and lost 16-3. Wellesley not only battled the Gulls, but also battled the elements, as the field was covered in sleet and snow for nearly the entire game. The home opener for the Blue started out poorly when the first six goals went to Endicott.

  • Softball team prepares for spring break competition

    The softball team starts its ninth season on Sunday, March 17. For the past five weeks the team has been hard at work preparing for the upcoming months full of doubleheaders. Pre-season training is intense and consists of practices at 6 a.m. multiple days of the week, as well as regular workouts and lifting in the afternoons.

  • Health Services hosts health insurance information session

      On Monday, March 11, Health Services held two events to inform students about factors to take into account when choosing a health insurance policy. The events dealt with common questions regarding health insurance and how to obtain a policy after graduation.

  • Division of the day promotes balance between academics and extracurriculars

    The dialogue about Division of the Day began at a town hall discussion between College Government (CG) and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) on Monday, March 4. Here, students discussed a proposal introduced by CG President Marjorie Cantine ’13 and SAAC that would break up the day into time blocks when classes could be held and reserve the rest of the time in the day for non-academic activities.

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    BLEACHER FEATURE: Tori Hysko ’14

    Even though Tori Hysko ’14 has more than 10 years of lacrosse experience under her belt, she says that her game performance can often hinge on something as simple as her seat on the bus. Hysko, a goalie for the lacrosse team, has a number of game day superstitions and rituals that she takes very seriously, and they seem to be paying off so far.