2019 Class-Color Cup Results

By MHC Advancement on March 4, 2019 at 4:06 PM

What an incredible two days! Our second Class-Color Cup and Purple Phoenix Challenges were a huge success!

Thank you for a truly impressive outpouring of support for Mount Holyoke and our community. In just over 48 hours, 2,932 alumnae gave $332,226 to The Mount Holyoke Fund.*

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Purple Phoenixes: a phenomenal force

By Rachel Nix ’20 on March 1, 2019 at 5:54 PM

The Mount Holyoke College Frances Perkins (FP) Program was founded in 1980, rooted in the belief that a college education should be accessible to everyone and that the quest for knowledge has no age limit. Following in the footsteps of colleges like Wellesley and Smith, MHC’s Frances Perkins program offers a pathway for education to students of non-traditional age who have not yet earned an undergraduate degree but have the desire to do so.

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Colors that spark new traditions

By Rachel Nix ’20 on March 1, 2019 at 12:35 PM

Without thinking, Mount Holyoke students know which side of staircase to climb in the library atrium. This ritual, motivated by the superstition that you must take the stairs on the side of your class animal or risk graduating, is largely thanks to the majestic class flags that are suspended above both sets of stairs. Green Griffins and Blue Lions take the left staircases, while Red Pegasi and Yellow Sphinxes take the right.

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Colors in the Crafternoon

By Emily Isakson ’19 on February 26, 2019 at 2:19 PM

During the academic year, the Mount Holyoke Archives & Special Collections (ASC) regularly hosts Crafternoons — events where members of the campus community can take a break from their daily work, make new friends, learn new skills and explore their creativity. At Crafternoon, students are able to make historically-inspired crafts like hand-bound books, silhouette necklaces and feminist finger puppets.

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Cataloging colorful memories

By Rachel Nix ’20 on February 25, 2019 at 4:42 PM

Mount Holyoke’s yearbook, the Llamarada, was first published in 1895 for the class of 1896. In the years following, it served as a colorful collection of memories and senior portraits but was ultimately discontinued in 2010 due to budget constraints and low student interest. The yearbook was revived for one year in 2016 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of its first publication, but since then has remained out of print.

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Colorful signs of class creativity

By Rachel Nix ’20 on February 22, 2019 at 1:54 PM

Reunion at Mount Holyoke is a highly anticipated event, and the alumnae that attend each May experience the magic of reconnecting with their classmates as they return to their beloved alma mater. The alumnae parade is a heartwarming tradition that binds together the various classes in a colorful display of class pride.

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Color creates community at Convocation

By Rachel Nix ’20 on February 19, 2019 at 4:27 PM

Convocation, the grand celebration that marks the beginning of a new school year, serves as a beloved tradition at Mount Holyoke. Each fall semester, on the day before classes start, students march into the amphitheater outfitted in their most creative outfits to highlight their class colors.

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The evolution of a women’s college education: three generations reflect

By Rachel Nix ’20 on February 6, 2019 at 6:28 PM

My grandmother, Sue Ewing, grew up as part of a prominent family in New Orleans, Louisiana, accustomed to the slew of traditions and expectations of women in the South in the 1940s. Deeply immersed in the social life of New Orleans, she recalls the Carnival Ball — a celebration where the upper echelon of society gathered for a lavish ball — being one of the most exciting events of the year. “I thought that New Orleans was the center of the universe,” she remembers. “Although, I was curious about what else existed.”

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Nooks for knowledge

By Rachel Nix ’20 on December 26, 2018 at 6:58 AM


Mount Holyoke students eagerly await for their senior year, excited to begin the final chapter of their Mount Holyoke story. This memorable year kicks off during Convocation, as seniors don their graduation robes for the first time. A lesser-known rite of passage occurs later in September, however, when students line up in the library to
choose their carrels — highly sought-after study desks tucked away in the Williston Library stacks — for the year.

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Celebrating micro media: zines at MHC

By Rachel Nix ’20 on December 21, 2018 at 1:20 PM

Throughout the centuries, history has been recounted through countless media: books, photographs, movies and more. One of the newest modes of storytelling comes in a cute pocket-sized booklet, a zine (pronounced zeen). Short for magazine or fanzine, and usually handmade, zines can be thought of as small scrapbooks that are reproduced several dozen times for a larger audience and used to document everything from recipes to historical movements. 

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