The Big/Little program is one of Mount Holyoke’s oldest traditions, tracing its origins back to the early 1900s. At its heart, the program is a really simple recipe for friendship: a junior (the “Big”) is paired up with an incoming first-year student (the “Little”). Big + Little = friends.
Before there was speech, was there song? Before there was ready light, was there a flickering glow? The deepest reaches of the human heart seem to know these truths instinctively. That such simple sensory experiences—voices raised, candles held close, warm bodies seated side by side—can elicit such profound feelings of comfort, peace, and kinship speaks to the power of embedded memory. Were we made to sing? To make music? To be together? To reflect? To connect?
Mount Holyoke community members—and members of the public—contemplate these questions year after year at the College’s annual Vespers concerts. The 2016 concerts are Sunday, December 4, at 4:00 and 7:30 pm.
After two years of dogged fundraising—and raising of eyebrows throughout Massachusetts—one woman’s dream became a reality. In a time when higher education for women did not exist. When educating women was seen not just as unnecessary, but as harmful and subversive.
As Mount Holyoke College’s oldest tradition, Mountain Day is clearly doing something right—very right. As it has since it began in 1838, just months after the first students arrived on campus. As it has through evolutions in transportation, attire, rules (think chaperones and special permissions), and best-practices in picnicking.
Q.What has the power to turn a tranquil grassy amphitheater into a pounding, pulsing epicenter of energy, noise, and spirit? Of “Oooaaah, oooaaah!” and “Twenty-seventeen! Twenty-seventeen!”
A. Convocation. Watch the video!