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  • By Marianne Goodfellow   Delicate sprigs of English ivy once lined the perimeter of the four story yellow brick and marble building now known as Murdock Hall. In 1899, the 53 students of the first graduating class of the former North AdamsNormal School gathered on the lawn to “plant the...

    Baccalaureate Ivy Tradition May 16

    By Marianne Goodfellow   Delicate sprigs of English ivy once lined the perimeter of the four story yellow brick and marble building now known as Murdock Hall. In 1899, the 53 students of the first graduating class of the former North AdamsNormal School gathered on the lawn to “plant the…

  • By Alexander Moore   A smoke-free campus does not necessarily mean that there is no smoking allowed altogether, according to a Beacon survey of three nearby colleges. The Beacon reported April 10 that seven of the nine state colleges and the five UMass schools are considered smoke free, as well...

    Colleges differ on idea of smoke free

    By Alexander Moore   A smoke-free campus does not necessarily mean that there is no smoking allowed altogether, according to a Beacon survey of three nearby colleges. The Beacon reported April 10 that seven of the nine state colleges and the five UMass schools are considered smoke free, as well…

  • By Gabriel Kogel   In spring of next year the education program will require students to pass the first Massachusetts Testing Education Licensure (MTEL) exam before enrolling in their second field placement. The test, called “Communication and Literacy,” is the first of a series of MTELs required by the State...

    Changes made to education test

    By Gabriel Kogel   In spring of next year the education program will require students to pass the first Massachusetts Testing Education Licensure (MTEL) exam before enrolling in their second field placement. The test, called “Communication and Literacy,” is the first of a series of MTELs required by the State…

  • By Nick Swanson   Professor Mariana Bolívar Rubín was recently elected to the Modern Language Association of America’s (MLA) delegate assembly. “I’m very excited to understand how the discipline works, and to be a part of the decision-making not only in academia, but now in the workforce,” Bolívar said. Bolívar,...

    Bolivar elected to 3-year term as an MLA delegate

    By Nick Swanson   Professor Mariana Bolívar Rubín was recently elected to the Modern Language Association of America’s (MLA) delegate assembly. “I’m very excited to understand how the discipline works, and to be a part of the decision-making not only in academia, but now in the workforce,” Bolívar said. Bolívar,…

  • By Raanan Sarid-Segal   On campus, numerous groups lobby administration when issues crop up. The problems they address range from great to small, from issues surrounding smoking to the vital issue of food and its availability to those with dietary restrictions. Among these voices for campus appear a traditionally ignored...

    Trans and non-gender binary students continue to struggle

    By Raanan Sarid-Segal   On campus, numerous groups lobby administration when issues crop up. The problems they address range from great to small, from issues surrounding smoking to the vital issue of food and its availability to those with dietary restrictions. Among these voices for campus appear a traditionally ignored…

  • By Alexander Moore   Labels are dehumanizing and having a label masks our complexities as human beings, according to Karen Cardozo, Professor of Interdisciplinary studies. “We are never just one thing, and even when we cite multiple identities, those labels can’t capture our complexity or uniqueness as human beings,” Cardozo...

    Gender labels may help with identity issues, but may also constrict people

    By Alexander Moore   Labels are dehumanizing and having a label masks our complexities as human beings, according to Karen Cardozo, Professor of Interdisciplinary studies. “We are never just one thing, and even when we cite multiple identities, those labels can’t capture our complexity or uniqueness as human beings,” Cardozo…

  • By Amanda Mahoney   Most students would not think that in a computing class you would actually get to take apart old computers and put them back together again. But, most of Computer Science Professor David Eve’s students probably weren’t expecting to be told on the first day of classes...

    Changes made to core computing and communication class

    By Amanda Mahoney   Most students would not think that in a computing class you would actually get to take apart old computers and put them back together again. But, most of Computer Science Professor David Eve’s students probably weren’t expecting to be told on the first day of classes…

  • By Payton Vincelette   You’d be hard pressed to find a college student today who does not own a laptop. “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a laptop,” said sophomore Salimata Kamara.  “It would be pretty tough to get anything done without one.” That is a statement consistent with...

    Benefits of the MCLA laptop initiative program

    By Payton Vincelette   You’d be hard pressed to find a college student today who does not own a laptop. “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a laptop,” said sophomore Salimata Kamara.  “It would be pretty tough to get anything done without one.” That is a statement consistent with…

  • By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney   For my last column of the semester, I thought it would be nice to sum up most of my health and fitness tips to prepare you for the tasks of summer (which actually won’t be so bad with this knowledge). Start carrying a water bottle with...

    Important reminders

    By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney   For my last column of the semester, I thought it would be nice to sum up most of my health and fitness tips to prepare you for the tasks of summer (which actually won’t be so bad with this knowledge). Start carrying a water bottle with…

  • By Jenna O’Connor   With the closing of North Adams Regional Hospital (NARH) on March 28, the closest hospital is Berkshire Medical Center, located in Pittsfield—which is a 25-to-40-minute drive for the residents in the surrounding Northern Berkshire towns. The college announced last week that the MountainOne Wellness Center is...

    Wellness center concerns

    By Jenna O’Connor   With the closing of North Adams Regional Hospital (NARH) on March 28, the closest hospital is Berkshire Medical Center, located in Pittsfield—which is a 25-to-40-minute drive for the residents in the surrounding Northern Berkshire towns. The college announced last week that the MountainOne Wellness Center is…

  • By Alexander Moore   Instagram, Snapchat, and Soundcloud are all popular social media services with lengthy “terms of use.” Many individuals do not take the time to read these policies, and may not know what they are getting into when they sign up. When Snapchat gets an idea submitted by...

    User beware on social media sites

    By Alexander Moore   Instagram, Snapchat, and Soundcloud are all popular social media services with lengthy “terms of use.” Many individuals do not take the time to read these policies, and may not know what they are getting into when they sign up. When Snapchat gets an idea submitted by…

  • By Gabriel Kogel   For my last installment of Under the Bodhi Tree, I want to thank every one of you for reading my words. For those of you who’ve offered kind words in return, I’m especially grateful. May you always be blessed and live in joy. This has been...

    Meditation 101

    By Gabriel Kogel   For my last installment of Under the Bodhi Tree, I want to thank every one of you for reading my words. For those of you who’ve offered kind words in return, I’m especially grateful. May you always be blessed and live in joy. This has been…

  • By Yvonne Camacho   In the blink of an eye, four years are up. Seniors know there’s no avoiding the dread instilling question, “What are you doing after graduation?” For most students, the most traditional choices are entering the workforce or enrolling in graduate school. But, by taking an unconventional...

    Waiting for grad school

    By Yvonne Camacho   In the blink of an eye, four years are up. Seniors know there’s no avoiding the dread instilling question, “What are you doing after graduation?” For most students, the most traditional choices are entering the workforce or enrolling in graduate school. But, by taking an unconventional…

  • By Nick Arena   Graduation is closing in on students, and the Alumni Association in the Office of Institutional Advancement is looking to connect with graduating seniors. Over the course of Senior Week, the Alumni Association will be holding a few events that seniors can participate in to get them...

    Alumni office prepares events for Senior Week

    By Nick Arena   Graduation is closing in on students, and the Alumni Association in the Office of Institutional Advancement is looking to connect with graduating seniors. Over the course of Senior Week, the Alumni Association will be holding a few events that seniors can participate in to get them…

  • By Kaleigh Anderson   The Men’s 2014 tennis season has come to a close, ending with an overall record of 3-7 and 1-5 in the conference. They ended the final match with an 8-1 loss against Green Mountain College, on Thursday, April 24th. Because of poor weather conditions, the game...

    Tennis finishes season with 3-7 record

    By Kaleigh Anderson   The Men’s 2014 tennis season has come to a close, ending with an overall record of 3-7 and 1-5 in the conference. They ended the final match with an 8-1 loss against Green Mountain College, on Thursday, April 24th. Because of poor weather conditions, the game…

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