Deceitful Disney: Diversity Day Workshop Illuminates Childhood Film Stereotypes 2

Published: November 15, 2012

Hillary Saviello

“My childhood is ruined,” replied a shocked freshman to Eden-Renee Pruitt, Professor of Psychology, to a packed audience who laughed in accordance with his sentiment in her standing room only Diversity Day workshop. Pruitt has just elaborated the original ending to the popular fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” which ended not with the wolf eating Red, but raping her. More…

The Origins of Diversity Day 3

Published: November 15, 2012

Erik Elbieh

Simon’s Rock hosted its 7th Annual Diversity Day on Wednesday, Nov. 14. While this year’s Diversity Day may change the workings of future events, it might be worthwhile to remember the founding of the event and its evolution in years past.

Diversity Day first occurred on Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2006, and it was originally organized by students, staff, and faculty, as well as by some backing from the Race Task Force. Some students had created surveys to assess opinions of Cultural Perspectives (CP) classes, and it was decided that more incorporation or focus of diversity should be included on campus. More…

Professor Responds to Community Meeting 2

Published: November 14, 2012

Joan DelPlato

Open Letter to Simon’s Rock Students Following the Community Meeting of 11/7/12:

We all owe a debt of gratitude to the students who organized and attended last Wednesday’s Community Meeting. I appreciate the opportunity to hear the thoughts of members of the Simon’s Rock community about the goal of diversity that is so central to the college’s mission and to my personal and professional values. The meeting allowed the airing of grievances, an important first step in resolving them, a process which will take some effort from all of us. More…

Intertwined: Cloud Atlas Review 1

Published: November 7, 2012

Ronald Gerber

Apparently, Cloud Atlas is one of the most expensive independent films ever made, and that’s perfectly understandable; it features one of the biggest, most star-studded casts assembled since Harry Potter, not to mention that it is essentially a collection of period pieces that, by their very nature, require an inordinate amount of CGI. More…

Students, Faculty Welcome Visitors During Family Weekend

Published: November 2, 2012

Katherine Corn

Last weekend, students hosted their relatives during the annual Simon’s Rock Family Weekend.

Events available for the busy weekend included Honors Convocation, professor meetings, first-year and alumni panel discussions, and the Provost’s Reception with Peter Laipson at the White House. More…

Campus Events Question Safety, Free Speech

Published: November 2, 2012

Audrey Werth

Over the course of the semester, a number of events addressing diversity on campus challenged feelings of security and free speech on campus. The first documented event, which occurred on Sunday, Sept. 16, the day before the Jewish Holiday, Rosh Hashana, involved a student posting swastika graffiti in Kendrick Lounge.

“There was an investigation and follow up with the AHADC [Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Committee],” Bob Graves, Dean of Student Affairs, said. “When I found out who was involved I spoke with those students and [their] parents.” More…

Faculty Senate Holds Emergency Meeting, Releases Letter to Community

Published: November 2, 2012

Megan Patoskie

Faculty Senate held an emergency meeting last Monday, Oct. 22 to address the inconsistent faculty awareness of the events questioning diversity on campus. The meeting, in addition to addressing a student email asking faculty to become more involved, resulted in a formal letter to the Simon’s Rock Community on behalf of the faculty. More…

Coders Club Competes at Regional Qualifier

Published: November 2, 2012

Erik Elbieh

On Sunday, Oct. 21, two teams from the Simon’s Rock Coders Club competed in the regional International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) qualifier.

The competition, which consists of teams carrying a maximum of three programmers, involves solving seven conceptually and algorithmically challenging questions in a span of five consecutive hours. More…