S M T W T       F   S                                                                                                                                           Mount Holyoke women have
            1  2   3 4   5   6                                                                                                                                           thousands of talents and
         SEVEN DAYS &
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                                                                                                                                                                         experiences that no one, not even
                                                                                                                                                                         their friends, knows all about.
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                    3PHOTOS BY ERIN BECKWITH '06
                     TEXT BY ELIZABETH M. O’GRADY ’06

     9 During a typical week, a Mount Holyoke student must wear
         many different costumes. Like an understudy in a play, she
         studies all her parts to be prepared for the next seven days, con-
         stantly hoping that she will be able to keep her roles straight.
         She is always rushing, multitasking, forever busy, and forever                             1                                                               4                                   5                                        6
         attempting to maintain some order in her life. She may fall
         asleep on Sunday night as a Mount Holyoke woman and wake
                                                                                                          1 In a science lab, Leszek Bledzki demonstrates how to             5 Mind and body development meet as Dru MacGregor ’07
         up Monday morning a Five College student, a singular, foreign,                                     monitor water quality in preparation for field work.               works out on the Stairmaster in Kendall sports complex.
         and unique voice in the classrooms of UMass or Amherst.
                                                                                                          2 Riding the PVTA bus that connects five area campuses             6 Emily Hoering ’08 discovers a present from her sophomore “elf.”
 10          On Tuesday, she may be a scientist, experimenting with test
         tubes in molecular biology. When she steps out of Carr Labora-                                   3 Relaxing in North Mandelle’s rec room after a long, lively day   7 Students chat with one another and a professor between
                                                                                                                                                                               classes at the crossroads outside Clapp Laboratory.
         tory at four o’clock, she is a singer: a member of the Glee Club                                 4 Posing, pre-party, in Las Vegas Night finery at 1837 Hall
         or one of the popular campus a cappella groups. At 9:30 that
         night, she’s transformed into a food critic, wondering with her
         friends who decided that a saltine could be a cookie at M&Cs.
 11          By Wednesday, is she a hard-working, sleep-deprived stu-
         dent, spending her night in the dark, espresso-scented recesses
         of the library? Or is she a highly experienced procrastinator,
         discussing movies, politics, men, or women with her floormates?
         Maybe she will demonstrate for them a few moves from her
         African dance class in the middle of the hallway.
 12          Her floormates can be amazing mysteries. Mount Holyoke
         women have thousands of talents and experiences that no one,
         not even their friends, knows all about. These moments in the
         hallway or the bathroom when she finds out the quiet girl who
         lives next door is a national squash champion or a published
         writer are highlights of the Mount Holyoke experience.
     1       On this particular Thursday, she hands out information on
         Transgendered Awareness Week or Voices for Planned Parent-
         hood in Blanchard, then rushes across campus for a ride on the
         stationary bikes in Kendall to exercise off the pent-up aggression                         3                                                                                                                                            7
         from a debate in her Existentialism class that morning.

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S M   T W T     F   S
       1  2 3   4   5
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20 21 22 23 24 25 26                                               … she puts all her other roles to
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                                                                   rest and attempts to relax before
                                                                   the next week begins.




      2     By Friday, she is tired. Yet she rejoices that the weekend is
        here over “blazin’ cod nuggets” or “chicken fryz” at dinner.
        And as she eats by the lake at Prospect Hall, she feeds the ducks
        even though she knows she shouldn’t; she is a rebel, too. She
        hops on the PVTA bus to escape South Hadley to the far-off
        lands of Northampton and Amherst, or maybe she watches a
                                                                             1 Remember the “joys” of communal bathrooms?
        movie with friends, or stakes out a free place in the Williston
        Library. Or perhaps this weekend she will put the books aside        2 Anneliese Lilienthal ’05 (front) and others research
        and shed the jeans, pajamas, or riding pants for feathers, jewels,     in the library’s reading room.

        or pinstripes and gamble the night away at Las Vegas Night, the      3 Students enjoy lakeside seating during lunch outside
        Mount Holyoke student’s one major outlet for vice, corruption,         Prospect Hall. Ducks often beg for food nearby.                                                            5
        and some serious dancing. But for right now, on this Friday                                                                                                                                                                           9
        night, she puts all her other roles to rest and attempts to relax
        before the next week begins.                                                                                                                                                          4 A cappella groups, including Nice Shoes,
      3     On one ethereal afternoon, as she walks toward the academic                                                                                                                         sing at Friends and Family Weekend.
        green where the sidewalks converge, she smiles at a classmate                                                                                                                         5 With nothing clean to wear, Jennifer
        or a professor who has changed her perceptions of gender or                                                                                                                             Leahy ’05 confronts her laundry.
        taught her to eradicate the word “interesting” from her vocabu-                                                                                                                       6 Students and their guests take a flutter
        lary, or maybe greets someone she has never met. This conver-                                                                                                                           during Las Vegas Night.
        gence reminds her of that moment when she realized she can re-                                                                                                                        7 Birth control and sexual health information
        late her knowledge from today’s American history lecture to the                                                                                                                         on display during a big party night
        lecture in geography, that her roommate from Hawaii listened to                                                                                                                       8 A typical dorm hallway—scattered with
        Ace of Base in sixth grade too, and that no matter how different                                                                                                                        stuff, streaming with light, and has
        every student at Mount Holyoke is, each woman understands                                                                                                                               seen it all.
        her stress or elation because she has her own collection of                                                                   3                                6                  7   9 Dorm doors provide shorthand
        costumes and her own lines to memorize.                                                                                                                                                 introductions to each room’s occupants.

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