Villians and Heroes Emerge from the Devastating South Korean Ferry Disaster


Villians and Heroes Emerge from the Devastating South Korean Ferry Disaster

With rescue still pending and further investigation to be made, the media and South Korean “netizens” created a villain in discussing the Sewol ferry sinking incident, which took place on Wednesday, April 16, in the western coast of the South Korean peninsula.

Boat crews try to rescue passengers from the Sewol ferry sinking in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul.

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Reacting to Past

Reacting to Past is a course offered by Smith College under First Year Seminar and Government. I am currently taking the course myself and I enjoy it very much! If you are a first year looking at various FYS offered by Smith, you should definitely consider Reacting to Past

The class that I am currently in is the same as the FYS Reacting course, except that it is a class listed under Government credit and is open to all class level. The class is currently playing a game on “America’s Founding: The Constitutional Convention of 1787” written by Professor John Coby.


My role in this game is Edmund Randolph, a representative from Virginia. My role is not as influential as characters like Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, or George Washington, but this class creates an environment where everyone is able to speak up without shying away.

Every time I walk into the class, I am amazed at the enthusiasm and the effort that the students put into voting, lobbying, and negotiating. But what stuns me the most is how easily and enjoyably I am learning the materials. Who would have thought learning about the niddy griddy process of constructing the American Constitution could be so entertaining?

If you are interested in this class, please read further and look through some of these amazing photos with captions below —

What is Reacting?

Well, Reacting to Past is a course that allows for you to role-play based on the historical facts. There are about two to three “games,” that are assigned per semester that students act out. It was first created by Barnard College. Click here to read further about Reacting to Past 

What are some “games” that Smith offers?

Some of the examples include: “The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.”; “Confucianism and the Succession Crisis of the Wanli Emperor”; “The Trial of Anne Hutchinson”; “Henry VIII and the Reformation Parliament”; “Rousseau, Burke, and the Revolution in France, 1791”; “The Trial of Galileo”; “Kansas 1999, Evolution and Creationism”; and “Defining a Nation: Gandhi and the Indian Subcontinent on the Eve of Independence, 1945.” 

Click here for more information on Smith College’s Reacting to Past

Explore these pictures taken by Carolyn Brown ‘16, TA for the Reacting class with Professor John Coby


Pleading for the Vote 

Caption: Before a crucial election to determine the next National Assembly president, members of the Crowd faction desperately try to convince Amanda Emily Rabe ’16 (far left), an Indeterminate, to change her vote.



Caption: Bishop Fisher and the Archbishop of Canterbury are shocked when they learn that a commoner that they had sentenced to death for heresy has enough protection to not go to trial.



Caption: Goofing off before class, Sydney Anderson (Georges Danton) pretends to kill Madison Chafin’s (left) character, King Louis XVI.

Here are some other photos of this the Constitutional Convention game:





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(All captions and photos provided by Carolyn Brown ‘16)


North Korea’s “New Form” of Nuclear Test, or a Twisted Story of the Boy who Cried Wolf



On March 28th, the United Nations Human Rights Council discussed a resolution regarding North Korea’s human rights crisis. The resolution was promising and quite strong according to many delegates who were present in Geneva. Julie de Rivero, director of Human Rights Watch, described this resolution as “strong” and “unprecedented”. The resolution urged the Security Council to take actions to put…

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MH370: No Answers and Endless Questions, Including the One that We Must Ask


MH370: No Answers and Endless Questions, Including the One that We Must Ask

The hope of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has sunk below the southern Indian Ocean along with the announcement made by the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on March 24th. Since March 8th, the date of the take off of MH370 headed to Beijing, no answers or solid clues were handed to the waiting families – only frustration continued to heighten.

Malaysia Airlines passenger plane
A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane 


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bizarrest asked:

hi! i am currently a junior in high school, and i am interested in applying to smith college. i did research and i found that smith has an acceptance rate of 42%. that is a bit high considering other schools, and i am really glad about that haha but i also understand that the number of applicants is also not as high as other schools. i was wondering if you can maybe give me advice on how to stand out from other applicants? as an student of smith, is there anything specific you learned?

Hi, sorry for the delayed answer to your question.

The answer to your question is to really be yourself. Tell us what you are passionate about and why you think Smith is the right school for you. We have many students on campus that have distinctive interests and who stands out from those interests as leaders or models.

We do carefully view all the aspects of the application and essay is definitely one thing that we pay attention to. And essay, besides the scores, give you the freedom to tell us about yourself. So I would advise you to use the essay to tell us about yourself besides what the numbers can tell us. 

Hope this helped! feel free to e-mail me if you any personal questions.

Anonymous asked:

Hi, just a quick thing about your latest interview with a smithie abroad: you have "She is currently enjoying her time traveling around New Zealand and meeting people from Germany before I head over to Australia in a couple of weeks." written, and I assume you meant to turn a quote she sent you into a third person statement, so I think it should be "from Germany before SHE headS over to Australia..." Just that little thing :) Anyways, neat interview! Thanks for posting it.

Thank you!! I will go right ahead to edit that. Thanks for catching it!

Interview with a Smithie Abroad: Jacqueline Morse ‘15

Jackie Morse is a class of 2015 Economics major. She is from Lincoln, a little town just west of Boston, Massachusetts. Jackie spent the past semester in Shanghai, and currently spending this semester in Melbourne. She is currently enjoying her time traveling around New Zealand and meeting people from Germany before she heads over to Australia in a couple of weeks. 

(Jackie on Huashan in China, hanging off the side of the mountain on the skywalk)

Q: What are your interests?

A: I enjoy economics, and as you might have guessed, traveling. When I’m home and have reliable internet, Netflix becomes a very common past time, though usually accompanied by some other (usually artsy) things, because I like having something to do with my hands while I waste my life away watching TV. My other interests include rollerblading and falling down and hurting myself, drawing pictures of walruses, and forgetting to send important emails. 

Q: Why did you decide to go abroad? What’s the story behind it?

A: Studying abroad was something I always knew I wanted to do, it was figuring out where to go that was the hard part. China was easy, because I was already taking Chinese language class and wanted to continue that. However, just going abroad to China wasn’t enough for me, so the hard part came in deciding where to go next. I’ve always wanted to go to Australia and New Zealand, and amazingly, the programs I could find in Australia (namely University of Melbourne’s fantastic business and economics department) fit with what I wanted to accomplish more, so that’s where I chose.

Q: That sounds like a lot of traveling. Can you tell me a little bit more in depth about each location and program you took advantage of?

A: First semester I spent in Shanghai, China, as part of the Alliance for Global Education in their International Business in Shanghai program. Second semester I’m going to spend in Melbourne, Australia, with direct enrollment at the University of Melbourne.

I’m currently spending the in-between two months I have in New Zealand participating in a program called WWOOF. If you haven’t heard of it, you should definitely check it out, especially if you’re interested in doing travel after your semester in the country you’re studying in. The basic idea of “WWOOFing” is, you get to work in exchange for room and board, usually on a farm. It gives you money, because you don’t have to spend anything on hostels or food, and a base camp to travel from!

Q: Where was your favorite place of visit during your year abroad? 

A: I definitely visited some awesome places while I was abroad. In China, my favorite two places have to be the Great Wall, something I’ve always wanted to see, and the plains of Inner Mongolia, a province in the north of China (ah! And Huashan, a beautiful mountain to watch the sunrise from — if there isn’t too much smog). I’ve been in New Zealand for a month now, purely for travel, and my fave two places here are easily Hobbiton (awesome set tour!) and the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. All of these were totally awesome and I recommend visits to any and all of them.

(The yurt Jackie stayed in when in Inner Mongolia. Photo taken at the site!)

Q: Was Smith supportive of your study abroad?

A: I had to fight a little to get Smith to approve my special study abroad program - it’s not normal for someone to go two different places in one year - but in the end I was persistent enough that they gave in. But after that, yes, Smith was very supportive. My friends’ support were great, definitely a shout out to all of them who listened to me talk about it for hours on end. All the professors I talked to about it, and all the ones I had to go through to get approval, were all excited for me.

Q: Were there any culture shocks?

A: I remember first getting to China and thinking, ‘hey, this isn’t so bad, I’m not feeling culture shocked or homesick at all! I read once (maybe in a Smith study abroad info packet? Who knows..) that often you feel more culture shocked when you’re in places that are more like home, because there are subtle differences you don’t expect, and that’s a lot more unsettling than being in a completely foreign culture. I can totally back that one up. So, whenever I felt culture shocked in China, it was the McDonald’s and the other American-y places that were the weirdest for me. In New Zealand, it was getting a hamburger and realizing that beetroot is a normal thing to get on a hamburger here, or that it’s perfectly fine to walk around barefoot in the supermarket (the other day I saw one woman take off her muddy rain boots outside the door of the grocery store (a big one, New Zealand’s Stop and Shop), do her shopping in her socks, then put her rain boots back on when she came back outside. I guess that makes sense).

(Jackie on a boat cruise on Milford Sound in New Zealand)

Q: Did you/do you miss Smith?

A: Definitely. It was definitely a lot easier not to miss home in general when I was with other American students in China. But now that I’m by myself I miss home a lot more. 

But I do miss Smith itself pretty significantly. There’s an atmosphere that Smith has that I definitely missed while I was gone, and having to explain things like feminism to some of my classmates was definitely a new experience.

Q: Did you learn a lot during your time abroad? 

A: Yes, I had Chinese language for thee hours a day, four times a week, which definitely helped my speaking. I almost wish I had done a language intensive program, though, because I feel like splitting my time between learning Chinese and Economics took away from my learning, just because the Economics class my program offered on China’s Economy wasn’t all that great. 

I also did an internship with a company that sends Chinese students abroad, mostly to English speaking countries. I gave presentations on liberal arts institutions (something that doesn’t exist in China) and different universities in the USA, to my coworkers and prospective students. It was awesome!

Q: What would you advise to the current or prospective student who are looking to go abroad? What should they think about before choosing where they want to go?

A: Think about what you want to get out of it. You’l probably hear that a lot, but still! It’s super important. You may also want to take into account, like I didn’t, the quality of the academics at your program. Often, if you’re doing something that isn’t the domestic language, you may not learn terribly much. I, for example, chose my China program for the blend of Economics and Chinese experience I’d get, but I ended up not getting too much out of the Economics part, and at the end wished I’d just focused all my energy on Chinese and done a language intensive program. This isn’t true for all programs, but make sure to put some thought into it, and definitely read about experiences other students have had.

Q: What do you think you’ll miss most about being abroad?

A: Meeting new people, getting to practice my Chinese all the time, and having the chance to travel so easily to new and exciting places. Traveling abroad has definitely given me the travel bug, and I’m looking forward to exploring the US more when I’m back home.

Interview with a Smithie: Carmen Pullella ‘16

Carmen Pullella is an international student from Rome, Italy. She is a sophomore majoring in Psychology with a focus in interested in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. She also enjoys writing poetry, going on an adventure to Northampton downtown and around Smith, taking pictures, and knitting on her own free time.

This winter, she made one of the top four students who will be attending College and University Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), poetry slam nationals, in Colorado in March to represent Smith College.


Q: What other activities/leadership positions are you involved in at Smith?

A: I wish I had more time to be involved in student organizations! But so far I am only part of a couple, including Spitfire (which is the spoken word club on campus), Active Minds (which focuses on mental health and well-being), and the Sophian (the campus newspaper), for which I am the photographer. 

Q: How did you come to competing in the poetry slam?

A: I have always enjoyed listening to spoken word. But an event in particular that drew my attention to poetry was attending an open mic night. The presented and performed pieces really touched me and that opened up my mind to the world of poetry slam. I did not think I could perform but I came to become more engaged. Eventually, I even joined Spitfire and began writing more. Through this process, I gained more confidence and the courage to perform at the next open mic and the next open mic happened to be a poetry slam. And it was a special one too since it determined the winners who would represent Smith to go to nationals in March.


Q: Congratulations! So how does the process of going to nationals really work?  

A: So the poetry slam is a competition that determines who would be chosen to go to College and University Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) in Spring. The first slam round took place at Smith in the TV lounge of the Campus Center. It lasted about three hours with fourteen students who read their pieces. Then, from this event, the top seven poetry readers with the highest score would be chosen to perform for the second round of slam. Then the top four finalists out of the seven are would be those selected to go to CUPSI.

Q: Tell me about the piece you read!

A: I read two pieces throughout the entire process.

The first piece I read dealt with the issue of eating disorders and body image. When I read the piece, in my mind, I was addressing it to my future daughter. I wanted to communicate to her about her how she should not be afraid to be “hungry” for life and new experiences.

 The second piece I read was an extended metaphor on letting go called, “The Art of Loose Knitting.” The title stems from the image of knitting myself closely to people then having a hard time letting go and unraveling the strings that I have knit so tight around them.

Q: What inspired you to choose these particular pieces?

A: Both pieces were written during times when I felt the need to examine certain aspects of my relationships certain people in my life and myself. Poetry is my outlet and my own method of release. It is a healing process for me where I am able to reflect, but at the same time, vent out and move on.



Q: How did Smith help or inspire you to be successful in this opportunity?

A: I honestly would not have been able to win the slam had it not been for Smith. Not only did I get involved in poetry slam at Smith, but also I was inspired to become a better writer and poet by my fellow Smithies. Without them, I could not have had the courage to perform or to share my work.

Q: Would you recommend current Smithies and prospective students to look into the Poetry Center at Smith?

A: Of course! The Poetry Center is a great resource and you should definitely seek there for any help regarding poetry writing, ideas sharing and more. And if you are looking to become an active member of a “poetry society,” where there are weekly meets in which the students write and host open mics and spoken word events, Spitfire is fantastic. And Creative Writing club on campus is also an excellent student organization. There are many resources for budding poets and writers on campus that will help you grow exponentially! Get involved, you will not regret it!