I miss constantly being asked my preferred pronouns. I miss people getting wasted and screaming through the dorms when I’m trying to sleep. I miss camping out in the Airport Lounge for hours and hours trying to alienate myself from the outside world and finish my fucking papers. I miss waking up at 5 pm on a Saturday to my friends telling me it’s time to go to dinner. Fuck, I miss the smell of weed, even though I don’t smoke. I miss listening to people singing and playing guitar in the Dakin Quad. I miss playing pool at the Bridge Cafe. I miss my friends, with whom I could spend a whole day watching Maury, or playing Amnesia at night and screaming when something popped out, even if it was quiet hours. I miss walking to the Hampstore in my PJ’s and buying a Virgil’s root beer. I miss Roberta telling me the weather forecast as I swiped to get in the dining hall. I miss going into the Yurt at midnight and doing an impromptu late-night all-request show where I play shit like Justin Beiber, or the Russian National Anthem. I miss making fun of UMass bros. I miss meeting a new acquaintance or friend every couple days, because the people at Hampshire are that fucking nice.
That being said, I look forward to so much more this coming year. I’m looking forward to doing Janterm, because I was working during last year’s. I’m looking forward to living on a hall full of all my Hampshire friends. I’m looking forward to meeting all the new first years, especially in the first month of school when they’re all still so shocked at how fucking great this college is. I look forward to another Hampshire Halloween, even despite being sober now. I’m looking forward to all the new, crazy things my friends and I have been planning over the Summer, and I’m looking forward to some first-years joining our friend ranks as well. I’m looking forward to striking up new conversations with Roberta. I’m looking forward to trying out for(and hopefully making it into) one of the acappella groups. I’m looking forward to writing more for the Omen. I’m looking forward to putting so much stupid shit on my door that nobody will recognize it when I take it all off when I move out. I’m looking forward to everything.
less than one month until I am back at the place I can almost certainly call my home. I can’t fucking wait another minute.
Do kittens get your attention? I hope so. Are you tired of me reminding you about workshop proposals? Oh well.
The fourth annual Five College Queer Gender and Sexuality Conference in Amherst, MA is looking for more workshop proposals! If you identify as queer (or otherwise lgbtqiap+++) and are a student, community member, educator, artist, performer, poet, or any and all intersections therein, and you might be interested in facilitating a workshop or participating in a panel, TELL US. Share your your desires, your thoughts, your words, your art, your brilliance.
Also, a lil note to my q/tpoc bbys: In struggle and solidarity, PLEASE SUBMIT SOMETHING. I’m so damn tired of this being such an overwhelmingly white space. I want to be able to learn, grow, and reflect together, without feeling like white folks are tryna hop on my boat and “identify” with me.
Because this conference is student run and fundraised, we cannot compensate presenters (unless they are special guests who we have specifically invited). However, minimal travel funding can be negotiated.
An Email from Hampshire College President Johnathan Lash
Dear Hampshire College Students, Staff, and Faculty,
A few days ago, the American flag on the Hampshire College Campus was
raised again to its full height after being at half-mast to mourn the
recent tragedies in Boston. This somber moment has been an impetus for us
all to consider the powerful symbolism of the flag, particularly on this
campus. In the strong Hampshire College tradition of rigorous questioning,
critical thinking, commitment to social justice, and resistance to global
systems of oppression, it is the responsibility of this institution to
consider carefully the symbols we choose to represent our community. As an
institution and as a community of individuals, we mourn the devastation of
the events in Boston and the terrible loss experienced by those affected.
We also aim to turn a critical eye to the presence of the American flag on
the Hampshire Campus, and how it is mobilized by state forces in such
times of mourning in order to justify further violence.
After much consideration, a decision has been made to once again lower the
flag to half-mast and to turn it upside down. This is a two-fold
statement: it is a reclamation of mourning, and it is an act of resistance
against the symbolic violence of the American flag. The tragedy in Boston
hits close to home, and many of us feel it deeply. This act is not
intended to undermine that loss, but rather to mourn all lives lost to
Following the events in Boston, President Obama placed an executive order
that all U.S. flags be lowered to half-mast until sunset on April 20th.
To lower the flag only when the ideal of an untouchable America is
threatened privileges those calamaties over the many that also affect
members of the Hampshire community and the world.
We at Hampshire now ask: why does the state decide when we mourn?
In times of tragedy, the American public is urged to combat terrorism with
patriotism. The flag is upheld as a seemingly benign rallying point of
unity and pride, but it is also used to cultivate American exceptionalism
and perpetuate racist oppression. The state strategically brings certain
acts of violence into the public consciousness and excludes others to
create a culture wherein continued state violence is condoned.Under this
vision of the American flag, violence directed at runners at a sporting
event is considered terrorism, while the murder of 175 children in
Pakistan and Yemen over the past ten years using military drones is
sanctioned by U.S. policy. The Hampshire community upholds that all
violence and all murders are tragic and deserve to be mourned.
The flag and the state which it represents inhibits its citizens from
developing cross-national and cross-cultural solidarity by deeming some
people worthy of mourning while deeming others terrorists or criminals.
Following 9/11, the state channeled public fear into violent “Wars on
Terror” and state-sanctioned Islamaphobia in the name of national
security. Following the recent events in Boston, there have already been
numerous violent hate crimes committed against brown and Muslim bodies in
the name of patriotism and security. This flag is mobilized in the
process of justifying such acts to enforce the notion that the people it
claims to represent are deserving of security and nationhood while
“others” are working to destroy their safety. By turning our flag over,
we are mourning the deaths in Boston along with all those deaths wrought
at the hand of state violence.
We are mourning for Kimani Grey, for Trayvon Martin, and for the 110 Black
people murdered by the police in the year of 2012 alone.
We are mourning the over 112,000 civilians murdered in Iraq and the over
16,000 civilians murdered in Afghanistan in the U.S. “War on Terror”.
We are mourning for the over 270,000 farmers in India who have committed
suicide since 1995 because of exploitative, U.S.-centric, neoliberal
We are mourning for the fourteen people who died in West, Texas last week
because of corporate oversight, and for the more than 50,000 people who
have died in workplace accidents in the past year.
Hampshire College is a community that prides itself on its diversity. Our
students represent a plurality of experiences and identities, each with a
unique relationship to the American flag and what it represents. The
Hampshire College administration and I will take greater steps in the
future to support all students, regardless of race, class, immigration
status, place of origin, or religion. As an act of respect and solidarity
for all those who are marginalized and oppressed by the state which this
flag represents, it has been decided that following these few days at
half-mast, the American flag will be removed from our campus permanently.
I urge other institutions to follow in Hampshire College’s footsteps.
Please forward this e-mail widely.
President Jonathan Lash
Office of the President
893 West St
Amherst, MA 01002
This summer, the office of new student programs sent NEWTOHAMP BOT, a little robot friend, to all incoming students. Wondering how to get around the Pioneer Valley once you’ve arrived? Learn more in this episode of Newton’s Laws.
hey im going to MHC next year and i love theater. I was wondering how theater works, like is it a 5 college thing, or only at mount holyoke?? Im very excited!
Hey Caroline! Congrats!! Mount Holyoke has a theatre department that puts on a season of shows each year, as do each of the 5 colleges. MHC’s dept puts on 2 shows per semester, both of which have auditions toward the beginning of the semester. There’s also a student org on campus, Project: Theatre, that puts on 3-6 shows per semester. Those are entirely student-run (student directors, producers, performers, choreographers, publicists, musical directors, etc.). P:T puts up a mix of plays and musicals; the dept mostly does plays, with the occasional musical.
You can also audition for shows (and music/dance ensembles, join clubs, etc.) at the other colleges. Again, there are theatre dept and student-run options. Check out their seasons. This is a good rundown of what the various depts are doing: auditions and performances are posted. You should search the various college’s websites for more info, if you’re interested in auditioning off campus. There’s a ton happening in the area. The five colleges collectively put on an opera once every four years that rotates between the colleges and specifically includes pretty equal representation from all the colleges.
Would you consider studying dance in college? Idk just because you seem so passionate about it
oh yeah im defo going to!! either as a minor or just a lot of classes. the great thing abt mount holyoke (my top choice) is that i dont have to major in dance to be in the department and also i have access to all of the dance programs across the five college consortium which is ball as fuck