• 15th August
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Hi I'm the design your own major girl again. I was wondering if you, or anyone who happens on this blog often as I'm sure many do, has ever done a communications or public relations type of major? I'm trying to get an idea of the best courses or departments to work with for that and if anyone has experience and tips that would be lovely. Or even if you have tips on designing a major. Thanks so much.

Asked by: Anonymous

mountholyoke:

I know there’s a nexus journalism major that’s cropped up in the last few years! It’s definitely something you could work with an adviser and the registrar to make happen. My tip for designing a major: clear and very frequent communication with the people holding the reins of what and what does not qualify as a major course for you. Keep an eye on all the pots you have boiling!

Any SELF-DESIGNED MAJORS out there have tips to share?

Yes!  I’m a 2012 alumna and I self-designed a musical theatre major.  About the process.  If you’re thinking about self-designing, you can go to the registrar’s office and ask to read other students’ proposals: you can see the courses we took, which profs advised us, and how we described our majors.

Since you’re interested in communications, you should also check out the newly developed Nexus tracks.  They’re essentially the equivalent of a minor with lots of experiential learning (so you’d follow a Nexus track in addition to your major.)

  • 10th August
    2014
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Hello! My name is Emily and I'm an incoming MHC student in the class of 2018. I saw your self-designed musical theatre major and thought that sounded super interesting! I love performance and I am currently planning a double major in music and international relations. But I would love to hear about musical theatre opportunities on campus or in the 5 colleges that I might be able to take advantage of. Thank you!! :)

Asked by: murdergoat

Hello Emily!

First of all, congratulations!  I hope your MHC experience is just as wonderful and transformative as mine was.

Info on the theatre major/minor and other available courses.  The dept leans toward plays, though it also produces occasional musicals (including Rent last spring) and there’s a 5-C opera every 4 years.  Within the theatre major/minor, you can focus on performance, directing, design, playwriting, etc.  

In addition to the theatre dept’s shows, Project: Theatre (a student org) produces a full season of plays and musicals in which students run everything: directing, designing, choreographing, etc.  P:T and dept shows/classes are open to you regardless of whether or not you’re a performing arts major.

Beyond MHC: I took an acting class at Amherst and was in a musical at UMass.  Smith also has beautiful facilities and I have a friend who performed in a Smith show and loved it.  Hampshire is great for alternative/experimental art.  There’s a range of dept- and student-run opportunities around the 5 colleges.  The most MT-focussed group is the UMass Theatre Guild.  This will give you an idea of what’s available on each campus, including audition info.

Music dept opportunities: There are several choral groups that perform a classical repertoire and might interest you; I sang in Chorale and Glee Club.  You should definitely check out Vocal Jazz.  One of the Jazz Ensembles’ annual spring concerts is The Big Broadcast, a 40’s-style radio show that features costumes and music of the era, much of which was from Broadway.

Given the phrasing of your question, I assume you sing.  If you want to pursue vocal performance, talk to Cheryl Cobb.  I took voice lessons with her because—at least while I was at MHC—she was the most jazz/MT-oriented voice prof.  She’s a fantastic teacher and absolutely hilarious.

More about self-designing   
Theatre in the Pioneer Valley (outside of the 5-Cs)

Now I’ve written you a novel.  As you’ll soon find, there are 34587251 things to do at MHC.  Don’t worry if you don’t have time to do everything at once—we all struggle with that.  Take the time to look around at all the opportunities, try out a few things, and see what grabs you.  Good luck!

  • 9th July
    2014
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tpringing:

In an e-mail from the president to the student body 
[INTERNAL SCREAMING INTENSIFIES] 

so…moho’s common read this year is, in effect, orange is the new black.  fantastic.  i really enjoyed my common read book and the tradition of the new class coming in with this shared literary experience, but i’d be more than up for doing whole-class media analysis and critique.  excited to hear how this turns out.

tpringing:

In an e-mail from the president to the student body 

[INTERNAL SCREAMING INTENSIFIES] 

so…moho’s common read this year is, in effect, orange is the new black.  fantastic.  i really enjoyed my common read book and the tradition of the new class coming in with this shared literary experience, but i’d be more than up for doing whole-class media analysis and critique.  excited to hear how this turns out.

  • 18th June
    2014
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Post-Graduation Blues or How to Survive Mohomesickness

  • 16th June
    2014
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  • First episode of Orange is the New Black: Wow this theme song is long
  • Halfway through the season: THE ANIMALS THE ANIMALS IS TRAPPED TRAPPED TRAPPED TILL THE CAGE IS FULL THE CAGE IS FULL THE DAY IS NEW AND EVERYONE IS WAITING WAITING ON YOU AND YOOOOOOOOOOUVE GOT TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME
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ashkenazi-autie:

asktheteamofscientists:

scifi-reality:

"Women have to protect other women"
"Women have to protect other women"
"Women have to protect other women"
"Women have to protect other women"
"Women have to protect other women"
"Women have to protect other women"
"Women have to protect other women"
"Women have to protect other women"
"Women have to protect other women"

And that means white women protecting WOC.
Cis women protecting trans women.
Straight women protecting queer women.
Abled women protecting disabled women.
Not just white cishet abled women protecting other white cishet abled women.

Not to mention that the woman in the gif is Angel Haze, a pansexual black indigenous woman  (who has some Native ancestry). 

[angel haze highly values her native ancestry, she’s a member of cherokee nation and taught herself tsalagi, and it’s important that we acknowledge that, esp. considering the lack of native american voice in so much media]

(Source: lanarey, via femininity-queird-deactivated20)

  • 9th June
    2014
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foshriizzle:

jhameia:

driftingfocus:

anogoodrabblerouser:

disquietingtruths:

universalequalityisinevitable:

Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.

Thiiiiiiis, people, thiiiis!

1. Kill alpha male types
2. Achieve world peace

Got it.

I’ve actually read a lot of Sapolsky’s work.  He’s one of my favorite scientists in the neuro/socio world.

I just watched the documentary and there is so much more about the troop that isn’t in this photoset—not only does the troop have a culture of little aggression and greater cooperation, but any incoming jerk baboons learned within a few months that their shitty behaviour was in no way acceptable, that the troop only rewarded sociability, and they changed accordingly. 

If effin’ baboons can learn this there’s pretty much no reason to believe that our only option in dealing with assholes is to just ignore their behaviour and let it continue.

wow what

(via feminainvicta)

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