Winter Storm Juno shuts down College
The College closed beginning on midnight on Monday, Jan. 26 and remained closed until Thursday, Jan. 29 due to the snowstorm that caused Massachusetts to issue a state-wide travel ban. All classes and College activities were canceled, and most buildings, including the Academic Quad, Keohane Sports Center and Health Services, were closed to secure the campus. Boston saw over 24 inches of snow during the two- day storm, which caused the Wellesley College Emergency Management Group to meet and determine the continued closing on Wednesday. During the closing, all staff members designated as “essential personnel,” including dining hall staff, were asked to report to work. Transportation services, such as the Exchange Bus and the shuttle to Babson and Olin, were halted. The College reopened successfully on Thursday.
College to host events commemorating Black History Month
2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), and the College plans to celebrate through a number of events, including lectures, film screenings and discussions. Harambee House will sponsor Black History Month to enhance awareness of modern issues that affect people of African decent as well as to prompt dialogue regarding cultural concerns. Charlene Carruthers, an activist, writer and National Director of the Black Youth Project 100 will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 commemorations, which have the theme “A Century of Black Life, Culture and History,” on Thursday, Feb. 26. Other notable events include a coffeehouse with a renowned performance poet, a movie screening of “Dear White People,” and an African dance teach-in.
Renovated Field House of Keohane Sports Center (KSC) reopens
The Field House, one of three sections of the KSC, has reopened after being closed for the Fall 2014 semester for renovations. Due to the snowstorm, the reopening, which was originally planned for Wednesday, Jan. 28, was delayed to Thursday, Jan. 29. The renovations, which are part of Campus Renewal, will enhance the athletic life at Wellesley by diversifying the College’s program offerings and extending access to the Center to the entire campus community. The ribbon-cutting event and open house, which will commemorate the completion of renovations, will occur on Friday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.