Someone on our campus is seeking to spread fear and violence against students of color, and we have to stand up to them in any way we can. It is all but confirmed that this attack is connected to the previous instances of hate speech on this campus. The victim of Friday’s attack is safe and defiant, and we stand in solidarity with her as we go forward in trying to promote greater safety for students of color. We urge everyone to be aware of any indication of who could have done this, and come forward with any information you think you have. White students in particular, you must use your privilege to be a force against white supremacy and racism, and be an active ally for students of color. Seek out opportunities to listen, learn, and use your privilege to be a force for good.
Yesterday, 9/27/19, Simon’s Rock fell into a panic after a violent attack on one of our students of color on-campus. Security responded with an email at 7:55 p.m. (more than 5 hours after the event) with an emailed statement which contained the following about the crime: “at approximately 2:30 p.m., a student reported being dragged into the woods and violently assaulted by an unknown individual near the Interpretive Trail” and went on to ensure that the police are looking into the issue. Although, they were seemingly calling upon students to help track down the perpetrator, asking if there was anyone with information about the violence. In the email, they also suggested that students walk in groups, as to avoid dangerous situations.
Friday’s Climate Teach-In gave voice to a series of Simon’s Rock staples, including Harold Hastings, Tai Young-Taft, Jennifer Browdy, Nancy Bonvillian, Brian Connolly, Justin Jackson, and Jay Maronde, an employee of the Physical Plant. According to the my.simons-rock Portal, his official title is “Maintenance Technician,” but Jay has really been acting as a campus energy manager. Maronde spoke on campus energy and climate initiatives. Below is a list of a few projects either in progress or forthcoming.
If you’ve been wondering why your trip to town now includes a walk to the DAC to meet the shuttle (as opposed to the previous Student Union pick up), I have your answer. The shuttle system is on life support, and soon the plug will be pulled in order to make way for use of the BBus, the regional public transportation system of the Berkshires.
On September 20th, people everywhere walked out of their homes, workplaces, and schools in a globalized climate strike. Why? Because we have now entered a climate crisis.
We are Simon’s Rock Communists, a club on campus that analyzes oppression and our society at large through a Marxist lens in an attempt to place it in the greater context of capitalism. Our foundational belief is that capitalism is the root cause of many (if not most) of the problems that affect our world. At our meetings, we read Marxist literature and organize student activism against any and all oppressive forces.
Moderation is a rather enigmatic process for most. Many fail to even recognize the name as anything of significance, despite its importance, and finding clear and concise information on the topic seems impossible. Fear not, however, as here is a clear guide from someone who's been through it.
In this episode, we talk about the art of playing and making music at SR!
Back in 1968, everything was grooving and dances were bopping. Every time a new move was introduced to the Neighborhood of Simon’s Rock, (a secret group that hung around in the woods), the dance spread like wildfire. One dudette would start twisting her leg and BOOM, the Mashed Potato would be born. Dancing was infectious to them; morning was the only cure. All twenty-five of those decked-out hippies would gather every night just to dance for 10 hours straight, only releasing hands when they saw the sun above the trees.