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Thirty Years of Red Ribbons

HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, continues to make headlines as activists and researchers mark the thirtieth year since the first HIV cases were identified—and the thirtieth year without a cure or vaccine. And the epidemic continues to spread, as Lily Rodriguez '09 knows only too…... » Read more

Making the Grade: What’s Right with U.S. Public Education

  Amid the drumbeat of bad news about America’s educational system, Mount Holyoke alumnae are using their skills to make improvements—one student, one classroom, and one school at a time. When Meredith Louria '77, an English teacher at Santa Monica High School in California, opened the newspaper early one June morning and saw…... » Read more

Mercury Rising: What Happened When Lauren Smith Stirred Up the Mud

Like most waterways, the bottom of the Savannah River is full of dark, mucky sediment. In 2005, when Lauren Wooten Smith '11 got down and dirty to analyze what was in that mud, she discovered a toxic metal—methyl mercury—at more than 100 times the level considered lethal. Muckraking…... » Read more

Letting Go of the Body Myth

"I'm just trying to change the world one fat girl at a time," Gabi Gregg '08 writes in the Young, Fat, and Fabulous blog she's been churning out since graduation. Gregg is determined to make a difference in the lives of disenfranchised women everywhere: "girls like me—the ones who are so in love with an…... » Read more