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Matt Mondanile 04F and his band Real Estate on The Late Show with David Letterman!
Anonymous asked: does Hampshire offer Latin as a language? How about Arabic?
For language study, Hampshire offers: Arabic, Spanish, Yiddish, Chinese, and American Sign Language.
While we don’t offer Latin, you can basically pursue any other language study through the Five College Consortium. This actually kind of relates the question about Classics that we received earlier this week, which our student intern Zach Apony wanted to respond to in greater depth:
Classical studies was a huge part of my concentration and it is very feasible. We do have a selection of Classics-based course on campus, but they are basically all literature courses focusing on Classical literature in translation. If you are looking for language and translation courses, going off campus will be the way to go. That being said, we have an amazing free bus system to make the logistics more than achievable. I myself have taken 10 courses off campus, 6 of which were 5 Ancient Greek courses and 1 Latin course, and I never had a problem getting around. Each campus has its own specialties and navigating that allows you to craft the perfect curriculum in Classics for you. For me, that involved translating Greek Tragedy and as such the Amherst program was preferable to me since they have a course called Intro to Greek Tragedy, in which we translate a Greek Tragedy for a semester, that is accessible after only two-three semesters of coursework. If you have any more questions about Classics at Hampshire, please email me at email@example.com.
Anonymous asked: Would I be allowed to bring my fish with me? Once my parents have gotten rid of me, they're going to go traveling and they say I have to take care of him.
My dear fishy friend,
Alas, we are incredibly sad to tell you that officially students are not allowed to have any kind of pet (including fish!) at Hampshire. We wanted to double check to make sure that this was true (even for fish!) so we called the housing office to confirm (they did). It sounds like you’ll have to figure out another arrangement for your fish or (though we are not officially condoning or recommending this at all!) somehow clandestinely sneak your fish into your dorm room.
Best of luck!
Anonymous asked: Are you the raddest grooviest school ever in spite of your many flaws? Do you have cows and sheep and a radio station in a UFO looking building? Because these are all things I am looking for in a college.
Yes! Yes we are the raddest grooviest school ever and this baby cow totally agrees!
also these silly sheep:
Anonymous asked: can you get a job at the eric carle museum even if you don't qualify for work study? Or are you better off probably getting a job somewhere else off campus like a cafe?
So we checked in with the Eric Carle Museum as well as Hampshire’s student employment office and the official answer is that if you’re a work study student you apply for the position through Hampshire’s student employment office and if you’re not a work study student then you could (potentially) apply directly through the Eric Carle Museum. We were also informed that apparently the application process (work study or not) to work at the Eric Carle Museum is pretty selective and requires a cover letter and a resume.
More generally, work study jobs are the majority on campus. The only jobs that are not work study are: anything you need certification for (EMT/lifeguard), food service and jobs that you are screened for (ie: admissions, housing interns, alumni relations/hampshire fund). There are definitely jobs off campus but you have to fight for them. Remember, there are 30,000 students around you, they all want that job at that hip coffee shop too.
Anonymous asked: is there a way I could get the New York Times (or any other big newspaper) on campus everyday? I know some schools like Swarthmore offer them free to their students daily. I'm a HUGE current event junkie, and even with the seven news apps on my phone, I need to read a newspaper every day or I will probably go nuts. Thanks! hahaha
Yes! There are free copies of the New York Times in the foyer of the harold f. johnson library! (also in the dining commons, I’m pretty sure).
Anonymous asked: I want to major in Classics, but is it feasible to take most classes for my major through the 5-college system?
You have to remember that at Hampshire we don’t have majors. It’s a hard idea to abolish from your mindset because it’s so assumed for higher education, but Hampshire really truly does things differently. There are definitely faculty at Hampshire that would advise you and you’d take their classes etc. You’ll also definitely go off campus for your classes (everyone does at some point, no matter what they are studying). Amherst has a great Classics department so you’ll probably spend time there. The questions you are going to be pushed into asking at Hampshire are things like “Why am I interested in Classics?” ”What about this topic is so interesting to me?” “Is there part of it that stands out most?” Suddenly you’ll find that you’re not just studying Classics but specifically interested in the construct of gender in those stories and how that influenced stories to become….or something like that. And remember, if there isn’t a class for what you want to study you can always do a independent study.
Anonymous asked: kind of a follow up to that athletic question below - but does hampshire have its own gym facilities?
Yes we do! At the MultiSport Center we have an indoor track (full size), four DecoTurf indoor tennis courts, and a fitness/weight room. At the Robert Crown Center (RCC) we have running/elliptical equipment, an indoor pool, a sauna, a climbing wall and cave, basketball courts, and a bike (repair/building) shop. The RCC is also home to our Outdoor Program/Recreational Athletics (OPRA).
“There is really no place like Hampshire. Learning by discussion and revisionary process is unlike anything you’ll discover anywhere else.” - Breonna Mabry
Anonymous asked: when theyre put up, where would the courses a person is taking be on the hub?
After you’ve signed up for classes then you can just click on something like “my schedule” to see it!
Electric vehicle owners at Hampshire College now have access to a permanent charging station, thanks to Nissan.
Anonymous asked: I know Northampton has the best Moroccan restaurant in the states? What's it called? What about Korean food? Indian? haha
Not sure which Moroccan restaurant you’re referring to but Amanouz Cafe in Northampton is pretty fantastic. Hadley is home to a really great Korean restaurant and both India Palace and India House in Northampton are yummy (India House is a little fancier than India Palace). Amherst also has a bunch of great restaurants.
Anonymous asked: what's the party life like (including availability and use of drugs and alcohol)? and also are there many relationships, or are there mostly hookups?
The party scene is what you make of it. Yeah, there are parties, it’s college, but how you interact with them is your choice. Sometimes it’s dance parties, sometimes it’s a bunch of people piled in a mod living room fighting over who gets control of the iPod. Sometimes it’s a bunch of people in a dorm lounge just unwinding at the end of the week. There are drugs and alcohol on campus (if you’re over 21 and in your private space it’s legal to have and consume alcohol). Drugs are a different story as they aren’t legal, but of course there are going to be people who use them. I have never ever experienced peer pressure at Hampshire, in fact when I’ve shown up to parties sober people usually respond “good for you”. You may get offered something, but if you say no no one will care.
- In terms of relationships - you do you. People do the gamut from monogamous relationships that last forever to poly to open to hook ups to just friends to whatever. Some people do all of those things, it’s really up to you and whomever your partners end up being.
- Emma Opitz, tour guide