It was a dark and stormy night at Hampshire College last night. Photo by Abby Hanus
Anonymous said: if hampshire has banned plastic water bottles (yay for going green!) are there refill stations throughout campus? What about in the dorms - specifically Merrill where the environmental LLC is going to be placed? Also, for the laundry machines, how do they work? Should I bring quarters or do we swipe a card?
There are refill stations throughout campus! I do not know where the LLC halls are, housing is still figuring out final details with housing. With laundry, you just have to provide your own detergent, no quarters or card swipes necessary.
Anonymous said: Question! The academic calendar says that Fall semester classes end Dec 12, and that Spring semester classes end May 1st- do students stick around past those dates for follow up work, or are they essentially break from when classes end?
There is a date that you have to be off campus by, and in recent years that date has been getting closer and closer to the end of classes date for the fall semester. If there is some time between when classes end and you have to be off campus, many students use this as time to finish their finals and pack up from them semester. In May students can be on campus until commencement, but have to be off by 10 AM the next day. It’s fun to see your friends graduate but stressful to be out in time.The academic calendar is created a few years in advance. I am not sure why it’s been shortening.
Anonymous said: OMG HI EMMA!! I am going to bring you sweets all the time. I'm a freshman this autumn and I've met you twice and you're seriously the coolest
Hi!!! I’m so excited you’re excited about coming to Hampshire. I am always down for sweets and basically anything to do with food. Get ready for the Bon Appetit brownies, they are (in my humble opinion) the best part of the dining commons at Hampshire.
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Anonymous said: hi! i know hampshire doesn't have a newspaper, but is there a shared one between the five schools that i could join? what's it called? Also, is it easy to register a student group on campus, who would i register that with? What about holding bake sales/little fundraisers and stuff, is there a process for that/where can i find more info? I'm going to be a freshman this autumn and am literally counting down the seconds!
Hampshire has had a student newspaper, The Climax, but it’s had a hard time with consistent leadership. I don’t think it would be hard to get it back up and running. Hampshire’s club program is through the CLA Campus Leadership and Activities. All you need to start a student group is to have 2 other friends to help set it up with you (you’re referred to as Signers as you sign all of the papers necessary for the group). There is a 5-college undergraduate journal, and a Division iii student a couple years ago started a 5 college media group (though you’ll have to investigate how it’s being run). I believe that bake sales also go through the CLA.
Anonymous said: So if you're placed in a double instead of a single when do you find out?
Housing assignments will be available on the Hub on August 15!
my-pistachio-nut said: Alright so this question is really not that important but, what is the concert scene like on and around campus? I just love live music.
The music scene is always important! Music is food for the soul.
Our amazing intern Lucas gave an awesome in depth answer to this question:
"Extensive! Hampshire students can join groups like VIBE in order to organize their own shows, and can set them up independently as well. There’s consistently a music event happening weekly, whether it’s a touring band playing in the Red Barn, an open mic, a Jazz Night in the Prescott Tavern…
Additionally, the other campuses have their own shows and student groups (for instance, the UMASS groups Students for Alternative Music books local and regionally bands both on and off campus). And finally, the area as a whole has tons of venues, each with their own ‘type’. In Northampton, the Iron Horse Entertainment Group (http://www.iheg.com/) has somewhat of a monopoly on the venues, which in their own right have a-not-insignificant draw (anyone from Paul Simon to Danny Brown to Thee Silver Mount Zion will play at these venues). Elsewhere, in Noho, Amherst, Easthampton, Florence… people are putting on shows at their own houses, at record shops and bookstores (http://feedingtuberecords.com/ ; http://mysterytrainrecords.com/psych-folk-joshua-burkett-and-mystery-train-records-in-amherst-ma/ ; http://www.montaguebookmill.com/), at non-profits and arts collectives (http://www.flywheelarts.org/)
"In terms of variety, it’s hard to generalize the on-campus music scene and interest. From night to night, there may be a dance party in the red barn, a noise show in the dining commons, an experimental composition in the music and dance building. The ares at large is even more diverse, and western mass is recognized for having not only an incredibly dense music scene, but also an incredibly active one, one that may surprise and provoke, but not at the expense of seeming exclusive or hierarchical."
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lets-have-a-ball-and-a-biscuit said: Is it true that January term is optional? Do most students partake?
Yes! It is optional. Many students partake as nothing makes a grey New England January feel better than sitting in a classroom full of engaged peers. There are also a number of study away options. Check out handy dandy link for more info! https://www.hampshire.edu/academics/january-term-2014
- Emma Opitz ‘10 F Admissions Counselor and new internet guru.
Anonymous said: Could you please talk about the tennis facility/tennis in general at Hampshire? I tried to look it up, but all I found was information about lessons and stuff. Do students have to pay to play there? Is there an intramural tennis team or anything similar on campus? I know this is an oddly specific question, but the facility seems amazing, and I'm looking forward to playing in college! Thank you!
There is not currently a tennis team. There is currently no registered tennis student group, though there has been in the past (and can be in the future!). Students can play for free after reserving a court (by phone or at the desk) during the building’s open hours.
- Sage “The-insanely-informed” Cambell ‘11 F
Anonymous said: Hi! How would one go about getting involved with the farm? I'm an incoming first year and I'd love to work on the farm!
Basically just email the farm managers when you get here, they’ll tell you to head on down to the farm at 7:30am on a weekday morning and just start working (at least that’s how it worked for me, though I didn’t end up working because of early am Amherst classes). In general, email a farm manager, call the farm, walk down there and start asking questions!
- Sage ‘11 F (the intern most likely to beat Chuck Norris in a fist fight)
Anonymous said: What about local flea markets? are there any good ones around?
There’s the “Olde Hadley Flea Market” in Hadley which happens every Sunday morning/afternoon from April to November, I stumbled on it on a bike ride once. Locals, flea market pros, and local food vendors. It’s a pretty nifty place. I don’t know about any others in the area.
- Sage ‘11 F (The person I would trust most to get me out of a dinosaur hurling tornado explosion)
Anonymous said: do you know of anyone at Hampshire that's a postcrosser?
After much crowed sourcing I am not sure if anyone at Hampshire is a postcrosser. I will continue to reach out to current students and see if they know of anyone who is involved!
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