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Facutly Spotlight: A New Face on Campus, Nell Schroer

Facutly Spotlight: A New Face on Campus, Nell Schroer

Victoria Daniels Nell Schroer is the new smiling face in Career Services holding the position of Campus Student Employment Coordinator/Office Manager. She is currently training with Tandilyn Phillips and working with students on scoring the perfect intern or discovering their dream job. Schroer grew up in Douglas, Georgia and later attended Augusta State University in […]

Student Spotlight: Jessica Barry

Student Spotlight: Jessica Barry

Victoria Daniels Jessica Barry is a first year from the St. Pete Clearwater area in Florida where she enjoyed participating in the community theater. She graduated Magna Cum Lauda from the Center of Advanced Technologies where she studied computer programming along with other general studies. Upon arriving to Sweet Briar, she declared an Archeology major […]

Sweet Briar Study Abroad: Spencer Beall

Sweet Briar Study Abroad: Spencer Beall

Amy Kvien Spencer Beall is a Sweet Briar student currently living in Paris and studying at Paris Sorbonne IV, which is the division of the Sorbonne for History, Art History, Languages, and Literature. She is living independently in a particularly quaint studio on the top floor of an apartment building. Spencer has a blog about […]


Upcoming Election Brings Forth Political Issues

Upcoming Election Brings Forth Political Issues

Lindsay Pelland ’16 On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, many of us will be voting in our first Presidential election. The race between the current President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney is shaping up to be one of the fiercest in our history. It is your duty as a citizen of our great […]

Sweet Briar’s Board of Directors Moves Forward with Library Expansion

Sweet Briar’s Board of Directors Moves Forward with Library Expansion

By: Imani Dickerson Since 1967, Sweet Briar College has faced difficulties with a lack of space in its library. The colleges’ 300,000 books have been forced to migrate out of the space over the years, some even winding up in physical plant storage. The college’s Board of Directors is seeking to end such migrations, and […]

9 Years After Grutter, Affirmative Action Returns to Supreme Court Docket

By: Corinne Adams On February 21st, the United States Supreme Court announced it had agreed to hear the case of Abigail Fisher, a young Caucasian woman claiming she was rejected from the University of Texas at Austin on the basis of race. The case could potentially overturn the Court’s 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bolinger, […]


Hampden-Sydney College Ends Their Contract with ARAMARK Catering

Hampden-Sydney College Ends Their Contract with ARAMARK Catering

By: Rebecca Mill As its sister school Sweet Briar finishes their first year with ARAMARK food services, Hampden-Sydney College’s 56th year with the company will be its last. Hampden-Sydney will terminate their contract with ARAMARK at the end of this year and begin using the company Thompson Hospitality for their dining needs.According to Hampden-Sydney’s Vice […]

Cholera and Hope in Haiti

Cholera and Hope in Haiti

By: Mary Kate Patterson Just over two years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti and still the everyday life for Haitians has not returned to normal. Update reports from newscasters around the globe have commented on the lack of progress in the living conditions of the Haitian people. Most still live in makeshift tent camps […]

Human Rights Advocate, Jacqueline Murekatete Visits Sweet Briar

Human Rights Advocate, Jacqueline Murekatete Visits Sweet Briar

By: Corinne Adams ’12 Jacqueline Murekatete, a human rights activist and survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, spoke to the Sweet Briar community on February 17th as part of Sweet Briar’s Honors Program Colloquia series “Testing Tolerance.” Murekatete, a genocide survivor who arrived in the United States in 1995, described the journey of her escape […]


Increase in FARC Related Violence in Columbia

Increase in FARC Related Violence in Columbia

By: Mary Kate Patterson ’13 Within the past three months FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), the rebel group that produces about 50% of  all cocain on the world market and 60% of the cocain smuggled into the United States, has increased its acts of violence against the Colombian government. The attacks on Colombian military […]

New Exhibit "The Body Politic" on Display in the Benedict Gallery

New Exhibit “The Body Politic” on Display in the Benedict Gallery

By: Rebecca Mill ’15 February 9th marked the opening of a new exhibit in the Benedict Gallery.  “The Body Politic,” a show of caricatures by Pat Oliphant, now adorns the walls.  According to The Roanoke Times, the exhibit “[features] caricatures of past presidents, vice presidents and presidential hopefuls.” The show at Sweet Briar highlights a […]

Endstation Fundraiser Successful

Endstation Fundraiser Successful

By: Elizabeth Hannon ’12 On Saturday, February 11, Endstation Theater Company held their annual Valentine’s fundraiser, “Sonnets and Chocolate” at the Academy of Fine Arts in downtown Lynchburg.  According to Endstation’s website, the contributions from ticket sales and the silent auction met the company’s fundraising goal for the evening, marking the night as a great […]


Health Care's Preventative Care Policy Causes Controversy

Health Care’s Preventative Care Policy Causes Controversy

By: McKinsey Skeens ’13 On February 13th, 2012, the Washington State House of Representatives  approved the Reproductive Parity Act sponsored by Rep. Eileen Cody (D-34) in a 52-46 vote.  The legislation will require all health insurance policies that cover maternity care to cover abortion care as well.  The legislation comes on the heels of the […]

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grant Dispute with Planned Parenthood

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grant Dispute with Planned Parenthood

By: McKinsey Skeens ’13 On January 31st, 2012, Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced  it would no longer allow Planned Parenthood to apply for grants to fund the organization’s educational centers and breast cancer prevention screenings, a decision that was reversed three days later following outcry from Planned Parenthood supporters.  Founder and CEO of […]

Washington State to Join In Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage

Washington State to Join In Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage

By: Imani Dickerson ’15 Same-sex marriage was first barred in the United States in 1973 by Maryland’s Family Law Act. The law, which legally defined  marriage as between a man and a woman, marked the beginning of the state-level same-sex marriage debate in America, a debate that was codified federally by the 1996 Defense of […]


Anniversary of the Egyptian Protest Movement

Anniversary of the Egyptian Protest Movement

By: Mary Kate Patterson ’13 January 25th marked the one year anniversary of the Egyptian protest movement. For a while, the movement seemed destined for success but now, as the protests and violence continue, the situation is much more complex.  After 18 days of protests at the beginning of 2011, Hosni Mubarak stepped down, handing […]

Technology Within the Classrooms

Technology Within the Classrooms

by Maria El-Abd ’12 In the past decade, schools throughout the nation have rushed to incorporate technology in the classroom, claiming such initiatives make learning a more engaging experience for students. Various classrooms have expanded to include desktops, laptops, SMART Boards, iPods, iPads, and the list continues to grow. According to the New York Times, […]

Gays in military file suit against DOMA

Gays in military file suit against DOMA

By Emily Weiland ’15 A little over a month after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” lifted the ban on gays serving openly in the military, six active troops and two veterans are filing suit over the constitutionality of DOMA. DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act, is a 1996 law that prevents the […]


Supernatural Tales Revealed at Annual Ghost Tours

Supernatural Tales Revealed at Annual Ghost Tours

By Asha Godfrey ’14 Students have shared ghost stories at Sweet Briar over a number of decades. The most popular amongst all the eerie tales of ghost sitings or bumps in the night are those involving the ghost of Daisy Williams, the sixteen year old girl to whom Sweet Briar’s construction is dedicated. On the […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Arrives at Sweet Briar

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Arrives at Sweet Briar

By PJ Peek ’12 This October, Sweet Briar College will mark the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual, national event that spreads awareness about issues surrounding breast cancer.  Breast cancer has become synonymous with the color pink, however, a new term has developed in the marketing world that has hit the main […]

Digital Storytelling by  Bryan Alexander

Digital Storytelling by Bryan Alexander

By Libby Hannon ’12 On Tuesday, October 11, Sweet Briar students had the unique opportunity to attend a lecture by Bryan Alexander, senior fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) and author of The New Digital Storytelling: Creative Narratives with New Media.  In his presentation on “Storytelling for the 21st Century,” […]


Why International Students Choose to Study at SBC

Why International Students Choose to Study at SBC

By Maria El-Abd ’12 Imagine traveling halfway around the world to attend a college locally known as “The Pink Bubble.” Sweet Briar College’s international students, a handful of twenty-three young women who come from a wide range of countries, do exactly that each year. Sweet Briar welcomes them, of course, with open arms, but as […]

Kate Chenery Speaks About Secretariat

Kate Chenery Speaks About Secretariat

By Rebecca Mill ’15 On October 15th, during Homecoming and Families weekend, the Sweet Briar Memorial Chapel featured Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery. Tweedy lectured on her family’s rags-to-riches story, to a group of students and parents, some of whom arrived in their breeches and tall boots right from the Equitrials hosted on […]

Troy Davis' Exectution, Was He Innocent?

Troy Davis’ Exectution, Was He Innocent?

By Amber Smith ’14 Troy Davis was executed on September 21, 2011, for the alleged murder of an off duty police officer named Mark MacPhail in 1989. He was convicted in 1991 for shooting MacPhail to death while coming to the aid of the homeless man that was being attacked. There was a four-hour delay […]


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