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Sweet Briar Reactions to the Inauguration

Sweet Briar Reactions to the Inauguration

Amy Kvien Reactions to the inauguration around campus included hope, empowerment, Obama’s exceptional speaking ability, and Beyonce. Some did not watch it and others watched it for requirements for classes, but most of those who watched it said they enjoyed it. Mary Earnhart said she watched it because “[she] is American” and she said she […]

The Vice Presidential Debate and Student Reactions

The Vice Presidential Debate and Student Reactions

Amy Kvien Tomorrow is voting day! The presidents were able to debate numerous times but there was only one vice presidential debate. On Thursday, October 4th, a diverse group of politically motivated students gathered in Reid Pit at Sweet Briar College, an all women’s college, to watch the Vice Presidential debate. Vice President Joe Biden […]

Six Questions for Thomas O'Halloran

Six Questions for Thomas O’Halloran

By: Amy Kvien In an interview with Thomas O’Halloran, Environmental Science professor, O’Halloran provided insight into Hurricane Sandy and the impending weather. Thomas O’Halloran has a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. His focus in environmental science is atmospheric science. Photo courtesy of SBC Environmental Science About the Hurricane, how bad is […]


Prothro Servery Gets a Facelift

Rebecca Mill ’13 As you may have noticed upon stepping into the Prothro servery after summer vacation, Aramark was busy renovating while you were on break.  Scott Shank, Vice President for Finance and Administration, commented, “The renovation to the Prothro servery was a result of our desire to continue to improve services we provide to […]

Library Renovation Shows Commitment to Sweet Briar’s Past and Future

Jennifer Will ’13 Over the summer, Sweet Briar began a renovation of the Mary Helen Cochran Library that will culminate in a larger, more technologically savvy environment for students and faculty to collaborate, work, and study. Workers began the transformation in the Fletcher parking lot, which will house additions to the library’s west wing in […]

Sweet Briar SGA Considers Changes to Student Handbook

Sweet Briar SGA Considers Changes to Student Handbook

By: Rebecca Mill According to recent Student Government Association meeting minutes, changes to the Student Handbook may soon be underway. The Student Government Association discussed possible changes to the Student Handbook centering on the handling of judicial process on Monday, February 20th. Academic judicial chairwoman Sarah Brazell ’12 is leading the changes, seeking to reword […]


Tuition at Sweet Briar Continues to Rise

Tuition at Sweet Briar Continues to Rise

By: Ashley Tomlin The Office of the President recently released that there will be a 3.7% tuition increase for the 2011-2012 academic year for returning  Sweet Briar students.  The College has consistently had a tuition increase each year since 2007, as a result of rising operating costs such as employee health care, food, heating fuel, […]

Curriculum Updates

Curriculum Updates

By: McKinsey Skeens Dean Amy-Jessen Marshall recently hosted several Curriculum Conversations for the general student body, to inform the campus on proposed updates to Sweet Briar’s academic structure.  These meetings were held in combination with the Academic Planning Committee (APC), which is a body comprised of faculty members whose roles are defined in Sweet Briar’s […]

Carrie Brown Appointed Visiting Professor of Creative Writing by Hollins

Carrie Brown Appointed Visiting Professor of Creative Writing by Hollins

By: Katarina Allen ’12 On January 9th, 2012, Hollins University appointed Carrie Brown as their distinguished visiting professor of creative writing. Brown, an associate professor of English and the Margaret Banister Writer-in-Residence at Sweet Briar College, has taught creative writing courses in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction for the past 18 years. Brown is the […]


Costly Catering on Campus

Costly Catering on Campus

By: Rebecca Mill ’15 Upon returning to school in the fall, many students expressed their surprise regarding  ARAMARK and the many changes that were associated with the transition. However, clubs were also taken aback by the new-and higher-costs of catering for their events.  According to senior Alex Grobman, “It appears that clubs and organizations on […]

MMC Wins Awards

MMC Wins Awards

By: McKinsey Skeens ’13 On Tuesday, February 14th, 2012, Sweet Briar College’s Media, Marketing, and Communications department announced it would be receiving five awards for various publications from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Sweet Briar is part of CASE’s Southeast District III within the North American district. The Southeast District III […]

A New Generation of Leaders

A New Generation of Leaders

By: Corinne Adams ’12 Sweet Briar College’s Leadership Conference brought over 125 aspiring leaders to campus on Saturday, January 28th, giving students a chance to learn the art of management from those with industry experience. The 2012 conference, in its 15th year of existence, was organized entirely by students from the Leadership Certificate Program, a […]


"Folks, That Ain't Normal!" Organic Farmer Addresses SBC

“Folks, That Ain’t Normal!” Organic Farmer Addresses SBC

By: Elizabeth Hannon ’12 On Thursday January 31, Sweet Briar College hosted Joel Salatin, alternative farmer, author, and speaker.  Salatin presented his talk, “Folks, this ain’t Normal!” to a packed audience, full of both Sweet Briar students and locals from the community, interested in hearing Salatin’s unique viewpoint on modern farming and consumerism. According to […]

Is Junior Week Tradition Being Cut Short?

Is Junior Week Tradition Being Cut Short?

By: Jennifer Will ’13 Rumors swept the campus in the first week of February, after administration and faculty made the decision to change the schedule of Junior Week’s festivities in an effort to accommodate all members of the Sweet Briar community. Junior Week, a celebration that takes place the week following Spring Break, is an […]

Student Government Association Trying to Amend Some Old Policies

Student Government Association Trying to Amend Some Old Policies

By Katarina Allen ’12 “Sweet Briar women do not lie, cheat, steal or violate the rights of others.” First-years at Sweet Briar College know that this pledge, the college’s honor code, must be memorized before classes commence. Recently, Sweet Briar’s Student Government Association (SGA) has been reexamining the student handbook embodying this code, especially a […]


Masha Hamilton Visits Sweet Briar College

Masha Hamilton Visits Sweet Briar College

By Corinne Adams ’12 On Wednesday, November 2nd, writer and activist Masha Hamilton arrived on Sweet Briar’s campus to spend an active week interacting with students and sharing her global knowledge gained from years as a non-profit leader, author, and journalist. Hamilton’s extensive experience as both a fiction writer and war reporter reaches a variety […]

One Families’ Pain, Sparks a Campaign

One Families’ Pain, Sparks a Campaign

Ebony Goines ’14  In October 2009, Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old student at Virginia Tech from Roanoke, Virginia went missing after last being seen leaving a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, Virginia at the John Paul Jones Arena located on the University of Virginia campus. The following January, her remains were found in a nearby hayfield, about […]

Sweet Briar Women Face Costly Campus Weddings

Sweet Briar Women Face Costly Campus Weddings

by Rebecca Mill ’15 With facilities as beautiful as the chapel, inn, and boathouse, Sweet Briar’s campus is a popular place for events; particularly weddings. Many students are under the assumption that alumnae and current students were given a discount to use the chapel for their wedding. Victoria Mills ’13 comments, “When I first came […]


Social Media Sites Not-So-Sweet for Soapbox Politics

Social Media Sites Not-So-Sweet for Soapbox Politics

By Gabriella Muglia ’13 On Thursday, October 20th, SGA held an open forum to discuss the ongoing concerns regarding the Sweet Briar College website. This impromptu meeting was held in response to a frenzy of Facebook comments reacting negatively to the new website banner posted on the website Tuesday night that many students saw as […]

Should Sweet Briar Offer Online Education?

Should Sweet Briar Offer Online Education?

By Marina Piatkov The idea of online education is not a dream of the future, but reality for many college students and teachers in the United States. As the “Learning on Distance“ statistics published by the National Center for Education Statistics this month show, about 20 percent of all undergraduates had taken at least one […]

Col. Moammar Qaddafi Killed in Surt

Col. Moammar Qaddafi Killed in Surt

By Corinne Adams ’12 On October 20th, 2011, Libyan dictator Col. Moammar Qaddafi was killed in his hometown of Surt, a death that many believe marks the end of Libya’s 8-month civil war. NATO airstrikes and National Transitional Council (NTC) forces on the ground forced a convoy transporting Qaddafi to scatter, resulting in his capture […]


No Dean Living on Faculty Row

No Dean Living on Faculty Row

By Asha Godfrey ’14 Though students are bound to spot her in Prothro Dining Hall during lunchtime on weekdays, new vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty Amy Jessen-Marshall resides not in the ‘Deanery’ house on Sweet Briar’s faculty row, but in a home outside of the ‘Pink Bubble.’ She and her […]

Aramark's Endeavor for New Dishes Upsets Students

Aramark’s Endeavor for New Dishes Upsets Students

By Libby Hannon ’12 Since beginning their service this fall, Aramark Food Services has instituted a series of changes at Sweet Briar’s Prothro Dining Hall.  While students have mixed reviews about the food, a recent announcement about dishware has had some students upset. During lunch, students were offered the chance to vote on new dishware […]

Familiar Faces in New Places: Changes in CCL Staff

Familiar Faces in New Places: Changes in CCL Staff

By Ebony Goines ’14 In the last few weeks, the Co-Curricular Life staff has undergone some changes. One of those changes includes Samantha Ayers going from Coordinator of Campus Student Employment and Office Manager to her new title, Interim Director of Student Involvement and Programs. Taking over Ayers’ old position is Vivien Lee De Wald.  […]


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