The Right to Privacy


Alice Mungyu ‘19, editor-in-chief

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan announced their split on April 2, sending media outlets into a frenzy with accusations. This sparks the debate: do celebrities have a right to privacy?

After having been married for almost nine years, the couple wrote in a joint statement released on Instagram: "we have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple." "We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now."

They added, “there are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision — just two best-friends realizing it’s time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible.”

Although there has been much speculation as to what went wrong, the public doesn’t know the couple personally. Everyone should be entitled to their privacy. People need to respect their wishes and give them space. Rumors and false stories spread like wildfire — and rather than build up the tension, the media should give celebrities time to reflect on their relationships privately.

Jennifer Lawrence has been outspoken for years on her loss of privacy: “You can say, ‘This (invasion of privacy) is part of my job and this is going to be a reality of my life, but what you don’t expect is how your body and how your emotions are going to react to it.’” She noted that people generally don’t have much sympathy for celebrities upset about privacy invasions: “Nobody wants to help us because it seems like, you know, ‘Shut up, millionaires!’”

Yet, some people disagree with this point, justifying that with fame, comes a price. To be watched for our amusement is a small price to pay for such an extravagant lifestyle. The Paparazzi remarks, “…you chose the life of a celebrity, which puts you in the public eye just as much as the life of a politician is.”

Other celebrities such Kristen Bell and Jennifer Garner have also voiced their concerns, especially over the privacy of their kids. They argued that their children should choose whether or not they want to be in the entertainment industry. They shouldn’t have to be faced with this type of craziness simply because their parents are under the spotlight.

The girl who got accepted into everything


Alice Mungyu ’19, editor-in-chief

This is an exclusive sit-down interview with one of Smith’s brightest individuals, Tahira Norton ’18. Tahira has been accepted into nine graduate school programs and has already received job offers from Wells Fargo, JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs.

Interviewer: Hello, Tahira — it’s wonderful to finally meet you! I’ve heard so much about you, and as I’m sure you know, your successes are admired by many. Let’s cut to the chase — how did you get to where you are

T.N.: Well, let me just kick this off by saying that it’s truly an honor to be interviewed by the Sophian. My experience at Smith has been life-changing, but my achievements are not, by any means, big. I mean, there is just so much more that I can do, and I’m determined to work hard to make a name for myself. There have absolutely been challenges along the path to my success, but my competitive nature has made it easy for me to consider these roadblocks as a game. There isn’t free lunch in this world, so I’ve learned to create my own success. Of course, I have a great support system — it’s truly always helpful to have well-connected parents.

Interviewer: With everything that goes on in your life, how do you maintain a balanced lifestyle? You always look so fit and alert! What does a typical day look like for you?

T.N.: I start my morning with barley tea — organic, of course. It wakes up the system. The classes that I have vary on a daily basis, but if I am already familiar with the material, or if it isn’t interesting enough for me, I just don’t go. I’m simply too busy. On some days, I will attend conferences or give talks. And you ask what I do to maintain my trimmed figure? Right now, I’ve been having two meals a day, and I’m trying out intermittent fasting. It also helps that I never eat at the dining halls. And I abstain from carbs and sugars to keep myself alert and focused. While I take academics very seriously, I try not to study after 7 p.m. because it affects my mood. Finally, I end my day with some mindfulness meditation at 10 p.m.

Interviewer: That sounds interesting. And what would your biggest advice to your fellow Smith students be?

T.N.: Focus on the key elements. Be the person that you want to be. It’s cliché! I know, but simply being here at Smith does wonders for you. You’re on this beautiful campus, you’re living alongside some of the best students in the world and you’re part of these incredible house communities. Make sure to try new things! Smith gives you so many opportunities to discover yourself. Everyone is always so encouraging and accepting of one another, so there is never anything to fear. Do as much as you can and use your activities to establish new, and most importantly, useful connections!


Horoscopes-- Tips for the mid-term exams




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Take good care of yourself, and give out positive energy to others. Remember to find some alone time to relax as well.



Try studying with a couple of friends! They will motivate you to focus and keep you company during the long hours of study.



Be sure to surround yourself with positive energy. Nothing can motivate you more than a good friend.



How about trying to finish the most difficult task first thing in the morning? It will make you feel so much better for the rest of the day.



When you feel overwhelmed, give a call to your family at home. They will give you the love and energy you need to go on.




Try using creative note-taking methods. It will motivate your studying and make your mood a lot better.



Try going for a 30 minute walk in the mornings. It will keep you healthy and make you feel productive.

Smith Libraries: Did You Know

Are you a movie buff? Did you know you can stream popular movies for FREE using your Smith One Card? Yep. It’s true. Whether it’s popular films like Harry Potter and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, dramas like Crash and Albert Nobbs, classics like The Color Purple and The Crying Game or foreign comedies like Amélie and Cinema Paradiso, Smith Libraries allows you to stream all of these and more, on-demand, using Swank Digital Campus, the Smith Libraries streaming platform. You don’t even have to be on campus to use it. All you need is a Smith One Card, a tablet or computer, and the internet. Boom. You can even hook up your device to a flat screen TV and share it with friends. To access Swank Digital Campus, just go to: and click on the “Movies” tab at the top. Enjoy!