Anne Spurzem: You Have Been Warned
Here at Vintage Smith, I try to keep an even temper. However, I’m not past putting anyone on notice. This week, that person is Anne Spurzem, the President of the Smith Club of Westchester County, who wrote a letter to The Sophian that can only be described as hateful, confused, bigoted and just plain mean. To read it, go here.
In these pages, I showcase the pieces of Smith College’s past that make us proud to hail from such a unique community. Sometimes it’s about Hilda Yen, the famed aviatrix who dedicated her career to teaching flight in China. Sometimes it’s about how one photo can encapsulate the bond felt by so many alums. Sometimes it’s about finding the perfect pair of saddle shoes circa 1949.
I was hoping some of you wonderful readers could pass along a message to Ms. Spurzem, telling her why you’ve been proud to call Smith home at one time or another.
I write all of this as a white, heterosexual alum who occasionally wears pearls, who accepted much-needed financial aid, who plans on giving to her school annually, and who hails from one big Lesbian family.
Please let Anne Spurzem know how much we love Smith College. Her email address is: [redacted, see below] and I think she needs to hear from you.
UPDATED to add: this evening, the SGA Diversity Committee Chair Mac Hamilton contacted me, asking if I would take down Ms. Spurzem’s contact information. I would love for you to continue the conversation in a meaningful way online. If you are in the Northampton area, there will be a public forum tomorrow night.
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