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5 Years Ago

With a few snow flurries in the campus air at midday, it seems fitting to look back five years to the one-two punch of a snowstorm and power outage

from The Bridge, vol. XLIII, no. 4; pp. 1 (November 16, 2011).

Snow Blizzard Causes a Two-Day  Power Outage at School

The first snowstorm of this academic year hit on Saturday evening October 29 and resulted in a two-day power outage at school. According to dean of students Nicole Hager the outage lasted from approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday until around noon on Monday, October 31…
Because of this outage, classes were canceled on October 31 and November 1. According to Hager, about 350 boarding students left campus, and about 130 day students remained off campus.
To deal with the crisis, many members of the NMH community worked overtime. Hager said Plant and Property staff worked around the clock plowing roads, clearing fallen trees, moving and connecting generators and even recharging and refueling generators throughout the night.
Similarly, the dining hall staff members continued to offer a continental breakfast in the morning and hot lunches and dinners. Hager added that some dining staff members slept over in O’Connor Health Center to ensure that they would be able to work the next day.
Many seniors applying early to colleges had deadlines on November 1 and found that the power outage came at an inconvenient time. The students who remained on campus were allowed to bring their computers to work in the dining hall, one of the few buildings with power. Many colleges extended their deadlines for students badly affected by the snow storm, according to Hager.
Besides the dining hall, the conference room in Holbrook had power, which allowed the crisis management team to make phone calls and send e-mail messages, said Hager. She added that the power plant also kept generating steam to heat the dormitories. Backup generators supplied these building with power, she said.

A year later, the campus-wide generator nicknamed “The Lamplighter” was on line to alleviate the effects of any future blackouts.
Take a look: Stream Media Education Foundation documentary films at NMH

Have you been thinking about the impact of mass media lately?

If so, you may be interested in taking a look at NMH’s streaming film collection by the Media Education Foundation (MEF). The MEF produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. The Foundation’s aim is “to inspire students to think critically and in new ways about the hyper-mediated world around them.”

To access NMH's MEF streaming film catalog you can start at the NMH Hub >> Library >> Library Databases >> and select MEF Streaming Video Collection.

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85 Years Ago

from The Hermonite, vol. XLV, no. 4; p. 1 (October 24, 1931).


This evening, the residents of the hill…will be treated to their first taste of the “talkies” in their own theatre. For a long time, the authorities have been investigating the makes and prices of this latest innovation of moving-picture entertainment. Tonight, the Sonofilm Company are to give a demonstration with their machine.

The picture is “Daddy Long Legs,” in which Miss Janet Gaynor is featured. There will also be a news reel. It is through the efforts of Mr. Hatch and Mr. Ross that the Sonofilm people give this demonstration. Whether we shall get the desired pair of these machines will be very much up to the students; for Doctor Cutler will, undoubtedly, sanction the expenditure of about $2,500 for this equipment only if he feels that such an expense will be worthwhile.

Naturally, of course, the demonstration will be handicapped somewhat by the fact that only one machine will be in use. As this is a demonstration, and as everyone knows that not all on the hill are convinced of the practicality of such an entertainment in Camp Hall, it is, therefore, hoped that each student will behave himself. It is not a secret that a Hermon audience can sometimes be a bit noisy!

It would be a full year before a projector capable of reproducing sound as well as pictures would be installed in the school auditorium (now Grandin). Today, community members can enjoy a wide selection of films on DVD available at Schauffler Library, though many will prefer streaming movies through laptops . Your editor thinks there's nothing to replace the big screen, not even a big screen TV. --ed.
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110 Years Ago

Each year this column spends at least one week reminding readers of our agricultural roots, always with the observation that while today we are a school with a farm program, we started out as a farm with a school program.

from The Hermonite, vol. XX, no. 2; p. 23 (October 13, 1906).


At the recent fairs held at Greenfield and Brattleboro, the number of prizes taken by Mount Hermon products demonstrated the value of scientific methods as applied to agriculture.

At Greenfield there was scarcely any competition except in vegetables and Holstein cattle. Mount Hermon out of a possible fifteen first prizes won twelve. At Brattleboro, on the other hand, competition was exceedingly keen. Honors were not numerous, and consequently a blue ribbon possessed the greater value. Both of Mount Hermon’s herds, Ayrshires and Holsteins, won prizes. But the most notable prize at Brattleboro, concerning which competition was keenest, was a $50 silver cup offered by the secretary of the National Ayrshire Breeder’s Association for the cow making the most milk and butter in twenty-four hours. This cup, awarded to Mount Hermon on the Ayrshire, Rose Franklin, will be placed in the Library.

Mr. Mallette, the gardener, was unusually successful with the fruit and vegetables of his exhibit, receiving a large number of first and a few special prizes.

Over two hundred fifty tons of hay, probably the largest crop in the history of the farm, has been gathered and there is still more to be cut.

The Secretary’s Cup still shines in Schauffler Library. – ed.
Take a book on break! Some picks for a four-day weekend.

For book lovers who may not have time for pleasure reading when classes are in session, here are some new titles that look intriguing and should be readable within a four-day weekend. Grab a book before you go! For Fall Family Days, the library closes at 6 p.m. on Friday and is open 9-1 on Saturday.

The Rift
by Amy Susan Foster
The Rift is the first book in a new dystopian trilogy. This fast-paced, military adventure has been compared by reviewers to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games and Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

Stumbling on Happiness
by Daniel Paul Gilbert
"Do you know what makes you happy? Daniel Gilbert would bet that you think you do, but you are most likely wrong. In his witty and engaging new book, Harvard professor Gilbert reveals his take on how our minds work, and how the limitations of our imaginations may be getting in the way of our ability to know what happiness is." -Daphne Durham,

Wasting Time on the Internet
by Kenneth Goldsmith
In which the author argues that "our time on the internet is not really wasted but is quite productive and creative." Take careful notes and file away for later use with parents and teachers.

by Michael Harvey
"An extraordinary thriller—gripping, haunting, and marvelously told—about two friends growing up in a rapidly changing Boston, who must face the sins of their past in the midst of a series of brutal murders"

The Vegetarian : A Novel
by Han Kang
Translated from Korean; winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. "Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams--invasive images of blood and brutality--torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It's a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home."

The Shipping News
by E. Annie Proulx
"In this touching and atmospheric novel set among the fishermen of Newfoundland, Proulx tells the story of Quoyle. From all outward appearances, Quoyle has gone through his first 36 years on earth as a big schlump of a loser... Proulx creates a simple and compelling tale of Quoyle's psychological and spiritual growth. Along the way, we get to look in on the maritime beauty of what is probably a disappearing way of life."

Topic Finder: A useful and practical research tool

Are you having a hard time finding keywords and search terms for a topic?

Try using Topic Finder, a tool that can be found in many of our Gale databases. Topic Finder can be used to discover the context of your search term and uncover hidden connections.

Goto the NMH Hub >> Library >> Library Databases >> OneFile PowerSearch and choose TopicFinder at the bottom left side of the page:

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Enter keywords associated with your topic into Topic Finder’s basic search box:

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The results of the search will be displayed as an interactive clickable wheel of words and subjects specific to your topic and a list of results for each word:

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The results could alternatively be displayed in an interactive clickable tile format:

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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 20% of those ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition. [source] That works out to about 130 students here at NMH. If you are one of them, I hope that this number helps you feel less alone.

In a given year, one in five adults experiences mental illness. That would be around 70 NMH faculty and staff. Around 1 in 25 U.S. adults live with a serious ongoing mental disorder -- which would add up to 14 NMH adults. [source] If you are one of them, I hope that this number helps you feel less alone, too.

Mental illness too often carries with it a stigma fueled by inaccurate or sensationalistic media and popular culture portrayals, as well as basic misunderstandings of what it means to be mentally ill. People with mental illnesses often conceal their conditions to avoid stereotyping, misunderstanding, and discrimination.

I hope that everyone at NMH who experiences a mental health condition knows that they are not alone -- here on campus or out in the wider world. And I hope that anyone who is suffering will find the strength to reach out for help. Students on campus have an excellent resource in O'Connor Health Center's counseling services. Employees may wish to contact the school's Employee Assistance Program as a first step.

Sometimes, relating to a character in a book can help us feel less alone. In addition to nonfiction books with factual information on mental illness, the library has a growing collection of novels featuring characters who live with mental health conditions. Click on a link below to view a selection of books that you can check out on that topic.





Bipolar disorder

Body dysmorphia


Eating disorders



Obsessive-compulsive disorder



Self injury