The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) held an impeachment trial of AAS President Sirus Wheaton ’23 on Monday night. The Senate voted not to impeach Wheaton by a 19-12 vote. The hearing drew a massive student turnout and laid bare the tensions within AAS.
Having won the special election held on Dec. 1, Ankit Sayed ’24 will be inaugurated as AAS vice president next semester. The election encountered a number of problems, including balloting failures, the release of incorrect results, and a petition challenging the results that was deemed invalid.
The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2023E will be held in Johnson Chapel on Sunday, Dec. 11. Members of the abnormally large class reminisce on their college experience, reflecting on their first years, the pandemic, and favorite professors.
The college’s endowment declined 10 percent over the 2022 fiscal year due to high inflation, which is also increasing the college’s operating costs. The administration indicated that they expect to have to make cuts in the next few years as a result.
After sizable decreases in enrollment resulting from financial implosion in 2019, Hampshire College enrolled a class of 275 first years this fall — the largest since 2018. The Student spoke to some Hampshire students about their recent experiences, and their cautious optimism about the future.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that has occurred since the last issue. In this week’s installment: the Writing Center requests feedback from the student body, the administration releases an update to the Climate Action Plan, and more.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, can be found here.
The college produces a staggering amount of food waste which, thanks to a new contract, is processed by Vanguard Renewables into low-carbon fertilizer and renewable natural gas. The new composting program is part of a broader reassessment of food systems and food waste at the college.
On the other side of every weekend, there’s someone cleaning up the mess —and the damage — left behind by parties. The Student spoke to custodial staff, supervisors, and directors to understand how repeated dorm damage has impacted them.
Melanie Schwimmer is an American studies major who is writing a thesis on fatness and fatphobia throughout history. Her thesis advisor is L. Stanton Williams 1941 Professor of American Studies and English Karen J. Sánchez-Eppeler.
Pho Vu ’23 captures autumn at Amherst in 10 photos, highlighting idyllic foliage, architecture, and quintessentially New England landscapes.
For her last issue serving as editor-in-chief of The Student, Yee-Lynn Lee ’23 walks through the two and a half years she’s spent on the paper, and the meaning that it has had for her at each step.
Senior Managing Editor Theo Hamilton ’23 reflects on his time with the Editorial Board as he says goodbye to The Student.
Staff writer Tylar Matsuo ’24 reacts to the AAS’ presidential impeachment hearing, expressing his frustration with the Senate’s seeming preoccupation with personal conflicts between senators at the expense of actually considering the body’s constitution.
Willow Delp ’26 explores the difficulty of movement around campus, detailing experiences of disabled students as they face an institution characterized by physical and rhetorical hostility toward accessibility.
2021-22 Language Assistant Valentin Guergueb recalls falling in love with the Jones Library at 43 Amity Street.
Managing Podcast Editor Andrew Rosin ’25 uses the ongoing World Cup games as an entry point to interrogate students’ difficulties with paying attention in class.
Staff writer Pho Vu ’23 recounts her Thanksgiving trip to St. Paul, Minnesota, and Chicago, a trip that allowed her to learn the joys and challenges of navigating unfamiliar places alone.
Staff writer Pho Vu ’23 untangles how learning different languages has shaped her life experiences.
The American Punch Bowl Trade Deck cartoonist Alice Burg ’23 returns this week with yet another new set of trading cards, at least lukewarm off the press!
On Nov. 29, Shahruz Ghaemi ’19 hosted a screening of “Hostages,” a documentary series about the Iranian hostage crisis. Senior Managing Editor Theo Hamilton ’23 reflects on the series, on which Ghaemi worked as an archival producer.
Kobe Thompson ’24 sits down with Freeman Rabb ’25 to discuss their latest EP, “At A Catalyst,” how they create and name their work, and the friends and other artists who have provided inspiration along the way.
This past weekend, Ghostlight presented “Workshop,” a play written and directed by Miles Garcia ’25. Joe Sweeney ’25 reviews the piece, expressing appreciation for its treatment of the unsaid.
Ahead of the end of the semester, many music, theater and dance groups at Amherst had their final performances … so many that we couldn’t cover them all! Here’s a quick recap of some of this week’s noteworthy events.
On Dec. 1 to 3, the Theater and Dance Department produced “In Worlds, As If,” a joint thesis project from Hee Won Youn ‘23, Nick Govus ‘23E, and Julian Brown ‘23. The multimedia performance portrayed a haunting dream with unsettling imagery.
“Wakanda Forever,” the much-anticipated sequel to “Black Panther,” is a film that delves into the complexities of Black grief. While largely successful, Mackenzie Dunson ’25 says the film could have had a stronger antagonist, rather than pitting POC communities against one another.
“The Banshees of Inisherin” follows a man who cuts off his best friend for reasons seemingly unknown. Ross Kilpatrick ’24E reviews the darkly humorous and deeply reflective film.
Kei Lim ’25 explores their relationship with their mother in a piece originally published in the Spring 2022 edition of the Indicator.
Originally published in the Spring 2022 edition of the Indicator, Gabby Avena ’25 writes about the premature loss of innocence that comes with growing up as a woman.
In episode 11 of “Survivor,” the contestants faced one of their most strenuous challenges to date. Vaughn Armour ’25 reviews the episode, which featured the downfall of one of his favorite players.
After an away win against New Jersey City University on Sunday, Dec. 4, the Mammoths faced NESCAC rival Wesleyan the next night. They came out on top against the Cardinals, stopping a late rally to stay undefeated as they head into their final game of the semester.
The men’s basketball team lost an away game against Colby-Sawyer College on Thursday, Dec. 1, and blew a 15-point halftime lead at home against Springfield College on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Now eight games into the season, the Mammoths are 3-5.
Amherst men’s hockey earned two wins this weekend, rallying to complete a late comeback to take down Wesleyan 3-2 in overtime, then defeating No. 11 Trinity by the same score. The team’s second win of the weekend was head coach Jack Arena’s ’83 500th career win.
The No. 11-ranked women’s hockey team traveled to Middlebury for their second NESCAC series of the season this past weekend. The Mammoths returned from Vermont with two wins, having handed the No. 3 Panthers their first two losses of the 2022-23 season by identical 4-2 scorelines.
In her final column of the semester, Melanie Schwimmer ’23 discusses the history of women in baseball through the lens of the recent addition of Olivia Pichardo to Brown baseball’s roster.
In a follow-up to his World Cup group stage predictions a few weeks ago, staff writer Hedi Skali ’25 offers up his predictions for who will advance in this weekend’s Quarterfinal matchups.
The Amherst squash teams took on NESCAC competition for the first time this past week. Both the men’s and women’s team handily defeated Hamilton on Saturday, Dec. 3, but were beaten by national powerhouse Trinity on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Both the men’s and women’s swim and dive teams have opened their seasons with three straight wins. The two teams beat Colby, Wesleyan, and Middlebury to open their 2022-23 dual-meet schedule 3-0.
The Iran protests have dominated the media for months, but what do they mean for Iranian students at Amherst? In this episode of Nexus, host Rebecca McGeehan ’26 sits down with Reihaneh Iranmanesh ’25 to explore this question.
Join host Priscilla Lee ’25 for the second part of her conversation with Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Luke Parker about the life and legacy of Vladimir Nabokov.
How do Amherst students engage in political discourse? In the first episode of The Student’s newest podcast, Aaron Holton ’25 discusses how political ideologies manifest on the Amherst campus with Isaiah Doble ’25.
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President Elliott recently toured Newport House to survey issues residents have with its living conditions, including mold and infestation. Residents say that the problems with the dorm, which serves as the Spanish language and Latinx theme house, have hindered Latinx community-building on campus.
On Nov. 17, professor of jurisprudence, author, and alumnus John Mikhail ’91 spoke at the Amherst Political Union’s first talk of the year, entitled “Was Frederick Douglass Right?” Mikhail discussed the “federal consensus,” arguing that the original constitution allowed for the abolition of slavery.
On Thursday, Dec. 1, the Association of Amherst Students will hold a special election for vice president following the former vice president’s resignation on Nov. 7. The students listed have announced their candidacies for the election.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that has occurred since the last issue. In this week’s installment: bias-related vandalism at Book and Plow Farm, the Office of Sustainability launches a new Green Living Certification program, and more.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Nov. 15 to Nov. 28, can be found here.
Poetry mailboxes populate Amherst’s hiking trails, thriving in secrecy. Humphrey Chen ’26 attempts to understand these fixtures of the college and their cloudy origins.
Each weekend, bunnies on Amherst’s town common draw a crowd of admiring students. The Student spoke with the bunnies’ owners to learn more about their story.
Jane Kungu is the new assistant director of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC). In this interview, Kungu reflects on the strengths of the MRC, her plans to deepen its community presence, and her own educational journey.
Isaiah Doble ’25 presents a toolkit for a friendlier campus environment, combating campus loneliness with strategies from enthusiastic greetings to sprinklings of compliments.
Kayah’s Korner columnist Mikayah Parsons ’24 advises that students expand their interpretation of “success” beyond quantifiable products.
Those elite institutions that send their alumni into leadership positions in our country have a responsibility to educate truly civic-minded leaders, Zane Khiry ’25 argues.
Pho Vu ’23 offers up her weekly dose of wisdom this week with advice about how to tackle that most difficult task left to Amherst students once they graduate: being a real adult.
The American Punch Bowl Trade Deck cartoonist Alice Burg ’23 presents a brand new set of four new trading cards, hot off the press (again)!
Starting this Thursday, Dec. 1, studio art major Emma Spencer’s ’23E thesis show, “So, What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing In A Place Like This?” will be available for viewing. Spencer’s project, consisting of both photography and film, catalogues the stories of female Vietnam War veterans.
In this edition of 3 C’s, Kobe Thompson ’24 sits down with rapper Kiiren Jackson ’24 to discuss an upcoming project that’s been years in the making.
Vaughn Armour ’25 reviews the last two episodes of “Survivor,” detailing the rise and fall of one competitor and some of this season’s best strategic plays.
While most students return to their hometowns over break, many student-athletes must remain on campus with their teams. Staff writer Maya Reiner ’25 gains insight into this unique experience.
Women’s soccer finished their season with a 2-1 loss in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen to the William Smith College Herons.
The men’s soccer team suffered a heartbreaking defeat in penalty kicks, ending the team’s National Championship aspirations in the Round of 16.
The women’s cross country team finished their season with a 12th place finish at NCAA DIII Championships. Mary Kate McGranahan ’23 finished an excellent senior campaign by earning All-America honors.
Coming off a season that ended with a loss in the NESCAC Final, the women’s hockey team has started this year strong, winning three of their first four games.
The men’s hockey team has started the season well, going 2-1-1 in their first four games. Ben Kuzma ’25 leads the team with seven total points and earned NESCAC Player of the Week for his efforts.
With their hopes high after strong seasons that saw the men’s team take home a third-place finish at the CSA Summers Cup, and the women place fifth place at the CSA Kurtz Cup, both of Amherst’s squash teams opened their 2022-23 campaigns this past weekend.
The women’s basketball team has opened their 2022-2023 season with four wins and sights set high as this young team goes into the rest of the season.
The men’s basketball team has had an up-and-down start to the young season. Now six games into their 24-game season, the team’s record is 3-3.
In a follow-up to an early 2021 article detailing state laws preventing transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports, Managing Sports Editor Liza Katz ’24 discusses the socio-political implications of those biases on sports through the lens of the recent Lia Thomas controversy.
Hosts Victoria Thomas ’25 and Maristhela Alvarez ’25, along with two special guests, discuss and judge reality TV shows about love.
In the third episode of Jukebox, Miles Garcia ’25 and Tim Carroll ’25 discuss Disney’s 2009 comedy-fantasy film “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.”
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Plimpton House was left trashed with its basement destroyed after a large party on the night of Saturday, Nov. 12. The damage was “an extreme act of vandalism” according to Chief of Police John Carter, who added that the repairs are estimated to cost more than $5,000.
Siddhartha V. Shah assumed the position of John Wieland 1958 director of the Mead Art Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 15. In addition to overseeing the typical duties of a museum director, Shah hopes to create a welcoming and diverse space that reflects the community it serves.
Friday, Nov. 11, was Veterans Day, a federal holiday that usually receives little attention on campus. For Amherst’s veterans, though, the holiday provides an important moment of recognition. The Student spoke to four students about how being a veteran impacts their experience at the college.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that has occurred since the last issue. In this week’s installment: the administration announces an updated masking policy, the Take Your Professor/Staff Out program returns, and more.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Nov. 8 to Nov. 14, can be found here.
Geologists Underrepresented at Amherst College, or GUAC, is a student group founded in 2016 to address systemic issues in geology at and beyond the college. Amherst geologists value the group for its empowering sense of community.
In this new series, The Student highlights the unique spaces and places that make up our campus, in miniature. In this edition, Sylvie Wolff ’25 covers the small family of plants on the second floor of Valentine Residence Hall.
Studying abroad in Spain, contributing writer Maddie Hahm ’24 reconsiders the complex legacy of colonialism in el Día de la Hispanidad, arguing that normative judgments on Spain’s National Day are always culturally situated.
The American Punch Bowl Trade Deck cartoonist Alice Burg ’23 offers up four new trading cards, hot off the press!
For the inaugural edition of 3 C’s (Context, Creation, Come-Up), Kobe Thompson ’24 interviews musician Alex Russell ’23 ahead of his debut album “Stardust,” exploring his influences and creative process.
Last weekend, Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College Dance Departments presented their Fall Faculty Dance Concert. Eren Levine ’24 reviews the performances, reflecting on each piece’s individuality.
Charlotte Wells’ new film “Aftersun” is a visual representation of the cracks in our memories. Cole Warren ’24 reviews the movie, which follows a daughter reflecting on her father’s death upon becoming a mother herself.
In episode eight of “Survivor,” this season’s potential victors begin to reveal themselves. Vaughn Armour ’25 tracks the up-and-coming competitors and one contestant’s personal backstory.
Mariana Rivera-Donsky ’25 depicts a lonesome woman in “Untitled,” a short story originally published in the Spring 2022 issue of The Indicator.
Gracie Rowland ’25 explores lost hopes and dreams in “Broken Hinges,” a poem originally published in the Spring 2022 issue of The Indicator.
The women’s soccer team breezed through the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament this past weekend, advancing to the Sweet 16.
The No. 6 men’s soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 12th straight season this past weekend. After beating Husson University 2-0 on Saturday, the Mammoths secured their spot in the tournament’s second weekend with a 4-2 victory over No. 15 St. Lawrence University.
Competing at the Mideast Regional Championships, the women’s cross country team placed second, earning an at-large bid to the National Championships. The men’s team finished in sixth, and Theo Dassin ’24 earned an individual at-large bid to nationals.
The football team lost to Williams 20-10 in this year’s “Biggest Little Game,” ending the season with a 2-7 record.
Coming off a Final Four appearance in the 2021-22 season, the Amherst women’s basketball team opened their season with two wins this past weekend. In their tip-off tournament, the Mammoths put on a clinic, first beating local rival Springfield College 54-50 before besting Rowan College 57-50.
After posting a 15-9 record last season, the Amherst men’s basketball team returns hungry for an improved season. They opened strong with a victory in game one.
Staff writer Hedi Skali ’25 presents his predictions for the 2022 World Cup, which will begin this weekend in Qatar.
Host Priscilla Lee ’25 and Visiting Assistant Professor Luke Parker discuss the life of Russian author Vladimir Nabokov, best known for his 1955 novel “Lolita.”
Host Andrew Rosin ’25 discusses everything related to the Amherst College Board of Trustees with the board’s chairman, Andy Nussbaum ’85, and two of the trustees, Paul Smith ’78 and Shirley Tilghman.
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On Monday, Nov. 7, AAS Vice-President Jaden Richards ’25 resigned from his office, citing frustrations with AAS President Sirus Wheaton ’23 and the dysfunction of AAS. A special election for a new vice-president will be held on Dec. 1.
With democracy on the ballot in Tuesday’s midterms, The Student interviewed community members on the state of political engagement on campus. Although several reported a concerning level of apathy and detachment, community leaders also spoke about efforts to renew engagement and faith in democracy.
On Oct. 31, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases concerning race-conscious admissions. Community members spoke about the potential impact that the court’s decision, which is expected to overturn precedent, would have on the college’s efforts to promote diversity.
Award-winning journalist, novelist, and playwright George Packer spoke to the campus community on Thursday, Nov. 3, as part of the college’s Point/Counterpoint series. In addition to describing his concept of “four Americas,” Packer laid out his fears and hopes for American democracy.
Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was reelected by the Brazilian people on Oct. 30, ousting incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. Brazilian students on campus celebrated Bolsonaro’s ouster and reflected on what da Silva’s reelection means for the country.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that has occurred since the last issue. In this week’s installment: the college tests its emergency alert system, results of the masking survey are released, and more.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Nov. 1 to Nov. 7, can be found here.
Amherst offers courses in seven foreign languages, but it has been 50 years since an Italian course was last offered here. The Student explores the history of the now defunct Italian language program.
Lillian C. Pentecost is an assistant professor of computer science. She received a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University. She then attended Harvard University, where she received a master’s degree and doctorate degree.
The Editorial Board calls for more displays of student art on campus, arguing that our educational environment should reflect the vivacity of its student life.
Columnist Shane Dillon ’26 reminds his fellow first-years to take care of themselves as the semester gets tough.
Taking inspiration from James Baldwin’s 1963 talk “The Artist's Struggle for Integrity,” contributing writer Zane Khiry ’25 urges students to pursue fulfillment amid the pull of conventional notions of success.
Contributing writer Oliver Polachini ’26 reflects on the global importance of Brazilian democracy in light of the nation’s recent presidential elections.
Alice Burg ’23 introduces the first installment of “The American Punch Bowl Trade Deck,” a weekly comic strip of four trading cards.
For Family Weekend, Amherst musical ensembles collaborated on a performance to celebrate 100 years since voting rights were extended to women in the U.S. Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 recounts the powerful and thought-provoking concert.
Green Room’s production of “The Birdcage” flew in for Family Weekend. Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 reviews the show, which aptly follows a young couple and the contentious union of their two families.
The UMass Dance Department presented a reproduction of “Scheherazade,” featuring dancers from all Five Colleges. Assistant Arts and Living Editor ’24 Sarah Weiner recaps the performance, which put forth a strong commentary on gender and power.
Henry Selick, creator of iconic stop-motion animation films like “Coraline,” teamed up with Jordan Peele for “Wendell & Wild.” Erin Williams ’26 reviews the movie, which can sometimes feel bloated but is nonetheless an enjoyable ride.
In episode 7 of “Survivor,” castaways voted out the last member before jury. Vaughn Armour ’25 recaps the hilarious challenges and unexpected revelations that lead to a shocking elimination.
This past weekend, the men’s soccer team downed both Middlebury and Connecticut College in overtime on the way to a NESCAC Championship. It was the team’s first title since 2016.
The women’s soccer team won their second NESCAC tournament title in three seasons this past weekend, taking down No. 22 Tufts and Little Three rival Wesleyan on the way to the title.
The Amherst football team got their second win of the season on Saturday, Nov. 5, against the Bowdoin Polar Bears. On Senior Day, the team put together their most complete performance of the season on the way to a 17-14 victory.
After sweeping Bowdoin in the quarterfinals, the volleyball team’s 2022 season finished this past weekend with a 3-2 NESCAC semifinal loss to conference No. 1 seed Wesleyan.
In the latest edition of Front and Center, Melanie Schwimmer ’23 argues that Amherst students need to do more to show their support for Brittney Griner.
Despite a long tradition of labor organizing, Amherst is not unionized in any capacity. Juli Keiper ’26 Sam Spratford ’24 talk to key organizers to tease out the past challenges and future plans of the college's labor movements.
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During the week of Oct. 16, The Amherst Contra sparked controversy with a piece titled “In Defense of Hamas.” The article was shared widely online, and prompted responses from students and administration alike.
On Oct. 28, students, faculty, alumni, and other members of the college community gathered to watch the inauguration of Michael Elliott ’92 as the 20th president of the college.
The AAS Budgetary Committee on Oct. 23 announced stricter funding policies around food for events, club travel, and emergency funding. The policies are in response to budget constraints the AAS is facing due to a reduced student activities fee relative to before Covid.
Following a drop in approved RSOs due to the pandemic, this semester has seen a significant rise in new affinity groups and organizations sponsored by academic departments. The Student spoke with leaders of four new RSOs to learn about the clubs’ origins and goals.
Political anthropologist Negar Razavi spoke to community members on Friday, Oct. 21, as part of the college’s response to an alumni petition for Amherst’s formal support of students in Iran amid ongoing protests.
On Oct. 19, international human rights attorney Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), gave a talk in Stirn Auditorium on the organization’s 2021 report that found the Israeli government guilty of apartheid against its Palestinian population.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that has occurred since the last issue. In this week’s installment: Amherst Labor Alliance calls on alumni to halt donations, the administration mandates emergency preparedness training, and more.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Oct. 18 to Oct. 31, can be found here.
Over the past decade, the research and instruction department has evolved from simply helping with assignments to thinking more broadly about the meaning and practice of research at the college. The Student spoke with six librarians to learn more about this shift and how they approach their work.
Between 2018 and 2020, Electrify Amherst! The Electrical Box Makeover Project painted many of the town’s electrical boxes with vivid and memorable designs to brighten town life. The Student spoke to several of the project’s organizers about its past and future.
Anna Buswell is a music and psychology double major who is writing a thesis in each department. Her psychology thesis examines how children evaluate other people, and her music thesis delves into Christian passion music.
In light of the Association of Amherst Students’ ongoing budget crisis, The Editorial Board argues for a raised student activities fee.
Kayah’s Korner columnist Mikayah Parsons ’24 offers sage advice on managing a large academic load given her experience as a quadruple-major at Amherst.
Mason Quintero ’23 makes the argument that peace and mutual understanding are necessary to even begin conversations about the conflict in Israel and Palestine, emphasizing the necessity of “a nation for both peoples.”
In preparation for next week’s elections, Mass. Insider columnist Shane Dillon ’26 provides a quick rundown of this year’s ballot.
Red Herring cartoonist Isaac Streiff ’24 gives some presumably hard-earned advice on the subject of wisdom tooth surgery.
Ross Kilpatrick ’24E reflects on the presidential inauguration of the Michael A. Elliott and the complex division between faculty and students at elite academic institutions.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, a stampede in the Itaewon district of Seoul, South Korea, claimed over 150 lives. Pho Vu ’23 reflects on the tragedy in Itaewon, a place that she herself has frequented.
Green Room’s first production of the semester, “Cars: A Parody,” debuted on Oct. 21. Assistant Arts and Living Editor Noor Rahman ’25 reviews the show, noting the talent of the cast and the wit of the writing.
Taylor Swift’s latest album, “Midnights,” dropped last week to online buzz and record sales. Managing Arts and Living Editor and resident Taylor Swift expert Brianne LaBare ’25 analyzes Swift’s newest work.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s latest album “The Loneliest Time” was released on Oct. 21, 2022. Miles Garcia ’25 details the well-rounded album’s sparse weaknesses and many strengths.
In episode six of “Survivor,” tensions between contestants intensify as the merge episode approaches. Vaughn Armour ’25 critiques their strategy, and details this episode’s surprises.
Episode five of “Survivor” included a historically loathed twist and narrowed the castaway pool. Vaughn Armour ’25 describes his viewing experience, which was at times agonizing.
Concerts have returned in full force, but are they as impactful as iconic pop performances of the past? Victoria Thomas ’25 reflects on her recent experiences seeing Harry Styles and Bruno Mars live.
A’Cora Hickson ’25 portrays the realization of internalized emotions in “There is no stopping Her,” a poem originally published in the Spring 2022 issue of The Indicator.
Jackeline Fernandes ’24 imagines a strained relationship between father and daughter in “6:43 P.M.,” a story originally published in the Spring 2022 issue of The Indicator.
Staff writer Maya Reiner ’25 sits down with three international student-athletes to gain insight into their unique adjustment process at Amherst.
At this year’s NESCAC Championships, the men’s cross country team placed seventh, while the women, led by individual champion Mary Kate McGranahan ’23, placed second.
The women’s soccer team took down Connecticut College this past weekend in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC tournament, propelling them into the semifinals against Tufts.
Amherst men’s soccer took on Wesleyan in the first round of the NESCAC tournament at home on Saturday, coming away with a strong win and advancing to the NESCAC semifinals against Middlebury. The team is looking for their first NESCAC championship since 2016.
The football team lost to Wesleyan in overtime 13-7 in this year’s Homecoming game. At 1-6, the team will play their last home game against Bowdoin this Saturday.
A tragic loss to Williams in the final seconds of the NESCAC quarterfinals ended the field hockey team’s hopes for a conference title this past weekend.
The volleyball team concluded their regular season with two wins in Maine against Bates and Colby, which cemented the Mammoths as the No. 4 seed for this weekend’s NESCAC tournament.
On this episode of Nexus, host Rebecca McGeehan ’26 delves into the experiences of Eastern European students on the Amherst campus.
Sit in on Office Hours with Associate Professor of Physics Ashley Carter as she breaks down the mechanics of DNA folding in simple terms.
Maristhela Alvarez ’25 and Victoria Thomas ’25 tackle Halloween-media superlatives, from costumes, to movies, to songs.
Mike Schretter ’23 chats with mid-distance runners for Amherst track Eve Giancarlo ’25 and Ava Zielinski ’25 about training, mental game, and the team’s impact on their Amherst experience.
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Even facing persecution from the Greek government, Andreas Georgiou ’83 has never compromised on that which he holds most dear: his principles.
A passionate reader, Nalini Jones ’93 turned to the craft of fiction to explore “essential” questions about family and identity.
Joe Katuska ’03 and his journey to the peak of the scouting world embodies the hard work and dedication it takes to make it in professional baseball.
A physics major, jazz pianist, and now civil rights attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, Kyle Mitchell Virgien ’08 has dedicated his life to seeking justice for the incarcerated and bringing awareness to their lived experiences.
Confronting systemic racism in Minnesota public schools, Jillian Stockmo Chapman ’13 is guided by the twin values of nuance and authenticity.
Michele Berdy ’78 has explored the intricacies and evolution of the Russian language, even after she fled Moscow.
Rabbi Joshua Stanton ’08 has built his life’s work around interfaith studies, cultivating community, and proposing the unasked question.
Discipline, dynamism, and captive creativity have fueled sculptor Luis Torruella ’88 in his pursuits.
Moved by the systemic disparities she observed throughout her education, Erica Lee ’03 dedicates herself to research on issues of educational equity.
A born public servant with a passion for helping her community, Jeanne Nishimoto ’08 is the executive director of the Veterans Legal Clinic at UCLA School of Law.
Sarah DiLorenzo ’03 values knowledge gained from meandering, which she said is particularly valuable in a career as a journalist.
From research that shapes public policy, to mentoring postdocs, to forecasting climate change, Andy Wood ’88 is a truly great scientist.
Brooke Diamond O’Brien ’03 has built her achievement-packed coaching career on both her love of sport and her desire to connect with people both on the field and off.
Emmy award-winning casting director and former Academy President David Rubin ’78 approaches his job through the lens of a former actor, and eternal lover of theater.
As an expert in public and education policy, Julie Ajinkya ’03 is paving the way for racial and gendered justice in the world of higher education.
An artist, designer, and activist, Bryan Bradshaw ’13 works to design spaces that center the needs and stories of historically marginalized groups.
Intellectually curious and social-justice-oriented, Stacey Kennard ’03 has found the right balance as a public defender for juveniles charged as adults.
A global migrant himself, Mohamed Ahmed Ramy ’18 has traversed the world in pursuit of more equitable healthcare systems and policies for the displaced.
Rick Lopez’ ’93 career has been defined by a combination of restless drive and a dedication to community which has brought countless positive changes to the college.
After opening their season with five straight losses, the football team got into the win column for the first time this year with a 20-17 win over Tufts on the final play.
The No. 10-ranked women’s soccer team extended their winning streak to seven with victories over Hamilton and No. 23 Trinity this week to clinch the NESCAC regular season title for the second year in a row.
Title IX was an important step in creating a level playing field in sports, but equity still has a ways to go, Melanie Schwimmer ’23 argues.
The No. 10 men’s soccer team put together an impressive run of form this week, tying Connecticut College before blowing out Hamilton and Trinity to finish their regular season slate.
Amherst volleyball got back on track this week, with a 3-0 sweep of Emerson on Senior Day giving the team momentum heading into their final two regular season games.
After extending their winning streak to nine games with wins over Smith and Hamilton, Trinity brought the Mammoths back to earth, returning to Amherst with a 2-1 overtime loss to end their regular season.
President Michael Elliott sent out a schoolwide letter on Oct. 12 condemning the ongoing attacks by the Islamic Republic on Iranian student protesters. The letter followed a petition signed by over 100 students and alumni that called on Elliott to stand with Iranian students.
On Tuesday, Oct. 18, Congressman Jamie Raskin spoke on campus as part of the Point/Counterpoint series “Democracy at a Cross Roads.” The talk discussed the threats facing American democracy and Raskin’s role on the January 6 committee.
On Thursday, Oct. 13, the Loeb Center hosted a workshop providing students with guidance on how to begin pursuing a socially impactful career. The workshop was part of a broader push toward increasing resources for students interested in public service or nonprofit work.
Pho Vu ’23 captures in photos the myriad of fun activities the campus community enjoyed at this year’s Fall Festival, which took place on Sunday, Oct. 16.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that has occurred since the last issue. In this week’s installment: the college announces a raffle for newly-boosted students, the Town of Amherst holds a 5k run, and more.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Oct. 12 to Oct. 17, can be found here.
Several community members perceived this fall's relaxed Covid protocols as a large shift in college policy following two years of restrictions. The Student explores the administration’s reasoning behind the shift.
Book and Plow Farm had a smaller yield this year due to a drought that affected the Northeast. Despite the challenges, the farm delivered a healthy harvest for many of its staple vegetables, thanks in part to its resilience and adaptation.
Aisha Yusuf is a visiting assistant professor of economics. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the American University of Nigeria at Yola, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University.
The Editorial Board reacts to the college's decision not to hold J-Term this winter by weighing the difficulties posed to staff against the value of winter programming for campus life.
Mikayah Parsons ’24 debuts a new advice column aimed at helping first-generation, low-income students survive the Amherst experience with her first entry, which provides recommendations for navigating office hours.
Associate Professor of American Studies Robert Hayashi reflects on the legacy of the late Professor Franklin Odo and his incredible contributions to the Amherst community.
Poler Family Professor of Psychology Catherine A. Sanderson argues that the college’s current mask policy for classes makes little scientific sense and calls for in-class masking requirements to end.
Contributing writer Maddie Hahm ’24 discusses her current experience studying abroad and what she wished she knew before going.
In the debut article of Mammoth Mind-Pho-ness, columnist Pho Vu ’23 uses the occasion of a policy change in Google’s Drive plans for higher education to remind students of the value of minimizing their storage use.
Joe Sweeney ’25 celebrates the end of Ghibli Fest 2022 by discussing some of his favorite Studio Ghibli films and ranking them all for new and veteran fans alike.
“The Try Guys” cheating scandal, which revealed that Ned Fulmer cheated on his wife with a coworker, recently went viral. Willow Delp ’26 critiques the “wife guy” archetype, a man who uses his wife to endear himself to others.
Disney’s newest live-action remake, “The Little Mermaid,” starring Halle Bailey, released its first trailer last month to mixed reactions. Mackenzie Dunson ’25 breaks down the racist criticisms against Bailey’s casting and emphasizes the importance of Black representation.
The fourth episode of Survivor was released on Oct. 12. Vaughn Armour ’25 recaps the episode’s unexpected outcomes and cursed victories.
Staff writer Maya Reiner ’25 provides a look into the life of dual-sport athletes, including personal details from two-sport athletes Muffie Mazambani ’24 and Jacob Bruno ’25E.
The football team’s fourth-quarter comeback effort came up just short, as they lost to Colby 17-12. The Mammoths will look to pick up their first win of the season next week at Tufts.
The women’s soccer team dominated New England College and defeated Connecticut College for their fifth win in a row.
Both Amherst golf teams took to the course for the final time this fall at the NEIGA Championship. The men’s team ended their season with a third place finish, while the No. 14 women’s team took second.
After incredibly tight losses to Springfield College and Tufts earlier in the week, the Mammoths bounced back with a 3-0 win against UMass Boston.
Around the Herd provides quick updates on all the Amherst sports action you may have missed this past week. In this week’s installment: field hockey’s blowout win, cross country’s success at the Conn College Invitational, and the final tournament of men’s tennis’s season.
Staff writer Hedi Skali ’25 provides his expert predictions for MVP, Rookie of the Year, and NBA Champion ahead of the start of the 2022-23 NBA season.
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In the second episode of Jukebox, Miles Garcia ’25 and Tim Carroll ’25 discuss Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film “A Clockwork Orange.”
No for-credit classes will be offered in January 2023, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein told The Student. The decision follows the recommendation made by the Ad Hoc Committee to Evaluate the January Term, which identified a number of logistical and staffing issues with J-Term.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Oct. 4 to Oct. 11, can be found here.
Miss Saigon is a Vietnamese restaurant located on North Pleasant Street. The Student sat down with its owner, Nhu Nguyen, to hear about her experience running the restaurant.
Contributing writer Pho Vu ’23 recounts her experience tasting Val’s take on the Vietnamese pho dish, asserting that accurate representation of ethnic cuisines is a crucial step toward cultural inclusivity in the dining hall.
K’s Nutrition is Amherst’s newest health bar. Pho Vu ’23 sat down with owner Bryant Keeney to discuss the menu and exciting upcoming plans and additions.
To inaugurate the start of the spooky season, Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 presents an eerie story about a mother and her daughter.
Who doesn’t love a comeback story? Assistant Arts and Living Editor Noor Rahman ’25 reviews “The Redeem Team,” a documentary that recounts the U.S. Basketball Team’s victory at the 2008 Olympics.
Eren Levine ’24 reviews “Apples Never Fall” by Liane Moriarty, a multi-dimensional mystery novel that should be at the top of your reading list.
The third episode of “Survivor 43” is out! Vaughn Armour ’25 dissects the episode’s emotional twists and turns.
The women’s soccer team beat Wesleyan 3-0 and Bowdoin 2-1 on Senior Day, to bring their overall record to 9-2 — currently the best in the NESCAC. They have just four regular season games remaining.
The field hockey team picked up two important NESCAC wins over Wesleyan and Bowdoin this past weekend, securing the Little Three Championship for the first time since 2018 along the way.
Tracking the year-long investigation into women’s professional soccer in the U.S., columnist Melanie Schwimmer ’23 details accounts of abuse that pervade all levels of women’s soccer and the necessary changes that should be made.
The No. 9 women’s golf team, led by the tournament’s individual champion Jessica Huang ’25, took second place at the NESCAC Fall Qualifier this past weekend, punching their ticket to the NESCAC Championship in April where they will look to defend their title from last year.
Men’s soccer defeated Wesleyan and drew against Bowdoin on Senior Day, bringing their overall record to 7-1-4 and their conference record to 2-1-4. The team has three NESCAC games remaining on their regular season schedule.
The volleyball team split their matches over Fall Break, defeating Trinity three sets to one before falling to Wesleyan. They are now 9-4 overall and 5-2 in NESCAC play.
Though the offense put forth their best performance of the season, the football team lost in the dying embers of Saturday’s contest against Bates. They will look to get into the win column this weekend at Colby.
Mike Schretter ’23 chats with Bernie White ’23E, Alex Shahmirzadi ’23E, and Nico Kenary ’23E about their outlook on the Fall 2022 season.
Join Victoria Thomas ’25 and Maristhela Alvarez ’25 in this new show, as they hand down superlatives to the pieces of media that, for better or for worse, they just can’t stop talking about. In this pilot episode, the two debate the best parts of the iconic 2010s TV series “Glee.”
The Association of Amherst Students is facing a significant depletion in its funds, due to reductions in the student activities fee — its only source of income — during the pandemic. The Budgetary Committee is considering stricter guidelines on discretionary spending to curtail the depletion.
John Woodruff Simpson Lecturer Franklin Odo passed away on Sept. 28. A renowned scholar and inspiring teacher, he left his mark on both the field of Asian American studies and the lives of many students.
This past week, the Schwemm’s Mammoth Market began to be converted into a merchandise shop, with hot food offerings eliminated. Plans to make the transition, which were met with concerns from workers, were suddenly canceled, however, with a final decision on the changes delayed until later.
Access to Amherst, a free fly-in program which introduces prospective applicants to the college’s campus, student body, faculty, and classes, took place in person for the first time since fall 2019 this past weekend, despite challenges in recruiting student hosts to accommodate the attendees.
Up until about two weeks ago, a handful of students and faculty members received text messages soliciting personal information from a sender claiming to be President Michael Elliott. The phishing attempts are part of a nationwide increase in cyber attacks against institutions of higher education.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that has occurred since the last issue. In this week’s installment: the college releases new masking policy for classrooms, President Michael Elliott debuts on WAMH, and more.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, can be found here.
Using archival research, interviews with a number of alumni and current students, and information from panels and events, Karina Maciel ’25 traces the history of La Causa and 50 years of Latinx activism at Amherst.
Renee Rosenkilde is a biology major whose prospective thesis title is “Character Displacement in Vegetative Traits of Impatiens capensis and Impatiens pallida.” Her thesis advisor is Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Ethan Temeles, and her research partner is Ella Rose ’23.
In light of the cancellation of Farm Fest, The Editorial Board implores that the administration consider implementing a tradition that is longstanding among the college’s closest peers.
Managing Opinion Editor Tapti Sen ’25 argues for an expansion from four to five class slots each semester — and a slimming-down of average workloads to facilitate the change.
Assistant Podcast Editor Andrew Rosin ’25 offers an inside look at UMass Amherst’s Berkshire Dining Commons, asking for himself the eternal question: “How good is it, really?”
Mass. Insider columnist Shane Dillon ’26 advocates for the western side of the state, making the case that the political clout of non-Boston areas of Massachusetts is vital for politicians running for higher office.
Amherst’s newest theater group, Ghostlight, premiered their “Triple Feature” this week. Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 discusses the trio of student productions, which each featured original scripts and casts.
On Oct. 1, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra held its first performance of the semester. Managing Arts and Living Editor Madeline Lawson ’25 recaps the concert, which welcomed the Class of 2026 and President Michael Elliott to Amherst.
This Hispanic Heritage Month, Piero Campos ’25 highlights five members of Amherst’s Latinx community. They discuss their connections with their cultures and how they explore their heritage at Amherst.
Poetic Perspectives returns with Mikayah Parsons’ ’24 “Writing My Body,” an exploration of abortion rights and bodily autonomy.
“The Bear” has captivated viewers with a grounded, gritty depiction of kitchen work. Mase Peterson ’23E uses the show to reflect on their experiences in food service and their perspective as a student with marginalized identities.
Davis Rennella ’24 reviews Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard’s new movie, “Thirteen Lives,” a dramatized account of the mission to rescue a boy’s soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand.
Season 43 of “Survivor” is in full swing! Vaughn Armour ’25 recaps the second episode, which revealed heartfelt backstories and surprising twists.
Neko Case’s music transcends genre and generation. WAMH e-board member Sylvie Wolff ’25 reflects on two of the artist's albums, tracking their presence in her life.
Originally published in The Indicator’s Spring 2022 issue “Break,” “Till Some Blind Hand Shall Brush My Wing” by Joe Sweeney ’25 explores a man’s reflections on loss while waiting for a flight.
Sam Spratford ’24 reflects on love, adolescence, and lost hopes in “the breakfast date (break, fast!),” a poem originally published in the Spring 2022 issue of The Indicator.
Staff writer Mike Schretter ’23 provides a behind-the-scenes look into the inspiration that spawned “Schrett’s Takes,” his professional and Amherst sports podcast.
Despite another stellar defensive performance, the football team struggled offensively in their 20-3 loss to undefeated Trinity College. Next up for the 0-3 Mammoths is another home matchup this Saturday, Oct. 8, against Bates.
Volleyball bounced back from a disappointing loss to Williams in a big way this weekend, cruising their way to back-to-back 3-0 wins against Bowdoin on Friday, Sept. 30, and Connecticut College on Saturday, Oct. 1.
The No. 7 field hockey team recorded two important NESCAC wins this past week, with a 3-1 win against Williams on Saturday and a 3-0 win against Connecticut College on Tuesday.
The women’s soccer team fell to Williams 1-0 last week but bounced back with a resounding 7-0 victory over Lesley University. They now look ahead to two home NESCAC games this coming weekend.
Amherst men’s soccer took on No. 23 Williams College on Saturday, Oct. 1, coming out with a draw despite playing down a man for majority of the second half. The team returned to their winning ways on Tuesday, beating WPI 1-0 in Worcester.
Around the Herd provides quick updates on all the Amherst sports action you may have missed this past week. In this week’s installment: cross country’s accomplishments at the Purple Valley Invitational, both golf teams’ success, and the beginning of men’s tennis’ season.
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Nexus illuminates the intersecting, human narratives underlying our campus. Rebecca McGeehan ’26 kicks off the first episode by highlighting the international student experience, beginning close to her own home of Northern Ireland.
Priscilla Lee ’25 hosts the pilot episode of “Office Hours,” a brand-new podcast, speaking with Associate Professor and Chair of English Christopher Grobe about play, performance, theatricality, improv, flash mobs, and more.
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS)-sponsored program to provide a free, sustainable laundry detergent alternative to students has ceased to operate this year due to contract issues between the college and service provider Generation Conscious.
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In an effort to diversify its membership, the Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS) has made a number of changes to its recruitment and application process this semester, including expanded advertising and a reworking of its application.
Starting this semester, the McCaffrey Room is no longer available for use by students, as it will soon transition to being used by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) to provide a number of practical and informational services to students.
On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) hosted prominent queer Puerto Rican author and activist Gabby Rivera in Johnson Chapel as its keynote speaker for Latinx Heritage Month.
On Tuesday, Sept. 20, Julie Babayan ’03 — the head of policy development for Adobe’s policy, government, and ethical innovation team in Washington, D.C. — shared her vision on worldwide technology policy as part of the Loeb Center’s Alumni-in-Residence series.
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) will hold elections for two senators for the class of 2024 and eight senators for the class of 2026 on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. The students listed have announced their candidacies for these elections.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that has occurred since the last issue. In this week’s installment: the college releases dates for the upcoming Covid-19 booster clinic, and the Association of Amherst Students releases its Career Exploration Database.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Sept. 20 to Sept. 26, can be found here.
In its new series Quick Questions, The Student answers your short campus queries. In this installment, we tell you where all Val's metal silverware is.
Ohan Breiding is the college’s artist-in-residence for the 2022-2023 academic year. They work with photography, video, installation, and collaboration. They hold a B.A. from Scripps College and a M.F.A from California Institute of the Arts.
Mass. Insider Columnist Shane Dillon ’26 reviews the statewide struggle for a high-speed rail line running from the east to the west in Massachusetts.
Prospective student tours are a more than slightly annoying disruption to campus life, rants Senior Managing Editor Liam Archacki ’24.
Contributing writer Pho Vu ’23 reflects on the necessary inconvenience of deleting your emails.
Cartoonist Miles Garcia ’25 riffs on potential Marriage Pact-inspired romantic libertinism.
Red Herring Cartoonist Isaac Streiff ’24 pokes fun at unsurprising similarities among the Amherst student body.
Jason Moran, the college’s first 2022-2023 Presidential Scholar, is an award-winning jazz pianist who spent the last week hosting a series of masterclasses and lectures on campus. Assistant Arts & Living Editor Noor Rahman ‘25 breaks down his final event, featuring a panel and concert.
The Emily Dickinson Museum’s annual “Tell It Slant” Festival featured discussions and workshops led by acclaimed poets. Assistant Arts & Living Editor Sarah Weiner ’24 reviews one of the headlining events, “Poetry Isn’t Perfect: A Publication Panel with The Common.”
“Survivor” has returned for its highly anticipated Season 43! Vaughn Armour ’25 recaps the season premiere, which highlighted the lineup of new players and their diverse backgrounds.
When the pandemic hit, many Amherst athletes chose to take time off from school to return for a fifth year and use all four years of their college eligibility. Maya Reiner ’25 spoke to three such athletes to gain insight into their decisions and experiences.
No. 11 women’s soccer took a weekend trip to Maine for two NESCAC contests and returned to Amherst with two wins. They did so in dominant fashion, outclassing both Bates and Colby throughout the stat sheet on the way to two 2-0 victories.
Men’s soccer went 1-0-1 this weekend in Maine, defeating Bates 3-2 and drawing with Colby 2-2 in a dramatic finish. With the annual game against Williams upcoming on Saturday, the team is now 5-1-2.
Though they started out strong with big plays from both the offense and defense in the first quarter, the football team dropped their contest against NESCAC foe Hamilton on Saturday, Sept. 24, by a score of 24-10.
Volleyball continued their lengthy homestand with three games at LeFrak Gymnasium over two days. After dropping their first to Williams in a 3-2 thriller, the Mammoths won their next two matches 3-2 and 3-1.
Around the Herd provides quick updates on all the Amherst sports action you may have missed in the past week. In this week’s installment: field hockey flourishes, both golf teams thrive, and women’s tennis concludes their fall season.
In this week’s edition of Front and Center, Melanie Schwimmer ’23 discusses the recent protests of 15 players on the Spanish Women's National Soccer Team, touching on the conditions that preceded their letters of protest and the ramifications for sports going forward.
As enormous sums of money continue to flow into the world of sports, Managing News Editor Leo Kamin ’25 compares the failed European Super League and the rise of LIV Golf, drawing lessons from their diverging fates.
If Amherst boasts a 93 percent graduation rate, then what are the stories of the forgotten 7 percent? Through the voices of transfer students — that is, students who transferred away from Amherst — we begin to answer this question.
On this pilot episode of our newest podcast, Miles Garcia ’25 and Tim Carroll ’25 discuss Disney’s 2008 animated film “Bolt” while spoofing the YouTuber-podcaster genre.
The Counseling Center — now the Center for Counseling and Mental Health — has added seven new counselors to its team this semester. The center has also launched a new online scheduling tool and expanded its group therapy offerings.
An estimated 6,000 people, including many Amherst students, enjoyed live music, local food, and acrobatic performances at the annual Amherst block party on Thursday, Sept. 15. It was the first time the event had been held since 2019.
An all-day event celebrating the 50th anniversary of La Causa and the fifth anniversary of the Latinx and Latin American studies department was held in the Eighty Powerhouse on Thursday, Sept. 15. The event featured a host of alumni panelists, whose class years ranged from 1974 to 2020.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that has occurred since the last issue. In this week’s installment: college announces Covid vaccine booster clinic, the Marriage Pact opens for the new year, and more.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Sept. 13 to Sept. 19, can be found here.
In a continuation of a project started last semester, gardeners at the college have installed a variety of new planters, boxes, and gardens around campus. The new installations support important animal pollinator populations in the local ecosystem.
In this new series, The Student highlights the stories of the town of Amherst. For the first edition, The Student sat down with Li Jia, the owner of LiLi’s, a Xi’an Chinese restaurant on North Pleasant street.
Hayley Nicholas is the director of the Women’s and Gender Center. They graduated from Bowdoin College in 2017 with a degree in sociology and education studies. Before working as the director at the WGC, Hayley worked at the Office of Admission supervising the diversity outreach interns.
Mike Schretter ’23 sits down with Lizzie Papalia ’25 of the women’s volleyball team to reflect on the value of leadership and the lessons learned from their recent NYU tournament.
The Editorial Board offers suggestions on fun fall-themed activities and places to visit in the Pioneer Valley.
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In light of the cancellation of the women’s sports teams’ annual Bruce Bogtrotter cake-eating competition, contributing writers Nina Krasnoff ’23 and Emma Strawbridge ’25 call for public recognition of how the competition dangerously promotes disordered eating behaviors.
Mass. Insider Columnist Shane Dillon ’26 attempts to make sense of a central paradox of Massachusetts politics.
Managing Arts and Living Editor Madeline Lawson ’25 raves about the abundance of resources at Frost Library.
Piper Mohring ’25 and Caden Stockwell ’25 showed their short film this past Saturday, Sept. 17, to a full house in Keefe Theater. Jacob Young ’25 reviews the film, which was narrated in French by Community Service Officer Merouane Daffar and filmed in Paris.
In this edition of Val Hacks, Pho Vu ’23 whips up a frappe in an effort to emulate Starbucks’ classic and delectable drinks.
“The Sandman,” a comic series written by Neil Gaiman, recently received a Netflix adaptation. Ross Kilpatrick ’24E reviews the comic, which thrills with cosmic ideology but sometimes suffers from a slow plot.
Arlie’s “BREAK THE CURSE” is the band’s debut album, taking listeners on a journey full of nostalgia and relief. WAMH Publicity Director Helen Feibes ’23 reviews the album and relives her beloved band’s live concert in Cambridge.
Disney’s 14th annual D23 exposition featured exciting announcements of upcoming projects but left fans unsatisfied with disappointing omissions of highly anticipated updates. Vaughn Armour ’25 breaks it all down, analyzing casting choices and new trailers, and predicting future announcements.
In a defensive battle, the football team lost their season opener against Middlebury 17-6. Up next for the Mammoths is a trip to Clinton, New York, to play Hamilton.
After a difficult defeat to NESCAC rival Tufts, the men’s soccer team bounced back with an emphatic 3-1 victory over Babson. Their record is now 4-1-1 with two more NESCAC opponents on the horizon.
The women’s soccer team fell in a tightly contested NESCAC bout against Tufts on Saturday, but bounced back with a convincing victory against Emerson College on Tuesday night.
The volleyball team began a perfect start to NESCAC play this past weekend, convincingly defeating both Hamilton and Middlebury to open 2-0 in the conference.
Amherst field hockey went 1-1 this week, thoroughly demolishing Keene State University before losing a close game to NESCAC foe Tufts 2-1 in overtime.
Around the Herd provides quick updates on all the Amherst sports action you may have missed in the past week. In this week’s installment: Cross country, women’s tennis, and men’s golf compete in weekend tournaments.
Managing Sports Editor and Amherst women's soccer forward Liza Katz '24 advocates for an increase in the viewership of professional and international women's soccer.
Just over a dozen members of the Amherst Labor Alliance gathered on Thursday, Sept. 8, to protest staff working conditions at a “Pizza with the Trustees” event behind the Inn at Boltwood, which hosted board members, President Michael Elliott, and specially-invited students.
After announcing a plan for integrated residence hall bathroom use between Covid-positive and uninfected students, the college reversed its decision just hours later upon receiving substantial student backlash.
Despite an increase in cases, the college has relaxed some of its Covid restrictions and opted not to reinstate surveillance testing at this time. The decision reflects a shift away from institutional management of community health to a reliance on personal responsibility, a Sept. 8 email stated.
As President Michael Elliott begins his first semester at the college, The Student surveyed students to gather their advice for the new president. Responses ranged from demands for greater transparency to suggestions regarding specific campus issues.
Following more than two years of closure, the newly refurbished Emily Dickinson Museum, transformed through a recent restoration project, reopened its doors on Aug. 16.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that occurred since the last issue. In this week’s installment: Mocha Joe’s coffee, Late Night Dining, and an AAS town hall.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Sept. 6 to Sept. 12, can be found here.
EJ Collins is a Black studies and education studies double major. His thesis focuses on how North Carolinian independent schools served as spaces for liberatory education, how the state restricted those efforts in the ’80s, and the lasting impacts of those restrictions.
Senior Managing Editor Liam Archacki ’24 shares a piece he wrote during one of his long study sessions in the bottom level of Frost, which makes the case for C-level as, improbably, the best place to work on campus.
Columnist Shane Dillon ’26 begins his new column with a discussion of upcoming Massachusetts general election and the Democratic nominee Maura Healey, who, unusually for a Democratic candidate, may be poised to win.
Contributing Writer Priscilla Lee ’25 reflects on the cultural impact the royal family has had both in her life and in her hometown of Hong Kong in the aftermath of Elizabeth II’s death.
Red Herring Cartoonist Isaac Streiff ’24 implores the student body to check their mailboxes more frequently.
Cartoonist Miles Garcia ’25 illustrates the precautions taken by many students when it comes to ensuring the health and safety of the campus at large.
Amherst’s newest student-run theater group, Ghostlight, is currently preparing for their first production, a “Triple Feature” later this month. Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 sits down with Matt Vitelli ’24 to discuss the founding and future of the group.
Adult animation has had a resurgence on Netflix, including cult hits such as “Bojack Horseman” and “Tuca and Bertie.” Joe Sweeney ’25 reviews the latter, which follows two birds as they deal with adult problems, such as relationship issues.
Visual effects artist Phil Tippett shines in his sophomore directorial project, “Mad God.” Miles Garcia ’25 takes the reader through the lovingly crafted film, which features incredible practical effects and a transcendent story.
Cole Warren ’24 breaks down Jordan Peele’s new horror film “Nope,” criticizing the movie’s spectacle and suspense, antithetical to the film’s theme of exploitation in Hollywood, while still declaring it the summer’s best blockbuster.
The anticipated movie adaptation of “Where the Crawdads Sing,” a novel made famous by Reese’s Book Club, was released this summer. Eren Levine ’24 recommends the film for fans of the book, as well as for those who have not read it before.
Sofia Hincapie-Rodrigo ’24 explores nostalgia and memories of a former love in this short piece, which was published in the Spring 2022 issue of The Indicator.
In a republished piece from the Spring 2022 issue of “The Indicator,” Priscilla Lee ’25 explores love and connection through a multilingual lens.
After a string of lackluster years, the Amherst football team is looking to rebound with a successful 2022 season. Their campaign begins with a home contest against NESCAC opponent Middlebury on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Led by NESCAC Player of the Week Abby Schwartz ’24, three strong showings have propelled the Amherst women’s soccer team to a 3-0 start to the season.
After opening NESCAC play with an exciting tie against the always-formidable Middlebury, the men’s soccer team dismantled Thomas College 10-0. Three games in, the Mammoths possess a record of 2-0-1.
Playing their first four games in four days, the volleyball team sits even at 2-2 following a string of difficult opponents at the NYU tournament.
In just over eight months, Mammoths wide receiver Jack Betts ’24E has accumulated over 35 NIL deals, causing many to proclaim his as the King of DIII NIL. Managing Sports Editor Alex Noga ’23 sits down with Betts to learn about his NIL journey.
In the first edition of “Front and Center,” Columnist Melanie Schwimmer ’23 explains the rationale for the content she will cover going forward, and highlights the most important news stories in women’s sports from the past few weeks.
In the first installment of “Around the Herd,” the sportswriting staff provides some quick snapshots of all the Amherst sports action you may have missed this past week.
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Mike Schretter ’23 talks with Amherst Wide Receiver Jack Betts ’24E about his success in making 35 NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) deals within the past year. Betts is working to expose more DIII athletes to the NIL business and, of course, preparing for his final season with Amherst.
Michael Elliott ’92, formerly a professor of English and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University, began his tenure as Amherst College’s 20th president on Aug. 1.
President Michael Elliott sat down with The Student to discuss his journey back to Amherst, and his plans at the college moving forward.
The class of 2026, Amherst's 204th class, arrived on campus last week. Despite a false active shooter alert and some continued Covid restrictions, this year's orientation was the most normal since the fall of 2019.
False AC Alerts warning of a possible active shooter on campus were sent out on the afternoon of Aug. 26, first-year move-in day, inciting panic across the college community. The incident was caused by one of the college’s software vendors conducting maintenance on their system.
On Aug. 5, the college released its Covid-19 protocols for the fall semester. The protocols outlined a number of significant changes from previous semesters, including the end of surveillance testing and the adoption of an isolation-in-place policy.
An Aug. 23 faculty dinner hosting about 60 people at the Inn at Boltwood led to about 25 faculty and staff — most of whom were faculty members — testing positive for Covid following the event. Several professors had to teach remotely or cancel class the first week due to contracting Covid.
The college filed an amicus curiae brief on Aug. 1 in support of Harvard College and the University of North Carolina in the upcoming Supreme Court cases challenging their use of race-conscious admissions practices. The brief was coordinated by the college and signed by 32 peer institutions.
The Biden-Harris Administration recently announced that it would be forgiving up to $20,000 of student debt for current and former students. Here’s what that might mean for Amherst students.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that occurred since the last issue. In this week’s installment: A.J. Hasting’s closed, free printing, Workday, and more.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from May 10 to Sept. 6, can be found here.
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Victor Yang is a visiting assistant professor of English who has worked as a writer, educator, and organizer. Yang received a B.A. from Harvard College in 2012, a M.A. in 2013, a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 2016, and a M.F.A. from Boston University in 2021.
The Editorial Board offers the Class of 2026 advice on how to navigate Amherst.
Contributing writer Jeanyna Garcia ’23 profiles a Val worker, documenting their life and challenges, and reflects upon her time in the Amherst Labor Alliance.
Managing Opinion Editor Dustin Copeland '25 reflects on a summer spent as a simple farm-hand at Amherst's own Book and Plow.
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The third season of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” premiered this summer to rave reviews. Mikayah Parsons ’24 analyzes the season’s improvement on Gina Wylie’s character arc, following a young Black girl’s journey to self-love.
Bad Bunny’s newest album, “Un Verano Sin Ti,” skyrockets up the global charts. Piero Campos ’25 breaks down how the artist embraces his Latinx heritage through evocative lyrics and bachata and merengue inspired beats.
This summer, Beyoncé dropped her hit album “Renaissance.” WAMH Events Coordinator Nii-Ayi Aryeetey ’23 delves into the album’s joyous and dynamic tracks, heavily inspired by Black music genres, including House, Ballroom, and disco.
Reflecting on a summer visit to an immersive Gustav Klimt art exhibition in Vienna, Cassidy Duncan ’25 explores and questions the potential consequences of the digitized art world.
Amherst men’s soccer looks to return to a third consecutive National Championship game appearance, but their sights are set on taking it one game at a time as their 2022 campaign begins this week.
Much of the roster is still intact from last season, and with their sights set high on their sixth NESCAC Championship and a return to the NCAA Championships, the women’s soccer team is ready to kick off their year.
After a solid year and with key contributors returning, the Firedogs are prepared to make even greater strides in head coach Valorie Jones’ second full season.
Returning the majority of their roster after their most successful season in the past five years, the field hockey team is loaded with talent and experience and looks prepared for an even more promising year.
With the summer now in the rear view mirror, the men’s and women’s cross country teams are gearing up for their first meet of the season: the Cardinal Invitational in Middletown, Connecticut.
While the men’s golf team looks to build upon a fifth-place finish in the NESCAC Championship last year, the women’s team hopes to repeat last season’s NESCAC Championship and trip to the NCAA Championships with a loaded roster of returners.
Earlier this year, Serena Williams announced that she would retire at the end of the U.S. Open. After a storied career, including 23 Major singles titles, 23 doubles titles, and an Olympic Gold Medal, the GOAT finished her career with a three-set loss in the U.S. Open’s Third Round.
What exactly does a career in public service entail? How and why do Amherst grads fail or succeed in entering the field? All these questions, and more, on this semester opener.
Multiple false AC Alerts warning of a possible active shooter on campus were sent out early Friday afternoon, inciting panic across the college community. The false alerts were due to a technical error on the part of one of the software companies that support the alert system.
While Ryan Yu has made a lasting impact on The Student, what’s most notable about him is his unwavering commitment to finding his own path.
Despite a humble, understated presence, Troy Colleran has made an enormous impact in his two key areas: on the track and field team and in the chemistry lab.
In her four years at the college, Shikha Jha has played crucial leadership roles for both Dance and Step at Amherst College and the Asian Students Association. Along the way, she’s found time to rethink her goals and find a path that’s right for her.
Despite his understated presentation, those who know Kalidas Shanti know him to be a deep thinker and compassionate friend who has spent his time at Amherst exploring a wide range of interests.
Through exploring the Amherst archives, Anna Smith has uncovered Amherst’s deep rooted connection with slavery.
Sophie Koh pursues her intellectual passions with a higher purpose. Her commitment to cultivating inclusivity encourages us all to contribute to meaningful change in the spaces we occupy.
Throughout her time at Amherst, Sage Innerarity has made a name for herself through her ability to bring people together and raise the voices of others.
Teo Ruskov conveys passion and dedication for religious studies, earning the prestigious Watson Fellowship and winning multiple accolades for his thesis on Buddhism.
Ella Peterson has used her time at Amherst to avidly pursue her interest in the political sphere, effecting positive change and building community along the way.
Prioritizing self-discipline, service, and faith, Jorge Rodriguez has all the necessary tools to achieve his ultimate goal: living a beautiful life.
A double major in geology and economics, former AAS president Angelina Han had a busy four years at Amherst. Her commitments to public service and helping others shine through everything she says and does.
Scott Brasesco has always had a passion for the history of humanity and society. At Amherst, he has pursued that passion in every way he could — always with unending calm, constant brilliance, and a mug of tea to start the morning.
Juanita Jaramillo came to Amherst as a track recruit, but her time on campus has been about far more: She found a passion for policy-related research, which she will pursue as a predoctoral fellow at MIT.
Arzoo Rajpar has created intersections between her passion for design and her interest in creating community-based solutions, uplifting herself and those around her.
With an abundant amount of charisma, Abner Aldarondo invites love into his life constantly, whether it is in his academic, artistic, or community-based work.
A natural community builder, Lauren Kisare’s time at Amherst has seen her excel at everything from journalism to studying Korean — all while bringing joy to the people around her.
Cole Graber-Mitchell is committed to civic engagement, whether it be as an AAS senator or an opinion columnist. The Marshall Scholar’s world revolves around three principles: persistence, community, and joy.
While Jiajia Zhang is on her way to becoming an Asian American studies scholar, her life has encompassed so much more: art, activism, and even social media management for a Belarusian rock band.
A dedicated researcher, thoughtful friend, and driven activist, Alexis Scalese has been an instrumental force in the creation of an assertive Native American presence on campus.
Though perhaps the best player in the history of Amherst men’s soccer, German Giammattei is better described as a humble teammate and a phenomenal friend.
Guided by a passion for changemaking and a commitment to making Amherst a better place, Joelle Crichlow has done just that — and she will continue to effect positive change wherever her path takes her.
Audrey Rosevear has spent her time at Amherst devoted to her passions of mathematics and theater, all while embarking on a personal journey to come out as trans.
Whether he’s performing onstage, writing behind the scenes, or simply being a steadfast friend, Sebastian Son has made innumerable contributions to the Amherst arts community.
Rebecca Picciotto has a deep passion for connecting with people through journalism. But she also understands just where journalism can fall short.
In 1821, Amherst College was founded with the mission to educate “indigent [poor] young men of piety and talents for the Christian ministry.” In the past 200 years, how has this mission been delivered, and how has it evolved? Managing news editors Caelen McQuilkin and Sonia Chajet-Wides pose us this
The Student is here with the only metric you need to truly understand your personality type: which Val cereal are you? An intricately constructed scientific algorithm will match you with the breakfast item that represents you at your core.
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At 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, approximately 400 Amherst college students participated in a class walkout and protest on the Amherst Town Common in response to a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion poised to overturn the 1973 landmark decision Roe v. Wade.
Over a series of emails throughout the past week, the college announced heightened Covid protocols following a sharp uptick in cases. Changes include more restrictive masking policies and the implementation of in-place isolation.
Commencement will be held for the Class of 2022 on Sunday, May 29, following two years of drastically altered celebrations due to Covid. Members of the Class of 2020, originally only able to attend a virtual graduation ceremony, will also have an on-campus Commencement on Saturday, June 11.
In the second installment of this series, The Student explores how diversity initiatives have constructed today’s student body. Several student stories shine light on the way that students and their experiences with the college process relate to the institution’s changes in access over time.
In this archival and interview-based piece, The Student traces the history and legacy of sexual misconduct at Amherst, from the college’s move to a co-ed model in the 1970s to the present day.
On Monday, May 9, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) held their 13th and final meeting of the semester. They discussed Workday Student, campus safety, and committee elections.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that occurred during the week. In this week’s installment: the Committee of Six splits into two, the Housing Innovation Project calls on the college to donate land, and architecture students call for change.
Rose Lenehan ’11 is a visiting lecturer in philosophy and a Center for Humanistic Inquiry postdoctoral fellow. She received her Bachelors of Arts in philosophy at Amherst College and Ph.D. in philosophy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from May 3 to May 9, can be found here.
The Editorial Board calls for the college to make a statement on the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade, asserting that abortion rights is an issue of education access and must therefore be considered pertinent to colleges.
Contributing writer Phoebe Neilsen ’25 argues that the Board of Trustees is ill-equipped to make decisions on campus, calling for abolition of the board.
Seeing Double Columnists Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 and Thomas Brodey ’22 close out their long-running column with a debate of who is the better fledgling columnist.
Red Herring Cartoonist Isaac Strieff ’24 reacts to the recent UMass Amherst Alert of a suspicious firearm-carrying individual.
The Multicultural Student Union hosted Michelle Zauner of the pop band Japanese Breakfast in Johnson Chapel on May 4. Sarah Weiner ʼ24 recounts her wisdom and charm.
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra performed their last concert of the season last Saturday. Managing Arts and Living Editor Madeline Lawson ʼ25 reviews the performance, which featured a concerto from violinist Marie Leou ʼ22.
Luke Herzog ʼ24, Lena Lamer ʼ22, and Matt Vitelli ʼ24 recount a true story of deep confusion: when a food delivery to Matt’s quarantine room at the Econo Lodge mysteriously disappears, the three set out to solve the mystery.
This semester, Amherst College hosted nine exchange students from around the world. Pho Vu ’23, an exchange student herself, delves into the challenges of making Amherst home.
[email protected] Room has been an important recurring social event on campus amid a slow return to “normalcy.” Davis Rennella ʼ24 chronicles the founding of the program’s predecessor, [email protected]
Looking to explore new music? Tiia McKinney ʼ25 recommends soca, a genre of Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago and is popular at Carnivals.
“My Brilliant Friend” adapts Elena Ferrante’s “Neapolitan Novels” into HBO’s first foreign language series. Kaelyn Milby ʼ22 reviews the series, which follows two friends from childhood to adulthood in twentieth century Italy.
Professor of Biology Jeeyon Jeong was recently awarded a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Sarah Lapean ʼ23 details her research, career, and future plans.
Professors of Biology Sally Kim and Marc Edwards recently received a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase new lab equipment. Necati Akinci ʼ25 sits down with them to speak about the chemistry research that earned them the grant and their future plans.
Vaughn Armour ’25 recaps the ninth episode of “Survivor,” as the number of castaways decreases and the stakes increase. He notes that one particular player is emerging as the lead competitor.
Softball continued their dominant run this weekend, beating Bowdoin, Trinity, and top-seeded host Tufts in the NESCAC tournament to take home the 2022 NESCAC title, the program’s first. The team clinched an automatic bid to this year’s NCAA Tournament with the win.
Traveling to Williamstown, the illness-depleted men’s and women’s track and field teams put up a strong showing at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships, earning a combined 11 All-New England honors.
In the opening round of the NESCAC tournament, the baseball team swept Bowdoin in two games to advance to the semifinals. Now entering the double-elimination Championship series, the Mammoths will open against Middlebury.
Amherst men’s lacrosse lost to Bowdoin in a shocking come-from-behind victory in the NESCAC semifinals. Still, the Mammoths secured a bid to the NCAA tournament, where they will play an undefeated MIT team in Rochester, New York, on Saturday, May 14.
Playing at home in the first round of the NESCAC tournament, the men’s and women’s tennis teams advanced to the semifinals with victories over No. 9 Bowdoin and No. 13 Williams, respectively. In the second round the women lost a close match to Wesleyan while the men were routed 5-0.
On Saturday, May 7, the world watched as the 148th Kentucky Derby was run. After the fastest two minutes in sports, Rich Strike, an 80-1 longshot, took this year’s race, becoming the horse with the second-longest odds to ever win the Derby.
This week, we talk about the most recent development in a 50-year movement to establish an Asian Pacific American Studies department on campus, and what a recent wage increase reveals about labor dynamics at the college. Audio engineering by Sebastian Son '22.
The Committee on Educational Policy recently approved the hiring of three tenure-track professors with backgrounds and expertise in Asian American studies to the college. The new faculty are expected to arrive for the 2023-2024 academic year.
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The Student investigated the 50-year history of activism for an Asian/Pacific/American studies program at the college, speaking with students, professors, and alumni about their beliefs, activism, and hopes for the future of A/P/A studies on campus.
In the first of a two-part series exploring Amherst’s initiatives to reach students and communities with less historic access to higher education, The Student examines the historic buildup of Amherst’s efforts to diversify, particularly in the late 1960s.
The college has purchased a new house to serve as the President’s House. The new house, located at 46 Sunset Avenue, is expected to be ready for the new president by late 2022.
On April 1, a compensation increase took effect for all college employees making under $85,000 a year. The Student calculated current costs of living and spoke with dining hall employees to better understand the impacts of the raise.
On April 22, students delivered a letter to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion calling for transparency in the college’s faculty hiring process. The letter, which describes current hiring practices as “performative,” garnered 117 signatures from students and alumni.
On April 29, a group of student and faculty volunteers planted native Western Massachusetts plants on the green between the Merrill Apartments and the tennis courts. The native pollinator garden project aims to bring native species back to campus.
In an email sent on April 26, President Biddy Martin provided an update on the college’s 2020 Anti-Racism Plan. The email detailed initiatives in a multitude of areas, including research on Amherst’s racial history, admissions, and faculty and staff diversity and development.
On Monday, May 2, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) met for the 12th time this semester. Agenda items included the induction of new AAS officials, a potential bylaw to mandate senator attendance, and a discussion of reparations.
Sophie Ewing is a double major in English and Asian Languages and Civilizations. Her thesis is about minor literature and counter-discourse in Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden. Her thesis advisor is Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of Black Studies and English C. Rhonda Cobham-Sander.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from April 26 to May 3, can be found here.
Contributing writers Karen Lee ’25 and Eleanor Lee ’25 call for solidarity in the fight for A/P/A studies and against the erasure of the work of AAPI student activists.
Contributing writer Jared Kim ’23 protests the college’s attitude toward sexual misconduct on campus, urging the college to stop its over-reliance on the Title IX office and create a true culture of care for survivors.
Contributing writer Tim Carroll ’25 outlines the tangible reasons and ethical philosophies of why we should convert to plant-based diets.
Seeing Double Columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 reflects on his four years at Amherst, concluding his last solo column with a claim that the college is in need of more student traditions.
Columnist Thomas Brodey ’22 claims that Amherst students should discard their privileged complaints about Val food in favor of more substantial topics of conversation.
Last Friday, the Amherst College Choral Society performed their Spring concert, “Everlasting Voices.” Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 recaps their first performance since the Glee Club’s merger with Chorus.
“Step Into…The Movies” resurrects famous Hollywood dance scenes with a star-studded cast list. But Eren Levine ’24 notes that the TV special lacks the charm, intrigue, and focus on dancing that she expected it to have.
The eighth episode of this season of “Survivor” revealed more strained relationships among the eight remaining castaways. Vaughn Armour ’25 reflects on the history of racial biases in the show and explains how the current cast is flipping the script.
Playing at their home course, the Amherst women’s golf team won their first-ever NESCAC Championship this past weekend. Dominant play over two rounds earned an emphatic 11-shot victory and a trip to the Division III National Championship in Houston, Texas. The men’s team finished fifth of 10.
This past weekend, the track and field team took the trip to Hamilton for this year’s NESCAC Championships. Mammoth competitors won seven events and set two program records on the way to fourth and fifth place finishes for the men’s and women’s teams, respectively.
In a must-win three-game series, the baseball team decisively swept rival Williams. The Mammoths will now travel to Maine to play Bowdoin this weekend in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC tournament.
The men’s lacrosse team is through the semifinals of the NESCAC playoffs after beating rival Williams at home. The Mammoths have now won five straight. They advance to face Bowdoin on Saturday, May 7.
The softball team closed their regular season on a high note this past weekend, against Little Three rival Wesleyan. They clinched the Little Three Title in emphatic fashion, sweeping the Cardinals to clinch the top seed in the NESCAC West Division.
After five combined matches this past weekend, the men’s and women’s tennis teams have completed their regular season. In conference play, both teams swept Bates but lost to Tufts. The women’s team also lost a tough match to MIT.
Women’s lacrosse fell to Trinity in their regular season finale and to conference- and national-No. 1 Middlebury in NESCAC quarterfinals, ending their first season since the onset of the pandemic.
On today's special edition of "The Student Sums it Up," we recap our exit interview with President Biddy Martin to learn about the unconventional path she took to Amherst and her personal evaluations of her tenure. Produced by Sam Spratford '24. Audio engineering by Sebastian Son '22.
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As her last year at Amherst comes to a close, The Student sat down with President Biddy Martin to discuss her life of learning and the legacy of her tenure at the college.
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) voted on Monday to delay the bylaw establishing salaries for AAS officials from taking effect until at least the next academic year, after senators learned from the administration about certain obstacles to implementing the bylaw.
Last week, President Biddy Martin announced the Board of Trustees’ decision to keep ACPD armed after consulting a report from the Campus Safety Advisory Committee (CSAC). The Student spoke with CSAC members to better understand the report’s creation and its relation to the trustees’ decision.
SuperFan, a new app brought to Amherst’s campus, was launched on April 16 with the aim to boost engagement with campus events by rewarding students for their participation. The app was funded by the AAS, the athletics department, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
All April, the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect have held a series of events to promote prevention and awareness of sexual assault. They aim to actively address root causes of sexual violence’s harm, build skills around sexual violence prevention, and provide solidarity and support to survivors.
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) will hold elections for senators and at-large Judiciary Council members on Thursday, April 28. The students below have announced their candidacies for these elections.
On Monday, April 25, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) met for the 11th time this semester. The meeting’s topics included a new Budgetary Committee (BC) policy, a motion to delay the recent bylaw to compensate AAS officials, and the recently released campus safety report.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that occurred during the week. In this week’s installment: a prom, Day of Giving, and more.
Watufani Poe is a Center for Humanistic Inquiry fellow and visiting lecturer in Black studies and Latinx/Latin American studies. He received a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College, a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Africana studies from Brown University.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from April 17 to April 26, can be found here.
The Editorial Board questions the Board of Trustees’ authority in the recent campus safety decision, calling for the prioritization of student experience and a more collaborative process for making decisions regarding campus life.
Seeing Double Columnist Thomas Brodey ’22 discusses pressure for career advancement, noting that it is in fact possible to romanticize the mundane.
Staff writer Andrew Rosin ’25 addresses the culture of selling out into finance, reminding students of their potential to bring Amherst’s interdisciplinary principles to Wall Street.
Managing Opinion Editor Dustin Copeland ’25 raves about Val in this crossover column, a miniature ode to the ideal of a single unifying dining hall — especially a particular corner table in it.
In this week’s issue of “Poetic Perspectives,” Managing Arts and Living Editor Aniah Washington ’22 shares a poem about her mother, documenting unfulfilled dreams and generational trauma.
“Collecting 101: Acquiring Art for the Mead” is an internship that helps select new pieces for the Mead Museum while studying the art of curation. Cassidy Duncan ’25 reflects on her experience with visiting art studios and presenting potential pieces for the Mead to the Amherst community.
The seventh episode of this season of “Survivor” premiered last Wednesday. Vaughn Armour ’25 reviews the episode, which was predictable, yet enjoyable and entertaining.
Though most Amherst athletes are recruited while they are still in high school, others take a less traditional route, trying out for teams once they arrive on campus. Staff writer Maya Reiner ’25 highlights the experiences of walk-ons at Amherst.
Men’s lacrosse continued its strongest stretch of this season this past week, building upon a win against Williams with a big win over No. 19 Middlebury.
The softball team continued their run of good form this week, going 3-1 overall. They defeated Western New England University via the mercy run rule, and then took the first two games of their three-game series versus Williams before dropping a one-run thriller in their final contest of the week.
The men’s and women’s golf teams played in two-day tournaments this past weekend. The women hosted the Leaman Invitational, while the Men headed to Williamstown for the Williams Invite. The women finished third of 10 teams, the men finished sixth of nine.
The men’s and women’s tennis teams took on NESCAC foes Trinity and Hamilton this past week, with both teams notching impressive wins over their two opponents. With two wins under their belt, the teams head into their decisive final slate of regular season matches.
The women’s and men’s track and field teams traveled to MIT this past Saturday, April 23, to compete at the Sean Collier Invitational. A strong field included athletes from all three NCAA divisions. There was no team scoring at the meet, but the Mammoths’ individual performances were a highlight.
Amherst women’s lacrosse took on undefeated national No. 1 Middlebury this weekend in their last regular season home game, celebrating their eight seniors and retiring head coach on Senior Day. The Panthers maintained their undefeated season in a hard-fought match against the Mammoths 15-7.
The baseball team won three of five games this past week but lost an important NESCAC series against Middlebury. Heading into the final week of regular season play, the upcoming weekend series against Williams will determine the final team that makes it into the playoffs from the West division.
Staff writer Hedi Skali ’25 analyzes the already-heated NBA playoff results so far, while also offering his predictions for what’s to come.
In 2020, 1/5 of Amherst College graduates went on to work in the finance industry; the next-highest number of grads — only 11% — went into consulting. In other words, finance is far and away the most appealing industry to Amherst students. At a school with such diverse opportunities, and which
This week, we discuss students' Ramadan experiences, an Indigenous art exhibition at the Mead, and interviews with the newly-elected AAS Executive Board. Audio Engineering by Sebastian Son '22.
The board of trustees has voted to keep the Amherst College Police Department armed, President Biddy Martin announced on Monday, April 18. The announcement came after the release of the final report from the Campus Safety Advisory Committee.
One hundred seventy-eight rising sophomores were not able to select housing as planned on April 14, as rooms ran out just over a couple hours into the designated five-hour selection block. Students expressed frustration at the lack of communication about the situation from the college.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan began on April 1, opening 30 days of fasting, prayers, and close community for Muslim students. Students expressed appreciation for the opportunity to come together in religious reflection but cited ways the college can improve their experience.
On Wednesday, April 13, 16 students presented poetry, videos, and art for the inaugural “Nuestras Voces” (“Our Voices”) event. In both English and Spanish, students spoke about topics including connection to home, the value of names, and gentrification of neighborhoods.
A new exhibition, “Boundless,” is set to debut in Fall 2023, focusing on American art and literature and centering Indigenous and Native perspectives. The exhibition is a collaboration between Frost Library and the Mead Art Museum.
The Student spoke with the newly elected AAS e-board on their new positions. The electees include President Sirus Wheaton ’23, Vice-President Jaden Richards ’25, Treasurer Dania Hallak ’24, Secretary Jeffery Ma ’24, and Judiciary Chair Alex Jabor ’23.
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) met for the 10th time this semester on April 18. The meeting covered funding requests, a public comment, and numerous AAS updates.
Henry Buren is a philosophy major. His thesis looks at how Martin Luther King Jr.’s arguments for non-violent protests relate to self-respect — or disrespect. His current thesis advisor is Assistant Professor of Philosophy Rafeeq Hasan.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from April 13 to April 19, can be found here.
The Editorial Board calls for Amherst to end the work-study component of financial aid packages.
In a letter to the editor, Chair of Psychology Catherine Sanderson criticizes the new housing process, arguing that it only puts stress on close relationships in a time when students are most in need of social support.
Seeing Double Columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 discusses his positive experiences working with the greater Amherst town community, and encourages students to join town committees.
Staff writer Andrew Rosin ’25 outlines why Amherst needs to have an introductory economics course for non-majors, claiming that it would be more accessible to the larger community.
Contributing writers Zane Khiry ’25 and Isaiah Doble ’25 criticize how history is sometimes taught using the “Great Figures Approach,” which views major historical events as the result of a few highly distinguished individuals rather than the collective work of many.
Red Herring cartoonist Isaac Streiff ’24 comments on last week’s housing process, where housing ran out for rising sophomores.
Ross Kilpatrick ’24E reviews Green Room’s “The Flick,” a play he describes as “a love letter to film.” Written by Annie Baker, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2014.
In this week’s issue of “Poetic Perspectives,” Mikayah Parsons ’24 presents “Narratives of Trauma,” which critiques the expectation for Black students to share their traumas in order to gain admission into elite institutions.
HBO Max’s “The Night House” is an unconventional yet terrifying horror movie. Cole Warren ’24 analyzes the film, which follows a distraught widow trying to untangle her late husband’s true identity while being plagued by a supernatural entity.
Remember the Green Room Ten Minute Play Festival earlier this month? Joe Sweeney ’25 pokes fun at the festival, reviewing a fictitious seventh play which he deems unwatchable.
Miley Cyrus’s new album, “ATTENTION: MILEY LIVE,” is a collection of the singer’s classic tracks performed live. Victoria Thomas ’25 reflects on the performer’s history and journey of self-discovery, as expressed through the album.
The sixth episode of this season of “Survivor” aired on April 13. Vaughn Armour ’25 gives us the rundown of the special two-hour episode, which features a merge between the three tribes.
Amherst first-year Dani Torres Werra ’25 accomplished one of the toughest feats in sports last Wednesday, pitching a perfect game in a win over Springfield College. The team then lost a second matchup with Springfield before sweeping a NESCAC doubleheader against Trinity College.
The Mammoths had two extraordinarily memorable victories in their series win against Trinity this past weekend: a 10-run ninth-inning comeback and a no-hitter thrown by Nick Giattino ’24, his second in as many years, helped the Mammoths win their first series of the year.
Men’s lacrosse picked up momentum this past week, beating NESCAC rivals Connecticut College and Williams to improve to 7-5 on the season and reignite their postseason hopes. Brock Gonzalez ’23 led the way with nine goals and two assists across the two games.
Despite having a hard time finding team success, the men’s and women’s golf teams both saw standout individual play from their first-years in their first weekend of play in 2022 following the winter hiatus.
The men’s and women’s track and field teams displayed stellar performances in the Silfen Invitational — finishing second and third, respectively. Members of the teams also participated in the decathlon and heptathlon at the Williams Invitational and the 5,000 meter at the Larry Ellis Invitational.
Coming off a huge overtime win against Tufts last weekend, women’s lacrosse returned to the field on Wednesday night, beating Connecticut College 12-7 before overtime heroics sealed a Mammoth win for the second straight weekend, this time over archrival Williams, 8-7.
The men’s and women’s tennis teams took a break from NESCAC play this past weekend. The women secured their biggest win of the season, beating Emory, the No. 4 team in the nation, 6-3. The men were clutch when they needed to be to beat Skidmore 5-4.
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Maggie and Sam talk about a new (and controversial) AAS bylaw and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). We also hear from Arts & Living about the new film, Everything Everywhere All at Once. Produced and Edited by Sam Spratford '24
Aiming to boost participation in the AAS and make it more accessible, the Senate has voted to establish salaries for officials following the upcoming election cycle. Some AAS members expressed support for the change, while others hold reservations about its ultimate function.
The return to a pre-pandemic general housing selection process, taking place this week, has come with one notable change: students can no longer receive a selection time as a group. The change has elicited concerns from some students who wish to live in close proximity to their friends.
This Sunday, April 10, the college hosted its annual City Streets festival, serving food from eight different global regions and flying 145 different flags. At the event, the Amherst Labor Alliance flew banners calling for labor justice.
On Monday, April 11, President Biddy Martin and Association of Amherst Students President Angelina Han ’22 hosted the college’s annual State of the College Address. Han and Martin discussed “a year of transition” for the college and shared their hopes for the coming years.
On Friday, April 8, Lily Fang ’18 spoke to Amherst students about fast fashion and sustainable alternatives. The event was hosted by the Class and Access Resource Center (CARC).
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) met for the ninth time this semester on Monday, April 11. The meeting agenda included swearing in the newly elected executive board, a public comment, and a lengthy discussion of next steps after the April 4 bylaw that instituted salaries for AAS officials.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that occurred during the week. In this week's installment: admitted students day and AAS election results.
Pete Charron is a retail supervisor at Frost Cafe. He enjoys his position at Amherst for the connections with students and help he can give to the community. “The theme is to throw frisbees and spread love,” he says.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from April 3 to April 11, can be found here.
The Editorial Board commends AAS’ decision to pay its members for the potential it creates for increased accessibility across student organizations.
Seeing Double Columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 reflects on his Jewish identity, his connections to the Amherst community, and a very special loaf of bread.
Managing Opinion Editor Dustin Copeland ’25 contemplates familiarity in designed spaces and how repurposing a building might create dissonances in its use.
In this week’s “Rants and Raves,” Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 raves about his love for sea turtles.
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra performed on April 9, expressing solidarity with Ukraine while showcasing senior soloists. Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ʼ23 reviews the performance with insights from Music Director and Conductor Mark Lane Swanson.
Mattea Denney’s ʼ22 senior thesis was a reproduction of Jason Robert Brown’s musical “The Last Five Years.” Olivia Lynch ʼ25 reviews the play, which featured unconventional storytelling and a talented cast.
The much anticipated “Everything Everywhere, All At Once,” directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Schienert, premiered on Friday, April 8. Miles Garcia ʼ25 covers the twists and turns of the film, which is both a family drama and “an off-the-wall sci-fi multiverse adventure.”
In memory of the lives of two influential music legends, Piero Campos ʼ25 explores the careers and legacies of The Notorious B.I.G. and Selena. Both artists continue to influence new generations of performers decades after their passing.
Things have been heating up in “Survivor” Season 42! Vaughn Armour ʼ25 recaps the action of episode 5 and shares his predictions for the rest of the season.
Ernest Collins ’23 shares two striking poems for this week’s edition of Poetic Perspectives. The pieces both feature themes of self-discovery and resiliency.
The baseball team were swept in their second NESCAC series of the year over the weekend, bringing their conference record to 1-5. They ended the week on a high note however, picking up a resilient 6-5 win on Monday.
Amherst women’s lacrosse went 1-2 on the week after hard-fought losses against No. 11 Wesleyan and No. 5 Colby and an exciting overtime win against No. 6 Tufts. It was the Mammoths’ first win over the Jumbos since 2018.
The men’s tennis team suffered lopsided defeats against Middlebury and Williams this past weekend. The women’s team lost a close match against the Panthers before besting the Ephs in a 5-4 thriller.
Managing Sports Editor Liza Katz ’24 reflects on Coach K’s career, from the National Championships to the farewell tour this season, and discusses her experience as a Duke fan as the legendary coach heads into retirement.
For the first time since 2019, the men’s and women’s track and field teams took to Pratt Field on Saturday, April 9, hosting their only home meet of the year. Despite the ominous storm clouds overshadowing the day (and causing two rain delays), the Mammoths shone through.
The softball team continued their successful start to NESCAC play, defeating Hamilton two games to one for their second series win of the year. They sit atop the NESCAC West division with a 4-2 record in conference play and a 12-5 record overall.
After two 30-minute rain delays in a crucial match against Colby on Saturday, Amherst men’s lacrosse managed a 12-7 comeback win against their conference rival — their first victory in three games.
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Today, we discuss the scaling-back of testing and masking policies on campus, a new affordable housing project in the Town of Amherst, and an alumnus working in the energy consulting industry. Produced by Sam Spratford '24 and Maggie McNamara '23; edited by Sebastian Son '22.
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On Monday, April 4, the college’s newest Covid protocols went into effect. Community members can now choose whether to wear a mask in a number of spaces that previously required it, and testing has been reduced to once a week.
In an April 1 email, Chief of Police John Carter responded to criticism over the decision to unmark all ACPD vehicles, expressing regret and requesting input. Students expressed frustration with his response, linking it to the broader trend of the department’s response to calls for change.
The college has agreed to compensate three Spanish Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) with room and board for the remote semesters of the 2020-2021 academic year. The decision comes after the three sent a petition to the administration last Wednesday requesting the payment.
The town of Amherst is set to break ground on a new affordable housing project, East Gables, this spring. The project is being built in response to the town’s lack of affordable housing.
On Thursday, March 31, Jeremy Koo ’12 spoke with energy-interested students about his unique career pathway to technical consultancy. The talk, which took place in the Science Center, was part of the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Development’s 2022 Alumni-in-Residence Program.
On Thursday, April 7, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) will hold elections for president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and Judiciary Council chair. These students have announced their candidacies for these elections.
On Monday, April 4, the Association of Amherst Students met for the eighth time this semester. The meeting’s agenda included a town hall with Dean of Students Liz Agosto, a public comment regarding the Presidential Search Committee, and a bylaw amendment to pay future AAS members.
Riku Kusumoto is a political science major. He is writing a political theory thesis on Ernesto Laclau’s work on populism. His thesis advisor is Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank ’55 Professor of International Relations Pavel Machala.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from March 30 to April 5, can be found here.
The Editorial Board calls for ACPD to not only re-mark their police vehicles, but also initiate greater communication and transparency toward the student body and larger community.
Contributing writers Tara Alahakoon ’25 and Mohamed Ramy ’18 discuss the importance of recognizing “climate refugees,” people who have lost their homes and livelihoods due to the increasingly negative effects of climate change.
Seeing Double Columnist Thomas Brodey ’22 explains why he doesn’t intend on donating to Amherst after graduation.
In this week’s “Rants and Raves,” Managing Design Editor Brianne LaBare ’25 hopes for the Amherst community to observe better elevator etiquette.
Red Herring Cartoonist Isaac Streiff ’24 humorously comments on the ACPD’s belief that unmarked police vehicles would help students feel safer.
Dani Valdez ’22 ended her collegiate basketball career with a variety of honors and awards. Staff writer Maya Reiner ’25 sat down with Valdez to talk about her career and reflect on what got her to this point.
The men’s and women’s track and field teams took the 10-minute drive to cross-town foe UMass to open their outdoor season. The team built on their strong indoor season, accumulating amazing individual finishes, while being the only Division III school in attendance.
Softball returned to the diamond this past week after a short hiatus, winning their NESCAC-opening series versus Middlebury and going to extra innings three times in five games.
Amherst women’s lacrosse took on Bowdoin at home this weekend in a hard-fought loss. Despite a back-and-forth game, two late goals gave the Polar Bears the edge in the end.
In their second week of NESCAC competition, the men’s and women’s tennis teams played away matches against Bowdoin and Colby. The men’s team defeated Colby but lost to Bowdoin, while the women’s team achieved convincing victories in both matches.
It was a hard week for Amherst baseball. Despite jumping out to multiple early leads, they dropped five of the six games they played.
Amherst men's lacrosse lost to Bowdoin in a close game on Saturday, the final score ending at 15-12. Looking forward, the Mammoths will hope to improve their defense to get back in the win column.
After the stunning conclusions to both the 2022 Men's and Women's NCAA Tournaments this past weekend, the sports editors provide their final update on the Madness and The Student's bracket challenges.
The Amherst College Green Room put on its annual Ten Minute Play Festival this weekend. Senior Managing Editor Theo Hamilton ʼ23 summarizes the short and punchy sketches.
Sarah Weiner ʼ24 reports on two ongoing film festivals, the Ibero-American Hybrid Film Festival and the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, which feature global perspectives and often marginalized stories.
Mase Peterson ʼ23E presents a lyric essay inspired by an experience abroad in Iceland. Driving down a remote road, Peterson struggles with isolation on a search for the Northern Lights.
Diego Duckenfield-Lopez ’24 of the Amherst College Film Society explores Kogonada’s “After Yang,” and how the film reimagines common sci-fi tropes of androids to scrutinize social classifications.
In this week’s edition of “Poetic Perspectives,” Melinda Arthur ʼ25 presents two poems, inspired by the paintings “Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh and “Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch.
Eren Levine ʼ24 analyzes the new cinematic remake of Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile.” The new adaptation is a fresh twist on the story last adapted in 1978, incorporating the political circumstances of 2022.
Episode four of “Survivor” was less riveting than the last, but still delivered for Vaughn Armour ʼ25. He recaps the building tension and excitement of this week’s episode.
Today, Maggie and Sam talk about the college's Climate Action Plan, the fifth annual Black Arts Matter festival, "Fresh Faculty" Professor Stefan Bradley, and ACPD's decision to unmark all of their vehicles. Produced by Sam Spratford '24 and Maggie McNamara '23; edited by Spencer Michaels '24.
This morning, March 30, three Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) for the Spanish Department sent a petition with over 400 signatures to the administration, requesting room and board compensation for the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Amherst College Police Department (ACPD) recently made its fleet of five vehicles entirely unmarked. While the department states that this choice was an attempt to reduce police presence on campus, students report feeling increased fear and uncertainty from the change.
Author and cultural critic Roxane Gay brought reactions ranging from roars of laughter to somber and thoughtful snaps of agreement this past Friday, March 25, when the Women’s and Gender Center (WGC) hosted her for a keynote conversation in Johnson Chapel.
On March 21, the college held a virtual town hall to discuss its most recent updates to the Climate Action Plan. The meeting covered the college’s commitment to pursuing climate action by overhauling its entire campus energy system to move to a low-carbon and eventually carbon-neutral system.
On Monday, March 28, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) met for the seventh time this semester. The meeting’s agenda included funding requests, interest requests, officer reports, and an impromptu motion to amend AAS bylaws.
Stefan Bradley is a professor of Black studies and history. He received his B.A. from Gonzaga University, his M.A. from Washington State University at Pullman, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from March 22 to March 29, can be found here.
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Managing Podcast Editor Sam Spratford ’24 points out the flaws of the open curriculum and argues for more distribution requirements.
Managing Opinion Editor Dustin Copeland ’25 takes a jaunt off of campus, finding tranquility and engineering in the local beaver population.
Seeing Double Columnist Thomas Brodey ’22 recounts his positive experience conversing with an alumnus to showcase why students should build better relationships with alumni.
Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 discusses the fifth annual Black Art Matters festival with participating artists and performers. The event was held on Thursday, March 24, in the Powerhouse.
Contributing Writer Priscilla Lee ’25 discusses her friend’s negative experiences working with Val due to people’s lack of communal responsibility for the space.
Alistair Edwards’ ’22 senior thesis in Theater and Dance, “Boundless,” is a radio play that premiered on March 25 and 26. Managing Arts and Living Editor Madeline Lawson ’25 walks through the production and Edwards’ thesis process.
Originally published in The Indicator’s Fall 2021 issue “Passing,” “Strangers” by Sarah Wu ’25 is republished here as part of a collaboration between The Student’s Arts & Living Section and The Indicator.
Originally published in The Indicator’s Fall 2021 issue “Passing,” “Homecoming” by Gabby Avena ’25 is republished here as part of a collaboration between The Student’s Arts & Living Section and The Indicator.
Cole Warren ’24 reviews the Oscar-nominated, controversial “Licorice Pizza,” which follows the romance of a 15-year-old and a 25-year-old in 1970s Hollywood.
The third episode of “Survivor” Season 42 kept viewers on the edge of their seats. Vaughn Armour ’25 recaps the strategy and drama of this week’s episode.
Marie Fagan ’22 recently finished her last competition as a collegiate swimmer, breaking her own school record in the 200-fly for the fourth time. Staff Writer Hedi Skali ’25 sat down with Fagan to reflect on her Amherst career.
Despite losses this past weekend to Springfield and No. 5 St. John Fisher Colleges, the men’s lacrosse team has started the season relatively strong. The exclamation point has been Jake Bennett’s ’24 viral goal, which brought national attention to the program.
The 19th-ranked women’s lacrosse team maintained their momentum this past weekend, beating nearby Westfield State University and Keene State College in consecutive Mammoths versus Owls matchups.
In their first home doubleheader of the young season, the softball team battled the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers in two close contests this past Saturday. The Mammoths earned two hard-fought wins, highlighted by late-game heroics from several players.
Both tennis teams took to the court this weekend. The women’s team swept Connecticut College, but lost to Wesleyan in a tight contest, while the men’s team proved victorious over both Connecticut and Wesleyan, dominating the pair of matches.
Returning home from their spring break trip, the baseball team lost their first three games played in Massachusetts, dropping their home opener to Wheaton College and losing both games of a doubleheader against Brandeis University.
Upsets abounded in the most recent two rounds of March Madness. And with the Final Four imminent, the sports editors detail the latest resounding triumphs and catastrophic collapses of The Student’s bracket pool.
Mike talks to Jackie and Gwen about their off-season training this spring and how their experience as Amherst athletes has been impacted by Covid-19. Produced by Mike Schretter '23; edited by Sam Spratford '24.
On this episode, Mike sits down with Jack to reflect on his experience at nationals with Amherst Track and Field. Produced by Mike Schretter '23; edited by Sam Spratford '24.
Today, we discuss two student-led initiatives to redistribute Amherst's resources more equitably among the community and Glee Club's transition to co-ed participation. Produced by Sam Spratford '24 and Maggie McNamara '23; edited by Sam Spratford '24.
The Amherst College Glee Club has merged with Chorus in an effort to boost membership and retention, as well as promote inclusivity. Comprised solely of tenor and bass vocalists since its founding in 1865, the group is now open to singers in all vocal ranges.
With an increasing number of colleges ending their mask mandates, the Editorial Board calls for increased community respect for one another whether masks go or not.
The college released its regular admissions decisions for the Class of 2026 on March 18, leading to a total 7 percent acceptance rate of a record-breaking 14,800 applicants.
A newly approved proposal by AAS Senator Sirus Wheaton '23 will provide free zero-waste laundry detergent sheets to all students. The initiative aims to reduce Amherst’s carbon footprint while also easing the financial burden of buying hygiene products for low-income students.
The Food Justice Alliance instituted a new program relying on student volunteers to reduce food waste. The extra food from Val is donated to Craig’s Doors, a local homeless shelter in the town of Amherst.
Founded by three first-year students, the independent organization Collectivize Amherst is assisting Amherst students and community members enduring financial hardship through mutual aid funding. Central to the group’s philosophy is the concept of “give what you can, take what you need.”
On Monday, March 21, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) held their sixth meeting of the spring semester. The meeting’s agenda included funding requests, a committee election, officer reports, and committee and Senate project updates.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that occurred during the week. In this week’s installment: the housing selection process, tuition increase, and more.
Lara Halaoui is a visiting professor of chemistry at Amherst College and a professor of chemistry at the American University of Beirut. She received a bachelor’s degree from the American University of Beirut and later attended Duke University for her Ph.D.
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Seeing Double Columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 discusses why Amherst should build a gazebo (or multiple) on campus.
Contributing Writer Diego Rao ’23 responds to Columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell's ’22 previously published article decrying nuclear power, arguing that it is necessary for a sustainable future.
Editor-at-Large Scott Brasesco ’22 critiques certain aspects of Amherst’s newest opinion publication, The Contra.
Charli XCX’s newest album “CRASH” is an evolution of the pop star. WAMH Events Coordinator Nii-Ayi Aryeetey ’23 explains that she updates her signature pop style with layered references to musical movements from past decades.
The neighborhood of Santurce in San Juan is known for its vibrant street art. Cassidy Duncan ’25 discusses the rich history and culture of Puerto Rican murals, which she prompted to investigate during a spring break trip.
“Survivor” is back for Season 42, and Vaughn Armour ’25 summarizes the action of the first two episodes.
Tiia McKinney ’25 shares a story of mourning and grief, chronicling two years of Covid for her community in The Bahamas, punctuated by the deaths of loved ones.
Despite their season ending against the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Thursday, the Mammoths made the most of their first season back from the Covid hiatus and have much to look forward to in the next few years after their miraculous Final Four run.
Nine different members of the women’s swim and dive team achieved All-American honors at nationals over spring break. The Mammoths brought home 13 All-America accolades, four of which were first-team finishes.
Women’s lacrosse was red hot over spring break, winning three straight games, including a comeback win in overtime and a tight conference win, to secure a four-game winning streak and a 21st place national ranking.
Men’s lacrosse have gotten off to a fast start. They began spring break with a tough loss against Tufts, one of the top-ranked teams in the nation, before ripping off two wins against Bates and Gettysburg College.
Both men’s and women’s tennis faced a series of tough matches against some of the best teams in the country during a spring break trip to California. Despite strong individual performances, both teams saw up-and-down results.
Nine track athletes competed at the Division III National Championships during the first weekend of spring break, representing their school across a diverse set of events.
Coming off a NESCAC title victory in the 2021 Covid-shortened season, the baseball team opened their 2022 season with a spring break trip to Florida, where they went 4-2 in six games.
In their shortened 2021 season, Amherst softball had a great season to build on, including two separate five-game win streaks and encouraging seasons from a multitude of underclassmen. Here’s what their 2022 season has in store.
March Madness is back. After a wild first weekend of the men’s and women’s NCAA Tournaments, the sports editors provide an update on The Student’s bracket pools.
Today, we reflect on whether Amherst’s language assistants have been fairly compensated, Covid-19’s two-year legacy, and how the Center for Restorative Practices is helping campus to reimagine justice. Produced by Sam Spratford ’24 and Maggie McNamara ’23; edited by Spencer Michaels ’24 and Sam Spratford ’24.
On this day, March 9, two years ago, the college announced it would switch to remote learning due to Covid-19. The Student asked members of the college community to reflect on what they’ve learned through the pandemic, what has changed in their lives, and how they see the world differently now.
The Editorial Board reflects on the two year anniversary of Covid on campus, acknowledging the nostalgia for a pre-pandemic Amherst, but expressing hope about the future of adapting to the pandemic.
Language assistants at the college report that their unique employment situation has not received adequate support from the college over the course of the pandemic, resulting in a number of financial challenges during the Covid semesters.
Founded in 2021, the Center for Restorative Practices is drawing from long-established Indigenous practices to create a contemporary space for redressing community divides, repairing relationships, and reflecting on Amherst’s model of punitive justice.
In their fifth meeting of the semester on March 8, the AAS discussed the Sexual Violence Taskforce (SVT), Budgetary Committee (BC) funding recommendations, officer reports, and updates on Senate committees and projects.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that occurred during the week. In this week’s installment: college provides update on CAP, UMass lifts indoor mask mandate, and more.
Jade DuVal is an English major. Her thesis looks at how three primary sources use Black girls and Black girlhood as methods of empowerment and community building. Her thesis advisor is Professor of English Christopher Grobe.
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Seeing Double Columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 argues that using nuclear power as an energy source has more negative consequences than positive.
Managing Opinion Editor Dustin Copeland ’25 discusses the potential impact of the pandemic on the future of architecture, which he hopes is full of love and ventilation.
In the debut installment of the new series “Rants and Raves,” Managing Opinion Editor Kei Lim ’25 points out the offensive undertones of the phrase “no offense.”
Cartoonist Emi Eliason ’23 satirizes the impact of the financial aid process on students.
Red Herring Cartoonist Isaac Streiff ’24 comments on how students usually spend their snow days.
The college recently hosted its annual public speaking competition and the Litfest Spoken Word Slam. Mikayah Parsons ʼ24 speaks with participants of the events about the lack of a spoken word community at Amherst.
“Shoestring” by Felix Ames was released on Feb. 4. Victoria Thomas ʼ25 takes us through the experiences, emotions, and images the song reminds her of.
Eren Levine ʼ24 reviews Hulu’s “How I Met Your Father,” a spin-off series that cleverly integrates elements of the original show, “How I Met Your Mother,” into a unique, enjoyable new comedy.
With evocative and elegant language, Quincy Smith ʼ25 invites us to awaken our senses. The poem explores questions about how we find our personal identity.
The women’s basketball team took on SUNY Polytechnic Institute and St. John Fisher College in the Rounds of 64 and 32, winning both games in well-fought matches. The Mammoths are off to the Sweet 16 for the first time since their Covid-shortened 2019-20 season.
After their strong finishes in the Summers and Kurtz Cups, Callie DeLalio ’24 and Adam Lichtmacher ’23 represented Amherst in the College Squash Association’s National Individual Tournaments.
The managing sports editors introduce a community-wide ESPN Bracket Challenge and present their contenders, pretenders, dark horses, and sleepers. The group name to join is Amherst Student 2022!
Women’s hockey finished their season this past weekend, traveling to Middlebury for the final rounds of the NESCAC Tournament. After taking down Colby in overtime on Saturday, the Mammoths lost a 2-0 heartbreaker to Middlebury in the conference final.
School records came crashing down at the indoor track and field National Qualifying Meet this past weekend. More than eight athletes will fly to North Carolina to compete at Nationals this coming weekend.
Despite falling behind early against Hamilton, men’s lacrosse rallied to notch a narrow win in their first game in almost two years.
Amherst women’s lacrosse had an up-and-down start to the season, falling in an away game at Hamilton in NESCAC play before blowing out Springfield College on home turf.
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“The Batman” began showing in theaters this Friday, March 4. Ross Kilpatrick ʼ24E explores how the character’s latest iteration builds on Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy, adapting to the cynical and pessimistic political climate of 2022.
Today, we review LitFest 2022, a new student publication spurring debate about free speech, and how the war in Ukraine is personally affecting Amherst students. Produced by Sam Spratford '24; edited by Spencer Michaels '24.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has thrown into turmoil the lives of Ukrainian and Russian students at the college. Ukrainian students have had to worry about the safety of their families and mobilize resources for their home country, all while being full-time students thousands of miles away.
The college had 153 active Covid-19 cases at the beginning of the day on March 1. In response to the large increase in cases, the college has announced changes to its Covid safety protocols multiple times over the past week.
As the number of students in Covid isolation increases, faculty have been forced to make adjustments to their teaching plans, while students in isolation are adjusting to learning material from classes not designed to be taught remotely.
Alongside students at other Massachusetts colleges, Amherst students are mobilizing to garner support for a Massachusetts state legislature bill that would place a five-year moratorium on prison construction. They are advocating for the funding of community programs instead of prisons.
The college hosted several award-winning novelists and writers, including Natalie Diaz and Viet Thanh Nguyen, at the Seventh Annual LitFest. They discussed themes of identity, language, and craft in their presentations.
The Contra, a new weekly student-run publication, provides an anonymous platform for community members to share opinions and responses meant to spark conversation. It has prompted discussion about how to best foster constructive political discourse on a campus like Amherst’s.
Eleven students delivered persuasive speeches on the theme of progress in this year’s annual student speaking competition. They contemplated progress from the Amherst campus to the world as a whole, citing the importance of collective activism, storytelling, and risk taking, among many other topics.
Oren Tirschwell ’25 is a first-year student from Westchester, N.Y. After the college announced they would stop sending out daily Covid updates, Tirschwell took it upon himself to construct a replacement tool, which he made available to interested students on Feb. 20.
In their fourth meeting of the semester on Feb. 28, the AAS heard from the Office of Fellowships, voted on Budgetary Committee (BC) funding requests, discussed community engagement, held committee elections, and approved a proposal to supply eco-friendly detergent to students.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that occurred during the week. In this week’s installment: a snow day, Grammarly Premium, and more.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Feb. 22 to March 2, can be found here.
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Tessa Levenstein ’23 and Mason Quintero ’23 advocate for more service-oriented learning at the college, arguing for community to become a central tenet of an Amherst education.
The Editorial Board urges the college community to support its Ukrainian students by supporting Ukraine itself.
Seeing Double Columnists Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 and Thomas Brodey ’22 discuss what it means to participate in activism.
Managing Editor Liam Archacki ’24 investigates surprisingly uncontroversial takes published in a mysterious new paper circulating around campus.
Cartoonist Emi Eliason ’23 clears up a misconception about a not-so-realistic part of her illustrations.
Red Herring Cartoonist Isaac Streiff ’24 memorializes their experience of heavy winds last weekend.
Joe Sweeney '25 reviews "Drive My Car," the first Japanese film to be nominated for a Best Picture, which follows an aging theatre director who bonds with his young chauffeur after the death of his wife.
Davis Rennella '24 reviews A24's adaptation, "The Tragedy of Macbeth," directed by Joel Coen. The film's unconventional set design and focus on the inanimate make the film a unique take on Shakespeare's classic play.
Disney's new animated movie "Encanto" has received widespread acclaim. But for many viewers, it resonates on a personal level. Piero Campos '25 discusses Latinx culture and family dynamics within the plot.
Amherst College Film Society's Aidan Orr '24 and Diego Duckenfield-Lopez '24 explore the ways Studio Ghibli's "Whisper of the Heart" validates anxieties about love, dreams, and the future in adolescents and adults alike.
The balaclava, a garment that echoes Muslim head coverings, has swept the fashion world. Noor Rahman '25 breaks down the trend's insensitivity and the discrimination Muslim women face for wearing hijab and niqab.
In our first edition of "Poetic Perspectives," Mikayah Parsons '24 pens a coming-of-age tale of queerness, grief, and growth.
After winning 11 straight games and cruising to the finals of the NESCAC championship, Amherst women’s basketball fell short in a low-scoring defensive slugfest against Bates.
After almost three years, the U.S. Women’s National Team settled their equal pay lawsuit with the governing body of American soccer. Managing Sports Editor Liza Katz ’24 explains the lawsuit and what it will mean for women’s soccer going forward.
Women’s hockey took the ice at Orr Rink for their NESCAC Quarterfinal Matchup on Saturday, overcoming a slow start to roll over Bowdoin by a score of 5-0. With the win, the Mammoths advanced to the conference tournament’s semifinal round, which will be played this coming weekend.
The women’s and men’s track and field teams took third and sixth place, respectively, at the Division III New England Championships this past weekend. 28 athletes claimed all-New England honors.
The women’s diving team showed out at the NCAA North/Northeast Regional Championships, taking first and second on the 1-meter board. Two divers will continue on to Nationals.
Following a fourth-place finish at the NESCAC tournament, the women’s squash team finished the year with a strong win over Williams — their first since 1998 — to take fifth place in the 2022 Kurtz Cup.
In their third meeting with Williams of the season, the men’s hockey team fell to the Ephs in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC tournament, ending their season with a final record of 9-13-2.