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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from March 8 to March 21, can be found here.
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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.
The latest installment of the police log, from Feb. 28 to March 9, can be found here.
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.
In this installment of Mammoth Memories, Managing Sports Editor Alex Noga ’23 details the origins of the Little Three, one of the oldest athletic conferences in the country, and the eligibility dispute that, for a time, disbanded the alliance just three years into its existence.
Today, we discuss the uncertainty plaguing student-athletes, the status of benefits among "casual employees," and a new faculty member whose focus on premodern South Asia can decolonize our conception of history. Produced by Sam Spratford '24; edited by Nicole Richards '23.
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Twenty-three Dining Services employees have had their positions converted from casual to benefited following the college’s Nov. 17 policy announcement. The Student sat down with seven staff members to hear their thoughts on this change.
Student athletes have experienced heightened uncertainty throughout the winter athletic season due to a host of Covid safety policies, which bar them from competition after they, or enough of their teammates, test positive.
The Option, Amherst College’s student-run used bookstore, reopened in the fall after a year-long pandemic-induced closure. This semester, the store introduced a number of changes, including the introduction of a public catalog of the store’s inventory and new marketing techniques.
In their third meeting of the semester on Feb. 21, the AAS inducted new senators, discussed budgetary requests, and ratified a new amendment removing the requirement to collect petition signatures before running.
Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that occurred over the past week. Check out the news from Feb. 16 to Feb. 22 here.
Mekhola S. Gomes is an assistant professor of history and Asian languages and civilizations. She received a bachelor’s degree with honors in history from St. Stephen’s College at the University of Delhi, and her master’s degrees and Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Feb. 14 to Feb. 21, can be found here.
Contributing writers Charles Sutherby ’23E and Mason Quintero ’23 discuss the ways in which Amherst fails graduates pursuing public service, in the second of a three-part series for The Student.
Managing Opinion Editor Dustin Copeland ‘25 writes on the lack of social spaces on campus, focusing specifically on Cohan Dormitory.
Seeing Double columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell ‘22 outlines why the administration needs to consult students before making certain decisions.
The Editorial Board calls for a continuing equitable admissions process at Amherst as affirmative action’s existence becomes increasingly threatened.
Staff writer Andrew Rosin ’25 covers the new Student Hosted Events Policy, showcasing its unintentionally humorous aspects.
Olive Amdur '23 details how David Berman's 2019 song "Snow is Falling in Manhattan" has sparked a newfound appreciation for chilly Amherst winters and the beauty of slowing down.
Experimental rock group Black Country, New Road recently released their sophomore album "Ants From Up There," which marks the end of frontman Isaac Wood's time with the group. Miles Garcia '25 breaks down the ethereal and intense album.
As with many other cult classics, Netflix recently remade legendary horror film "Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Cole Warren '24 explores all the reasons why the remake is a pale imitation of the original, exploiting sensitive subjects in favor of cheap scares.
Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener '23 compares Netflix's live action remake of "Cowboy Bebop" to the original anime show. Despite similarities to the original, the remake is so disappointing that he couldn't even make it through the first scene.
This past weekend, both the men’s and women’s track and field teams found success at their final meet of the season, the Ruddy Invitational. The New England Championships await for 53 athletes this weekend.
Amherst women's basketball took down Colby in their first game of the NESCAC tournament, their 10th straight win. The win sets up a semifinal berth and a matchup with Tufts next weekend.
Simplicity is in style these days. We’re decluttering our online lives with apps like BeReal and games like Wordle. If you want to simplify your sports-watching life, you should be watching soccer, argues Leo Kamin '25.
The Mammoths closed out a strong final stretch of the season, winning one and drawing one of a pair of matchups with Colby, enough to earn themselves home-field advantage in the first round of the NESCAC playoffs.
Amherst men’s hockey suffered a pair of close defeats this past weekend, falling to Middlebury in overtime before a tough loss to Williams.
Men’s basketball came heartbreakingly close to victory in their first game of the NESCAC playoffs against Williams. They fought back from a number of steep deficits, but ultimately fell just short in the final few minutes.
After a fifth-place finish at the NESCAC tournament, the men’s squash team finished the year off strong, taking third place at the 2022 Summers Cup.
Men’s swim and dive took third place overall at the NESCAC Championships. Five swimmers took home All-NESCAC honors.
This week, we discuss student dancers' latest grievance with the administration, reparations activism in the Town of Amherst, and a significant change in UMASS Amherst's reproductive health services. Produced by Sam Spratford '24 and Maggie McNamara '23; edited by Nicole Richards '23.
Student dance groups felt blindsided by the proposed conversion the Nicholls Biondi studio, a crucial rehearsal space, into a satellite fitness center. Administrators have since paused the project after receiving significant pushback.
Following a semester that saw surging demand for mental health support, the administration provided an update on Feb. 8 regarding the college’s efforts to better support student well-being, including bolstering the Counseling Center, new college-wide activities, and loosening of Covid restrictions.
Starting in Fall 2022, UMass Amherst’s health center will make medication abortions available to all students, citing accessibility and student demand as reasons for its decision. Amherst College is joining the conversation, but will likely not offer such services anytime soon.
Deborah E. Lipstadt, President Biden’s nominee for Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, gave a talk on Feb. 10 titled “Antisemitism: The Ubiquitous Hatred.” She explained the ideology behind antisemitism, leading students to express concerns about antisemitism at the college.
Following the Amherst Town Council’s June 2021 vote to establish a reparations fund for Black residents, the Town is implementing community engagement plans to develop a strategy through which the reparations will ultimately be distributed.
A Feb. 14 email communicated stricter rules for event registration in the Spring 2022 semester. Students expressed confusion and frustration about party policies that they believe disproportionately affect certain student organizations and do not lead to safer practices.
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) will hold elections for open AAS Senator positions on Friday, Feb. 18., from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. The students listed have announced their candidacies for these elections.
The AAS held its second meeting of the spring semester on Monday, Feb. 14. Senators discussed Budgetary Committee funding recommendations, the selection of senators for committee assignments, and the creation of a task force to address sexual violence on campus.
Lisa Zheutlin ’22 is a sexuality, women’s & gender studies major. She is writing a thesis on the anti-monogamy framework, which questions society’s prioritization of romantic love over other forms of love such as familial love. Her thesis advisor is Professor of History and SWAGS Jen Manion.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Feb. 9 to Feb. 14, can be found here.
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Cartoonist Isaac Streiff '24 comments on Amherst's more "competitive" classes as the add/drop period comes to a close.
Charles Sutherby ’23E and Mason Quintero ’23 discuss the tiny percentage of Amherst graduates pursuing public service in the first of a three-part series.
Seeing Double Columnist Thomas Brodey '22 argues that the Association of Amherst Students fails to live up to its democratic image.
The Editorial Board calls for a considered and consistent consideration of the arts on campus when it comes to the allocation of extracurricular space.
Sarah Weiner '24 shares her perspective on the proposed conversion of the Nicholls Biondi dance studio into a fitness center. Without a space to rehearse, Weiner argues that the Amherst dancers and RSOs that rely on the space would suffer incalculably without it.
Tylar Matsuo '24 defends the ideal of the democratic state in response to an article published in the intentionally divisive Amherst Contra.
Andrew Rosin ’25 presents a non-comprehensive guide to understanding the Winter Olympic Games.
Audrey Rosevear '22 presents "Val Hacks," a column dedicated to exploring the culinary possibilities of Valentine Dining Hall. This week, here is her recipe for deviled eggs, Val-style.
Word games such as the New York Times Spelling Bee and Wordle have skyrocketed in popularity. Ross Kilpatrick '24E breaks down his issues with the games, arguing that words are relegated to trivial tiles, stripped of their meaning.
"Dexter: New Blood" wrapped up the original series in a ten-part sequel with a satisfyingly grim ending. Assistant Arts and Living Editor Brianne LaBare '25 explores the binge-worthy series and its effect on the legacy of the "Dexter" franchise.
"The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window" attempts to satirize mystery thrillers while playing to the strengths of the genre. Eren Levine '24 reviews the series, an enjoyable show that often fails to make its satirical elements clear.
Join Managing Sports Editor Alex Noga ’23 as we uncover some of the fascinating details about the college's storied past in the new sports column "Mammoth Memories." Our first stop: the very first organized baseball game ever played.
Amherst women’s basketball defeated conference No. 1 Trinity and New Jersey City University, extending their win streak to nine games, and placing them at No. 3 in the NESCAC rankings. They enter the NESCAC tournament ranked 11th nationally.
Amherst men’s hockey took a two-game road trip this weekend, traveling first to New London, Conn., to take on the Camels and then to Medford, Mass., to face the Jumbos. The Mammoths returned to Amherst with one win and one loss.
The men’s basketball team returned to action this past weekend, closing NESCAC regular-season play with a tough weekend in which they lost close games to Trinity and Connecticut College.
Amherst collected their top-three NESCAC spot for the third consecutive year, bringing home ten All-NESCAC awards among seven athletes. The team also returned with two new school records in the 1650-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly.
Women’s ice hockey split a two-game series with the Trinity Bantams before blowing out the University of New England Nor’easters. Just two regular season games remain.
Track and field found success in their second-to-last meet of the season at Middlebury. The men placed second; the women placed third. A slew of athletes qualified for New Englands.
Amherst women’s squash fought hard at the NESCAC championships this past weekend, eventually falling in the semifinals to the Trinity. They finished fourth overall.
This week, we talk about the Instagram account @amherstshareyourstory, some developments in Amherst's presidential search process, and recent student housing errors.
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After six months, the college reached an out-of-court settlement with the former lacrosse coach’s employment discrimination lawsuit.
The Instagram account @amherstshareyourstory has posted over 40 anonymous accounts of sexual misconduct at the college since its first post on Dec. 10. The account has garnered much attention from students, alumni, and the administration.
Long-time women’s lacrosse coach Chris Paradis has announced that she will retire from coaching after the 2022 season, leaving behind a lasting legacy and big shoes to fill for whichever coach comes to the program next.
A New England sports fan reflects on Tom Brady's retirement, describing his Patriots tenure as nothing short of a religious experience.
The college has loosened some of its initial Covid restrictions following the success of its protocols for move-in and the first week of classes. Students and professors expressed understanding for the initially stricter protocols, while yearning for a return to near-normalcy.
Women’s hockey excelled in conference play over the last six weeks, positioning themselves for a playoff run at the end of the month.
Students encountered a host of difficulties while trying to secure housing for J-term and the spring semester. Many expressed frustration at Housing Operations’ lack of communication.
The Editorial Board discusses @amherstshareyourstory and the value of the accounts shared by students, while considering the difficulty, but necessity, of creating change.
The Mammoths have rolled through January, boasting a 16-2 record and No. 11 national ranking.
Contributing writer Isaiah Doble ‘25 details a set of deep discrepancies between the experiences of domestic and international students, drawing from conversations and interviews conducted over the past semester.
Sebastian Son’s ’22 senior thesis in music composition, “Reasons to Leave,” integrated original musical pieces with strong theatrical performances. Managing Arts & Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 explores the one-night production and Son’s creative process.
Both the men’s and women’s squash teams started January strong before stumbling against tougher competition to end the regular season, finishing 10-8, and 9-4, respectively.
In the first installment of his column, Coping With Campus, Managing Opinion Editor Dustin Copeland ’25 takes a brief look at the quadrangle as a tool in the myth-building of “college life.”
The Student tracks the journey of an Amherst student’s Covid PCR test, from its collection at the Alumni House to its sequencing and result at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
Seeing Double columnist Thomas Brodey ‘22 argues that Amherst’s commitment to diversity is meaningless without the application of a fuller definition of the word.
The Presidential Search Committee released a finalized position profile on Jan. 12 for potential candidates to succeed the outgoing President Biddy Martin. The profile, compiled with community input, describes desired qualities and the work that lies ahead for the new president.
Despite the cancellation of their annual training trip to Puerto Rico, the women’s and men’s swim and dive team has been hard at work over interterm, facing off against Union College, Williams, Connecticut College, and Springfield College.
WAMH Events Coordinator Nii-Ayi Aryeetey ’23 reviews electronic pop artist yeule's new album, "Glitch Princess," an ambient yet unsettling exploration of body dysmorphia through immersive soundscapes and cathartic songwriting.
Out of about 6,000 independent theaters nationwide, Amherst Cinema was one of seven satellite screening locations for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Managing Arts & Living Editor Brooke Hoffman ’23E sits down with Executive Director Yasmin Eisenhauer to discuss the programming.
Amherst track and field won the Middlebury Winterfell, qualified athletes for the New England Championships, and watched school records fall in their first three meets of the indoor season.
In anticipation of forthcoming Olympic events, contributing writer Olivia Lynch ‘25 explores the effect that changes in the scoring system have had on competitive figure skating.
The AAS held its first meeting of the spring semester on Monday, Feb. 7. Senators discussed the current Covid-19 protocols at the college, the logistics of commencement, and the student activities fee.
Men’s basketball saw a string of up and down results in January, but pulled off big-time wins against conference rivals Williams and Wesleyan.
The third season of “Succession” wrapped up on Dec. 12. Managing Editor Theo Hamilton ’23 breaks down the reasons to watch the show — from its sharp wit and fascinating characters to its intriguing themes and brilliant acting.
Cartoonist Emi Eliason ’23 satirizes the rise of Wordle as a potential avenue for college credit.
Thirii M. Myint is an assistant professor of English. She received a B.A. in Literary Arts and International Relations from Brown University, an M.F.A. in Prose from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Denver.
Men’s hockey posted uneven results through January, but has done enough to keep postseason hope alive.
Why is it that, when looking for comfort shows, we usually turn to sitcoms? Assistant Arts & Living Editor Madeline Lawson ’25 analyzes the conventions of television’s most binge-able genre and how streaming reinforces the place of nostalgic sitcoms in pop culture.
Red Herring cartoonist Isaac Streiff ’24 reflects "optimistically" on the beginning of classes in the new semester.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Dec. 6 to Feb. 9, can be found here.
On the night of Dec. 7, two CSAs showed up unannounced twice to DASAC’s end-of-semester formal in Lipton Basement. One CSA’s aggressive mannerisms and actions left attendees in extreme discomfort and distress, with the group eventually calling ACPD and reporting the CSA for identity-based harm.
In a public letter, a coalition of student groups comes together to call on members of the administration to relocate the Center for Sustainability from the Amherst College police department to a more centralized, inclusive campus location.
Seventy-four seniors will graduate at the end of this semester as members of the Class of 2022E, one of the largest E classes in the college’s history. The Student sat down with seven graduating seniors to hear about their experiences and reflections on the nearing end to their time at Amherst.
The college has announced a number of retirements from and promotions to prominent positions at the college. Jim Brassord, Jackie Alvarez, and Interim CEIO Allen Hart are phasing out of their roles. Darien McFadden will replace Alvarez, and Angie Tissi-Gassoway has filled Hart’s position.
A Nov. 22 email announcing January Term housing eligibility and arrival date blindsided many students, who had already made different travel and housing plans. Students’ frustration grew with the lack of response from the administration to questions about their individual situations.
In a close vote, the AAS Senate approved the purchase of sweatshirts for senators at their weekly meeting on Dec. 6. Senators’ debate over the purchase went beyond its constitutionality to questions surrounding ethical uses of student funds and appropriate compensation of senators.
The college announced that it is requiring all eligible students, staff, and faculty to receive a Covid vaccine booster shot by Feb. 1, 2022. The decision follows UMass Amherst, Hampshire College, and Smith College, who also decided to implement booster requirements for the spring semester.
Chief of Campus Operations Jim Brassord provided an update on the college’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) to the campus community on Nov. 17. The update outlined the recent opening of a collaborative solar energy facility and challenges that have arisen in implementing the CAP.
The AAS held its final meeting of the fall semester on Monday, Dec. 6. Senators discussed Budgetary Committee (BC) funding recommendations, upcoming Senate projects, and student housing during J-Term.
Carl Charrette is the first cook-baker at Valentine Dining Hall. He has used his tremendous creativity and lifelong baking skills to create a new line of vegan desserts and help Val transition to making desserts from scratch, much to students’ enjoyment.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6, can be found here.
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Writing from the late-night newsroom for his last issue, editor-in-chief Ryan Yu '22 pauses to take stock of his tenure and the chaos that has come with transitioning back to in-person journalism. He is proud of the work of The Student, even if it might still look different than pre-pandemic.
Assistant Opinion Editor Dustin Copeland ’25 pays tribute to The Student’s home base with a brief description of its architectural history.
Seeing Double columnist Thomas Brodey ’22 argues that Zoom classes should continue to be an option for students who need to be remote.
Contributing writers Diana Daniels ’22, Libertad Aguilar ’22 and Lisa Zheutlin ’22 advocate for the administration to keep Professor Manuela Picq’s position after her contract’s forced termination.
Columnist Thomas Brodey ’22 satirically comments on AAS’s recent expenditure vote to fund AAS jackets and jokes about President Martin’s iconic equestrian entrance on Bicentennial Day.
Contributing writers Olivia Fajardo ’23 and Sydney Ireland ’23 recap their study about student perceptions of the Amherst College Police Department and the effectiveness of student activism in creating change.
As he phases out of his current role on The Student, Managing Opinion Editor Scott Brasesco '22 takes stock of where the Opinion section has been over the past year and a half, along with where it's going. He remarks on the grueling but fulfilling experience that is The Amherst Student.
Editor-in-chief Rebecca Picciotto '22 reflects on her year at the helm of The Student with all of its highs and very real lows. In her last issue of The Student, she bids goodbye to a job that has challenged her sleep schedule but enriched her Amherst career.
Arts & Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener '23 reviews "Circle Mirror Transformation," which follows an adult acting class through a series of crises. He praises the show's varied performances, which show the potential for experimental, emotional and impactful student acting.
Pi’erre Bourne and his collective label SossHouse have been making waves in Atlanta, dropping multiple creative projects in the past months. The group’s sound is fun and energetic, and each unique artist is brought together by Bourne’s distinct production style.
Staff writer Sarah Weiner '24 reflects on last weekend's student-run performance of "Women and Wallace," which successfully combines humor with a difficult coming-of-age story and a series of impressive technical effects.
Due to the overwhelming success of Blonde, Frank Ocean’s album Endless is a masterpiece that has slid under many listeners' radars. It offers an assemblage of Ocean’s varying talents and is a listening experience unlike any other.
Originally published in The Indicator's new Fall 2021 issue Passing, "Wild Pitch" by Sarah Attia '24 is reprinted here as part of a collaboration between The Student's Arts and Living Section and The Indicator.
To celebrate the final issue of a semester which finally saw The Amherst Student's return to print, we're taking a look at a usual week through the eyes of each of the paper's sections, revealing what goes on behind the scenes.
Amherst’s winter athletes will be hard at work over J-term both preparing for games and representing the college in competition across the country, and in some cases, around the world. We recap what the Mammoths will be up to during this holiday season.
In a pair of road victories last week, over Emmanuel College and conference rivals Wesleyan University, the women's basketball stretched their unbeaten streak to seven games to begin the season, Violet Glickman '25 writes.
The Mammoths came tantalizingly close to becoming national champions this past weekend, falling to Connecticut College on penalties on Saturday, Dec. 4 after a last-minute victory over the University of Chicago on Friday, Dec. 3, Leo Kamin '25 writes.
Though the Mammoths did not finish as high as they might have hoped at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky., impressive performances from young runners provide a strong base for future campaigns.
The defending-conference-champion Mammoths narrowly lost to the number-one ranked Middlebury Panthers on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4. They lost by a one-goal deficit in both games.
Amherst men’s basketball stayed perfect this past week, making it eight straight to begin the season. The Mammoths beat Saint Elizabeth’s University and Springfield College on the back of strong defense.
This week, we talk about Val's changemaker pastry chef Carl Charette, the college's update to their climate action plan, and an AAS debate that unexpectedly reveals the state of democratic practice among students. Produced by Sam Spratford '24 and Maggie McNamara '23; edited by Sam Spratford '24. Correction: At 1:
The Student interviewed several students who have been quarantined this semester after testing positive for Covid about their time in isolation. Students reported a variety of experiences, ranging from satisfaction with the resources provided to social and academic isolation.
The college hosted the third event of its Fall 2021 Point/Counterpoint Series on Nov. 30, featuring Melissa Murray, a professor of law at New York University, in a conversation on reproductive justice and the racist origins of laws.
Although many students have welcomed the college’s return to fully in-person learning, some students have requested to learn remotely due to personal circumstances. The college has denied all such requests, however, citing the importance of residential experiences to an Amherst education.
The AAS held its second to last meeting of the semester on Monday, Nov. 29. Senators discussed Budgetary Committee recommendations, concerns about the Omicron variant, and the possibility of providing Grammarly for free to all students.
With Spotify Wrapped rapidly approaching, our editorial staff decided to share some of our top tracks and favorite finds of late. From Indie to Pop, our collective playlist has no shortage of repeat-worthy songs for you to explore!
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The Editorial Board reflects on Amherst’s campus-wide group chat, considering its powerful potential as well as its negative ramifications.
Assistant Opinion Editor Dustin Copeland ’25 shares his excitement for the Lyceum Project, which has just broken ground on Amherst’s campus.
Sage Innerarity is a double major in English and American studies. She is writing her thesis on Indigenous creation stories and tribal histories from her home community. Her thesis advisor is Professor of English and American Studies Lisa Brooks.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Nov. 18 to Nov. 28, can be found here.
Satire columnist Andrew Rosin ’25 comments on student burnout and jokes about students’ desire for another break.
Over the November break, both the women’s and men’s swim and dive teams blew Colby out of the water in their season opener. Then successfully defended their Little Three supremacy against Wesleyan just two days later.
Seeing Double columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 considers how to balance equity with beauty and access with skill in an article inspired by recent AAS rulings on auditions and funding.
Managing Sports Editor Ethan Samuels ’23 shares a satirical take on the COP26 climate summit, imagining students making similar pledges to curb drinking.
Men’s soccer continued its hot streak with wins over SUNY Cortland and Middlebury, landing the team a spot in the NCAA Division III Final Four for the second straight year. Key forward German Giammattei ’22 led the way, scoring four goals for the Mammoths.
Led by Anling Vera ’25, who was named NESCAC Player of the Week last week for her performance, Amherst put together a 2-0 stretch, beating Gordon College and Bates College in non-conference bouts.
Over the Thanksgiving Break, the defending NESCAC champions opened their season at 2-2, falling twice to Hamilton College before decisive wins against Manhattanville College and Johnson & Wales University, writes Maya Reiner '25.
The men’s basketball team is off to a red-hot start, handily winning their first six games by an average of 32 points per game, Alex Noga '23 writes.
Highlighted by the women's team's 5-4 win against Stanford University, both squash teams went 2-1 in their first weekend of play.
While most Amherst students were celebrating Thanksgiving — and time off from classes — men’s hockey made its return to competition for the first time in almost two years. Although there were successes, Amherst stumbled to a 1-3 record in the four-game stretch.
In "The Power of the Dog," Academy Award-winning director Jane Campion turns her focus to the '20s American West. Staff Writer Miles Garcia '25 analyzes the hyper-detailed film and its insights into toxic masculinity and lingering traumas.
After a four-year hiatus, Mitski has released two singles for her upcoming sixth album "Laurel Hell." Staff Writer Yasmin Hamilton '24 reflects on what these singles might mean for the new album's direction.
The days of the Hallmark Channel's monopoly over holiday films are a thing of the past, Staff Writer Madeline Lawson '25 notes that Netflix has emerged as a legitimate competitor, with franchises like "The Princess Switch" bringing in big bucks.
Staff Writer Davis Renella '24 reviews "No Times to Die," Daniel Craig's final performance as James Bond. Marred by unemotional acting, overcomplicated plot points, too many characters, and weak writing, it's a disappointing finale.
Today, we discuss the student quarantine experience and the unfolding debate over whether or not the college should maintain a remote learning option. Produced by Sam Spratford '24 and Maggie McNamara '23; edited by Spencer Michaels '24.
President Biddy Martin announced on Nov. 17 that the college will be converting some of its casual staff positions to benefited positions, an initiative that has been under discussion throughout the year. The announcement followed a student-led demonstration demanding for better pay for Val workers.
The Judiciary Council held two separate hearings to address an anonymous complaint filed against the Amherst Association of Students Senate questioning the constitutionality of an email they sent last May.
As the college community counts down the days until November break begins, students and faculty report feeling notably overstressed and tired. Some attribute these increased feelings of burnout to the adjustment back to in-person learning.
The Editorial Board addresses student burnout, arguing that collaboration between professors and students may be the best way forward.
Seeing Double columnists Thomas Brodey ’22 and Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 look back at the Amherst Uprising and question how the student body can maintain movements’ memories when their time on campus is so short.
Red Herring cartoonist Isaac Streiff ’24 pokes fun at those who celebrate Christmas before Thanksgiving by envisioning beloved horror scenes in a more festive light.
Satire columnist Andrew Rosin ’25 notes that the recent shift from daylight savings is not going to be much help in getting students to class on time.
After a year of fully remote performances, this Fall marked the return of live performance to Amherst campus! Managing Editors Theo Hamilton ’23 and Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 highlight their favorite performances of the year so far.
Joni Mitchell's birthday on Nov. 7 provides a perfect chance to look back on the varied, introspective, and moving music she created. WAMH host Olive Amdur '23 reflects on "Blue," one of her favorite albums, finding both newness and memories in each of its songs.
Whether its lasagna or kalbi short ribs, everybody has a Val meal they'd rather avoid. Staff Columnist Audrey Rosevear ’22 presents “Val Hacks,” a column dedicated to exploring the alternative culinary possibilities available at Val. Up first, her Tikka Masala recipe.
Abba's "Voyage" is the Swedish group's first album since 1981. Staff Writer Sarah Weiner '24 argues that it might also be the group's worst. Still, she finds a few songs that manage to stand out from the surrounding mess, retaining the groups signature high-energy style.
From his postmodern origins to his recent string of bestsellers, Richard Powers has had a fascinating career. Staff Writer Joe Sweeney '25 discusses Powers' newest novel "Bewilderment," which mixes devastatingly brutal plot points with a hopeful message.
Mobile games don't have a good reputation. While most are shoddily designed and packed with microtransactions and addictive features, a few gems do manage to stand out. Staff writer Ross Kilpatrick 24E highlights one of these, 2018's "Florence," a movingly simple game.
With the release of "Red (Taylor's Version)" last Friday, Nov. 12, Taylor Swift ignited her fan base and redefined standards in the music industry. This week, Staff Writer Brianne LaBare '25 discusses Swift's monumental re-recording of her beloved album "Red."
After pulling out a win against Lesley University in the NCAA tournament, the women's soccer team faced a devastating end to their season this weekend with a well-fought loss to Johns Hopkins University.
David Ke is a CDC responsible for supervising the CA's in Appleton, South, North, and Williston Halls. David is perhaps most known on campus for his Instagram-famous dog, Potato, who provides joy and delight to countless members of the campus community.
On Saturday, Nov. 13, the "Biggest Little Game in America" returned to Pratt Field as Amherst looked to spoil Williams’ undefeated season. Down 24-6 early in the third quarter, the Mammoths’ comeback fell just short, as the team wound up losing 24-19.
Hockey fans thought Jack Eichel was fated to be the savior of the historically awful Buffalo Sabres. But the Eichel era has officially ended — and it was simply another 21st century failure for the doomed franchise, writes Alex Noga ’23.
The Mammoths are continuing to have an outstanding postseason, finishing with some of their best performances to date, with both teams qualifying for the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships.
In a pair of NCAA tournament games this past weekend, men’s soccer kept up their defensive dominance while showcasing their depth and a newfound offensive prowess. The Mammoths scored eight goals and conceded none, advancing to their 11th-straight sweet sixteen.
The 16th-ranked Amherst women’s basketball team returned to the court for the first time in two years this past week, going 3-0 in three opening weekend contests against Oglethorpe University, The United States Coast Guard Academy, and Rhode Island College.
The men’s basketball team dominated in the season-opener, defeating Rosemont College by a score of 92-56 on their own court, as Head Coach Marlon Spears made his first appearance as the leader of the Mammoths.
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Covid safety protocols have caused music students to report difficulty with the bureaucratic process of reserving practice space in the Music Department. The department is planning to change its protocols for the spring semester in hopes of better accommodation.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Nov. 2 to Nov. 16, can be found here.
On Monday, Nov. 15, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) held its eighth weekly meeting of the semester. Senators discussed policing at the college, presented Budgetary Committee (BC) requests, appointed committee members, and debated purchasing custom jackets for AAS members.
Siobhan McKissic ‘12 is guided by endless curiosity for the past and the present, and brings others in touch with the intimate histories surrounding them.
In her connection to home and her dedication to community, Shayla Yellowhair '07 is changing the lives of future generations by rethinking education on the Navajo Nation, recentering it around traditional Diné culture
To truly embrace your passion can be daunting. Yet, Andrew Barkan ’02 has always stayed true to his passion for music, building a rich career around it.
As the executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Hartford, Connecticut, Annette Sanderson ’82 combines a deliberate problem-solving approach with a genuine desire to be of service to others.
Guided by her passion for writing, Leah Longoria ‘12 has demonstrated grit working her way into the Hollywood writer’s room as Amherst’s first FAMS graduate.
A scholar and an advocate, Tony Jack ’07 has defined the conversation when it comes to college equity.
Ophelia Hu Kinney '12 is an accomplished activist, drawing on her personal experiences to inform intersectional discourse between her queer identity and Christian faith.
From the stage to the screen, Amy Stevens Hammond ’92 has found a home behind the scenes, working tirelessly to bring stories to life.
As editor of creative development for Vanity Fair, David Friend ’77 uses eloquent writing and striking photography to inform his readers about the most news-worthy topics of our time.
Lisa Chang ’82 has led a life with a willingness to adapt, something that has brought her from political science to the Office of Civil Rights.
A true embodiment of the Amherst student-athlete experience, Sean Ellis '07 was never afraid to put his head down and work for everything. This dedication allowed him to reach great heights, from being voted captain of the hockey team to working for the NHL.
Even in a field as serious as diplomacy, Tomoaki Ishigaki ’97 has maintained a buoyant spirit and lessons from Amherst throughout his career.
From the football field to the legal domain, the through line of Jean Fugett '72’s multifaceted career has been an unwavering work ethic and passion for each pursuit.
From the Metropolitan Opera House to Düsseldorf, Germany, Amherst native Emily Rosenberg ’07 designs and constructs clothing worldwide.
A medical officer in the Division of Urology, Obstetrics, and Gynecology at the FDA, Dr. Elena Boley ’92 has learned to embrace the grey.
From Iain Banks to Toni Morrison, Niko Pfund ’87’s lifelong interactions with literature have inspired his passion for communicating ideas through publishing.
Jared Banner ’07 spends life grounded in the present, learning as much as he can every day. In doing so, Banner has become the latest to join a long list of Amherst alumni serving in the most influential front office roles in Major League Baseball.
The seed for Megan Carroll’s ’02 passion for international service was planted in early childhood and has followed her through Amherst to her job today.
This week, we discuss Val-induced food anxieties, Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah's philosophical perspective on "race", and student concerns with Amherst's Bicentennial budget. Produced by Maggie McNamara '23 and Sam Spratford '24; edited by Spencer Michaels '24.
Valentine Dining Hall returned to full capacity on Oct. 20. While students are ecstatic about the return of lively Val, staffing shortages have resulted in a dearth of food options for students with dietary restrictions.
Women's soccer earned a NESCAC playoff victory in the team's Oct. 30 matchup against Trinity. The game was a rematch of the previous Tuesday, when the Mammoths won another thrilling bout.
In a public letter, a group of 12 students form the Students for Public Speaking argues against the cancellation of the college’s annual public speaking contest, asserting that public speaking is important to a liberal arts education and the the success of Amherst students in their futures.
The college has not disclosed its spending on the Oct. 15 Bicentennial Party, which featured several extravagant amusements, from a ferris wheel to a performance by Grammy award-winning artist Common. The Student investigated the motivation behind the celebration, as well as the source of the funds.
Originally published in The Indicator's 2021 issue Ecologies of Care, "A Prayer for Ella" by Maggie Wu '22 is reprinted here as part of a collaboration between The Student's Arts and Living Sections and The Indicator.
Originally published in The Indicator's 2021 issue Ecologies of Care, "Five Til Noon" by Sam Spratford '24 is reprinted here as part of a collaboration between The Student's Arts and Living Sections and The Indicator.
Originally published in The Indicator's 2021 issue Ecologies of Care, "We Sell Care" by Mikayah Parsons '24 is reprinted here as part of a collaboration between The Student's Arts and Living Sections and The Indicator.
Halloween brings out some brilliantly creative costumes every year, and 2021 has been no different — either on or off campus. From Baller Biddy to Megamind, Managing Arts & Living Editor Brooke Hoffman '23E breaks down her favorite costumes from last weekend.
The Town of Amherst held its biennial municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Positions on the Town Council, School Committee, and Housing Authority were on the ballot, among others. Voters also participated in a referendum on a proposed renovation of Jones Library.
With a $165 million budget and an all-star cast, Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi epic "Dune" is one of the biggest films of the year. Staff writer Miles Garcia '25 gives his review, writing that for all its technical marvels, "Dune's" oversimplified plot leaves a hollow aftertaste.
Fall has arrived on Amherst Campus, and fall cooking has arrived with it! Staff Writer Sofia Rodrigo '24 presents some of her favorite seasonal recipes, including roasted pumpkin seeds, apple cinnamon bread, and halloween candy blondies.
For Managing Arts & Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener '23, Fruit Ninja is a central childhood memory. Reflecting on his years with the game, he concludes that "no matter the circumstance, Fruit Ninja is addictive," a sentiment as true in 2021 as it was in middle school.
The Editorial Board argues that recent party vandalism at the college needs to be met with a dual response — administrative openness and student responsibility.
In a matchup between two "Little Three" teams, football shocked the undefeated Wesleyan Cardinals with a walk-off victory. The Mammoths won the four-overtime thriller 16-14.
Assistant Opinion Editor Dustin Copeland ‘25 argues that the college should envision the new student center as a monument that is not only serviceable as a space but also beautiful and awe-inspiring as a piece of art.
Assistant Opinion Editor Tapti Sen ‘25 shares her positive experiences at Frost Library and asks that hours be extended to 24/7 service.
A former Chicago Blackhawks player filed a lawsuit against the team alleging that he and a teammate were sexually assaulted by the team's video coach Brad Aldrich in 2010. The team initially dismissed the allegation, then sought loopholes out of the situation.
The number-two seeded Mammoths fell to the number-seven seeded Colby Mules on penalties this past Saturday, in the first round of the NESCAC tournament. The teams played to a scoreless draw across 110 minutes.
To kick off the NESCAC tournament, field hockey faced Bowdoin on Saturday, Oct. 30. In a tough defensive match, the Mammoths were unable to pull off a victory, ending their season with an 11-5 record.
On Saturday Oct. 30, the Amherst women’s crew team traveled east to Worcester, Mass. to compete in the Wormtown Chase Regatta, medaling in two of their three events.
Seeing Double columnist Thomas Brodey ‘22 attests that Amherst should produce idealists, however, its teaching of postmodernism has made idealism difficult to achieve.
The NESCAC Cross Country Championships were held at Wickham Park in Manchester, Conn. this past Sunday, Oct. 31. Each race consisted of 11 different teams, with the men’s team finishing in sixth place and the women’s team finishing in fifth place.
Satire columnist Andrew Rosin ‘25 covers the new Student-Hosted Event Policy and conveys students’ excitement to start partying this year, now that they have the college’s approval.
Red Herring cartoonist Isaac Streiff ‘24 uncovers the mystery of the missing umbrellas and identifies the culprit responsible for the crime.
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Professor of Philosophy Nishiten Shah moderated a conversation between Kwame Anthony Appiah and Adolph Reed Jr. in Johnson Chapel on Oct. 29. They discussed the extent to which reckoning with racial history is necessary for progress and whether the concept of race is a myth.
The Student had the privilege of interviewing Presidential Scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah, a renowned philosopher and author, to discuss his background, career as a writer and thinker, and hopes for the future of philosophy.
On Monday, Nov. 1, the AAS held its sixth weekly meeting of the semester. Senators discussed Budgetary Committee requests, reviewed officer reports from President Angelina Han ’22 and Vice-President Basma Azzamok ’22, and appointed members to a series of new committees.
Ren Wiscons is an assistant professor of chemistry. She received her bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College, and completed a master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, can be found here.
Today, we discuss Amherst's updated Covid-19 protocols, the resurgence of party-related vandalism and the college's decision to end the legacy preference in admissions. Produced by Maggie McNamara '23 and Sam Spratford '24; edited by Cole Richards '23.
In this episode, we sit down with Counseling Center psychologist Jordan Barnard and two panels of students to investigate recent tensions between Amherst's Counseling Center and the student body. After touching on wait times and inaccessibility, we talk about the structural and cultural changes that could be made to aid
In an email sent to the college community on Oct. 20, President Biddy Martin announced that the college will end its legacy admission preference starting in the 2022-2023 academic year. The college will also implement an expanded and simplified financial aid program.
With the return to a fully populated college campus, students, administrators and campus safety officers have observed a dramatic shift in weekend culture. The resurgence of parties has coincided with an increase in reports of vandalism and alcohol overdose calls.
The college held its first in-person Family Day event in two years on Oct. 23. The outdoor celebration included various student performances, fall-themed New England food, pumpkin painting and a cozy evening around the campfire.
What’s the best way to honor women’s soccer’s six seniors and four super seniors? The Amherst College Bicentennial. Parents’ Weekend. A 5-0 shutout. And a NESCAC regular-season championship.
Sweden is hardly the first place that comes to mind when anyone thinks about hip-hop music, but the Stockholm-based artist collective Drain Gang have developed significant influence in the scene. WAMH host Nii Aryeetey '23 covers the group’s rise.
Staff writer Davis Renella '25 covers the Family Day performance of The Storm Clouds, Amherst College's own student jazz ensemble, a skillful demonstration which moved effortlessly between high-energy pieces and slower ballads.
For the first time in franchise history, the Chicago Sky are WNBA Champions, beating the Phoenix Mercury 80-74 in Game 4 of the WNBA finals. Lead by stars Candace Parker and Stefanie Dolson, the team overcame adversity to achieve their title-winning goal.
Emma Ratshin '22E's senior thesis "Bad Jews" was performed last weekend, providing a provocative and dark examination of family, religious identity, and community. Assistant opinion editor Tapti Sen '25 breaks down the play and its brilliantly difficult characters.
Staff Writer Madeline Lawson '25 reviews "Matrix," the newest novel by Amherst alum Lauren Groff '01, which explores ideas of isolation and queerness through a reimagined life in the middle ages but occasionally suffers from a muddled plot.
Behind an impressive defensive performance, football earned a 21-0 victory against Hamilton College on Oct. 23. The Mammoths held the Continentals to just 305 yards of offense, while also intercepting four passes.
The volleyball team won two games in convincing fashion this past weekend, bouncing back only one week after dropping two straight conference games. The Mammoths did so in impressive fashion, notching strong individual and team performances on the way to two 3-0 sweeps.
After a hiatus of more than a year and a half, how has Broadway changed? This week, staff writer Sarah Weiner '24 talked with Broadway stage manager Lisa Buxbaum about Covid precautions, calls for equity in the industry, and the future of Broadway.
Over the past week, men's soccer topped Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Colby College and Trinity College to finish its regular season in dominant fashion. The Mammoths earned a number-two NESCAC playoff seeding in the process.
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Red Herring cartoonist Isaac Streiff ’24 ponders how many free boba teas they could have gotten had they attended all of the events advertised in the Daily Mammoth thus far.
Satire columnist Andrew Rosin ’25 celebrates Amherst’s recent departure from legacy-preferential admissions as a brilliant step toward getting more athletic recruits on campus.
In a letter to the editor, former Amherst College Associate Dean of Admissions Willard M. Dix ’77 supports the recently announced end of legacy preference at the college, but questions how the college intends to act in a “legacy-blind” way.
Seeing Double columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 thinks back on his experiences working with Green Room and argues that the planning of a new student center provides the perfect opportunity for a new student-run space.
In a letter to the editor, former DePauw University Director of Giving Matt Mascioli ’07 applauds the end of legacy admissions at Amherst, but encourages the college to continue to foster a strong alumni-college relationship.
Contributing writer Tara Alahakoon ’25 looks at the recent campus discussion on mental health from the vantage point of her Asian American heritage. She argues that the counseling center should train staff to be aware of all cultural traditions.
Cartoonist Emi Eliason’22 speaks on student activism at Amherst, shedding light upon administrative responses to student demands.
The Editorial Board congratulates the college on last week’s decision to end legacy preference in admissions and increase financial aid, recognizing that, while it is not a solution to admissions inequity, it is evidence of an institutional commitment to a more diverse future.
On Oct. 19, the college announced its return to Level 1: Baseline Covid-19 Operations. Generally students anticipate enjoying newly permitted activities, but some still wish for a more complete return to normalcy.
Max Hoffman is a chemistry major. His thesis looks at the computational modeling of excited nanocrystals. His thesis advisor is Professor of Chemistry Jacob Olshansky.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Oct. 18 to Oct. 25, can be found here.
The AAS discussed Committee on Priorities and Resources (CPR) allocations, nominated representatives for the upcoming Judiciary Council (JC) hearing, and went over on-campus issues and projects.
The Writing Center is shifting away from non-academic writing support, as well as pausing many of its extracurricular projects. The changes are part of a new Strategic Plan, which aims to align the center’s priorities with the college’s Anti-Racist Action Plan.
The college held a lavish Bicentennial Party for the campus community on Oct. 15. The celebration served an array of New England foods, boasted a Ferris wheel and 100-foot slide, and featured a performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Common.
In an email sent to the college community on Oct. 20, President Biddy Martin announced that starting in the 2022-2023 academic year, the college will end its legacy admission preference as well as implement an expanded and simplified financial aid program.
Red Herring cartoonist Isaac Streiff ’24 presents the journey of a package through the delivery system traveling to the mail office at Keefe Campus Center.
On Sunday, Sept. 12, a CA assisted a drunk Smith College student on Morris Pratt quad. Five days later, she was fired. The CA and her coworkers suspect that her involvement with the student workers’ union played a factor in her firing.
The Editorial Board questions the college’s failure to reckon with the past during Indigenous People’s Day or Bicentennial events. The Board argues that it’s time to take concrete actions to improve life on campus for Indigenous community members.
The Student interviewed members of the Native and Indigenous Students Association (NISA) on their experience at the college in light of Indigenous People’s Day on Oct. 11. Interviewees discussed community, identity and the changes they hope to see in the college going forward.
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) discussed a new program called Amherst Superfan, their internal communication practices, and an upcoming hearing with the Judiciary Council in their most recent meeting on Oct. 18.
ACPD will adopt a comfort dog before the beginning of the spring semester in an attempt to improve mental health and the department’s relationship with students. Though they appreciate the sentiment, students are wary that it does not actually respond to demands surrounding campus safety.
Leaders of the Amherst Asian Alumni Network (AAAN) met with members of the administration on Oct. 6 to discuss the open letter they published calling for A/P/A studies. The administration affirmed their support of pursuing an A/P/A studies major at the college.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Oct. 12 to Oct. 19, can be found here.
After being one of the most recognizable names in the NFL world for years as both a coach and member of the media, (now-former) Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden was forced to resign after emails leaked in which he used racist, homophobic and misogynistic language.
Women’s volleyball fell short against two tough NESCAC competitors — Tufts and Bowdoin. They are looking to rebound from the hard weekend this upcoming weekend at home, when they face Wellesley and Westfield State.
Despite a valiant comeback effort, rallying from two scores down on two separate occasions, football lost their first road game of the season to NESCAC foe Bowdoin this past weekend in a thriller, 14-21.
Coming into the game with two wins last weekend, Amherst field hockey fell short 1-0 to national No. 3 Tufts in a hard fought match-up.
The Mammoths completed their regular season with some very impressive results at the Connecticut College Invitational in Waterford, Conn. These results are promising for when both the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams will be competing in the NESCAC championships in two weeks.
Women’s soccer has proved to be unstoppable, putting two more wins under their belt this weekend. On Saturday, the team took down Tufts in an overtime nail-biter, and finished the weekend with a 3-0 shutout to move to 11-1-1.
Men’s soccer barely fell short in its toughest test of the season so far, losing 2-1 to No. 3 Tufts on Saturday, Oct. 16 on a set-piece goal in the third-to-last minute of double overtime.
Staff writer Yasmin Hamilton ’24 discusses students’ difficulty of adjusting to the pre-pandemic academic expectations this semester in light of many ongoing effects of the global crisis, and argues for the maintenance of the increased academic leniency from last year.
Satire columnist Andrew Rosin ’25 pokes fun at Amherst’s prestige as it celebrates its Bicentennial through imagined interviews about the college’s role as “the nation’s most prestigious back-up school.”
Amherst celebrated its bicentennial last Friday with a concert from Grammy Award-winning artist Common. Managing Arts and Living Editor Brooke Hoffman '23E and Staff Writer Brianne LaBare '25 cover the bash at the base of Memorial Hill.
Seeing Double columnist Thomas Brodey ’22 touches on the worsening student debt crisis and argues that Amherst should give students the option to borrow tuition money directly from the college, so that students don’t have to turn to the merciless for-profit loan system as their last resort.
Emma Ratshin 22E's senior thesis — a performance of "Bad Jews" by Joshua Harmon — will kick off the Amherst Theater and Dance Department's annual schedule. Our editors sat down with Ratshin to discuss some of the play's highlights and her background in theater.
Staff Writer Kaelyn Milby ‘22 shares some fan-favorite films to take your spooky season to new heights. With no shortage of eerie suspense, slasher thrills, and sinister plotlines, this list of horror movies is sure to haunt you all October long.
A recent dispute over one writer's use of her colleague's personal experiences in a story has made waves over the last few weeks. But staff writer Ross Kilpatrick '24E questions whether copyright and the language of theft make sense in a literary context.
What does it take to challenge conventions in country music? Staff writer Brianne LaBare ‘25 covers the work of three country artists who are inspiring change by pushing for more inclusivity in the genre while also introducing exciting new sounds.
The Green Room's performance of comedic murder mystery "Deathtrap" will open this Friday. Managing Arts & Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener '23 previews of the performance, highlighting its effective use of the Octagon, its unorthodox performance space.
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On Oct. 6, the Council of Amherst College Student-Athletes of Color (CACSAC) held the CACSAC Walk Out of Practice Protest. The administration quickly responded to CACSAC's demands, most notably taking steps to ease "pay to play" barriers in the athletics department.
President Martin sent out an email update on the college’s anti-racism work, initially launched by the Anti-Racism Action Plan of August 2020. Students have felt that, though the college has made some tangible changes, the updates seem to rely on unsubstantial committee work and shallow promises.
On Oct. 11, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) Senate issued a response to a series of hateful emails sent to Black student groups at UMass Amherst. The message criticized the college for its insufficient response to the incident.
Jazz is back in town! This week, staff writer Milo Leahy-Miller ‘24 discusses the return of [email protected] The jazz group kicked off its 2021-2022 season with a stellar performance on October 7th and looks forward to a year full of the best in blues.
The Editorial Board responds to recent student concerns that the college is not making visible change in terms of racial justice. It argues that the best way to make concrete change is to make a commitment to reparations.
Contributing writer Tylar Matsuo ‘24 discusses the need for the college to provide lactaids. He argues that Schwemm’s not only charges for lactaids, but is also frequently out, and with Val’s inadequacy of meal options without dairy, it is essential to make them accessible to students.
Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Counseling Center Jacqueline Alvarez responds to last week’s issue’s coverage of the Counseling Center and its editorial on supporting student mental health. She urges students to seek help and provides information on resources provided by the Center.
Seeing Double columnists Thomas Brodey ‘22 and Cole Graber-Mitchell ‘22 debate the ethics of consensual cannibalism. Brodey argues that endocannibalism especially does no harm and holds significance to many the world over. Graber-Mitchell refutes, discussing where societies should draw a line.
Amherst sports teams continued their seasons this weekend, with most teams competing during fall break. Men's soccer, women's soccer, field hockey and volleyball all went undefeated over the four-day break.
On Oct. 15, The Green Room will hold their first live performance in almost two years with a parody of "The Lord of the Rings." After watching a dress rehearsal, Managing A&L Editor Theo Hamilton '23 gives a sneak peek of some of the show's best bits.
While the Nobel Prize is among the highest honors in literature, very few understand the criteria upon which laureates are chosen. This week, Staff Writer Joe Sweeney '25 discusses the case for more transparency in the selection process.
In an email sent on Oct. 7, Chair of the Board of Trustees Andrew Nussbaum ’85 updated the college community on the search and selection process for the next president of Amherst College, who will succeed President Biddy Martin after this academic year.
Reneé Alvarez is a Meal Checker at Valentine Dining Hall. She is beloved on campus for her warm and enthusiastic greetings. Alvarez previously worked as a business manager at the University of Missouri, but moved to Amherst with her husband, Professor of Mathematics Ryan Alvarado.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Oct. 5 to Oct. 13, can be found here.
The Town of Amherst, like most of the country, is experiencing a shortage of affordable housing. To supplement The Student's coverage of the Town's policy response, we sat down with Sophia Harrison '22 and Julia Zabinska '22 to talk about their work for Amherst Community Connections — a local resource hub
"Terras Irradient" is dedicated to telling the stories of Amherst's shortcomings and the unkept promises of the Amherst experience. In this debut episode, we discuss the enforcement and punishment processes of Covid-19 restrictions and other regulations placed on the student body. To shine a light on alternative judicial models, we
In this episode, we discuss the student experience at the Boston Women's March and the common cold that has been spreading throughout the student body. Produced by Sam Spratford '24 and Maggie McNamara '23; edited by Spencer Michaels '24.
The Counseling Center has been overbooked as an unprecedented number of students seek help with their mental health struggles. Despite attempts to ease the strain of the surging demand, students report long wait times and continuing dissatisfaction.
Genealogist Nicka Smith presented her research into the people enslaved by Israel Trask and their descendants in a talk given on Oct. 4 in Lipton Lecture Hall. The presentation was sponsored by the Steering Committee on the Racial History of Amherst.
Writer and medical ethicist Harriet Washington spoke in Johnson Chapel on Sept. 30 as the inaugural scholar in the college’s Presidential Scholars series. The conversation covered topics including racial health disparities and vaccine hesitancy.
The latest installment of the Police Log, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4, can be found here.
Nearly 30 students attended the Boston Women’s March on Oct. 2 in a trip sponsored by ACDemocrats. Students expressed feeling empowered by the opportunity to make their voices heard on the issue of reproductive rights in the country.
Lee Spector is a professor of computer science. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Oberlin College and attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a Ph.D. in computer science.
The AAS held its third meeting of the year on Oct. 4, discussing new committee appointments, Budgetary Committee recommendations and the role that the Senate has in addressing controversial incidents across the Five Colleges.
A cold that students have termed the “Amherst flu” has spread across campus. Due to the many symptoms influenza shares with Covid-19, however, students have been wary to seek care from the Health Center out of fear of being quarantined.
Satire columnist Andrew Rosin ’25 covers ACPD’s latest investigation, an investigation into the very plausibility of its own existence.
Seeing Double columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 points to the equity issue surrounding the college’s policy on federal work-study. He argues that the college shouldn’t treat work-study as part of financial aid awards which forces its beneficiaries to work for their aid.
Assistant Opinion Editor Dustin Copeland ’25 comments on the recent cold that has been sweeping around campus through a warm lens of human connection. He reminds us that sometimes, the inconvenience of the minor sicknesses can help deepen the closeness of our community.
Managing Design Editor Anna Smith ’22 sheds light on the slaveholding past of Israel E. Trask, one of the first trustees of the college, and argues that the college should purchase the Trask house and turn it into the Mary Sly Center for Restorative Justice.
Managing Opinion Editor Scott Brasesco ’22 shares his personal frustration of seeking help from our understaffed counseling center, shedding light on the severity of the college’s mental health resource inadequacy.
The Editorial Board calls on the college to double its counseling center staff following students' complaints and the recent release of the Needs Assessment Report in the latest Anti-Racism Action Plan Update.
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"Titane," Julia Ducournau's new Palme d'Or winning film, explores the connections between humanity and machines — often in gory detail. Staff Writer Miles Garcia '25 shares his reactions to the body horror movie and its surprisingly heartwarming core.
"Saturday Night Live's" newest season premiere came out this week with a fizzle rather than a bang. Longtime fan Madeline Lawson '25 shares her perspective on a solid but forgettable episode that at least improved on last season's failures.
Student radio is back on the air! Contributing Writer Robert Bischof ’25 breaks down all things WAMH, discussing the station's upcoming shows, broadcasts and exciting plans for the year.
Contributing Writer Noor Rahman ’25 covers the recent Balmain Festival, highlighting the significance of the festival’s homage to its creative director, Olivier Rousteing, the only black head of a major fashion house.
Competing in a pair of weekend matchups, men’s soccer earned a 2-1 home victory over dire rival Williams College on Oct. 2, before defeating previously unbeaten Middlebury College 1-0 the following day.