Mammoth Moments in Miniature: March 22 to March 29

Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that has occurred since the last issue. In this week’s edition: the college brings back the Five College Film Festival, Morris Pratt Loses SHEP Status, and more.

College Brings Back Five College Film Festival

On Saturday, April 1, the college will be hosting the Five College Film Festival for the first time in four years. The festival, whose mission is to “share the stories of students from across the Five Colleges through the medium of film,” will consist of three programs of curated short films from students across the consortium, with an awards show following the showings.

Advocates for Reproductive Care Host Doula Training

The first of four doula training sessions, hosted by the Advocates for Reproductive Care on campus with funding from the Association of Amherst Students, began on March 25. The sessions, which were open to students, faculty, and staff, provided subsidized attendance for seven students. All those who participate in the full training program will receive official certification as birth doulas.

Morris Pratt Loses SHEP Status

After sustaining continuous exit sign damage and the shattering of a custom-cut window on the night of Saturday, March 25, Morris Pratt Hall will no longer be eligible as a registered party space. In an email announcing the change, Community Development Coordinator Alyssa Carlotto explained that between September and December, custodians worked fifty hours cleaning up after parties in addition to their regular hours. “Non-alcohol related programming” will continue in the dorm.

Administration Introduces Calm App Subscriptions

Chief Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students Angie Tissie-Gassoway announced on March 28 that all students would have access to Calm, a top-rated mental fitness app that features guided meditation sessions, music playlists, sleep stories, and more features designed to lessen stress and improve focus and sleep quality. Both students with and without preexisting accounts with the app will be able to access the service.

New Space for Jewish Students on Campus Opens in Morrow

The college opened a new space for Jewish students in the basement of Morrow Dormitory on Sunday, March 26, marking the first time that Jewish students have had a designated community space on campus. The opening comes after years of calls for an official space of this kind.