Amherst College has recently lost a vital member of the community, Peter “Pete” Batura. Pete was an important figure in Charles Pratt Dormitory, acting as a custodian, father figure, mentor and, most importantly, a friend. If you have ever seen his smiling face, then you know how warm of individual he was. Peter was first and foremost a family man, always raving about his two daughters. He was always a pillar of support for us residents of Charles Pratt and helped us place our issues into perspective. We could have been crying about finals, breakups or room draw — whatever it was, he was always there offering a helping hand and words of wisdom. Outside of Charles Pratt, Pete brought a smile to the faces of everyone in the shop and the committees he was a part of. He was a friendly person who brought much-needed cheer to the service center and Charles Pratt. Pete will be truly missed, and this community will not be the same without his smiling face.
The Editorial Board calls on students to match the productive changes the AAS is making with democratic enthusiasm, in order to make this spring a fresh start for student government.
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.
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.