Volume 152 • Issue 1
The Newspaper of Amherst College Since 1868
Friday, December 2, 2022
Number of Articles: 33
First Article: September 25, 2019
Latest Article: November 9, 2022
By Alex Brandfonbrener '23
November 9, 2022
For Family Weekend, Amherst musical ensembles collaborated on a performance to celebrate 100 years since voting rights were extended to women in the U.S. Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 recounts the powerful and thought-provoking concert.
Green Room’s production of “The Birdcage” flew in for Family Weekend. Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 reviews the show, which aptly follows a young couple and the contentious union of their two families.
October 13, 2022
To inaugurate the start of the spooky season, Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 presents an eerie story about a mother and her daughter.
October 5, 2022
Amherst’s newest theater group, Ghostlight, premiered their “Triple Feature” this week. Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 discusses the trio of student productions, which each featured original scripts and casts.
September 14, 2022
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.
May 28, 2022
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.
May 4, 2022
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.
April 13, 2022
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.
March 30, 2022
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.
February 23, 2022
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.
February 9, 2022
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.
December 9, 2021
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.
By Theo Hamilton '23 and Alex Brandfonbrener '23
November 17, 2021
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.
November 13, 2021
Ophelia Hu Kinney '12 is an accomplished activist, drawing on her personal experiences to inform intersectional discourse between her queer identity and Christian faith.
November 3, 2021
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.
October 20, 2021
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.
September 8, 2021
While his album features a compelling new sound, it struggles to maintain its quality. It’s a complicated album, even for a long-time fan like Aryeetey: “It still feels like a grand statement, but one that could be grander.
May 30, 2021
After NYU journalism school, John plans to develop his music media platform into
a self-sustaining business. Photo courtesy of Noah John ’21.At a college like
Amherst, it is easy to follow the beaten path. The trail markers that guide most
students are getting good grades, securing an internship that might lead to a
job and maybe being lauded along the way. But to succeed in those things, and
also to dedicate yourself to a new path that’s entirely your own is much
harder. Noah John ’21 is one s
May 12, 2021
As the only Christian a cappella group at Amherst, faith is central to Terras
Irradient’s performance. In a normal year, the choir shines on stage, making
music only with the sounds of their voice. But do these key elements of their
performance translate to Zoom? Even with their members spread across the nation,
Terras Irradient, or TI for short, has managed to maintain their identity,
defined not only by their music and faith, but also by their close-knit
When students were suddenly
April 28, 2021
During a normal year, the performers of Mr. Gad’s House of Improv, the college’s
oldest improv comedy group, sit face-to-face with their audience. Each Monday
night, they would take audience suggestions, run into the crowd and play with
the intimate dynamics of live improv comedy. But what does that become when the
audience is a grid of faces on a screen?
Since transitioning to Zoom, Gad’s has worked to maintain its standards and
identity while also using the unusual circumstances of a virtual
April 14, 2021
Over the last 200 years, many things have changed about Amherst. The student
body is no longer all white, all male and all rich. The smallpox-spreading “Lord
Jeff” mascot has been replaced with the image of an extinct animal. And there is
a new Science Center which costs almost as much as the GDP of the Republic of
the Marshall Islands.
However, one aspect of Amherst’s identity has persevered: our infamous rivalry
with Williams College. While this tradition largely survives through an annual
March 31, 2021
Why is it, amid global crises like climate change, the pandemic, rising poverty
and social inequality, that Amherst students feel the need to debate which of
their fancy study spaces they prefer? But while the question “Science Center or
Frost?” may seem trivial, I feel that, because we are unable to leave campus,
the spaces that are available to the students currently living in the Amherst
bubble are more important to us than in ordinary years.
While there are a number of places students can s
March 10, 2021
Small pieces of snow, carried by the wind, sail across the First-Year Quad and
collide with red bricks. In many ways, it is a typical winter in Amherst. The
college has entered its second full semester during the Covid-19 pandemic, but
it is clear to everyone on campus how different life is compared to before.
Whole buildings that used to brim with student activity are now unused. Campus
no longer stirs with packs of eager students on their way to class. These
spaces, whose original uses are l
October 21, 2020
Out of the never-ending stream of TikTok memes, “Among Us” has emerged as the
game of the moment. The game takes place in the lonely expanses of space, where
players work to thwart or support a parasitic, alien impostor in a spaceship
riddled with various tasks that need to be completed. While this foreign setting
hardly seems comforting, “Among Us” is perfectly situated for anyone suffering
from quarantine cabin fever. I spoke to Amherst students about their thoughts on
the game, and what place
September 16, 2020
After months of seclusion and reclusion, many students have finally returned to
the Amherst campus. Nearly all the elements of pre-quarantine life have been
maintained in some way: academics, extracurriculars, social life, the campus
itself. But what about romance? Even in normal times, dating is fresh and risky.
But what about during Covid, when the school has to maintain a perfect social
bubble from the rest of the world? I spoke to Amherst students, single and in
relationships, about dating o
May 1, 2020
“The Common,” the biannual literary journal based at Amherst College, just
released its 19th issue during the peak of COVID-19’s isolating effect, on April
27. It’s a time that presents both challenges and new opportunities for such a
publication. When all heads are turned towards the small, repetitive loops of
quarantined life, “The Common” offers an escape through literature, as it
centers on stories of place.
This issue of “The Common” features short stories and art from artists in Sudan
March 5, 2020
Ten-year-old me would be thrilled to see “Star Trek: Picard” hit the screen.
Star Trek was an important part of my childhood (yes, I’m a nerd) — not the 60s,
William Shatner, bodysuit-wearing, original “Star Trek,” but its
self-reflective, late-90s, bodysuit-wearing younger cousin, “Star Trek: The Next
Generation.” Having never watched the show on the air, I always felt a little
disconnected from the world of “Star Trek.” I’m over the moon (haha, get it?) to
see faces I thought to be lost to tim
February 19, 2020
Note: This review contains spoilers of “The Good Place’s” finale.
Few shows attempt to challenge their viewers while making them laugh, and even
fewer shows do it as well as “The Good Place,” which aired its series finale
Jan. 30. The NBC comedy, which explored the ethical and comedic implications of
a modern afterlife, ran for four seasons packed with laughs and genuinely
unexpected twists. While “The Good Place” begins with Eleanor (Kristen Bell), a
washed-up, day drinking, Arizona native, ‘‘
December 4, 2019
“The Mandalorian” has a lot to prove. It is the first “Star Wars” adaptation to
be a live action TV show, as well as Disney’s first new “Star Wars” content
exclusive to Disney+, the recently-launched streaming service. Ultimately, “The
Mandalorian” holds up to fans’ expectations, redefining the beloved franchise in
exciting ways while also setting a high standard for a new wave of high budget
shows that are exclusive to streaming platforms like Disney+.
It is clear at first glance that “The Ma
November 13, 2019
If Amherst, both the college and town, bears the mark of any single person it
would be Emily Dickinson, whose image hangs in Johnson Chapel alongside our past
presidents and whose house sits comfortable in town on the perimeter of campus.
The house where she grew up and lived is now a well-visited museum, and the
Amherst library holds a substantial portion of her poems. She is an incredibly
influential figure in the literary world. However, we actually know very little
about Dickinson’s life a
October 30, 2019
Who is the “Downton Abbey” movie meant for? I see this question as an impediment
in the creation of any TV movie that must both cater to a fervent fan base (even
if it is made up of mostly old people, in the case of “Downton Abbey”) and a
public that has not seen the show.
It’s a difficult seesaw to balance — juggling plot, characterization and
character development, humor and a basic level of understanding. In addition,
the stakes are especially high when dealing with such a critically-acclai
September 25, 2019
It’s hard to call “Hustlers” a movie about stripping. Yes, the ensemble of
characters is comprised of strippers at a strip club, most notably Constance Wu
as Dorothy, the new girl in the club, and Jennifer Lopez as Ramona, both a
motherly mentor and mafia leader.
But the cast spends little of the two-hour run time actually stripping.
“Hustlers” doesn’t even put the “hustling” at the forefront — as Dorothy and
Ramona scheme to swindle Wall Street investment bankers and steal their coin.