Volume 152 • Issue 1
The Newspaper of Amherst College Since 1868
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Number of Articles: 11
First Article: March 26, 2020
Latest Article: March 23, 2022
By Scott Brasesco '22
March 23, 2022
Editor-at-Large Scott Brasesco ’22 critiques certain aspects of Amherst’s newest opinion publication, The Contra.
December 9, 2021
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.
November 13, 2021
A scholar and an advocate, Tony Jack ’07 has defined the conversation when it comes to college equity.
October 6, 2021
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.
September 8, 2021
Managing Opinion Editor Scott Brasesco ’22 argues that wage increases alone are not enough, calling for staff unionization at the college. He looks to other pandemic college unionization efforts for inspiration and asks students and faculty to get involved in supporting Amherst’s staff.
May 30, 2021
Adams is the first Black woman to graduate as an Amherst College physics major
since 1982. Photo courtesy of Jea Adams ’21.When I first met Jea Adams ’21, I
was unsure what to expect. From the research I had done before our interview, I
knew she was extremely accomplished like many other Amherst students, but from
the moment she started talking, I learned that there was more to her than
accomplishments. Behind her accolades is a profound curiosity about the workings
of the universe and a determi
March 24, 2021
Several weeks ago, I wrote an article
in response to New York Times coverage
[https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/24/us/smith-college-race.html] of race
relations at Smith College, which argued for a more methodical and nuanced
approach to accountability and investigation of identity-based prejudice and
harm. While researching the article, I came across a surprising scholarly
consensus — apparently, anti-bias tra
March 3, 2021
In 2018, Oumou Kanoute, a Black student at Smith College reported an incident of
racial profiling on campus via a Facebook post that immediately sparked student
outrage and an apology from the Smith administration. The ACLU picked up the
case [https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=560747387688597], and several Smith
employees, both involved and uninvolved in the incident, were cast out as
“racist” and therefore unwelcome. Ultimately, however, an independent
investigation found no evidence of bias —
September 23, 2020
In early March, when it appeared that Senator Bernie Sanders had clinched the
nomination in the Democratic primary, I wrote that Democrats should come
together to support his candidacy but also push back against his more radical
and less democratic impulses while he was in office. I was later surprised and
impressed by the unity of the moderate wing of the Democratic Party in pushing
back against the party’s less democratic impulses, something that is rarely seen
in opposition parties facing a p
May 30, 2020
Blackman has used her drive and idealism to improve Amherst for survivors of
sexual violence and other oppressed groups, and she hopes to do the same for the
world at large. Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Blackman ’20. When talking with
Charlotte Blackman ’20, one thing that becomes immediately clear is her drive to
improve the lives of those around her and leave the world a better place than
she found it.
This is something she has demonstrated countless times at Amherst through her
work with the
March 26, 2020
Fewer than half of Amherst students come from places in the Eastern Time Zone.
In any other semester on any other year, this fact would not affect students’
academic experience at Amherst. But this is not any other semester.
The transition to remote learning across time zones throughout the country and
the world necessitates major accommodations within the online classroom —
accommodations that the college hasn’t yet made. While East Coast students’
schedules are mostly unaffected by the move t