Sophia Wolmer

Two Weeks Before Election, Danielle Allen H’18 Underscores “Why Democracy Matters”

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On Oct. 19, the college hosted “Why Democracy Matters,” a virtual lecture part of the Amherst Conversations Spotlight Series. At the event, Danielle Allen H’18 was interviewed by three students particularly interested in Law Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Bella Edo ’21, Ryan Kyle ’23 and Jeremy Thomas ’21, during which Allen expressed her thoughts on the definition of democracy and the compatibility of democracy and justice, as well as democracy’s importance in the contemporary political climate.

“These Attacks Happen Everyday”: As War Erupts in Armenia and Azerbaijian, Remote Students Grapple With an Upended World

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On Sept. 27, ethnic and territorial tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted into full-fledged combat. The fighting, which is a result of deep-rooted historical grievances concerning the occupation of the independently-governed Nagorno-Karabakh region, known to Armenians as Artsakh, has brought hardship to both Armenians and Azerbaijanis alike. As the college has transitioned to remote learning, students who live in these countries have shown resilience as they complete their coursework in the face of astounding adversity.

UMass Opens Feinberg Series, With a Focus on Indigenous Knowledge Systems

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On Sept. 30, Robin Wall Kimmerer, an author and founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, kicked off the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst 2020-21 Feinberg Series. The free virtual seminar, which was promoted by the Amherst Environmental Studies Program, was the first of nine planned public events.

With Abundance of Cartons, Campus Questions ‘Is Boxed Water Really Better?’

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To keep students hydrated and Covid-free in the fall semester, the college has turned to an out-of-the-box alternative: Boxed Water. The switch to packaged water was made concurrently with the college’s shift to a grab-and-go dining model last spring. However, the proliferation of Boxed Water has been met with mixed reactions from students and staff due to its taste and disposable nature.

For Amherst Restaurants, COVID-19 Has Presented Remarkable Challenges

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For restaurants in the town of Amherst, spring is typically a lucrative time. In years past, local Amherst restaurants have been flooded with orders for graduation parties and conferences in addition to the daily traffic. Without the return of Amherst College, University of Massachusetts (UMass) and Hampshire students, however, restaurants have faced a major downturn [...]


Timeline: The Coronavirus Pandemic at Amherst College

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Between January and March, COVID-19 transformed from a distant concern to a community-devastating epidemic for many Amherst students. The coronavirus has brought rapid change to the lives of students, faculty and staff in a matter of weeks. In an attempt to help the Amherst community process recent events, The Student has crafted the following timeline.