Exploring the Role of Pop Culture Figures in Social Justice Work
Kim Kardashian recently announced her hopes of becoming a lawyer in order to better understand the criminal justice system, yet it is a choice that has given rise to much scrutiny and interrogation of what role celebrities have in social justice work.
“Ash Is Purest White” Explores the Vulnerability of Love
"Ash Is Purest White" is a captivating tale that focuses on the lives of a gangster couple in times of upheaval.
Brexit at Home: How the Politics of Britain Affect Students
While Brexit seems a distant distraction from the circus of American politics, it has profound effects on British international students at Amherst.
The BTS Effect: Why We All Should Be Part of the ARMY
On April 12, BTS released “Map of the Soul: Persona,” an album which explores Jungian concepts of identity and expresses the group’s love for their fans.
Klint Interrogates the Intersection of Science and Spirituality
Now on display at the Guggenheim, an exhibit of Hilma af Klint's abstract art work seeks to understand how the worlds of science and spirituality intersect.
A Quirky, Artistic Tribute to Community and Cardboard
For one afternoon, the performance art project Whoop Dee Doo transformed the attic of Fayerweather into a surrealist space where boxes can fall in love and ghosts can go missing.
Thesis Project AWAKE Inspires Thoughtful Introspection
AWAKE, the collaborative thesis project by Lauren Thompson ’19 and Benjamin Kissinger '20E, provided individual viewers with an immersive experience for introspective meditation.
The Last Season of “Game of Thrones” Finally Premieres
The season eight premiere of “Game of Thrones” proved to be successful in setting up the storyline for the insanely popular show’s last season.
An Interview with Jennifer Egan on Academia in Fiction
Colin Weinstein interviews Jennifer Egan on her recent choice to take up teaching and how it has opened her up to a world of curiosities about how the spheres of academia and fiction interact.
Chee Shares How To Write A Novel in His Essay Reading
Visiting Amherst Books for a reading last week, Alexander Chee shared his insights and prose on "How to Write an Autobiographical Novel," the title of his latest collection of essays.
Celebrating Agnès Vardas’ Life Through “Faces Places”
Though she has passed, Agnès Varda and her life can be celebrated through her last film "Faces Places," which captures her unique spark and joy for learning about new people.
Science Center Features Amherst History of Women in STEM
The Science Center's newest interactive display encourages students to post photos and engage as they learn about the history of women in STEM at the college.
Hulu’s “The Act” Thrills in Story of Sickness and Trauma
Hulu's "The Act" is gripping in its portrayal of the tense relationship between a mother suffering from Munchausen syndrome and the daughter she takes it out on.
Punk Iteration of “Dr. Faustus” Transforms Elizabethan Play
Wesley Guimarães’ ’19 senior honors thesis "Dr. Faustus" provides a punk, provocative revival of an Elizabethan play.
Reed’s “Against Doom” Installation Sparks Conversation
Macon Reed's exhibition "Against Doom" will be shown at the Eli Marsh Gallery in Fayerweather Hall until April 5.
Five College PoetryFest Gives Platform for Students’ Voices
The 17th annual Five College PoetryFest gave a slice of life and humanity as each student poet shared their proudest works.
Julia Jacklin Tackles Pain and Desire of Love in “Crushing”
Sydney-based singer Julia Jacklin released her sophomore album "Crushing."
“Master Chef Junior” Returns for an Exciting Seventh Season
Gaby Bucio '21 relishes the 40 minutes of pure childlike bliss that come every Tuesday night with the seventh season of Fox's "MasterChef Junior".
“Shrill” Gives Us a Polished, Pink Celebration of Real Life
Managing Arts and Living Editor Olivia Gieger '21 celebrates the genuine reliability and visual treat of Hulu's new series "Shrill".
“Stop Making Sense” Suspends Clarity for Sensory Delight
Screened at Amherst Cinema, the concert film "Stop Making Sense" does just that, as it departs from norms of narrative and plot while thrilling with pleasures of image and sound.
A Disappointing Introduction for Marvel’s Newest Hero
"Captain Marvel" was generally successful in introducing Marvel's newest hero, despite some flaws in character and plot development.
“Queer Eye” Provides Inclusive, Feel-Good Entertainment
Netflix released the third season of "Queer Eye" on Friday, March 15.
2 Chainz’s New Album is a Bumpy but Worthwhile Ride
2 Chainz merges the worlds of hip hop and professional sports in his new album, “Rap or Go to the League.”
Four Ways to Cope with a Winter That Never Seems to End
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can cause symptoms of depression during dark winter months, but there are campus resources that can help when we're feeling down.
Students Perform in Fourth Annual Spoken Word Slam
LitFest's fourth annual Spoken Word Slam took place at the Powerhouse last Wednesday.
Master Classes Let Students to Delve into Creative Writing
Master classes at LitFest gave students the opportunity to work closely with renowned authors.
Solange’s “When I Get Home” Interrogates the Individual
Solange's recent album indicates her maturity and continued growth as a young artist.
Students Tackle Meaning of Truth In Speaking Contest
Ten selected students competed in a speaking contest on the subject of truth and what it means to them.
"Glass" Wraps Up Shyamalan Trilogy With Few Delights
As the culmination of an M. Night Shyamalan trilogy spanning nearly 20 years, "Glass" returns to many old themes and techniques that may have been fresh at the story's conception but have grown a bit stale with time.
'Black Art Matters' Displays and Celebrates Creative Talent
Over the weekend, the Mead was transformed into a venue showcasing and celebrating Black art, both visual displays and live performances.
Long-Awaited Finale 'Kingdom Hearts 3' Enthralls Fans
Released on Jan. 25, Kingdom Hearts 3 proved to be a finale worth waiting for, despite some flaws in the game.
From Crags to Couloirs: Climbing’s Legacy in Massachusetts
Western Massachusetts' long legacy of rock climbing and outdoor exploration continues into the present day through college outing clubs.
Counseling Center Continues Efforts to Expand Student Support
After lots of public attention surrounding college student mental health, the Counseling Center continues its efforts to improve access to mental health services beyond its walls.
The Subtle Magic of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Delights
Taking place in 1950s New York, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" creates remarkable details, and even art, out of its scenery and costume design that create a nostalgia for the period and place, no matter how old you are or where you are from.
Future Goes Back to Basics with “The WIZRD”
On his latest album, Future leaves his penchant for experimentation behind and returns to his classic form.
NETA: A Look at the New Option for Five-College Students
The recent opening of a NETA dispensary in North Hampton forces five-college students and administrations to reconsider how access to recreational marijuana will alter drug use on campuses.
Ariana Grande is Unapologetic in New Album “thank u, next”
Ariana Grande's latest album is a testament to her growth as an artist as she explores a more emotional side of her music.
"Cold War": A Triumph of Modern Cinema
Now showing at Amherst Cinema, "Cold War" explores pertinent themes and history while maintaining beautiful artistic technique.
Poet Phillip B. Williams Creates Community Through Amherst Books Poetry Reading
In his visit to Amherst Books last week, Phillip B. Williams spoke about his poetry projects and the journey he took to becoming a poet.
Golden Globe Nominee “Shoplifters” Comes to Amherst Cinema
“Shoplifters” tells the story of the Shibata family, a group of misfits who build real connections despite their dependence on illegal activities for survival.
Despite Lacking Character Growth, “Aquaman” Impresses Overall
“Aquaman,” with its witty humor and entertaining plot, proved to be a success — exceeding the expectations of many DC comic fans.
Dueling Documentaries Introduce the Man Behind Fyre Fest
Netflix's recently released documentary "Fyre Fest: The Greatest Party That Never Happened" explores the fraud and betrayal behind the infamous Fyre Festival and its creators.
“Beautiful Boy” Is a Stark Reminder of the Tragedy of Addiction
Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet portray a convincing and moving father-son relationship in "Beautiful Boy."
Miles Morales Proves Himself a Worthy Spider-Man
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" expands the Spider-Man world into a new generation of Spider-heroes who represent a diverse range of who can be super.
Installation Sparks Conversations on Diversity and Immigration
As part of the Rotherwas Project 4, the Mead Art Museum is showcasing works by Yinka Shonibare MBE, facilitating discussion of migration and diversity.
A Conversation with a Student on the Frontiers of Climate Change
In the wake of Nov. 28's Student Voices from the Frontiers of Climate Change event, Kiera Alventosa sits down with a student presenter to discuss the depth of his experiences with climate change in Miami Beach.
Ariana Grande Pays Homage to Cult Rom-Coms in “thank u, next”
Ariana Grande's "thank u, next" music video was released on Nov. 30.
Paul Dano’s Directorial Debut in “Wildlife” Misses the Mark
Paul Dano's directorial debut "Wildlife" is a disappointing, cookie-cutter indie film.
Earl Sweatshirt’s “Some Rap Songs” Shows Artistic Maturity
In his first full-length release since 2010, Earl Sweatshirt poses thoughtful beats and illustrates deep maturity.
Capital One’s “The Match” Signals Shift in Sports Entertainment
Tiger Woods' recent match with Phil Mickelson followed trends of high-profile boxing matches, with high stakes prize money and pay-per-view streaming.
“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Reboots An Old Favorite
Despite mixed feedback, Netflix's "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" succeeds in providing a refreshing (and eerie) take on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch."
Shiru Cafe Calls into Question the Cost of a Free Cup of Coffee
While Shiru Cafe's free coffee may sound appealing at first, it comes with a handful of social concerns that point to the direction technology and big-business may be taking the world of commerce.
“Wings of Desire” Successfully Breaks Fantasy Genre Tropes
"Wings of Desire," a 1987 film, breaks the boundaries of typical fantasy.
Unconventional Christmas Movies to Watch This Holiday Season
In a world saturated with holiday movies, it's worth exploring some of these untraditionally Christmas films.
Harlem Renaissance Celebrates Black Culture and Hollywood
Over Family Weekend, the Black Student Union celebrated its annual Harlem Renaissance event through an evening of music and art.
Quavo’s First Solo Album “Quavo Huncho” Signals Future Success
Migos star Quavo released his first solo album, creating a strong work that is still not as strong as the work of Migos as a whole.
Artist Megan Smith Leads "Queering Reproductive Justice" Event
On Oct. 26, artist Megan Smith visited the Mead to share the ways they have fought for reproductive justice through art and how students can do the same.
Amherst Cinema Screens Works of French Filmmaker Agnes Varda
Amherst Cinema is screening works of renowned French film director Agnes Varda.
Amherst College Choral Society Thrills at Family Weekend Concert
The Amherst College Choral Society impressed parents and other audience members alike at their Family Weekend Concert last Sunday.
Paak and Lamar Collaborate Seamlessly on New Single “Tints”
With such a surge in new music this fall, it's easy for songs to fall through the cracks, but Anderson. Paak's recently released single, "Tints", deserves to be recognized among the din.
Best Books to Binge this Winter: Comedic, Historic and In-Between
For fans of shows like "Handmaid's Tale" and "The Americans," these books are must-reads.
College Celebrates Arabic Art in Night of Literature in Translation
Author Saud Alsanousi came to Amherst to launch his U.S. book tour for his award-winning novel "Bamboo Stalk."
Clothesline Project Aims to Raise Awareness of Sexual Violence
This past week, the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect hosted a clothesline initiative to raise awareness and spark education around sexual violence .
Sheck Wes Makes a Name for Himself on New Album “Mudboy”
Sheck Wes finds his one-of-a-kind voice on his debut album "Mudboy."
“Venom” Bores Audiences Despite Tom Hardy’s Best Efforts
"Venom," despite actor Tom Hardy's noteworthy performance, proves to be a flop: full of confusing plot points and drawn-out exposition.
“A Star is Born” Unexpectedly Overcomes Potential for Cliche
The strong acting, rawness of emotion and live music strike believable force into "A Star Is Born" making the film an enjoyable remake.
“Wobble Palace” Explores Millennial Romance and Instability
"Wobble Palace," a film which has all the markings of a cult classic in the making, tells the story of Jane and Eugene's troubled relationship.
Monique Truong Explores Immigration and Hunger in New Novel
Monique Truong discussed how immigration and hunger has impacted her writing on Sept. 26.
Confluences Creates a Space for Celebration of Multilingualism
Confluences is a new campus initiative that creates a literary space for celebrating multilingualism.
Travis Scott Shines from the Backseat in Recent “Astroworld”
Travis Scott is known more for his skills as a curator than as a musician. Usually, the featured artists on his albums are the stars of the show. Scott is content to sit back and let them leave their mark on each song.
Demon in Red: Panos Cosmatos’ Film “Mandy” Fails to Please
Red Miller (Nicholas Cage) lives in the mountains with his artist-wife Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough), hidden from the rest of society in deep and enduring love.
New Science Center Cafe Boasts a Few Hits, But Mostly the Same
So, when I heard that the Science Center would include an addition to campus dining, I was hoping it would be a new and improved iteration option for meals.
“APES**T” Demands Recognition of Black Artists in High Art
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Jay-Z are the musical power couple of our generation. Both artists have defined their respective genres of music, turned heads with outlandish performances and continued to make waves, album after album.
New Mead Exhibit Asks “If Timing Is Everything, What is Time?”
When walking into the the Mead Art Museum, one will inevitably pass by Stearns Steeple, which has stood on the same ground since 1873, even as the landscape of the rest of the college has evolved around it.
Poetry Festival Celebrates the Artistic Legacy of Emily Dickinson
Typically quiet and deserted, the yard of Emily Dickinson’s house surged to life on Saturday night, as students, professors and townspeople alike flocked to the historic site for an evening of poetry and music.
“Marvel’s Spider-Man” Thrills in New PlayStation Video Game
"Marvel's Spider-Man" proves to be a refreshing take on an age-old video game trend.
Amherst Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Students with Concert
The theme of Amherst Symphony Orchestra's first concert of the year is "Viva México."
McCarty Strives for Originality in Homage to Transcendentalism
After her visit at Amherst College, some of Lisa McCarty's work in “Transcendental Concord" remains on display at Fayerweather Hall.
“Eighth Grade” Honestly Explores Modern Middle School Life
I had expected to cringe at the inevitable awkwardness I knew I’d find in the movie “Eighth Grade.”
“Sierra Burgess is a Loser” Embodies Tone-Deaf Dissonance
“Sierra Burgess Is a Loser,” Netflix’s latest teen rom-com directed by Ian Samuels, sets out with the purest of intentions.
Unpacking What Summer 2018 Meant for the World of Hip Hop
The hip hop industry, despite what many blogs or online publications may have you believe, did not experience a seismic shift this summer.
Blood Orange Explores Self-Acceptance Over Buoyant Beats
On Aug. 24, British singer and instrumentalist Dev Hynes, who uses the stage name Blood Orange, released his fourth LP “Negro Swan.”
“BlacKkKlansman” Promises Radicalism, But Fails to Deliver
For a brief moment in the final stretch, “BlacKkKlansman” sheds the infiltration shenanigans and the tired cop camaraderie.
Environmentally-Friendly Brands to Consider Buying This Year
If you’re looking for caffeinated or herbal organic tea, Numi is a great choice. Its packaging is 85 percent recycled material and is printed using soy-based ink.
"To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before": Minorities Out of the Margin
“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a teenage romantic comedy that Netflix released on its streaming service in August 2018. The plot of the movie doesn’t stray too far from its rom-com predecessors — think “10 Things I Hate About You,” “A Cinderella Story” or “13 Going on 30"...
“McQueen” Documentary Depicts The Man Behind the Handbags
Haute couture is offered to global fashion consumers as a delicacy — a rarity few can afford and even fewer deserve. The message is incredibly clear: high fashion is not only an art but a privilege to engage with...
Familiar Story, Unfamiliar Faces: “Crazy Rich Asians” Triumphs
Based on Kevin Kwan’s 2013 bestseller of the same name, “Crazy Rich Asians” tells the story of Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), an economics professor at New York University...
A Look at Upcoming Fall Concerts in the Massachusetts Area
A veritable cornucopia of music is coming to the Massachusetts area this fall, with everyone from popstars to established rock artists to up-and-coming musicians on display...
J. Cole Creates Strong Work on “KOD” But Sways From Message
When J. Cole announced the release of “KOD” on April 20, fans were excited for two now-coinciding events.
DASAC Thrills with its “Favorite Soundtrack” Semester-End Show
As the academic year comes to a close, the final weekends at Amherst are filled with an endless selection of performances, senior games and spring concerts.
Leftovers, a Student-Made Clothing Brand, Redefines Streetwear
Maybe you’ve seen the stickers — in stairwells, on laptops, in the A level bathroom, perhaps. Maybe you’ve seen people repping the clothing around campus, and maybe you’ve wondered what is Leftovers, what is it all about?
A Night in the Life of an Amherst College Police Officer
Walking around campus any day of the week, at almost every hour, you’re bound to see an Amherst College Police Department (ACPD) cruiser driving around. While ACPD plays a visible role on campus, it can be hard to understand what it actually does.
Monáe’s Work Makes Waves for Women and Communities of Color
In anticipation of her upcoming album, “Dirty Computer,” which will be released on April 27, Janelle Monáe began releasing songs in late February.