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Director Tells Stories of Athletes and Dancers

by Diane Lee '19, Managing Opinion Editor || November 9 2018 || 148-9

With tenacity, patience and an eye for a good story, Bess Kargman ’04 has made a mark on the documentary world.

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Lawyer Dedicates Career to Public Service

by Isabel Tessier '19, Editor in Chief || November 9 2018 || 148-9

In her roles as a prosecutor, a teacher and a proud Amherst alumna, Diane Saltoun ’84 has shown a constant willingness to take on challenges and break barriers.

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Journalist Serves the World With His Words

by Shawna Chen '20, Managing News Editor || November 9 2018 || 148-9

A powerful storyteller and compassionate reporter, Scott Wilson ’88 pushes boundaries no matter where he goes.

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Pastor Brings Together Faith and Community

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || November 9 2018 || 148-9

Jean-Luc Charles ’94 channels his love for people through his faith and commitment to building community justice.

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Young Alumna Navigates Career Changes

by Nate Quigley '19, Editor-in-Chief || November 9 2018 || 148-9

From the tennis courts to the business world, Isabel Camacho ’14 has found success in all her pursuits thanks to an indomitable spirit.

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Actor, Model and Programmer Breaks Barriers

by Emma Swislow '20, Managing News Editor || November 9 2018 || 148-9

Lyndsey Scott ’06 has made a name for herself across various industries, despite the many people who told her it was impossible.

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Economist Devotes Lengthy Career to Teaching

by Henry Newton '21, Managing Sports Editor || November 9 2018 || 148-9

Joeseph Quinn ’69 found a love for the economics of aging and retirement that has deepened during his long tenure at Boston College.

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Novelist Finds Inspiration in Lived Experience

by Ryan Yu '22, Staff Writer || November 9 2018 || 148-9

Harlan Coben ’84 has attained enormous success in the literary world due to his creative flair and dedication to the craft.

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Curator Pursues Passion for Objects of the Past

by Olivia Gieger '21, Managing Arts and Living Editor || November 9 2018 || 148-9

Inspired by an Amherst class on material culture, Tara Gleason Chicirda ’94 has sought to learn about history through objects.

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Basketball Star Finds Success in Silicon Valley

by Kelly Chian '20, Managing Opinion Editor || November 9 2018 || 148-9

Jeff Jordan ’81 served as an executive at major companies like PayPal and Open Table, before turning his focus to venture capital.

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Journalist Brings Humor to Politics and Finance

by Seoyeon Kim '21, Managing Arts & Living Editor || November 9 2018 || 148-9

With her humorous and insightful takes on the complicated worlds of Wall Street and national politics, Bess Levin ’06 has established a name for herself in the world of journalism.

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Philanthropist Supports Education at Amherst

by Connor Haugh '21, Managing Sports Editor || November 9 2018 || 148-9

With a focus on connecting ideas, resources and motivated people, Chuck Lewis ’64 creates thoughtful solutions to issues in education.

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Thoughts on Theses: Debbie Wen

by Sasha Williams '22, Staff Writer || October 31 2018 || 148-8

Debbie Wen ’19 is an English and classics double major. Her thesis examines domestic ideology and the role of women in Charles Dickens’ novels. Her thesis advisor is Assistant Professor of English Alicia Mireles Christoff.

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Accessibility Expert Speaks on Inclusivity in Technology

by Shawna Chen '20 and Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editors || October 31 2018 || 148-8

Kyle Shachmut, the manager of digital accessibility at Harvard, spoke at the college about making digital content accessible to students with disabilities on Oct. 30.

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New Space in Wieland Hall Dedicated to Asian Students

by Ronin Rodkey '22, Staff Writer || October 31 2018 || 148-8

After months of student planning and activism, a new dedicated space for Asian students will launch this semester. The space, located in Wieland Hall, will have its grand opening later in November.

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CISE Provides Academic and Social Space for International Students

by Paulina Cardenas ’22, Staff Writer || October 31 2018 || 148-8

The Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) celebrated its first anniversary this fall.

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HHS Memo Poses Threat to Transgender Students

by Ryan Yu '22, Staff Writer || October 31 2018 || 148-8

A leaked memo from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which proposes legally defining gender as sex assigned at birth, has the potential to significantly affect the college and its student body.

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Fresh Faculty: Ryan Alvarado

by Allison Poussaint '22, Staff Writer || October 24 2018 || 148-7

Professor Ryan Alvarado is an assistant professor of mathematics. He majored in mathematics and physics at William Jewell College and received his master’s and doctorate degrees in mathematics from the University of Missouri.

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Panel, Tour and Reception Mark Science Center Opening

by Zach Jonas '22, Staff Writer || October 24 2018 || 148-7

A celebration of the opening of the new Science Center brought together guests and alumni to experience the most recent addition to the campus on Saturday, Oct. 20.

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Psychologist Speaks on Women Fleeing Gender-Based Violence

by Ryan Yu '22, Staff Writer || October 24 2018 || 148-7

Kim Baranowski, a humanitarian and clinical psychologist, spoke in Paino Lecture Hall on Oct. 16 about the psychological conditions of women fleeing gender-based violence. Her talk was sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and the anthropology and sociology departments.

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Symposium Highlights Link Between Hate and Democracy

by Lauren Pelosi '22, Staff Writer || October 24 2018 || 148-7

Three guest speakers visited campus for the “Hatred in Democracy” symposium on Oct. 19, an event sponsored by the Colloquium on Practicing Democracy.

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Harvard Lawsuit Raises Potential Threat to Affirmative Action

by Seoyeon Kim '21, Managing Arts & Living Editor || October 24 2018 || 148-7

A lawsuit alleging that Harvard’s admissions process discriminates against Asian-American applicants began its trial on Oct. 15 in the federal district court of Massachusetts in Boston.

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Science Center Opening Explores Liberal Arts

by Emma Swislow '20, Managing News Editor || October 24 2018 || 148-7

With the official opening of the Science Center on Oct. 20, the question of how science fits into a liberal arts education, and more specifically an Amherst education, guided the events of the day.

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Author Aatish Taseer '03 Compares Amherst to India in Talk

by Khalid Mohamed '22, Staff Writer || October 17 2018 || 148-6

In a lecture titled “We Shall Be a Country with No History — A Historical Awakening at Amherst College,” author Aatish Taseer ’03 spoke about his experience at Amherst and its relationship to modern-day India on Oct. 10 in Converse Hall.

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Thoughts on Theses: Elijah Koome

by Ryan Yu '22, Staff Writer || October 17 2018 || 148-6

Elijah Koome ’19 is an English and black studies double major. His senior thesis examines the memories of trauma portrayed in Kenyan literature. His advisor is professor of black studies and English Rhonda Cobham-Sander.

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Speaker Series Explores Education Across Disciplines

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || October 17 2018 || 148-6

This semester, the Educative Studies Initiative kicked off its second interdisciplinary speaker series. The series, which hosted its first event on Sept. 27, invites speakers from different academic backgrounds to campus to discuss issues relating to education.

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Author Michael Lewis Speaks on Risks Within Trump Presidency

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || October 17 2018 || 148-6

Acclaimed author and journalist Michael Lewis spoke at the college on Oct. 15 in Johnson Chapel.

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Reports of Sexual Assault Rose in 2017

by Sasha Williams '22, Staff Writer || October 17 2018 || 148-6

The recently released Clery Report for 2017 documents a rise in reported crime on campus, particularly violence against women offenses and sexual violence.

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Fresh Faculty: Julia Scarborough

by Sam Grondin '21, Staff Writer || October 3 2018 || 148-5

Julia Scarborough is a visiting assistant professor of classics. She received a B.A. in classics from Oxford University, an M.A. in art history from Courtauld Institute of Art and a Ph.D. in classical philology from Harvard University.

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New Technologies Expand Pedagogies in the Classroom

by Ryan Yu '22, Staff Writer || October 3 2018 || 148-5

In a push for increased student engagement, some faculty members are embracing new technologies as a potential solution to problems with traditional methods of teaching.

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Loeb Center Appointments Appear to Favor Finance Careers

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || October 3 2018 || 148-5

Despite launching a new online platform for career guidance services, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning has and continues to draw criticism from students seeking guidance in industries outside of business and finance.

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Proposed Plan Could Tax College’s Endowment

by Audrey Cheng '20 and Jacob Gendelman '20, Staff Writers || October 3 2018 || 148-5

Jay Gonzalez, the Democratic candidate for governor of Massachusetts, announced a proposal this month to impose a state tax on non-profit colleges and universities with endowments exceeding $1 billion, which would include Amherst.

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Thoughts on Theses: David Green

by Sarah Melanson '20, Staff Writer || September 26 2018 || 148-4

David Green ’19E is a theater and dance major. His performance thesis examines biblical narratives. His thesis advisor is Associate Professor of Theater and Dance Ron Bashford.

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College Sees Increase in New Faculty of Color

by Shawna Chen '20 and Khalid Mohamed '22, Managing News Editor and Staff Writer || September 26 2018 || 148-4

63 percent of new professors hired by the college in 2018 are people of color — 10 out of the total 16, Dean of Faculty Catherine Epstein reported, with two additional professors identifying as international.

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ResLife Undergoes Structural Changes after Staff Turnover

by Emma Swislow '20, Managing News Editor || September 26 2018 || 148-4

After four of the five assistant directors of residential life (ADs) left the college over a two-month period this summer, the Office of Residential Life has undergone an organizational restructuring that will create at least six new positions.

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Zumbyes Accepts First Female Member in 68-Year History

by Lauren Pelosi '22, Staff Writer || September 26 2018 || 148-4

After 68 years as an all-male a capella group, the Zumbyes admitted its first female member, Emma Ratshin ’21, during the fall audition round that took place between Sept. 9 and Sept. 14.

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Writer Min Jin Lee to Teach at College

by Shawna Chen '20, Managing News Editor || September 26 2018 || 148-4

Renowned author and National Book Award finalist Min Jin Lee will join the college as a writer-in-residence starting in the 2019-2020 academic year. Her three-year appointment to the English department comes after her appearance at the college’s LitFest in March 2018.

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Low Voter Turnout Spurs New Registration Initiatives

by Shawna Chen '20, Managing News Editor || September 19 2018 || 148-3

9.5 percent of Amherst’s eligible student body voted in the 2014 midterm elections, according to a report by the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE).

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AAS Candidate Statements for 2018-2019 Senators

by AAS Candidates, || September 19 2018 || 148-3

AAS Candidate Statements for 2018-2019 Senators

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New Program to Serve First-Gen Students

by Ryan Yu '22, Staff Writer || September 19 2018 || 148-3

As part of an ongoing effort to support traditionally marginalized communities on campus, a new initiative called the Meiklejohn Fellows Program was launched this semester.

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Science Center Cafe Delivers on Sustainability

by Zach Jonas '22 and Lauren Pelosi '22, Staff Writers || September 19 2018 || 148-3

The new Science Center cafe celebrated its opening on Monday, Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. The cafe, which was designed with community-building in mind, will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

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Fresh Faculty: Abigail Carroll

by Sasha Williams '22, Staff Writer || September 19 2018 || 148-3

Abigail Carroll is a visiting assistant professor of geology. She holds an associate’s degree from Greenfield Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Smith and master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of New Hampshire.

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Thoughts on Theses: Ashwin Balaji

by Jacob Gendelman '20, Staff Writer || September 12 2018 || 148-2

Ashwin Balaji is a biophysics-biochemistry major. For his thesis, he is researching loop formation during DNA folding in sperm cells....

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Lord Jeffery Inn to Become Inn on Boltwood in 2019

by Audrey Cheng '20, Staff Writer || September 12 2018 || 148-2

The Lord Jeffery Inn, a hotel in Amherst Center owned by the college, announced on Aug. 28 that it will change its name to Inn on Boltwood in January 2019...

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Students Voice Need for More Counseling Resources

by Shawna Chen '20, Managing News Editor || September 12 2018 || 148-2

Last week, The Student reported on the search for a new counselor to supplement resources at the Counseling Center...

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Overenrollment in Class of 2022 Leads to Triples

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || September 12 2018 || 148-2

Sixty first-years are living in triple-occupancy dorm rooms in the first-year residence halls this year because of overenrollment in the class of 2022...

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New Chef Forages for More Customizable Dining Options

by Emma Swislow '20, Managing News Editor || September 12 2018 || 148-2

Entering the kitchens in the basement of Valentine Dining Hall is like entering a more intense version of the seating area at noon on a Monday...

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Pub to Provide Students with Social Space and Alcoholic Beverages

by Emma Swislow '20, Managing News Editor || August 31 2018 || 148-1

Following discussions last semester surrounding ways to create more social spaces on campus, a currently unnamed pub will open on Sept. 13 in the Schwemm’s and Grab-N-Go space...

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Counseling Center to Add Counselor After Increase in Student Demand

by Shawna Chen '20, Managing News Editor || August 31 2018 || 148-1

The Counseling Center will hire a new counselor this fall amid increasing student need for counseling services...

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Three New Administrators Aim to Leave Their Impact on Amherst

by Audrey Cheng '20 and Natalie De Rosa '21, Staff Writer and Assistant News Editor || August 31 2018 || 148-1

Three new college administrators, Chair of the Board of Trustees Andrew Nussbaum ’85, Chief Student Affairs Officer Hikaru Kozuma and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Matthew McGann, will begin work in the 2018-2019 academic year...

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$240 Million Science Center Opens Sept. 4

by Emma Swislow '20, Managing News Editor || August 31 2018 || 148-1

After years of planning, construction and moving, the new Science Center will open on Sept. 4 as students begin their fall classes, with an opening celebration on Sept. 7...

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Fresh Faculty: Katharine Correia

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || August 30 2018 || 148-1

Introducing Katharine Correia, a new assistant professor of statistics at Amherst College...

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Fresh Faculty: Mona Oraby

by Claire Dennis '20, Staff Writer || August 29 2018 || 147-25

Mona Oraby is a visiting professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought. She received her doctorate in political science from Northwestern University.

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Counseling Center Sees One-Third of Student Body

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || August 29 2018 || 147-25

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Counseling Center has seen a steady increase in the number of students utilizing its services.

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Amherst to Go Half-Solar by 2019

by Olivia Gieger '21, Managing Arts and Living Editor || August 29 2018 || 148-1

Amherst, along with Bowdoin, Hampshire, Smith and Williams, has formed the New England College Renewable Partnership, a collaborative contract to purchase solar electricity from a solar farm in Farmington, Maine.

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Photographer Maria Stenzel Debuts Short Movie on the Antarctic

by Sehee Park '20, Staff Writer || August 29 2018 || 148-1

The Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI) hosted a screening of a short film about the daily life of scientists working in the Antarctic filmed by the college’s photographer, Maria Stenzel on April 18.

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Dining Services to Renovate Schwemm's Into a Pub

by Kathleen Maeder '20, Staff Writer || August 29 2018 || 147-25

Schwemm’s Coffee House will be undergoing a revision of its menu, including the addition of beer and wine for 21+ students, and a major renovation into a pub-style space.