Fresh Faculty: Pawan Dhingra
Pawan Dhingra is a professor of American studies. He received his doctorate in sociology from Cornell University and his bachelor’s in psychology from Carleton College.
Free Menstrual Products to Be Distributed in Frost
Starting next week, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) will begin piloting an initiative that provides free menstrual products to women’s and gender-neutral restrooms in Frost Library, in partnership with the Reproductive Justice Alliance (RJA) and the Student Health Educators (SHEs).
Science Center Experiences Electricity Outage
On Feb. 27 at 7:15 p.m., the main transformer in the Science Center suffered a short circuit, causing a building-wide power disruption that lasted for just under one day.
ResLife Announces Change in Suite Selection Process
The Office of Residential Life announced on Feb. 20 that it has implemented a separate selection process for all suites on campus, removing these rooms from the general selection process, as well as changes to the way accommodations factor into room selection.
Jennifer Egan Shines Light on Historical Fiction
Award-winning novelist Jennifer Egan spoke at the college on Friday, March 1 as part of the fourth annual LitFest.
National Book Award Finalists Discuss #MeToo
The college hosted a conversation with 2018 National Book Award for Fiction finalists Jamel Brinkley and Brandon Hobson on Thursday, Feb. 28. The conversation, part of the fourth annual LitFest, was moderated by Rebecca Carroll, a critic for the Los Angeles Times.
Funds From Mental Health Walk Left Unused
The Walk for Mental Health that took place last year on May 2 raised $25,000, intended for allocation to events promoting mental wellbeing. Almost a year after the event, the money has still not been used.
Pathways Discontinued After Decline in Participation
At the end of fall semester, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning suspended its Pathways Mentorship Program, citing declining student engagement and the growth of other alumni-student initiatives.
Professor Connects Black Lives Matter to Baldwin in Talk
On Feb. 20, author and Professor Eddie Glaude Jr. gave a talk at the college titled “Interrogation of Excellence in the Black Experience.” The talk, which was held in Cole Assembly Room, is the last installment in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month Symposium speaker series.
A Flawed System: The Obstacles of Shared Governance
Because the college operates on the basis of faculty governance, very little is actually mandatory for faculty members at the college. Oftentimes, the lack of a more structured approach leads to little action on axes of diversity and inclusion.
Thoughts on Theses: Rachel Cohen
Rachel Cohen is a biology major. Her thesis focuses on the impact of coevolution between plants and fungal pathogens on susceptibility to certain diseases. Her thesis advisor is Professor of Biology Michael Hood.
A Flawed System: Professors of Color Face Hurdles in Obtaining Tenure
The process of obtaining tenure in academia is somewhat shrouded in secrecy. Though tenure does not grant a professor immunity from being fired, it does prevent a college from firing a professor without due reason. Tenure has been, and remains difficult, to attain.
Community Reflects on Network Outage
The week-long server outage posed significant challenges for students completing coursework, faculty conducting classes and staff performing other administrative tasks.
As Layoffs Loom, Hampshire Faculty and Staff Look to the Future
Following announcements that the institution would not accept a full first-year class next fall, Hampshire College notified several of its staff members on Tuesday, Feb. 19 that they would be laid off in 60 days.
Fresh Faculty: Matteo Riondato
Matteo Riondato is an assistant professor of computer science. He received a master’s degree in engineering at the University of Padua in Italy. Later, he received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science at Brown University.
Campus Undergoes Nearly Week-Long Server Outage Due to Network Disruptions
The campus experienced nearly a week of network outages beginning on Monday, Feb. 11, as the Information Technology (IT) department worked around the clock to test the campus-wide server and address varying disruptions that had caused outages since the beginning of the semester.
AAS Senate Candidate Statements for Class of 2020
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) will hold elections for Senate on Feb. 15. Amherst students will receive an email on Feb. 15 with the link to cast votes. The following candidates will be on the ballot for the position of senator for the Class of 2020.
Hampshire Students Raise Voices in Response to Crisis
Many in the Hampshire community are still looking for answers from the school’s administration, accusing them of leading a deliberately opaque process in making these administrative decisions and violating the principles of shared governance on which Hampshire was founded.
A Flawed System: Navigating Racist Encounters
Professors of color discussed extra burdens of service and emotional labor as work not acknowledged by the college, while internal reports showed that professors of color were denied tenure at significantly higher rates than white professors.
Thoughts on Theses: Emily Park
Emily Park is a biochemistry and biophysics major. Her thesis examines how iron is regulated by internal biological mechanisms, specifically in plants. Her thesis advisor is Assistant Professor of Biology Jeeyon Jeong.
John Kasich Calls for Unity in Talk
Barely a month out of public office, former Ohio governor and 2016 presidential candidate John Kasich arrived at the college to give a talk on Feb. 7.
Amherst Faculty Condemns Hampshire Administration in Open Letter
A group of concerned Amherst faculty members published an open letter in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Feb. 4 addressed to President Miriam Nelson of Hampshire College concerning the lack of transparency around the college’s potential merger.
Fresh Faculty: George Qiao
George Qiao is an assistant professor of history and Asian languages and civilizations. He attended the Fudan University in China and received both his M.A. and Ph.D. at Stanford University.
Office of Student Affairs to Reevaluate Party Policy
The Office of Student Affairs detailed proposed adjustments to the current party policy in an email to students on Dec. 2.
A Flawed System: The Burden of Service Among Faculty of Color
The Student conducted interviews with nearly a dozen faculty members to investigate possible disparities among faculty at the college.
Hampshire Seeks Partner After Financial Distress
Hampshire College’s current operations are unsustainable, President Miriam Nelson announced on Jan. 15. The institution will seek a long-term partner to aid in its financial endeavors.
College to Go Carbon Neutral by 2030
On Jan. 24, the Board of Trustees voted to approve the Climate Action Plan (CAP), committing the college to carbon neutrality by 2030. Work on the CAP has been ongoing since 2015, when the Office of Sustainability called on Amherst to set a date for carbon neutrality.
Thoughts on Theses: Kelsey Choi
Kelsey Choi ’19E is a Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought (LJST) major. Her thesis focuses on the South Korean civil court case on women who were forced into prostitution in camptowns. Her thesis advisor is LJST Professor Michaela Brangan.
Series Explores Labor Through a Gendered Lens
A panel run by the student staff of the Women’s and Gender Center (WGC) met on Tuesday, Nov. 27 to discuss forms of work that are underrepresented or lacking from the discourse on equal representation of women as a part of their Labor Intensive Feminist Education series.
AAS Candidate Statements for Judiciary Council and Treasurer
On Friday, Dec. 7, the Association of Amherst Students will hold elections for Judiciary Council chair, three at-large Judiciary Council positions and treasurer. The students below have announced their candidacies for these elections.
Sylvia Rivera Floor Aims to Foster Community in First Year
The Sylvia Rivera community hosted its floor launch party on Nov. 27 to celebrate its first year as a themed floor.
Proposed Title IX Changes May Affect Campus Policy
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education released a set of proposed provisions that would regulate how schools comply with Title IX, the landmark civil rights law which prohibits sex-based discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding.
Student Stories Call For Climate Action
Nearly 200 people filtered in and out of Frost Library on Wednesday, Nov. 28 for “Student Voices from the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an event hosted by Students for Climate Action (SCA) and sponsored by the Association of Amherst Students (AAS).
Professor Gives Talk on Colombian Politics and Peace
Monica Pachon, dean of political science and international relations at Del Rosario University in Colombia, visited Amherst to give a talk about peace agreements and the future of democracy in Colombia on Nov. 14 in Paino Lecture Hall.
College History Discussed in Facebook Livestream
In a Facebook livestream titled “Amherst History Live,” President Biddy Martin, Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein and Head of Archives and Special Collections Michael Kelly discussed the history of Amherst College.
Student Focus Groups Aim to Improve Course Evaluation Feedback
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) hired five students in early October to facilitate student focus groups to study teaching and learning environments at the college.
College Conducts External Review of Accessibility
Two nationally-recognized experts arrived at the college this week to begin a series of assessments on accessibility services and support.
Fresh Faculty: Jake Blackwood
Jake Blackwood is an assistant professor of economics. He received his B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.
Director Tells Stories of Athletes and Dancers
With tenacity, patience and an eye for a good story, Bess Kargman ’04 has made a mark on the documentary world.
Lawyer Dedicates Career to Public Service
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.
Journalist Serves the World With His Words
A powerful storyteller and compassionate reporter, Scott Wilson ’88 pushes boundaries no matter where he goes.
Pastor Brings Together Faith and Community
Jean-Luc Charles ’94 channels his love for people through his faith and commitment to building community justice.
Young Alumna Navigates Career Changes
From the tennis courts to the business world, Isabel Camacho ’14 has found success in all her pursuits thanks to an indomitable spirit.
Actor, Model and Programmer Breaks Barriers
Lyndsey Scott ’06 has made a name for herself across various industries, despite the many people who told her it was impossible.
Economist Devotes Lengthy Career to Teaching
Joeseph Quinn ’69 found a love for the economics of aging and retirement that has deepened during his long tenure at Boston College.
Novelist Finds Inspiration in Lived Experience
Harlan Coben ’84 has attained enormous success in the literary world due to his creative flair and dedication to the craft.
Curator Pursues Passion for Objects of the Past
Inspired by an Amherst class on material culture, Tara Gleason Chicirda ’94 has sought to learn about history through objects.
Basketball Star Finds Success in Silicon Valley
Jeff Jordan ’81 served as an executive at major companies like PayPal and Open Table, before turning his focus to venture capital.
Journalist Brings Humor to Politics and Finance
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.
Philanthropist Supports Education at Amherst
With a focus on connecting ideas, resources and motivated people, Chuck Lewis ’64 creates thoughtful solutions to issues in education.
Thoughts on Theses: Debbie Wen
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.
Accessibility Expert Speaks on Inclusivity in Technology
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.
New Space in Wieland Hall Dedicated to Asian Students
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.
CISE Provides Academic and Social Space for International Students
The Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) celebrated its first anniversary this fall.
HHS Memo Poses Threat to Transgender Students
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.
Fresh Faculty: Ryan Alvarado
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.
Panel, Tour and Reception Mark Science Center Opening
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.
Psychologist Speaks on Women Fleeing Gender-Based Violence
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.
Symposium Highlights Link Between Hate and Democracy
Three guest speakers visited campus for the “Hatred in Democracy” symposium on Oct. 19, an event sponsored by the Colloquium on Practicing Democracy.
Harvard Lawsuit Raises Potential Threat to Affirmative Action
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.
Science Center Opening Explores Liberal Arts
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.
Author Aatish Taseer '03 Compares Amherst to India in Talk
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.
Thoughts on Theses: Elijah Koome
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.
Speaker Series Explores Education Across Disciplines
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.
Author Michael Lewis Speaks on Risks Within Trump Presidency
Acclaimed author and journalist Michael Lewis spoke at the college on Oct. 15 in Johnson Chapel.
Reports of Sexual Assault Rose in 2017
The recently released Clery Report for 2017 documents a rise in reported crime on campus, particularly violence against women offenses and sexual violence.
Fresh Faculty: Julia Scarborough
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.
New Technologies Expand Pedagogies in the Classroom
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.
Loeb Center Appointments Appear to Favor Finance Careers
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.
Proposed Plan Could Tax College’s Endowment
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.
Thoughts on Theses: David Green
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.
College Sees Increase in New Faculty of Color
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.
ResLife Undergoes Structural Changes after Staff Turnover
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.
Zumbyes Accepts First Female Member in 68-Year History
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.
Writer Min Jin Lee to Teach at College
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.
Low Voter Turnout Spurs New Registration Initiatives
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).
AAS Candidate Statements for 2018-2019 Senators
AAS Candidate Statements for 2018-2019 Senators
New Program to Serve First-Gen Students
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.
Science Center Cafe Delivers on Sustainability
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.
Fresh Faculty: Abigail Carroll
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.
Thoughts on Theses: Ashwin Balaji
Ashwin Balaji is a biophysics-biochemistry major. For his thesis, he is researching loop formation during DNA folding in sperm cells....
Lord Jeffery Inn to Become Inn on Boltwood in 2019
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...
Students Voice Need for More Counseling Resources
Last week, The Student reported on the search for a new counselor to supplement resources at the Counseling Center...
Overenrollment in Class of 2022 Leads to Triples
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...
New Chef Forages for More Customizable Dining Options
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...
Pub to Provide Students with Social Space and Alcoholic Beverages
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...
Counseling Center to Add Counselor After Increase in Student Demand
The Counseling Center will hire a new counselor this fall amid increasing student need for counseling services...
Three New Administrators Aim to Leave Their Impact on Amherst
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...
$240 Million Science Center Opens Sept. 4
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...
Fresh Faculty: Katharine Correia
Introducing Katharine Correia, a new assistant professor of statistics at Amherst College...
Fresh Faculty: Mona Oraby
Mona Oraby is a visiting professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought. She received her doctorate in political science from Northwestern University.
Counseling Center Sees One-Third of Student Body
During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Counseling Center has seen a steady increase in the number of students utilizing its services.
Amherst to Go Half-Solar by 2019
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.
Photographer Maria Stenzel Debuts Short Movie on the Antarctic
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.
Dining Services to Renovate Schwemm's Into a Pub
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.