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Unearthing the Archives: An Exploration of Student Engagement Over the Years

by Shawna Chen '20, Editor-in-Chief || || 149-6

Earlier this semester, college rankings for 2020 came out in a number of publications, most publicly in the U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal.

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Harvard Ruling Affirmed by College

by Seoyeon Kim '21, Managing Arts & Living Editor || || 149-6

Last week, the college welcomed the district court’s ruling in a highly-anticipated case, which decided that Harvard does not discriminate against Asian-American applicants in its admissions process and that race-conscious admissions is constitutional.

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Professor Lyle McGeoch Remembered by Community

by Zach Jonas '22 and Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editors || || 149-6

Lyle McGeoch, Brian E. Boyle ’69 professor of mathematics and computer science, passed away on Oct. 5 from a heart attack. He was 60 years old.

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Thoughts on Theses: Derek Schneider

by Alexi Lee '22 and Jake Shapiro '22, Staff Writers || || 149-6

Derek Schneider is a senior biology major writing a thesis on speciation in lycium australe. His advisor is Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Jill Miller.

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"I Would Be a Great Diva," RBG Says at College Event

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || || 149-6

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg addressed the role of the Court, workplace discrimination and the current political period — “an aberration,” she said — in a conversation with President Biddy Martin on Thursday, Oct. 3.

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Amherst Alum Wins MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship

by Zach Jonas '22, Managing News Editor || || 149-5

The MacArthur Foundation awarded the MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship to Andrea Dutton ’95, a geochemist and paleoclimatologist studying past sea level rises to predict its future conditions, on Sept. 25.

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Climate Action Plan Prepares for Development Phase

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 149-5

Nine months after the CAP — which includes a commitment for the college to reach carbon neutrality by 2030 — the CAP has received renewed attention in light of climate strikes on campus last Friday, during which a number of speakers discussed the CAP at length.

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Reports of Sexual Assault Continue to Increase

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 149-5

The Amherst College Police Department (ACPD) received sustained increase in reports of physical sex offenses and crimes of violence against women, according to the 2018 Clery Report released on Sept. 27.

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Climate Crisis Illuminated in Campuswide Strike

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || || 149-5

Students, along with faculty, staff and other community members, rallied on the first-year quad on Friday to demand for stronger climate policy on campus and stand in solidarity with other climate strikes occurring across the globe.

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Loeb Center Institutes New Alumni-in-Residence Program

by Tavus Atajanova '23, Staff Writer || || 149-5

The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Development implemented a new program this semester that aims to connect students with college alums.

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Fresh Faculty: Ivan Contreras

by Sophia Wolmer '23, Staff Writer || || 149-5

Ivan Contreras is an assistant professor of mathematics. He received a bachelor’s degree from Universidad de los Andes, a master’s degree from the University of Utrecht and a doctoral degree in mathematics at the University of Zürich.

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Effects of Vaping Crisis Echo on Campus

by Sophie Caldwell '23 and Amalia Roy '21, Staff Writers || || 149-4

With growing fear that use of e-cigarette devices such as Juuls can lead to respiratory conditions later in life, students are reevaluating the use of vape pens, e-cigarettes and Juuls on campus.

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LSAT Joins GRE, MCAT in Offering Digital Exam

by Meenakshi Jani '23, Staff Writer || || 149-4

After digital exams were introduced in July 2019, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) will now be administered digitally in entirety in the U.S. starting in September 2019, eliminating paper exams.

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Gooding and Hills Fields to Undergo Renovations

by Sophia Wolmer '23, Staff Writer || || 149-4

Gooding and Hills Fields, which serve as practice and game spaces for multiple varsity, club and intramural athletic teams, will undergo extensive renovations beginning in late March.

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Thoughts on Theses: Sade Green

by Sydney Ireland '23, Staff Writer || || 149-4

Sade Green ‘20 is an English major. Her thesis is a collection of short stories with Black women as protagonists. Her advisor is Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, a visiting writer in the English department.

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AAS Candidate Statements for the Class of 2023

by AAS Candidates, The Association of Amherst Students || || 149-3

On Friday, Sept. 20, the AAS will hold elections for eight senators from the class of 2023.

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College Seeks to Modernize Information Systems in BIG Initiative

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 149-3

This past July, the college started implementing the first phase of its Business Improvement Group (BIG) Initiative, a project designed to modernize business processes at Amherst.

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ResLife Implements a Series of Changes, Including Free-Play Laundry

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 149-3

Effective for the beginning of fall semester, students will no longer have to pay $1.25 for each laundry wash or dry cycle, instead facing a $33 increase in residential fees to offset the costs of operating the laundry machines.

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Walk for Mental Health Funds Made Available for Student Projects

by Lauren Pelosi '22, Staff Writer || || 149-3

Students, faculty and staff can now request funding from the newly-established Community Mental Health Fund for projects intending to promote positive mental health on campus.

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Amherst College Republicans Appeals Sanctions From Judiciary Council

by Zach Jonas '22, Managing News Editor || || 149-3

The E-board of ACR has asked the Judiciary Council to appeal its decision last spring to sanction ACR after the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) was made aware of ACR GroupMe screenshots containing derogatory language toward LGBTQ students and staff.

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Fresh Faculty: Victor Guevara

by Sydney Ireland '23, Staff Writer || || 149-3

Victor Guevara is an assistant professor of geology. He completed his undergraduate studies at Middlebury College, holds a master’s degree from the University of Montana and a doctorate degree from Virginia Tech.

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New Policy Sets Regulations for Protests

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || || 149-2

The college has implemented a new policy addressing student protests and free expression. Part of an annual update to the Student Code of Conduct, the policy is the first of its kind at Amherst and was introduced alongside another policy concerning facilities and ground use.

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College Hires 13 New Faculty Members From Hampshire

by Ronin Rodkey '22, Staff Writer || || 149-2

Twenty-six Hampshire College faculty members have taken positions at different institutions in the Pioneer Valley this academic year, with Amherst employing 13 of them.

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Thoughts on Theses: Hapshiba Kwon

by Alexi Lee '22 and Jake Shapiro '22, Staff Writers || || 149-2

Hapshiba Kwon is an English major writing a thesis about the embodied experience. Her advisor is Writer-in-Residence Shayla Lawson.

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College Implements Flexible Grading Option

by Philip Corbo '22, Staff Writer || || 149-2

The college announced a new policy called the Flexible Grading Option (FGO) on Sept. 6 that would act similarly to the Pass/Fail Option already in place at the college.

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International Students Lose Jobs Over Work Authorization Delays

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 149-1

Widespread delays to OPT work authorization has caused several international students to delay or lose their internships and jobs. Some students are seeking approval for CPT, another form of work authorization that would avoid delays but change the college's curriculum.

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College Welcomes Class of 2023

by Audrey Cheng ’20 and Ryan Yu ’22, Staff Writer and Managing News Editor || || 149-1

New Student Orientation began on Aug. 27, when the campus opened the doors on its freshman quad to 469 new students and their families.

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College Among Pilot Group for ‘Adversity Score’ Tool

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || || 149-1

The college was one of 50 institutions across the nation to test the College Board’s recently released Environmental Context Dashboard during the past admissions cycle for the class of 2023.

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Fresh Faculty: Kristen Luschen

by Ronin Rodkey '22, Staff Writer || || 149-1

Kristen Luschen is the Lewis-Sebring visiting professor in educational studies. She completed a doctorate in cultural foundations of education and a certificate of advanced study in women’s studies at Syracuse University. She joins Amherst after 19 years at Hampshire College.

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Dean of Students Strives for Inclusivity in First Year

by Lauren Pelosi '22, Staff Writer || || 149-1

The college welcomed new Dean of Students Elizabeth Agosto to campus in mid-June to begin work in the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Student Affairs Given Jurisdiction Over Resource Centers

by Allison Poussaint '22, Staff Writer || || 149-1

On July 1, all resource centers moved from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) to the Office of Student Affairs (OSA).

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All the World’s His Stage

by Olivia Luntz '21, Staff Writer || || 148-22

Wesley Guimarães dos Santos is not only an impeccable performer on stage, but also a thoughtful person once the costumes come off.

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Dismantling Inequity, One Step at a Time

by Jae Yun Ham '22, Contributing Writer || || 148-22

ShoYoung Shin has devoted countless hours to advocating for a more inclusive community at Amherst.

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Empathetic Care from a Versatile Mind

by Seoyeon Kim '21, Managing Arts & Living Editor || || 148-22

Sarah Wishloff’s empathy and warmth are truly inspiring. Combined with her interdisciplinary mind and passion for health, she’s sure to do great things.

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Taming the Field: A Compassionate Pursuit

by Arielle Kirven ’21, Staff Writer || || 148-22

Rubii Tamen represents the best of Amherst, from the soccer field to the track and in the community beyond.

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A “Busybody” With a Critical Eye

by Connor Haugh '21, Managing Sports Editor || || 148-22

Renai Foster wears many hats on campus, but her keen and observant nature continues to impress.

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Team Player Leads With Drive to Succeed

by Zach Jonas '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-22

A persistent competitor, Nate Quigley’s tenacious attitude and appetite for more is awe-inspiring.

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Fueling Accomplishments with Passion

by Sophia Harrison '22, Staff Writer || || 148-22

Maeve McNamara is accomplished, and that’s an understatement. Her natural charisma as a leader is nearly unparalleled at the college.

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Math, With a Minor in Talking

by Henry Newton '21, Managing Sports Editor || || 148-22

Kate Finnerty has dedicated their time at Amherst to exploring subjects from math to Mandarin, all while being an active member of crew and mock trial.

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A Churchill Scholar with “a Math Mind”

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-22

A mathematician with an interest in problem solving and quantitative methods, Jamie Tucker-Foltz will carry this passion into his Churchill Fellowship.

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The Beating Heart Behind All the Newsprint

by Shawna Chen '20, Editor-in-Chief || || 148-22

Isabel Tessier has contributed more than 30,000 words and countless hours to this community. It’s simply impossible to add up.

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A Filmmaker Exploring Identity

by Emma Swislow '20, Editor-in-Chief || || 148-22

Helena Burgueño excelled at filmmaking, music and forging connections during her time at Amherst.

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Beneath the Blue Hat, a Devotion to Her Art

by Gaby Bucio '21, Staff Writer || || 148-22

Emily Park is known around campus for her blue baseball cap and love for hamsters. But her dedication to her work, peers and professors fuels her drive.

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“If You Want to Act, Understand the Stage”

by Olivia Gieger '21, Managing Arts and Living Editor || || 148-22

Yixin “Arthur” Xiao embodies a love for the liberal arts, with accomplishments in physics and a fascination with the humanities.

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A Meandering Path to Higher Education

by Camilo Toruno '21, Managing Opinions Editor || || 148-22

Arthur Pero ’19 took time to decide that pursuing a degree in English was the right thing for him. His thoughtfulness and clear desire appreciation for learning have made his pursuit of higher education all the more enriching.

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A Champion for First-Generation Students

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || || 148-22

As a first-generation, low-income student, Alyssa Snyder ’19 has leveraged her experiences to advocate for a more inclusive campus.

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Letter to the Editor: On Protesting Jeff Sessions

by Adam Bonin '94, Alum || || 148-22

Alum Adam Bonin '94 writes to the editor applauding students' demonstration against former Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, April 24.

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Jeff Sessions Speaks On Free Speech, Addresses Mueller Report

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-22

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to the college community about free speech on April 24 in an event jointly organized by the Amherst College Republicans and the conservative youth organization Young America’s Foundation.

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College Community Protests, Organizes Against Jeff Sessions

by Shawna Chen '20, Editor-in-Chief || || 148-22

The Amherst community demonstrated against former attorney general Jeff Sessions in a variety of ways on Wednesday, April 24, as his scheduled talk at 8 p.m. in Johnson Chapel loomed over campus.

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Progressive Policymaker Gives Talk, Makes Case for Green New Deal

by Ronin Rodkey '22, Staff Writer || || 148-22

On April 22, policymaker Rhiana Gunn-Wright gave a talk in Johnson Chapel on the Green New Deal, a sweeping proposal that aims to combat climate change and income inequality.

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College Explores Possible Student Center

by Emma Swislow '20, Editor-in-Chief || || 148-22

The college announced on April 17 its intentions to explore building a student center on the land currently occupied by Merrill Science Center and McGuire Life Sciences. Separate meetings with students and faculty convened shortly after.

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Student Body Votes Against Unity Ticket in Referendum

by Zach Jonas '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-22

On Monday, April 22 the student body voted in a referendum to decide whether the Unity Ticket would be given a chance to run for the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) executive board (E-board) positions.

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Low-Income Students’ Experiences Marked by Alienation

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || || 148-22

In the last installment of the series, we look at inclusion, both in the admissions office and for students on campus.

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College Adopts Reproductive Health Certificate

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-22

On April 19, the college announced that it would offer a Five College certificate program in Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice (RHRJ), available immediately for interested students.

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Thoughts on Theses: Namita Khajanchi

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || || 148-22

Namita Khajanchi is a chemistry major whose thesis examines the presence of the protein mitoNEET. Her thesis advisor is Associate Professor of Chemistry Sheila Jaswal.

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AAS Senate Candidate Statements 2019-2020

by AAS Candidates, The Association of Amherst Students || || 148-22

The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) will hold elections on April 24 for next year’s senators.

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Thoughts on Theses: Alyssa Snyder

by Ronin Rodkey '22, Staff Writer || || 148-21

Alyssa Snyder ’19 is a sociology major. Her thesis explores first-generation, low-income students’ experiences attending college. Her thesis advisor is William R. Kenan Professor of American Studies and Sociology Leah Schmalzbauer.

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AAS Candidate Statements for 2019-2020 E-Board — Redone

by AAS Candidates, The Association of Amherst Students || || 148-21

On Thursday, April 18, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) will hold elections for AAS president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and Judiciary Council chair.

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The Center for Diversity and Student Leadership Celebrates its Transition to Resource Center

by Zach Jonas '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-21

The Center for diversity and Student Leadership (CDSL) hosted an event on Thursday, April 11 to celebrate the relaunch of its space from an office to a center.

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President Martin’s Email Addresses Recent College Controversies

by Shawna Chen '20, Editor-in-Chief || || 148-21

A ruling by the Judiciary Council (JC) that sanctioned the Amherst College Republicans (ACR) for transphobic comments in their GroupMe incited public concern from members of the administration last week.

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AAS Voids Election, Disqualifies Ticket

by Zach Jonas '22 and Alison Poussaint '22, Managing News Editor and Staff Writer || || 148-21

On April 9, the Judiciary Council (JC) issued a decision on a complaint regarding the recent Association of Amherst Students (AAS) executive board (E-board) elections, deciding that certain candidates had spent money above the allotted expenditure cap.

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Legacy Admissions Scrutinized in Wake of Varsity Blues

by Shawna Chen '20 and Natalie De Rosa '21, Editor-in-Chief and Managing News Editor || || 148-21

In the third part of its series examining inequalities in the aftermath of the college admissions scandal known as Operation Varsity Blues, The Student examines the history of legacy admissions at the college and the reflections of both legacy and non-legacy students attending the college today.

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Fresh Faculty: Mark Jacobson

by Sarah Melanson '20, Staff Writer || || 148-20

Mark Jacobson is the John J. McCloy Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy. He holds a doctorate in military history from the Ohio State University, among other degrees.

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Hampshire President Resigns, Prompting Strategy Shift

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-20

After months of controversy over her handling of the institution’s financial crisis, Hampshire College President Miriam “Mim” Nelson announced her resignation on Friday, April 5.

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More Than Half of AAS Discretionary Budget Unused

by Zach Jonas '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-20

The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) managed $114,434 in discretionary spending for the 2018 fall semester, according to the AAS budgetary report. Yet from this amount, AAS allocated only $60,447 — $35,119 of which was actually spent — leaving $79,315 unused.

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College Admissions Scandal Provokes Questions About Athletics

by Shawna Chen '20 and Natalie De Rosa '21, Editor-in-Chief and Managing News Editor || || 148-20

In light of Operation Varsity Blues and its fallout, The Student examines the implications of the scandal for Amherst College and its admissions practices. This week, we take a look at athletics.

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Association of Amherst Students, Judiciary Council Reprimand AC Republicans

by Shawna Chen '20 and Zach Jonas '22, Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer || || 148-20

The JC announced that current ACR executive board (E-board) members and E-board elects must step down from their positions and are prohibited from taking on E-board positions in any registered student organizations (RSOs) for the remainder of their college careers.

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AAS Candidate Statements for 2019-2020 E-Board

by AAS Candidates, The Association of Amherst Students || || 148-18

On Friday, April 5, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) will hold elections for AAS president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and Judiciary Council chair. The students below have announced their candidacies for these elections.

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Members of Men’s Lacrosse Posted Snapchat Photos of Unconscious Person with Swastika Drawn on Face

by Shawna Chen '20, Editor-in-Chief || || 148-18

A swastika was drawn on the face of an unconscious person at a men’s lacrosse party in December 2018, according to information obtained by The Student. Members of the men’s lacrosse team then took photos of the person and circulated them on social media.

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Release of Common Language Document Leads to Community-Wide Fallout

by Shawna Chen '20 and Zach Jonas '22, Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer || || 148-18

The college was embroiled in controversy last week after the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) released the Common Language Document (CLD) in a community-wide email. Reactions to the document, which outlined and defined terms related to diversity and inclusion, were wide-ranging.

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Tony Jack '07 Speaks About Low-Income Student Experience

by Sophia Harrison '22, Staff Writer || || 148-18

On March 21, Harvard Professor of Education Anthony “Tony” Jack ’07 spoke to a crowded audience in Lipton Lecture Hall on the effects of income inequality, racism and classism on students of low-income backgrounds.

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Admissions Scandal Highlights Wealth Disparities at Amherst

by Shawna Chen '20 and Natalie De Rosa '21, Editor-in-Chief and Managing News Editor || || 148-18

Colleges and universities across the country were embroiled in scandal on March 12 when federal prosecutors disclosed charges against more than 50 people involved in a conspiracy to bribe college officials and inflate students’ test scores.

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Thoughts on Theses: Sommer Hayes

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-18

Sommer Hayes ’20E is an English and religion double major. Her senior thesis explores southern identity and her childhood growing up in Texas. Her thesis advisor is Writer-in-Residence Shayla Lawson.

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Class of 2023 Most Selective Ever

by Ronin Rodkey '22, Staff Writer || || 148-18

The college admitted 1,144 of 10,567 applicants into the class of 2023 on Friday, March 22.

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After Attacks in Christchurch, Amherst Reflects

by Sarah Melanson '20, Staff Writer || || 148-18

On Friday, March 15, two shootings occurred at two separate mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand while attendees participated in Friday prayer. Fifty people were killed and at least 50 more were injured in New Zealand’s largest massacre in modern history.

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College Placed on Lockdown Following Reports of Armed Person

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

The college was placed on lockdown on Wednesday, March 13 amid a police search in the woods south of campus for a potentially suicidal person with a firearm.

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SHEs to Hold Events Promoting Body Inclusivity

by Sophia Harrison '22, Staff Writer || || 148-17

The Student Health Educators (SHEs) will be hosting “My Body is Beautiful Week” from March 25 through April 6, during which a variety of interactive activities will promote body inclusivity and health throughout the college community.

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Students Explore Interfaith Relations at Retreat

by Ronin Rodkey '22, Staff Writer || || 148-17

Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL) held its first-ever interfaith retreat, titled “Nourish,” from Friday, Feb. 15 to Saturday, Feb. 16.

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Thoughts on Theses: Eric Kim

by Jake Shapiro '22, Staff Writer || || 148-17

Eric Kim is a philosophy major. His thesis explores medical ethics from the lens of the doctor as the main moral agent. His thesis advisor is R. John Cooper ’64 Presidential Teaching Professor of Philosophy Jyl Gentzler.

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Science Labs to Count as Half Courses

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-17

Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, a new academic policy will grant an additional half-course credit in lab science courses. Currently, only the biology and chemistry departments plan on using the policy for the next year.

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Fresh Faculty: Pawan Dhingra

by Doug Appenzeller ’22, Contributing Writer || || 148-16

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.

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Free Menstrual Products to Be Distributed in Frost

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-16

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).

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Science Center Experiences Electricity Outage

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-16

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.

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ResLife Announces Change in Suite Selection Process

by Cole Graber-Mitchell '22, Columnist || || 148-16

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.

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Jennifer Egan Shines Light on Historical Fiction

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || || 148-16

Award-winning novelist Jennifer Egan spoke at the college on Friday, March 1 as part of the fourth annual LitFest.

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National Book Award Finalists Discuss #MeToo

by Isabella Weiner ’20, Staff Writer || || 148-16

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.

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Funds From Mental Health Walk Left Unused

by Zach Jonas '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-15

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.

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Pathways Discontinued After Decline in Participation

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-15

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.

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Professor Connects Black Lives Matter to Baldwin in Talk

by Natalie De Rosa '21, Managing News Editor || || 148-15

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.

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A Flawed System: The Obstacles of Shared Governance

by Shawna Chen '20, Editor-in-Chief || || 148-15

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.

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Thoughts on Theses: Rachel Cohen

by Corey Jacobson '22, Staff Writer || || 148-15

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.

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A Flawed System: Professors of Color Face Hurdles in Obtaining Tenure

by Shawna Chen '20, Editor-in-Chief || || 148-14

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.

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Community Reflects on Network Outage

by Zach Jonas '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-14

The week-long server outage posed significant challenges for students completing coursework, faculty conducting classes and staff performing other administrative tasks.

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As Layoffs Loom, Hampshire Faculty and Staff Look to the Future

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-14

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.

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Fresh Faculty: Matteo Riondato

by Corey Jacobson '22, Staff Writer || || 148-14

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.

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Campus Undergoes Nearly Week-Long Server Outage Due to Network Disruptions

by Shawna Chen '20 and Zach Jonas '22, Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer || || 148-13

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.

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AAS Senate Candidate Statements for Class of 2020

by AAS Candidates, The Association of Amherst Students || || 148-13

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.

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Hampshire Students Raise Voices in Response to Crisis

by Ryan Yu '22, Managing News Editor || || 148-13

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.

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A Flawed System: Navigating Racist Encounters

by Shawna Chen '20, Editor-in-Chief || || 148-13

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.

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Thoughts on Theses: Emily Park

by Sasha Williams '22, Staff Writer || || 148-13

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.