OPINION

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Unsolicited Advice: Making the Most of Amherst This Fall

by Lisa Zheutlin '21, || October 31 2018 || 148-8

I want to non-facetiously spread some positive vibes and give advice about how to generally improve your (and hopefully, in the process, my own) outlook on Amherst at this point in the semester.

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Red Sox: Enjoy the Victory, but Leave New York Out of It

by Camilo Toruno '21, Contributing Writer || October 31 2018 || 148-8

New England, this is simply a reminder that there is no need to include New York in your celebrations. We get it, we’re pretty great, but sports bring us enough joy as is without feeding off of a petty inferiority complex.

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Let’s Stay Angry

by The Editorial Board, The Amherst Student || October 31 2018 || 148-8

The Editorial Board urges the Amherst community to be wary of “outrage fatigue”. It is important that we continue to not only read the news, but also care with the same intensity and determination for change that many of us felt in the wake of the 2016 election.

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If I May: Six Bands to Explore

by Jake May '19, Columnist || October 31 2018 || 148-8

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote briefly about what a joy it is to get into new music. So, for this week’s column, I decided to share some music that readers may be aware of.

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Saudi Arabia: Inaction is Not An Option

by Yannis Kalogiannis '19, Contributing Writer || October 24 2018 || 148-7

While I am not certain how exactly the U.S. ought to punish Saudi Arabia (decreasing arms sales or applying economic sanctions would be viable options and would hurt the U.S. much less than many might think), sending a signal that U.S. support is contingent on good behavior is indispensable.

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On Endurance

by The Editorial Board, The Amherst Student || October 24 2018 || 148-7

The Editorial Board believes that it is important to challenge the growing weariness and even skepticism that will inevitably sprout on campus during these colder months. We encourage students to push themselves and their peers to constantly re-make Amherst for themselves.

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If I May: When is Halloweekend?

by Jake May '19, Columnist || October 24 2018 || 148-7

Columnist Jake May '19 weighs the benefits and disadvantages of the two different weekends on which students could celebrate Halloween.

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For Asian Americans, There is No Winning in the Harvard Lawsuit

by Jae Yun Ham '22, Contributing Writer || October 24 2018 || 148-7

The Harvard case, while only one legal suit, may very well become the megaphone that Asian Americans use to break the cycle of oppression. The only question lies in whether or not we use it.

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Regardless of Where You Live, You Should Always Vote

by Hayley Fleming ’21 & Campbell Hannan ’21, Contributing Writers || October 24 2018 || 148-7

Your voice matters, even if you don’t agree with your elected officials!

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Brett Kavanaugh and the Myth of the Cool Girl

by Diane Lee '19, Managing Opinion Editor || October 17 2018 || 148-6

It is about time that we each checked ourselves about the roles that we play in perpetuating a toxic culture and putting each other in harm’s way.

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Democracy's Most Important Tool

by Brantley Mayers '19, Amherst College Republicans || October 17 2018 || 148-6

In order to move back towards a place that is fruitful for all, we must return to the traditions that are designed to allow a diverse country, with different backgrounds, ideas and experiences, to find an all-important common ground.

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For the Millions Who Can't, You Must

by Ben Gilsdorf '21, Amherst College Democrats || October 17 2018 || 148-6

Voting for Democrats this fall is not simply voting against the Republican Party and its platform. It is committing to an America not based on hatred and division but unity and progress.

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Four Things I Like and/or Don’t Like

by Jake May '19, Columnist || October 17 2018 || 148-6

Last year, editors decreed that I was writing “too many listicles” and that The Amherst Student is a “serious newspaper.” So, this year I am trying to space out my listicles so that it will not be obvious that I am writing too many.

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Make America Vote Again

by The Editorial Board, The Amherst Student || October 17 2018 || 148-6

The Editorial Board reflects on recent voter turn out and why students should vote in the 2018 midterm elections.

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A Call for Individual Accountability in Dorm Damage

by Jae Yun Ham '22, Contributing Writer || October 3 2018 || 148-5

How far is too far? Jae Yun Ham '22 explores dorm damage policy and how current rules can unfairly target students in their homes.

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If I May: Trying to Understand Astrology

by Jake May '19, Columnist || October 3 2018 || 148-5

Columnist Jake May attempts to understand astrology (or at least, those who are obsessed with it).

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On Passing the Climate Action Plan

by Julian Brubaker '20, Anna Dalton '19, Kelly Missett '19 & Allison Tennant '19, Contributing Writers || October 3 2018 || 148-5

Julian Brubaker ’20 Anna Dalton ’19, Kelly Missett ’19, and Allison Tennant ’19 urge the administration to pass the Climate Action Plan, for a more sustainable and equitable future.

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The Case for Self-Driving Cars

by Harith Khawaja ’19, Contributing Writer || October 3 2018 || 148-5

Senior Harith Khawaja discusses the benefits of self-driving cars and their importance for our safety in the future.

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Youth is No Excuse for Assault

by The Editorial Board, The Amherst Student || October 3 2018 || 148-5

As more and more of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's high school and college peers step forward to describe his character as a young person, the Editorial Board contemplates the lasting effects of sexual assault among young people and the future impact of what we do now.

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If I May: Reflecting on Tiger Woods

by Jake May '19, Columnist || September 26 2018 || 148-4

Columnist Jake May celebrates Tiger Woods' come-back, and what it means for the athlete's career, fans and family.

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Considering Tradition on a Changing Campus

by Grayson Mugford '22, Contributing Writer || September 26 2018 || 148-4

First-year Grayson Mugford observes Amherst traditions, like convocation, and how a changing campus demographic interacts with these customs.

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Your “Moral Tourism” Volunteering Essay Shouldn’t Have Gotten You Into College

by Maeve Brammer '22, Contributing Writer || September 26 2018 || 148-4

First-year Maeve Brammer explores the moral implications of volunteer abroad programs, and how we choose to use these experiences in the college admissions process.

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Calling In Call-Out Culture

by The Editorial Board, The Amherst Student || September 26 2018 || 148-4

The Editorial Board reflects on both the positive and negative elements of call-out culture on Amherst's campus.

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Less is More: A Mental Health Conversation

by Andres de La Torre '22, Contributing Writer || September 19 2018 || 148-3

Andres de La Torre '22 explores the benefits and challenges of navigating mental health with those around us.

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If I May: Why Did Colin Jost and Michael Che Host the Emmys?

by Jake May '19, Columnist || September 19 2018 || 148-3

Columnist Jake May '19 reviews Colin Jost and Michael Che's performance in Monday night's Emmy Award show.

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Know Thyself: Confessions of #abroad

by Diane Lee '19, Managing Opinion Editor || September 19 2018 || 148-3

Managing Opinions editor Diane Lee '19 reflects on her semester abroad and growing in college.

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An Ode to Val

by The Editorial Board, The Amherst Student || September 19 2018 || 148-3

The Editorial Board surveys Val's progress and ways in which the dining hall can improve in the future.

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Breaking Ground

by The Editorial Board, The Amherst Student || September 12 2018 || 148-2

A little more than a week ago, the college opened the new Science Center after three years of construction. As reported in The Amherst Student in last week’s issue, the building features state-of-the-art teaching and research labs, a library, cafe and lounge spaces...

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Grappling with Self-Segregation on Campus

by Jae Yun Ham '22, Contributing Writer || September 12 2018 || 148-2

After growing up in Hawaii, a state full of racial diversity, I found myself excited at the prospect of joining a campus well-known for its commitment to finding students from across the globe...

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If I May: Schwemm's Sadness

by Jake May '19, Columnist || September 12 2018 || 148-2

This past Friday night, as my latest attempt to “go out” at Amherst wound down, I found myself in a familiar position: hungry, specifically for mozzarella sticks. I remembered that our beloved Schwemm’s had been renovated, and I was eager to check it out (and also to get mozz sticks)...

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John McCain's (Deeply) Political Legacy

by Yannis Kalogiannis '19, Contributing Writer || September 12 2018 || 148-2

On Aug. 25, a little more than two weeks ago, Senator John McCain passed away at the age of 81, succumbing to a devastating form of brain cancer. What followed on social media and in newspaper columns across the country was an overwhelming, albeit predictable, barrage of reactions...

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Ain't No Place Like Home: The Tales of a Southern Woman

by Caroline Seitz '22, Contributing Writer || September 12 2018 || 148-2

“'Cause a Mississippi girl don’t change her ways, just ’cause everybody knows her name.” As I power-walk laps around the first-year quad to the sound of Faith Hill’s sappy twang in my earbuds, I realize I’m already having an identity crisis...

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Why Healthcare Must Be an Exception to the Capitalist System

by Eric Kim ’19, Contributing Writer || August 31 2018 || 148-1

Since my first year of college, I have never questioned my commitment to becoming a doctor. I want to make the most of my privilege to give back to those most in need. As social inequity and health disparity form a vicious cycle, medicine can be a powerful tool for social justice...

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The Importance of Seeking Out Joy

by Brandt Dudziak ’20, Contributing Writer || August 31 2018 || 148-1

With two years down at Amherst and two to go, I have both a lot of time left and also not really enough. No matter how arduous the spring semester ends up being, after a restful summer I always find myself anticipating coming back to Amherst...

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If I May: Grappling with Senior Year

by Jake May '19, Columnist || August 31 2018 || 148-1

As of writing this article, I have not yet arrived to campus. In fact, I haven’t even made concrete plans to head up to Amherst. At first, I assumed this lack of planning was due to my chronic procrastination...

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Advice for Class of 2022

by The Editorial Board, The Amherst Student || August 30 2018 || 148-1

Welcome, Class of 2022! As the school year begins, the Editorial Board would like to extend some advice to all new students...

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If I May: Why I Keep Returning to “The Social Network”

by Jake May '19, Columnist || August 29 2018 || 147-25

I am not a “film-buff,” as the cool kids say, but I do have a lot of opinions about movies. I do not see all the movies nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, but I do still find a way to be angry about whichever movie wins (at least most of the time).

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Free Thought: Is It a Virtue?

by John Kim '20, Contributing Writer || August 29 2018 || 147-25

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The Counseling Center: Expectations vs. Reality

by Emma Wilfert '20, Contributing Writer || August 29 2018 || 147-25

Two weeks ago, I felt lucky to publish an editorial sharing my (primarily negative) experiences at Amherst’s Counseling Center.

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On Student Journalism

by The Editorial Board, The Amherst Student || August 29 2018 || 148-1

Journalism plays a crucial role in society, a fact we are constantly reminded of these days, as the nation’s political climate is shaped by allegations of President Trump’s extramarital affairs, the latest revelation of the James Comey saga and the upcoming summit between the U.S. and North Korea.

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A Paradox: Safe Spaces and Asian Student Invisibility

by Eugene Lee ’16 , Contributing Writer || August 29 2018 || 147-25

I agree wholeheartedly with Joy Huang ’15’s op-ed response to the recent demand by Asian student organizations for a designated space on campus, in which she stated that demographics deserve spaces not because others have them but because they are members of the Amherst College community.