A Reflection on Jeff Sessions' Visit
Managing Arts and Living Editor Olivia Gieger '21 thoughtfully reflects on how to react to Jeff Sessions' visit to campus despite having diametrically opposing values.
If I May: The Final Farewell
In Jake May's '19 last column for The Amherst Student he shares some final thoughts on the AAS E-board elections, the Jeff Sessions visit, and the gratitude he feels for having written over the years.
On Power and Privilege
The Editorial Board describes the role power and privilege play in campus controversies and encourages the Amherst community to reflect upon these concepts in light of the Jeff Sessions visit.
America's Death Penalty and Moving Forward
Yannis Kalogiannis '19 reflects on the death penalty in the United States and describes the trajectory towards abolishing it.
Amherst's New Housing Selection Process
Cartoonist Emi Eliason '22 critiques the bureaucracy of the new housing selection process.
AC Dems Are Not Contributing to Extremism
Cole Graber-Mitchell '22 and Ella Peterson '22 respond and disagree with an op-ed printed last week suggesting AC Dems contributed to extremism by refusing to engage with ACR.
"Has Anyone Been Censored?" Is the Wrong Question
Nishitem Shah, Professor of Philosophy, responds to Professor Umphrey's reflection on the CLD and suggests that the wrong questions are being asked in order to produce productive dialogue.
If I May: The State of Political Comedy
Columnist Jake May '19 reflects upon political comedy and the effect of "clapter" which takes away from genuine commentary.
Keywords in the Classroom
Jen Manion, Professor of History, reflects on the power of the classroom and encourages students to take advantage of this space, to ask questions, and think independently.
More AAS Candidates
The Editorial Board encourages students to run for positions in the AAS.
A Response to "Conflicts on Campus"
Professor of English Geoffrey Sanborn reflects on President Biddy Martin's community-wide email about recent controversies on campus.
Open Letter to the Senators of the Association of Amherst Students
Chief Student Affairs Officer Karu Kozuma responds to the Judiciary Council's recent ruling on the Amherst College Republicans.
AC Democrats: Contributing to Extremism
Thomas Brodey '22 explains why the AC Democrats response to the discriminatory language in the ACR GroupMe is unproductive and contributes to polarization.
The CLD and the Right to Free Speech
Holden Lee '22 explains why the defense of free speech by the Amherst College Republicans to critique the CLD is unfounded.
More Dogs on Campus: A Much-Needed Reform
Contributing writer Jack Kiryk '21 suggests a plan to have more dogs on campus and reflects on the benefits this would bring students.
Hillel Responds to the Swastika Incident — April 10
Hillel responds to the swastika incident and calls for a formal apology from the men's lacrosse team.
On the Judiciary Council's Ruling Regarding ACR
The Editorial Board praises the Judiciary Council for its role in disciplining the Amherst College Republicans for discriminatory language in their GroupMe.
Talking About Speech
Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought Martha Umphrey poses questions to the Amherst community in light of the recent controversy over the Common Language Document.
Hillel Responds to Swastika Incident — April 2
In light of The Student's investigation into an anti-Semitic incident involving members of the men's lacrosse team, Amherst Hillel calls for a formal apology.
The Fallacy of Meritocracy
Managing Arts and Living editor Seoyeon Kim '21 reflects on the recent investigation, Operation Varsity Blues, and illustrates the misconceptions and illusion of meritocracy.
Reflecting on the Administration's Response to the CLD
Michael Barnes '21 responds to President Biddy Martin's response to the Common Language Document and the implications this has on our campus.
A Response to the CLD
The Editorial Board explains the quick removal of the Common Language Guide critiquing President Martin's response to it.
Transforming Our Judiciary
Cole Graber-Mitchell '22 calls for a change in the Supreme Court that would prevent decisions made by a single vote from establishing precedent.
What "Assimilation" Means to Me
Contributing writer Sofia Belimova '22 reflects on the what assimilation means to her and how the definition presented by the Common Language Document influences this.
Olivia Jade’s Newest Vlog
Cartoonist Emi Eliason '22 illustrates the recent college admissions scandal that indicted actress Lori Loughlin on charges of fraud for paying money to get her daughters — including YouTube vlogger Olivia Jade — into USC.
Renewable Energy: Combating Authoritarianism
Contributing writer Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 proposes that renewable energy can combat authoritarianism and help reinforce democracy throughout the world.
The Terrorism Paradox
Contributing writer Thomas Brodey '22 reflects upon how the United States' aggressive and publicized reactions to terrorism only magnify and reinforce fear.
If I May: 5 More Things I Like and/or Don't Like
In columnist's Jake May '19 "listicle" he shares five things he likes or doesn't like. His opinions range from his exasperation with Beto O'Rourke standing on tables to his despair with the New York Knicks' tanking this season.
The Harm of Our Words
The Editorial Board brings to attention the harmful consequences colloquial expressions used on campus might have on people struggling with mental illness.
Juliana v. United States: Changing the Legal System
Managing Opinion Editor Camilo Toruno '21 reflects upon the U.S. Supreme Court case Juliana v. United States and offers a way in which environmental law can be taken one step further.
Providing Free Menstrual Products on Campus
Contributing writers Lisa Zheutlin '21 and Silvia Sotolongo '19 spread awareness about the addition of menstrual products in Frost Library.
Combating AAS Apathy
The Editorial Board urges students and the AAS to work on increasing accessibility to the rules of the Budgetary Committee so that every student has equal access the discretionary fund.
If I May: "Crashing" Should be Cancelled
In his weekly column, Jake May '19 delves into the many flaws he finds in the HBO show "Crashing" and expresses his steadfast belief that it should be cancelled.
If I May: Unfollow @fuckjerry — Part 2
In Jake May's weekly column, he elaborates upon his @fuckjerry critique from the week before by exposing how this Instagram account was suspiciously involved in the Fyre Festival fiasco.
Holding the Patriots Accountable
The Editorial Board strongly critiques Patriot's owner Robert Kraft's recent allegation of soliciting prostitution and expresses frustration with Patriot fan base's passive response.
Progressive Values: How to Win in 2020
Cole Graber-Mitchell '22 asserts that strong progressive values will be fundamental to helping the Democratic candidate win in 2020.
The Dangers of Celebrity Politicians
Thomas Brodey '22 reveals the potential pitfalls and drawbacks in supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, whose popularity and platform hold a celebrity status.
Using Activism in Advertisement
Contributing writer Jack Kiryk '21 describes advertising activism and offers an optimistic reflection on how corporations influence our political climate.
The TSA: Just More Security Theater
Contributing writer Holden Lee '22 illustrates the shortcomings of the TSA and suggests we reckon with the way fear dictates how our airports run.
The Internet Outage: A Lesson in Vulnerability
Managing Arts and Living Editor Olivia Gieger '21 reflects upon our campus' internet outage and our overdependence on the web.
Amherst Books: Worth the Cost
Contributing writer Jack Kiryk '21 expresses his desire to support the local bookstore in Amherst and proposes a way to make this financially feasible for students.
Pragmatism: How to Win in 2020
The Editorial Board writes on the need for pragmatism in politics as candidates for the Democratic Party continue to enter the 2020 Presidential race.
Why Amherst Should Pay Attention to Kasich’s Speech
In light of the speech by Gov. Kasich, Thomas Brodey '22 asks readers to focus on Gov. Kasich's message on compassion and courage.
If I May: Unfollow f***jerry – Part 1
Columnist Jake May delves into the controversy behind the Instagram account @fuckjerry and urges readers to support original content creation.
Against John Kasich's Platform
The Direct Action Coordinating Committee (DACC) urges readers to consider the implications of listening to Governor Kasich, in light of his views on hot button issues.
Can We Be a Little Humbler?
The Editorial Reflects upon the seemingly absent sense of humility of Amherst students during seminar discussions. How can a foreign language solve this problem?
On the Failure of Gov. Kasich's Message
Cole Graber-Mitchell '22 reflects on how Governor's Kasich recent message failed to resonate with students affected by the administration of President Trump.
Analyzing the 2019 Super Bowl Commercials
Rebecca Picciotto '22 analyzes a few notable commercials from Super Bowl XXII and looks into the cultural implications of these ads.
The Only Solution to Homelessness
Contributing writer Esther Song '21 makes a case for addressing homelessness through affordable housing and not through emergency shelters.
"New Year, New Me" and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves
Why do we observe New Years' resolutions? Rebecca Picciotto '22 examines the symbolic nature of a time-long tradition.
Where Has Moderation Gone?
The United States primaries are partially to blame for the creation of the divided country and polarized political landscape we have today...
The Loss of the Higher Standard
The Editorial Board urges politicians to hold themselves and each other accountable for their actions, past and present.
If I May: Hometown Heartbreak
Columnist Jake May '19 and New York Knicks fan bemoans the team's loss of Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Real Promise for Amherst’s Third Century
The Association of Amherst Students calls on the Board of Trustees to adopt the Climate Action Plan.
Let’s Talk Trash at Amherst
Although we don’t see the genetically modified corn that goes into our compostable Grab ‘n Go containers, or the mountains of our recycled plastic bottles exported to communities across the globe, we are implicated in these processes.
If I May: The Brilliance of Stephen Hillenberg in Five Moments
In honor of SpongeBob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenberg, Jake May '19 highlights the cartoon's top five moments.
In Honor of Amherst Uprising
A few days ago, I walked into Frost to start my homework for the night. As I walked through the doors, I was surprised to find myself remembering Amherst Uprising for the first time in a few years...
A Farewell From The Editor-in-Chief
Editor-in-chief Isabel Tessier '19 reflects on her time at The Amherst Student and bids farewell to her fellow staff members.
Why Is It So Easy to Be Considered Artsy at Amherst?
I am constantly confused that I am considered artsy at Amherst. Coming from the traditional suburb of Boca Raton, Florida, I never thought I would be perceived as artsy.
A Farewell From The Editor-in-Chief
Outgoing Editor-in-Chief Nate Quigley '19 says farewell to the readers and staff at The Amherst Student.
What Is the Nature of Your Intelligence?
While defining intelligence by a marriage of philosophy and cognitive science may not be perfect either, our framework provides a sturdy enough base to inquire: can we possibly create intelligent beings?
If I May: The Case for Pass/Fail
Columnist Jake May '19 discovers the intellectual benefits of taking a class Pass/Fail.
Birthright Citizenship Is a Pillar of Democracy
Trump’s proposal is unconstitutional, and he cannot make a change to the Constitution through an executive order. But even if it were legal, it would still be a bad idea. Here’s why.
Unsolicited Advice: Making the Most of Amherst This Fall
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.
Red Sox: Enjoy the Victory, but Leave New York Out of It
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.
Let’s Stay Angry
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.
If I May: Six Bands to Explore
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.
Saudi Arabia: Inaction is Not An Option
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.
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.
If I May: When is Halloweekend?
Columnist Jake May '19 weighs the benefits and disadvantages of the two different weekends on which students could celebrate Halloween.
For Asian Americans, There is No Winning in the Harvard Lawsuit
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.
Regardless of Where You Live, You Should Always Vote
Your voice matters, even if you don’t agree with your elected officials!
Brett Kavanaugh and the Myth of the Cool Girl
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.
Democracy's Most Important Tool
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.
For the Millions Who Can't, You Must
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.
Four Things I Like and/or Don’t Like
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.
Make America Vote Again
The Editorial Board reflects on recent voter turn out and why students should vote in the 2018 midterm elections.
A Call for Individual Accountability in Dorm Damage
How far is too far? Jae Yun Ham '22 explores dorm damage policy and how current rules can unfairly target students in their homes.
If I May: Trying to Understand Astrology
Columnist Jake May attempts to understand astrology (or at least, those who are obsessed with it).
On Passing the Climate Action Plan
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.
The Case for Self-Driving Cars
Senior Harith Khawaja discusses the benefits of self-driving cars and their importance for our safety in the future.
Youth is No Excuse for Assault
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.
If I May: Reflecting on Tiger Woods
Columnist Jake May celebrates Tiger Woods' come-back, and what it means for the athlete's career, fans and family.
Considering Tradition on a Changing Campus
First-year Grayson Mugford observes Amherst traditions, like convocation, and how a changing campus demographic interacts with these customs.
Your “Moral Tourism” Volunteering Essay Shouldn’t Have Gotten You Into College
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.
Calling In Call-Out Culture
The Editorial Board reflects on both the positive and negative elements of call-out culture on Amherst's campus.
Less is More: A Mental Health Conversation
Andres de La Torre '22 explores the benefits and challenges of navigating mental health with those around us.
If I May: Why Did Colin Jost and Michael Che Host the Emmys?
Columnist Jake May '19 reviews Colin Jost and Michael Che's performance in Monday night's Emmy Award show.
Know Thyself: Confessions of #abroad
Managing Opinions editor Diane Lee '19 reflects on her semester abroad and growing in college.
An Ode to Val
The Editorial Board surveys Val's progress and ways in which the dining hall can improve in the future.
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...
Grappling with Self-Segregation on Campus
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...
If I May: Schwemm's Sadness
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)...
John McCain's (Deeply) Political Legacy
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...
Ain't No Place Like Home: The Tales of a Southern Woman
“'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...
Why Healthcare Must Be an Exception to the Capitalist System
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...
The Importance of Seeking Out Joy
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...
If I May: Grappling with Senior Year
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...
Advice for Class of 2022
Welcome, Class of 2022! As the school year begins, the Editorial Board would like to extend some advice to all new students...
If I May: Why I Keep Returning to “The Social Network”
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).