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Seeing Double: Amherst College Should Help Fund Local Schools

Amherst’s local public schools are in crisis. Due to declining enrollments, Amherst Regional Public Schools [https://www.arps.org/] — a cooperative school district that includes the towns of Amherst, Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury— is facing a $1.2 million budget cut [https://www.amherstindy.org/2021/05/07/town-council-passes-regional-school-budget-with-1-2m-cut-in-services-operating-budget-provides-minimal-funding-for-alternative-to-policing/
By Cole Graber-Mitchell '22
BSU Members Say College’s Response to #BlackMindsMatter Protest is “Reactionary and Performative”

BSU Members Say College’s Response to #BlackMindsMatter Protest is “Reactionary and Performative”

On Saturday, April 17, the President’s Office released a statement in response to the #BlackMindsMatter protest [https://www.amherststudent.com/article/students-walk-out-in-protest-after-police-killing-of-daunte-wright-aas-and-bsu-demand-abolition-of-acpd] organized by the Black Student Union (BSU). In an email to all students, President Biddy Martin responded to the BSU demands by urging professors to be lenient
By Sophie Wolmer '23

Lack of College Transportation to Vaccination Sites Leaves Students Scrambling

Before the college provided guidance on Covid-19 vaccination appointments and transportation on April 8 [https://www.amherst.edu/news/covid-19/community-messages/messages-for-students/node/797952] , over 100 students had already received permission to attend off-campus Covid-19 vaccine appointments. These students had to navigate the process of scheduling appointments and coordinating transportation
By Sophie Wolmer '23Meenakshi Jani '23

Black Perspective: Protect and Serve — The “Us” in Justice

As Derek Chauvin’s trial [https://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-chief-derek-chauvin-in-no-way-should-ve-kept-george-floyd-pinned-by-the-neck/600042338/] regarding the death of George Floyd continues into its second week, Black people nationwide are again painfully forced to watch a process that seems rigged against them. We watched Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, get acquitted in 2013
By Sika Essegbey '23Ellis Phillips '23Sirus Wheaton '23