In 1821, Amherst College was founded with the mission to educate “indigent [poor] young men of piety and talents for the Christian ministry.” In the past 200 years, how has this mission been delivered, and how has it evolved? Managing news editors Caelen McQuilkin and Sonia Chajet-Wides pose us this question, and, in a two-part investigative series entitled “Accessing Amherst,” they deliver us an answer. It's a worthy achievement that Amherst is the second-most-diverse LAC in the nation, according to Niche. But the fact that, as of 2017, 60% of the student body comes from the wealthiest 20%, and 21% comes from the wealthiest 1% throws into question Amherst’s claim to diversity. What work has been done to diversify Amherst, and how have these efforts fallen short? Today, Caelen and Sonia will bring us the story.
Host Aaron Holton ’25 is joined by Managing News Editor Leo Kamin ’25 to discuss the role of bias in the American judicial system and the ways in which the Supreme Court is an inherently political institution.
Chris Tun ’25 sits down with members of the Amherst community to discuss their anxieties and aspirations on The Student’s newest podcast.
"Politics at Amherst" seeks to enrich political discourse on campus by bringing underrepresented perspectives into the conversation. On this episode, host Aaron Holton ’25 is joined by Tim Carroll ’25 in the first of a two-part series on affirmative action.