Volume 152 • Issue 1
The Newspaper of Amherst College Since 1868
Sunday, January 29, 2023
By The Editorial Board
May 11, 2022
The Editorial Board calls for the college to make a statement on the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade, asserting that abortion rights is an issue of education access and must therefore be considered pertinent to colleges.
By Phoebe Neilsen '25
Contributing writer Phoebe Neilsen ’25 argues that the Board of Trustees is ill-equipped to make decisions on campus, calling for abolition of the board.
By Cole Graber-Mitchell '22 and Thomas Brodey '22
Seeing Double Columnists Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 and Thomas Brodey ’22 close out their long-running column with a debate of who is the better fledgling columnist.
By Madeline Lawson '25
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra performed their last concert of the season last Saturday. Managing Arts and Living Editor Madeline Lawson ʼ25 reviews the performance, which featured a concerto from violinist Marie Leou ʼ22.
By Sarah Lapean '23
Professor of Biology Jeeyon Jeong was recently awarded a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Sarah Lapean ʼ23 details her research, career, and future plans.
By Karen Lee '25 and Eleanor Lee '25
May 4, 2022
Contributing writers Karen Lee ’25 and Eleanor Lee ’25 call for solidarity in the fight for A/P/A studies and against the erasure of the work of AAPI student activists.
By Jared Kim '23
Contributing writer Jared Kim ’23 protests the college’s attitude toward sexual misconduct on campus, urging the college to stop its over-reliance on the Title IX office and create a true culture of care for survivors.
By Tim Carroll '25
Contributing writer Tim Carroll ’25 outlines the tangible reasons and ethical philosophies of why we should convert to plant-based diets.
By Cole Graber-Mitchell '22
Seeing Double Columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 reflects on his four years at Amherst, concluding his last solo column with a claim that the college is in need of more student traditions.
By Thomas Brodey '22
Columnist Thomas Brodey ’22 claims that Amherst students should discard their privileged complaints about Val food in favor of more substantial topics of conversation.
April 27, 2022
The Editorial Board questions the Board of Trustees’ authority in the recent campus safety decision, calling for the prioritization of student experience and a more collaborative process for making decisions regarding campus life.
Seeing Double Columnist Thomas Brodey ’22 discusses pressure for career advancement, noting that it is in fact possible to romanticize the mundane.
By Andrew Rosin '25
Staff writer Andrew Rosin ’25 addresses the culture of selling out into finance, reminding students of their potential to bring Amherst’s interdisciplinary principles to Wall Street.
By Dustin Copeland '25
Managing Opinion Editor Dustin Copeland ’25 raves about Val in this crossover column, a miniature ode to the ideal of a single unifying dining hall — especially a particular corner table in it.
April 20, 2022
The Editorial Board calls for Amherst to end the work-study component of financial aid packages.
By Catherine A. Sanderson
In a letter to the editor, Chair of Psychology Catherine Sanderson criticizes the new housing process, arguing that it only puts stress on close relationships in a time when students are most in need of social support.
Seeing Double Columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 discusses his positive experiences working with the greater Amherst town community, and encourages students to join town committees.
Staff writer Andrew Rosin ’25 outlines why Amherst needs to have an introductory economics course for non-majors, claiming that it would be more accessible to the larger community.
By Isaiah Doble '25 and Zane Khiry '25
Contributing writers Zane Khiry ’25 and Isaiah Doble ’25 criticize how history is sometimes taught using the “Great Figures Approach,” which views major historical events as the result of a few highly distinguished individuals rather than the collective work of many.
By Isaac Streiff '24
Red Herring cartoonist Isaac Streiff ’24 comments on last week’s housing process, where housing ran out for rising sophomores.
March 23, 2022
With an increasing number of colleges ending their mask mandates, the Editorial Board calls for increased community respect for one another whether masks go or not.
Seeing Double Columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 discusses why Amherst should build a gazebo (or multiple) on campus.
By Diego Rao '23
Contributing Writer Diego Rao ’23 responds to Columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell's ’22 previously published article decrying nuclear power, arguing that it is necessary for a sustainable future.
By Scott Brasesco '22
Editor-at-Large Scott Brasesco ’22 critiques certain aspects of Amherst’s newest opinion publication, The Contra.
By Kei Lim '25, Dustin Copeland '25, and Tapti Sen '25
March 9, 2022
Seeing Double Columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 argues that using nuclear power as an energy source has more negative consequences than positive.
By Kei Lim '25
In the debut installment of the new series “Rants and Raves,” Managing Opinion Editor Kei Lim ’25 points out the offensive undertones of the phrase “no offense.”
By Tessa Levenstein '23 and Mason Quintero '23
March 2, 2022
Tessa Levenstein ’23 and Mason Quintero ’23 advocate for more service-oriented learning at the college, arguing for community to become a central tenet of an Amherst education.
Seeing Double Columnists Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 and Thomas Brodey ’22 discuss what it means to participate in activism.
By Liam Archacki '24
Managing Editor Liam Archacki ’24 investigates surprisingly uncontroversial takes published in a mysterious new paper circulating around campus.
By Emi Eliason '23
Cartoonist Emi Eliason ’23 clears up a misconception about a not-so-realistic part of her illustrations.
Red Herring Cartoonist Isaac Streiff ’24 memorializes their experience of heavy winds last weekend.
February 16, 2022
Cartoonist Isaac Streiff '24 comments on Amherst's more "competitive" classes as the add/drop period comes to a close.
By Charles Sutherby '23E and Mason Quintero '23
Charles Sutherby ’23E and Mason Quintero ’23 discuss the tiny percentage of Amherst graduates pursuing public service in the first of a three-part series.
Seeing Double Columnist Thomas Brodey '22 argues that the Association of Amherst Students fails to live up to its democratic image.
The Editorial Board calls for a considered and consistent consideration of the arts on campus when it comes to the allocation of extracurricular space.
By Sarah Weiner '24
Sarah Weiner '24 shares her perspective on the proposed conversion of the Nicholls Biondi dance studio into a fitness center. Without a space to rehearse, Weiner argues that the Amherst dancers and RSOs that rely on the space would suffer incalculably without it.
By Tylar Matsuo '24
Tylar Matsuo '24 defends the ideal of the democratic state in response to an article published in the intentionally divisive Amherst Contra.
Andrew Rosin ’25 presents a non-comprehensive guide to understanding the Winter Olympic Games.
By Sam Spratford
February 9, 2022
This week, we talk about the Instagram account @amherstshareyourstory, some developments in Amherst's presidential search process, and recent student housing errors.
By Ryan Yu
Play the new Amherst Student Crossword!
By Alex Noga '23
After six months, the college reached an out-of-court settlement with the former lacrosse coach’s employment discrimination lawsuit.
By Sofia Hincapie-Rodrigo '24
The Instagram account @amherstshareyourstory has posted over 40 anonymous accounts of sexual misconduct at the college since its first post on Dec. 10. The account has garnered much attention from students, alumni, and the administration.
By Liza Katz '24
Long-time women’s lacrosse coach Chris Paradis has announced that she will retire from coaching after the 2022 season, leaving behind a lasting legacy and big shoes to fill for whichever coach comes to the program next.
By Jackson Reydel '23
A New England sports fan reflects on Tom Brady's retirement, describing his Patriots tenure as nothing short of a religious experience.
By Eleanor Walsh '25, Tana DeLalio '24, Caelen McQuilkin '24E, and Sonia Chajet Wides '25
The college has loosened some of its initial Covid restrictions following the success of its protocols for move-in and the first week of classes. Students and professors expressed understanding for the initially stricter protocols, while yearning for a return to near-normalcy.
By Nick Edwards-Levin '25
Women’s hockey excelled in conference play over the last six weeks, positioning themselves for a playoff run at the end of the month.
By Tana DeLalio '24
Students encountered a host of difficulties while trying to secure housing for J-term and the spring semester. Many expressed frustration at Housing Operations’ lack of communication.
The Editorial Board discusses @amherstshareyourstory and the value of the accounts shared by students, while considering the difficulty, but necessity, of creating change.
December 9, 2021
As he phases out of his current role on The Student, Managing Opinion Editor Scott Brasesco '22 takes stock of where the Opinion section has been over the past year and a half, along with where it's going. He remarks on the grueling but fulfilling experience that is The Amherst Student.
By Rebecca Picciotto
Editor-in-chief Rebecca Picciotto '22 reflects on her year at the helm of The Student with all of its highs and very real lows. In her last issue of The Student, she bids goodbye to a job that has challenged her sleep schedule but enriched her Amherst career.
December 1, 2021
The Editorial Board reflects on Amherst’s campus-wide group chat, considering its powerful potential as well as its negative ramifications.
Assistant Opinion Editor Dustin Copeland ’25 shares his excitement for the Lyceum Project, which has just broken ground on Amherst’s campus.
November 17, 2021
The Editorial Board addresses student burnout, arguing that collaboration between professors and students may be the best way forward.
By Ethan Samuels '23
April 28, 2021
The Amherst men’s and women’s track teams kicked off their Covid-abbreviated
season in dual-meet action against NESCAC rival Hamilton College.
On the women’s side, the scorecard may show a decisive, yet competitive 84-77
total point victory against Hamilton, but it fails to note the true magnitude of
Amherst’s dominance. The Mammoths only competed in 13 events, winning a
remarkable 12 of 13 events in which they submitted a competitor.
Amherst swept the floor in the 400-meter event, taking th
By Cedric Skerlecz '24
Over the weekend, the Amherst men’s and women’s golf teams both competed in the
NESCAC #1 tournament. On Sunday, April 25, the women’s team also faced rival
Williams at the Taconic Golf Club.
On Saturday, April 24, the women’s team finished third out of five at NESCAC #1,
a mere four strokes behind first place Williams and one behind second place
Hamilton. Katie Mina Lee ’22
and Jenny Hua ’24 tied for fourth place
By Sophie Wolmer '23
April 22, 2021
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) announced the results of the
AAS Executive Board (E-Board) election
[https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas/elections-2021-22] on April 18 at 12
a.m. EST. Presidential candidate Angelina Han ’22 came out on top with 64
percent of the vote. Basma Azzamok ’22, the Vice President elect and Jae Yun Ham
’22, the Treasurer elect, took 58 percent and 52 percent of the vote,
respectively. Secretary candidate Lucas Romualdo ’24 and Judiciary Council Cha
By Alex Brandfonbrener '23
April 14, 2021
Over the last 200 years, many things have changed about Amherst. The student
body is no longer all white, all male and all rich. The smallpox-spreading “Lord
Jeff” mascot has been replaced with the image of an extinct animal. And there is
a new Science Center which costs almost as much as the GDP of the Republic of
the Marshall Islands.
However, one aspect of Amherst’s identity has persevered: our infamous rivalry
with Williams College. While this tradition largely survives through an annual
The men’s and women’s golf teams opened their 2021 seasons this past weekend at
the Hamilton Spring Shootout, a one-day tournament at the Skenandoa Golf Club in
Clinton, New York. In addition to Amherst, Hamilton College, Williams College,
and Middlebury College also participated in the event.
The women’s team finished third overall with a score of 325, 11 strokes behind
Williams, the event winner. First-year Jenny Hua ’24 led the way for Amherst in
her first collegiate competition, carding an
By Skye Wu '23
March 24, 2021
It has been an extremely hard week for people of Asian descent living in the
United States after eight people, including six Asian women, were murdered in
the March 16 Atlanta spa shootings
. We all know that the story of anti-Asian racism didn’t start on that day,
though it seemed broader coverage was just beginning. Nearly 3,800 instances
By Ben Gilsdorf '21
In late 2019, the United Kingdom finally actualized the results of the 2016
“Brexit” referendum and left the European Union. The victorious “Leave” campaign
[http://www.voteleavetakecontrol.org/why_vote_leave.html]ran on nationalist
rhetoric, citing the need to bring back British identity and restore the
nation’s sovereignty, especially in regard to immigration and trade.
Yet the idea of Brexit and the preservation of British identity has now entered
the realm of football (i.e. soccer), and the
By Melanie Schwimmer '23
As the No. 1 high school basketball recruit in the nation from the class of
2020, Paige Bueckers entered her first season at UConn surrounded by sky-high
expectations. As the regular season comes to a close and March Madness gets in
full swing, one thing is certain: Bueckers lived up to every single one.
On March 17, Bueckers earned a spot on The Associated Press women’s basketball
All-American team and became only the third freshman to do so all-time, joining
basketball legends Courtney Paris