Volume 152 • Issue 1
The Newspaper of Amherst College Since 1868
Monday, September 26, 2022
By Sylvie Wolff '25
September 21, 2022
In a continuation of a project started last semester, gardeners at the college have installed a variety of new planters, boxes, and gardens around campus. The new installations support important animal pollinator populations in the local ecosystem.
By Shreya Hegde '26
Hayley Nicholas is the director of the Women’s and Gender Center. They graduated from Bowdoin College in 2017 with a degree in sociology and education studies. Before working as the director at the WGC, Hayley worked at the Office of Admission supervising the diversity outreach interns.
By The Editorial Board
The Editorial Board offers suggestions on fun fall-themed activities and places to visit in the Pioneer Valley.
By Nina Krasnoff '23 and Emma Strawbridge '25
In light of the cancellation of the women’s sports teams’ annual Bruce Bogtrotter cake-eating competition, contributing writers Nina Krasnoff ’23 and Emma Strawbridge ’25 call for public recognition of how the competition dangerously promotes disordered eating behaviors.
By Shane Dillon '26
Mass. Insider Columnist Shane Dillon ’26 attempts to make sense of a central paradox of Massachusetts politics.
By Madeline Lawson '25
Managing Arts and Living Editor Madeline Lawson ’25 raves about the abundance of resources at Frost Library.
By Jacob Young '25
Piper Mohring ’25 and Caden Stockwell ’25 showed their short film this past Saturday, Sept. 17, to a full house in Keefe Theater. Jacob Young ’25 reviews the film, which was narrated in French by Community Service Officer Merouane Daffar and filmed in Paris.
By Pho Vu '23
In this edition of Val Hacks, Pho Vu ’23 whips up a frappe in an effort to emulate Starbucks’ classic and delectable drinks.
By Ross Kilpatrick '24E
“The Sandman,” a comic series written by Neil Gaiman, recently received a Netflix adaptation. Ross Kilpatrick ’24E reviews the comic, which thrills with cosmic ideology but sometimes suffers from a slow plot.
By Helen Feibes '23
Arlie’s “BREAK THE CURSE” is the band’s debut album, taking listeners on a journey full of nostalgia and relief. WAMH Publicity Director Helen Feibes ’23 reviews the album and relives her beloved band’s live concert in Cambridge.
By Vaughn Armour '25
Disney’s 14th annual D23 exposition featured exciting announcements of upcoming projects but left fans unsatisfied with disappointing omissions of highly anticipated updates. Vaughn Armour ’25 breaks it all down, analyzing casting choices and new trailers, and predicting future announcements.
By Liam Archacki '24
September 14, 2022
Senior Managing Editor Liam Archacki ’24 shares a piece he wrote during one of his long study sessions in the bottom level of Frost, which makes the case for C-level as, improbably, the best place to work on campus.
Columnist Shane Dillon ’26 begins his new column with a discussion of upcoming Massachusetts general election and the Democratic nominee Maura Healey, who, unusually for a Democratic candidate, may be poised to win.
By Priscilla Lee '25
Contributing Writer Priscilla Lee ’25 reflects on the cultural impact the royal family has had both in her life and in her hometown of Hong Kong in the aftermath of Elizabeth II’s death.
By Isaac Streiff '24
Red Herring Cartoonist Isaac Streiff ’24 implores the student body to check their mailboxes more frequently.
By Miles Garcia '25
Cartoonist Miles Garcia ’25 illustrates the precautions taken by many students when it comes to ensuring the health and safety of the campus at large.
By Alex Brandfonbrener '23
Amherst’s newest student-run theater group, Ghostlight, is currently preparing for their first production, a “Triple Feature” later this month. Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 sits down with Matt Vitelli ’24 to discuss the founding and future of the group.
By Joe Sweeney '25
Adult animation has had a resurgence on Netflix, including cult hits such as “Bojack Horseman” and “Tuca and Bertie.” Joe Sweeney ’25 reviews the latter, which follows two birds as they deal with adult problems, such as relationship issues.
Visual effects artist Phil Tippett shines in his sophomore directorial project, “Mad God.” Miles Garcia ’25 takes the reader through the lovingly crafted film, which features incredible practical effects and a transcendent story.
By Cole Warren '24
Cole Warren ’24 breaks down Jordan Peele’s new horror film “Nope,” criticizing the movie’s spectacle and suspense, antithetical to the film’s theme of exploitation in Hollywood, while still declaring it the summer’s best blockbuster.
By Eren Levine '24
The anticipated movie adaptation of “Where the Crawdads Sing,” a novel made famous by Reese’s Book Club, was released this summer. Eren Levine ’24 recommends the film for fans of the book, as well as for those who have not read it before.
September 7, 2022
The Editorial Board offers the Class of 2026 advice on how to navigate Amherst.
By Jeanyna Garcia '23
Contributing writer Jeanyna Garcia ’23 profiles a Val worker, documenting their life and challenges, and reflects upon her time in the Amherst Labor Alliance.