Volume 152 • Issue 1
The Newspaper of Amherst College Since 1868
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
By Sam Spratford ’24
February 8, 2023
Amid an ongoing budget deficit and lack of clarity over fiscal figures, the Association of Amherst Students Budgetary Committee has not yet allocated club budgets for this semester, and has adopted a new standard of “urgency” for evaluating budget requests.
By The Editorial Board
The Editorial Board calls on students to match the productive changes the AAS is making with democratic enthusiasm, in order to make this spring a fresh start for student government.
By Leo Kamin '25
December 7, 2022
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) held an impeachment trial of AAS President Sirus Wheaton ’23 on Monday night. The Senate voted not to impeach Wheaton by a 19-12 vote. The hearing drew a massive student turnout and laid bare the tensions within AAS.
Having won the special election held on Dec. 1, Ankit Sayed ’24 will be inaugurated as AAS vice president next semester. The election encountered a number of problems, including balloting failures, the release of incorrect results, and a petition challenging the results that was deemed invalid.
By Tylar Matsuo '24
Staff writer Tylar Matsuo ’24 reacts to the AAS’ presidential impeachment hearing, expressing his frustration with the Senate’s seeming preoccupation with personal conflicts between senators at the expense of actually considering the body’s constitution.
November 30, 2022
On Thursday, Dec. 1, the Association of Amherst Students will hold a special election for vice president following the former vice president’s resignation on Nov. 7. The students listed have announced their candidacies for the election.
By Pho Vu '23
November 2, 2022
The AAS Budgetary Committee on Oct. 23 announced stricter funding policies around food for events, club travel, and emergency funding. The policies are in response to budget constraints the AAS is facing due to a reduced student activities fee relative to before Covid.
In light of the Association of Amherst Students’ ongoing budget crisis, The Editorial Board argues for a raised student activities fee.
By Liam Archacki '24 and Theo Hamilton '23
April 27, 2022
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) voted on Monday to delay the bylaw establishing salaries for AAS officials from taking effect until at least the next academic year, after senators learned from the administration about certain obstacles to implementing the bylaw.
April 13, 2022
The Editorial Board commends AAS’ decision to pay its members for the potential it creates for increased accessibility across student organizations.
By Thomas Brodey '22
February 16, 2022
Seeing Double Columnist Thomas Brodey '22 argues that the Association of Amherst Students fails to live up to its democratic image.
By Victoria Foley '23 and Jeanyna Garcia '23
April 28, 2021
A pattern of intimidating, unwelcoming experiences and discriminatory approaches
to funding via the Budgetary Committee (BC) has existed from the 1970s to the
present. We write to shed light on current practices and the history of the BC
with the hopes that this will propel the Association of Amherst Students (AAS)
to change its currently hostile atmosphere and unwritten laws.
By Rebecca Picciotto and Zach Jonas
April 22, 2021
On Sunday, April 18, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS), the First
Generation Association and the Covid-19 Student Task Force released a letter
calling on the Office of Financial Aid to immediately disburse the Higher
Education Emergency Relief Funds III (HEERF III) to qualifying students.
HEERF III was created on April 1 under the American Rescue Plan (ARP), the
program that has offered s
By Sophie Wolmer '23
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
April 14, 2021
Yesterday, April 13, the Black Student Union (BSU) called for a college-wide
walkout via a message
circulated by the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) and on the BSU’s
Instagram page [https://www.instagram.com/p/CNlyuqIBaLz/]. The walkout was
planned following the Amherst College Police Department’s (ACPD) refusal to
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) will hold elections on April 15 for
five executive board members, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary
and Judiciary Council Chair. On that day, students will receive an email with a
ballot page to vote. The following candidates submitted blurbs to AAS to be
published in The Student, and they will be on the ballot for these executive
positions. Speech night for candidates will be held on April 14 at 8 p.m. ET on
Zoom. Candidates will answer qu
By Zach Jonas, Sophie Wolmer '23, Yee-Lynn Lee ’23, Rebecca Picciotto, and Ryan Yu
At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13, hundreds of students, dressed in black, left
their classes to gather on the First-Year Quad and participate in a
#BlackMindsMatter walkout coordinated by the Black Students Union (BSU). They
were spurred by the recent killing of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who
was shot by a Minnesota police officer on Sunday, April 11 — the latest of a
series of national incidents highlighting the often fatal consequences of police
brutality and anti-Black racism.
By Association of Amherst Students
April 7, 2021
On Monday, March 29, Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety John Carter
attended the public safety town hall
[https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas/senate/aasminutes/spring-2021] hosted by
the Association of Amherst Students (AAS). This meeting occurred on the first
day of Derek Chauvin’s trial for the killing of George Floyd. It has been nearly
a year since last summer’s uprisings and nearly as long since the college
verbally committed to anti-racism.
The goal of anti-racist work and a
March 24, 2021
Last Wednesday, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) issued a statement of
solidarity with Asian Americans in the Amherst College community following the
Atlanta spa shootings
[https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/17/us/atlanta-spa-shootings.html] on March 16.
This statement ended with a call for an independent major and department of
Asian and Pacific American Studies at the college, recognizing the role of
higher education in pushing back against harmful stereotypes at a societal