Volume 152 • Issue 1
The Newspaper of Amherst College Since 1868
Monday, September 26, 2022
By The Editorial Board
September 21, 2022
The Editorial Board offers suggestions on fun fall-themed activities and places to visit in the Pioneer Valley.
By Ashley Chang
April 14, 2021
Sally Kim is an assistant professor of biology and neuroscience. She received a
bachelor’s degree in psychology from Haverford College and a doctorate in
biomedical sciences at the University of Texas, Houston.
Q: Where were you before coming to Amherst?
A: I was in Silicon Valley in the Bay Area. I was working at Stanford both doing
research and teaching [undergraduates] over there.
Q: What is your research and what inspired it?
A: I did more bioengineering when I was at Stanford, but my la
By Zach Jonas, Sophie Wolmer '23, and Yee-Lynn Lee ’23
March 31, 2021
The college released its admissions decisions for the class of 2025 on March 29,
admitting eight percent of a record-breaking 14,000 applications, Dean of
Admission and Financial Aid Matthew McGann told The Student. The number of
applicants for the 2020-21 admissions cycle increased by 32 percent compared to
last year’s pool of 10,601, and the admit rate decreased by four percentage
points. Decisions were released at 18:21 (i.e. 6:21 p.m.) Eastern Standard Time,
a nod to Amherst’s founding in 18
By Sophie Wolmer '23
March 24, 2021
On Feb. 24, President Biddy Martin officially launched the Amherst College
Bicentennial. She emphasized the twofold commitment of the bicentennial in a
prerecorded video: celebration of the past and an ongoing commitment to the
central tenets of the liberal arts education. Originally slated to kick off
in-person last fall, most of the Bicentennial celebrations were adjusted for a
later start because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
More recently, the college celebrated its 200th anniversary with a “Ma
By Zach Jonas
The college intends to have an in-person commencement ceremony for the class of
2021, President Biddy Martin announced in an email to the college community
on March 19. All seniors, regardless of their current location, are invited to
participate. Seniors may also invite two guests to the ceremony, though
individuals arriving from off-campus must comply with an intensive testing
protocol prior to the event.
By Anika Graf
February 17, 2021
The College Board will discontinue SAT Subject Tests and the optional essay
section on the SAT, according to a recent announcement on Jan. 19
decision-making process was accelerated as testing centers closed during the
pandemic and led many colleges, including Amherst, to make the tests optional or
to permanently suspend consideration of them. The College Board’s decision
reflects a broader trend among undergraduate
By Zach Jonas and Sophie Wolmer '23
The college transitioned from ACData to the digital Workday system for human
resources, finance and shared services business processes in early January.
Workday is a cloud-based application software that was designed to centralize
the storage and organization of Amherst workplace information. The process of
moving from the decades-old ACData HR system to the Workday platform has been a
monumental, two-year undertaking for the college administration, including the
physical transfer of years of pe
By Yee-Lynn Lee ’23
Although the counseling center cannot offer services to out-of-state students,
it still offers counseling for on-campus students and students in Massachusetts.
Photo courtesy of Emma Swislow ’20.Throughout the year, the college has grappled
with the difficulties of serving the needs of a student body that is scattered
across the country, and even across the world. The same is true with regards to
providing mental health support for students. The college has worked to offer an
array of mental hea
September 16, 2020
If you would like to join the news team, please send an email to
[email protected] and [email protected] We look forward to adding to the
list of names below!
Ani Graf ’24 — Ani is a first-year student planning to major in psychology from
Waunakee, Wisconsin. In addition to writing for The Student, she looks forward
to joining the rowing club. She loves reading, taking her German Shepard on
hikes and trying new brands of Kombucha.
Fiona Anstey ’24 — Fiona is a first-year news writer from