Volume 152 • Issue 1
The Newspaper of Amherst College Since 1868
Sunday, January 29, 2023
By Alex Brandfonbrener '23
December 7, 2022
Ahead of the end of the semester, many music, theater and dance groups at Amherst had their final performances … so many that we couldn’t cover them all! Here’s a quick recap of some of this week’s noteworthy events.
By Kei Lim '25
Kei Lim ’25 explores their relationship with their mother in a piece originally published in the Spring 2022 edition of the Indicator.
By Gabby Avena '25
Originally published in the Spring 2022 edition of the Indicator, Gabby Avena ’25 writes about the premature loss of innocence that comes with growing up as a woman.
By Madeline Lawson '25
November 30, 2022
Starting this Thursday, Dec. 1, studio art major Emma Spencer’s ’23E thesis show, “So, What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing In A Place Like This?” will be available for viewing. Spencer’s project, consisting of both photography and film, catalogues the stories of female Vietnam War veterans.
By Ross Kilpatrick '24E
November 2, 2022
Ross Kilpatrick ’24E reflects on the presidential inauguration of the Michael A. Elliott and the complex division between faculty and students at elite academic institutions.
By A'Cora Hickson '25
A’Cora Hickson ’25 portrays the realization of internalized emotions in “There is no stopping Her,” a poem originally published in the Spring 2022 issue of The Indicator.
By Nife Joshua '26
October 19, 2022
Book and Plow Farm had a smaller yield this year due to a drought that affected the Northeast. Despite the challenges, the farm delivered a healthy harvest for many of its staple vegetables, thanks in part to its resilience and adaptation.
By Pho Vu '23
October 13, 2022
K’s Nutrition is Amherst’s newest health bar. Pho Vu ’23 sat down with owner Bryant Keeney to discuss the menu and exciting upcoming plans and additions.
To inaugurate the start of the spooky season, Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 presents an eerie story about a mother and her daughter.
By Liam Archacki '24
September 28, 2022
Prospective student tours are a more than slightly annoying disruption to campus life, rants Senior Managing Editor Liam Archacki ’24.
By Noor Rahman '25
Jason Moran, the college’s first 2022-2023 Presidential Scholar, is an award-winning jazz pianist who spent the last week hosting a series of masterclasses and lectures on campus. Assistant Arts & Living Editor Noor Rahman ‘25 breaks down his final event, featuring a panel and concert.
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.
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 Sarah Weiner '24
May 11, 2022
The Multicultural Student Union hosted Michelle Zauner of the pop band Japanese Breakfast in Johnson Chapel on May 4. Sarah Weiner ʼ24 recounts her wisdom and charm.
By Luke Herzog '24, Matt Vitelli '24, and Lena Lamer '22
Luke Herzog ʼ24, Lena Lamer ʼ22, and Matt Vitelli ʼ24 recount a true story of deep confusion: when a food delivery to Matt’s quarantine room at the Econo Lodge mysteriously disappears, the three set out to solve the mystery.
This semester, Amherst College hosted nine exchange students from around the world. Pho Vu ’23, an exchange student herself, delves into the challenges of making Amherst home.
By Cole Graber-Mitchell '22
May 4, 2022
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.
Last Friday, the Amherst College Choral Society performed their Spring concert, “Everlasting Voices.” Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 recaps their first performance since the Glee Club’s merger with Chorus.
By Aniah Washington
April 27, 2022
In this week’s issue of “Poetic Perspectives,” Managing Arts and Living Editor Aniah Washington ’22 shares a poem about her mother, documenting unfulfilled dreams and generational trauma.
By Cassidy Duncan '25
“Collecting 101: Acquiring Art for the Mead” is an internship that helps select new pieces for the Mead Museum while studying the art of curation. Cassidy Duncan ’25 reflects on her experience with visiting art studios and presenting potential pieces for the Mead to the Amherst community.
By Mikayah Parsons '24
April 20, 2022
In this week’s issue of “Poetic Perspectives,” Mikayah Parsons ’24 presents “Narratives of Trauma,” which critiques the expectation for Black students to share their traumas in order to gain admission into elite institutions.
By Ernest Collins '23
April 13, 2022
Ernest Collins ’23 shares two striking poems for this week’s edition of Poetic Perspectives. The pieces both feature themes of self-discovery and resiliency.
March 30, 2022
Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 discusses the fifth annual Black Art Matters festival with participating artists and performers. The event was held on Thursday, March 24, in the Powerhouse.
March 23, 2022
Seeing Double Columnist Cole Graber-Mitchell ’22 discusses why Amherst should build a gazebo (or multiple) on campus.
The neighborhood of Santurce in San Juan is known for its vibrant street art. Cassidy Duncan ’25 discusses the rich history and culture of Puerto Rican murals, which she prompted to investigate during a spring break trip.
By Tiia McKinney '25
Tiia McKinney ’25 shares a story of mourning and grief, chronicling two years of Covid for her community in The Bahamas, punctuated by the deaths of loved ones.
March 9, 2022
The college recently hosted its annual public speaking competition and the Litfest Spoken Word Slam. Mikayah Parsons ʼ24 speaks with participants of the events about the lack of a spoken word community at Amherst.
March 2, 2022
The balaclava, a garment that echoes Muslim head coverings, has swept the fashion world. Noor Rahman '25 breaks down the trend's insensitivity and the discrimination Muslim women face for wearing hijab and niqab.
In our first edition of "Poetic Perspectives," Mikayah Parsons '24 pens a coming-of-age tale of queerness, grief, and growth.
By Audrey Rosevear '22
February 16, 2022
Audrey Rosevear '22 presents "Val Hacks," a column dedicated to exploring the culinary possibilities of Valentine Dining Hall. This week, here is her recipe for deviled eggs, Val-style.
Word games such as the New York Times Spelling Bee and Wordle have skyrocketed in popularity. Ross Kilpatrick '24E breaks down his issues with the games, arguing that words are relegated to trivial tiles, stripped of their meaning.
November 17, 2021
Whether its lasagna or kalbi short ribs, everybody has a Val meal they'd rather avoid. Staff Columnist Audrey Rosevear ’22 presents “Val Hacks,” a column dedicated to exploring the alternative culinary possibilities available at Val. Up first, her Tikka Masala recipe.
May 12, 2021
As the only Christian a cappella group at Amherst, faith is central to Terras
Irradient’s performance. In a normal year, the choir shines on stage, making
music only with the sounds of their voice. But do these key elements of their
performance translate to Zoom? Even with their members spread across the nation,
Terras Irradient, or TI for short, has managed to maintain their identity,
defined not only by their music and faith, but also by their close-knit
When students were suddenly
By Eren Levine '24
April 22, 2021
Imagine a long train ride, carrying you all across Europe with regular stops in
new cities where you can meet new people each day. Unfortunately, for the
moment, the pandemic has made travel experiences like that only possible in our
daydreams. In the meantime, my friends and I have discovered the next best
thing: “Ticket to Ride.”
“Ticket to Ride” is a fun and intense board game that requires lots of focus and
persistence. The board is a map — the version I play is Europe, but they make
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