Volume 152 • Issue 1
The Newspaper of Amherst College Since 1868
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
By Yee-Lynn Lee ’23
May 28, 2022
While Ryan Yu has made a lasting impact on The Student, what’s most notable about him is his unwavering commitment to finding his own path.
By Ellis Phillips '23
Despite a humble, understated presence, Troy Colleran has made an enormous impact in his two key areas: on the track and field team and in the chemistry lab.
By Sofia Hincapie-Rodrigo '24
In her four years at the college, Shikha Jha has played crucial leadership roles for both Dance and Step at Amherst College and the Asian Students Association. Along the way, she’s found time to rethink her goals and find a path that’s right for her.
By Kei Lim '25
Despite his understated presentation, those who know Kalidas Shanti know him to be a deep thinker and compassionate friend who has spent his time at Amherst exploring a wide range of interests.
By Brianne LaBare '25
Through exploring the Amherst archives, Anna Smith has uncovered Amherst’s deep rooted connection with slavery.
By Brooke Hoffman '23E
Sophie Koh pursues her intellectual passions with a higher purpose. Her commitment to cultivating inclusivity encourages us all to contribute to meaningful change in the spaces we occupy.
By Liza Katz '24
Throughout her time at Amherst, Sage Innerarity has made a name for herself through her ability to bring people together and raise the voices of others.
By Madeline Lawson '25
Teo Ruskov conveys passion and dedication for religious studies, earning the prestigious Watson Fellowship and winning multiple accolades for his thesis on Buddhism.
By Tana DeLalio '24
Ella Peterson has used her time at Amherst to avidly pursue her interest in the political sphere, effecting positive change and building community along the way.
By Liam Archacki '24
Prioritizing self-discipline, service, and faith, Jorge Rodriguez has all the necessary tools to achieve his ultimate goal: living a beautiful life.
By Yasmin Hamilton '24
A double major in geology and economics, former AAS president Angelina Han had a busy four years at Amherst. Her commitments to public service and helping others shine through everything she says and does.
By Dustin Copeland '25
Scott Brasesco has always had a passion for the history of humanity and society. At Amherst, he has pursued that passion in every way he could — always with unending calm, constant brilliance, and a mug of tea to start the morning.
By Nick Edwards-Levin '25
Juanita Jaramillo came to Amherst as a track recruit, but her time on campus has been about far more: She found a passion for policy-related research, which she will pursue as a predoctoral fellow at MIT.
By Caelen McQuilkin '24E
Arzoo Rajpar has created intersections between her passion for design and her interest in creating community-based solutions, uplifting herself and those around her.
By Aniah Washington
With an abundant amount of charisma, Abner Aldarondo invites love into his life constantly, whether it is in his academic, artistic, or community-based
By Theo Hamilton '23
A natural community builder, Lauren Kisare’s time at Amherst has seen her excel at everything from journalism to studying Korean — all while bringing joy to the people around her.
By Sam Spratford '24
Cole Graber-Mitchell is committed to civic engagement, whether it be as an AAS senator or an opinion columnist. The Marshall Scholar’s world revolves around three principles: persistence, community, and joy.
By Leo Kamin '25
While Jiajia Zhang is on her way to becoming an Asian American studies scholar, her life has encompassed so much more: art, activism, and even social media management for a Belarusian rock band.
By Ethan Foster '25
A dedicated researcher, thoughtful friend, and driven activist, Alexis Scalese has been an instrumental force in the creation of an assertive Native American presence on campus.
By Alex Noga '23
Though perhaps the best player in the history of Amherst men’s soccer, German Giammattei is better described as a humble teammate and a phenomenal friend.
By Sonia Chajet Wides '25
Guided by a passion for changemaking and a commitment to making Amherst a better place, Joelle Crichlow has done just that — and she will continue to effect positive change wherever her path takes her.
By Alex Brandfonbrener '23
Audrey Rosevear has spent her time at Amherst devoted to her passions of mathematics and theater, all while embarking on a personal journey to come out as trans.
By Eleanor Walsh '25
Whether he’s performing onstage, writing behind the
scenes, or simply being a steadfast friend, Sebastian Son has made innumerable contributions to the Amherst arts community.
Rebecca Picciotto has a deep passion for connecting with people through journalism. But she also understands just where journalism can fall short.
By Rebecca Picciotto
May 30, 2021
From the outside, Gieger’s path seems to decouple into two distinct threads: activism and journalism. But talking to Gieger, it becomes clear that, for her, those parallel interests are inextricably connected.
By Anya Ramras '22
Ajao has presented her research on Black ASL via Zoom to an audience of over 200 Amherst students, faculty, scholars and artists around the world.
By Milo Leahy-Miller '24
Sarah Montoya has always pushed for Indigenous rights and recognition at Amherst as the president of the Native and Indigenous Students Association (NISA). As a Fulbright scholar, her plans beyond graduation will include traveling to Lithuania to teach about Indigenous identities and history.
By Zach Jonas
Just as Rendón aims to portray unconventional narratives through his theatre, he
has a unique story of his own. Photo courtesy of Daniel Rendón ’21.“There was no
way I could genuinely recreate everyone. If I were to make an honest attempt —
and this isn’t to say I don’t trust my writing — but theater never ends up being
exactly like the sort of thing that it’s trying to represent.”
Daniel Rendón said that to me while describing the writing process and character
development in his theatre and da
By Scott Brasesco '22
Adams is the first Black woman to graduate as an Amherst College physics major
since 1982. Photo courtesy of Jea Adams ’21.When I first met Jea Adams ’21, I
was unsure what to expect. From the research I had done before our interview, I
knew she was extremely accomplished like many other Amherst students, but from
the moment she started talking, I learned that there was more to her than
accomplishments. Behind her accolades is a profound curiosity about the workings
of the universe and a determi
By Ethan Samuels '23
Shin has been awarded the Walker Teaching Award, a Five College Statistics Prize
and the Beinecke Scholarship for his work in the history and statistics
departments. Photo courtesy of Enoch Shin ’21.I’ve heard before that we don’t
remember what people do, but instead remember how they make us feel. This quote
seems to be perfectly crafted for my first interaction with Enoch Shin.
As my interview with Shin approached, I could not help but be reminded of a
story from a previous semester. I could
Through her academic and extracurricular work, Lewis has made an indelible mark
on each community she’s touched. Photo courtesy of Ayo Lewis ’21.From conducting
critical research to igniting change at Amherst and beyond, neuroscience major
Ayodele (“Ayo”) Lewis has built a stellar track record over the course of her
While her accomplishments are undoubtedly impressive, they are only the tip of
the iceberg when it comes to the depth that is Lewis’s intellect and character.
Morikawa-Fouquet sits on the first-year quad in Fall 2019, the year he began his
journey at Amherst. Photo courtesy of Toma-Jin Morikawa ’21.In the words of his
thesis advisor (Professor of Political Science Thomas Dumm), Toma-Jin Morikawa
’21, also known as Toma-Jin Morikawa-Fouquet, is “a brilliant example of a new
generation of Amherst students with a truly international perspective.” Born in
France but raised in the U.S. and Japan, Morikawa-Fouquet has had no shortage of
opportunities to dev
By Hannah Zhang
Kirven’s intellect and ability to notice subtleties help her navigate the
fast-paced world of digital journalism. Photo courtesy of Arielle Kirven ’21.In
an increasingly turbulent and disorienting world, Arielle Kirven ’21 knows
exactly what she wants and who she wants to be — and she will, without a doubt,
make it happen.
After a nearly two-hour long conversation outside the steps of Johnson Chapel,
Kirven, with her unwavering focus, precise articulation and subtle, yet
steadfast confidence, c
Gurung has drawn on his deep well of kindness and curiosity to touch the lives
of those around him and uplift the communities of which he is a part. Photo
courtesy of Sirig Gurung ’21.Sirig Gurung’s ’21 unassuming and humble
disposition belies the large impact he has on those around him.
Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, Gurung is a beloved member of the
international student community at Amherst, which he has actively contributed to
through his work with the Center for International Student En
By Sophie Wolmer '23
Schuldt leaves behind a legacy in the lab and on the cross country and track
programs. Photo courtesy of Braxton Schuldt ’21.Braxton Schuldt ’21 is the
epitome of excellence and resilience. His intelligence, work ethic and drive to
help others has molded him into an exceptional Amherst student-athlete. As a
future physician, two-sport varsity captain, long-time Educational Director of
Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS) and neuroscience major, his
resume and accomplishments are tr
After NYU journalism school, John plans to develop his music media platform into
a self-sustaining business. Photo courtesy of Noah John ’21.At a college like
Amherst, it is easy to follow the beaten path. The trail markers that guide most
students are getting good grades, securing an internship that might lead to a
job and maybe being lauded along the way. But to succeed in those things, and
also to dedicate yourself to a new path that’s entirely your own is much
harder. Noah John ’21 is one s
By Emma Rial '22
Rosa helped implement the Center for Restorative Practices and hopes to receive
his J.D. and M.S.W. to apply these skills outside of Amherst. Photo courtesy of
David Rosa ’21.“Never stop advocating for other people, caring for other people,
and trying to make this campus a better place,” said David Rosa ’21 as advice to
underclassmen at Amherst before we finished our conversation. This also
encapsulates how he leads his own life.
Our hour-long conversation made it obvious how much Rosa valued c
By Fiona Anstey
Nguyen used her thesis to do a rigorous investigation of the transfer student
experience at Amherst. Photo courtesy of Cy Nguyen ’21.A movie aficionado, frog
figurine collector and demography enthusiast, Cy Nguyen ’21 is not your typical
Amherst student. A Vietnamese American transfer from the University of
California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), Nguyen only spent two years of her college
career at Amherst. But looking at all she has pursued and achieved during her
time here, you wouldn’t be able to
By Melanie Schwimmer '23
For all of her accolades at Amherst, Lurie will be remembered not by what she
won but the people she inspired. Photo courtesy of Margot Lurie ’21.As she
walked the halls of her deeply segregated Colorado high school, Margot Lurie ’21
saw injustice everywhere she looked. The structural inequalities of American
society were lived out each day in school, where only a few would go on to
attend four-year colleges and the limited resources were filtered to the
predominantly white International Baccala
Momplaisir used the experiences and independent thinking he developed growing up
in New York City and applied them to all that he did during his time at Amherst.
Photo courtesy of Dylan Momplaisir ’21.It was only fitting that my Zoom
interview with Dylan Momplaisir ’21 started with technical issues. A double
major in computer science and architectural studies who has served as digital
director of The Student for the past three and a half years, Momplaisir is
well-accustomed to jumping to the res
By Lauren Kisare '22
In all that she does, Bella Edo approaches her advocacy with a sincerity,
intensity and courageousness that has guided her efforts to make life at Amherst
better for students and faculty. Photo courtesy of Bella Edo ’21.Sitting across
from Bella Edo ’21 over Zoom the other day was a strange, yet familiar
experience. As it would happen, Edo was actually my Resident Counselor (RC)
during my first year at Amherst College. One scroll through my contact list, and
you’ll find her listed as RC Bella Ed
Yaqui plans to attend Florida State University in the fall to obtain a master’s
in social work and criminology. Photo courtesy of Yaqui Montes de Oca ’21.On a
typical day, you might find Yaqueline “Yaqui” Montes de Oca ’21 in room 018 of
Keefe Campus Center, the Office of Student Activities. She’s worked there as an
assistant to the Office Assistant for two years, and according to Student
Activities Coordinator and Business Manager, Monica Soto, she has been “nothing
less of a rockstar and a shi
By Jack Dove '23
Palmo has conducted research at Amherst, NASA, and soon at Boston startup
QuantAQ through his data science role. Photo courtesy of Joe Palmo ’21.To the
naked eye, a star is a beacon of hope, used by many as a guiding light in the
sky. The amazement some feel when stargazing is rooted in the idea that stars
burn brightly enough to bring joy to those millions of miles away. The radiance
of a star, however, can sometimes blind us from finding its individual planets
in orbit. With a closer look, sta
After Amherst, Rodriguez hopes to benefit the next generation of
first-generation and low-income scholars. Photo courtesy of Manuel Rodriguez
’21.Manuel Rodriguez ’21 has an incredible capacity to make those around him
feel at ease. I know this from experience, having spent a sunny hour on the
Valentine Quad chatting with Rodriguez about his four years at Amherst. Whenever
Rodriguez speaks to others, his frequent smile and welcome affirmations relay an
air of open-mindedness and an overwhelming
By Skye Wu '23
Seoyeon Kim ’21 wrote a critical-creative hybrid thesis in the English
department exploring how dislocation affects a sense of self. Photo courtesy of
Seoyeon Kim ’21.I met Seoyeon Kim ’21 through Zoom in “Non-Fiction I” last
semester. In addition to being impressed and inspired by her beautiful writing
and brilliant insights, I also felt an indescribable closeness to her. Despite
seeing her only through the rectangle on my computer screen, she became full and
vibrant in my mind. In class, Kim l
By Sam Spratford
Thomas has spent college giving back to the Amherst community and has a future
of change-making ahead. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Thomas ’21.Even before
interviewing him over Zoom, the face of Jeremy Thomas ’21 was already familiar
to me. Out of all the political science lectures and panels I’d attended, it was
rare if I didn’t see Thomas’s name somewhere on the screen. Most of the time, in
fact, his name was front and center. Effortlessly put together in a jewel-toned
polo shirt and black-rimmed
By Ryan Yu
Natalie De Rosa ’21 has, in many ways, been shaped by her home city of Newark, a
place in which she holds a lot of pride. Photo courtesy of Natalie De Rosa ’21.
By her own admission, Natalie De Rosa ’21 is a shy person. She isn’t usually the
first person to speak up in a class discussion, or the type of person who spends
her nights out at raging parties. But beneath her reserved demeanor, Natalie
shines like no other. To her friends, she is tenacious, inspiring and kind. To
her professors, she i
March 24, 2021
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.