Volume 152 • Issue 1
The Newspaper of Amherst College Since 1868
Sunday, January 29, 2023
By The Editorial Board
November 9, 2022
The Editorial Board calls for more displays of student art on campus, arguing that our educational environment should reflect the vivacity of its student life.
November 2, 2022
In light of the Association of Amherst Students’ ongoing budget crisis, The Editorial Board argues for a raised student activities fee.
October 19, 2022
The Editorial Board reacts to the college's decision not to hold J-Term this winter by weighing the difficulties posed to staff against the value of winter programming for campus life.
October 5, 2022
In light of the cancellation of Farm Fest, The Editorial Board implores that the administration consider implementing a tradition that is longstanding among the college’s closest peers.
September 21, 2022
The Editorial Board offers suggestions on fun fall-themed activities and places to visit in the Pioneer Valley.
September 7, 2022
The Editorial Board offers the Class of 2026 advice on how to navigate Amherst.
May 11, 2022
The Editorial Board calls for the college to make a statement on the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade, asserting that abortion rights is an issue of education access and must therefore be considered pertinent to colleges.
April 27, 2022
The Editorial Board questions the Board of Trustees’ authority in the recent campus safety decision, calling for the prioritization of student experience and a more collaborative process for making decisions regarding campus life.
April 20, 2022
The Editorial Board calls for Amherst to end the work-study component of financial aid packages.
April 13, 2022
The Editorial Board commends AAS’ decision to pay its members for the potential it creates for increased accessibility across student organizations.
April 6, 2022
The Editorial Board calls for ACPD to not only re-mark their police vehicles, but also initiate greater communication and transparency toward the student body and larger community.
March 23, 2022
With an increasing number of colleges ending their mask mandates, the Editorial Board calls for increased community respect for one another whether masks go or not.
March 9, 2022
The Editorial Board reflects on the two year anniversary of Covid on campus, acknowledging the nostalgia for a pre-pandemic Amherst, but expressing hope about the future of adapting to the pandemic.
March 2, 2022
The Editorial Board urges the college community to support its Ukrainian students by supporting Ukraine itself.
February 23, 2022
The Editorial Board calls for a continuing equitable admissions process at Amherst as affirmative action’s existence becomes increasingly threatened.
February 16, 2022
The Editorial Board calls for a considered and consistent consideration of the arts on campus when it comes to the allocation of extracurricular space.
February 9, 2022
The Editorial Board discusses @amherstshareyourstory and the value of the accounts shared by students, while considering the difficulty, but necessity, of creating change.
December 1, 2021
The Editorial Board reflects on Amherst’s campus-wide group chat, considering its powerful potential as well as its negative ramifications.
November 17, 2021
The Editorial Board addresses student burnout, arguing that collaboration between professors and students may be the best way forward.
November 3, 2021
The Editorial Board argues that recent party vandalism at the college needs to be met with a dual response — administrative openness and student responsibility.
October 27, 2021
The Editorial Board congratulates the college on last week’s decision to end legacy preference in admissions and increase financial aid, recognizing that, while it is not a solution to admissions inequity, it is evidence of an institutional commitment to a more diverse future.
October 20, 2021
The Editorial Board questions the college’s failure to reckon with the past during Indigenous People’s Day or Bicentennial events. The Board argues that it’s time to take concrete actions to improve life on campus for Indigenous community members.
October 14, 2021
The Editorial Board responds to recent student concerns that the college is not making visible change in terms of racial justice. It argues that the best way to make concrete change is to make a commitment to reparations.
October 6, 2021
The Editorial Board calls on the college to double its counseling center staff following students' complaints and the recent release of the Needs Assessment Report in the latest Anti-Racism Action Plan Update.
September 29, 2021
The Editorial Board calls on the student body to actively look out for each other and take the responsibility to create an environment of greater sexual safety and respect, in light of recent safety issues both on campus and at neighboring UMass.
September 22, 2021
The Editorial Board reflects on the legacy of outgoing President Biddy Martin and establishes expectations for the presidential search process. The Board calls on the college to include students, faculty and staff in the presidential search committee.
September 15, 2021
This week, the Editorial Board addresses the issues that over-enrollment imposes on students’ academic experiences and calls for the expansion of resources and infrastructure in preparation for a broader student population.
September 8, 2021
This week, the Editorial Board calls for an increase in hourly wages for staff at the college. This call follows a series of Labor Day interviews with staff.
September 1, 2021
The Editorial Board reflected on the administration's recent decision to tighten Covid rules, and found the exact same problem that caused the outrage when students were asked to leave campus three semesters ago: a failure to communicate compassionately and to consult with the groups most affected.
May 19, 2021
When the Editorial Board met to plan and discuss this week’s editorial, our
conversation swerved off track due to concerns over the deep personal
significance of the Israel-Palestine conflict, the most significant current
event in the news, and questions of how to engage in that discussion while
maintaining the level of respectful and constructive dialogue we wanted. Some
editors had family in Israel, others wanted to divest from Israel completely,
some felt the issue was too emotional to addres
May 12, 2021
As we all look forward to a semester of in-person teaching and learning this
fall, the college is facing a challenge in providing housing for all returning
students. On May 6, the Office of Student Affairs announced in an email to the
student body that they expected more students to come back to campus this fall
than a typical semester because most students who elected a leave of absence
over the past year have indicated that they intend to return to campus. This
means that the college must make
May 5, 2021
As vaccines become more widely available in the United States, normalcy seems to
be in sight. We are all ready to leave behind the horror and psychological toll
that the pandemic has inflicted on us and embrace a full return
in-person teaching and learning in Fall 2021. But as we reflected on the drastic
changes in our lives in response to the public health crisis of the past year,
the Editorial Board realized that there
April 28, 2021
This week, the Town of Amherst’s Community Safety Working Group has revealed
some of the items requested in its proposal for the future of policing in the
town, to be decided on in an upcoming May 3 Town Council budget meeting. It
slashing the $5.15 million Amherst Police Department (APD) budget in order to
fund a separate $2.2 million Community Response for Equity, Safety and Service
April 7, 2021
On March 31, Board of Trustees Chair Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85 sent a statement
the college community announcing a new policy to refrain from investment in the
fossil fuel industry and, ultimately, phase out all existing fossil fuel
investments by 2030. The announcement largely seems to be a response to an open
from the Amhe
March 17, 2021
Last Wednesday, March 10, the Associated Press (AP) published an article
following the recent push for reparations in the town of Amherst. The article
draws heavily on a recent interview with former Sociology Professor at the
University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass) Edwin Driver, the first professor
of color [http://scua.library.umass.edu/youmass/doku.php?id=d:driver-edwin-d]
hired by the univers
February 15, 2021
A pandemic, a civil rights movement, an election — amid a series of local,
national and global upheavals, last year looked different at The Student.
Besides our transition to an entirely digital distribution, we deepened our
commitment to holding individuals and institutions accountable in order to build
a more just and equitable Amherst. We were reminded of our responsibility of
serving a diverse community and taking concrete steps to become a more
accessible and inclusive space. We turned inwa