Volume 152 • Issue 1
The Newspaper of Amherst College Since 1868
Friday, December 2, 2022
By Zane Khiry '25
November 30, 2022
Those elite institutions that send their alumni into leadership positions in our country have a responsibility to educate truly civic-minded leaders, Zane Khiry ’25 argues.
By Oliver Polachini '26
November 9, 2022
Contributing writer Oliver Polachini ’26 reflects on the global importance of Brazilian democracy in light of the nation’s recent presidential elections.
By Mason Quintero '23
November 2, 2022
Mason Quintero ’23 makes the argument that peace and mutual understanding are necessary to even begin conversations about the conflict in Israel and Palestine, emphasizing the necessity of “a nation for both peoples.”
By Shane Dillon '26
In preparation for next week’s elections, Mass. Insider columnist Shane Dillon ’26 provides a quick rundown of this year’s ballot.
September 21, 2022
Mass. Insider Columnist Shane Dillon ’26 attempts to make sense of a central paradox of Massachusetts politics.
September 14, 2022
Columnist Shane Dillon ’26 begins his new column with a discussion of upcoming Massachusetts general election and the Democratic nominee Maura Healey, who, unusually for a Democratic candidate, may be poised to win.
By Kaelyn Milby '22
May 12, 2021
Saturday Night Live’s (SNL) ratings have been dropping since the 2020 election
, probably because there are fewer jokes to make about Donald Trump. In an
effort to boost ratings, SNL brought business mogul and engineer Elon Musk on as
host this past week. With his controversial reputation and significant
viewership on Joe Rogan’s YouTube channel, Musk seemed like an apt choice
By Sophie Wolmer '23
May 5, 2021
On Thursday, April 29, Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American
and Latino Culture Ilan Stavans discussed ideological polarization in the
American media with journalist Martin Baron in the final event of the college’s
virtual “Politics and Poetry” series
. The series was made possible by the Seminars on Opposing Views Fund, which was
established by the Class of 1970.
Baron has been the executive e
By Cole Graber-Mitchell '22 and Thomas Brodey '22
In October 2020, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made the controversial
decision to fill the seat of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg with
Justice Amy Coney Barrett. The move gave Republican appointees a six out of nine
majority on the nation’s highest court, a balance that could have far-reaching
consequences for national law. Since then, some Democrats have advocated for
adding more justices to the Supreme Court, known as court-packing. Last month,
President Joe Biden form
By Leland Culver '24
April 22, 2021
Content Warning: Mentions of suicide, sexual harassment and assault; discussion
of racism and sexism.
Language is shifting all around us, every day, whether we notice it or not. Just
last year, Merriam-Webster added
“petrichor,” “swole” and “stan” to its dictionary. So it should be no surprise
that, even in just four years, new terminology has come to dominate our
By Liam Archacki '24
April 14, 2021
On April 2, Major League Baseball (MLB) announced that its 2021 All-Star Game
will no longer take place in Atlanta, Georgia after the state passed a
controversial voting law last month. Coors Field in Denver, Colorado was later
named as the replacement location for the game, which will still be held on its
original date of July 13.
Georgia Senate Bill 202
Republican-sponsored bill at the center of the controversy, introduc
March 17, 2021
On Tuesday, the governors of Texas and Mississippi announced that they had
lifted state-wide mask mandates and rolled back a substantial number of Covid-19
health mandates. The announcements, which came merely a day after the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned against the ongoing dangers of
Covid-19, have raised significant concerns for Amherst students and alumni who
hail from Texas and Mississippi.
In Texas and Mississippi, which have both been ranked within the top 10
On Thursday, March 11, the college hosted its first event in a new virtual
series titled “Politics and Poetry.” The six-part edition
of the Point/Counterpoint series was a conversation between Lewis-Sebring
Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Culture Ilan Stavans and
David Brooks, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, political commentator
for the PBS NewsHour and former professor at Yale U