On May 13, Dean of Students Liz Agosto sent an email announcing the discovery of the n-word scratched into a chalkboard in Valentine Hall. An individual found the racial epithet on the second floor near the balcony door and reported it to the Amherst College Police Department. The circumstances regarding
Yesterday, April 13, the Black Student Union (BSU) called for a college-wide walkout via a message circulated by the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) and on the BSU’s Instagram page. The walkout was planned following the Amherst College Police Department’s (ACPD) refusal to disarm and the killing of
On March 31, Board of Trustees Chair Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85 sent a statement to 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
Content Warning: Violence, Racial Violence Right now, the people held at the Hampden County Jail (HCJ), a correctional center located 16 miles from campus, are facing constant abuse. In letters to a local abolitionist group named Decarcerate Western Mass, incarcerated people have detailed the regular violations and threats they face
Several weeks ago, I wrote an article in response to New York Times coverage of race relations at Smith College, which argued for a more methodical and nuanced approach to accountability and investigation of identity-based prejudice and harm. While researching the article, I came across a surprising scholarly consensus — apparently,
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 hired by
In my last column, I discussed the rhetoric surrounding the Texas freeze, the relief going to Texas and Republican arguments about relief and redistributive government programs in general. I showed how the moral arguments of personal responsibility and pulling oneself up by the bootstraps are self-defeating and lead to stagnation.