Volume 152 • Issue 1
The Newspaper of Amherst College Since 1868
Sunday, January 29, 2023
By Pho Vu '23
November 30, 2022
Jane Kungu is the new assistant director of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC). In this interview, Kungu reflects on the strengths of the MRC, her plans to deepen its community presence, and her own educational journey.
By Margo Pedersen '25
November 17, 2021
David Ke is a CDC responsible for supervising the CA's in Appleton, South, North, and Williston Halls. David is perhaps most known on campus for his Instagram-famous dog, Potato, who provides joy and delight to countless members of the campus community.
By Kyle Hur '25
October 14, 2021
Reneé Alvarez is a Meal Checker at Valentine Dining Hall. She is beloved on campus for her warm and enthusiastic greetings. Alvarez previously worked as a business manager at the University of Missouri, but moved to Amherst with her husband, Professor of Mathematics Ryan Alvarado.
By Yee-Lynn Lee ’23
September 8, 2021
Kevin Weinman became Amherst’s Chief Financial Officer in 2013, overseeing the college’s financial planning, investments and Covid response. Weinman recently announced that he will be departing in early September to serve as president of Marist College.
By Tana DeLalio '24
April 28, 2021
Laura Fredette is a staff member at the Covid-19 Testing Center. A travel nurse,
she started working at Amherst in August of 2020, and has enjoyed telling jokes
to students as they get tested, as well as admiring the beauty of the college.
In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and is also completing
a degree in forensic psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Q: Around campus, you are known for telling jokes to students while they wait in
the Covid-19 testing l
By Rebecca Picciotto
April 6, 2021
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Q: What initially got you interested in this work and where were you before
A: My experience at Hamilton College as an undergraduate student really opened
me up to the world of power, privilege and oppression, individual identities,
the complexities of those identities and the ways in which we have very
different lived experiences and realities. I ended up transitioning from being
pre-med to being what was called then a women’s st
By Sophie Wolmer '23
February 17, 2021
Victoria M. Wilson is the associate director for internship programs at the Loeb
Center. She specializes in career exploration and coaching students through the
internship applicant process. Before joining the Loeb Center, Wilson worked at
Paul Quinn College as the special assistant to the president and then as the
dean of the work program. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in public policy from
By Anika Graf
November 3, 2020
This week’s Staff Spotlight, published in a celebration of election day,
features Andy Anderson, an academic technology specialist at the college and an
advocate for Massachusetts Question 2, Ranked-Choice Voting Initiative
[https://www.yeson2rcv.com/]. The initiative aims to enact ranked-choice voting
for primary and general elections for state executive officials, state
legislators, federal congressional and senate seats, and certain county offices
in Massachusetts beginning in 2022.
By Maxim Melnichuk
October 28, 2020
Allison Tanguay is the math associate at the Moss Quantitative Center. This
semester, her work involves meeting with students one-on-one and in groups over
Zoom to assist with math work. Tanguay has previously taught at Central
Connecticut State University, Carleton College, the University of Massachusetts
and the University of Tübingen, Germany.
Q: What did you do before you came to Amherst College?
A: I started at Boston University. But I dropped out after the first year. I
took a year off
By Fiona Anstey
October 7, 2020
Billy McBride is the assistant athletic director of diversity and inclusion, the
director of club sports and a senior coach from Syracuse, New York. McBride has
been a coach at the college for 30 years, before which he was drafted by the San
Francisco 49ers, played professional football in the Canadian Football League
and worked at a school in New York City. During the pandemic, he has been
learning how to play guitar.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I’m from Syracuse, New York. When I think of hom
September 16, 2020
Stephanie Capsuto is a science librarian. In her role, she helps students with
research projects and hopes to get more STEM students into the archives and
special collections. Capsuto began working at the college in May.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I grew up in Westchester, New York — so about an hour north of New York City.
I did my undergrad at Smith College, then I spent two years doing grad school at
the University of Michigan where I studied library science. I just moved back to