Asking For It (Review by Sara Schulwolf ’17)

Both on our campus and in the national news, “rape culture” has become a recent buzzword, catapulted into the forefront of our thoughts and conversations. When reading news articles, it’s easy to feel enraged about Donald Trump and “pussygate,” or fume over Brock Turner’s grossly expedited jail sentence and marvel at how anyone might question the integrity of his victim. And while these are unquestionably serious—and awful—examples of the prevalence of rape culture and minimization of sexual assault that pervades our country, they can sometimes distract us from how we conduct ourselves in everyday life. Peel your eyes away from the headlines for a few moments, and it becomes evident just how insidious rape culture is, how it’s not merely possible but also likely that ordinary, well-meaning people will become complicit in perpetuating a society that’s hostile to survivors of assault, and to women in general. Continue reading Asking For It (Review by Sara Schulwolf ’17)

Taking Up Space at Amherst by Julia Pike ’19

On Thursday, the 20th, the Women’s Group held a Val-Sit and discussion in the back room of Val. We put up pieces of paper and markers on several of the tables. Questions were written on the paper like, “How do the social spaces on campus make you feel?” “What spaces belong to women on campus” “What spaces belong to men” and “Where do you feel unsafe on campus?” to name a few. We also put up papers so people could free write anything they were thinking. Continue reading Taking Up Space at Amherst by Julia Pike ’19

Top 8 Val Tips For Freshmen by Jake May ’19

We here at The Indicator like to make sure that all members of our community, especially those of us who are new here, are taking full advantage of what our great dining hall has to offer. There are a lot of tips and tricks that can take you from Traditional-Line-Every-Day shmoe to Valentine Dining Hall Sage. Here are the top 8: Continue reading Top 8 Val Tips For Freshmen by Jake May ’19

Time’s Fool by Logan Seymour ’19E

‘You shut your fucking mouth Travers,’ he says, but not angrily or loudly, he says it firmly and resolutely and self-assuredly, even repeating, in a low, nodding murmur to himself, ‘you shut your fucking mouth.’ No one over the age of twenty-two has made eye contact in what seems like years. Continue reading Time’s Fool by Logan Seymour ’19E

Greenway: Not the Only Way by Rebecca Jordan ’19

Clearly, there has been a lot of careful thought put into the ongoing changes to our campus. As Biddy Martin writes on the Amherst website, “The Greenway recognizes the importance of the Amherst landscape and builds upon our tradition of rigorous academics balanced by quality of place.” This statement demonstrates an understanding of the importance of environment, as well as an understanding that landscape and architecture are not meant to exist abstractly or in a vacuum, independent of the people who inhabit them. In her last year-end update President Martin also wrote that the Social dorms had “long outlived their usefulness.” Unfortunately, this statement not only reflects a disconnect between the administrators and many students; it also fails to acknowledge that those outdated dorms actually provided a social function that went beyond their aesthetics or immediate purpose of providing housing and that this social component would need to somehow be replaced once they were demolished.  Continue reading Greenway: Not the Only Way by Rebecca Jordan ’19

Droughts: the Elephant in the Room by Shashank Sule ’20

About twelve miles from the Amherst campus lies the Quabbin reservoir, where outdoor enthusiasts go fishing, canoeing and hiking. However, this merry recreation cloaks the reservoir’s checkered history. Quabbin was dug in 1938 as a water supply to meet the rising demands of Boston. Its construction submerged the four towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott. Only the cellars of these towns remain above the reservoir, serving as reminders of the forgotten Atlantis. With the closing of the Amherst reservoir on September 13, the neighboring towns and Amherst College switched to well water supply. Meanwhile, the water in the Quabbin reservoir was feverously sucked by pipes to support the industrial exploits of Boston. Continue reading Droughts: the Elephant in the Room by Shashank Sule ’20

Shades of Yellow by Bodhi Nguyen ’20

Nobody wants to talk about Asians. As neither the majority nor the true minority, we lie somewhere in limbo, as model minorities—a minority viewed as more successful than average in society. Statistically, we thrive economically in comparison to other racial groups and are overrepresented in professional-managerial work in the United States. As a result, our struggles lack publicity and are often ignored. Continue reading Shades of Yellow by Bodhi Nguyen ’20