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”

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not only reflects a disconnect between the administrators and many students; it also fails to acknowledge that those outdated dorms actually provided a social function that went beyond their aesthetics or immediate purpose of providing housing and that this social component would need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”

Pills and Patches and Rings! Oh My! by Julia Pike ’19

In a typical day, the brainspace of Amherst stu- dents is taken up by many things: stress about the upcoming Econ Midterm or Anthro paper, curiosity about the next time Val will have Egg McCharlies, excitement about this weekend’s mixer, and countless other thoughts, ranging from mundane to profound. But there’s one subject taking up a significant amount of airtime in the brains of a subset of Amherst students, which other subsets are, it often seems, blissfully unaware. This subject is birth control. Continue reading “Pills and Patches and Rings! Oh My! by Julia Pike ’19”