Amherst launches Sports Analytics initiative, seeking to leverage success of its “Moneyball” alumni

Submitted on Monday, 4/14/2014, at 3:47 PM

By Peter Rooney 

In the basement of Amherst College’s Alumni Gymnasium, men’s soccer coach Justin Serpone is on a mission to introduce students to the analytical side of college athletics, and continue building a pipeline from Amherst College to the business side of sports.Justin Serpone and Megan Robertson ’15

Provost’s Initiative Prompts Amherst to “Ask Big Questions”

Submitted on Monday, 4/14/2014, at 8:46 AM

By Katherine Duke ’05

Earlier this semester, mysterious signs began to pop up around the Amherst campus. A banner above the entrance to Frost Library asked WHEN DO WE CONFORM?. Posters appeared on every bulletin board, featuring question marks and the letters ABQ. Many people didn’t know what to make of them. One evening in Valentine Dining Hall, I overhead one Breaking Bad fan mutter to another, “Does that stand for ‘Albuquerque’?”

Rekindled Office Hours Connect Students with President Martin

Submitted on Friday, 12/6/2013, at 11:27 AM

By Daniel Diner '14

An athlete wanted help meeting new people. A sophomore wished that faculty and administrators at Amherst would “stop telling us that we’re special” and instead put the emphasis on working hard. A once-struggling student wanted to describe the support she’d found in a religious community on campus.

New Pathways mentoring program helps level the networking playing field

Submitted on Friday, 12/6/2013, at 11:25 AM

 


By Peter Rooney

Pathways, a new online mentoring platform aimed at increasing engagement between Amherst College’s increasingly diversified student body and its well-connected and accomplished alumni base, is off to a roaring start.

First TEDx Showcases Amherst’s Thought Leaders

Submitted on Monday, 11/18/2013, at 12:48 PM

By Brianda Reyes '14

On Sunday, Nov. 10, Amherst College hosted its inaugural TEDx event, featuring speakers who were all affiliated with the college. Four alumni, two professors, one staff member and one student presented their talks to an audience of 350 people in Kirby Theater. (View TEDx Amherst photos here.

Student Requests Drive Recent IT Projects

Submitted on Tuesday, 11/12/2013, at 8:54 AM

By Daniel Diner ’14

Let's say you're a student, and the dirty clothes are piling up in your hamper. But every time you go to do laundry, the machines are in use. The Information Technology office at Amherst has found a way to help. In response to student requests, the IT staff has developed and implemented Web Laundry, a system that fasttracks the laundry process by displaying a schematic that shows every machine on campus and which of them are available. What's more, it notifies students when their laundry is ready.

The Mead's Mummy Mystery

Submitted on Wednesday, 10/30/2013, at 10:15 AM

by William Sweet

The Mead’s mummy is missing.

Truth be told, the 2,600-year-old mummy case has likely been empty for the entire half-century that it’s been with the Mead Art Museum. But records show that it once contained a preserved human body. This leaves museum staff with a mystery worth unraveling even as they prepare an ancient artifact for exhibit.

As with any good mystery, the more one learns about the Mead’s mummy case, the more questions arise.

Two Exhibitions Mark President Kennedy's Visit to Amherst 50 Years Ago

By Peter Rooney

The photos are atmospheric, historic and dramatic, some in color, some in black and white, capturing the historic day on Oct. 26, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy visited Amherst College to receive an honorary degree and preside over the groundbreaking for the Robert Frost Library.

Succeeding at Amherst—Advice for First-Years

September 27, 2013

Daniel Diner '14 walked around campus recently and asked a simple question of students and staff:  "What advice do you have for the freshman class?" The answers may surprise you. Click here for more information about Admission and Financial Aid at Amherst College

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A Ton of Watermelon: Book & Plow's First Harvest

Submitted on Tuesday, 9/24/2013, at 8:25 PM

by William Sweet

How local is locally-grown produce? At Amherst College it means you can barely break a sweat walking to where your salad came from.

This fall, the Book & Plow Farm began supplying Dining Services wth the fruits --and vegetables-- of its first harvest. 

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