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. 

Frost Library acquires rare and comprehensive Native American book collection

Submitted on Friday, 9/20/2013, at 4:45 PM

By Peter Rooney

Amherst College’s Frost Library has acquired what experts consider to be the most complete collection of Native American literature and history in existence, ranging from religious pamphlets published before the United States officially existed to first-edition novels by noted crime novelist Martin Cruz Smith.

The Poet and the Puppeteer

Submitted on Thursday, 8/22/2013, at 10:55 AM

Article by Katherine Duke ’05

Photos by Michael Bauman

On a warm July evening, on the grassy lawn of the Wilder Observatory, six actors and a musician from the Mettawee River Theatre Company gathered in front of an audience of all ages and used puppets and poetry to bring a medieval Welsh tale to life. Taliesin—which blends mythology and real historical figures—tells of a boy magically reborn as a sorcerer-poet and adopted by a fisherman and his wife, who uses his extraordinary gifts to shake things up in the king’s court. The performance was the result of a joint effort between two theater professionals who first collaborated at Amherst College more than 55 years ago.

The Alchemy of a Successful Internship

Submitted on Tuesday, 8/6/2013, at 11:48 AM

Julia Alexander, the Center for Community Engagement’s public service internship coordinator, is bringing reflection and social justice to the heart of the CCE’s internship programs. Story by Jenny Morgan, photo by Eugene Lee '16.

The Medical School Doctor is In

Submitted on Monday, 7/22/2013, at 4:33 PM

Summer days at Amherst College are among the busiest of the year for Dr. Richard Aronson ’69, a physician who spends his days reviewing medical school applications, writing letters of recommendations, mentoring students and alumni and doing anything else needed to help prepare Amherst graduates for careers in health.

Memory and Movies

July 26, 2012

By Angelina Gomez ’14

My parents recently went on a vacation to Hawaii. While talking to my mom about the trip, I heard about the colors of the flowers they saw on a hike, how she felt about taking time off work, how she had arranged for someone to take care of their cat while they were away, the flavors of the fish they ate and more. My dad’s report of the week: “We hiked. We swam at bit. The hotel was nice. It was fun!”

Select Dinners Bring a New Kind of Party to Campus

Submitted on Monday, 4/29/2013, at 3:33 PM

By Emily Gold Boutilier

While studying abroad in England, Jeehae Kim Goddard ’13 took part in regular formal dinners with professors and fellow students. She enjoyed these dinners so much that she decided to bring the concept back to Amherst.

Amherst Explorations: a Glimpse of Current Research

Submitted on Monday, 4/29/2013, at 2:09 PM

Part poster session, part film festival, part concert, Amherst Explorations was a medley of scholarship and performance.

The April 5 celebration of student research and creative work filled the Friendly Periodicals Reading Room with a dizzying array of disciplines. While individual departments and classes often conduct poster sessions and the like for students to show off their work, organizers say that this event is a fairly exceptional opportunity for students (particularly first-year students)—and the whole community—to get glimpse at the variety of topics studied on campus.

Students Increase Entrepreneurship on Campus

Submitted on Wednesday, 4/24/2013, at 10:02 AM

By Daniel Diner '14

While still in high school, Samson Tan ’14 founded a nonprofit that introduces lacrosse to underprivileged youth, an initiative that would later win him a Global Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Malcolm McClain ’13 took a gap year to work at a startup, helped his team place second in the UMass Amherst Entrepreneurship Initiative's 2011 Executive Summary Competition and even experimented with starting his own business on campus during his sophomore year.

Rachel Maddow Comes to Campus

Submitted on Wednesday, 4/3/2013, at 2:32 PM

By Emily Gold Boutilier

Rachel Maddow, the MSNBC host, is not only a cable news celebrity but also a local kid who made good. She got her start at two radio stations in Western Massachusetts—WRNX in Holyoke and WRSI in Northampton. Now she splits her time between the Pioneer Valley and New York City, where she hosts The Rachel Maddow Show.

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