Cartoonist Behind Thor Donates Time and Talent to Alma Mater

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Simonson’s illustration for the Annual Fund

For almost 40 years, Walter “Walt” Simonson ’68 has been one of the artists and writers behind some of the most recognizable comic book heroes, from the Avengers and the Fantastic Four to Wonder Woman and Thor. This spring, Simonson generously donated his time and talent to his alma mater by creating an Amherst-themed superhero for the June Annual Fund appeal. At Amherst, Simonson studied geology, and his interest in the sciences is still evident in his signature, which resembles a distorted brontosaurus.

A post-reunion dispatch

By Emily Gold Boutilier

Every year I volunteer to staff a few events at Reunion. The work is not hard: it involves filling water glasses, making sure talks start and end on time and annoying those seated at the end of an aisle by asking them to  pretty please move in to the center.

Richard Wilbur: A Poet Turns 90

Students, professors honor Richard Wilbur at poetry reading

It was not a typical 90th birthday party, but Richard Wilbur ’42 is hardly a typical 90-year-old. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, Wilbur holds the same teaching position at Amherst that Robert Frost once did. To celebrate his becoming a nonagenarian, a poetry reading seemed only fitting.

“Many Different Kinds of Strangeness”

By Katherine Duke '05

Photo by Jessica Mestre '10

Have Americans ever struck you as strange? Have you ever wondered about Americans’ obsession with sports like NASCAR, “football” or baseball? Did you grow up without American TV shows? Do you find it strange how Americans are constantly interrupting one another? Or asking “How are you?” and not waiting for an answer?

The Marx of a Killer

Article by Katherine Duke '05
Photos by Jessica Mestre '10

On the evening of Dec. 13, I make my way to Keefe Campus Center and follow the signs directing me to the Presidential Candidates’ Dinner. I’m eager to meet some of the people hoping to succeed Tony Marx as the next president of Amherst College, to enjoy a free dinner from a local Italian restaurant and to witness a homicide.

His Girl

Submitted by Emily G. Boutilier on Tuesday, 12/14/2010, at 3:53 PM

Because I could not stop for Death--

He kindly stopped for me--

The carriage held but just ourselves--

And Immortality.

The 90-Acre Lawn

By Samuel Masinter '04

View a short photo essay of the grounds department.

Grounds Supervisor Bob Shea at the wheel of one of the tractors used for leaf gathering
Grounds Supervisor Bob Shea at the wheel of one of the tractors used for leaf gathering.

It's 5 a.m. The custodial staff will arrive in a little more than an hour, and the college opens for business at 8:30. The roads that snake through the college's 90 acres and 70 buildings are nearly empty, and there's a problem with the gutters on the president's house. And there are leaves. Lots of leaves.

Three actors wielding baseball bats destroy 14 life-size portrait heads, but don’t worry: it’s art.

By Emily Gold Boutilier

I took my 6-year-old to watch three actors take baseball bats to 14 works of art. Does that make me a bad parent? You be the judge.

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