By my estimate, you traversed the campus about 2,000 times as a student. But most of those times you were probably talking with a friend, racing to class or lost in thought.
Surely on some days, though, you dawdled. Noticed. Appreciated the tawny granite of Stearns Steeple or the steam vents outside South dorm, welded like the sun’s rays. The graceful arrows chiseled on the War Memorial. The oxidized green cape on the statue of Henry Ward Beecher, class of 1834.
Those are just some of the details that render the College so beautiful. This contest celebrates those details. All you have to do is look closely at these photos, consider the hints and tell us what you see. We hope this delivers delight. After all, as Beecher said: “The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”
Examine these photos, taken around campus. Each is a tight close-up on an exterior or interior visual detail. Using our hints, your memory and your powers of detection, identify the images.
Send your answers to magazine@ amherst.edu or Amherst Magazine, Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002. Anyone with three correct identifications will be entered to win an Amherst T-shirt.
1. The face of Convocation?
2. As an Amherst student,
too, he was known for being quiet.
3. When he put his best foot forward, was it iambic?
Photos by: Jiayi Liu