Members of Mr. Gad's House of Improv took to the stage in the Friedmann Room, inviting parents and students to join them. Among those who volunteered was Esther Schrader P ’21 (far right), who jumped into a game called “Sound Effects.” “I had no idea what I was getting into,” she said of the game that required her to make exaggerated noises to match the Gads’ actions.
During a talk with Family Weekend guests, President Biddy Martin walked through a sample week in her life, ranging from a meeting with potential architects for a new student center to her interview of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Martin also spoke extensively about Amherst’s work to provide an intimate education within a broader political context.
“It’s one of the sweetest and happiest fall semesters since I’ve been at Amherst,” Martin said during her talk.
The Q&A portion of Martin’s talk led to a discussion of how the College is aiming to “embody a ‘both, and’ concept” of recognizing the College’s past, without memorializing its harms, while also pushing ahead on new initiatives.
Parents joined the Amherst College Choral Society for the last song of their concert on Saturday afternoon. They sang "O Amherst, Our Amherst!" with new lyrics to reflect the changing culture of the College.
Family and fans took to the stands for the football game against Trinity. Though the Mammoths ultimately lost 21-7 in double overtime, it’s not the score that mattered in the end: “It’s the drama,” as one family member remarked about the compelling nature of watching the sport.