This article spotlighted “highly selective” schools that are encouraging graduates to consider careers beyond consulting and finance. “We’re in the business of graduating people who will make the world better in some way,” the Times quoted President Anthony Marx as saying. “That’s what justifies the expense of the education."
Ronald Tiersky, Joseph B. Eastman ’04 Professor of Political Science, weighed in on an editorial discussing the recent rejection of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty by Irish voters in this letter to the editor.
The blog of the newspaper’s education reporter listed the college’s requirement of incoming first-years: to read Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham and the second chapter of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time by Paul Rogat Loeb.
The research of Amherst faculty member Jessica Wolpaw Reyes ’94—which found a link between the nation’s phase-out of leaded gasoline and a decrease in crime rates from 1992 to 2002—was noted in an editorial that urged the Illinois legislature to pass an upcoming bill. Reyes and her work were also mentioned in a subsequent piece that criticized the state’s Senate for failing to address the act before its summer, as well as a Discovery News article.
In this article, Rob Schur ’98, assistant director of Amherst’s Annual Fund, discussed the trend in recent years among seniors to contribute to the Annual Fund upon graduating, rather than give their alma mater an item (a bench or a clock, for example). As of Wednesday, May 21, an incredible 82 percent of the Class of 2008 had donated to their gift and coordinators had raised a total of $13,490 ($10,000 is from an anonymous alumnus who made the donation once 80 percent of seniors had chipped in).