Rabbi Seltzer receives Milestone Award

Submitted on Wednesday, 4/25/2018, at 1:50 PM

Rabbi Bruce Bromberg Seltzer, Jewish advisor and Hillel director at Amherst College, recently received a Milestone Award from Hillel International for 20 years of service to Jewish campus communities. 

Rabbi Seltzer received the award at Hillel International’s fourth annual Global Assembly, held in December at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, the Massachusetts Jewish Ledger reported. He was one of three Milestone Award recipients at the conference, which drew more than 1,000 attendees.

Photos: The Zumbyes Take Darien

Submitted on Thursday, 4/19/2018, at 12:16 PM

The Zumbyes —Amherst College’s oldest a cappella group—recently performed at the Darien (Conn.) Library, and their performance became the subject of a photo feature in the Darien News.

“I think we bring an energy that crowds can really connect with, and we have some really tight harmonies that are enjoyable as well,” singer David Green ’19E told reporter Jarret Liotta.

CBS: Sanderson Applauds Alum's Journey to Happiness

Submitted on Thursday, 4/19/2018, at 12:15 PM

A recent broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning featured a segment on Cristian Hinojosa ’00 and his search for happiness, which saw him leaving a six-figure investment banking job to become a firefighter for the Dallas Fire Department.

For the piece, the program spoke with Catherine Sanderson, Amherst’s Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology), not just because she is a go-to on the topic of studying happiness, but also because she was Hinojosa’s advisor at Amherst. Sanderson said she feels proud of him for leaving a job that, while much more lucrative, was making him miserable. Because, she said, money can’t buy happiness.

"When you talk to people who love their jobs, overwhelmingly what they say is not, 'I love my paycheck,'" Sanderson told CBS Sunday Morning. "What they say is, 'I find the job meaningful.'"

Jack: Changing Classes After College

Submitted on Thursday, 4/12/2018, at 12:30 PM

Success does not require rejecting your roots, said Anthony Abraham Jack ’07, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, quoted in a recent article  by the Christian Science Monitor dealing with the career challenges of low-income first generation students from Ivy League colleges. The article spoke with several experts about the issue of low-income students making the transition to a different socioeconomic class as they entered their post-college careers.

“It’s really important that we don’t perpetuate this myth that if you are poor or black or Latino that you must go through racial erasure or socioeconomic erasure, that you must be cleansed by white wealth to make it in America,” said Jack, himself a low-income first generation student.

John Arena '18 Seeks Office

Submitted on Thursday, 4/12/2018, at 12:29 PM

John W. Arena ’18 of Gill has announced that he will run as a Democrat for the fall ballot in the 2nd Franklin District (MA), which includes Athol, part of Belchertown, Erving, Gill, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Templeton, Warwick and Wendell. He was the subject of articles in The Daily Hampshire Gazette and The Republican. He plans to go up against Massachusetts Rep. Susannah M. Whipps, an Athol Independent, who will be seeking a third term.

Douglas on Trump and the FBI

Submitted on Thursday, 4/12/2018, at 12:27 PM

Lawrence Douglas, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought wrote an editorial for The Guardian about the FBI’s recent raid on the office and home of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney. The editorial, in which Douglas discusses Trump’s “diatribe of extravagant narcissism” in response to the raid, was picked up by several news outlets.

“We knew this day was coming. Whatever else we might say about Richard Nixon, he went quietly into the night,” Douglas wrote.

Inside Out: Shakespeare in Jail

Submitted on Thursday, 4/5/2018, at 3:24 PM

“The Amherst College Inside-Out Program aims to give inmates a chance to earn college credit and to let visiting college students learn alongside inmates in a different kind of classroom setting — behind bars,” The Daily Hampshire Gazette wrote in a recent editorial about the program.

“It’s a program that’s still going strong,” The Gazette writes, taking a peek at a Shakespeare class taught by Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture. The program was the subject of a March 9 article by Gazette reporter Steve Pfarrer.

Javier Corrales on Religion in Costa Rica's Election

Submitted on Thursday, 4/5/2018, at 3:21 PM

For the recent presidential election in Costa Rica, where a major candidate gained momentum through opposing same-sex marriage, numerous news outlets once again turned to Javier Corrales, professor of political science, to help make sense of it.

Carlos Alvarado Quesada, a former labor minister and novelist from the governing Citizen Action Party, won three-fifths of the vote in the April 1 election. Evangelical Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz received the remainder.

In coverage Corrales discussed the increasing involvement by evangelical churches in Latin American politics.

“Even when they don’t win, they emerge as actors all politicians need to contend with,” he told the New York Times.

James Anderson '85 Tapped for DoD Post

Submitted on Thursday, 4/5/2018, at 3:17 PM

Defense News and other outlets are reporting the White House’s recent announcement that James Anderson ’85 is being tapped as a new US Assistant Secretary of Defense for strategy, plans and capabilities. 

Anderson currently serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Marine Corps University, and previously served as the Director of Middle East Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Director of the Program of Advanced Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. 

From 1986 to 1989, he served on active duty as an intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps. He is the author of the 1999 book America at Risk: The Citizen’s Guide to Missile Defense.

Amherst's "Eye-Popping" Success at the Hoops

Submitted on Thursday, 3/29/2018, at 10:46 AM

“It might just be the country’s best basketball team you’ve never heard of,” wrote the Boston Globe, marking the occasion of the Amherst women’s basketball team’s 65-45 victory over Bowdoin in Rochester, Minnesota. That game culminated the team’s second straight undefeated season by winning another NCAA Division III title.

“The small school is known more for rigorous academics than big-time athletics, so the team’s unstoppable march across the basketball landscape has barely registered beyond the college’s bucolic campus in the Pioneer Valley,” wrote Globe staffer Michael Levenson. “The Mammoths say they don’t mind their small-scale fame. In fact, they’re thrilled.”

“Amherst College long has been regarded as an academic powerhouse. Its athletic teams also are formidable, winning 11 national championships in the last 12 years,” wrote the Daily Hampshire Gazette in a March 20 editorialWWLP-TV in Springfield profiled the celebrating team, too.