The Lord Jeffery Inn Reopens, Along with Amherst’s “Living Room”

Submitted on Friday, 2/3/2012, at 10:52 AM


By Peter Rooney

Opening day was fast approaching and General Manager Robert Reeves was a whirling dervish of energy as he led an impromptu tour through the Lord Jeffery Inn, just days before its official opening on Thursday, Jan. 5 and more than three years after it closed for extensive renovations. On today’s to-do list for Reeves and his crew: unload boxes, hang paintings, clean construction dust, arrange restaurant furniture, begin staff training and compile invitation lists for various opening events.

When Parents Visit

Submitted on Tuesday, 12/13/2011, at 3:42 PM
By Adam Gerchick '13

My parents’ visit began with a wake-up call at 11 a.m. “We just landed,” my mother told me. “We’ve got to pick up a rental car, but we should be there in an hour. I’m sure you’re already up.”

I could hear my father laughing in the background.

"Snowtober" Cleanup Means Work Through "De-Timber"

Submitted on Tuesday, 11/22/2011, at 12:09 PM

By Rob Mattson

D

amage from the late-October snowstorm that wreaked havoc on Western Massachusetts may be out of sight, but it's not yet out of mind. Bob Shea, the grounds supervisor at Amherst, says that 95 percent of the cleanup effort is finished, for the main campus, but the remaining 5 percent may not be complete until well into December.

Scenes from a Blackout

Submitted on Tuesday, 11/8/2011, at 1:55 PM

By Mark Idleman '15

Early in the afternoon on Saturday, the sky was a blank gray and the air was crisp. Flakes began to fall as I walked to the men’s soccer game, and by the time I got there, a few inches were already on the ground. The game was a mess; players were slipping and sliding everywhere, and the ball would only roll for a few feet before it picked up snow and became a snowball. By the time soccer was over, around three inches had fallen, and the large, wet flakes were still hitting my face as I walked back to my dorm. Later that night, friends and I walked out to the freshman quad to have a snowball fight. The snow was falling heavily, and the quad was silent. You could hear the creak of trees overhead as they bent under the weight of the snow. It was clear that our location wasn’t very safe.  We moved to a more open patch of the quad, away from trees, and watched as branches snapped and crashed to the ground.  It was chaotic, with large limbs breaking violently and falling, leaving clouds of snow in their wake.  We opted to return to North and went to sleep without any power.

Of Note: Late-Night Event Inspires Student Letter Writers

Submitted on Wednesday, 10/26/2011, at 3:00 PM

By Adam Gerchick '13

Rohan Mazumdar ’12 had not expected to spend his Friday night with a typewriter. But on Friday, Sept. 16, he arrived at Amherst’s first “letter-writing social,” where, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., hundreds of students pressed envelopes with sealing wax and tapped away at classic typewriters. To Mazumdar’s surprise, he is now inspired to continue the practice.

Gender Matters

Submitted on Thursday, 10/20/2011, at 8:58 AM

In 1962, Amherst hired Rose Olver, now the L. Stanton Williams '41 Professor of Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies, as its first female tenure-track professor. On Oct. 1 of this year, nearing the  50th anniversary of Olver’s arrival and facing the impending retirement and replacement of a large proportion of the faculty, the  college held a symposium titled “Half a Century of Women Teaching at Amherst: Gender Matters.” More than 150 people packed the Cole Assembly Room, including current professors, students, alumnae and 60 percent of the women who taught at Amherst between 1962 and 1983.

Amherst’s Tango Club Steps Out

Submitted on Sunday, 9/18/2011, at 10:05 AM

The Argentine tango, a dance that finds roots on the streets of Buenos Aires, has endured to thrive in many global locations, including Amherst. Explore this club, and close to 100 other student groups here and watch a tango audio slideshow below.

Career Center Welcomes New Director Ursula Olender

Submitted on Tuesday, 9/13/2011, at 12:17 PM

Interview by Rebecca Ojserkis '12

This fall, Amherst welcomes Ursula Olender as the new director of the Career Center and associate dean of students. She comes to Amherst from Colgate University, where she became director of career services in 2007. She was previously associate director of career services and chief health professions adviser at Dartmouth College. She received a master’s degree in counseling from Springfield College and a bachelor’s in psychology from Greenville College. She recently spoke with Rebecca Ojserkis ’12 about her plans for Amherst. The edited and condensed interview is below.

Irene Joins the Class of 2015

Submitted on Thursday, 9/1/2011, at 9:26 AM

Public Affairs' Rob Mattson spent Sunday afternoon with first-year students, international students and officer Jeffery Edwards of the Campus Police as they watched Tropical Storm Irene pass through Western Massachusetts on move-in day.

Summer Dining

Submitted on Wednesday, 8/10/2011, at 2:35 PM

By Rebecca Ojserkis '12

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