Summer 2010


“I Was Never a Murderer”
The story of Dewey Bozella, a former boxer sent to Sing Sing in 1983, and his young attorney, Ross Firsenbaum ’02, who led the team that uncovered the evidence that finally set the prisoner free.
By Rebecca A. Binder ’02

Amherst Magazine, Summer 2010
Two Views of Johnson Chapel
As the iconic chapel prepares to greet another first-year class, we present a photo series by Samuel Masinter ’04, who is among the rare few to (legally) get inside the clock tower, and an essay by Professor William H. Pritchard ’53, who used to gaze at the place “while thinking vague, deep thoughts.”
11 Things We Loved About Commencement
A happy baby, a new Marine, gowns made of plastic bottles and other highlights from the festivities. Also: President Marx’s Commencement address
The Sensations of Jim
Bill Clinton’s biographer tackles a touchier subject: his own big brother, Amherst Professor Jim Maraniss.
By David Maraniss

The Awakening
In the 35 years between its writing and its world premiere, an opera by two Amherst professors slept, waking only for moments. Until this summer.
By Sarah Auerbach ’96


The case for home birth—Say it ain’t so, Joe—High on habeas—And more

College Row
Wikipedia watchdogs—From Russia with love—Most-requested Valentine meals—Amherst’s first app—And more

Matt Rhone ’11 is the most physical forward on the men’s hockey team—Two golf stars who never met

Amherst Creates
Fiction by Scott Turow ’70 and Deanna Fei ’99—Music by the Orraca-Tetteh ’02 twins—Red America’s crossroads—And more

“Thys Boke is Myne Prynce Henry”

Lives of Consequence: An Update from Campus
A special supplement to Amherst magazine

Class Notes

Back Cover


The view from Earth
Most students don’t know that Wilder Observatory, on Snell Street, even exists, yet the telescope in this 1903 college building is one of the early 20th century’s great achievements in engineering and science, says Amherst’s Steve Sauter. The telescope—which visited Chile in 1907 to observe Mars—has an 18-inch hand-ground lens and was once among the largest telescopes in the world.

Photo by Samuel Masinter '04