October 16, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst Assembly for Patriotism, a new student group at Amherst College, will hold its first public rally, where students, staff and faculty will gather to speak out about what it means to them to be Americans, on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. at the Keefe Campus Center. The group’s founders are Michael Gerard Flood, a junior from Maynard, Mass., and Benjamin Baum, a junior from Plymouth, Mass.

Flood says, “in response to the recent national headlines about the flags in the town of Amherst and peace rallies at college campuses around the country, the Amherst Assembly for Patriotism, a non-partisan group, has come together to inform, celebrate and promote patriotism for the United States of America at Amherst College.”

Flood says “the Amherst Assembly for Patriotism hopes to bring speakers to Amherst, observe national holidays on campus and mobilize the college to patriotic causes.” He says itwill remain “entirely free from partisan politics.” “The Amherst Assembly for Patriotism seeks to inspire Amherst students,” Flood says, “to recognize the rich history, significant tradition and great liberties of our country.”