After a two-year hiatus, Amherst’s Winter Festival returned on Sunday night, Feb. 17, with a blizzard of events and treats. Coolidge Cage, lit up in purple and blue, was transformed into a snow-filled carnival for some 800 students, faculty and staff. Students could climb a giant bouncy castle mountain with twin slides, try their hands at curling or clamber inside a giant inflatable snow globe for a photo. There were also S'mores, a hot chocolate tent, pulled pork sundaes and much more!
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Congratulations to the seven members of women's swimming and diving team who received 2019 All-NESCAC accolades after their standout performances at the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships last weekend—and to Kai Robinson for being named Diving Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season! #TusksUp #GoMammoths
In her new book, Professor Catherine Sanderson emphasizes this critical point: Happiness is contagious.
“We’ve all had the experience of smiling at a stranger and then seeing that person reciprocate our smile. Happiness works in precisely the same way,” she explains. “[P]eople who are happy help others around them see the world in a more positive light, take small daily stresses in stride, and stop and smell the roses. And these steps happy people take transfer to others, who in turn pass them on again.”
“Every time we rehearse, I tell them to take a deep breath in and just blow out their problems," says Arianne Abela, the new director of Amherst College’s Choral Program. "I say, ‘OK, for the next two hours, let’s just be present and forget everything.’”
The network recovery was completed as of Saturday and services are back to normal across campus. Today and tomorrow (February 18 and 19) IT will offer training sessions on Gmail every half hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
AC Alert update: IT has identified three issues causing the outage and are addressing them. The website, wired and wireless networks, and Moodle are running across campus, except in Chapin Hall. Email will be available again in several hours once it’s transferred to Gmail. Information about the status of the network is also available on the website.
Edited to add: The transition to Gmail is now complete.
Per the most recent AC Alert about the network outage: In a couple of hours, Amherst will have WiFi available in Frost and the Science Center for students, faculty and staff. A new email system is anticipated to be in place by tomorrow; existing email addresses will not change.
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February 14 at 4:42 pm
Per the most recent AC Alert about the network outage: In a couple of hours, Amherst will have WiFi available in Fr... https://t.co/jmZNSG2BbP
As part of this sweet annual tradition, students have been stopping by Keefe to write postcards to alumni, thanking them for their involvement in the life of the College. What better way to celebrate Valentine's than sharing the Mammoth love?
Photos by Jiayi Liu.
AC Alert: Amherst is experiencing an ongoing network outage. Restoration is continuing, but is taking longer than expected. The College will post another update by 12 PM. Call IT directly for significant IT hardships.
February 13 at 8:35 am
AC Alert: Amherst is experiencing an ongoing network outage. Restoration is continuing, but is taking longer than e... https://t.co/EJFqrPiZEi
John Kasich, Ohio’s outgoing two-term governor and 2016 presidential contender, addressed students at Johnson Chapel on Thursday evening. Read about the event at the news link on our profile page.
Photos by Jiayi Liu
When Jackson Katz, the renowned gender violence prevention educator, came to campus, Amherst men turned out strong.
As Jon Thompson, the men’s lacrosse head coach, noted, “Gender violence is not a ‘women’s issue.’ It’s an ‘everyone’s issue.’”
Did you spot Sydney Ireland '23 at the State of the Union last night? Ireland was one of the first women to join Scouts BSA and is pushing to become a trailblazing Eagle Scout. She'll start at Amherst in the fall. #AmherstProud
Last week, the Amherst College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the College’s Climate Action Plan, which provides a roadmap for the college to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. We spoke with Allison Tennant ’19, one of the organizers with Students for Climate Action, about her reaction. https://amhrst.is/CAPStatement
Video by #MariaStenzel, Audio and text by Julia Pike ’19. #AmherstVoices
February 5 at 1:38 pm
Students trekked to Boston with the Amherst College Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning to learn about climate action jobs. They left with a thousand ideas for their future—and the world’s.
#FridayFeature from the Theater and Dance department where Lauren Thompson and Ben Kissinger were working on their senior honors project in the scene shop this week—with a little help from THDA alum Denzel Wood ‘18!
January 31 at 6:01 pm
In a letter to the community about the government's proposed Title IX changes, President Biddy Martin noted that "the College supports some of the proposed regulations but has serious concerns about others."
"We appreciate the Department's effort to review current Title IX regulations, particularly its focus on fairness," reads the College's letter to Secretary Betsy De Vos, adding, "Amherst College is concerned that certain elements of the Proposed Rules may stifle disclosures, inhibit the provision of needed support, undercut fairness, and ultimately harm complainants, respondents, and our community."
One of the things we love best about winter break is the chance to take so many interesting courses—on topics such as food, history, culture, trivia and life-saving skills. Here are snapshots from five of the many Interterm offerings.
President Biddy Martin announced this morning that the Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a College’s Climate Action Plan that will provide a roadmap for the College to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
Gail Holt, dean of financial aid, offers tips and advice about applying to college on WWLP-22News InFocus.
"We want all students to be really informed and have a financial plan as they enroll in college," Holt says. "Plans change, but they should at least have a starting point to be making informed decisions about their future."
Dr. Shakti Butler spoke about "Irresistible Justice" as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium on January 22. Dr. Butler is the founder and president of World Trust Educational Services, a non-profit social justice organization that uses film and dialogue to tackle unconscious bias and systemic racial inequity.
Dr. Butler will return on Feb. 5 to lead workshops for faculty, staff and students and for a public screening of "Healing Justice: Cultivating a World of Belonging."
Photos by Jiayi Liu.
January 2 at 1:20 pm
Creative Writing at Amherst: an Interview with Judith Frank
Judith Frank, the Eliza J. Clark Folger Professor of English, talks about what it takes to succeed as a writer and touches on what students can expect from the ...
December 18 at 10:56 am
Amherst Alumni in the Field: Chris Lehane '90
Chris Lehane '90, head of global policy and communications for Airbnb, believes that technology platforms have an enormous responsibility for their impact in ...
December 6 at 4:41 pm
Amartya Sen: "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans"
October 6, 2018, Amherst College. The "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor, and host of ...
December 6 at 4:41 pm
“Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans”