Rekindled Office Hours Connect Students with President Martin
Submitted on Friday, 12/6/2013, at 11:27 AM
By Daniel Diner '14
An athlete wanted help meeting new people. A sophomore wished that faculty and administrators at Amherst would “stop telling us that we’re special” and instead put the emphasis on working hard. A once-struggling student wanted to describe the support she’d found in a religious community on campus.
Free Speech and Institutional Responsibility
Submitted on Tuesday, 10/1/2013, at 7:02 PM
Last weekend I had the pleasure of hearing a “point-counterpoint discussion” between two Amherst alumni, both of whom have argued before the Supreme Court in landmark civil rights cases. Paul Smith ’76 and Bert Rein ’61 explained the differences in their theories of the Constitution, gave their interpretations of the Fourteenth Amendment, and respectfully but also firmly disagreed about the wisdom of affirmative action policies in college admissions.
Amherst President Biddy Martin To the Class of 2013: “Hold To Your Desire for Poetry”
Submitted on Sunday, 5/26/2013, at 6:17 PM
May 26, 2013
New Amherst alumni celebrate Commencement (photo by Rob Mattson)
AMHERST, Mass. — Quoting the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, Amherst President Biddy Martin today exhorted the graduating members of the Class of 2013 in her annual Commencement address to remain true to their liberal arts educations, and “hold to your desire for thought, hold to your desire for poetry.” The themes of seeing beauty in the everyday via poetry and “putting together a good life with others,” as Martin put it, were echoed in an at-times humorous and poignant speech by Reilly A. Horan, of Darien, Conn., who was chosen by her classmates to deliver the student address during the college’s 192nd Commencement.