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“I wasn’t out there looking for organic farms and ranches. … I was looking for the taste of the salad that I’d eaten in France.”

Foodie favorite Alice Waters, on why she founded the Berkeley, Calif., restaurant Chez Panisse. The honorary degree recipient spoke in Stirn Auditorium on May 21, 2011.

“It’s not about dumping rice, and it’s not about giving aid and handouts. It’s about creating these real opportunities.”

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In honor of the first major snowfall of 2011, alumni went to www.facebook.com/amherstcollege to share their best winter memories from the Fairest College. Our favorites:

“Foodfight in East in 1970 which was generated by the serving of subpar Chicken a la King and attitudes spawned by meteorological incarceration. The Harlan Fiske Stone portrait required professional restoration. The progenitor(s) washed chairs every day for the ensuing academic year.”

—John Lacey '73

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We asked people on campus and on Facebook to give advice to new students.

“Drive Route 9 all the way into the woods in the fall. In­­vite your adviser out to lunch, never mind your nerves. Take any class that will make you interesting to chat with at cocktail parties.”

Jennifer Kaufman Aslan ’02 (via Facebook)

“If you want to keep it, lock it up. Don’t leave your laptop, bicycle or other valuables unsecured.”

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Overheard on Campus

“They did make me turn in a thesis of 15 million pages written in 75 languages, but I was lucky enough that other people wrote it for me.”

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Overheard on campus

"I was in the room with the IT person, and I was very, very nervous."

Dean of Admission Tom Parker describing to Amherst trustees his state of mind on the occasion of pressing “send” on the spring 2010 e-mail informing 1,126 applicants (from a record-setting pool of 8,088) they’d been admitted to the college. This was the first time the college has notified the students by e-mail.

"Some days we’re Hamlet, sometimes we’re Ferdinand, but our time and place confronts us with those young men’s dilemmas."

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Overheard on campus

“My favorite memory of all time is the first snow freshman year. Fellow Northies and I charged South in a Snowball Civil War.”

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Overheard on campus

“Music is not entertainment.”

Pianist, conductor and Amherst honorary degree recipient Leon Fleisher, during a Commencement-weekend talk

“It’s inexplicable to me why [the government is] continuing to literally give money to the banks—and these are supposedly healthy banks.”

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Overheard on campus

“I don’t believe we’re going to stop climate change. I believe that the climate and the Earth have been changing forever, and it’s man’s arrogance that can say we can stop it. But we can and must slow it down.”

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Overheard on (and off) Campus

“Consider Baby Doc Duvalier from Haiti, who … never had to answer in any domestic or international court for atrocities and lives in southern France with a cozy retirement package.”

Lawrence Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, in an interview about the International Criminal Court for “Who Knows,” Amherst’s online ask-the-expert series

 

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Overheard on Campus

“They slice facts, hearsay and argument and repackage them as analysis or insight—sort of what investment banks used to do with mortgages.”

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