USA Today: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has its copy cats

A brief feature in the national newspaper examined LJST professor Lawrence Douglas’ latest book, The Girl With the Sturgeon Tattoo by Lars Arffssen. “Arffssen is described in the author bio as being most famous for his investigation of the Swedish meatball,” reads the article. “In reality: he’s Lawrence Douglas, a Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. What this fall's college freshmen will be reading this summer

Submitted by Caroline J. Hanna
The blog of the newspaper’s education reporter listed the college’s requirement of incoming first-years: to read Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham and the second chapter of Soul of a Citizen:

USA Today: College ask for less 'stuff,' more money

Submitted by Caroline J. Hanna
In this article, Rob Schur ’98, assistant director of Amherst’s Annual Fund, discussed the trend in recent years among seniors to contribute to the Annual Fund upon graduating, rather than give their alma mater an item (a bench or a clock, for example).

USA Today: Chavez's power play has echoes of Castro

Submitted by Caroline J. Hanna
USA Today consulted Javier Corrales, associate professor of political science, for a Nov. 29 article on Venezualan President Hugo Chavez.