A rally in support of President Donald Trump and the “Back the Blue” campaign — along with a counter-rally against white supremacy — took stage on the town common directly in front of campus on the afternoon of Oct. 12. As the college implemented detours and guidelines for students living along the rally’s routes, some had taken to Covid-safe ways of protest as campus grappled with the hurt that the rally presented for members of the community.
Amherst College’s chapter of Hillel responds to the recent discovery of swastika carvings on a picnic table at Book and Plow Farm, asserting that acts of hate against Jewish or other minority groups can, should and will not be tolerated in our community.
College and Local Landowners Partners with Kestrel Trust to Conserve a Total 583 Acres of Mount Holyoke Range Forests
On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the college announced a partnership with Kestrel Trust and a number of local landowners to conserve a total of 583 acres across the Mount Holyoke Range. Kestrel Trust is a local conservation group that aims to conserve land and waterways in the Pioneer Valley. The group works with landowners to keep land undeveloped infinitely.
Several small swastikas were found carved into a table at the Book and Plow Farm, Chief of Police John Carter announced in a community-wide email on Oct. 10. Since the discovery, the college has condemned the act and the Amherst College Police Department (ACPD) has moved the table to police storage. The college does not have information about who drew the swastikas.
“One day, I was doing homework when I heard two large booms. I decided to send an email to professors in case I died,”Javid Alizada ’23
“These Attacks Happen Everyday”: As War Erupts in Armenia and Azerbaijian, Remote Students Grapple With an Upended World
On Sept. 27, ethnic and territorial tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted into full-fledged combat. The fighting, which is a result of deep-rooted historical grievances concerning the occupation of the independently-governed Nagorno-Karabakh region, known to Armenians as Artsakh, has brought hardship to both Armenians and Azerbaijanis alike. As the college has transitioned to remote learning, students who live in these countries have shown resilience as they complete their coursework in the face of astounding adversity.