Olivia Gieger

#ReclaimAmherst and the Promise for Change

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With the momentum of the successful Black Amherst Speaks Instagram page and Black Student Union activism in response to racist hate speech, #ReclaimAmherst offers a comprehensive guide to what needs to change at the college in order for it to become a place that truly welcomes and includes students of color and for it to live up to the values it celebrates.




What You Need to Know Before You Take Time Off

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Plans for the fall remain a daunting unknown that lies ahead, and for some, taking time off might be the option that offers the most certainty. Here is everything you should know when considering taking a voluntary leave.


Mrs. America Asks Us to Dwell on 2020 by Looking Back to 1972

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In FX’s newest series “Mrs. America,” produced and shared in partnership with Hulu, the world of its characters who wait for a call on a rotary phone and type out newsletters on a typewriter to post them by mail seems a far cry from ours of Facetime and Facebook. It’s a world closer to that [...]


Coronavirus Expenses Cost College $10 Million as Market Turmoil Further Tightens Campus Finances

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As the coronavirus places an unprecedented stress on health systems and endangers the lives of thousands across the world, it also spurs another cause for panic — a financial one — that comes as the U.S. faces its biggest economic downturn since the 2008 recession. The college, with its $2.378 billion endowment, as of June 30, 2018, is not immune to this ill, regardless of how strict its sanitizing and social distancing measures may be.

Racist Incident Prompts Men’s Lacrosse Probation, Coach Termination and BSU Activism for Greater Accountability

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In the two weeks since The Student first reported that three members of the men’s lacrosse team chanted the n-word outside of their Black teammate’s suite, the college announced the probation of the team until June 2021 among additional disciplinary measures, while outrage from students, alumni and others from across the nation intensified as captured in letters of demands to the college for increased accountability that the Black Student Union (BSU) wrote and began circulating.