Sophia Wolmer


New Covid-19 Mass. Mandates Affect Amherst Community Beyond the Bubble

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On Nov. 2 and Nov. 6, Governor Charlie Baker rolled out two sets of restrictions in an effort to slow the rise of Covid-19 cases in Massachusetts. The orders took effect on Friday, Nov. 2 and include a stay-at-home advisory, an order for restaurants and other businesses to stop their services at 9:30 p.m. and a curfew from 10 p.m to 5 a.m., among others.

Days Before the Election, Political Science Professors Emphasize “Why Democracy Matters”

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On Oct. 28, the political science department hosted “Why Democracy Matters,” a panel as part of a series of events related to the U.S. 2020 election. This followed earlier lectures in the series on the same topic, and took place a week out from election day. At the event, three panelists — Professors of Political Science Kerry Ratigan, Javier Corrales and Jonathan Obert — presented information about democratization and its intersection with both American politics and other regimes. Drawing on their respectives areas of expertise, the professors advocated for democracy and gave warning to threats of democratic backsliding in the present day United States.

Amherst Alumnus Awarded Genius Grant for Work Remedying Racial Wage Gap

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Thomas Wilson Mitchell ’87 was named a recipient of the 2020 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship for his work concerning property law reform on Oct. 6. Mitchell, who is a law professor at Texas A&M University, was recognized for his efforts to address long-standing legal doctrines that deprive Black families and other marginalized groups of land ownership and real estate wealth.

Two Weeks Before Election, Danielle Allen H’18 Underscores “Why Democracy Matters”

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On Oct. 19, the college hosted “Why Democracy Matters,” a virtual lecture part of the Amherst Conversations Spotlight Series. At the event, Danielle Allen H’18 was interviewed by three students particularly interested in Law Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Bella Edo ’21, Ryan Kyle ’23 and Jeremy Thomas ’21, during which Allen expressed her thoughts on the definition of democracy and the compatibility of democracy and justice, as well as democracy’s importance in the contemporary political climate.

“These Attacks Happen Everyday”: As War Erupts in Armenia and Azerbaijian, Remote Students Grapple With an Upended World

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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.

UMass Opens Feinberg Series, With a Focus on Indigenous Knowledge Systems

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On Sept. 30, Robin Wall Kimmerer, an author and founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, kicked off the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst 2020-21 Feinberg Series. The free virtual seminar, which was promoted by the Amherst Environmental Studies Program, was the first of nine planned public events.

With Abundance of Cartons, Campus Questions ‘Is Boxed Water Really Better?’

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To keep students hydrated and Covid-free in the fall semester, the college has turned to an out-of-the-box alternative: Boxed Water. The switch to packaged water was made concurrently with the college’s shift to a grab-and-go dining model last spring. However, the proliferation of Boxed Water has been met with mixed reactions from students and staff due to its taste and disposable nature.

For Amherst Restaurants, COVID-19 Has Presented Remarkable Challenges

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For restaurants in the town of Amherst, spring is typically a lucrative time. In years past, local Amherst restaurants have been flooded with orders for graduation parties and conferences in addition to the daily traffic. Without the return of Amherst College, University of Massachusetts (UMass) and Hampshire students, however, restaurants have faced a major downturn [...]