February 14th. Valentine’s Day. A day that means different things to different people. Of all the major holidays it is the one that by far provokes the largest range of responses. For some, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to let out one’s inner romantic. It’s a day when you can really let yourself dive into the tide of love sweeping all around you and let your heart run free. It could be the perfect opportunity to tell that special someone that you’ve had your eye on that you’re interested in them.

“Apparently, the world is not a wish-granting factory,” says 17-year-old Augustus Waters, the co-protagonist of young adult author John Green’s latest novel, “The Fault in Our Stars.” Augustus and the 16-year-old narrator of the novel, Hazel Grace Lancaster, are forced to come to terms with this fact in a much harsher manner than most teenagers are as, by the start of the book, they have both been diagnosed with cancer.

Every Amherst student has something special that got them accepted into this school in the first place. There are any number of things that can help someone get in, from the mundane such as good grades to the extraordinary like being a ballroom dancer. Each Amherst student has some great quality that helped them land here: most students have much more than just one. There is, however, one qualification that plays a major role in admissions that no student has any control over, and that is being a legacy.

Ahh, January. A time when our self-confidence is, paradoxically, both at its highest and lowest. Those of us who are not cynics view ourselves as a bottomless pit of potential and promise — this will be the year, we think, when we do all the things we’ve been meaning to do and improve ourselves until we become a perfect, shining example of a human being! This will be the year to finally start working out and get that model body, to stop procrastinating on homework, to repair all our relationships!

“Shame” is about Brandon (Michael Fassbender), a sex addict whose ill-kept personal life takes a downturn when his volatile and damaged sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) visits. If you read this review just for the plot, then feel free to move on to the next section, for that is really all there is to it. Yet even with this simple premise, “Shame” haunted me for a week. It clutches on quietly, converting reality into lavish long shots and close-ups that brim the bold, powerful feature.

On February 7, Van Halen will release their first album since 1984’s appropriately titled “1984” with original lead singer David Lee Roth, entitled “A Different Kind of Truth.” Considering that the band is often given the title of America’s best hard rock band, this is no small news. While I would rank a handful of American hard rock bands higher, the title isn’t unwarranted.

Over the past few weeks there has been a great amount of discussion about establishing social groups on campus. There are some students who have become immediately drawn to this idea and others who are opposed, but almost everyone has been eager to learn more and offer feedback. What are social groups? What issues will they address? How will they do so?

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