Several hundred people gathered in the Powerhouse on Saturday, Dec. 6 for La Causa’s 17th annual Voices for the Voiceless spoken word event, New England’s largest spoken word concert.

Nationally recognized speakers such as Slam Champions, White House Champions of Change awardees, HBO Def Poetry speakers and Sonia Sanchez, the college’s own first female African American professor, were among the list of seven performers at the concert.

On Sept. 22, Amit Gupta ’02 was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Four days later, he started treatment. Gupta learned that the average cure rate, or average rate of being alive and in remission at the five-year mark, was only 35 percent without a transplant. With a bone marrow transplant, however, the cure rate doubled. That is when the problems arose.

At the start of their last meeting of the semester, the faculty took a moment to acknowledge Professors Richard Goldsby and Lawrence Babb, of the Biology and Anthropology departments, respectively, who are both retiring at the end of the semester after distinguished and lengthy careers.

Much of the meeting thereafter focused on the increased accreditation demands of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), which is one of six regional associations providing the more than 3,000 institutions of higher learning with their accreditation.

In an effort to increase transparency between the Amherst Association of Students (AAS) and the College community, the AAS is working to move more of its budget information online, making it more open and accessible to the public.

Splash landed on the College’s campus this past Saturday, inviting middle and high school students to a day of unique classes with a curriculum created and taught by undergraduates. The College is among the dozens of institutions across the nation to host the program.

The event was a student-run production, designed and operated by members of the EDU, a campus organization that is part of the national education reform movement. Attendees of the event included home-schooled students, as well as students from charter, public and private schools throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Cathleen Villapudua ’12
Major: Black Studies
Advisor: Rhonda Cobham-Sander

Josef Trapani grew up in Connecticut. He went to the Univ. of Connecticut for his undergraduate degree, his master’s degree and his Ph.D., completing his postdoctoral research in Portland, Ore. He has published in The Journal of Neuroscience, Methods in Cell Biology, PLoS Genetics and Development. He is currently studying sensory neurobiology and zebrafish physiology.

Pages