On Friday Feb. 24, Matt Hartzler ’13 screened his film at the Five College Film Festival held at Smith College. Hartzler’s film about the artistic process, simply titled “The Process” won Best of the Festival, Best Documentary and Best of Amherst. Hartzler’s submission, which he made as a final project for the class “Cine-Eye” taught by visiting artist Ramon G. Rivera-Moret, was one of only a few submissions from an Amherst College student to win Best of the Festival in the 18-year history of the event.

A pooled fund comprised of resources designated for investment by donors or the Board of Trustees, there are a variety of budgets and strategies at the College yoked to the market performance of the endowment. After peaking at just over $1.7 billion in June 2008 (resulting in an endowment-per-student ratio of over $1 million), the endowment shed almost a quarter of its value in the ensuing financial crisis. It has bounced back over the past couple of years, with a 19.2 percent investment return last year leaving the College with $1.641 billion in its back pocket.

Warning: Sexually Violent Content

Students drifting into Valentine Dining Hall last Wednesday night were targets of a hard-hitting poster campaign organized by the Men’s Project in an effort to raise awareness about sexual assault on campus.

Rumors about what will happen for room draw and residential life next year have been spreading like rapid-fire. With stories about how the trailers might once again become first-year dorms to how residential living is going to create more triples and doubles, students are clamoring for answers. Most of the rumors are false, but what is true is that there will be no room for change once the school year starts.

On March 1, Frost Café had its soft opening, fulfilling a long-anticipated addition that hopes to answers calls for food and drink in Frost Library.

Planning for the café started since last spring, while construction began immediately after last semester’s final exams and finished in mid-February. Dining Services then spent time setting up equipment and figuring out staffing, resulting in the March soft opening. However, shortly after spring break, the café hopes to have a grand opening, with more fanfare and possibly with some giveaways.

Economics Professor Brian Bethune received his Masters of Arts in Economics from McMaster Univ. He holds a doctorate in international economics from the Graduate Institute at Univ. of Geneva. He has taught at Concordia Univ. in Montreal, Canada and has experience in commercial banking and macroeconomic consulting.

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