Amidst a high-energy week of essays and midterms and countless other deadlines, Amherst Unplugged invited students to take a step back, unplug and power down on some of that stress.

Amherst Unplugged started up last year, when a group of students and staff explored the role of technology in modern day life. They found that, while technology is an important part of everyone’s daily existence, it has also been shown to potentially increase stress, depression and a sense of isolation.

Dana Kaufman ’12
Major: Music
Advisor: Eric Sawyer

Professor Michael Ching hails from Cambridge, England. He completed his undergradurate degree at Cambridge University, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics at MIT. For the last few years, Ching has worked as an assistant professor at the Univeristy of Georgia.

Tony Marx, who left the presidency of the College at the end of last year to become president of the New York Public Library, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in New York City on Sunday afternoon. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis blog, which first reported the story, Marx was driving a Library-owned vehicle around 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon when the 2009 Audi he was driving glanced off a parked car on 138th East Street.

In the past, Amherst’s sexual misconduct policy was covered under the broad Statement on Respect for Persons. Over the past few years, the College decided to specify what constituted a violation of the sexual harassment section of the honor code. As of this summer, the Statement on Sexual Misconduct has been added to the Student Handbook.

The Campus Challenge Committee held its kickoff meetings on Monday and Tuesday to mark the official beginning of the College’s participation in the 2011-2012 Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. In May 2011, the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (FSNP) invited college campuses to take up this challenge, designed to increase social cohesion by having groups and individuals work across their differences, while maximizine social capital by having networks of people and groups working together on a common project.

An Indian-born London School of Economics (LSE) graduate, Professor Prakarsh Singh filled in the much-needed role of the College’s development economist, bringing with him a whole host of diverse and socially conscious ideas, along with an engaging teaching style. The Student talks to Professor Singh about his intersts and his impressions of Amherst.

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